Act Like Men
Men’s Leadership Podcast
#22: Happy New Year… Can I get a do-over?
When a new year begins, we often think about starting over with a clean slate. We do things like make new year’s resolutions and start the next diet, all because we think something needs to change to make things better. In effect we want a “do-over” and the New Year can remind us of God’s grace and forgiveness if we start from a point of being right with Him.
One of the great things about a new year is that many of us are focused on what we can do differently this year than last. It became September of 2021 and we realized that we had not done things much differently than we did in 2020. The problem is life got in the way.
This podcast is specifically focused on our God being the God of do-overs, or also called second chances. Many of us need a second chance in life and some need it now. Today we will focus on how God gives us this do-over opportunity. By the way — none of us are immune from needing that second chance.
We jump into the bible with the story of Peter — you remember, the “open mouth insert foot” man that Jesus gently provided a second chance. John 21
Do you need a do-over spiritually?
Here are some thoughts from Peter’s story:
- Own and confess whatever you have done that needs the forgiveness from God. If you are confused over what sin is, ask God to help you understand when and if you have let Him down. Go to His Word, the Bible, as that is our roadmap for life.
- Turn from that sin or behavior. It’s one thing to confess it but take some steps to keep away from that sin. Maybe you need an accountability partner. Maybe you need to stop a subscription service or to change a driving habit or route or delete something offensive from your cell phone or computer.
- Return to the Father. I cannot stress this enough that the Father wants you back not to pay you back, but to demonstrate that the type of love that he has for you He wants to bring us back.
God wants a relationship with Him, not just Christian behavior. Do what it takes, with small steps, to build into your life, time for God and the relationship building opportunity. You will be forever glad you did.
Until next time, know that God wants you to become an authentic, biblically based, man of God. This is a great time to start.
About Wendell Morton
Rev. Morton graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary with a BA in Religious Education and a Master of Counseling Psychology, Rev. Morton was in full-time ministry for 17 years with both small and large churches. He spent four of those ministry years with Promise Keepers. He was the the US representative to PK Canada – serving on the PK Canada Board.
Wendell also spent 23 years in Corporate America. He built and led sales teams that worked with very small businesses and other groups that worked with Fortune 500 companies. He is gifted at helping identifying the next generation of leaders as well as helping those around him being successful.
Rev. Morton has a passion to help pastors and church leaders build growing churches. Having men come alongside the vision of the pastor, build a dynamic team, create a plan, and execute the model of “each one brings one” has been proven effective for more than 2,000 years. This approach is a great way for every local church in North America to grow while helping men better understand biblical manhood.
About Dale Eudy
As an advocate for ministry to men, Dale Eudy brings a combined background of leadership skills developed in the marketplace along with senior leadership experience in the Church.
Following military service, Dale earned his undergraduate degree and gained valuable systems and operations experience working for two prominent Fortune 50 companies. Responding to God’s leading in his life to focus on leaders in the body of Christ, he went on to complete seminary and served as a pastor for 16 years in a large church in the Denver area and as a denominational leader at the regional and national levels. With his background, Dale knows the heartbeat of the local church.
Dale’s passion is the discipleship (spiritual reproduction) of men. That passion is what drew him to partner with Men’s Ministry Catalyst. In his words, “The simple call of Jesus to follow him and to make fishers of men is the most foundational call in my life.” Using his spiritual gifts of leadership and exhortation, Dale is a great coach and cheerleader for those involved in the arenas of life.
Dale and his wife Kathy live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and serve their home church, Cherry Hills Community Church. They have two grown children and a caring extended family.