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Author: Paul Calcote

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Relevant conversations that will encourage & empower you to be all that God has called you to be. Our goal is to help you to move from Surviving to Thriving: Spiritually, Relationally, Mentally, Physically, & Financially!
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 Because of the year that we’ve had, it could be easier to forget about telling God thank you and forget to express our praise & gratitude to Him.  The question of the day: Is thanksgiving an opportunity to to express gratitude one day in a year or a reminder to us to be thankful every day of the year? I believe you know the answer. I want to encourage you to practice expressing gratitude on a consistent basis. It's a mood changer and mood booster. Enjoy this sermon. 3 Action points from the sermon: Text Luke 17:11-19 Jesus Heals 10 LepersBe interruptible: God wants to use you to bring Him glory,  but you must be interruptible and open to all that God wants to do in & through you Be Loud for Jesus: In your life, conversations, spheres of influence (work\school, etc) social media point others to Christ.Be Grateful: There has been so much to complain about this year, but there is a lot to be grateful for as well…The fact that you still have breath in your body means that God isn’t done with you yet and that my friend is more than enough to be grateful for …So Don’t Forget to tell God Thank You Music by Marcus G. Morton word by Clea McLemore the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
So many nuggets of wisdom can be found in today's episode. I'm joined by fellow church member Mark Lanier. Mark shares his story of balancing faith & career while also giving wisdom related to time management and finances. About Mark: husband, father, life group leader, author and Texas Tech Alumnus that was named 2018 trial lawyer of the year and is the founder of the Christian Trial lawyer Association.'s SponsorToday’s Podcast was brought to you by Campushead. An app created to organize the essentials of praise & worship teams, and to keep everyone on the same page. Download the app today on the Google play store,  App store  or you’re a Music Director, praise team member or musician, It's tough keeping all song-related material, keys, lyrics, and event communications organized so download the app today. Support the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Someone once said that its impolite to talk about Religion and Politics, but today we are going THERE and talking about both.  The US is divided between red states and blue states, Trump supporters & Biden supporters, but today we have a thought provoking conversation about Unity in the Body of Christ in the midst of a divided nation. Questions we answerWhich political party is the true Christian Party?How should the Body of Christ lead during such divisive times in our nation?What causes Division in the Body of Christ?What does it look like to be peacemakers and walk in unity practially?Today’s Guests: Irvin Wasswa: Campus pastor of Tylertown Church in Clarksville, TN. A campus of Living Hope Clarksville. Adam Venters: Campus minister for the Metro Baptist Collegiate Ministry in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Old Testament.Matthew Weaver: Ministries Pastor for Vintage Church NOLA. He graduated with his M.Div from NOBTS in 2016. He has a blog page,, where he shares out content to encourage people in their walk with the Lord. Today's SponsorToday’s Podcast was brought to you by Campushead. An app created to organize the essentials of praise & worship teams, and to keep everyone on the same page. Download the app today on the Google play store,  App store  or you’re a Music Director, praise team member or musician, It's tough keeping all song-related material, keys, lyrics, and event communications organized so download the app today. Connect with the Host Paul on Instagram the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
So, there’s a bad side to Social Media: unhealthy comparison, cyber bullying, arguments, & much more. There’s a good side to it as well: celebrating collectively with birthdays, graduations, weddings and a place to stay connected, do business, and do ministry.  In our conversation today we’re going to talk about effectively & productively using social media while addressing some the pitfalls to avoid as well.  We even talk a little about "The Social Dilemma" the Netflix documentary that sounds the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social networking. Joining us from New Orleans are my friends,  Dudley C. Grady Jr. & Alyson Nicholas. Dudley Serves as the Director of Facilities Operations in his local school district and is a proud Alumnus of Xavier University & LSU. Aly serves as the Young Adult Women's Zone Pastor at Celebration Church. Connect with the Guest: check out their camp: more great content, connect with the Host Paul mentioned today: the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Since the Election is all about leadership, we decided to devote this episode to all things Leadership, Influence, & Personal Development.  Dr. Stephen Trammell serves as the Global Executive Pastor at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He has been in ministry and leadership for over 35 years. Speaking as a husband, father, and pastor, he drops so many great leadership nuggets in this episode. There's something for everybody! Whether you're a young professional, student, parent, CEO, or anything in between leadership & influence plays a major role in your life so tune in today!Questions we answer today:What is Leadership & Why does it Matter?What Steps can a Person Take to Become a Better Leader?How do goals help you become a better leader?What does Leading & Influencing well really look like?How to deal with Criticism?If you are looking to buy or sell home in the Houston area, consider Tori Chase. Tori is a highly qualified & professional real estate agent ready to help you Chase Your Real Estate Dreams! Mentioned Books: Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets by Andy Stanley The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark ComerThe Vision Driven Leader by Michael HyattThe Church Called TOV by Scot McKnightLeading on Empty by Wayne CordeiroLeadershift by John Maxwell,Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell.Spiritual Leadership by Henry Blackaby. When Work and Family Collide by Andy Stanley. The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan. Good to Great by Jim Collins.Podcasts:Carey NieuwhoffAndy StanleyCraig GroeschelJohn MaxwellSteve Carter (Craft & Character)Michael HyattWSJ Minute BriefingSupport the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
My cousin, Tatyana Ali is a successful You-tuber with over 200,000 Subscribers to date. She started her channel at age 16, and now she's a 4th year student at San Jose State University thriving as a content creator and influencer.  In this episode we talk about what it takes to be a successful content creator as well as dealing with criticism, and the pros & cons of being in the public eye! Connect with the Guest Tatyana Ali's Episode was brought to you by Darleane Buckhanan w/Mary Kay CosmeticsThe holidays are quickly approaching. Contact Darleane for all your gift giving, skin care, and color cosmetic needs.Website:  mkpinkbuckhanan@gmail.comConnect with the Host Paul Calcote on Instagram the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
October is National Depression Awareness Month in the USA. So today's episode features a rich conversation with a Christian social worker & counselor, Hazzel Monterroza LMSW.  Hazzel is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents, and Play Therapy.Questions we answer today:What are some practical ways to prioritize one's mental health?How can a person know if they are suffering from mental illness?When is it time to pursue professional help? Why is self care important? Today's Episode is brought to you by House of Roses N The Dark, a faith-based nonprofit that provides art therapy to PTSD, depression, and substance abuse victims. They are currently doing their Voices Of Light project. A project that features candid stories of the hardships of life and mental health. Click the links below to connect with them and their podcast. rosesnthedark.comResources mentioned:Crisis Text line - Text HELLO to 741-741Suicide Hotline 1-800-273 8255 Psalms 46:1 "God is a very present help in the time of need"For more motivational content, follow the Host Paul on Instagram the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Friendship Goals

Friendship Goals


We invite you into this conversation about Friendship. Arielle Calcote, Cierra Bailey, & Janell Harville, have been friends since college. Today, they share about the Joys & Struggles of Friendship. Facebook changed the way we view & define the word "Friend" so here are the questions that we are answering today: 1) What does it mean to really be a "friend" 2) Why friendship & community matters? 3) How to go from surviving to thriving as it relates to Friendship & Community?Fav Quotes"Authentic Friendship is risky but it's worth it""You have the right to delete people out of your life that mean you no good"Scripture that anchored the conversation: Proverbs 12:26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."Today's Sponsor: Melvin Roberts - Former collegiate & Semi-pro athlete & active youth minister that coaches\trains any player looking to improve their basketball skills.Email or DM on Insta the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Today is part 2 of a mini sermon series revolving around Matthew 22:35-38. This message of love is essential, especially during the Election season here in the US. We are most like Jesus when we are loving God (vertical relationship) and Loving Others (horizontal relationships) because Vertical + Horizontal meet to form a Cross, where Jesus demonstrated love to the fullest. What does it look like to really love your neighbor? What does it look like to love your self in a healthy and balanced way? Tune in and find out! Spoken Word by Lo Alaman Intro & Outro Music by Jordan D. Scott & Gavin R. Hughes for today Matthew 22:39 "And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."Support the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Today we continue our "Adulting" Series. We discuss career, dating mistakes, and How to find God's Will for your life, and more!Jonathan Pokluda is the Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church and the former director of the Porch, the young adult ministry of Watermark Church in Dallas that literally reaches thousands of young adults weekly. In this episode we also discuss his book "Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendship, Finances, and your Future"To check out JP's books and podcast Click here you are looking to buy or sell home in the Houston area, consider Tori Chase Real Estate Agent the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
And we're back with another addition of the Sunday Sermon Series. Today I'm preaching about God's love for us and sharing practical ways that we can love God back. Also I'm trying something new, so today's episode will conclude with an awesome spoken word piece by Emory Colvin Here are some ways to check out more of her work for today Matthew 22:35-38 "35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment."Favorite quote of this sermon "Jesus loved you enough to die for you, will you love Him enough to live for Him?" Support the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Adulting 101 Part 2

Adulting 101 Part 2


Welcome to Part 2 of Adulting! Joined by friends Brooke McManus, Ben Fraser, and Frances De La O. The panelist share wisdom and encouragement as it relates to mental health, self care, finances, and relationships.  Each Panelist is in a different relationship season--married, engaged, single-- and offers unique perspectives. This is the episode to share with the college students and young adults in your life. Enjoy :) Also, I would love to hear from YOU and share your wisdom on the podcast. DM the answer to this question: How do you go from surviving to thriving? Connect with Today's SponsorsMerch Everything Customized Apparel StoreEmail for a design consultation FLUZA free cash back app where you can get cash back at Amazon, Walmart, Chipotle, and more. Use the code "THRIVENOW"Click here & start saving today! the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Adulting 101 Part 1

Adulting 101 Part 1


Today we tackle the topic of Adulting. Joined by friends Brooke McManus, Ben Fraser, and Frances De La O, we discuss both the joys and struggles of Adulting as well as life lessons from this crazy year we call 2020. We also talk about Adulting as it relates to career, finances, relationships, and more. This is Part 1! Adulting is an informal term to describe behavior that is seen as responsible and grown-up. This behavior often involves meeting the mundane demands of independent and professional living, such as paying bills and running errands.Connect with Today's Sponsors Merch Everything Customized Apparel StoreEmail for a design consultation FLUZA free cash back app where you can get cash back at Amazon, Walmart, Chipotle, and more. Use the code "THRIVENOW"Click here & start saving today! with the Host Paul on Instagram the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Use Your Story to Bring God Glory! Today you will hear an inspiring story from Misty Philip: podcaster, author, & speaker! Misty shares how through God's grace she has navigated through fear, pain, and loss and is making a positive impact on so many others. She wrote an award-winning Bible study called "The Struggle is Real but so is God." Tune in and be inspired! Favorite quote from this interview "God can Redeem your story for His glory"Click here for more information about today's guest Misty Philip more motivational content, follow the host Paul on Instagram the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Today we are talking about the American Dream: Buying & owning a home! My guest today, fellow Houstonian, Dwayne Pano took the ultimate leap of faith from a full time secure job to a Real Estate the middle of a pandemic. We talk about the importance of ownership, legacy, and initial steps to take towards homeownership. Connect with Guest: Dwayne Pano with Connected Realty. dwayne.pano@connected-realty.com with the Host Paul Calcote on Instagram the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Carpe Diem! Today we are keeping it brief but full of value & great content. My wife & I share 5 super practical ways for experiencing more joy. Connect with JesusVent about your JoyPlan Your Joy Set GoalsLean into your Relationships Tune in as we elaborate on this list. We just want to encourage you to enjoy and embrace the season that you are in right now! John 10:10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.Connect with today's Sponsors Avidity Ave: Fitness Made Fun  (Darius R. Youngblood) Cell: 601-218-4907 Consulting (Geoffrey V. Dudley II) more great content connect with the host, Paul on Instagram the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Bringing back the Sunday Sermon Series! Today's topic: The Faithfulness of God Today's text: Genesis 12:10-20 I just want to encourage you today with 3 powerful truths!God is Faithful in your FailureGod is Faithful in your FamineGod is Faithful ForeverI don't know what you may be going through today, but I know that God is faithful.  He works ALL things out for our ultimate good & for His glory. Keep the faith! One obedient decision at a time. Connect with the Host Paul's music featured Lil Byron the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Back to School-ish

Back to School-ish


Are you a college student? Or are you related or close to any college students? Or are you a college minister?  If so, then this episode is especially for YOU! I had a deep conversation with Camryn Johnson from Mississippi College, Moses Gonzalez & Kaitlyn Laarman from Lone Star College in Texas. The college campus is one of the largest mission fields we have, so these students share how they are living out their faith and fulfilling the Great Commission on campus! We raise awareness about issues that college students face such as anxiety, weight-gain, and homesickness. We also conclude the episode with "tweetable" moments from each guest as they share wisdom on how students can go from Surviving to Thriving right now...even in the midst of COVID-19 and this global pandemic that we're all facing! Connect w/ the Guests Today's Sponsors Tori Chase Real Estate Agent Samuels Going For Global Startup Business Strategist with the Host Paul the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
Have you ever asked any of the following questions: "Why am I here?" "What is my Purpose?" Well, today is a must listen! I'm joined by Geoffrey V. Dudley II, a  Moorehouse College graduate that founded a ministry consulting business called R.E.A.C.T. Today we are discussing Purpose & Calling primarily while also dropping knowledge about leadership, rest, self-care, and burnout! Connect with today's Guest: Geoffrey V. Dudley II with today's Sponsors:Trever Leonard from Primerica Financial Services: Your Financial GPS to better your life. Preparing today for a better future tomorrow. Contact for free quotes and appointments Email: treverleonard35@primerica.com601-218-1871   Brittney Bibbs from The Tutoring Firm: The tutoring company that specializes in virtual Spanish lessons.Contact to learn more and\or to register for her Spanish class Phone: 980-522-8269Email: the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
In Part 4, we conclude on a high note, sharing about the joys of living in the USA. This international conversation about race, culture, unity, and diversity has been eye-opening and thought provoking! Sylvia, Deji, and Anett give some practical advice for improving racial relations and promoting unity. Listen all the way to the end as each of them bid us farewell in their native languages.  Thank you for listening and consider sharing this podcast with your friends and even on social media!Connect with today's sponsorsJaron Smith from Run Your Gun Tactical Training Facebook: (@rygtactical_training): LinkedIn: Minor from Major Credit Solutions for Minor Problems LLC 601-630-5651m.creditsolutionsm.problems@gmail.com the show ($RealPeopleRealTalk)
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