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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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How to Apologize to Your Middle Schooler
by Mike Hurt on April 15th, 2021
Enter middle school. I woke up to a different human being living in my house.  Read More
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Messy One Year Olds
by Mike Hurt on April 14th, 2021
Sweet discovery is what this phase is made of. It’s what makes patience and endurance such prized commodities for the parents of this age. You are helping your one-year-old navigate the mess of discovery  Read More
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Managing Preschooler's Emotions
by Mike Hurt on April 13th, 2021
When you or I have a rough day, we have a track record. Frustrating as it may be to spend a whole day on a project that gets scrapped, we know tomorrow still has the potential to be a good day. Preschoolers simply don’t have the life experience to see past the present instant. Emotion is reality. As far as they are concerned, what they feel in the moment is how they will feel always-and-forever-the-end.  Read More
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It's About Time
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
While most of us find it difficult to find more time in our day, we can all find ways to incorporate our faith into the daily rhythm of our life.  Read More
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The Family Dinner Table
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
The family dinner table is the best place in our homes to make a lasting impact on the next generation. Food has the power to bring people together. However, eating meals together around the dinner table requires that we be intentional.  Read More
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Be an Influencer
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2021
“Don’t get sad when your kids start growing up. Just enjoy every minute of every phase, because each one offers something unique and important.”   Read More
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How Can I Get My High Schooler to Open Up to Me?
by Mike Hurt on April 5th, 2021
Want real conversations with your high schooler? They need it and you can do it. Check out these simple ideas.  Read More
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A Reminder Parents...
by Mike Hurt on March 23rd, 2021
In all our hearts, surely we know that the chances of our children playing sports in college, much less professionally, are very, very low. Same thing with being the valedictorian in every educational system they’re part of. Same thing about always being the president until they eventually become The President. So pragmatically, it’s helpful to remember that these activities they participate in aren’t an end in themselves; they simply can’t be because they will sooner or later end.  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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Spring 2021 COVID-19 Update
by Mike Hurt on March 8th, 2021
With the decrease in the community spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are making some changes to return to full ministries and groups while keeping you and others safe and healthy.MASKS:  Masks are optional on Parkway Church campuses.  Those who need to wear a mask for their protection or the protection of others should do so.WORSHIP SERVICES:  Our worship services are contact free with no greeting ...  Read More
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