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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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3 Mid-Marriage Essentials
by Mike Hurt on October 19th, 2021
From the MarriageTrac Even though the years between forty and sixty-five do not represent the true middle of our lives—few of us will live to one hundred or beyond — midlife is a very real thing. There’s something essential going on that’s worth exploring, particularly as it relates to marriage.This is a time of multi-dimensional change. As these shifts alter the landscapes of our lives, it can be...  Read More
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So, How's the Church Doing?
by Mike Hurt on October 13th, 2021
This is a question that I get asked many times a week.  Bump into someone at Walmart.  Sit next to someone at a football game.  I know the question is coming.  "So, how's the church?"  It's a fair question.  Churches, including ours, have faced more challenges in the last 18 months than we have faced in my 30 years of ministry.  We faced the challenge of moving to an online ministry for a couple o...  Read More
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Husbands: Five Ways They're Different
by Mike Hurt on October 12th, 2021
From the MarriageTrac Value His DifferencesBe devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIVMy husband and I conducted a marriage enrichment conference one Saturday at a church in Fairbanks, Alaska. The night before the conference, the church hosted a date night event for their congregation and their community. The evening was set up so that couples could firs...  Read More
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How to Find the Right Routine as a Solo Parent
by Mike Hurt on October 5th, 2021
“Daddy” is my favorite name, and being daddy is the most rewarding position I have in my life. But a little over a year ago, after my wife lost her battle to breast cancer, I became “mommy” as well, and that was something that I could have never prepared myself for. You see, life still goes on even after you lose the person you’d planned on doing the rest of your life with.  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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Sometimes We Need to Hear What We’re Doing Right
by Mike Hurt on September 28th, 2021
Yes, kids need correcting. But on this day, I began to understand two things: Sometimes the heart needs to hear what it’s doing right. And, correcting is better received in small doses.  Read More
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The Important Role Grandparents Play
by Mike Hurt on September 21st, 2021
More and more, I’m met with the fact that parenting isn’t a formula, and every kid is very different. I can’t expect my adult children to parent their kids exactly the way I parented them. So, as a grandfather for six years now, here’s what I am learning so far.  Read More
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Why Time Away Might Not Fix Your Stress
by Mike Hurt on September 14th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Let me guess. You feel like you really need to de-stress.Of course you do…you’re a parent.Pretty much every parent I talk to is tired. Well, more than just tired. Stressed. Deeply stressed.And kind of exhausted.There’s a fatigue that comes with parenting that’s a little hard to describe. Throw a global pandemic into the mix and you’ve got stress on steroids.You know what most f...  Read More
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How to Help Your 6th Grader Navigate Junior High Drama
by Mike Hurt on September 12th, 2021
Put any sixth-grade class up against the latest hit reality show and you’ve got yourself a real contest. Help your preteen tone things down a bit—and maybe even enjoy life a whole lot more—with these simple tips.  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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9 Reasons to Get Married
by Mike Hurt on September 2nd, 2021
Watch a classic black-and-white movie, and you pretty much know how it’s going to end. In an old-fashioned Western, the white-hatted hero will ride into the sunset. A monster movie? The monster won’t survive to the credits (until the next sequel comes out, that is). And if it’s a romance, you’re bound to hear wedding bells — a Hollywood-made happy ending.But today, in real life, wedding bells aren...  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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Four Defining Moments for Young Marriages
by Mike Hurt on August 15th, 2021
In Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations, Pip meets the cruel and contemptuous Estella, who tortures him throughout the novel with unrequited love. But Pip doesn’t really love Estella. He loves what she represents — a stratum of society to which Pip hungers to belong. Pip is blinded by his swollen expectations, and only later comprehends the true cost as he remembers the day he met Estella:...  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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Difficult or Impossible?
by Mike Hurt on July 8th, 2021
Last week, Kristi and I took our baby to her orientation at Baylor.  Yes, we have another Bear in the family.  (I'll save the story on that for another day.  It's a good one.)  At the orientation, we enjoyed many seminars that will help Bekah thrive and help us survive without her.  During one the seminars, they had a student panel share with the crown.  One of the students, a Premed student, said...  Read More
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Advice for New Dads
by Mike Hurt on July 5th, 2021
From the Parent Cue I was 28 when I found out I was going to be a dad.  Back then, I still thought I had what it took to be a rock star, even more so a dad.  (And to be clear, I had absolutely no idea what it took to be either of those things.)Now, with my eldest daughter about to turn 21, and my other two girls in their late teens, there are a lot of things I would tell my younger self if given t...  Read More
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5 Ways to Work Through Sibling Rivalry
by Mike Hurt on June 28th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Like with most things in parenting, we’re better off if we tackle problems proactively rather than waiting around for them to pop up again. That’s why the first four items we’ll discuss are designed to take place in moments of peace. In our home they’re just part of the routine.And when sibling conflict happens—because you know it does—we have a plan for that too. After all, a ...  Read More
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What to Do Concerned About Kid's New Friend Group
by Mike Hurt on June 28th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Your kid is going through about a million-and-one changes in the middle school phase. So much is changing about them so quickly that it can seem like nothing is ever the same from one day to the next.One day they love basketball, the next they don’t. One day their voice is normal, the next it’s cracking. One day their friend group is amazing, the next it’s completely fractured....  Read More
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Crossing the Line of Faith
by Mike Hurt on June 28th, 2021
This is the point when the person decides to put their faith in Jesus. They know that they are a sinner who needs a Savior and that Jesus is their one and only Savior.   Read More
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Seeking After God
by Mike Hurt on June 21st, 2021
In this threshold, they are just about to make a decision about Jesus. There is urgency and purpose in their seeking.  Read More
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Curiosity
by Mike Hurt on June 14th, 2021
The stage of curiosity tends to blossom over time and usually has three levels of intensity. It’s a subtle shift from being passive to being provoked to think differently.  Read More
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Trust Issues
by Mike Hurt on June 7th, 2021
Today, Christianity and religion are suspect and distrust has become the norm.  Read More
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How to Survive Your Preschooler's Tough Questions
by Mike Hurt on June 2nd, 2021
From the Parent Cue. I tucked my daughter’s chair under the table for breakfast and encouraged her to say her grace before eating.“God is great . . .” she began the standard prayer.“God is good . . .” she continued.Then, the hatchet:“Mommy, what if God isn’t great? What then?”I wish I could brag about how well I handled her question. Really, I wish I could. Instead, I hang my head in shame as I ty...  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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How to Have a Healthy Disagreement with Your Kid
by Mike Hurt on May 28th, 2021
As your children grow out of infancy and further into childhood, disagreements will become a normal part of life. When you’re a parent, of course, this can grow quite exhausting! You may find that the older they get, the more things there are to disagree about.  Read More
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5 Tips for Co-parenting After Divorce
by Mike Hurt on May 25th, 2021
From the Parent Cue If you’ve read any blog I’ve ever written about divorce, I always say the same thing at least once—no matter the circumstances surrounding your separation, getting divorced sucks.That being said, there are things you can put into practice that take away some of that suckery. In fact, you can find some peace—even joy—in co-parenting.  I share three girls with my ex—ages 12, 8, a...  Read More
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4 Signs Your Kid is Losing Confidence
by Mike Hurt on May 10th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Kids seem to be born confident creatures. They have no problem expressing their needs (sometimes, quite loudly).They’re secure in their appearance (hello, polka dots and stripes).They make it clear when they don’t like something (baby boundaries in full effect).Quite simply, they believe they can do anything and that the world is theirs.Then, something happens. Perhaps, it’s li...  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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Faith v. Certainty
by Mike Hurt on April 27th, 2021
How does life change when you find God’s will for your life? Seriously, what changes? If God told you exactly what to do, it was crystal clear. How would you live, work, relate, or worship differently than you did before you knew the will of God?  Read More
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Marking Milestones
by Mike Hurt on April 26th, 2021
“If something is changing in my kid’s worlds, I need to personally connect with them and lead them to the next phase.”  Read More
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Too Late to Have the Sex Talk?
by Mike Hurt on April 26th, 2021
It’s never too late to start this conversation. No one loves your teenager more than you, so who better than to have these conversations than you!  Read More
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3 Things to Think About As Your Kids Get Older
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
“What gets celebrated gets repeated and what is repeated sticks.”  Read More
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Moments Matter
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2021
Family discipleship moments are about being prepared to take advantage of opportunities to communicate God’s truth in whatever circumstances come your way.  As parents, we must be committed to capturing and leveraging opportunities in everyday life for the purpose of leading our kids to believe in, love, and follow Jesus.We see the challenge to adopt this mindset in Deuteronomy 6.    "4 Hear, O Is...  Read More
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Bed Time Blessings
by Mike Hurt on April 16th, 2021
Setting a nightly routine with your kids can establish a consistent rhythm of praying for and encouraging your kids no matter their age.   Read More
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