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Posts with the category “growth-resources”

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...  Read More
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Heart Check
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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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.  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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 ...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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.”  Read More
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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.  Read More
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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?  Read More
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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.  Read More
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Why Me?
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?”   Read More
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Unmasked Freedom
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...  Read More
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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.   Read More
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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.   Read More
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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.  Read More
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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?  Read More
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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.  Read More
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Taking Responsibility for Our Decisions
by Mike Hurt on February 11th, 2021
It’s important for us to differentiate between bad decisions and accidents.  Read More
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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.   Read More
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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.  Read More
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Choosing Your Family's Focus
by Mike Hurt on February 8th, 2021
Leading your kids to love Jesus takes time and an intentional focus. While it may feel intimidating and you may not feel prepared, you can do it. Keep things simple and start by choosing your FOCUS.  Read More
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2021 Goals
by Mike Hurt on February 5th, 2021
Last year did a number on us all, didn’t it? For parents, 2020 delivered a one-two punch: Work from home. Wear masks. Reduce your social circle. And do it all with little ones in tow.  Read More
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5 Things My Daughter Has Taught Me About Anger
by Mike Hurt on February 1st, 2021
Angry parents can be scary to kids. As a dad, sometimes my kids get the worst from me. I get upset and snap quickly and find myself feeling embarrassed and guilty for how I speak to them. I have never physically touched them in anger, but my words wound deeply.  Read More
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Canceling the Cancel Culture
by Mike Hurt on January 25th, 2021
In mid 2018, a new phrase entered our vocabulary.  It was a new way of explaining an age old problem and the new phrase, Cancel Culture, has exploded since.  When people speak of the Cancel Culture, they speak of the response that some have to others they disagree with or who have done wrong.   In 2020, we saw politicians, talk show hosts, celebrities, and even some Christian leaders canceled.  Wh...  Read More
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Not Everyone Sees the World Like I Do
by Mike Hurt on January 12th, 2021
If 2020 taught me anything, it taught me that not everyone sees the world like I do and not everyone sees the world like you do, either. That's why 2020 was a year full of zeal...zealous protests, zealous politicians, and zealous opinions.   Read More
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You, Me, and the COVID-19 Vaccine
by Mike Hurt on January 11th, 2021
Today,  a friend emailed and asked for guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.   I loved that they weren't looking for my medical opinion but instead they wanted Scripture to consider as they make their decision.  It's good that they didn't want my medial opinion because I'm not qualified to share one!  But here is what I did share.First, let's start with the need to pray to God and ask for wisdo...  Read More
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Kids, Christmas, and True Joy
by Mike Hurt on December 14th, 2020
While I don’t believe that our Christmas celebration today is devoid of joy, I do wonder how much of our celebration is excitement, merriment, and happiness connected to the holiday, rather than joy connected to Jesus. And let me quickly add, that I don’t think there is anything wrong with being excited, merry, and happy about the Christmas holiday season; but at the same time, I would suggest that we need to be careful to preserve and develop true joy in our hearts this time of the year, and help our kids do the same. So how do we do that? How do we foster joy in our kids?   Read More
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How to De-Stress Your Family’s Pandemic Holidays
by Mike Hurt on December 7th, 2020
2020 may be the perfect year for families to figure out what they do best and stop worrying about all the rest. Here are four ways to de-stress and keep disappointment at bay this pandemic holiday season.  Read More
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An Unprecedented Thanksgiving
by Mike Hurt on November 22nd, 2020
We can all find something to be thankful for even in these strange times, especially with Thanksgiving coming this week.  Read More
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Avoiding Words That Hurt
by Mike Hurt on November 10th, 2020
When is the last time you fired off an angry email and wished you could take it back? Or you said something in anger and later regretted it? Every day, people speak and type words that hurt others. We know better. But we still do it. This video series will help you learn the four principles of grace-filled communication. Episode 1:  Why do we think before we speak? Episode 2:  Tweets and Consequen...  Read More
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Raising Great Kids
by Mike Hurt on October 26th, 2020
Do you ever feel like your kid is broken? Your friend’s kid obeys while your kid ignores. That kid sits quietly and yours can’t calm down. Maybe it is your kid. Maybe it’s your parenting. Or maybe…it’s something else entirely.   Read More
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Habits v. Ruts
by Mike Hurt on October 4th, 2020
Habits become ruts when they become mindless or superstitious.  Read More
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Wash Those Feet
by Mike Hurt on September 29th, 2020
If we love people, do the hard work of serving, and don't give up then we will be blessed and we will see a harvest for our work.  Read More
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Longing for Heaven
by Mike Hurt on September 23rd, 2020
Am I looking to build a great life on earth or am I longing for heaven?" I don't believe that the two are mutually exclusive. We can have a great life on earth while we long to be with Jesus in heaven. We can do both, but few people do - including me. We become some earthly minded that we are no heavenly good, so to speak. So, how do we fix it. How to we live like we are longing for heaven?  Read More
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A Different Blessing
by Mike Hurt on September 1st, 2020
In different times, we must live in different ways.  Read More
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COVID-19 Update
by Mike Hurt on July 26th, 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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