by Rick White

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How to Finish Life Well (7 of 7)
Series: Lessons for Life from Joseph's Journal
Rick White
Genesis 47:27- 50:26

Message Truth: It is important to get a good start in life, however it is imperative to finish well. The Word of God makes us this promise: (Phil 1:6 NASB) For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Introduction: Perhaps the single most memorable day of my ministry was the first Sunday of December 1981. I preached two worship services that morning as our church began its worship of the Christmas season. As soon as church was over I made the two and a half hour drive to University Hospital in Birmingham to visit with one of the men in our church who was to undergo open heart surgery the next morning. I remember so vividly some of the deep emotions expressed by that successful businessman who was most certainly concerned about the coming morning. From there, I drove to the other side of the city to stand by the side of one of my closest friends from boyhood. We stood together beside the coffin of his young wife, who had been electrocuted the day before while rescuing a little girl from a fountain in a shopping mall. Almost numb I drove across town once again just in time to slip into a celebration service of my pastoral mentor as he celebrated a decade of leadership with his church family. Late that night as I drove home I was lost in the silence and tried quietly to listen to the Lord. Those multiple experiences with various emotions have been renewed for me as we have journeyed with Joseph through his journal.

In his book Half Time, Bob Buford makes the following statement: The reality of the game of life is that the clock is running. What once looked like an eternity ahead of you is now within reach. And while you do not fear the end of the game, you do want to make sure that you finish well, that you leave something behind no one can take away from you. If the fi ...

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