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“A Bowl of Stew” – Mark Batterson

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“I found this on Mark Batterson’s blog called E-VOTIONAL. It’s a quick summary of what Andy Stanley talked about at the Catalyst 2010 Conferecen. It’s a quick and GREAT read!

I’ve been coming to Catalyst for ten years and I honestly think Andy Stanley’s session may have been the best ever! Talked about Esau trading his birthright for a bowl of stew. We read that story and think: seriously? How could you make that trade? A birthright was worth a double portion of the inheritance! And you’re going to trade it for a bowl of stew? You’ll be hungry again in three hours! If ever there was a bad trade, that’s it. But isn’t that what we do when we obey our sinful appetites?

Sin is trading your birthright for a bowl of stew. We trade our future to satisfy an insatiable appetite. Here’s the deal when it comes to appetites. They are never fully and finally satisfied. And whatever you get you will want more of. What we need to do is reframe our appetites in light of God’s plan for our lives. Think about this: it should have been “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau.” But Esau forfeited his place in the plan of God for a bowl of stew. He didn’t have a clear and compelling vision for his future. So he traded it for a bowl of stew!

What is your bowl of stew?”


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