Archive for April, 2012

Crunching the Numbers

Posted: April 29, 2012 in Work

If there is one thing plaguing people’s emotional well-being, it is finances.  More specifically, being clueless about the current state of their finances.  This morning, I went to training with my financial mentor, Greg.  I discovered the terrible truth about CD (and savings) rates at banks and how financial institutions like banks and credit unions, etc. use our money to make all theirs, and charge us tons to do it!  Not surprising.  As Greg said, “look at their foyer then look at yours.”  We got updated copies of the Client Checkup Form, which I promptly copied when I got home and placed in the car as we set out for Chuck E. Cheese’s.  I was happy to strike up some conversations with some folks who wanted to become debt free, send their kids to college and discover whether their retirement would actually work when it came time.

My wife, on the other hand… not so pleased.  She has what Dave Ramsey calls the “security gland” that tenses up when money is tight or seems tight.  We had one of those “meetings” about where things were headed in the job arena and how we were going to make it.  It was then that I decided we needed to sit down together again for the family “budget committee meeting.”  I ran the numbers, with her income, my new adjusted income from just the church and all expenses.  Beginning with what we have saved right now, we discovered something… there is nothing to worry about.  I don’t need another job tomorrow.  In fact, I have a good 6 months before we even start to sweat.  As in the past, God has set us up to succeed when we weren’t even aware of it.  Because He is so good!  I’m telling you, things are only going to get better from here.  God has the right income sources for us… and when the time is right, He’ll let us in on the miracle.  Keep checking in… I’ll update you.

Now, what this means for YOU is, ya gotta crunch the numbers and see where you’re at, financially.  You probably make more than you realize AND spend more than you realize.  Both of those can be maximized to help you win with the right focus.  And I can help you with that.  In fact, I believe this is one of the primary reasons I exist, to help people eliminate debt, and create wealth.  All you gotta do is ask and I’m ready to get you where you wanna be.  Do you want to remove debt from your life and build wealth?  Discuss what ails you in the comments section.  Let’s get together on this, people.

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Demo Checkup

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Compositions

How incredible to connect with your drummer friend who is, just this week, gigging at the Venetian in Vegas AND charting out his parts for your recording! Gary, Gary, Gary… So stoked that he is part of this thing. I know the music is just going to spring to life with his masterful skill underpinning it.

So I dug out the equipment and plugged it all in, dialed in the settings for multitrack recording through the BOSE T1 and am quite pleased to have discovered both an easy way to bypass my OSX 10.7 sound issues and BOSE L1 buzz issues in the same evening. (The L1 trim knob can be all the way down to eliminate the buzz, if you use the T1 for your inputs.)

I’ll probably just use GarageBand for this demo recording. ProTools 8 won’t work with Lion and Avid doesn’t think this is a problem. I don’t have Logic Pro yet, but will save towards it… after I secure another source of income. I’m not sure if the T1 or the Apogee Duet is the way to go, but I already own the T1, so I’ll probably start there.

Aaron, funky bass-man, Parker may join us live, but if time works against us, will add his part in post. Worked great on The Harvest is Here! And Sean, I’m too young for this gig, Sooter will add harmony vocals in post as well. All in all, the best people I know and have had the pleasure to know, gig, and worship with. Great guys, all. Can’t wait for you to hear what we create together.

Q: What do you prefer to record with and why?

Withdraw Weekly

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Overall

Today was a great day. I can’t remember the last time we had a whole day to experience life as a family. Got some yard work done here and at Mom’s, met up with the other half of To Serve Mankind (and no, that wasn’t a short joke, Bryan), discovered Vallarta and their inexpensive produce – great for juicing, and watched some tv with Jen. Great day. Tomorrow will be our niece’s birthday party, financial training with Greg, baby garden planting and 1st run at multitrack recording with BOSE T1.  So goodnight.

God’s Not Dead!

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Ministry

This week, I’m reminded just how much my God is alive and working in my life.  In the midst of being concerned about how to “survive” (read, earn income), my focus has been more on what I can do to put food on the table, and not enough on how God is going to BLOW MY MIND with crazy provision.  As a Christian, I know that God works in amazing ways, but doesn’t it seem like “why would He work on my behalf?”  I don’t know why I’m still struck with that first impression of “why me?”  I’ve seen God provide and provide and provide over these years of marriage and ministry and parenting, etc.  When will I learn?  Well, I guess now.  I wasn’t expecting anything, but God showed up despite my short-sightedness.

I had made the decision to follow the Lord’s leading out of a ministry position with a solid income into a transformative, visionary, destiny-fulfilling ministry with no perceived pay.  I didn’t know how I was going to help support my family, but God did.  I was told that more than half of our necessary income was going to be handled, and we weren’t even aware of it.  The moral… “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5-7)

Last Hurrah, part 1

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Ministry

Rehearsal and development time was wonderful tonight. Not only did we get through some great music, like The Only Name (Yours Will Be), and By Faith, but we added 2 new members to the 2nd service team and one of those is brand new to the church! In the development time, I explained the Good to Great principles from Jim Collins, like The Hedgehog Concept of determining what you are best at and have most potential in and focusing with laser intensity on that only. I also told them about First Who, who on the team, who in leadership, who to recruit, who to train, who to reach with the message, our target everything… I’m hoping that in this transition, equipped with this valuable knowledge and inspiration, they will carry the torch towards collaborative creation of a program that will allow my prayers of that church accomplishing the stated goals of effectively ministering to new generations to be answered, even in my absence. We’ll see if the fire keeps burning. I certainly hope it does, for the sake of the church and The Church.

Not Failure…

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Food

Now I’m not saying I’ve failed… I just ate out. Let me explain… I’m on this juice. Whatever juice. Carrots, apples, grapes, watermelon, kale, celery, pineapple… You name it, I’ll drink it. But I’m out of town today and tomorrow and I forgot to juice up enough to take. So I had Del Taco. Don’t give up on me just yet. I’m still in it. Just a brief setback. When I get home, I’m back on. Just thought you should know.

Oh, also, in regards to my bad mood yesterday, it got better when I was talking to my new friend Greg about my money habits/potential. What a knack for teaching he has. So I feel better today. Don’t know if food is related or not.

Across the Table, part 2

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Work

I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Stands to reason, right? But how COOL are the things that I learned last night. I want to shout from the rooftops, but I’m afraid I’ll get it wrong. But God has led me to a guy who knows and who is willing to teach. That is what my man Dave Ramsey told us to look for in a financial advisor – someone with the heart of a teacher. Blessings on Mr. Greg White for being that teacher with that kind of heart AND the curriculum to bring understanding! I’ve been the debtor, I’ve started saving, but the big news is what is above all that! I hope folks want to know more. When you want to ensure your money is doing what your family needs it to do, you hit me up at 760-793-5037 and we’ll get it going in the right direction… UP & TO THE RIGHT!