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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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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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