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Posts with the category “growth-resources”

Find Your People
August 15th, 2023
From Married People Blog by Jim Burns My wife, Cathy, dragged me to our first couples small group. I believe in small groups, but the last thing I needed in my already busy ministry life was another o...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
The Problem of Control
June 15th, 2023
From Dr. Henry Cloud Over the years, Dr. Henry Cloud has been a trusted voice in the church with balanced view of God's Word and science of how people think and act.  I have spent one-on-one time with...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Where is God?
June 11th, 2023
Today, our All Star Kids groups finished up a series where they discovered that God always keeps His promises and that He is actively working in our world to do what is best for us and to do His best ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Guarded Expectations
May 15th, 2023
In Galatians 6:2-5, the Bible teaches us to help one another and carry each other's burdens. This means that when someone is going through a tough time or facing difficulties, we should be there to su...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Cast Don't Keep
May 8th, 2023
We all deal with stress.  In this broken world, it is inescapable.  That's why the Bible is filled with teaching to help us not only deal with the struggles of the world but do deal with the battle wi...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Courageous Christian
March 24th, 2023
As we see the story of Daniel and his friends unfold, one thing can't be missed. Obeying God was more important than life. They knew that fearing God was always better than living in fear of men or wo...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
The Unseen Battle
March 15th, 2023
Our battle is an unseen one with very seen consequences so we must stand with COMPASSIONATE CONVICTION. The evil influence of our world is only hurting those it’s influencing. We must respond with C...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Build Up Don't Tear Down
February 14th, 2023
When times are the toughest, we need to know that we have others in our corner. People who are with us and for us. That's why the call to be encouragers is a needed one. Today, we live in as polari...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Conflict is a God Thing
February 6th, 2023
Ask someone their picture of the good life and you'll probably hear about long walks on the beach or fishing on the bay.  Perhaps you will hear about a comfortable retirement full of travel and grandk...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Work is Work
January 31st, 2023
Listen to influencers and it seems there is one extreme or the other when it comes to work.  One side says to say in the grind.  Do all you can for as long as you can no matter what is expected.  The ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
You Have Arrived
January 22nd, 2023
Set an address in Google maps and you will get step by step directions to the desired location.  Then, as you pull up, Google announces, "You have arrived."  There is a sense of pride in the map's aut...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Developing Discernment
January 15th, 2023
Moral gray areas have always existed for believers (see Rom. 14:1–23). New technology and modern social issues certainly provide unique manifestations of gray areas, but Christians have always needed ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Take Thoughts Captive
January 9th, 2023
To live the good life that we all dream of, pray for, and work for, it requires a starting point.  That starting point is our faith in Christ, because it's our faith that transforms our lives starting...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Stacking Habits
January 4th, 2023
From Faith Gateway Have you ever found yourself struggling to meet your spiritual new year's resolutions?  What if we told you that resolutions don’t work, but better habits do? I recently started lis...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
A Little Faith is a Big Deal
September 19th, 2022
How much faith is enough faith?  The answer to this question is counterintuitive.  Logically, to trust God for big things, we need to have big faith, but that's not exactly what Jesus taught.  Read it...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Every Day Faith
September 14th, 2022
Have you ever taken the time to consider what faith means? If you had to write a definition of faith what would you include?...  Read More
by Kristi Hurt
3 Everyday Moments
July 25th, 2022
From Christian Parents I will never forget holding my precious, beautiful daughter in my arms and tearfully confessing to my friend, “I think I’m a bad mom.” At that moment, I meant it with my entire ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Do Hard Things
July 6th, 2022
100 billion. That’s a big number. As teenagers, we rarely think of a number that huge. Trust me, a million is a lot for my mind to grasp.  Thankfully, we have a God who loves big numbers.One fact I le...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
I am feeling anxious.
June 20th, 2022
I wonder if when Jesus said not to let our hearts be troubled and not to be afraid, he also meant, “Hey, I know you will feel trouble and fear. Feel it and do not be it.” There is a difference between...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Why Can't I Forgive Myself?
April 19th, 2022
from re|engage It’s a phrase I’ve heard many times, often from people who have cheated on their spouse or committed some other sin that hurt their family. It can be a massive weight, suffocating you w...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Loving the Unlovable
March 21st, 2022
Through this story, we also learn something powerful about God's love and the difference between acceptance and approval. ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
How to Memorize More Scripture
February 28th, 2022
Memorizing Scripture is an excellent strategy for spiritual growth. It allows you to have gospel truths ready at all times, whether your day brings you temptation, heartache, or a friend in need of en...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Let There Be Rest
February 6th, 2022
From Desiring God In the beginning, God created rhythms. He spoke on day four,Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for se...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Things I Wish I Said...
January 31st, 2022
From time to time, I'm done preaching and I think, "Man, I wish that I had said this or said that."  While I prepare for weeks for each message, there are still truths left on the table.  I still have...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Stay Uncomfortable
January 25th, 2022
One of the most dangerous ways that a Christian can live is by becoming comfortable with things in their life that God is uncomfortable with.  In essence, in these areas of life, we are choosing our w...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Permission to Slow Down
January 19th, 2022
From Desiring God Permission to slow down — perhaps that’s what you’re aching for again. Maybe you tasted it for a few weeks, or even months, when the pandemic hit, as event after event was cancelled....  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Forgive and Forget
January 17th, 2022
One of the big takeaways from Sunday's message is that we should forget what God has forgiven. Paul put it this way in Philippians 3:13-14.   "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to hav...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
3 Easy Steps to Building Better Relationships
January 1st, 2022
If you’re anything like me, you often face a classic conundrum when it comes to how you’ll spend your time, asking: “Should I prioritize the important or the urgent?”And, ya know, if you’re like me, u...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
New Year Bible Reading Plans
December 31st, 2021
Kick off the New Year with a new or renewed commitment to reading God's Word every day.  We have some great plans to help you get started.New Year New MerciesForward to a New YearNew Year New HopeChro...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Christmas Reading Plans
November 30th, 2021
Tuck the story of Christmas deep in your heart and lead your family to do the same by worshiping with us this December and by reading the story of Christmas in the Bible. ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Bible Meditation for Beginners
October 20th, 2021
From Desiring God In Christ, God made our hearts to burn for him. Though our affections rise and fall, and our zeal boils hotter on some days than others, coldness is not the Christian’s heritage. We ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Heart Check
October 4th, 2021
Do you know the difference between compassion and Biblical compassion?  Random House defines compassion as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Three Lies That Separate Spouses
September 4th, 2021
It happens every day. A husband refuses to forgive his wife, because she just can’t see all the sins he ascribes to her. A wife won’t reconcile with her husband until he fully endorses her view of rea...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
What Does Spiritual Growth Look Like?
August 24th, 2021
All living things grow. With human beings, we watch babies learns to crawl, to walk, to talk. We grow from total dependance on our parents to eventually being parents are ourselves. The maturing proce...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
Relationships Make Life Rich
August 16th, 2021
“Relationships make life rich!” That is true always but now more than ever, we need the richness that relationships bring....  Read More
by Mike Hurt
The Path to Rebuilding Trust
August 2nd, 2021
From The Fierce Marriage The path toward repairing and rebuilding trust is neither easy to find nor quick to travel. Your heart hurts and your relationship seems like it will never be the same again. ...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
6 Places to Look for Encouragement in God's Word
July 29th, 2021
From Lifeway People often use the word “encourage” without thinking about what it really means. “Be encouraged, it could be worse,” we are told. “Don’t be discouraged; hold your chin up,” we tell othe...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
3 Core Principles of Godly Dating
July 26th, 2021
From Fierce Marriage Relationships are complicated, aren’t they?As a single girl navigating the murky waters of dating, I’ve found myself crying on my bed more than once over the years, asking, “Why i...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
God, Spouse, Kids - Priorities Matter
July 19th, 2021
From Fierce Marriage When things are in alignment, everything runs smoothly. But when one piece of the puzzle is missing— or one moving part of an engine is out of place— the whole system becomes comp...  Read More
by Mike Hurt
5 Workplace Habits That Harm Your Marriage
July 12th, 2021
From XO Marriage Work is a necessary part of life, and it’s a huge blessing when we love our work and our workplace. Naturally, we spend a lot of time there, and how we conduct ourselves and the bound...  Read More
by Mike Hurt