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What Is This?

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

You might be thinking, “Is this one of those Jesus sites? Kinda got a weird website name like it might be.” The answer to that question is “Yes” and “No.” While the website name Luke1428 does come from the Bible, the message of that particular verse has implications for anyone – spiritual or not.

The verse specifically deals with planning ahead in our lives so that we can experience success at any given task. Who doesn’t think that’s a good idea, especially when it comes to money and personal finance?

So on this site you will find some of the blog posts have a spiritual angle, like those found in my Friday Hidden Nuggets Series. Or you may stumble across the over verses I found in the Bible that have a money-related theme. But the site will be much more than that.

On Luke1428 you will find practical, everyday information designed to lead and encourage you on your journey to financial freedom.

My goal is to help you navigate the challenges of managing money so that you can grow wealth and live with greater peace of mind.

If you would like to fully understand the background of the site’s theme, you can read the three-part series entitled Count the Costs: Follow a Plan to Win.

Who Am I?

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My name is Brian Fourman and I started this site in July of 2012. For most of my adult life I thought I had no money related issues and was doing things the right way. Looking back now, I was a spend-a-holic who was abusing credit cards and going into debt each month. My wife and I spent more than we were making and this caused considerable tension each month when the bills came due.

In 2009, my worldview about my money changed when I read Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey. I went on to teach his Financial Peace University class at my church and determined to follow the Baby Steps.

This started the change in my personal financial life but something else pushed me further.

That something was a spiritual conviction I felt shortly thereafter. My faith is very important to me and through reading the Bible I became convinced I was not being a wise steward of the resources God had given me. It was through that re-commitment that I found the discipline to control my spending habits.

(You can find more details about how my Bible reading and Dave Ramsey’s literature changed my life by clicking here.)

About Me

What’s my niche in the personal finance blogosphere? My strengths are in making people think, offering hope to the discouraged and motivating people to make lasting change. I believe anyone can succeed as long as they develop a winning plan and stick to it with intense focus and discipline.

That’s why I’ll spend a lot of my time here focused on the day-to-day activities that make personal finance work. I love budgets, staying out of debt, investing for the future and giving to those around me. My goal is to give you value with each post, a vision that I laid out in my Value Proposition.

Outside of this blog, my passions include my family, being a stay at home dad, freelance writing, leading FPU classes, Ohio State football, cooking and owning and managing rental real estate.

If you have any questions, go to my Contact Page and send me an email.

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Resources

As I develop and come across items that might be useful, I will post them under the resources tab on the main page.

For a list of other personal finance blogs I routinely frequent, click here.

For my list of Bible verses with a money-related theme, click here. I have them divided by category so you can more easily find what you are looking for.

Archives

Many articles have been published on Luke1428. You can access those in The Vault. This will list all the articles Luke1428 has to offer.

Popular Posts

Want to know where to start reading? Below are some of the most read and commented upon posts on my site.

You might also enjoy my “How To” series. These are practical, step-by-step posts centered on some aspect of personal finance.

Or if you are really daring you can start from the beginning and read all the way through.

Thanks again for following my work. I look forward to interacting with you in the comments.

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