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The Today Counts Show has not shied away from the topic of abortion (Episode 37) or adoption (Episode 39).  Today Jim Piper welcomes Kim Barton, director of The Share Center, to continue the discussion of both topics from a different perspective.  The Share Center is located in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area in south-central Texas.  The center’s mission is to educate, support and empower women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or other sexual health related issues with professional medical care.  The hope is that their clients will chose life for their unborn child.  Kim shares her insights from seven years of working at the center and working with people struggling with unexpected pregnancies.  Life changing decisions are made and the staff at The Sharing Center do their best to supportively explain that there are options to abortion.  They will also continue to support new parents with training on parenting and other life skills.  Jim also asks Kim to share some thoughts on her journey as the leader of a non-profit organization. If you would like to find out more about The Share Center or support this amazing organization, they can be found at:  https://bulverdepregnancy.com/ Kim mentions a ministry called Surrender the Secret.  This a program is designed to help women and men heal from the hurt of abortion.  You can connect with a team leader in their national network from their website:  https://surrenderingthesecret.com/find-help/ Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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The Today Counts Show is a podcast about life and leadership hosted by Jim Piper, Jr. It’s called Today Counts because what you learn, think, or do today shapes your tomorrows. The show is about leading your life with priority placed upon your personal health (Person), caring for the (People) in your life, and effectively navigating your current realities (Place). The leadership we talk about here is redemptive in nature. Our format includes interviews, coaching segments, and new opportunities for our listener community.

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Episode 45: Kim Barton and The Share Center: Pregnancy Options

The Today Counts Show has not shied away from the topic of abortion (Episode 37) or adoption (Episode 39).  Today Jim Piper welcomes Kim Barton, director of The Share Center, to continue the discussion of both topics from a different perspective.  The Share Center is located in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area in south-central Texas.  The center’s mission is to educate, support and empower women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or other sexual health related issues with professional medical care.  The hope is that their clients will chose life for their unborn child.  Kim shares her insights from seven years of working at the center and working with people struggling with unexpected pregnancies.  Life changing decisions are made and the staff at The Sharing Center do their best to supportively explain that there are options to abortion.  They will also continue to support new parents with training on parenting and other life skills.  Jim also asks Kim to share some thoughts on her journey as the leader of a non-profit organization. If you would like to find out more about The Share Center or support this amazing organization, they can be found at:  https://bulverdepregnancy.com/ Kim mentions a ministry called Surrender the Secret.  This a program is designed to help women and men heal from the hurt of abortion.  You can connect with a team leader in their national network from their website:  https://surrenderingthesecret.com/find-help/ Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 44: Goals – Why & How

Why have goals?  How many goals should you have?  How do you determine what your goals are?  What does faith have to do with your goals?  In this short coaching session,  Jim will walk you through techniques that will help you answer these questions in a way that fits your life.  These concepts will work regardless of where you are in your life’s journey.   It’s not rocket science but the possible applications are endless.  One simple take-away from this podcast is this:  even one goal can help give your life purpose and build your confidence! Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 43: Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin – Domestic and World Events

It seems unlikely that most of us have a family friend who is a decorated General with decades of experience in the military, who worked his way through the most elite special forces teams, who commanded the Delta Force, who worked in the CIA and who served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the Bush administration.  Luckily, Jim Piper is friends with such a person.  Today Jim welcomes back retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin to discuss a wide range of topics.  Everything from issues on our southern border to military preparedness, to the looming threat of China attacking Taiwan and more.  What you won’t hear are carefully crafted sound bites with no real substance or information.  Consider this a casual chat with a friend who tells it to you straight and has the real world knowledge and life experiences to back it up!  You definitely want to make time to listen to this one! You can follow Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/generalboykin/ Or… find one of his many books on Amazon. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 42: Executing Results!

Don’t be stuck in neutral! Take the next 16 minutes to listen and learn some proven strategies for executing results.  Jim Piper passes along four key principles that leaders should use to create a playbook for achieving important goals.  These are proven, real-world methods used in businesses and organizations around the world.  Here’s a hint … don’t have a laundry list of goals! Focus your planning and efforts on that “wildly important” goal.  If you’re wondering where Jim learned these strategies, they can be found in the book, “The Four Disciplines of Execution” by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling.  Consider this podcast an introduction to the 4DX way of thinking.  Read the book for yourself and add it to your personal resource library! If you like the coaching and teaching in this episode you might want to listen to (or revisit) Episode 33: The Leadership Value of Presence. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 41: The Power and Reality of Faith

What is faith and how can it affect your everyday life?  Jim talks us through a thoughtful progression of how a foundation of faith in God can lead to faith in yourself and your abilities.  Your thoughts and beliefs will eventually become actions so make them positive!  Have faith that you can move forward, overcome obstacles, learn the new skills you need to reach your goals.  Have faith that God has given you your specific talents and abilities for a reason. Jim’s reading recommendations this week are: “The God Question” by J. P. Moreland and… “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 40: Improving Decision Making and Communication

In this short coaching podcast, Jim Piper walks us through the keys points of what makes a decision actually become an actionable directive.  Regardless of how the decision was made, it will affect and it will likely involve the cooperation of other people.  That is what links decision making to communication.  Listen and learn the most effective principles to communicate your decisions and turn them into cooperative action. The basics of what Jim is teaching today come from the book,  “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker which is available on Amazon. Check out The Today Counts Show – Episode 35 to hear more leadership coaching based on the “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 39: An Adoption Story: Told by Beau & Johnny Sirpilla

Jim Piper welcomes Beau and Johnny Sirpilla to the show to talk about adoption.  You might remember Johnny Sirpilla from Episode 30 of The Today Counts Show where he talked about his book “Life Is Hard But I’ll Be OK” and shares his family’s amazing journey.  Today, Johnny and his adopted son, Beau, share their personal stories of a family with an adopted child and biological children.  Beau talks very openly about what it was like growing up as an adopted child and how, as an adopted child, you sometimes feel like an “outsider” even in a loving family.  Johnny and Beau both talk about what a great gift Beau’s adoption was to Beau and the Sirpilla family.  To sum it up, this episode is an inspiring story of the power of adoption to change the lives of everyone involved for the better! If you’d like to talk to Beau or Johnny about adoption, Johnny Sirpilla can be reached at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnny-sirpilla-45385253 Beau Sirpilla can be reached at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/beausirpilla Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 38: Leadership In The Post-Pandemic World With Erin Porteous

Jim welcomes back Erin Porteous to continue the discussion about leadership.  Erin is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.  Since Erin led the Boys & Girls club through the pandemic and is now able to look back from the other side, the talk soon turns to new challenges faced by leaders in the post-pandemic world.  A strong leader has to determine what needs to be done and how to adapt to the situation.  Erin shares her views on moving forward and her personal work culture philosophy based on “the four H’s”.  Jim lets the cat out of the bag on Erin’s bold goal for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.   Also, you’ll find out why she is all done with fish and cold weather for the year 2022! If you’d like to know more about Erin Porteous and her impressive business career you can find her on LinkedIn @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinporteous If you’d like to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver you can do so here: https://www.bgcmd.org/donate/ Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 37: Abortion and the Christian Worldview with Erin Kunkle

Erin Kunkle is back on the show to discuss one of, if not the most, serious issues in our society.  Abortion is a heavily debated, divisive subject in today’s culture.  Jim Piper talks with Erin about Christian beliefs, biblical principles and the increasing lack of personal responsibility in our country.  It is serious talk about life and death.  Erin boils the whole debate down to one question, “Who counts as one of us?”.  That’s a chilling, sobering thought but the answer to that question is basically what divides the Pro Life side from the Pro Choice side.  Leaders , including Pastors, should not be afraid to take on the hard subjects and it doesn’t get much harder than this one.  Erin and Jim share a huge amount of information to support the Christian Worldview on abortion and the value of human life at any stage.  Jim challenges listeners to be engaged and don’t be silent.  You don’t want to miss this one! Erin Kunkle is co-founder of Maven, an organization that exists to help the next generation know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty, all for the cause of Christ.  If you want to know more about Maven or contact Erin, just go to https://maventruth.com/. Erin references a great book titled, The Moral Question of Abortion by Stephen Schwarz.  Check it out and learn about SLED. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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