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Welcome to the Lion Within Us, a podcast serving Christian men who are hungry to be the leaders gotta tend you to be. I’m your host, chris Granger. Let’s jump in. All right, guys, meet episode time for this Week and let’s get right into the word. Okay, let’s go. Jeremiah 2911, for our noted plans. I have for you the clearest of the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. So, guys, go back, listen to the spiritual kickoff. I really share some things that were on my heart in that episode. I hope that encourages you. And oh, christmas is behind us. Now Everybody’s looking to the New Years and this is kind of our New Years week at.
Here at the Lion Within Us, we’re releasing these episodes to really get you thinking about what’s here to come. I know that’s on a lot of our minds right now is what’s coming in 2024. Maybe you have some goals, some core league, maybe you lay out core league goals. Maybe you have, you know, six month goals or just annual goals, whatever they may be, and I know you’re thinking about a lot of stuff that’s here to come. So I wanted to pull this verse. You know, I found we hadn’t done this verse yet on spiritual kickoff, and I looked back and like, wow, I thought we had already done that one, but we hadn’t. This verse is near and dear to my heart, absolutely love. It’s hanging in our living room right now as I speak. So this is something that it’s a good reminder. You know that again, you can have these verses on coffee mollo hanging in your little room, stuff like that but you just take it a step further and see how it applies to your life and what has got the Holy Spirit showing you with verses like this. So, guys, this episode today, what we’re going to do a little bit different. I’m just going to share some things that’s been on my heart so far as what’s going on with the lion within us, with our community, the things that we’re building, the ways that we’re trying to serve, and then what does it look like for next year. Okay, so, just kind of give you some insights, give you some heads up. So I just wanted to kind of give you a little prep of what we’re going to be talking about and as we get started. You know just, we’ve got less than a week before the new years. We still have the promotion going right now for our holiday special. So go, guys, check that out. I’m telling you this is the best time to jump on it. Maybe you’re going to hear me talk about in this episode, maybe some of the things about why you should jump on that and just take advantage of it.
Okay, so now, first of all, out the gate, the how changes. It’s always changing at the lion within us. It really is how we do stuff, but the wise firm to help Christian men be the leaders God attends you to be. So God with me, yes, reveal things one step at a time. I think he does that because he knows if he gives me three or four steps, I’m going to mess something up. So, okay, chris, do this one Now, I’ll do that and I’ll figure that out for a while. All right, now go do this one and I’ll do that one. So I’m telling you that’s just how you work. For me, maybe for you, he lays out a plan, but the how of what we do stuff with the lion does change. He really does within our community.
I’m going to talk about some of the things that we’ve changed within our community today. We’ve had several iterations of our website, several iterations of the community aspects and different meetings and elements. We start stuff and stuff, stuff, but we do stuff very purposely and with intention because we want to help Christian men be the leaders God attends to be, and I always put stuff to that limit steps. So when I’m writing, no matter if I’m writing or doing some research or developing, the next thing we want to build is it helping the person that we envision be that leader that God attends it to be. Because if it doesn’t and it’s just self-serving or it’s just trying to make us look good, not going to do it, just not going to do it, because that’s not what God has called me to do.
But first of all, I had this reminder. I tell this myself all the time and you guys heard me say that. If you listen to the show regularly, you’ve heard me say this this is not the lion within Chris and if it ever becomes that, I truly do pray that God shuts it down. I Don’t want this to be about me. This is within us. Hey, this is. This is not the Chris show.
You know, when people come in, sometimes people come in the community then they leave right now, usually at I’m not, usually I always ask for feedback and then, quite frankly, people give me a lot of feedback. Okay, well, chris, maybe this is just not the time for me financially, or or you know, the meeting times don’t work that good, or whatever feedback is, and I always have to listen. I listen and I try to learn and I always ask the question what could I do differently To bring you more value, to help you be the leader God intends you to be? And then we adjust from there. You know I’ve had you and I’ve had people who come in and well, it’s just too much of you talking. I appreciate you saying that. So I try to learn from that, because the last thing we want this to be is to Chris show. I know people sometimes come here because they like the content, they like what we’re talking about, with ways of that, my view on things, but I don’t want that just to be my view. I want them to learn and grow from others within our community, and that’s really where this all started.
So we started out with the podcast. You know the podcast is still growing. I absolutely love doing the podcast. It’s a lot of work but it’s a lot of fun. Right now I’m recording this in early December and we’re booked out, we’re booking into April.
So so God is blessing it. I mean he is blessing that Tons of great guests, tons of great conversations, and he’s just he’s got his hand on it. So, and I never know, I going into the year, I never know like, oh, this is gonna be it, we’re not gonna have any more episodes. Then they’re saying, you know, boom, we’re stacked up and recording like 30 in a row. It’s we’re. It’s just crazy how God works and the people he brings. And when I look back over the last year, it’s been unreal. Some of the episodes, some of the podcast guests I know you guys have enjoyed so many of them the podcast numbers keep just increasing, which is great. And I give him all the glory Because I don’t have a special gift. I’m just using the gift that he has given me To the best of my ability to serve you. I thank you for that. So the podcast led to okay, we’re seeing the numbers going.
We need a community, we need to be a way to talk to people, and the community was was launched. So we’re we entering our second year with our community and it’s awesome. I mean we have changed a lot of things, but I’m gonna share a couple consistent things. We do there with that, with those guys. Every day, money through friday. We call it. We have what’s called our daily spiritual kickoff. So, just like our sko that you have that listen on the podcast, we have this within our community. Every day, money through Friday. Okay, there’s a ability to go live within our community, which, by the way, we built our community on our own. It’s on platform, so it’s not like a facebook or anything like that. You have your own app, you have your own access and there’s no junk. That’s the beauty of it. There’s no ads, there’s no people trying to sell you stuff. No, it’s just a way to jump in, have conversations, actually have conversations that don’t have to be public for everyone on the planet to see, because everything is hosted within our community and learn and grow so within that.
That daily spiritual kickoff it’s probably the funnest part of my day is also some of the hardest part, because I put prep in it every day, reading God’s words, study and trying to sell you. What holy spirit, what are you showing me? How can this help the guys watching, or the guys who’ll watch later Be the leaders got a tens of to be and it takes time. You can’t just rush that or as it comes across as fake and unauthentic and people just know what. This is just junk and I don’t want that. I want to honor. God was with, with, with what we’ve built. So that’s that’s every day money through Friday.
Then on Wednesdays we have our lion lunch and that is literally guys hanging out. Sometimes we’re eating lunch. Most of times we’re just chatting For things about all over the world. There’s no agenda set to that. It’s just literally what’s going on with, with with us is man, what do we need help with? Or what’s going on with the news? How should we respond to this? What do you think about that? I got this going on my kids. I got this going on my wife. Whatever it may be, we’re just guys talking. We have the same worldview and we care about each other. So we have that.
Then we have a couple Bible studies every week Thursday night, saturday morning. We have two Bible studies one I lead, one another moderator leads a big shout out to Adam Love, that dude to death. He is one of the biggest supporters of the lion within us, so he does a great job leading that Bible study on Saturday mornings. So we have two ways to dig in a guy’s word. This is where we just kind of get in and let that iron sharpen the iron. That’s what it’s all about. So that was so.
Guys, lots of other events and stuff too, but we’ve kind of Just swizzled it down to focus on what’s most important because, quite frankly, earlier in a year we tried all these different events and we come to find out it was too much. It was too much. We had like self self weak, and we had a wealth topics and we had personal finance and we had all this stuff going on with being better dads and all these things were awesome, but they were all. It became just overwhelming. So we said you know what? Let’s just focus on what the core items are read guys word every day, having a couple opportunities for guys to come together for a fellowship, the Lion Lunch, and then let’s just dig into the word together and have that true iron sharpening arm. I will study, and that’s the core of it. And then we have our forums so guys can post stuff all the time. Matter of fact, this morning one of our members, brian, posted some stuff he learned about public speaking from Simon Sinek. It’s great stuff like that that guys are sharing with each other to help encourage them to grow. That’s what it’s all about.
Now, the next step we took within our community Okay, and, by the way, you can also chat with any of these guys directly, so we have that ability. Next thing we built was mastermind. You have to listen. We beta tested this stuff out and said you know what? We need to have more intentional time with guys, be able to drop the plow and grow together. So we started our mastermind groups. So now we have two mastermind groups within the Lion, within this community, so you can come into the community, you see everything that’s going on from a wide, holistic view, and then you can jump into a mastermind group. This is where the guys right now. They meet every other week, they go deep, they use a lot of our material to have studies and discussions and it just gives them a chance to grow.
And for me, when I see these guys, the way they serve each other, the way they help each other, the way they encourage each other, this is why we built it. This is it and these masterminds they’ve worked through some hard topics from time to time. I mean, we’re talking about real life here. We’re not making up fake stuff, because if you try to bring fake you into the lion within this community, we’re going to probably escort you out. So we don’t need that. We just want guys that are being real, being vulnerable, and we get so much of that feedback from our community itself.
As a matter of fact, I have an internal steering committee within the community. A lot of those guys are founders. Everything gets done in a vacuum because I care about what they think. They think, because if they were to give me feedback and we don’t act on it and don’t do anything based on it, they’re not going to continue to give me feedback Now. They’ve given me feedback in the past. Now they agree with and will have some healthy debate, right, and just encourage me and kind of that. Iron shopping, iron back and forth. But I have to listen. Do these guys keep building what they need, what they desire? That mastermind focus, I’m telling you, has been incredible and if you think that would be something that would encourage you guys, I’m telling you, jump in on it. And we’re not talking about these masterminds that charge $3, $500 a month to be part of mastermind, though Very cost effective, the way we set this up because we want to serve the leaders. We want to help you grow. We don’t want this to be a big burden for you financially. So again, check that out Now. Last year I got turned on.
You know I’ve always known about the Bible app from you version, but actually we’re able to get in and learn how to be a creator on that app. So at this time of this dropping, I think we have about 14 devotionals on the you version Bible app. It’s the number one Bible app in the world and I have a personal goal, just to be straight up with you all, of trying to write a lot of devotions 2024. I’m not going to take the number, I’m just going to tell you it’s a big, hairy, audacious goal. Okay, and we’re stacking them up. That means a lot of times studying. Guys were a lot of times taking that, that, that study, that application.
Okay, how can I help? How can I help with this? Help someone else and learn. Okay, this is what the guys were telling me here. Here’s what we’re going to share with people. That’s. It’s that simple. It’s not a crazy formula, it’s simply okay, god, what do you want me to share? He reveals to me boom, we turn that into an devotion and it’s all free. So if you go check them out, go check out the devotions. Maybe you want to start your own little study group. You can use it there. Even the way you verse and sets this stuff up, you can play it. It’s not me talking, so you version person talking. But it’s awesome, it’s great.
It’s a couple of questions that we always put in every one of the Bible studies. Most of them are about three days. Some of them go up to about seven days, but typically about three days is an average one. That’s a great size to jump in with a small group, maybe a couple of guys, three or four guys. Just go have a biscuit on Saturday morning and talk about it. I’m telling you, fellas, I’ve seen it work. So use that stuff.
The you version Bible app. Go check it out and you can go to our website, the lion with thatus slash you version. That’s Y O U D E R S I O N, all that and put that URL in and you’ll see all the ones that we have. There’s a link on our main pages. Will, if you just go to the lion with that that U? S but you version has been awesome, it’s been great. It’s a lot of work to write them, but this is just items that will last forever.
Right, and hopefully, my prayer is this I’m just going to serve people for a long time. Just give them a little bit of encouragement and hope. We need leaders. God intends you to be Now. Last year we said, okay, community’s going great, we got the masterminds, we have all these different events. The guy was still tugging at me. He was still tugging at me Okay, I wish you’d do something different with this. So I was like, all right, what are we going to do? I kept thinking about helping leaders from a business standpoint. Take this amazing book right here, the Inherit Word of God, and apply it to their life so far as being better business leaders, being better community leaders. So we started our summit leadership development and that’s been awesome.
You know, right now we’re about into our fourth or fifth month of the summit. These groups meet once a month. It’s primarily focused from a business standpoint. So for okay, how can I apply this? And let me tell you who we’re also creating this for guys. It’s not the executive and the C-suite, it’s for the mid to entry-level management. I’m telling you, that’s where the guys are learning the most and the executives. They’re coming and then they’re bringing this to their businesses. So it’s been incredible to see how God is moving there and if you think this is something that interests you, I just encourage you to go check it out.
If you go to the lionwithinus slash leadership, you’ll see all the information on the summit. This is where we’re dropping the plow and going deep. I mean, really what? Just to give you kind of a brief understanding of what this is, we think about soft skills in business, right, or in life communication, listening, all things like that Problem solving. Actually, I had someone tell me one time, instead of soft skills, he thinks they’re power skills, because they’re the ultimate skills that are going to propel you in business and in life To really see a lot of success and bring a lot of value to serve a lot of people.
Now you do have to have the hard skills to do stuff. Yes, right, if you want to be a butcher, you better know something about me, but then at the end of the day, you can be a butcher that nobody likes, or you can be a butcher with some power skills that really just accelerates your career to levels that that no other butcher can see, because you’re doing things God’s way, and that’s what we do at the summit. We show you. Okay, you want to be a better communicator? Here’s where it goes really well in scripture and here’s where it’s a dumpster fire. And here’s how you can apply these salient truths to your life.
Okay, let’s get some application to our health, wealth and ourself, to those specific areas. Oh yeah, that’s where it gets. That’s what happens. So we have this education right, and then we kind of drop it a little bit further. Okay, how can we apply it? So you have application and then we have well, we need to actually put this into work and to do what we say we’re going to do here. Then you have accountability. You have accountability with other men, people right there within the summit, leadership development. We would do issue processing. We have a very defined process of how we work through problems together as a group. I’m just telling you the growth’s been awesome, it’s been incredible. So, once a month so we had. Right now we have two cohorts going. We have one that meets on the first Monday of the month, we have one that meets on the third Friday of the month and we’re starting other cohorts in 2024.
So, if the summit sounds like there can be something of interest for you or your business, telling you that businesses out there that start offering solutions like this for their people of faith, they’re going to have an advantage. Because you’re being all just talking about DEI and all this stuff. What about the believers? I’m telling you, when you start thinking about business decisions and how most business decisions are ultimately moral decisions, how can we be better, make better moral decisions? You be a better person. How do you be a better person? You be obedient to the Holy Spirit and listen to what God’s telling you, and you need to know it. You need to know the word. That’s where the summit comes in.
Yeah, I know it’s not popular. That’s definitely not going to be a lot of popular with a lot of woke companies out there, but it’s going to be popular with the companies and with the leaders that want to actually take this and think about their heart. How can they change their heart and stop thinking about? You know what? On Sunday, I’m this guy. On Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, I’m this person. They can’t be the same. That’s wrong, tony. That’s wrong. It can be. You bring them together and realize that you know what, together and everything, I’m united with Christ. It’s going to change the way you approach business. It’s going to change the way you think about your relationships. It’s going to change the way you communicate with your customers or your coworkers and your team, the people that you report to. It’s going to change the fundamental way that you approach your career. That’s what the summit’s all about. That’s one step of obedience at a time.
I’m just telling you, fellas, when we start thinking about 2024, I don’t know, I don’t know what guys are going to cause to with the line with Dennis. I just know one thing Pastor Joey told me this last year, or year before last, actually. He said you know what? Chris, just be obedient to whatever he tells you to do Right, and it’s very simple advice. It’s also very hard advice, but sometimes he tells me new stuff that I don’t want to do Right, and that’s where you have to find out okay, are you truly going to walk this out his way, or are you just doing it his way when it works for you? Because sometimes, when he’s called you to do stuff, it’s not going to be convenient, it’s not going to be fun, it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be straight up with you. It’s going to be hard.
I’ve had a lot of hard things here with the line with Dennis that I’ve had to make decisions on. You know what. We need to start doing this. We need to stop doing this. It’s just not bringing us anybody any value. We need to stop doing it. You know, some of these things I feel like were really good ideas, just what guys wanted me to do. So that’s the decision you have to make. I pray you start thinking about it. So that’s kind of what’s going on for next year, guys. I mean, I’m telling you I would love for you to check us out. This is the greatest time to take advantage of it. If you catch this before January 1st, okay, when we have everything, the holiday promotion will be running for a month now, but then we’re going to take that promotion away. Okay, guys, because I’m just telling you You’re on the fence, hop in, just hop in for a month. See what it’s like. You can always send us an email. All right, love to hear from you.
Would love to just pray for 2024, that you pray that the podcast continues to come out. I would ask that you pray that you give us wisdom and discernment for what God desires, for the line with Dennis right. Hold out less of me, hold out more of him. I pray you just keep our what asks that you would keep our family and your prayers for just the way we continue to grow and learn each other and pray for all of our health. I got four kids, a wife myself, so I just pray to continue to have good health in 2024. Got some health goals. Got another marathon I’m training for in March. You interested in joining us? Send me an email, chris, at thelinewithdenus, I’ll send you the details. It’s in North Carolina. So just pray, just for those basic things. We’re not trying.
I have no aspirations to be a top 0.1% podcast and huge following, like so many people chase these accolades. I get called up in it sometimes where you go, man, I wish we had more followers or wish we had more listeners and all this stuff. But you know what, in the end of the day, if we could just point one person to Christ, everything we do is worth it. It just is right. Am I going to see the success for the lion within us? To where did I think or where did I hope? I don’t know. I’m not sure. I know one thing I’ve never thought we’d be as far as we are right now, so I don’t know where it’s going to go. I just know one thing I feel like we’re doing some good things to help people. If we keep doing that and focus on serving others and trying to give God the glory in everything that we do, remain humble and remain hungry and just keep listening and walking and set those steps of obedience, I feel like we’ll do the right things. I just feel like we will. But frankly, I don’t know what they all are.
But I encourage you as you think about your 2024, whatever that looks like, whatever comes your way, remember God has those plans for you, that plan for you specifically. You don’t know where it is he does, he knows that it’s not to harm you. He knows to do good for you. You can have hope and, quite frankly, I talked about this on a lot, on the spiritual kickoff. That’s what separates us from the rest of the world. It’s hope. Fellas, you’ve got to have hope, and that hope comes. And Jesus Christ, you know we should render everything over to Him.
So I want you to just think you know, the question we talked about on our spiritual kickoff is one word. Think about one word that captures the essence of who you want to be in the next 12 months. What is that word? Is it man, is it rage? Or is it joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, generous self-control. Think about what word you want to focus on and kind of be your guiding word for 2024. Then lead into that, make it a priority and intentionality. Okay. So, guys, come back for the spiritual kickoff, come back for the Fun Friday. We’ve already had the spiritual kickoff. Come back for the Fun Friday.
I got a couple good tips for you guys as you go into the New Year’s weekend, and if you don’t listen to that, I’m just going to encourage you guys right now Be safe, keep your testimony intact. Just because a ball is dropping on New Year’s Eve doesn’t give us the right to forget who we are. So celebrate. You can have some fun. Just be safe out there. Okay, as you start thinking about 2024, really think about what is God calling you to do. Are you going to be obedient to that, and what do you need to do to move a little bit closer and taking those steps of obedience To just being aligned with His will. So I would encourage you to do that.
Okay, and if this is the last episode you listened to for the Lion with Innocence for this year, thank you for listening. I mean seriously, just thank you for listening to the Lion. That’s been an incredible year of growth. We pray, pray, pray, pray, and he continues to bless it and as he does that, we’re just going to keep being obedient. We’re going to keep serving, we’re going to keep trying to give you messages. That encourages you to just be the leader he intends you to be. Okay, so give us a rating, give us a review. That would be amazing. That would help so much.
Head over to the Lion with Inus we have all our resources there. Head over to you Verz and I talked about that earlier you Verz, it has all our resources as well. So we have, you know, all the different devotions that we have there. We have that 30 days to unleash the Lion with In. And again, if you’re listening to this, before January 1st, right now is the time to take advantage of that holiday promotion and jump on over to LionWithInus. Get started in our community today. Okay, all right, guys, get after it. Have a great day. I’ll see you back here on your Fun Friday and keep unleashing the Lion with In If you’re a man who is looking for greater spiritual guidance into how to be a better leader.
Finding resources that you can trust, nevermind implementing, can be daunting For me personally, I thought it was a lost cause, so I decided to take action because I knew that I couldn’t be alone. That’s why we created the Lion with Inus community, and the areas that we were helping other Christian men grow in are incredible. For instance, we built easy ways for guys to lean in and grow through fun events like our daily spiritual kickoff, where you’ll get that much needed boost directly from God’s Word, our Bible studies that focuses on how to simplify and apply God’s Word to our life, and even our amazing forum where you can speak your mind without fear of getting shut down or judged by the extreme rules of modern day social media. On top of all that, we knew that many men won’t help overcoming issues and becoming stronger in many different areas. That’s why we created some mastermind groups where their iron truly sharpens to iron.
Really, our community is all about having a growth mindset. It’s about accountability, intentionality and transparency. In other words, just leave Fakie at home and come into the community just as you are. I fully believe in what we’ve built. I see the impact that it’s making on men every day and I would love to have you check it out. We’re offering a great deal through this holiday season, and now is by far the best time to take advantage and see how it can help you be a better leader, husband and father. So, if you’re ready, head over to the lionwithinus and get started. Your journey begins now. Again, it’s the lionwithinus and I’ll see you inside the den.
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