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Not 4 Sale Genesis 25:19-34

Not 4 Sale

In a down economy, people sell a lot of things - even themselves. Some things, though, should never be for sale.

At a Glance

This material recounts the sale of Esau's birthright in exchange for a bowl of soup - the most expensive bowl of soup in recorded history. We get at this story by looking at current economic times when, via eBay and Craigslist, et al., people seem willing to sell whatever they can to add a buck to their coffers. Is there anything we wouldn't sell? And how does one assess one's own value in the sight of God?

Editors' Pick

For material based on the gospel text for today, we suggest looking at "The Four R's," July 14, 1996, at

While the U.S. economy seems to be bouncing back, plenty of folks are still paring down on nonessentials. Online auction and classified advertising sites such as eBay and Craigslist are full of items for sale - stuff that folks figure they can part with in order to snag a few extra bucks. For deal shoppers, it's a bonanza. For sellers, well, it can be more than a little painful.

In the last couple of years, we've all known people...

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