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So what's up with all the geniuses out there that insist on running from the police? Do they think they are going to get away? Wow! The ignorance amazes me . As an ex-offender you should know some simple truths about dealing with law enforcement. I feel like I know these truths and I feel like most of you know them as well. However, I feel the need to share them. 
1. Comply with all requests from the police and do so in a courteous way.
2. If you run, you will at a minimum get your ass kicked. Some people even end up dead as has been seen in  the National news lately.  No judge cares or wants to hear why you have 2 black eyes and a busted lip at your preliminary hearing. If you have a warrant you are going to jail so get your head ready for that. DON'T RUN!
That's it! It's that simple!
OK - On to this week's show:
On this week's show we take a look at our spirituality. Are you a spiritual person? If not, should you be? If you are, what is it that we should be seeking?
I chatted on this phone the founder and former Senior pastor of Holy Community Church in Nashville, Cindy Andrews-Looper. Cindy now has a business called, Enlighten Your Soul Now where she seeks to help people on their spiritual journey.
Join me for my discussion with Pastor Cyd on this week's episode.
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hello everyone!

It's Spring Break here at Journey of Hope. We will be back in two weeks with more usefull information and guests. See you then!

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Hello and Welcome!

Many of us rely on our faith to help us through reintegration. If you are an ex-offender that trusts in your faith, you will enjoy my interview with William Jenkins. 
William is a pastor and has done a study on the number 15. The number occurs 42 times in the Bible and William claims it has a great deal of significance. William also believes the number can tell us some things about ourselves in this, the year 2025. 

Join me for my interview with Pastor and author William Jenkins on this week's show. 
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Addiction is hell. It really is. Because of the roll an addiction can play in a successful parole, probation, or reintegration, I feel like I can't do enough of these shows. I'm constantly on the look out for guests that have a good grip the steps necessary to beat an addiction. 
My guest this week, Jean Day, does a fantastic job discussing addiction and her conversation with me is one that ex-offenders and their loved ones can benefit from.
Be sure and check out Jean Day on YouTube, "I Kicked Heroin Without the Help of Methadone." She also has a fan page on Facebook, "Things I've Learned Along the Way".
Remember, If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hi Yall,

I've had people tell me over the years that I should not let anyone take my joy from me. What? I would always think, walk in my shoes buddy! However, I've learned over time that they are right. Why shouldn't I be happy? After all, I paid an extremely high price for what I did and it's time to move forward and live in a more positive way.
My guest this week, Dean Roberts has figured out how to help people live in a positive , more grateful way. Dean's book, I'll Fix My Head Before I'm Dead is his take on how to go about doing this. I think he's dead on!
Join me for my interview with Dean Roberts on this week's edition of the show.
Always remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?
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Welcome to episode 135!

When someone mentions the big green monster are they talking about envy or jealousy? Turns out it's both! Both can be destructive emotions and are certainly worth taking a look at because they can negatively effect your relationships and other aspects of your life if left unchecked. 
My guest this week, Dr. Josh Gressel, zeros in on envy. Josh and I have a great conversation on how envy can be controlled. 
My friends, don't let envy be a problem in your life! Check out my interview with Dr. Josh Gressel. After the interview check out Josh Gressel's book
Remember. if God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hey There!

My guest this week is author and academic Sara Deutsch. Sara brings an impressive academic background and the authorship of many books to the show this week as she explains how we can tap our creativity. It is her contention, and my belief as well, that the finding our creativity and exercising it can help us to maintain progress in stress reduction, goal setting and accomplishment, and just generally feeling better. 
By the way, everyone is creative. The trick is finding that creativity and using it. Sara tells us how to do this on this week's episode. 
Be sure and take a look at at Sara's books and biographical information. A lot of her materials are Kindle friendly and very lost cost. 
Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hey Everyone!

As we enter this new year, its a time to contemplate I guess. What we contemplate is up for debate. I have a tendency to reflect more on broader questions than setting goals or stating resolutions because goals and resolutions are a constant, ever evolving exercise with me. So, in that tradition, here's a question for you: What is our purpose?
Now, you can ask that question to 10 different people and get ten different answers, but I think my guest this week might just have the kind of answers that will get you to........well, contemplate the question. My guest is David Gaggin. 
A different kind of show this week but David Gaggin has some very cool information for us on this week's show. 
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Let's talk jobs this week. It's not always my favorite topic because of the many hurdles ex-offenders have to jump in order to get meaningful employment. I'm not talking about those crap jobs like telephone sales or my favorite - the car wash. ( I got fired from car wash! How does someone get fired from a car wash?)
One alternative is entrepreneurship. Why not? My guest this week, Peter Mehit, is an expert in this area and calls in for chat on how to go about doing this. We had had a nice discussion and I think you will find it informative.
If God is for you, who can be against you..... 
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On this episode of JOH we speak with author Mary Ellen Ciganovich about her book Healing Words: Life Lessons To Inspire 
Mary Ellen is no stranger to Adversity and her book is inspiring. Join us as we listen to Mary Ellen give her unique take on tackling adversity.
Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?
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