Posts with the category “growth-resources”

Summer 2020 COVID-19 Update
by Mike Hurt on June 25th, 2020
With the spike in community spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are making some changes to keep you and others safe and healthy.  While there have been no known exposures in small groups, at ministry events or worship services, we believe that it is wise to limit potential spread within our church family.WORSHIP SERVICES:  For the remainder of the summer, we will offer Family Worship services (no Sun...  Read More
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Faith Works
by Mike Hurt on June 21st, 2020
Faith works.  It always works.  That's because we don't have a blind faith or simple good wishes.  We have faith in Jesus.  He is our focus.  He is our hope.  He is our confidence.  We learned these truths today through the story of Bartimaeus, a blind man who cried out to Jesus.  Others tried to quiet him. He shouted out even louder.  Jesus heard him, called for him, and then asked him a life-cha...  Read More
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Taking to Kids About Racism
by Mike Hurt on June 6th, 2020
If you’ve been paying attention these last few years, you know this: Racism is real. But when it comes to talking to kids about racism, many parents are uncertain about how to talk about it with their kids. And while we want to address it, we wish we could shelter them from ever witnessing anything so reminiscent of our dark and painful history.  Read More
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4 Reasons to Get Back in the Habit of Coming to Church
by Mike Hurt on June 3rd, 2020
From Thom Rainer We are back.I get it. The church never closed. The church is the people, not the building. Someone reminds me of those points daily.  But the doors to the church facilities closed. The opportunity to gather for worship in-person closed. A lot has transpired over the past few months.Now it is time to return to in-person gathered worship. Though this statement is admittedly not theo...  Read More
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How to Teach Kids to be Responsible
by Mike Hurt on May 28th, 2020
Dirty dishes. Messy bedrooms. Toys on the living room floor. Some days, there just isn’t a good way to avoid the chore wars. But there is always tomorrow, and you can be proactive. Ask yourself, What chores are important for my children to learn, and what are they capable of doing?  Read More
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How to Deal with a Joy Thief
by Mike Hurt on May 28th, 2020
Joyless people are miserable people. They haven’t tasted and seen that the Lord is good. They haven’t yet learned that it’s through our times of suffering that the Lord often does his best work. I have been in a joyless place, and chances are you have, too.  Read More
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How to Argue Well In Your Family
by Mike Hurt on May 28th, 2020
Conflict is inevitable. And in case any of us doubted it, being sheltered in place due to COVID-19 clarified it.  Read More
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Best Mother's Day Yet
by Mike Hurt on May 1st, 2020
It's never too early to think about meaningful gifts for Mom this Mother's Day. And though her day may look different this year, there are ways dads and kids can still make it special. We've got some creative ideas for you that you can easily pull together by Sunday, May 10.  Read More
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6 Ways to Appreciate Teachers
by Mike Hurt on May 1st, 2020
Most of us can agree, we miss our teachers. Now that many of you have become teachers "at home" over the past few months, you know that teaching can be challenging, and we recognize all the many things that teachers do. We understand their worlds a little better. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we have some ideas for how you can show your kid's teachers how much they mean to your family.  Read More
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3 Ways to Remove Stress from Homeschooling
by Mike Hurt on May 1st, 2020
From the Parent Cue by Jon Acuff The recession in 2008 was stressful for my family, but you know what didn’t happen?The recession didn’t say to me: “Guess what? In addition to losing your job and most of the value of your house, you also have to home school your kids. That’s right, starting today, you’re a teacher. Good luck with all of that!”That’s what’s unique about this season. It’s been like ...  Read More
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8 Ways You Can Serve Others Today
by Mike Hurt on April 20th, 2020
The church isn't closed it is deployed. That's why you and I should actively be looking for ways to serve others and to meet needs in the name of Jesus. Check out these 8 ways that you can serve others in meaningful, safe ways.  Read More
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How to Host a Watch Party
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2020
Watch Parties are an easy, fun way for you to share your faith with your friends and family on Facebook.  When we go live with our services, you can invite those who love to attend with you and you will have a private chat to engage your crowd.  You can do this! STEP 1:  START THE PARTY!Head to the Parkway Facebook page. Find the live video. Select “Start” to “Watch together with friends or with a...  Read More
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How Do Your Children Relate to Others
by Mike Hurt on April 3rd, 2020
By understanding your children's "love style," you can help your kids develop healthy emotional connections with others.  Read More
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Now More Than Ever
by Mike Hurt on March 30th, 2020
Now more than ever...we need to keep our families safe.   Now more than ever...we need to appreciate those who are the front lines fighting for our health.  Now more than ever...we need to appreciate our educators.  You likely heard some form of these statements in the last week.  With all of us in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, now more than ever we need to check the foundation of our life.  I...  Read More
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6 Strategies to Parenting During the COVID -19 Crisis
by Mike Hurt on March 27th, 2020
From the Parent Cue We’re all navigating really strange and chaotic times.Schools have closed and parents are faced with working from home while trying to assist their kids in completing assignments on unfamiliar digital platforms and in subjects that are outside of their comfort zone.Thousands of parents are also facing employment uncertainty or job loss as the economy continues to shift downward...  Read More
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Parenting During Coronavirus
by Mike Hurt on March 22nd, 2020
Before we could set goals, routines, and fun activities for the weeks ahead, we needed to unpack the burdens of our hearts. We needed to remind each other that we are going to make it. My family is, and so is yours.  Read More
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Why You Should Apologize for Hurtful Words
by Mike Hurt on March 17th, 2020
From Focus on the Family Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, tells of the time he learned that hurtful words can harm a relationship and shares why it’s so important to listen to what your spouse is really trying to express.It started when Dr. Chapman returned from a business trip and learned his wife had completed a small home improvement project. She proudly showed her work and ...  Read More
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Demonstrating Steadfast Love in Parenting
by Mike Hurt on March 16th, 2020
From Focus on the Family Steadfast love. It’s a phrase we commonly hear in parenting circles and in the church. In the Bible, this phrase is written 195 times. But what does “steadfast love” actually mean? And, furthermore, how can we demonstrate it in our parenting?God shows us what He means by “steadfast love” throughout the Bible. It is a love that is unwavering, never changing. It is an invita...  Read More
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Corona Update
by Mike Hurt on March 16th, 2020
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing health crisis facing our world, our country, and even some in our surrounding counties. Because of this, we are following the leadership of the CDC and the recommendation of the Victoria County Health Department to limit gathering in large groups.  Read More
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Secret Agent Christians
by Mike Hurt on March 9th, 2020
Sunday, during the 11:00 AM service, I went on a little, unplanned, rant.  It went something like this: I love it when moments happen like this because God challenges me just as much as He challenges you.What inspired this thought? Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount for us to be salt and light to the world around us.  Jesus challenged his hearers and those who believe today to let their go...  Read More
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Corona Concerns
by Mike Hurt on March 5th, 2020
It is a beautiful day in South Texas.  The sun is out.  A breeze is blowing.  Spring is here!  On this gorgeous day, when you’d expect pollen to be the only concern, there is something else in the air - concern over the Corona virus.Some are highly concerned even to the point of fear. Others aren’t concerned at all even to the point of mocking those who are.  What should our concern level be?First...  Read More
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10 Signs You Are Having an Emotional Affair
by Mike Hurt on March 4th, 2020
From Dave Willis I recently received an email from a woman who was having an emotional affair. The sad-but-familiar story began by describing a “friendship” she had developed with a man at work and it had progressed into something much more. The relationship hadn’t yet crossed into physical/sexual contact, but they were flirting with the idea and getting closer to those forbidden lines with each p...  Read More
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Living for More than Today
by Mike Hurt on March 2nd, 2020
As we kicked off the What Would Jesus Undo series, we discovered an important principle.  My choices today result in outcomes tomorrow.  We see this in our day-to-day lives.  What we eat today (choice) hits our hips tomorrow (outcome).  What we budget for today (choice) gets spent tomorrow (outcome).  What we study today (choice) produces success tomorrow (outcome).  In Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus appli...  Read More
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Parental Respect
by Mike Hurt on February 29th, 2020
Respect is an essential component of communication and correction in the home. Read more about how respect is one of the seven essential traits of parenting.  Read More
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Avoiding 12 Common Parenting Mistakes
by Mike Hurt on February 24th, 2020
Parenting isn't easy.  That's why we are here to help.  Check out this four part video series from Tim Elmore....  Read More
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God Never Ever Wastes a Hurt
by Mike Hurt on February 24th, 2020
Long story short...the story of Joseph reminds us that God never, ever, wastes a hurt. The story of Joseph covers over 10 chapters in Genesis so let me give you a quick recap.At 17, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.  They were jealous of him because their father loved him the most.  Joseph also had a couple of dreams that his family would bow down to him.   Joseph was sold to a guy nam...  Read More
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How to Teach Your Kids About God
by Mike Hurt on February 21st, 2020
From Fox News Once upon a time, the vast majority of Americans were affiliated with a particular faith community or tradition: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, or Jewish, for example.In recent years, though, secularism has been growing and a new wave of either atheism or agnosticism is rolling across the country. It may be true that a degree of “unbelief” has alw...  Read More
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Honoring Marriage with Truth, Not Myths
by Mike Hurt on February 19th, 2020
Marriage, established and defined by God, is a covenant relationship built on truth and promise, not fairytales or myths. If the couples in our churches are going to thrive, their marriages must be built on the promises of God, not folk theology.  Read More
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Relationship Restart
by Mike Hurt on February 18th, 2020
At our recent Relationship Restart event, we discovered and shared a few game-changing truths about marriage.   18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”  Genesis 2:18   It all starts here.  Your spouse is a gift from God.  God gave them to you so that you would have a partner for life.  God gave them to you so that you grow to be more l...  Read More
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Pride is a Problem
by Mike Hurt on February 17th, 2020
Long story short...the story of the Tower of Babel reminds us that pride is a problem.  In Genesis 11, we see man's potential and man's failure.  With a common speech and the same language, men and women had virtually unlimited potential.  They could create.  They could build and that is exactly what they did.  The had a grand vision to build a city that would unite them.  They also wanted to buil...  Read More
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3 Ways to Control Technology
by Mike Hurt on February 17th, 2020
From The Rebelution Thumbs swipe across an oily plate of glass. Pupils fixed on a blur of changing colors. Sans serif font writes captions underneath aesthetic coffee mugs, curly lettering, and faces crinkled with laughter at the beach.By the forty-third swipe, your brain doesn’t even bother to see what posts are saying. All you see is boredom. All you feel is your head thudding with the pound of ...  Read More
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5 Ways to Add Fun to Your Marriage
by Mike Hurt on February 12th, 2020
Where you are and what you do are simply factors in the equation, but they are not the summation of a good time. Stop looking for fun in your marriage and start creating it!   Read More
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4 Ways for Fathers to Engage at Home
by Mike Hurt on February 11th, 2020
From Desiring God The impact that engaged fathers have on significantly reducing at-risk-behavior in their children has been well documented. Additionally, fathers who are physically and emotionally engaged lead to increased cognitive development, emotional health, and positive peer-relationships in their children’s lives. This pattern points to God’s design for families to function with men as ac...  Read More
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Anger is an issue that can't be ignored.
by Mike Hurt on February 10th, 2020
Long story short...the tale of Cain and Abel reminds us that anger is an issue that cannot be ignored.  In Genesis 4, we read the story of the first family - Adam, Eve, and their sons Cain and Abel.  The story begins with their birth and fast forwards to a point in their life where they each made an offering to God.  One offering was favored by God and one wasn't.  This is where the story takes a ...  Read More
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Enjoying Marriage at Any Age
by Mike Hurt on February 4th, 2020
From Focus on the Family In this Best of 2019 broadcast, Pastor Ted Cunningham outlines the benefits of marriage, and encourages young adults to consider marrying sooner rather than later. He offers great advice for couples of all ages to help keep the joy in your relationship....  Read More
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What's the difference between stress and anxiety?
by Mike Hurt on February 3rd, 2020
From the Fuller Youth Institute We live in a stressed and anxious world. Modern life is fast-paced and offers an unrelenting to-do list. So it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that Americans struggle with anxiety more than any other kind of mental health challenge.   Nearly 1 in 5 people have experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year and almost 1 in 3 will experience one at some po...  Read More
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Temptation is real. Sin is costly, but God is faithful.
by Mike Hurt on February 3rd, 2020
Long story short...temptation is real.  Sin is costly but God is faithful.  This was the takeaway from yesterday's look at the story of Adam and Eve.  Eve, along with Adam, fell prey to temptation and we all continue to pay the price for their failure and ours.  The boundaries were clear.  The expectations were set.  Enjoy everything in the garden except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil....  Read More
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Fighting Your Way to a Healthy Marriage
by Mike Hurt on January 31st, 2020
Arguments, misunderstandings, and fights give couples an opportunity to learn more about each other and themselves. But you’ve got to fight fair.  Read More
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Helping to Care for Grandkids
by Mike Hurt on January 31st, 2020
After the birth of our first grandchild, my daughter and son-in-law asked us to consider caring for the baby one day a week. They thought their request would burden us, but we laughed at the thought. We were thrilled! If you’re given the opportunity to participate in your grandchildren’s lives in this way, planning ahead will make it a joyful and meaningful experience for all three generations.   Read More
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The Beginners Guide to Reading the Bible
by Mike Hurt on January 27th, 2020
From Crosswalk I rounded the corner and saw her. She stood frozen, open-mouthed in front of the rows of Bibles in the religion section at Barnes and Noble. She wanted to read the Bible; she hadn’t known there would be so many options.Her facial expression said it all: I have no idea where to start.Scores of people feel overwhelmed when it comes to reading the Bible. Maybe, even now, you’re shaking...  Read More
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