Encouragement for You
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Encouragement for You

Don Hawkins
Encouragement for You is a weekly podcast designed to give you Christ-centered encouragement to help you face life’s most challenging problems. Each episode features Don Hawkins talking with individuals who can address the specific encouragement needed for relationship challenges, mental health issues like depression and anxiety, achieving financial stability, and much more.
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Investing Biblically
April 10, 2024 - 21 min
Over the years inflation and other factors have created financial hardships for many of us. In our first segment, financial authority Jeff Chinery joins host Don Hawkins to talk about money during hard times. For many years Tony Cooper led the Jimmie Hale mission, an important ministry to the homeless in Birmingham Alabama. He and host Don Hawkins talk about ministering to the homeless today.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Going the Distance
April 3, 2024 - 24 min
Many people start off well in life, but fail to go the distance for the Lord. Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins and Dr. David Shibley, who founded a worldwide ministry called Global Advance, both have decades of service to the Lord. In a recent radio broadcast the two of them discuss the importance of going the distance in service to Christ. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Defending your Faith
March 27, 2024 - 24 min
The Christian faith is under attack today like never before. As Christians we need to know how to defend our Fatih. Dr. Steve Cowan taught apologetics for many years at Southeastern Bible College and he, and Craig Branch join host Don Hawkins to discuss this important topic. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Hope for Healing from Trauma
March 20, 2024 - 22 min
Dr. Mark McNear has written a book on Christian Trauma titled Finding My Words: A Ruthless Commitment to Healing Gently after Trauma. He joins host Don Hawkins to talk about what trauma is and how it affects those who have experienced it.  One of the common effects of trauma is loss of hope. The late Dr. Frank Minirth invested his many years as a Christian psychiatrist in sharing hope with others. He talks with host Don Hawkins to talk about finding hope in out next segment. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Conflict in the Middle East
March 13, 2024 - 24 min
Ever since the terrorist group Hamas launched a devastating attack on southern Israel last October, the Middle East has been a major focus of attention. In our first segment Dr. Erwin Lutzer shares prophetic perspectives from his book The King is Coming. Dr. Rex Rogers is the president of a ministry focused on sharing the good news of Christ through internet and satellite television throughout the Middle East and North Africa. He and host Don Hawkins explore the ongoing conflict taking place in the middle east. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Solution Based and Action Focused
March 6, 2024 - 24 min
Dr.Greg Smalley is the vice president for families at Focus on the Family and he and his wife Erin, who is a Christian therapist conduct marriage seminars all over the country. Greg and Erin join host Don Hawkins to talk about the link between marriage and parenting. Christian life coach Rodney Love is know by his colleagues and friends as a man of action.  That’s easy to see as he talks with host Don Hawkins about solution based and action focused.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
When Life's Not Fair
February 28, 2024 - 22 min
How many times have you heard someone complain, ’That’s just not fair!’? There are many things that happen in life that are not fair, but we still have to deal with them. Steve Saint dips into a variety of his own circumstances to talk about how to handle life when it isn’t fair.  When life isn’t fair, we often find it hard to be thankful. Yet according to the late Dr. Robert Crummie thankfulness is the key to handling those hard times. Robert and host Don Hawkins discuss cultivating a spirit of thankfulness.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Overcoming Stress and Anxiety
February 22, 2024 - 21 min
For many people life recently has been hard. Financial challenges, health issues, busy schedules and uncertainty about the future all seem to complicate our day to day experience. Dan Cathy has a gift for encouraging people who are going through hard times and he shares encouragement as he talks with host Don Hawkins.   When we go through hard times one common product is anxiety.  We become worried to the point of distraction over finances, the future, and other factors. Dr. Frank Minirth Co-authored the book Worry Free Living and he provides insights into overcoming anxiety with host Don Hawkins. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Aging Biblically
February 14, 2024 - 22 min
We’ve all heard the phrase, “growing old gracefully” as something to be obtained, but Sat-7 president Dr. Rex Rogers suggests we consider the alternative: growing old Biblically. He joins Encouragement for You host Don Hawkins to discuss the subject of aging. Few people understand the needs of seniors like Don Sapaugh the founder and CEO of restoration senior living. In our next segment he and host Don Hawkins discuss the distinctive needs of seniors. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How to Beat Burnout
February 7, 2024 - 19 min
John Coleman is a pastor, life coach, and psychologist.  He joins host Don Hawkins to discuss dealing with depression. Have you found yourself exhausted recently? Todd Nevins is a christian life coach and pastor and he offers encouragement for those who feel exhausted. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Meet Your Host
Meet Your Host
Don Hawkins, the host and executive producer of the live Saturday evening call-in program Encouragement Live, serves as President/CEO of Encouragement Communications.

Don is a veteran of Christian live call-in programs. He was the original Host and Executive Producer of the Minirth-Meier Clinic, a pioneering broadcast combining Christian counseling in a live call-in setting. He also served 8 years as co-host and producer of the Back to the Bible radio broadcast, and hosted his own live weekday call-in program Life Perspectives for over 20 years.

Don has authored or co-authored over 20 books, including Never Give Up, Master Discipleship Today, How to Beat Burnout, Leadership Under Fire and Friends in Deed.
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