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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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