Posts with the category “growth-resources”

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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The Basics of Bible Study
by Mike Hurt on January 27th, 2020
Bible study is not the same thing as Bible reading. If Bible reading is like raking for leaves, Bible study is like digging for diamonds. The Christian life calls for both.  Read More
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How Serving in the Church Helps Us Grow
by Mike Hurt on January 27th, 2020
There are many benefits of serving, but at the end of the day, we have one outstanding motivation: we serve because we are walking in the footsteps of the perfect Servant, Jesus Christ. We serve as an extension of God’s love for us.  Read More
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Good Parents, Prodigal Kids
by Mike Hurt on January 19th, 2020
From Focus on the Family Arianna was heartsick over the immoral choices her adult son was making. She asked him where he saw Jesus in all of them.“I’m having to rethink that,” her son said. “I’ve had questions about Jesus for a long time.” Those were the most painful words Arianna had ever heard. Her son’s behavior was one thing, but losing faith in Jesus was something else entirely.As we talked, ...  Read More
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5 Practical Tips to Prayer
by Mike Hurt on January 16th, 2020
I’m a wanna-be prayer warrior. I long to grow a deeper prayer life, but I have a secret struggle with boredom. I know prayer carries power and changes lives. But when I sit down to pray, I find it hard to focus.  Read More
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5 Ways to Serve Even When It is Hard
by Mike Hurt on January 15th, 2020
To build disciples, one of the things that my team and I have to do over and over again is talk with people about serving others in the name of Jesus.  We always need servants.  We need servants in the church.  We need servants in our communities doing things in the name of Jesus.  Over the years I have seen churches try all sorts of techniques and tricks to get people to serve.  I have even tried...  Read More
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Keeping Your Marriage Healthy Through Life's Transitions
by Mike Hurt on January 15th, 2020
Marriages are made or broken in the transitions of life.   Read More
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Prayer 101
by Mike Hurt on January 14th, 2020
Whether you’re searching for God or a longtime believer, there’s a good chance you have questions about prayer. How exactly are you supposed to pray? And why should you do it? Here are some guidelines from Billy Graham.How do I talk to God?Billy Graham: Prayer is simply talking to God—and the most important thing I can say about this is that God wants you to talk to Him! He loves us and He has pro...  Read More
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The Wise Stepmom
by Mike Hurt on January 11th, 2020
Get insights into your relationships as you adjust to your new role as a stepmother.  Read More
3 Tips for Teens and Texting
by Mike Hurt on January 9th, 2020
Suddenly a privilege of teenage life has drifted down to the tweens, who are even less equipped to deal with the pressures and addictive nature of screen-time and texting.  Read More
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Put God First in 2020
by Mike Hurt on January 9th, 2020
As a parent, you set the direction for your family and you set the example for your kids to follow.  Read More
6 Overwhelming Things for Teens
by Mike Hurt on January 9th, 2020
Parents forget how much harder it is to actually be a teen in our present era of overloaded schedules and social media pitfalls. With teen stress on the rise in recent years, it’s more important than ever for parents to teach their teens how to manage stressful situations before those situations become overwhelming.  Read More