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1 Finish Well Global Leadership Summit May 20, 2014 Oklahoma City, OK Harold Dalton, D.Min.

2 A Time To Die




6 [ Name ] Born: Died: ___________________

7 Nabal as his name is, so is he (folly, worthless, spoken by his wife) I Samuel 25:25

8 Ahab He did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of the Kings before him I Kings 16:30

9 Jehoahaz 3 months as King He did evil in the sight of God II Kings 23:31

10 Jehoram He passed away to no ones regret II Chronicles 21:20 (NIV)

11 Son of Issachar He understood the times and knew what Israel ought to do I Chronicles 12:32

12 Moses Servant of the Lord Joshua 1:1

13 John The greatest man who ever lived according to Jesus, Matthew 11:11

14 Stephen …a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit Acts 6:5

15 Barnabas a good man, full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith Acts 11:24

16 David …after serving his own generation by the will of God, he fell asleep Acts 13:36

17 _______________________ Born: Died: ________________________

18 Lifetime Goal - Finish Well

19 To hear our Lord say … Well done

20 To finish well means to come to the end of ones life and be able to say with the Apostle Paul: For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:6-8 KJV

21 I have fought long and hard for my Lord, and through it all I have kept true to him. And now the time has come for me to stop fighting and rest. II Timothy 4:6-8 The Living Bible

22 It is Possible !

23 The sad reality is that an alarming number of Christian leaders do not finish well. It is the work of Satan to kill, steal, and destroy.

24 Everyone Finishes... Too Many Do Not Finish Well (Bobby Clinton) - Finished badly Saul, Solomon, Judas - Finished so-so David, Hezekiah In some cases the person is forgiven by God and continues to serve the Lord at a diminished level. - Cant be sure, left with a question (not enough information)

25 The reasons for not finishing well are well known and have not changed much over the centuries.

26 Seven Deadly Sins From the 6th century by Pope Gregory the Great Pride is an excessive belief in one's own abilities. Envy is wanting what others have, be it status, abilities, or possessions. Gluttony is the desire to eat or consume more than you require. Lust is a powerful craving for such as sex, power and money. Anger is the loss of rational self-control and the desire to harm others. Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain. Sloth is laziness and the avoidance of work.

27 Barriers to Finishing Well (Making of a Leader, Clinton) Misuse of Finances Sexual Misconduct Abuse of Power Pride Family Problems (spouse, children) Plateau (stop learning and growing) Emotional and Psychological Wounding

28 Secular writers… How the Mighty Fall, Jim Collins Why Smart People Do Dumb Things Feinberg & Tarrant The Top 10 Reasons Leaders Fail, by Jack Stark How To Fail In Business Fortune Magazine, April 14, 2014, p. 80-90

29 Pride Christian and Secular authors list pride as the most common reason for failure in leadership

30 PRIDE Arrogance – I know everything Narcissism - Its all about me Refusal to be Accountable – Dont ask any questions

31 How Does It Happen ?

32 Consider the passage describing the temptations from the Devil directed at Jesus recorded in Luke 4

33 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 NIV, NKJV (for another season, KJV; another opportunity, Message; a more favorable time, AMP)

34 What is your opportune time? -Time of vulnerability, weakness, unguarded moment -The time you are most likely to fall into sin

35 Following a spiritual high point or mountain top experience. (Elijah) Period of isolation, loneliness, physical weakness (Jesus) Foolish decisions, open temptation, unguarded heart (David) Marital problems, Argument with wife (prayers are hindered) I Peter 3:7 Others…

36 Dr Archibald Hart: Every person has his price. Given the right person, in the right circumstances, we all have the potential of paying the wrong price for a moment of pleasure. (Farrar, p 72)

37 Pride is the biggest danger Humility is a great safeguard

38 Humility Very high Biblical value, very low cultural value! I Peter 5:1-7 God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble

39 To practice humility I will admit… - It is possible for me to fail - I can fool man but not God - My own heart will deceive me - I underestimate the impact of my actions

40 Sin will take you further than you wanted to go Sin will keep you longer than you wanted to stay Sin will cost you more than you wanted to pay Farrar, p. 84…

41 My Personal Safeguards Harold Dalton

42 Dont copy mine... Create your own.

43 Very good advice from my wife… Dont do something stupid ! Anna


45 When I finish, my legacy lives on. How long will my legacy endure ? Four Generations ?

46 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. II Timothy 2:2

47 1. From Me (Paul) to 2. You, My Son (Timothy) to 3. Faithful men to 4. Others

48 For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:9

49 Four Generations ! Generations of Godliness and blessings

50 Above all else, guard your heart Proverbs 4:23 NIV

51 Lest I should become disqualified I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. I Corinthians 9:26-27

52 Benediction Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25

53 [ Name ] Born: ______ Died: ______ ___________________

54 Finishing Strong Steve Farrar Multnomah Books Many helpful books and articles on leadership: Dr J Robert Clinton Foundational text: The Making Of A Leader, NavPress Visit his website for a full listing of publications. Home Run Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell FaithWords, New York

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