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Summary: A sermon on pulling up the root of bitterness. From a series on developing spiritual depth.

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INTRO

ƒ{ Where do the roots that produce the fruit come from?

Root = cause or origin

And roots come from seeds

- Good or bad

Seed = Birth or Beginning

ƒ{ The soil of our soul is most tender and pliable when we are young

ƒ{ The enemy loves to plant bad seed in the tender soil of a child

ƒ{ And wait

* He will fertilize

* Cultivate and water through

- Accidents and incidents

ƒ{ As children we often forget

ƒ{ As adults we often suppress

ƒ{ And roots get through into the pot

ƒ{ That tend to entangle us on life's journey

HOW SEEDS ARE DEPOSITED

(have pot) (seeds)

1. Hurts / Pain

ƒ{ Often a pain or hurt will build a fortress or stronghold in our lives.

ƒ{ Like Jericho

* No one went in

* No one went out

ƒ{ When I have hurt at home

ƒ{ When I have hurt with people

ƒ{ Often the root is escapism

ƒ{ The fruit can be

* Perfectionism

* Workaholics

* Gang Banging

* Sexual Perversion

* Anger

* Depression

ƒ{ I've often wondered what childhood pains affected

* Adolph Hitler

* Charles Manson

* Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold (Columbine High School Massacre)

ƒ{ How do you forget the pain and hurt

ƒ{ Who dreaded the bus ride home because he was made fun of

* Got home and was ignored

* Cut from the team

* Girlfriend cheated on him

ƒ{ Now a 250 lb man

ƒ{ Can't control his rage and ager

ƒ{ Because the seeds of:

* Hurt

* Pain

* Rejection

o Produced roots

o That said, I will never allow that to happen again.

ƒ{ Psychiatry says memory lays in every cell of the body

* Smell

* Sound

* Visual

* Song

* Cologne/perfume

* House

* TV Commercial/Movie

* Taste

2. Abandonment

► Dad

► Mom

► Wife

► Husband

ƒ{ Our fathers' absence can form a life-long question that plagues us...

* Maybe it was something I did

* Or something I lacked

* That caused him to leave

ƒ{ Husband leaves

* The woman wonders...

o Was I not pretty enough

o Desirable enough

ƒ{ And we bury painful questions that become seeds that grow into roots

ƒ{ Parents in court fighting over who gets what child

ƒ{ Creates the feeling of abandonment

ƒ{ Even if you see them every other weekend.

ƒ{ It has been scientifically proven that premature babies

ƒ{ Who are placed in incubators for a prolonged period of time

ƒ{ Denied skin-to-skin contact with mother

ƒ{ Will often feel rejected and distant

ƒ{ Even though their mother loves them, the lack of touch leads to a sense of abandonment

ƒ{ When I feel distant from God

...It's because I felt distant from Dad

EXAMPLE: Jesus being baptized

ƒ{ It is a father's approval that makes

* A little leaguer run harder than the rest

* A timid boy become brave

* A frail young man lift more weights

o All with the hopes of a, "This is my son who I am well pleased".

ƒ{ A generation who's stopped dreaming

ƒ{ Tired of playing before crowds and no Dad

ƒ{ Traded footballs for guns & pornography

ƒ{ Millions of men growing up without mentors

ƒ{ How can we expect men to lead?

ƒ{ Abandonment has grown roots that produced

* Rage

* Insecurity

* Promiscuity

* Perversion

* Domestic violence

ƒ{ Because we can't find our identity

ƒ{ Dads absence leaves us desperately looking for someone to fill in the blank


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