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Red, Red Stuff

Whenever we allow our appetites to rule us, we follow in the footsteps of Esau. Opportunities to honor or despise our birthright in the kingdom pass before us on a daily basis. We are constantly placed in positions where we must decide between what we crave and what is right.

Whenever we allow our appetites to rule us, we follow in the footsteps of Esau. Opportunities to honor or despise our birthright in the kingdom pass before us on a daily basis. We are constantly placed in positions where we must decide between what we crave and what is right.

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