Many people think emotional health is evidenced by strength and the absence of weak moments.  However, we can never be emotionally healthy (and spiritually mature) until we learn to live in brokenness and vulnerability.  This was the way the Apostle Paul lived.

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Our family of origin and significant events in our past are the primary realities that affect our emotions and feelings today.  If we don't understand this about ourselves we are doomed to repeatedly react inappropriately to the situations and people of our life in the present.  To mature emotionally, we have to look at and understand our past - and then break it's power.

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Do you feel doomed spiritually because of what one of your ancestors did to displease God?  Some people say that God curses families for up to 3 or 4 generations when someone has sinned, but what does the Bible say about that?

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If we are ever going to find emotional health and achieve spiritual maturity, we are going to have to begin by looking beneath the surface of our life.  But, is it safe to do that?  Is the potential pain worth it?  Might we discover something so truly ugly that God rejects us because of it?  These are all questions we need to answer before we can courageously look beneath the surface of who we are.

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Peter Scazzero writes in his book The Emotionally Healthy Church that the area of emotions is a too long overlooked area when it comes to discipling followers of Jesus.  He emphasizes "It is not possible for a Christian to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature." 

This message is the first in a series of seven that Pastor Tim will preach about what the Bible teaches on how we can find emotional healing and maturity as followers of Jesus.

In this message, Pastor Tim will refer to an emotional/spiritual health survey.  You can take this survey online by clicking here or by downloading and printing the survey by clicking here.  Both are free and are courtesy of

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