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Steve Scalici is an seasoned financial advisor and pastor of Family Church Jupiter in Jupiter, FL. He and his family also have over 15 years of experience living with a financial finish line. In this episode, Steve shares his inspiring story as well as a wealth of perspective on topics like choosing a finish line, teaching generosity to your kids, and encouraging generosity in others.
Quotes to Remember
- “God prospers me not to increase my standard of living, but to increase my standard of giving.”
- “The only antidote to materialism is generosity.”
- “[Giving] frees you up to not worry about money… I pay attention to the dollars and I am aware, but it’s just not a big concern or worry.”
- “I don’t care if I close an account or not, and there’s just so much peace in that.”
- “Give, save, and live on the rest.”
- “Sometimes, your heart goes somewhere, and then your treasure follows.”
Links from the Show
- Steve’s church network, the Family Church network
- Money, Possessions, and Eternity, by Randy Alcorn
- The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn
- Kingdom Advisors
- Generous Giving
- The Finish Line Forum
Bible References from the Show
Luke 12:16-21 | Bigger Barns
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Matthew 6:19-24 | Lay Up Treasure in Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 5:16 | Let Your Light Shine
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:3-4 | Give in Secret
3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Proverbs 21:20 | The Wise Store Up
20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
Acts 20:35 | More Blessed to Give than to Receive
35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Matthew 6:34 | Don’t Worry About Tomorrow
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Luke 12:48 | To Whom Much is Given
48 Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
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