Posts with the category “home-page”
You Have Arrived
by Mike Hurt on January 22nd, 2023
Set an address in Google maps and you will get step by step directions to the desired location. Then, as you pull up, Google announces, "You have arrived." There is a sense of pride in the map's automated voice. Because everyone wants to arrive. Everyone wants to feel like they've made it. We all want the sense that we are successful and secure.The problem is many people see security in what ...
by Mike Hurt on January 15th, 2023
Moral gray areas have always existed for believers (see Rom. 14:1–23). New technology and modern social issues certainly provide unique manifestations of gray areas, but Christians have always needed to exercise wisdom and discernment in myriads of life situations.
Take Thoughts Captive
by Mike Hurt on January 9th, 2023
To live the good life that we all dream of, pray for, and work for, it requires a starting point. That starting point is our faith in Christ, because it's our faith that transforms our lives starting with our minds.That's why Romans 12:2 teaches us to no longer conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Our minds are powerful influencers because our ...
How You Think About Your Spouse
by Mike Hurt on January 9th, 2023
Changing how you think about your spouse can change how you treat your spouse.
Your Senior Didn't Get Into Their Dream School
by Mike Hurt on January 5th, 2023
Helping your senior deal with disappointment is an unwanted, yet important role as a parent. While this season may be short-lived, it will not be the last time our teenagers walk through disappointment or difficult news. The skills we help them develop now will become useful tools as they navigate change, rejection, and disappointment in their adult years.
3 Conversations that Scare Every Parent
by Mike Hurt on January 5th, 2023
One day you’re holding a new baby—toes in your hand and a little noggin’ tucked in the crook of your elbow. The next thing you know that baby is running past you, full of opinions, ideas and questions. Lots of questions. Scary questions. Sometimes those questions seem to come out of nowhere. But when we’re really on top of our game, we head them off at the pass. Even though we’re scared. That’s wh...
by Mike Hurt on January 4th, 2023
From Faith Gateway Have you ever found yourself struggling to meet your spiritual new year's resolutions? What if we told you that resolutions don’t work, but better habits do? I recently started listening to the audiobook Atomic Habits by James Clear after it was mentioned by my pastor in a sermon, and while it’s not a Christian book, his recommendations on building better habits have become ver...
by Mike Hurt on December 27th, 2022
Ready or not, here it comes. 2023 is here. As we step into the new year, it's a fresh chance to evaluate our lives, commit to the Lord, and see Him do new things in us and around us.Paul's writing to the church in Philippians 3:12-14 comes to mind as we leave one year behind and step into a new one: 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to...
Recognize Your Rescuer
by Mike Hurt on December 19th, 2022
Earlier this month, one of my teammates threw a Christmas party for our staff team. It was a fun lunch with great food plus a gift exchange and games. To get ready for one of the games, we had to send in a baby picture of ourselves. Then, at the party, we had to guess which baby was which teammate. I was horrible at this game. Not just bad but really bad. I could hardly match anyone to thei...
The Disciples in the Storm
by Mike Hurt on October 25th, 2022
On Sunday, Russell preached an encouraging message from Mark 4 and the story of Jesus and the disciples in the midst of a storm. A vicious squall hit the disciples while they were crossing the Sea of Galilee. Their fear at this moment went through the roof even though Jesus was with them. In the midst of their fear, what does Mark say that Jesus was doing? He was asleep in the boat resting on a cu...
Fix Your Focus
by Mike Hurt on October 11th, 2022
In Luke 10, Jesus joined His friends Mary and Martha for a dinner party. This meal took preparation and one sister, Martha, was doing all of the work. Watching her sister just sit at the feet of Jesus frustrated her and stressed her out beyond belief. So much so that she cried out to Jesus and asked if Jesus was going to do anything about it. Jesus didn't command Mary to get to work instead, He co...
Dealing with FOMO
by Mike Hurt on October 10th, 2022
In a recent message, we learned about the Biblical command to rest based on Jesus' teaching in Matthew 12. You can watch the full message here. Pastor Mike shared that in order to say yes to Sabbath rest we may need to say no to some things that overburden our schedules. This timely message is difficult to put into practice because it requires that we udder that simple word that so many of us, mys...
Room for Rest
by Mike Hurt on October 3rd, 2022
On Sunday, I kicked off the Jesus Stories series with a look at the story of Jesus and the man with a withered hand. On the surface, the story seems to be another story of Jesus healing a man with a great need, but the story goes deeper. The healing is a part of a bigger story. The story of our need for rest and the right way to do it in Jesus.In Matthew 12, controversy swirled around the Sabbat...
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...
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. ...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...