Posts with the category “growth-resources”
A Little Faith is a Big Deal
by Mike Hurt on 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 for yourself.He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. ...
Every Day Faith
by Kristi Hurt on 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?
3 Everyday Moments
by Mike Hurt on 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 heart. She was my third baby in three years and I was exhausted and full of hormones. I felt like I would never be able to manage it all. How would I raise all my kids? How would I remember all the ap...
Do Hard Things
by Mike Hurt on 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 learned recently is that we have 100 billion neurons in our brain and 100-1,000 trillion synapses. While this might seem like some fancy fact you learned in science class, this statement is actually pr...
I am feeling anxious.
by Mike Hurt on 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 feeling our emotions and being our emotions.
Why Can't I Forgive Myself?
by Mike Hurt on 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 with guilt and shame and preventing you restoring oneness with your spouse. You may spend your days obsessing about how to overcome the past, desperately searching for a way to somehow “forgive yoursel...
Loving the Unlovable
by Mike Hurt on March 21st, 2022
Through this story, we also learn something powerful about God's love and the difference between acceptance and approval.
How to Memorize More Scripture
by Mike Hurt on 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 encouragement. Many thousands of people have shared that this system was what finally worked for them after years of trying other approaches.If you are inspired to memorize Scripture but aren’t sure wh...
Let There Be Rest
by Mike Hurt on 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 seasons, and for days and years. (Genesis 1:14)When Adam entered Eden two days later, he stepped into a dance of day and night, month and year, winter and spring and summer and fall. And then, between t...
Things I Wish I Said...
by Mike Hurt on 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 things I wish I said.This week, I wish said the truth about this statement: Salvation is free, but discipleship is costly. You may have heard this in the past. I may have even preached it in the p...
by Mike Hurt on 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 wants and desires over God's perfect Word and plan for our life. When we do this, it will always come back to bite us. That's why we need to stay uncomfortable.The disciplines of confession and repen...
Permission to Slow Down
by Mike Hurt on 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. But now, with vaccinations in arms, and the collective rush to return to life as “normal” (as much as that’s possible), you’re feeling the need again for life to move slower than the modern world see...
Forgive and Forget
by Mike Hurt on 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 have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesu...
3 Easy Steps to Building Better Relationships
by Mike Hurt on 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, urgent matters often win. Gotta get the kids out the door, dinner on the table, work assignment turned in. Log a few hours of sleep, wake up, and repeat again tomorrow.But then, dare I say it, if you’r...
New Year Bible Reading Plans
by Mike Hurt on 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 HopeChronological Reading PlanBible in a Year...
Christmas Reading Plans
by Mike Hurt on 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.
Bible Meditation for Beginners
by Mike Hurt on 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 are those who walk on the Emmaus road, our souls catching fire as Christ opens, again and again, the Scriptures that speak of him (Luke 24:32). We belong to the fellowship of burning hearts.Yet we als...
by Mike Hurt on 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 by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” By this definition, compassion is a combination of feeling and activity. This definition is good, but incomplete when compared to Biblical compassion...
Three Lies That Separate Spouses
by Mike Hurt on 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 reality. A marriage teeters on the brink of ruin because one spouse has marked the other’s motives as irredeemable.Some use the marriage escape hatch, calling it “irreconcilable.” It’s so sad, but they h...
What Does Spiritual Growth Look Like?
by Mike Hurt on 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 process is a journey to independence.Our spiritual journeys are just the opposite. We start off in rebellion against God, thinking we are fully independent from Him.Spiritual maturity, then, is the process...
Relationships Make Life Rich
by Mike Hurt on August 16th, 2021
“Relationships make life rich!” That is true always but now more than ever, we need the richness that relationships bring.
The Path to Rebuilding Trust
by Mike Hurt on 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. Could it be that God wants to use this difficult time to show you more of his mercy, goodness, and grace? Could it be, that this could make your marriage better than ever before? Listen in as the Fier...
6 Places to Look for Encouragement in God's Word
by Mike Hurt on 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 others. But what does it really mean.Encourage comes from the Old French en (make, put in) and corage (courage, heart). Literally it can be understood as “make to be heartened” or “put courage into.” It i...
3 Core Principles of Godly Dating
by Mike Hurt on 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 is this so hard?” From a breakup that shattered my heart, to getting ghosted by a guy I admired, to the daily decision of seeking God for contentment and joy in the midst of singleness— I know how comp...
God, Spouse, Kids - Priorities Matter
by Mike Hurt on 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 compromised. My husband and I hit rock bottom in our marriage before we recognized that our priorities were way out of alignment. Perhaps you feel this in your own marriage right now. Maybe you have no ...
5 Workplace Habits That Harm Your Marriage
by Mike Hurt on 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 boundaries we have—or don’t have—in place will either protect or end up hurting our spouse and marriage. So, we need to be aware of the pitfalls, so we can avoid them. Here are 5 common workplace habits th...
7 Adventures with Dad
by Mike Hurt on June 20th, 2021
“Adventures are important for fathers and sons because they create a bond like nothing else.”
The Problem with the Open Door
by Mike Hurt on June 1st, 2021
Every opportunity is not God’s opportunity. Sometimes you need to make decisions based on what you know of God rather than just what we see as a golden opportunity.
God's Will for You and Me
by Mike Hurt on April 27th, 2021
When you think of God’s will, what comes to mind: a formula, a connect-the-dots picture, or a relationship?
Just So You Know
by Mike Hurt on March 22nd, 2021
If God has already given us his Son, if he’s done that for us, will he hold back anything else that we truly need? The answer is no. If he’s given us his Son, he’s given us the best that he has. He’ll hold nothing back that his people need.
by Mike Hurt on March 15th, 2021
Sooner or later, all of us will have reason to ask the question “Why me, Lord?” Every person who lives long enough will eventually encounter circumstances that are difficult to explain theologically: heartache, betrayal, cancer, sudden infant death syndrome, divorce, rape, loneliness, infertility, rejection–these and a million other sources of human suffering produce inevitable questions that trouble the soul. “Why me, Lord?”
by Mike Hurt on March 9th, 2021
Tomorrow, with the Governor's mask mandate being lifted in Texas, every Christian will have to ask the question: Do I wear a mask or not? I was once bound by the "law" to wear a mask and now I am free. All of us must ask and answer the questions: What will I do with my freedom? Will I wear a mask? Will I burn my masks? Will I mock those who remain masked and judge those who don't? Biblical...
The Victory is Mine
by Mike Hurt on March 8th, 2021
We’ve all tried to think our way out of bad habits and unhealthy thought patterns, only to find ourselves stuck with an out-of-control mind and off-track daily life. You didn’t expect to be here. You didn’t mean to become a prisoner to the negative thoughts and patterns your thought life has built. God has something better for your life than your old ways of thinking. It’s time to decide to change your mind so God can change your life.
The Struggle is Real
by Mike Hurt on March 1st, 2021
Need a little good news? Perfection is impossible, but victory is possible. Everybody take a deep breath with me and stop faking it. You are not perfect. I'm not perfect. None of us are perfect. Even for the most committed Christ-follower, perfection this side of heaven is not going to happen. Victory yes – perfection never.
Family Prayer Journey
by Mike Hurt on February 24th, 2021
Take your family on a journey to pray together. This prayer journey will take you through the next 8 weeks with a new prayer perspective or technique each week.
How to Have a Tough Talk
by Mike Hurt on February 15th, 2021
This series is all about canceling the cancel culture - inside of you and me. It's about us learning to be peacemakers. Instead of putting people on blast, we can be forgiving. Instead of ghosting people, we can go to them. Instead of canceling people, we converse with them. The principle is simple: Talk To People, Not About People. So...how do you do it?
The Power of Everyday Words
by Mike Hurt on February 15th, 2021
Parents, your words are powerful! Use these 10 everyday phrases to instill confidence, self-respect, and thoughtfulness in your children.
Taking Responsibility for Our Decisions
by Mike Hurt on February 11th, 2021
It’s important for us to differentiate between bad decisions and accidents.
Do Today What Matters Tomorrow
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
When you prioritize family discipleship, you are taking steps now that begin with the end in mind. You are investing in your kids now so that they will develop the character and faith they need tomorrow.
Make Your Choice
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
Not every argument is created equally. Not every disagreement rises to the level of a fight. Not every offense is worth being offended by. Not every hill is worth dying on. That's why we must discover to choose our response when we are conflicted internally or are in conflict with someone.