Archive for August 2010

National “FUNDED and FREE” Holiday!

My new book, Funded and Free, that I co-wrote with Casey Graham, officially released on Sunday.
We are so FIRED UP that we’ve declared today, August 18, 2010, a NATIONAL “Funded and FREE” HOLIDAY!

FUNDED and FREE was written to help church leaders FUND their vision and FREE themselves of financial worry!   This book contains 50 chapters of practical and relevant teaching regarding the topics of Giving, Budgeting, Capital Campaigns, Personal Finances, and Church Financial Management.

Since we are in a festive “National Holiday” mood, we are excited to offer Chapter One absolutely free – “Understand 5 Reasons People Give” – which you can obtain HERE.

It is our prayer that this resource will help thousands of leaders fund their vision. In fact, we are SO FIRED UP that we are also offering an unbelievable one-day only sale TODAY, August 18th, on National “Funded and Free” Day – FIVE BOOKS for $50 – that is 50% off – by following THIS LINK!

If you are a church leader, grab some copies for your team.     If you are not a church leader, grab some copies for your church leaders!

Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this special National Holiday sale!

US National Debt – August 2010 Update

One of the most compelling reasons for why we do what we do here at IWBNIN is the SOARING US National Debt.   Every month, we are going to highlight (lowlight) the increase to OUR national debt.   Then, we’re going to challenge everyone to do something about it.

National Debt as of 8/17/2010


By the time this post was completed, the national debt increased by an additional $1 million.

Your thoughts?

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New Book Released TODAY! Funded And Free

I am PUMPED that my new book for church leaders, Funded And Free, has released ON TIME – TODAY!


I co-wrote this book with Casey Graham (his blog is HERE) because he shares my passion for helping church leaders fund their vision!   This book was written to “help church leaders FUND their vision and FREE themselves from financial worry!”

Perhaps you can pick up a copy for your church leadership team TODAY!



SERIES: Health Insurance – Part Five – The COST Of Not Carrying Insurance

Over the past 21 months, my family has participated in a wild ride with health insurance.   The experience has been enlightening, incredibly frustrating, annoying, confusing and intimidating.   Can I get an Amen! and a witness?!?!   In this series on health insurance, I am going to share my experience AND some helpful tips on saving money on health insurance.

Part Five The COST of not carrying health insurance

This series started out with me sharing my story of dropping maternity insurance coverage only to discover 16 days later that our baby boy was already on the way.   I got the joy of paying about $7,500 extra.

There are several COSTS to not carrying health insurance, some are obvious – others not so much:

  • Monetary penalty This is obvious, of course.   I only had to pay $7,500 extra for my debacle.       I say “only” because I have seen SO MUCH WORSE!   A heart attack costs many multiples of what I had to pay.   Accidents do happen.   My twin brother is an ER doc – and every single day he sees people that are experiencing a life-altering health care crisis.   With a 100% mortality rate, I would say the chances of you or a family member experiencing a large health-care bill in the next ten years is very high.
  • Emotional Stress I meet with people in 1-on-1 financial coaching session all of the time.   One of most common causes of unbelievable stress is unpaid medical bills that were incurred without insurance coverage.   In some cases, the stress has become so great that people begin to lose hope and despair of ever winning with their finances – and it ALL could have been avoided if they had just carried health insurance.
  • Avoid necessary care/Delay visits to doctor When a person does not carry insurance (or do not have money to cover their deductible), they will avoid going to the doctor or emergency room.   Now, in some cases, this is a good thing.   The financial penalty has reduced the number of people going to the doctor for a hangnail.   But in many other cases, people have avoided a doctor’s care for necessary and sometimes urgent care.

What are some other costs you can think of that are a result of NOT carrying health insurance?

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Sneaky and Fast Financial Emergencies

My family spent a week at Table Rock Lake in Missouri this summer swimming, skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, tubing, boating and fishing.   It was an incredible week.   Except for the broken toe I sustained while doing a good deed and the faceplant I performed while wakeboarding.

The faceplant reminded me a lot of some financial emergencies my family has sustained.

  • It happened so fast I did not see it coming
  • It HURT – at first I could not even register the pain, then I felt more pain than I ever wanted to
  • It happened even though I did not want it to
  • It was visible to everyone that I was on the edge of a mess, but I was not able to hear them for the noise

In fact, they had the camera rolling as I crashed.   You can check it out by clicking the 43-second YouTube video below or by clicking HERE.

You can hear how much sympathy I received at the end of the video when you hear the laughter.   Ever noticed that some people have no sympathy for your financial mess?

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