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Encouragers United Podcast

Encouragers United Podcast

By Charles R Grimes
Welcome to the Encouragers United Podcast! Your source for simple yet profound inspiration from Coach Charlie Grimes, former university level athlete, coach, administrator and self-proclaimed encourager. Listen in to Coach Grimes' teaching and interviews for energetic, positive and enthusiastic passion to live life as an encourager! Teachers, coaches, pastors and mentors working in Christian leadership will be enriched to hear our stories!
Announcement on 7/7/21: This podcast is taking a break from creating new episodes. Thank-you for your support and encouragement during this time of rest.
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Never Grow Weary Galatians 6:9
Galatians 6:9  Never Grow Weary of Doing Good As Christians, we try to live a life that brings glory to God but some days, that is really hard to do. Sometimes it feels like we aren’t getting anywhere with our work or our efforts--- In these moments it can be all too easy sometimes to cave in and quit. We get weary---Where can we find the strength and focus to keep going?  Where does motivation and inspiration come from? Most of you may know that my background is in Exercise, physical training and particularly in coaching athletes in the sport of Track and Field.  With the Olympics just around the corner, and the US Olympic trials in full swing, it’s a great time of the summer. I love watching the stories, and the performances.  It reminds me of the days when my legs were a lot lighter, and I could run and jump and throw.  It also reminds me of many years of working with students as they trained and developed their own performances.  The ups and downs of training as an athlete are many-- I often used bible verses and spiritual concepts in my coaching and teaching.  One of those favorite passages I remember is Galatians 6. In this chapter, Paul is concluding his letter to the Galatian church. The book of Galatians is largely about justification by faith instead of works of the law, however, towards the end, it veers towards the results of a justification by faith, a life in the Spirit. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:7-10 ESV Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
18:04
July 05, 2021
Better Than I Deserve Psalm 23:6
Psalm 23:6  “Better Than I Deserve” Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I love a phrase Dave Ramsey uses on his radio programs--  He will greet a caller with a kind hello, and almost every time, the caller will say “Hi Dave, How are you?”--  This is actually pretty odd to me, as I actually have called into a radio program to ask a specific question-- Now as a podcast producer and host, I would want the caller to just get to the question, and skip the pleasantries-- Dave almost always says-  “Better than I deserve… what can I do for you?” Jesus shows time and time again that He can and will provide for those who follow Him. Just as a shepherd provides for the sheep, so does Jesus provide for His followers. No better description of this exists than Psalm 23.  It’s been a wonderful journey these last few weeks.  If you happen to have missed an episode, I highly encourage you go back and listen to the entire set.  It’s been a great honor to produce these teachings, and a great reminder to all of us how much God loves and cares for us. Scholar’s believe David is an older man when he wrote this Twenty-third Psalm. He had seen tragedies and disappointments, but he also had come to know God - The shepherd who gives to his children more than they deserve. Think about this great summary I found from another pastor: provision - I have all that I need; peace - I have rest from a weary journey; protection - I have safety from my enemies; providence - I have guidance in times of confusion; presence - I have a companion when the way is lonely; paradise - I have a home awaiting me in heaven. David knew that God was with him in green pastures, beside him at the still waters, before him at the table, behind him pursing him with goodness and mercy, beyond him preparing a heavenly home, and with him all the while as the good shepherd. David had been given more than he deserved. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber Encourage Everybody is a paper goods & gifts brand that creates unforgettable products that allow you to be creative, have fun and encourage everybody! We believe in the energy and the warmth of the written word to change the world one letter at a time! From a simple sentence to a palace of paragraphs, pick up a card and encourage a loved one! encourageeverybody.com
16:51
June 28, 2021
Stay At The Table. Psalm 23:5
“The Lord is my shepherd…  I shall not want”. David writes these timeless words--the 23rd Psalm is quite possibly the most familiar passage of scripture-- (second only to John 3:16, or maybe the Lord’s prayer right?). I sometimes feel like we’ve cluttered up the Christian life. In trying to conceptualize or describe “what” it means to walk with Jesus, we may have mistakenly created this outer-shell, (the do’s and don’ts) of our faith-- and we sometimes need a reminder of the heart of the matter-- the core value of our lives is to know God, to be known by Him, and to have relationship with Him.  That is made possible, by Jesus alone-- and he prepares a table for you. All we need to do is simply sit down-- and stay at the table. Many thanks to the Dayspring Music Ministry, and Crystal Martin, Heather Curtis, Kent Miller and Jeff Bargerstock for their wonderful recording of "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" at the end of this episode. Why did the Lord prepare the table in the presence of the enemies? So the enemy sees and is reminded of how Glorious the Lord is! He seeks to destroy everything the Lord is doing-- and by us staying at the table, focusing on Jesus our Good Shepherd-- the enemy is constantly reminded of his failure and future demise. This is a key factor in our understanding of WORSHIP! So all those around us see how glorious the Lord is, and be drawn to HIM! Jesus, the Good Shepherd provides us with an ABUNDANCE Mindset-- not a scarcity mindset!  We are free to share what we have received. Matthew 10:5-8   5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. This is a key factor in our understanding of WITNESS! So we remember that we have the authority to dismiss the enemy from our table, every day. Be gone, Satan.  You’ve been lying to me, distracting me, undermining my Lord’s work. James 4:7:  7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. This is a key factor in understanding of WARFARE! Worship, Witness, and Warfare-- That’s a pretty good summary of three core parts of our lives, right?  But it all starts with sitting down, turning our eyes upon Jesus, and Staying at the Table. Many thanks to the Dayspring Music Ministry, and Crystal Martin, Heather Curtis, Kent Miller and Jeff Bargerstock for their wonderful recording of "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" at the end of this episode.
19:48
June 21, 2021
Even Though. You Comfort Me. Psalm 23:4
Psalm 23:4 Can you remember those toughest times of your life-- when perhaps you knew that this was pretty dark, pretty bad.  I know I can think back to times when I thought it just couldn’t get any worse with a family issue, or stuff at church or work… even within my own heart and mind.  Confusion, darkness, uncertainty-- it’s all stuff we’ve walked through-- and sometimes its a slow go-- but Jesus was there, calling softly in those times-- Come on, I’ve got you. Some people think that when you become a Christ-follower, all your troubles go away. They naively assume that once you are saved, everything in your life will fall neatly into place. In fact, they think if you have any problems, there must be something faulty with your faith. But nothing could be farther from the truth. It is not only foolish to think we will never face difficulties in the Christian life, it is downright dangerous. If we think we will never encounter any trials, we will set ourselves up for a great fall and be sadly disappointed. The reality is, we all need a shepherd—someone to guide us through our many adversities, someone to protect us from encroaching evil, someone to calm our troubled souls. That someone is the LORD Himself. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
22:03
June 14, 2021
Our Good Shepherd Restores and Guides Us
Psalm 23:3   He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake. This next verse in one of the most familiar passages in the bible speaks simply about how God provides correction and renewal when we find our souls depleted-- and also how God continues to give us guidance and love to move forward on the right path. Jesus provides for your physical needs, he provides rest and peace in an anxious world, and thirdly, he provides correction and renewal when you fall. Psalm 23:3: “He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3a) That word “restore” is a word that speaks of refreshing and renewal. https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/a-shepherd-looks-at-psalm-23_w-phillip-keller/246759/item/24723921/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnueFBhChARIsAPu3YkQhfXbQ5SKXKtxg1cjBp0P84WxyaWKPoyV_1L7qVjZvgUSUhzAIFFQaAlqPEALw_wcB#idiq=24723921&edition=8984359 Phillip Keller in his book called “A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23”  he tells how as a shepherd one of the greatest dangers for his sheep was when a sheep became “cast” or “cast down.” This is an old English term for a sheep that has turned over on its back and cannot not get back up again. If the shepherd does not find and restore the sheep, especially on a hot or sunny day, the cast sheep can die within a matter of hours. We all fall at times – “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” We are cast down in our souls, and oh how we need the shepherd to come and restore us. Please know when you fall down, Jesus doesn’t abandon you. He doesn’t leave you alone. Rather he comes to you to restore you. If you have fallen in sin, he disciplines and corrects you as needed. If you are cast down by sadness in life, he looks to renew you. Enjoy and share this episode with anyone you know that needs this encouragement today! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber Encourage Everybody is a paper goods & gifts brand that creates unforgettable products that allow you to be creative, have fun and encourage everybody! We believe in the energy and the warmth of the written word to change the world one letter at a time! From a simple sentence to a palace of paragraphs, pick up a card and encourage a loved one! encourageeverybody.com
13:31
June 07, 2021
The Good Shepherd Leads and Feeds
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters.”   Psalm 23:2   Many thanks to Pastor Jeff Bargerstock for his reading of Psalm 23, as part of the Dayspring Music Ministry project.  Jeff pastors at Longenecker Evangelical Anabaptist Fellowship (LEAF) in Dundee, OH. In this psalm, David explains what God is doing in his life. He writes, "He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters" (verse 2). This psalm is written in Hebrew poetry and uses a literary device known as “parallelism”. This is where the two lines or phrases of the verse are containing one idea of thought. It is where the second line builds on the first line. Each of these two lines reveals a key aspect of what God is presently doing in David’s life—and in likewise in ours. Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback a few of you have given from last week-- if you didn’t catch my previous episode, last week I unpacked just one verse from the wonderful and popular Psalm 23.  Verse 1, read -- "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want".  I encourage you to go back and listen in on that soon- it will set the stage for the next few verses.  Moving on through to the next verse-- we get a window into the provision that Jesus, as our Good Shepherd, gives us-- the feeding, and the leading. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber Encourage Everybody is a paper goods & gifts brand that creates unforgettable products that allow you to be creative, have fun and encourage everybody! We believe in the energy and the warmth of the written word to change the world one letter at a time! From a simple sentence to a palace of paragraphs, pick up a card and encourage a loved one! encourageeverybody.com
23:22
May 31, 2021
The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalms 23 King David was raised as a shepherd, and is the best person to write these timeless words of comfort and assurance. Let’s just consider just one verse from this powerful Psalm of David V 1: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. It is a powerful metaphor used many times in scripture.  The relationship between shepherd and sheep.   A shepherd, as it’s often described in scripture, has a very unique and powerful role-- But there is such a thing as a “sheep-herder” also.  This would be a much different role.  We often think of the shepherd as out in front of the sheep- leading them.  A sheepherder simply cracks the whip or corrals the sheep, driving them from behind.  And notice here that David does NOT state:   The Lord is my sheepherder…  No-- he says SHEPHERD. Are you discouraged, critical, negative and short tempered?  Are you dis-satisfied with life these days?  I think we all have felt it.  Since march of 2020, we’ve been facing a health pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. This pandemic has wrecked havoc with our lives.  But another, more subtle and hidden virus is raging alongside the Coronavirus.   Many are suffering through a pandemic of discontent.  Frustration, anger, bitterness, anxiety and all host of other negative emotions are wrecking havoc within our families.  The following is a rebroadcast of a sermon I was able to deliver recently, where I discuss Philippians 4, a letter the apostle Paul writes from prison.  There are three distinct keys to learning to be content-- no matter our circumstances.  We must find and concentrate on the positives, we must find a way to give sacrificially to others, and we must remember this secret-- that for those of us who are Christians, Christ lives in our hearts, and HE does give us the strength to do all things. I hope you are encouraged today, on the Encouragers United Podcast! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
13:42
May 24, 2021
God's Shaping Hand
God’s Shaping Hand  Jeremiah 18 Think about all the different types of containers in our world today.  All different shapes, sizes, they are made for different purposes, to hold almost anything… we seemingly have containers for everything! Containers actually are quite useful, right, for preserving things-- separating things, organizing. A container helps us to transport things-- or save them for a later time.   With technology and our modern culture today, we basically take a lot of this activity for granted.  But not so much in the time of the Old Testament.  The primary container of that day was-- pottery.  Pottery was a very valuable commodity because of the advantage it gave it’s owner.  However, back then, and even today,  pottery is often seen as a piece of artwork also.  Each container was hand crafted by someone. A multitude of shapes, sizes, curves and unique colors, designs and markings.  We need to be reminded that we are being shaped by God for a specific and beautiful purpose.  Also, we are being used by God as a shaping force in the lives of others! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
12:60
May 17, 2021
Repent Like Peter, or Regret Like Judas
Repentance or Regret Two men, two betrayals, two dramatic scenes from the last days of Jesus’ life here on earth--  These two men are very similar in many ways, they had walked with Jesus, talked and listened, learned from him, they were key partners in his ministry and his closest friends- and the results of their actions during these critical last hours of Thursday and Friday of the Holy week were tragic in so many ways.  But the story doesn’t end with the disastrous decisions and actions that these men made… in fact the story actually becomes even worse for one of these men-- but ends in a glorious restoration for the other. Judas and Peter were two of Jesus’ closest friends, two partners that traveled with Jesus with ten other men from various backgrounds, for three spectacular years. Three major differences between the two stories: -Peter rejoined his peers and fellowship was part of his healing.  Judas attempted to reconcile himself with the law, and was left alone and hopeless. -Peter was willing to rush toward Jesus when he saw him.  Judas retreated and ended his own life in loneliness and despair. -Peter probably came to a great understanding of Jesus' true mission, which was to seek and save the lost! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber Encourage Everybody is a paper goods & gifts brand that creates unforgettable products that allow you to be creative, have fun and encourage everybody! We believe in the energy and the warmth of the written word to change the world one letter at a time! From a simple sentence to a palace of paragraphs, pick up a card and encourage a loved one! Encourageeverybody.com
20:48
May 10, 2021
You Are a Masterpiece
You Are a Masterpiece Intro story can be found here: https://nypost.com/2021/04/02/couple-accidentally-paints-over-500000-work-of-art/ Today, friend, I would like to talk to you about a very important person.  A person that is unique and skillful, gifted and talented-- a person who is so special, that there isn’t anyone else in the entire universe just like them---They have the potential to change the world-- in small ways-- or even in big ways…  They are truly a masterpiece of a creation.  You know who that person is--  It’s you.      I’m here today to remind you (I think we often need to be reminded) that you are unique and extraordinarily valuable!  You are indeed this priceless piece of artwork. Another great project that I’m working on: Verse a Day podcast-- a daily scripture reading, brief devotional thought, and prayer-- its a free audio compliment to the verseoftheday.com website.  I’m working with another pastor named Phil Ware and his team to produce his writing in a daily dose of inspiration.  Please check it out and join me for this small, but powerful  reflection. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
16:07
May 03, 2021
7 Attributes of a Soul That Is “Passionate” About God.
7 Attributes of a Soul That Is “Passionate” About God. Psalm 63 reminds us that nothing should hinder our passion for God. King David found himself in a wilderness fleeing from his own son Absalom, but he remained passionate about God. The word “passion” means to be animated, vivacious or enthusiastic. “Enthusiasm” comes from the word; en theos...which means; in God or possessed by God. All other enthusiasm follows our enthusiasm for God. Who or what are you passionate about? 7 marks of a soul passionate towards God: I. Makes God a priority (vs 1-2) II. Gives praise to God! (vs 3-4) III. Finds pleasure in God (vs 5) IV. Is preoccupied with God! (vs 6-7) V. It pursues after God (vs 8) VI. perseveres with God (vs 8) (Thy right hand upholds me) VII. positioned under God (vs 9-11) More explanation may be found on the show notes blog for this episode: https://www.charlesrgrimes.com/blog/7-characteristics-of-a-soul-passionate-about-god Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
15:42
April 26, 2021
Winners And Whiners, a message from Jeremiah 12:5 with Charlie Grimes
Hard times come to Christians because our reactions in bad times may inspire others to turn to the Lord themselves. Just as Jesus is a witness to the world through his suffering, death, burial and resurrection, we can be a witness in the midst of our own pain and frustrations. The message of Jeremiah 12 is a dialogue between the prophet Jeremiah and God.  Jeremiah is frustrated and wants God to fix it!  God has a very challenging answer for his servant, and we can learn a great deal from it also! The point is this: the Lord sometimes allows the overcoming of his people for three reasons:  First, so in the end, those who see the reactions of believers in bad times may be inspired to turn to the Lord and seek a relationship with Him. Just as Jesus was a witness to the world through his suffering, we can be a witness to ours.  Second, God allows our overcoming as a way for us to draw closer to him in this life to remind us of our reliance on him and the hope we have in him.  Tough times create tough people--  I have to step back and see God’s ultimate plan for the hardship-- and get stronger through him!  With that in mind, I think the third reason he allows us to suffer-- is really to teach us that there is NEVER a reason to whine, only to rejoice in what Jesus did for us when He suffered, died and rose again.  That’s a discipline that needs to be practiced and developed. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
17:07
April 19, 2021
Companionship, Conversation, and Challenge on the Road to Emmaus, Luke 24:13, with Charlie Grimes
The Emmaus Road   Luke 24:13-35              The Resurrection story continues as two of the disciples of Jesus discouraged and frustrated begin to travel to Emmaus their home. As they walked, they talked of the events of the week, and then Jesus came along side of them. For whatever reason, their eyes were kept from recognizing this third person as Jesus, the Risen Lord. Perhaps they were so preoccupied with their own disappointments and problems. This wonderful interaction emphasizes that Jesus want to give us companionship, conversation, and challenge! Opening drama audio was produced by Destiny Church Quebec Specials, and is used with thanksgiving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb6sKgft2Hw Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
20:03
April 12, 2021
Jesus Was, And Is, And Will Be Worshipped! John 12:12-19 with Charlie Grimes
Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12 all record the “impromptu Worship service” that breaks out when people who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover feast hear of Jesus, coming into the city as well. We are very familiar with this passage, as it is our custom to revisit the story each year on Palm Sunday.  This year, I have the great honor to bring the message about this powerful event-- a parade of worship perhaps-- but it has a deep application to not only our understanding of Who Jesus really was then-- but we read the passages knowing the “rest of the story”-- not just these last 6 days of Jesus’ earthly life-- not just of his death, burial, and glorious resurrection-- but the rest of the story as it applies to our own worship services today-- and Who Jesus IS today-- but also the rest of the history of the entire universe, when Jesus will triumphantly return and be recognized as the Lamb who is absolutely worthy of all praise and worship forever. We must understand not only who Jesus was-- but also who he is, and who He will be.   I want us to examine together the Triumphal entry with these three dimensions of time in mind... Many thanks to the Dayspring Christian Fellowship worship team (featuring Heather Curtis) for performing the David Brymer song, "Worthy of it all". Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
21:32
April 05, 2021
Lessons From the Four Lepers in 2 Kings 7, with Charlie Grimes
In the book of 2 Kings chapter 7 we see the story of four leprous men that stayed at the entrance of the city gate during a famine in Samaria. Leprosy is a skin disease and often meant those who had it were unclean and were outcasts from society. It was contagious, so they were not allowed to mingle with the rest of the community. No doubt because of their condition, they begged for handouts, were mocked, pitied, insulted and looked down upon. In all of this turmoil, these lepers stayed at the gate. Now, the gate in scripture is a significant place. Nothing went in or out the city except through the city gate. These lepers would have a better chance for a handout or for some help if they stayed by the entrance to the city.   But with the onset of famine, they find themselves in an even vulnerable and dangerous position.  So they start to do some reasoning. Nuggets of wisdom from the lepers: 1. They got momentum through God's leading. 2. They did not allow fear of the unknown to cripple them. 3. The rejection and abandonment did not weaken them, it strengthened their resolve to make it. 4. Radical Faith reaps radical results.  When we take a big chance, by trusting God with everything, He can finally and fully use us to display His glory! 5. A heart that remembers others will be blessed.  Start where you are, take what you have, and do what you can! Many thanks to Jeffery Kinnick from Word of Grace youth, and Kevin Cooley of Harvest Mobile Church for their work in creating the opening clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTewoVY9NS0 Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
11:56
March 29, 2021
"God can take care of himself" I Samuel 5:1-5 with Charlie Grimes
Opening narration is a clip from the video “The Secrets of the Ark of the Covenant” by the Megalim Institute.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG2MJFePJmo ”God Can Take Care of Himself” 1 Samuel 5:1-12 INTRODUCTION: In the old testament of the bible, the ark of the covenant was a wooden chest overlaid with gold about four feet long, two feet wide and two feet high. Its cover was made of pure gold with two cherubim hammered out of gold on top. The ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. But the ark was more than just a chest. The ark was the visible symbol of God’s presence among the Israelites. So when the Israelites lost the ark in battle, it was as if they had lost God himself. Today I want look at what happened when the Philistines brought the ark back to their own land.  May we all be inspired today by this episode of the Encouragers United Podcast! Many thanks to RayFowler.com for the inspiration for this teaching. http://www.rayfowler.org/sermons/1-samuel/god-can-take-care-of-himself/ Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
18:59
March 22, 2021
The power of the encouraging card, with Mackenzie Gantz and EncourageEverybody.com
Encourage Everybody is a paper goods & gifts brand that creates unforgettable products that allow you to be creative, have fun and encourage everybody! We believe in the energy and the warmth of the written word to change the world one letter at a time! From a simple sentence to a palace of paragraphs, pick up a card and encourage a loved one! encourageeverybody.com It all started in 2017 when chief encourager and card creator Mackenzie Joy dreamt up her ideal multi-purpose greeting card that would beautifully & unforgettably encourage everybody and the journey has lead to over 10,000 people being encouraged via the art of handwritten greeting card giving. She and her new Co Chief Encourager and Head Designer Norman are just getting started - watch out world encouragement is coming!  In today's episode, Charlie and Mackenzie talk about the business, the power of an encouraging note, and a special 20% discount for all Encouragers United listeners! “Kind words can be short and easy but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa The intro clip is respectfully borrowed from the 2008 Disney movie "Bolt" Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
31:30
March 15, 2021
Pleading Inadequacy, Jeremiah 1:4-10, with Charlie Grimes
Open scene is from the 1992 motion picture: "A league of their own"   Starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis Jeremiah 1:4-10 NIV The Call of Jeremiah 4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
14:24
March 08, 2021
All or Nothing: The lesson of I Samuel 15, with Charlie Grimes
1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”   ESV version of the Holy Bible Introducing the first King of Israel, Saul, who we will read about here today-- He seemingly lived a life of “almost” commitment to God, and up to the very end, that wasn’t at all what God wanted for him.  It’s a tragic story of a man stuck in a worldly mindset-- missing the great peace and security that obeying God completely give us. Today I want to encourage you that God is usually quite clear with his expectations, that we are truly responsible for our own actions-- and that nothing is ever hidden from God’s sight. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
23:52
March 01, 2021
Spectator or Participant... Which are you?
Are you a spectator in life-- or are you a participant?  In this episode, I want to make a distinction between those who stand back and watch the game-- and those who are in the trench, playing the game.  It’s not good enough to skirt all responsibility for a situation, and simply give our critique or lame excuse-- real power in this life comes from stepping up to the plate, taking responsibility, and making something happen. Opening quote is an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena". A “spectator” perspective often processes life as a critique.  These individuals are living a life of reflection and often criticism, mostly in hind sight--where they really have no responsibility at all for the circumstances.     While “participants” realize that this is a one-shot deal and live life and take the initiative and the responsibility to positively make a difference right where they are right now. So, which are you?Would you prefer to analyze and observe the game-critiqing it?- or are you willing to get in the game and participate?   Listen to the powerful words from the bible-- James 1:22  "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."  I take this to be encouragement that we can’t just sit back and hear what God wants us to do-- we need to do it. You see, it’s been said in life that you are either a part of the problem, or you are part of the solution.  My experience tells me that if you’re “playing the game” trying to take responsibility and participate in life-- you’re going to be a part of the solution-- no matter where you are, or what you are up against… But if you would resign yourself to simply standing back and watching-- being a spectator-- anything you may want to contribute later--- is probably part of the problem. Don’t just be a hearer of the word--- be a doer! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
18:19
February 22, 2021
Taking the 30 day Minimalist Challege, with Charlie Grimes
Recently, my wife Wendy and I watched a Netflix documentary called the Minimalists.  It’s the story of  American authors, podcasters, filmmakers, and public speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who promote a minimalist lifestyle.  It’s an intriguing story of realizing that “stuff” really had dominated our society and our lives.  For those of you that know me personally, I would actually consider myself to be pretty simple and minimalist-- we live in a modest house here in the city of Canton, OH, I haven’t really ever earned a ton of money in my life, but Wendy and I have saved and had a budget plan which she executes so well for us--I guess I have however, have quite a few hobbies in my life also-- activities and things that I’ve wanted to learn and this has actually caused some “accumulation”.  I’m pretty sentimental also-- so I tend to save things.  Wendy will tell you I save weird things, like plastic containers, or bicycle parts-- or pieces of wood to possibly use on another home improvement project.   Without getting too much into the storyline, I want you to know that the take-a-way we had from the show was a 30-day challenge to reduce the number of “things” we possess.  Each day in the month of January, we donated or threw away the number of things that corresponded with the day of the month. (I actually was able to do more than that some days!)  The total at the end of the month was to be 500 things!  Wow, although it seems like a lot-- we still have quite of bit to go-- so we’ll probably be clearing out more things.  But here are some of my personal reflections on this recent experience, because I believe it is indeed a very good practice-- and I would highly recommend that you consider it as well. https://www.theminimalists.com/ https://www.becomingminimalist.com/creative-ways-to-declutter/   MINIMALISM IS Simply OWNING FEWER POSSESSIONS.   Minimalism has given me FREEDOM FROM THE PASSION TO POSSESS.   IT IS FREEDOM FROM MODERN “Rat-race”.   IT helps me to live “congruently”-- in line with my beliefs and values.   IT IS COUNTER-CULTURAL.   IT Starts EXTERNAL, BUT moves to the INTERNAL.   IT IS COMPLETELY ACHIEVABLE. Intro music clip- VeggieTales- "Madame Bluberry" from Big Idea productions Inspiring Idea- Recycling plastics into useful building materials features Nzambi Matee, and Gjenge.co.ke Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
19:33
February 15, 2021
6 perfect ways to build your marriage or closest relationship, with Charlie Grimes
These are not the foundational principles of marriage. These tips are one-sentence nuggets of practical advice. They are easy to understand, sometimes difficult to implement, but absolutely transformative. 1. No SARCASM. 2. Remember your MANNERS. 3. Become aware of the LOVE LANGUAGE of your partner. 4. Do not assume your partner's MOTIVATION. 5. Avoid CORRECTING your partner. 6. Offer and accept relationship BIDS. Awesome resources: https://www.gottman.com/ I hope this has inspired you to start where you are, take what you have, and do what you can! For those of you country music fans- I’ll send you out with a great brand new song written by an new up and coming country artist named Cooper Alan.  Here’s his new single dedicated to his parents called “Tough Ones”. Opening audio scene is used with thanks and respect to my wife's favorite classic movie, The Princess Bride https://www.startmarriageright.com/2015/08/10-simple-but-powerful-ways-to-build-your-marriage/ https://www.instagram.com/cooperalanmusic/ Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
18:36
February 11, 2021
Job hunting with purpose and meaning in life, with Sonia Cameron
Sonia H. Cameron is a published author and blogger that writes to encourage career individuals in transition. Her goal is to inspire those wanting more out of their life’s purpose to find the job of their dreams. Born in Wilmington, NC, Sonia has worked in corporate America for over 25 years, with her current position placing her at an information technology firm in Research Triangle Park, NC. Throughout her career, Sonia has experienced numerous peaks and valleys, leading to several transition periods. During these times of transition, Sonia learned key principles and discovered necessary tools to help her excel every time. As a result of wanting to share her experiences to encourage and empower those in similar situations, Sonia began blogging about job hunting and career enhancement. She began sharing her story on her blog Bless the Work in 2010, with the most viewed page being her encouragement blog section. This blog would eventually create an avenue for Sonia to publish her first article for Christian Devotions in 2014. Sonia’s most recent project is an e-book released on Amazon in May 2020. The book, titled God Please Help Me Find A Job: 21 Prayers for the Job Seeker is a guide aimed to assist readers in seeking the face of God so that they can make the right decision for procuring job opportunities. When she’s not writing, Sonia loves to spend time with her husband and blended family; she loves to cook equally as much as she cooks to love. https://blessthework.com YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJtaGs2ydGo54ZzKR-tjQw Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
24:49
February 08, 2021
Job hunting with purpose and meaning in life, with Sonia Cameron
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Sonia H. Cameron is a published author and blogger that writes to encourage career individuals in transition. Her goal is to inspire those wanting more out of their life’s purpose to find the job of their dreams. Born in Wilmington, NC, Sonia has worked in corporate America for over 25 years, with her current position placing her at an information technology firm in Research Triangle Park, NC. Throughout her career, Sonia has experienced numerous peaks and valleys, leading to several transition periods. During these times of transition, Sonia learned key principles and discovered necessary tools to help her excel every time. As a result of wanting to share her experiences to encourage and empower those in similar situations, Sonia began blogging about job hunting and career enhancement. She began sharing her story on her blog Bless the Work in 2010, with the most viewed page being her encouragement blog section. This blog would eventually create an avenue for Sonia to publish her first article for Christian Devotions in 2014. Sonia’s most recent project is an e-book released on Amazon in May 2020. The book, titled God Please Help Me Find A Job: 21 Prayers for the Job Seeker is a guide aimed to assist readers in seeking the face of God so that they can make the right decision for procuring job opportunities. When she’s not writing, Sonia loves to spend time with her husband and blended family; she loves to cook equally as much as she cooks to love. https://blessthework.com YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJtaGs2ydGo54ZzKR-tjQw Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
24:50
February 08, 2021
5 best ways to be positive while on social media, with Charlie Grimes
There are now over 3.5 billion people who regularly spend time on social media and these numbers are continually rising. Sadly, there are those who abuse social media by trolling, bullying and creating posts that invoke negativity and criticism.  Most times there is very little accomplished by these activities, only creating more division and discontent. Here’s where you can make a huge change. Be positive online! Just as you aim to be a better person in your daily life, do so on screen. Every post, like, and share impacts others and you have the power to uplift. Here are five tips to assist you in being positive online. And it’s catchy - when you start, others will follow! Commit to be kind Follow inspiring people and organizations doing good work Facebook strategies to connect and encourage Share content from charities and causes you follow with others on Twitter and Instagram. If an encouraging thought comes to mind, share it! Form a new habit: Hebrews 3:13, NIV: "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called 'Today,' so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
13:36
February 01, 2021
3 key reasons Christian leaders seek unity, with Charlie Grimes
I Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. It’s probably the most powerful statement about who we are as Christ followers. It is the living testimony that the Holy Spirit is present, and active. John McCain and John Kerry Ronald Regan and Tip O’neal Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” God created diversity-- so that we would purposely see things differently.  Don’t dread it, celebrate it, and take advantage of it. Ephesians 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Abraham Lincoln, upon winning his first term as President in a tremendously heated and close election, immediately appointed several of his parties political rivals to key and close cabinet positions.  He called it a “Team of Rivals, with malice toward none”.  Having as many perspectives as possible could be the best course of action in solving the most difficult problems.  It may take patience, grace and determination-- but I would rather have those solutions in the long run anyway. Christ himself died to produce unity-- 1st between God and Men-- but also between people. His death, and love for us-- transcends any difference we might have-- Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, -If we truly have wrestled with this truth-- we can see our differences more clearly and without personal pride.   We are all sinners, saved by grace. All in all-- the vision is to come to the table, with the right perspective, roll up your sleeves and patiently and diligently get to work! Psalms 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
23:15
January 25, 2021
Encouragers United Trailer
Come join the movement of positive minded, enthusiastic leaders!  Weekly shows will mix interviews, product reviews, and thoughtful inspirational teaching. Hosted by Charlie Grimes, Christian worship leader and pastor, this podcast is high octane positivity. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
01:37
January 19, 2021
What would the Apostle Paul say to the church in 2021? A sermon in I Corinthians by Charlie Grimes
The Apostle Paul is a prominent figure in the New Testament history of the church!  He travelled and founded several Christian communities of faith in the years 30-60 AD, and wrote frequently to those congregations with instructions, greetings and encouragement.  What would Paul write to our modern day church in 2021?  We might find that we have much in common with the fledgling congregation of Christians at Corinth, and the letter of I Corinthians has much to say about our modern day struggles!  This is a rebroadcast of a sermon from I Corinthians 1:1-9, an introduction to this powerful teaching from Paul to a church struggling with division, bad decisions, and frustrations on all sorts of issues.  Sounds familiar, doesn't it?  Paul has a lot to say, but he starts with the positive and encourages them and us to remember who we are, and set goals to have unity with each other. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
27:15
January 18, 2021
Joyful creativity and encouragement from Dylan Drye and the New Plan: Life Podcast!
New Plan Life is not just a channel but a lifestyle. Here at New Plan Life we choose to live our life doing  things that GIVE LIFE, not take it. Things like being productive, visiting family, calling up siblings, spending time with friends you haven't seen, bonding, learning an art, etc. Aren't you tired of wasting your time and life on social media and never being fulfilled? Pursue LIFE GIVING things instead! He’s a faithful, energetic and uplifting person.  He’s a communicator, worship musician and podcaster with a message that will make you think, and inspire you to live your life worthy of the call we all have a Christians.  His Podcast is called New Plan: Life, and it can be found on all the popular platforms-- and as a professional videographer, you bet he takes his art to YouTube through a channel by the same name. Listen up here for a bright spot in your day.  He’s a great young leader, and super encouraging-- he is Mr. Dylan Drye. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6jrceUOsqu0MPCLNq7sWUA https://open.spotify.com/show/2YZTDIZ6wwc0YZUYxAGUa5 Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
30:03
January 11, 2021
All-around leader series #5: 400 meter sprint
One of the great paradoxes of life is that self-awareness breeds anxiety. - Author: Irvin D. Yalom Do you know yourself well enough to handle challenges without burning out?  Do you shy away from difficult problems and conflict? 400 meters is approximately ¼ of a mile. A single lap around a standard outdoor track. The 400m is actually too far to run at maximum speed.  You can’t actually run the whole distance as fast as you can.  In fact, if you’ve ever run this distance, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’ve watched far too many innocent novices run the first 200-300 meters of the race like a “bat out of h_ll” only to crumple into an oozing pile of lactic acid, crawling home in the last 100m. The 400 meter sprint is an event that has taught many people about themselves; how much they can handle, and what their mental and physical limits are! Join Coach Grimes here to discuss the two critical life lessons that this "long sprint" can teach us. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
13:56
January 04, 2021
The Wise Men, and their great joy moment, Matthew 2:1-12
The Wise men from the east arrive on the scene in Jerusalem some time after Jesus Christ is born.  Their story is one of waking up, looking up, rising up, and showing up!  They then bow down in humble worship.  We can learn to practice the presence of God in our lives and experience the great joy moment that these travelers had. This is a rebroadcast of the 2020 Christmas Eve service message by Charlie Grimes. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
20:54
December 28, 2020
All-around leader series #4: High Jump
Flexibility, self-awareness, and a perfected skill that defies physics.  These are some of the life lessons we learn from the high jump!  Enjoy this fourth episode in the All-Around leader series.  We want to bring value to our organizations and workplaces-- and it takes an all-around leader to solve the problems and move a team forward toward success. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
13:45
December 21, 2020
"My expectations of Christmas might ruin it for everyone", with Charlie Grimes
We all struggled through the year 2020, a year filled with disappointment, ambiguity, and uncertainty.  Jesus Christ was born into a dark and uncertain world in Bethlehem.  The season of advent is a time of anticipation and expectation.  In this sermon, originally delivered on 12/22/19, I remind us of the true and pure meaning of Christmas.  Emmanuel means "God with us". Special thanks to Heather Curtis and the Dayspring Christian worship team for singing a portion of Chris Tomlin's "Noel" at the end of our episode. Many blessings to you and yours this Christmas season! Would you like to be heard on the Encouragers United Podcast?  Visit my website and leave a voice message!   I would love to take your questions and comments and place them into an upcoming episode. https://charlesrgrimes.com/message Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
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December 14, 2020
All-around leader series #3: Shot Put
Are you facing an extremely heavy burden?  Something in your life that you know is going to take a huge amount of energy to move or solve?  You’re not alone.  I believe we all need two vital character skills when facing these types of obstacles, and I’m going to explain how I learned them in this third installment in the all-around leader series--  It’s all about the Shot put,  but first-- a word from our sponsor... Ugly, mean, base-- the shot put is the first throwing event in the decathlon, and it's all about pure brute explosion. The sprinters have excelled in the first two events, the 100m and Long jump-- but now we all must be confined to a 7’6” circle-- not a very large space to generate power and force. Each competitor will have 3 attempts to move this 16lb object as far away from that circle as possible, while staying under control and leaving the back half of the circle after they have thrown. We need to generate intensity under control.  Maximum effort from everything that we have control over. Then we need to focus that force into the problem. Intensity +  Focus  = maximum performance. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
16:30
December 07, 2020
"A pandemic of discontent": a sermon from Philippians 4 by Charlie Grimes
Are you discouraged, critical, negative and short tempered?  Are you dis-satisfied with life these days?  I think we all have felt it.  Since march of 2020, we’ve been facing a health pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. This pandemic has wrecked havoc with our lives.  But another, more subtle and hidden virus is raging alongside the Coronavirus.   Many are suffering through a pandemic of discontent.  Frustration, anger, bitterness, anxiety and all host of other negative emotions are wrecking havoc within our families.  The following is a rebroadcast of a sermon I was able to deliver recently, where I discuss Philippians 4, a letter the apostle Paul writes from prison.  There are three distinct keys to learning to be content-- no matter our circumstances.  We must find and concentrate on the positives, we must find a way to give sacrificially to others, and we must remember this secret-- that for those of us who are Christians, Christ lives in our hearts, and HE does give us the strength to do all things. I hope you are encouraged today, on the Encouragers United Podcast! Philippians 4:8-32 "A pandemic of discontent" by Charlie Grimes Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
26:12
November 30, 2020
The Walk-on Method to Business and Career success with Jim Roddy!
Jim Roddy is an author, keynote speaker, podcast host, moderator, business coach, and consultant. He works with high-initiative, growth-oriented organizations to help them uncover their blind spots with customers, employees, and business best practices. Then he applies his 25+ years of business management experience, executive leadership, and industry expertise to help them get better. Since 1999, Jim has educated and counseled business and non-profit leaders (and future leaders). He is one of the most popular speakers in the technology industry because of a presentation style that is “infotaining” — a combination of informational and entertaining. Jim is regularly requested to moderate keynote panel discussions featuring executives from companies such as HP, NCR, IBM, and successful software startups. He has presented from coast-to-coast throughout North America (Hawaii, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, Austin, Toronto, Orlando, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and more) as well as internationally (Aruba, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, and more). Jim is author of The Walk-On Method to Career & Business Success and Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer. He’s been featured as a guest on the Read To Lead podcast and has been published by Entrepreneur and Nasdaq. Jim has interviewed best-selling business authors Chip Heath (Made To Stick, Switch, Decisive) and Michael Gerber (The E-Myth), hosting with Mr. Gerber a series of webinars and podcasts that attracted 1,000+ executives. https://www.amazon.com/Walk-Method-Career-Business-Success-ebook/dp/B08JJCQ7CY https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1457512130/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1 https://twitter.com/Jim_Roddy?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
45:04
November 23, 2020
Creating a life of purpose, joy and fulfilment with Shonda Carter!
Shonda Carter- A Sage on S.T.A.G.E and a Guide by Your Side.  As a director, producer, actress, #1 Amazon bestselling author, she has created a “Won-Woman” show that has a unique perspective the Christian faith and the creative arts. Her straight-from-the-heart delivery, passion and energy, inspires audiences to go beyond their real and perceived limitations and step into their God-given potential. With charisma, warmth and humor, she is a premier Keynote Speaker, stage show actress and leading authority on coaching Christian Creatives, those trailblazers and innovators who find themselves running away from their gifts for fear of being misunderstood. She also works as a business and personal consultant, inspiring her clients to achieve more for themselves, their organizations and their clients. Shonda is currently the CEO of ShoStopper Productions, a creative agency conceived to evangelize across multiple platforms and capture the humanity of complex social causes. While Shonda loves the stage, it comes second to her blended family with her husband Kenneth. They have three daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren. They live in Lawton, Oklahoma. I hope you too will be inspired by our conversation today, on the Encouragers United Podcast! https://www.shondacarter.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheREELShondaCarter/ https://speakerhub.com/speaker/shonda-carter#:~:text=As%20one%20of%20the%20nations,marketing%20and%20peak%20performance%20strategies. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
26:59
November 16, 2020
Christian fiction writing, and encouragement for online education with Kristen Hogrefe' Parnell
Kristen Hogrefe Parnell writes suspenseful fiction from a Christian faith perspective for both teens and adults. Her young adult dystopian series titled, The Revisionary, received the Selah and Grace Awards for speculative fiction, and the Blythe Daniel Agency is representing her new romantic suspense project, called Take My Hand. She also teaches English online and has served in youth ministry for several years. In addition to her writing and teaching careers, She is an inspirational speaker for graduations and women’s events, as well as a workshop presenter at writer’s conferences. Kristen and her husband live in the state of sunny Florida and love sharing their lake home with family and friends. I hope you enjoy our conversation today, on the Encouragers United Podcast. https://kristenhogrefeparnell.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Kristen-Hogrefe/e/B004FZXG7U/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
30:30
November 09, 2020
Master the art of public speaking with MasterTalk and Brenden Kumarasamy!
Brenden is passionate about helping others achieve rocket level success, whether it's helping them overcome their fear of public speaking, helping startups with their pitch decks to raise capital or his current role at IBM, helping clients transition to better communication and to help them do business better. Coached 100+ individuals on mastering the art of public speaking having spoken at organizations such as Next AI, Technovation Montreal, UpstartED and Front Row Ventures Brenden has also launched MasterTalk, a coaching channel on YouTube.  With over 4,100 subscribers, Brenden shares concise, clear and extremely helpful tips, lessons, and exercises to help all of us become better at public speaking, presenting in front of a group or on video and communication in general. Learn more about Brenden and his work at  mastertalk.ca MasterTalk on YouTube Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
29:41
November 02, 2020
"I can't do this without you, God" with Tom Gerencer
Tom Gerencer is the author of the soon-to-be-published book, "I Can't Do it Without You, God," about the power of prayer to transform our lives. He has a rags-to-faith-to-riches story about a failed marriage and career, turning to God, learning to pray, and then watching God work miracles in his family life, career, and emotional well-being. Tom has learned key steps to building a strong relationship with God, including praying with humility, learning how to believe (yes, it takes effort), meditating [and knowing how to use it] and changing what we ask for. Tom also shares how small acts of charity can change our lives, and shows how even those with little money can help others and themselves through reaching out in small ways. He also explains the science-backed power of biblical fasting, and tips for raising kids in an atheist world. Tom is an ASJA journalist, content writer, editor, and teacher who writes about science, tech, health, business, and the outdoors. He's a regular contributor to HP Tech Takes, Boys' Life, and Scouting, with articles in The Boston Globe Magazine, Fast Company, Outdoor Life, Costco Connection, and many more. Tom’s book, “How It’s Made” for the Discovery Channel will be out by Christmas 2020, and his marketing book, “Think Like Google” is now available on Amazon. Tom has written over 1,500 high-traffic articles with more than 70 million readers worldwide. Tom has deep insights into powerful, everyday prayer as a way to find peace in tough times. He can share the steps to build a stronger faith that lets us ask for the things we need with the confidence that can move mountains in our lives. Tom can share insights on the science and surprising power behind prayer, meditation, fasting, and other biblical advice that shows how it can change our lives with little effort. Tom also shares *how* to believe -- yes, it does take effort. http://www.tomgerencer.com/ tom@tomgerencer.com Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
34:31
October 26, 2020
All-around leader series #2: Long Jump
Next up in the All-around leader series:  The Long Jump If the 100 meter sprint was an "all-out" race to the finish line, the long jump demands much more control and consistency. The participant sprints down a runway and leaps off a common take off spot called the "board", flying through the air and landing as far away from the take-off line as possible. In the decathlon, we only have three attempts also, so everything must be perfect. There are four primary leadership lessons I've learned from competing in and coaching others in the Long Jump: "Master your own approach" The run-up or approach is all about rhythm and acceleration.  I used to think about a freight train, as it slowly takes off from a stop, rhythmic chug, chug, chug, chug-- as it gains momentum and velocity.  A jumper would measure the run up in the number of strides or steps they would take-- I used an 8 left foot approach, meaning that I would use 16 total steps during the run up. "Attack the horizon" A great take off is "set up" by an excellent and consistent approach.  In the long jump, your trajectory will often follow where you are focusing.  What I mean is that if you are looking down at the ground just 15-20 feet in front of you - i.e. into the sand pit.  That's exactly where you will jump, 15 feet.  However, if you are looking straight up at the sky, you're probably going to jump far to high into the air, and your flight will be too steep, and short.  The horizon, that visual meeting place between the sky and the land-- that's where we need to focus. "Don't cross that line" There is a very critical place that I want you to understand in the long jump event.  It represents the standard that every jump will be measured.  The front edge of the takeoff board is really only about 1/4" wide.  No jumper is allowed to touch the track surface in front of that line-- otherwise, it's a "foul".  You'll see a specific judge usually sitting right at that spot-- he/she will be equipped with a flag-- white on one end, red on the other.  After each take-off, they are assigned to judge the jump-- by raising the appropriate colored side of the flag.  You cross that line-- even by just a "hair"-- your attempt is null and void.  0 points-- and waste of your time. "Don't be afraid to get dirty" As the long jumper powerfully takes off from the board, rises and seemingly walks through thin air during the flight-- then there is a very violent and active landing where often sand flies all over the surrounding area!  You see, excellent long jumpers reach forward in a seated position right at the landing-- stretching out and often landing practically on their sides.  They literally "throw" themselves forward into the sand pit-- and trust me, you get sand EVERYWHERE-- in your socks and shoes, in your shorts, your singlet top, your hair, eyes, ears and up your nose. Apply these simple lessons to your leaderships and work today! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
16:41
October 23, 2020
Laughter is good medicine, with Dave Ebert
Dave Ebert is a former professional wrestler, comedian, improv coach, credentialed minister, and podcast host based in the Chicago suburbs.  He and I talk about his long-time battle with depression and how laughter can indeed be good medicine-- you wont' want to miss it! After nearly two decades of battling with depression and suicidal thoughts, Dave Ebert made the life-changing decision to pursue God. He says, “At that point, I wrestled with this choice: I could take my life…or I could give my life. I finally made the right decision and gave my life to the Lord.” Shortly after this decision, Dave relocated back to Chicago in 2013, when he founded Well Versed Comedy, an improv comedy ministry troupe. Doing comedy is his primary passion for reaching people, either to uplift and encourage fellow Christians, or to bring light, laughter, and joy to non-Christians. Most of his life, Dave covered his depression with humor. He used it to make others feel better while disguising how he truly felt inside. Dave often tells his testimony by saying, “I used to use comedy to hide who I was, but now I use comedy to reveal Who He is.” On top of performing improv, Dave volunteers at an organization for women who have survived sex trafficking. There, he teaches improv to the survivors to help improve communication skills, creativity, self-confidence, and, if nothing else, give the women a chance to laugh without care for an hour a month. He married his wife Bobbie in June 2015, and they live together in Crest Hill, Ill., with their three cats. Wellversedcomedy.com Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
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October 19, 2020
Christian radio encouragement with Shine.Fm and Heather Erbe
Heather Erbe is the Business Development and Promotions manager for SHINE.FM in the Lansing, Mid-Michigan area. Shine.Fm is a Christ-centered radio station sponsored by Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.    HEATHER also hosts the Midday air shift across the SHINE.FM network, six days a week, assembling encouraging content for her listeners. Previously, HEATHER spent 11 years at CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WAYFM/GRAND RAPIDS/KALAMAZOO, and will continue to serve on-air and MD at ROSS BIBLE CHURCH Contemporary Christian WNFR (90.7 HOPE FM-POWER 883)/PORT HURON. She's also the Host of the Shine.fm MomCast, an interview based podcast. She's wife to her great husband Paul, and mom to three wonderfully busy teenagers, Alexandra, Sebastian and Atticus.  She's hi-energy, positive, and compassionate-- utilizing real life experiences to give listeners an authentic and transparent encouragement. But most of all, I'm so happy to have her on the show, because she is my little sister!  Enjoy our conversation today, on the Encouragers United Podcast! shine.fm https://www.shine.fm/shine-plus/momcast-heather-erbe Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
25:27
October 12, 2020
Undefeated: Living victoriously with Elizabeth Meyers
Elizabeth Meyers is a veteran, the wife of a full-afterburner fighter pilot and the mother of eight energetic children. This dynamic combination leads to no small amount of chaos in her day-to-day life. The sudden death of her pre-born son radically altered the course of Elizabeth’s life. Her resulting struggle through depression and anxiety left her undone but God was faithful even when she wasn’t. Elizabeth’s personal journey from trial to triumph has filled her with a passion to encourage others like herself whose faith sometimes falters in the face of harsh realities. You can connect  with her blog, online course, and many other helpful resources at elizabethmeyers.me Elizabeth "Liz" Meyers is the author of UNDEFEATED: From Trial to Triumph, How to Stop Fighting the Wrong Battles and Start Living Victoriously. In addition to supporting her fighter pilot husband and home-educating the 6 of her 8 children who have not yet left the nest, she is also a blogger and motivational speaker dishing out "Resilient Life Hacks" for overcoming adversity and living with purpose. She is producing content for her Podcast by the same title- Resilient Life Hacks with Elizabeth Meyers. The depression and anxiety she experienced following the death of her son in his second trimester made her passionate about helping others support their mental health, fortify their faith, and live life abundantly.  I hope you enjoy our conversation today on the Encouragers United Podcast! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
31:46
October 05, 2020
All-around leader series #1: 100 meter sprint!
Today we start the decathlon of leadership!  Event number 1 is the 100 meter sprint. Three key lessons that we can learn from the 100 m sprint: Tune out the noise It demands focus Distraction is the enemy line up-- block out anything else, and focus. This often takes a routine-- Doing the same things in preparation - born out of habit, repetition, success Would often "practice starts" Stay in your lane: Disqualified if you ran out of your lane-- You need to know your role, and perform to your best ability in that role. Sometimes I need to ask myself, what is my role in this situation? Was it to just listen?  To act, to solve the problem- Acting out of our lane can get you into big trouble Don't look back: Never any use in looking back-- once the gun goes off, you're either sprinting or your not. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
19:27
September 28, 2020
Authentic Leadership with Dan Owolabi and Branches Worldwide
Dan Owolabi is the Executive Director and co-founder of Branches Worldwide, a leadership development ministry with an innovative initiative to impact 30 leaders in 30 countries for 30 years. Branches has one big goal: To identify young Christian leaders and inspire them to do the work which God has called them to do. Partnering with local doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders around the world, Branches helps leaders transform their communities through their influence as Christian leaders.  With a focus on equipping these workplace influencers with Shepherd Leadership training, resources, and a network of experienced Christian mentors, Branches helps increase their influence as leaders, and their ability to draw their peers to Christ. Dan holds a BA from Malone University, and an MA from Ashland University. He lives in Ohio with his wife Erica and their two daughters. Dan also has created his own coaching and leadership consulting firm, Owolabi Leadership, and has recently written and published his first book, Authentic Leadership: How to lead with nothing to hide, nothing to prove, and nothing to lose. I hope you are inspired by our conversation today on the Encouragers United Podcast! https://www.branchesworldwide.org/ https://owolabileadership.com/ Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
27:29
September 21, 2020
Encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit with Alex Sanfilippo!
What is an entrepreneur?  I'm not sure I could define it, but I think I can introduce you to one today! Alex Sanfilippo started his first business at the age of 10. he began selling used golf-balls in his neighborhood and realized that I really enjoyed generating sales and keeping track of a profit. Fast forward a number of years and he begin investing in real estate and also started and sold a tech company in that space. (Creating virtual tours of homes) From there he went into aerospace and worked his way up from a part time employee all the way to a senior executive in a large publicly traded organization. Throughout this time, he began blogging and built a multi author blog with more than 130 writers on it. He got into productivity and business startup coaching which led him to the launch of the creatingabrand.com website and Podcast so that he could serve his audience in a more direct way. Lastly, he is also the founder of a popular tool for podcast hosts and guests, a web-based matching service called PodMatch.com. Alex's goal is to help others succeed in life and business and, and a follower of Jesus Christ, he wants to devote all of his time to the service of others. Enjoy our conversation this week on the Encouragers United Podcast. www.creatingabrand.com https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2244205302564016 Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
32:03
September 14, 2020
Courageous cancer warriors, with Lori Marini
Lori Marini is a Motivational Coach who specializes in empowering women during their healing journey after a life crisis. Many lose their purpose and their fear of moving forward leaves them paralyzed. Coach Lori guides them to fulfilling their vision of their best life. As a Breast Cancer Warrior herself, Lori understands first hand what it takes to get beyond the fear and finding the courage to live a life you love on your own terms. Through speaking engagements, one-on-one, and group coaching sessions, Lori supports clients on topics such as life mastery, mindfulness, vision and goal fulfillment, work-life balance. Lori has a Master's of Health Science as a Pathologist Assistant with a vast experience working with patient tumors and managing diagnostic and research laboratories. She facilitated the development and implementation of a new precision medicine center which is now the foundation for several patient-partnered genomic data-sharing initiatives. She is an ACC accredited certified coach by the International Coaching Federation. She is also the Founder and Owner of Lori Marini Coaching and the host of Conversations with Courageous Cancer Warriors podcast.  Lori is currently collaborating to write her first book, soon to be released in September 2020, called "Women who boss up".  In light of all Lori Marini has studied and learned about cancer, actually experiencing her own cancer journey has made her a super hero, helping others to tackle head on the hardest parts of being a cancer warrior.  Enjoy her story on this weeks episode of the Encouragers United Podcast. Lori's website: http://www.lorimarini.com/ Lori's podcast:  Conversations with courageous cancer warriors https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conversations-with-courageous-cancer-warriors/id1481771848 Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
33:06
September 07, 2020
Be Patient, Be Present, Be Joyful, with Ryan Stanley
Ryan Stanley is a lifelong entrepreneur who is known for his natural ability to connect with, understand and empower those who are in pursuit of making significant changes in their personal and professional lives so they can end up being the best versions of themselves. Since graduating from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in 2009 as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) Ryan has changed the lives of hundreds of clients from all walks of life. More recently, Ryan has also been working at his alma mater as both an Admissions Coach, where he closed almost $22 Million in sales in 8 years, and as their first ever Internal Coach where he coached staff from entry level to C suite on everything from daily professional growth to how they want to show up energetically in the personal areas of their life. In July of 2019 Ryan published his first book titled 'Be Patient, Be Present, Be Joyful: A First Aid Kit for the Emotional Bumps, Scrapes, and Bruises of Life', and he produces content for a podcast with the same title. Both of these resources can be found anywhere that books are sold and podcasts listened to-- and on his own website at https://www.ryanstanley.com/ In Be Patient, Be Present, Be Joyful, Certified Professional Life and Self Leadership Coach, Ryan Stanley, takes some of the biggest concepts of personal growth and self-development, and condenses them down to a quick and easy to read, fun but poignant self-study guide. He provides the tools to patch up those feelings of stress, overwhelm and anxiety that we all experience, so they can heal on their own. People of all ages and backgrounds will benefit from carrying this first aid kit with them as they travel through the daily adventure of life. I hope you enjoy our conversation today on the Encouragers United Podcast! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
34:46
August 31, 2020
More than a widow, with Laura Warfel
In 2002, Laura Warfel lost her husband Gene when he passed away from a chronic illness. After spending several years not wanting to be a widow, Laura discovered God’s dream for the next chapter of her life when she met Jon Acuff and heard him speak in 2013. As a result, she joined a group of Dreamers & Builders who have encouraged her to find her more. Her goal: To use the gifts and strengths God has given her to help others become more than they ever think or imagine they can be. Laura does this by connecting people with other people, with valuable resources, and with the truth and direction found in God’s Word. She enthusiastically shares her expertise in writing, editing, marketing, public relations to help individuals and organizations improve their communications. Today, Laura's passion is to help one, two, three, fifty, hundreds, thousands of widows to be more than widows. Her goal is to form an army of churches and resources to provide the help widows need to survive and thrive. Along the way, she encourages everyone God sends her way to be more and do more with his/her life. presented more than 150 seminars on grief, triumphed over cancer, learned social media as her ministry has grown-- She is truly, more than a widow. Laurawarfel.com Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
24:52
August 24, 2020
Letting our light shine for God's Glory! Sermon on John 16:33 by Charlie Grimes
Episode #38 This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, ... This beloved hymn was written by Harry Dixon Loes in the early 20th century. Its lyrics are simple for kids to easily remember and recite, with "light of mine" having a powerful meaning of the love and truth of Jesus Christ. That the "light" that is within each of us should not be hidden, but instead displayed to all the world. This hymn is a wonderful way to introduce and teach young ones about faith and confidence in Jesus! Harry Dixon Loes studied music at Moody Bible Institute. After comprehensive training in music, he served a variety of churches as a ministry of music. From 1939 until his retirement he was a member of the music faculty of Moody Bible Institute. He penned the lyrics for 1,500 gospel songs, and composed 3,000 tunes. John 16:33 Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
25:28
August 17, 2020
Christian leaders in the sport of football, with Eric Hehman and Joel Penner.
Welcome to Episode #37 of the Encouragers United Podcast. American football is consider to be the most popular sport in the United States. Participants and fans enjoy all levels of the game, from  professional and college football,  high school and youth programsl. As of 2012, nearly 1.1 million high school athletes and 70,000 college athletes play the sport in the United States annually. The National Football League, the most popular American sport governing body, has the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world. Its championship game, the Super Bowl, ranks among the most-watched sporting events in the world. The league has an annual revenue of around US$13 billion.-   Wikipedia Many young men, including me, began our athletic careers playing this great game.  Throughout my formative years, I learned invaluable life lessons like teamwork, perseverance, courage and discipline from a host of great coaches who instilled in me an ethic of integrity, responsibility, passion and respect. As I have matured to become a leader in the athletic related sector of our society, I believe that sport is a valuable "trojan horse" to capture the attention of young people, and teach lessons that will last long into adulthood.  I, and many other faithful Christian disciples have tried to integrate our faith deeply into the strategy and execution of our teams and organizations.  Eric Hehman and Joel Penner, both head football coaches at the university level, are successfully creating cultures of honor and strength, leading young men and ultimately their campus communities in a passionate pursuit of God's standard for life, conduct and relationships. https://www.dordt.edu/athletics/mens-sports/football/coaching-staff/joel-penner http://www.onutigers.com/coach/16/16#coach_Eric_Hehman Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
48:05
August 10, 2020
Taking what you have, and doing what you can, with Eric Curts!
Welcome to episode #36 of the Encouragers United Podcast! Educator, Innovator, Blogger, Author, YouTuber, Encourager.  Eric Curts serves the 35 school districts here in Stark county, Ohio and all over the United States with innovative and creative technology resources. A former middle school educator himself, he has made a career of helping teachers all over the country take the tools they have in their hands right now to use them in new and exciting, engaging ways.   In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eric and I speak about the sweeping changes that have happen in education and technology. He maintains a blog, youtube channel and a hefty speaking career, but His most recent project is a book called "Control Alt Achieve" Eric is far more than just a nerdy tech support person.  He brings a deep love for people and mature transparency to his work with everyone he meets.  Rooted in his diverse life experience and extremely high intellect-- he communicates a vulnerable sincerity, and depth behind his use of technology.  He realizes the value of a human life-- even to the point of calculating the mathematical probability that you and I exist.  He is a true gem and a great friend, and I hope you enjoy our conversation on the Encouragers United Podcast. ericcurts.com https://www.controlaltachieve.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/ericcurts ericcurts@gmail.com Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
42:51
August 03, 2020
Stress and strain? Fight or Flight, with Dr. Jared Detter
Episode #35#35 Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. Dr. Jared Detter and I explore many topics here, including stress responses, emotional intelligence, why we think and do what we do when we are facing anxiety, anger, or any host of other emotions.  Listen in for education and advice to help yourself and others manage these stressful days. I really appreciate Jared's teaching ability-- he's a calm, collected, and master communicator.  I hope you gain from his insight and our conversation here on the Encouragers United Podcast. He is available for individual counseling, and organizational consulting, please contact him if you are interested in more. Jared.Detter@profectusperformance.com profectusperformance.com Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
43:08
July 27, 2020
One verse devotional: John 13:8; Serving others is only one-half of the equation!
https://www.ehmission.org/ In the summer of 2017, my youngest daughter Leah and I were able to participate in a short term missions trip to San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico.  It's a city just across the national border from Yuma, Arizona.  It's a desert, it's hot, and it was a completely new experience for Leah and me.  We stayed at a combined church and school facility called Eli House, assisting the staff there with  educational and recreational activities, facility improvement projects, etc.  I am not a bi-lingual person-- and being immersed in a completely different culture was an extremely powerful  experience for me.   Encouragement isn't just a one way street. It's not just all about me helping you.   This is the concept that Jesus is communicating.  Peter-- if you won't be vulnerable enough to let me do this-- you actually can't be in fellowship the way we should be...  Much like a doctor or surgeon, who we must trust to perform the skilled cut, removal, and stitching required to remove a tumor or my appendix-- we must trust Jesus to serve us-- and there's something about this that is a key to us then living and serving him. This absolutely applies to all our relationships.  How are you allowing those around you-- family, friends, fellow church members, neighbors, coworkers-- to actually express their God-giving gifts and talents to serve you?  Are you aware of the fact that Jesus, after taking on the position of the servant-- washing the feet of the disciples-- simply states, "now go and do this to each other-- Love the way I have loved you."  You see, I have made a career and found an identity in serving others-- but I am not Christ...  I'm a part of a body.  I'm in need-- and God wants to use others to minister to me.  If you and I want to really make a difference-- and I mean really make a difference for Jesus in our world-- in our time in this life-- we may have to stop, take a deep breath, and let someone else serve us, let someone know about our struggles and our pain, letting them "serve" us-- minister to us, Love us.  Accepting God's grace and forgiveness, His love is one thing-- but it doesn't just stop there-- those closest to us will be used by God to continue his work of sanctification and growth in us. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
17:27
July 20, 2020
Review, Re-calibrate, and Renew, with Jason Brueckner
Hello Encouragers!  Today I want you to Meet Jason Brueckner, former Malone University student and one of the toughest, grittiest 400m hurdlers that I ever coached in the sport of Track and Field.  He serves as the Director of Communications for Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, OH.  His energy, enthusiasm and vision for possibilities makes him a excellent example of an encourager in action.  He and his team support the ministry team at CCC through creative and engaging communications strategies, and as we've all done the last few monthes, they have stopped to evaluate, and re calibrate almost everything they do on a daily basis. His  life experiences, positive attitude, his love for Jesus and people make him an ideal light to shine for the Kingdom during this pivotal time in history. https://hudson.ccchapel.com/ https://hudson.ccchapel.com/teams/communications/ Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
34:24
July 13, 2020
Moral "skill" or Moral "will"? A sermon on Colossians 3:12-15 with Charlie Grimes
Colossians 3:12-17 Hello Encouragers!  Thanks for joining me for episode 32 of the Encouragers United Podcast. I'm dipping into the archives here this week to share with you a message I presented to Dayspring Christian Fellowship, the church I am now employed at, way back in the summer of 2013.  I share my thoughts on Colossians 3:12-17.  It's one of my favorites, and I hope it inspires you with truth that there is a difference between trying hard to do what's right to live a holy life, and actually "being" a holy, redeemed person, and then feeling a "desire" to do what's right.  I introduce the concepts of Moral skill-- vs. Moral Will-- knowing how to do right is only one part of the equation-- Wanting to do right is a whole other ball-game! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
21:30
July 06, 2020
Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator with Celia King!
Do you have people that you are working with, or even living with that just absolutely drive you crazy? I admit that I do-- They just don't think, see, feel, or do things the way you do? Here's the bad news, guess what, you probably do the same thing to those people too!   What is this phenomena?  That two logical, mature people, trying to accomplish a greater good in the world-- would see the problem, and the solutions-- almost exactly opposite?  Well, you need to understand that for as clearly as you think you know the answers-- someone else may not only see the problem, resources, and vision differently-- they might just be committed to their solution as much as you are to yours!   This diversity can be a tremendous tool, or debilitating aspect of your teams.  If there was a way to get ahead of these differences-- to learn more about not only how we think and process information-- but also to learn more about how others may do the same-- we could kick start a teamwork that, in the long run would be more successful than any one person-- including you could achieve. The MBTI suggests that people experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time.[6] The four categories are Introversion/Extraversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perception. Each person is said to have one preferred quality from each category, producing 16 unique types. Celia is a delightful communicator-- a warm and welcoming facilitator, and she takes us through a wonderful introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  She even has a little advice for those ENFP's in the group, like me.  I hope you can gain some insight and maybe even seek out some of her resources to assist you in your life-- Enjoy. https://www.16personalities.com/ https://www.arrantsmcswain.com/ Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
37:23
June 29, 2020
7 Day Encouragers Journey, Day #7
Day 7: Form a partnership An Aesop Fable Once there were two goats. The goats were friends. They played joyfully in the sun. The goats lived in the mountains, on two separate sides of a deep gorge. One day, the two goats walked up to a fallen tree. The tree fell and made a bridge- connecting two sides of the gorge. But the tree was not safe. The tree was small. Even a smaller goat could barely walk on it safely, and these two goats were large goats. The goats saw that the tree was too small for two large goats, but they did not want to take turns. “I am not scared. I will walk on the tree first,” said one goat. The other goat wanted to be first and said, “No, stay on your side. I will walk on the tree first!” But they both wanted to walk first. One goat set her foot on the tree. The second goat did too, until they met, head to head in the middle of the sagging branch. The tree held two goats. It trembled from the heavy goats.  The tree creaked loudly. The goats were nervous, but they would not back up. In the middle, the two goats met face to face, horn to horn. “Move! You are blocking my way,” said one. “No, you are in the way!” Shouted the other. They were busy yelling when they heard CREEEEKKKKK! The tree cracked. Down the goats fell with the tree-- they were both killed by the fall into the deep gorge. Yikes.  Do you understand the moral, or the lesson of the story?  Quite obviously, they could have yeilded Write a letter or sit down to speak with someone of a different culture or race.  Reach out to them and lend your support and a listening ear. You aren't forcing yourself on them-- but Let them know that you are a fan of theirs, and that you want the best for them.  Encourage them by pointing out the gifts and talents that you see in them-- celebrate that you know them. How could the two of you work together to form a bridge that could be helpful?  I know we as pastors at our church are considering several opportunities to connect and share with other churches. I'm going to do this personally--  I can't wait to see how God may use your creativity and positivity to change your life and the life of someone you know for the best.  May God bless you in the task he's given us. That's a wrap on the 7 day Encouragers Journey.  We marched around this fortress 7 times, Prayer, Listening, Respect, Empathy, breaking barriers, and forging partnerships---and I hope the process has been helpful for you to envision a better future. If this has been a positive influence on you, would you share it with someone you know?  Feel free to leave a comment and rating on the podcast.  That's a great way to let others know how it has impacted you.  I appreciate you listening, and wish you the very best as you continue your journey as an encourager. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
11:47
June 21, 2020
7 Day Encouragers Journey, Day #6
Day 6: Break a Barrier! Buzzfeed News article:  How white people can support people of color now, 1. Don’t ask your friends — or random internet acquaintances — of color to #process everything with you. 2. If you want to reach out to your friends of color to ask about how they’re feeling, it's ok, but don’t force a conversation. 3. Invest your energy into having difficult conversations with white people around you. That's our church conversation I mentioned in an episode earlier 4. Amplify the work and words of the most marginalized people. Latasha Morrison Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation 5. Intervene when you see harassment happening. We must speak into the circles of influence that we have-- Be bold and strong to speak up against anything degrading or disrespectful to others. 6. If you’re going to engage the country’s ongoing protests, do so responsibly. It's your right-- but don't violate someone elses rights while you are doing it. 7. Get involved for the long haul. It's not just the summer of 2020.  No-- this problem isn't going away quickly-- it took nearly 400 years to get this far-- It will take decades of consistent and diligent attention to truley change. 8. Remember to stay vigilant (and patient). Hannah Giorgis   Buzzfeed News writer. Revelation 7:9 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
13:13
June 20, 2020
7 Day Encouragers Journey, Day #5
Day 5: Ask a question: "How is this hard for you"?  Empathy Ian MacLaren, a noted Scotsman, author of “Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush,” cared deeply about those around him. His oft-quoted words offer wise counsel: “Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.” We recently hosted a town hall type meeting at our church.  It was a sunday evening gathering, setting aside time to share and talk about how we are feeling and thinking about all that's going on in the community, the US and the world.  I was a bit anxious about such a meeting, knowing that there would be a wide variance in the opinions and viewpoints represented in the room--but it went quite well.  We were able to hear from many who just needed to process and express their hearts.  Questions, some tears, understandings and some very deep resolutions were made that night-- It was only a first step, but one that I'm glad we took-- we need to do that more often.  One of the profound actionable things that came out of our discussion was to simply ask someone "How is this time hard for you"?  A simply yet profound gesture to open ourselves to listen and empathize with someone else.  Whether it be due to the racial unrest we are faciing, or the continued stress of living with the COVID-19 virus, or hundreds of other possible stressors that we all are facing-- what a wonderful step to engage someone, and invite them to share what is inside. "Learning to stand in somebody else's shoes, to see through their eyes, that's how peace begins. And it's up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world." Barack Obama 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
07:39
June 19, 2020
7 Day Encouragers Journey, Day #4
Day 4: Random act of Kindness Have you ever had someone do something nice for you and it surprised you.  That doesn't happen as often as it should right? James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Give a genuine or silly compliment to someone on social media or in an email Write down what you appreciate about another family member and pass it along. Keys to our success Check in with someone who’s sick.-  I was thinking about you.  Hope you are well. Ask if you can help someone who may be having a difficult time in life right now. Make a card for someone -- watch for the birthdays on Facebook Ask a senior citizen about their life story and truly listen Offer to pay another person’s food bill. Lend a hand to someone doing yard work. Leave a kind server a generous tip. Smile big at a random stranger, just because. Help another parent out with a stroller or carrying things. Give away stuff for free online or to a local needy family. Give someone a book that you no longer need. Give our parents or grandparents a call just because. Volunteer at a community event. Pick up trash in a parking lot, or carefully collect the shopping carts at a store. What could you do for your community that isn't expected, but will be impactful?  It takes some effort to pause and look around.  You see, encouragers often see the opportunity in everything.  Dream a little-- ask God to reveal to you what you might do-- and then obey, and just do it... Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
10:07
June 18, 2020
7 Day Encouragers Journey, Day #3
Day 3:  Respect 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV) Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. That's one aspect of the cultural shift that I see in our country in the last several years-- a lack of civil discourse, a thinning of our skin so to speak, and a loss of dignity for each other, especially those we may disagree with. It's only my opinion, but the fruit of the Holy Spirit that we read about in the book of Galatians: Love Joy Peace patience Kindness goodness gentleness and self-control-- are labeled today as characteristics of weak people-  People who are like this are somehow "losers" in the world-- that's hard to accept isn't it.  But that's what Jesus was, and the world of his time rejected and disrespected him as well. - The virus pandemic was somewhat of a "common enemy" that united the world for a time-- but then our team work slowly erodes with questions about how to solve specific problems-- then we add the racial upheaval, protests, and accusations.  Respect for each other sometimes feels like it went out the window. "If we lose Love and respect for each other, this is how we finally die"-  Maya Angelo "Respect is appreciation for the separateness of another person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.-  Annie Gottlieb Look for some way that a person is unique-- and tell them you admire that about them. Smile and say hi. Campus walking example, be the one to step into that space.  Be genuine. The hardest action is to show respect and kindness to those who haven't shown that to you.  Step outside the expected script-- interrupt someone's normal response with kindness and simple civil respect. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
10:27
June 17, 2020
7 Day Encouragers Journey, Day #2
Day 2:  Listen James 1:19 (NIV) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, “People don’t listen to understand. They listen to reply. The collective monologue is everyone talking and no one listening.” — Stephen R. Covey "Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.--" Dean Jackson Go expose yourself to some opinions that you wouldn't normally hear.  Watch a different news source, listen to a side of an issue that you just haven't heard.  This will absolutely help you to understand the issue from another perspective, through someone else's experiences. Encouragement 7 Day Encouragers Journey Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
09:02
June 16, 2020
7 Day Encouragement Journey! Day #1
Welcome to episode #30 of the Encouragers United Podcast.  This week I have a special challenge for you, my loyal listeners.  Let me set the stage for you:  It's the year 2020, we have just started to come out of a world-wide health pandemic and quarantine, sparked by the identification of the deadly and unique COVID-19 virus.  As we try to adapt to living life making decisions about facemasks, social distancing and handwashing, we are also trying to reclaim some sort of normalcy, many of us in leadership positions trying to discern what the next right thing is that we should do.  On pentecost Sunday, a traditionally exciting and hopeful day in the churches calendar-- the death of George Floyd at the hands of law-enforcement officers in Minneapolis, MN ignites the United states into a racially charged debate about everything from the value of life to the true prevalence of racist police brutality, marches of protest both peaceful and violent, leaving many bewildered and confused about what's trustworthy, whats proper, and generally questioning our motives, our ancestory, and our relationships with those that have different skin color and cultures.  This time in our nations history renders even the most positive and optimistic among us speechless.  One of the very first lessons I have shared on this the Encouragers United podcast, came from Proverbs 25:20 -- Do not sing songs to a heavy heart-- for it's like taking one's coat in the cold, or adding vinegar to soda.  You see, I believe I can not give you all a weekly pat on the back, smile and say "chin up friend"-- "be well"-- it's going to all work out just fine...  That's like singing songs to a heavy heart.  No-- I have been praying earnestly for some direction for my work with you the Encouraging personalities who are listening each week.  What can we really do-- will my gift of encouragement be useful to anyone during these agonizing times in our neighborhoods, churches and communities at large? I don't know for sure-- but I'm going to try.  I'm reminded of the great Arthur Ashe quote that I shared in the trailer:  Start where you are, take what you have, and do what you can.  That's what I'm going to do-- I'm going to start where I am-- I'm going to take what I do have, and I'm going to do what I can to make a difference in someones life.  Would you join me in this simple, yet powerful and intentional discipline?  I hope you will-- I want you to join me on a 7 day journey...  Each day I will release a short podcast devotional and recommendation for us to accomplish.  That next right thing-- and in seven days, we will progress to make a difference in both our own hearts-- and hopefully the hearts of those around us. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
10:35
June 16, 2020
Conflict is constant, much like death and taxes. What will you do about it?
Welcome to episode 29 of the Encouragers United Podcast! Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789, "'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." I would add to that "conflict"-- we are all humans, right-and none of us are perfect- we all are dealing with conflict, some due to our own mistakes and misunderstandings-- while other conflict is caused by the mishaps of others. According to the report “Workplace Conflict and How Businesses Can Harness It to Thrive,” the following statistics demonstrate how pervasive conflict is in the workplace: 85 percent of employees report dealing with conflict on some level 95% of pastors report conflict in their churches-- 20% of those say it's constant 49 percent of conflict is a result of personality clashes 34 percent of conflict is caused by stress in the workplace 33 percent of conflict is caused by heavy workloads 25 percent of employees have seen conflict result in sickness or absence-- which is estimated to be valued at 359 million dollars per year, or about 385 million work days lost. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Matt 5:9 Let's dig into this topic today on the Encouragers United Podcast. Step one: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Phil 2:3,4 Are they more of a "seeker" or an "avoider".  How about you? Step two: What are we really conflicting about? Not all conflict is "relational" TASK conflict-  disagreeing on the "What"? PROCESS conflict- disagreeing on the "How"? POSITIONAL conflict-  disagreeing on "who is in charge here"? Step three: Find the common goals and mission! We must agree on something, right? Step four: Resolve to Resolve something! -Do nothing and keep arguing -Deal with it directly and talk until we get some progress! -Defer the decision to someone else, like a higher authority -Ditch the whole thing, and just quit and leave for a new assignment! All in all we need to realize that conflict will always be present-- especially with humans.  Conflict resolution is a "muscle" our organizations MUST exercise, and get better using!  Encouragers can be excellent mediators to assist people resolve conflicts.  They are able to see multiple perspectives quickly, and can think fast to bring a common language and camaraderie to the group.  Encouragers hate negativity, and are motivated to see peaceful progress and joy developed within the team. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
24:20
June 08, 2020
Introducing the DiSC mindset assessment! Four different ways to see "normal".
Welcome to Episode 28 of the Encouragers United Podcast!   I'm Charlie Grimes and I'm honored that you would listen in today-- you may not know, but recently the total number of available podcast shows topped the 1 million mark! I get it, there are literally a million other shows you could be listening to right now, so I'm very thankful and honored that you would join me. As host and creator of the Encouragers United my intent is to encourage the encouragers. These people usually are high-energy, optimistic dreamers who are always up for a challenge and an adventure-- We are quick-witted, but sometimes impulsive-- passionate and enthusiastic, but we can over-think things sometimes too. I'm going to work hard to build you up, sharing my experience as a husband, father, athlete, coach, organizational leader, business owner and a born again follower of Jesus Christ currently working as a pastor. And if all that doesn't necessarily apply to you at all, well, I'm here to encourage you in how best to relate to someone in your life that's like me! So grab a cup of tea or coffee-- or just keep focused on the road if you're driving-- it's time to join the Encouragers United. "learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause". Isaiah 1:17 “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. -Benjamin Franklin. “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  Robert Kennedy www.discprofile.com Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
18:58
June 01, 2020
Two types of Encouragers: Flexible or Structured, which are you?
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.[1][2][3] The MBTI is based on the conceptual theory proposed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung,[5] who had speculated that people experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time.[6] The four categories are Introversion/Extraversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perception. Each person is said to have one preferred quality from each category, producing 16 unique types.--  Source, Wikipedia Prospecting (P) individuals are very flexible when it comes to dealing with unexpected challenges. This flexibility helps us seize unexpected opportunities well. These personality types tend to react to their environments rather than try to control them, helping them to make their own luck in whatever the world delivers. People with this trait hold that life is full of possibilities.  They are sometimes considered "provisional" in the way they interact.  Everything seems optional. Judging people think sequentially. They value order and organization. Their lives are scheduled and structured. People identifying with the Judging mindset seek closure and enjoy completing tasks. They take deadlines seriously. They work, then they play. The Judging preference does not mean judgmental. Judging refers to how a person deals with day-to-day activities.  They have a strong sense of right and wrong-- they understand that rules and authority are valuable and they wouldn't often question them.  They will often naturally believe that these is a "right" way to do something. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
19:13
May 26, 2020
Encourager's Super-power#1: "Re-framing"!
Welcome to Episode 26 of the Encouragers United Podcast!   I'm Charlie Grimes and I'm honored that you would choose to listen to my voice. As host and creator of the Encouragers United my intent is to encourage the encouragers, as well as equip the rest of the world with a window into why we think and act the way we do! Today I want to unpack what I believe is the Encouragers superpower, and perhaps their ultimate weakness-It has to do with how we see the world. Encouragers have this innate natural skill to "re-frame" their thinking, their perspective, and then direct their passion to maintaining persistence and positivity. However, the weakness in constantly re-framing a situation is that the encourager may seem distant from any feeling real feelings-You see the very super-power that equips us to be great at some things-- can be what actually holds us back from fulfilling our highest potential. So grab a nice cup of tea or coffee-- or just focus on the road if you're driving-- its time to make the world a better place -- for we are Encouragers United. Encouragement Positive mental attitude Re-framing, Positive psychology Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
25:06
May 18, 2020
Dayspring Music Ministry, a simple dream started a ministry to those who are hurting, lonely and dying.
Hey Hey there Encouragers! How are you holding up? I hope this 25th episode finds you well and figuring out new ways to work, worship, and serve others in these unprecedented times. Thank-you so much for all the kind words and comments on last weeks episode on technology and staying close to Jesus. If you have not listened to that yet-- I encourage you to go find that when you have the time. It was a ton of fun and I hope you can benefit from it. I have a special treat for you today. In this episode of the podcast, I hope you'll be inspired by the work my good friend Rex Broad and a few others have been working on. It's called the Dayspring Music Box! A tool that you might be able to give to a friend or loved one to help them pass the time while staying at home. Enjoy. Today I want to share with you about a wonderful project I've been involved with for about a year. It's the Daypsring Music Ministry. Some of you may know, my mother in law is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. She is otherwise physically healthy and doing well, but we all are watching her slowly lose her memories and not be able to think the way she used to. Through it all, however, we have discovered that music is an amazing connector. My mother in law remembers these classic hymns and spiritual songs. She remembers and can sing right along. It's really amazing how we can connect with her through singing these melodies. It gives her comfort, calms her down, and we believe it helps her feel more like herself again. Not only can we share this great time together, but music has such a powerful effect on our minds, our hearts, and our souls. You're going to hear about a dream that my friend Rex had that started this whole thing, and I can tell you that I and my wife and father in law have lived that very dream, and we use our Dayspring Music box as much as we can. It's a tool in our tool box to help love and serve my mother in law. If you have anyone that could benefit from it-- I would encourage you to get one too. The following is a rebroadcast of the "Our Community" radio program with Suzie Thomas Many thanks to Suzie and the whole staff at the Light 95.9 FM in Canton Ohio for featuring the Dayspring Music Ministry. http://www.thelight959.com/ https://www.dayspringmusicbox.com/ https://www.facebook.com/dayspringmusicbox Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
31:44
May 11, 2020
What is your "snake"? Charlie Grimes sermon on 2 Kings 18
Greetings Encourager nation!  Thanks for tuning in for Episode 24 of the podcast.  This week, I'm dipping into the archives to share with you a message that I have preached several times, most recently at the 2018 Alive Music Festival here in North east Ohio.  I believe it's a great reminder for all of us to balance the use of technology in our daily lives.  Computers, gaming systems and phones are marvelous tools that we use to work, communicate and connect with the world.  However, in this speech, I'm going to ask you to make sure that those tools are working for you-- rather than the other way around.  I use a historical account from the book of 2 Kings 18 in the bible to illustrate that we can quickly be captivated by these "created things" and lose sight of the "creator" who gave them to us.  And in the spirit of King Hezakiah in the Old Testement-- I smash these idols in front of the crowd-- just to illustrate how we should deal with anything that gets in between you and God. Enjoy. “Thanks for Listening! This has been another episode of the Encouragers United Podcast, with me Charlie Grimes. I would love for you to leave a comment and a rating for the podcast. That means more to me than you know. I invite you to simply let me know how I’m doing, and refer others to listen also.  I appreciate and read every single comment.  For more information and to connect with optimistic, enthusiastic leaders all over the world, be sure to search for Encouragers United on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, or visit our website http://www.Charlesrgrimes.com.” Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
33:22
May 04, 2020
HELP! My life is totally disrupted by the pandemic of 2020, with Caleb Griffith and Leah Grimes
Thanks for listening to Episode 23 of the Encouragers United Podcast.   This week I had the pleasure to speak with two young-adults, Leah and Caleb-- college students who have seen their worlds completely disrupted during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Every organization on earth has been affected by the spread of this unprecedented virus, In sports, the NCAA March Madness Men's and Women's basketball tournaments cancelled, along with the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the NBA, Major League baseball, the PGA tour all cancelled. In education, Universities have moved all activity to online formats, moving all students off of their campuses to prevent infection. Churches and religious services suspended and moving to online formats-- Graduation ceremonies, senior sports seasons, theater and music presentations, recitals, the activities that have shaped our lives, all cancelled. Everyone, young and old, is affected. Families are isolated away from each other-- How do we adapt? Can we stay positive through the process of losing so much of what we planned for, and what we are hoping for? Listen to the stories of these two, be inspired that there can be a way through the hurt-- to perhaps find what really matters most, and make memories that will indeed last a lifetime. Follow us: Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
28:06
April 27, 2020
Who Am I and Why Am I Here?
Meet Coach Charlie Grimes and hear why he believes God does indeed care about sports and wants you to worship HIM through training and competing! Encouragement Positive mental attitude Enthusiasm, Dreamer, Coach, Mentor, Friend Charlesrgrimes@gmail.com charlesrgrimes.com Twitter: @charlesrgrimes https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-grimes-2b78444b/ https://www.instagram.com/encouragers_united/ https://www.facebook.com/EncouragersUnited/?modal=admin_todo_tour https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS-40nUSl9SCekbbhk3FzYw?view_as=subscriber
01:43
April 22, 2020
Encouragers United Trailer
“In a world that is becoming increasingly sad, depressed and hopeless, individuals with great hope are needed now more than ever.  These inspirational leaders come in the form of teachers, pastors, coaches and mentors-- they possess a deep abiding faith, an enthusiastic hope, and a passion to build others up-- we are the Encouragers, and these are our stories. I'm Charlie Grimes and I'll be your host each week as we meet new people, hear their stories, and inspire you. I want you to learn how to start where you are, take what you have, and do what you can. Subscribe now and you'll never miss an episode of the Encouragers United Podcast! ”
01:10
April 22, 2020
Hooray for TEACHERS! With Katie Grimes and Amber Hershberger
Thanks for listening to Episode 22 of the Encourager’s United Podcast.   This week I had the pleasure to speak with two hard-working educators and listen to them explain how they have adapted and modified their teaching strategy and mindsets during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. There are approximately 3.2 million individuals working in 133,000 schools in the United States. These individuals have had to quickly change almost everything they do, adapting to circumstances with a positive attitude and hopeful vision for the future. They are learning new skills everyday, and believe good things for both students and teachers can come out of this difficult time. They have embraced and loved this challenge, and we are proud to cheer them on! Data according to 2015-16 data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
31:44
April 20, 2020
Encouraging those who serve our communities with Shannon Zimmerly, EMT
Welcome to Episode 21 of the Encourager’s United Podcast.   This week the show is designed to inspire you to encourage those that are serving and protecting us during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Doctors and nurses, Emergency Medical personnel and Law enforcement workers, anyone who is at a higher risk for exposure deserves our respect and admiration. These individuals are working longer shifts, adapting to circumstances with determination to accomplish their jobs. In their work, lives are often at stake, and we can't any of what they do for granted. So I'm calling all of us to look around, and find somebody to encourage-- for we are truly in this together. Helpful Links: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/responders.asp https://www.prayerleader.com/prayer-connect/prayers-for-first-responders/
15:31
April 13, 2020
Encourager's United #20: Special COVID-19 episodes. Stress Management with Olivia Horner!
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an unprecedented event in our lifetime.  As of my recording today, April 6th, 2020, 336,000 cases are recorded in the United States, with 9655 deaths occurring, unfortunately more happening everyday. These numbers and the associated warnings from local, state and federal government officials are extremely stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults, teens and children. However, successfully coping with this stress and the changes well will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger in the long run. After a short devotional from Psalm 9, Pastor Charlie interviews Oliva Horner, a professional fitness and gymnastics coach, aspiring chiropractic student, and YouTube content creator.  Olivia gives her advice and encouragement on coping with the stress that quarantine and COVID-19 can cause.
28:02
April 07, 2020
Encourager's United #19, "Busy... but Present" with Tyler Moomaw
Introducing, Tyler Moomaw!  (bio courtesy of Malone University) Middle school education calls for passionate teaching and Tyler Moomaw ‘21 plans to take that on in stride. However, a career in teaching was not his initial goal. “I started coaching students in fifth and sixth grade while I was in high school and I really enjoyed teaching. I also became involved in the children’s department at my church. Yet even with all my experiences pointing to education, I originally wanted to go into physical therapy,” he said. One day, after having a conversation with his mom, a fourth grade teacher, Moomaw realized that he wanted to teach after all. With this revelation, he recognized that Malone would lead him down the right path toward completing his goals. “I knew that Malone had an intentionally relational community in addition to a solid education program that would allow me to participate in field experience right away,” he said. His placement with local middle schools has given Moomaw practical experience in the classroom. “I am being prepared for complexity through my field experiences. So much goes into teaching in a classroom because you have to learn to teach while observing students’ behavior at the same time,” he said. Along with his field experience, Moomaw says that the faculty at Malone have made an impact on his life and his approach to education. “The intentionality and mentorship of professors at Malone is wonderful,” he said. “They demonstrate how you can show Jesus in the classroom.” Middle school-aged youth have a special place in Moomaw’s heart and he knows that it is how he can pursue his calling. “I want to make a difference in my students' lives and positively impact the identity formation they will experience in middle school,” he said. “There is so much more to teaching than content. I want students to know that there is a fullness to life and my goal is that they will be able to witness that through my teaching.”
26:24
March 28, 2020
Encourager's United #18 "Lead yourself first", with Suzi Lantz
Welcome to Episode 18 of the Encourager’s United Podcast, This week I connected with Suzi Lantz, a busy wife, mother, and senior leadership consultant with GIANT Worldwide, a global media and content development company specializing in leader transformation.  Suzi is a vibrant, positive and engaging coach of leaders, but she reminds us that we need to do the hard work to examine ourselves first, to become the best encouragers we can be. suzi.lantz@giantworldwide.com www.giantworldwide.com www.giant.tv/remote/suzilantz www.onecentercanton.com charlesrgrimes.com
31:46
March 23, 2020
Encourager's United #17 "What you focus on, affects what you see!" with Suzie Thomas
Suzie Thomas, a Public relations consultant and Christian radio talk show host, credits her simple northeast Ohio upbringing and supportive family for her positive and high energy mindset.  A wife, mother and grandmother, Suzie’s energy, work ethic and zeal for life outpaces others even half her age. Although she started her career as an elementary school teacher, she quickly realized that her gifts and talents lie in a more extroverted and creative career.  She is one of the first graduates of Regent University, and has worked for most of her adult life promoting and highlighting the stories of others through marketing and public relations.  But her aha moment came as a high-school aged cheerleader, alone on a basketball court stage with a choice to look to the positive and seek to praise God in all situations.
28:12
March 16, 2020
Encourager's United #16 Diligent persistence and taking responsibility for your own future with John Regas.
John Regas,serves as the vice president for Marketing and partnerships at the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an integrated destination resort connected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.  He leads the team responsible for partnerships, special events and marketing. The stark county ohio native, who played his college football games in Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium has an extensive background in business and sports administration.  Prior to joining the Village, John served as the Director of athletics for the Franklin Community schools in Indiana.  John got his start however as a sports marketing executive for Gator Sports Marketing- IMG College at the University of Florida. John earned his undergraduate degree at nearby Malone University and his MBA and MSA degrees at Ohio University.  He and his wife Morgan are the proud parents of five children and reside in Hartville, OH.
35:19
March 09, 2020
Encourager's United #15 "Go make a difference! -with Bob Dean"
This week on the Encourager’s United Podcast, I got the chance to sit down with Bob Dean, a passionate Coach, administrator and family man, whose career has taken him to a varied array of experiences with private and public education, where he simply couldn’t help himself but to get involved and make a difference. Bob Dean is currently the Pioneer Development Officer for Malone University in Canton, Ohio. He specializing in fundraising efforts for the Pioneer athletic department, which competes at the NCAA Division II level. From 2015 to 2018, he served as the Director of Athletics & Activities for the Crestwood Local Schools. He spent the previous 11 years as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach & Student-Athlete Affairs Administrator for Hiram College. Prior to Hiram, Bob was the first full-time alcohol & drug abuse prevention professional employed in a public school in Ohio and spent 17 years as the Student Assistance Administrator and Head Women’s Soccer Coach for the Hudson City Schools in Hudson, Ohio. Bob has trained and spoken in over 700 different school districts around the nation. As a coach, he was recognized by his peers as the Ohio High School Div. I Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1998 and was privileged to lead his teams to the Ohio Div. I State Championship in 2000.  He currently serves as an Associate Board Member for the Cleveland Chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Bob is a graduate of Kent State University, holds two national coaching certifications from the United States Soccer Federation as well as the Royal Dutch Football Federation. He and his wife, Sally, their 21-year-old daughter, Abby, and 18-year-old son, Ryan, live in Kent, Ohio.
51:16
March 02, 2020
Encouragers United #14 "How our experience shapes our encouragement of others with Bill Eddins"
Calling on his experience as a middle school teacher and high school coach for over 30 years, Bill Eddins now works with college-age student-athletes at Malone University in Canton, OH.  A Canton native, and the son of well-known local basketball coaching legend, Don Eddins, Bill grew up in a sports minded community, and quickly joined the family business as a coach himself. He served as nearby Louisville High School’s head boys basketball coach from 1993-2001, collecting Division II Ohio Boys Basketball Coach of the Year honors in 2001 after leading the Leopards to their first undefeated regular season in school history. He taught middle schoolers for over 30 years, encouraging hearts and shaping lives with both challenge and support. He most recently joined the Malone University Athletic staff, and now coaches the Women’s Golf team, he also serves as an assistant administrator in the department mentoring and encouraging student-leaders throughout the University. Experiencing difficulties in his family, including the divorce of his parents, as well as witnessing a good friends death have shaped Coach Eddins outlook on life, excellence and relationships.  Read more and connect with Coach Eddins at:  https://malonepioneers.com/staff.aspx?staff=210
40:04
February 24, 2020
The Faith Factor
Can we display a faith that amazes Jesus? Yes you can! Coach Grimes challenges listeners to have the faith to ask for the crazy, outrageous “unicorn” miracle in your life! You just might get a “high five” from our Lord!
21:51
February 28, 2019
The Perseverance Quotient
Can perseverance be measured? Coach Grimes challenges you to compare yourself to the a persistent widow in Luke 18. Evaluate yourself and set out to develop your own determination!
23:48
December 19, 2018
Autopsy of a Loss
Losing is extremely difficult. Join Coach Grimes today to discover how to process a loss, deciding to be humble and learn from the hardship. Taking responsibility and moving forward, always trusting that God is truly in control!
21:13
December 09, 2018
Never Alone!
Coach Grimes tackles a tough question from a listener: “What encouragement can you give me, I’m the only Christian on my team.” Let’s remember two wonderful stories from the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament!
17:39
December 03, 2018
What is Your “One Thing”?
This world is filled with good things to do, but what are the “best” things for you to spend your energy on? In this episode, Coach Grimes challenges you to write a personal mission statement, identifying your gifts, goals, and guarantee! Using the simple gospel story of Mary and Martha, we will try to fight off the busy-ness of life!
14:14
November 26, 2018
Conflict Resolution 101
If we are on a team, sooner or later we will face disagreement and conflict. Jesus taught his disciples a simple three step process to follow when we have been offended. Can you follow His recommendation the next time someone offends you?
16:02
November 19, 2018
Process Over Performance.
Practice? We’re talking about practice? Coach Grimes shares a unique story of the process Jesus used in Mark 8:22-26 to heal a blind man. Are we willing to be patient and trust the process that Jesus wants to use to develop us?
14:58
November 12, 2018
The Dreaded “Comparison Trap”
Jesus taught that we shouldn’t judge others. We sometimes fall into the frustrating trap of comparing ourselves to others, and that often makes our experience miserable! Coach Grimes encourages you to consider your true and deep motivation to train and compete, then to go after your goals will God’s strength!
14:23
November 05, 2018
Storing up Good or Bad?
In athletic performance, preparation is critical. In this episode, Coach Grimes unpacks Jesus’ teaching on good and bad fruit. What kind of tree are you becoming?
13:30
October 30, 2018