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Dealing with Doubt
by Mike Hurt on September 27th, 2022
Doubting or investigating the truth isn't necessarily a sin and isn't the opposite of faith. Rather, it may be an element of faith.  It means you are thinking some things through and grappling with the issues. It means you are trying to process certain events or information, wondering how it all fits in with life as you understand it.In John 20, we read the story of Thomas and Jesus. Thomas is kno...  Read More
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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. ...  Read More
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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?  Read More
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A Faith Like No Other
by Mike Hurt on September 11th, 2022
Are you a person of faith?  If you had asked me that question when I was younger, I would have said, “No.  I’m not.”  You see, I didn’t become a Christian until I was 17.  But even before I came to faith in Christ, I lived my life by faith.  I lived with confidence in myself.  I lived with the hope that my life would be good.  I lived trusting the rules of science.  But I wasn’t a person of faith ...  Read More
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Lock It Down
by Mike Hurt on September 6th, 2022
I'm a fairly techy (if that is a word) guy, so over the years I've had countless people ask my advise on locking down phones and devices from harmful content.  Whether that is someone fighting issues with pornography or a parent trying to protect their kids who got new devices for Christmas.  Everyone was looking for a simple, single solution.  Unfortunately, simple solutions haven't been easy to ...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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Secret & Generous
by Mike Hurt on July 20th, 2022
As we continue to listen in on the best sermon ever preached - Jesus' sermon on the mount, Jesus presses in on the crowd to deal with the hypocrisy that lives within them and likely us.  What was the hypocrisy?  Doing things for God, only to be seen by others.  The hyper-religious in Jesus' day wanted their generosity to be seen and celebrated by others.  They wanted their prayers heard and noted ...  Read More
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Salt & Light in a Cancel Culture World
by Mike Hurt on July 20th, 2022
When we look around at all that is happening in the world, we can complain.  We can respond with concern and even great fear.  We can bury our heads in the sand and hope things get better.  Or, we can be the difference makers that Jesus has called us to be.   What kind of difference makes does Jesus call us to be?  He calls us to be salt and light.   Read the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:13-16.  ...  Read More
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3 Character Qualities that Set Your Kids Up for Success
by Mike Hurt on July 14th, 2022
From Christian Parenting Like most well-intentioned parents, Dave and I have high hopes for our boys.  We want our sons to grow up to be good men, productive, stable, and successful. So we teach them to work hard, excel in what they do, and to never give up. In school we want straight A’s, and in sports, well, spend any time with us and you’re likely to hear a few rounds of “Go big or go home!”(My...  Read More
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Tackling Tough Topics with Your Kids
by Mike Hurt on July 12th, 2022
We have a twelve-year-old boy and he is now, more than ever, interested in what’s going on in the world. He wants to know about things like abortion and LGBTQ rights and whether black lives matter. He wants to watch the news and read books, and he has a tendency to ask really tough questions. But you know what? There is a tension that lies in my mama-heart between his desire to educate himself and...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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.  Read More
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Be the Best Version of Yourself
by Mike Hurt on June 5th, 2022
PARENTING AFFIRMATIONI will treasure my kids’ unique personalities and foster their unique talents.  Psalms 139:14  and I’m a better parent when I take care of myself.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 5:7READ24 Then Jesus spoke to his disciples. He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross and follow me. 25 Whoever wants to save their life will ...  Read More
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Go the Extra Mile
by Mike Hurt on May 31st, 2022
On Sunday, we wrapped up the Relationship Restart series with the reminder and challenge that we have a great capacity to love because of what Jesus has done for us.  We also discovered that Jesus calls us to love deeper, better, wider, and longer by going the extra mile in our relationships.Both of these truths are essential as we seek to love and live like Jesus. We love much because we have bee...  Read More
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Better Boundaries
by Mike Hurt on May 23rd, 2022
We all need better boundaries so that we live in healthy relationships.  That was the big takeaway from my message yesterday.    It is time to break the bad habit of codependent relationships.   The goal is to be completely dependent on God rather than codependent on anyone. Jesus was our perfect example of better boundaries and complete dependence.  He wasn't a people pleaser.  He wasn't an enabl...  Read More
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Warning Signs of Anxiety or Depression in Kids
by Mike Hurt on April 26th, 2022
from The Parent Cue As adults, it can be easy to assume that kids, particularly younger ones, have nothing to fear, worry, or be sad about. After all, childhood is known for being the most innocent and carefree stage of development. However, kids have plenty to be stressed over. Let’s start with a recent and, let’s face it, still current event: We have been living in a global pandemic for well ove...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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Managing Money as a Couple
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2022
from re|engage There are few other topics more emotionally charged than money. In marriage, this is especially the case. Money has a way of exposing our hearts. Matthew 6:21 says that where we place our treasure, our heart will be also. So, when issues of money come up in marriage, they can very quickly become sources of conflict.Thankfully, there is hope. There are two essential attitudes and two...  Read More
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Best Day Ever
by Mike Hurt on April 11th, 2022
On Easter, we celebrate the best day ever.  Think about all of the good days in your life.  Think about the days when you may have exclaimed, “This is the best day ever!”  The day that you graduated from school was a good day, but not the best day ever.  The day your kids were born is a good day, but not the best day ever.  The day that you got your dream job was a good day, but not the best day e...  Read More
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The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Children
by Mike Hurt on April 5th, 2022
From re|engage I’ve been on staff at Watermark Community Church working with students (grades 6-12) for 18 years. In that time, I have observed hundreds of students navigate adolescence and grow into adults; the oldest “students” I’ve worked with are now in their thirties. Many of them thrive after graduation. Their faith continues to grow, they remain connected to the body of Christ, and they con...  Read More
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How To End Endless Arguments in Marriage
by Mike Hurt on March 29th, 2022
From re|engage Have you ever been in an argument with your spouse that seemed to go in circles? Perhaps you left the conversation feeling misinterpreted, invalidated, or ignored. You felt less understood or less loved than you did before the conversation. Maybe you regularly struggle to see eye to eye with your spouse.That’s not unusual; it happens to all of us at times. Communicating clearly and ...  Read More
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Is My Child Addicted to Technology?
by Mike Hurt on March 22nd, 2022
From The Parent Cue We live in a digital world. Laptops. Tablets. Smartphones. Smart TVs. There are so many devices that occupy our kids’ attention. Controlling screen time is an ever-present task for parents, but it can be tricky because screens are literally everywhere. The challenge is this: technology isn’t going anywhere. And I’m not even suggesting that it should. But with so many screen-obs...  Read More
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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.   Read More
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6 Ways to Help Your Middle Schooler Build a Positive Body Image
by Mike Hurt on March 16th, 2022
From The Parent Cue I remember the first time I became super aware of the way I looked. It was my first middle school dance, and, as an eighth grader, this was a pretty big deal. I had waited my entire middle school career to be allowed to attend a school dance (my parents had rules). A DJ (playin’ “Ghetto Superstar and The Boy is Mine”), tons of snacks and sodas, a pretty dress, my best friends o...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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Stay Uncomfortable
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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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New Normal
by Mike Hurt on January 10th, 2022
One of the phrases that we all grew tired of during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis was the “new normal.”  With all of the changes, cancellations, and closures, some spoke as though things would never return to normal.  Thus, a new normal was born.  As I heard this, I fought against this idea because there would come a time again when we could return to the people, places, and things that we...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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...  Read More
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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.   Read More
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Moms Can Make Disciples
by Mike Hurt on November 16th, 2021
From Desiring God After I had my first child, and all the more after I had my second, I wondered if I would be done with ministry until my kids grew up. I wondered how I could possibly fit another task on my to-do list when I could not even find the time to eat properly unless my husband was home.Then I read about Ann Judson, who gave her life in the early 1800s to reach the people of Burma. Over ...  Read More
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How to Have a Mental Health Check-in With Your Teen or Preteen
by Mike Hurt on November 5th, 2021
From the Parent Cue Is your teen or tween behaving more differently than usual? I know, this probably seems like a trick question. The emphasis is on the word more. For example, has your usually uber-responsible fourteen-year-old neglected to take the dog out again, forgot two class assignments in a row, and just failed an exam in his easiest subject? Or has your outgoing, mild-tempered eleven-yea...  Read More
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The Best Way to Communicate with Your Kid in Every Phase
by Mike Hurt on October 30th, 2021
One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do in your parenting is learn how to communicate with your kid. Communication in and of itself has never been easy, but add an age gap, youthful angst, and a budding vocabulary, and you might find yourself feeling like you’ll never get it right, that you and your child will always be in a perpetual state of misunderstanding each other.That feeling is t...  Read More
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Want an extraordinary marriage? Be an ordinary Christian.
by Mike Hurt on October 26th, 2021
From the Gospel Project Christians seeking ways to strengthen and improve their marriages aren’t suffering a shortage of advice. Much of it is good, even excellent. But how often are married believers told that the foundation of every successful marriage is an ordinary Christian life—perhaps not ordinary in terms of how many professing Christians practice such a life, but certainly ordinary as Scr...  Read More
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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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