keeping busy…

I haven’t been posting much lately and for that I apologize.  2015 has gotten off to a fast and furious start, but things are going well.  One other reason I haven’t been posting as much is due to the choice of blogging or hanging out with these great kiddos.  As you can see from the pic below, there is no choice at all.  These two cuties win every time!


Book Review – Those Guys Have All The Fun

those-guys-have-all-the-fun-364x571-364x571A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my goals for 2015 and one of them was to do an even bigger empty shelf challenge and really get more reading done this year.  One of the first books I have started the year off with is Those Guys Have All The Fun by James Andrew Miller and Thomas Shales.  The books is about the history of ESPN from conception to the sports media giant that it is today.

The first thing that really stands out about it is the way the authors have chosen to give the history of ESPN.  Rather than tell the history from the authors point of view, the history of ESPN is told through the words of the people involved.  For the beginning of the story where we see where the idea of ESPN came from, the founders give their accounts.  As things move along the investors, CEO’s, news anchors, sports reporters, and several hundred people who have been involved with ESPN tell their versions of what took place.  Occasionally the author steps in and lets you know what event is going on, but then the story line goes back to the reflection of those who were there.

As I read the book I found myself liking some ESPN personalities that I really hadn’t in the past, disliking others that I had previous liked, and my assumptions on some were just reinforced.   It was very interesting to also read how often times the same event was remembered very differently by each of the individuals that were involved.

If you are a sports nut, like me, watch SportsCenter on a continuous loop, enjoy entertainment and media in general, or just like good histories, Those Guys Have All The Fun is a great read.  I will warn you that this book is written exactly in the words of those who were there and so the language sometimes can get a bit rough.  As long as you can handle that and the possibility of being a little disappointed in some of your favorite sports casters I definitely recommend you check out Those Guys Have All The Fun.

exciting new opportunity…

biblestudyFor the past two years Erin and I have taught the teen Sunday School class at our church.  We have definitely enjoyed our time getting to know the students and sharing how much Christ loves them each week.  One of my passions was to be encouraging our students to grow deeper in their faith in Christ, to know what they believe and why, and to move from being fans of Jesus to true devoted followers.  I am excited about the growth we have seen in our students and for the opportunities to plant seeds in others.

Erin and I have now been asked to move from our teen Sunday School class to help start a Sunday School class for college/young adults.  This has been a group in our church and many others that is often forgotten as they are transitioning from being students to being adults.  It’s also a group that we are passionate about working with as so many in this age group often walk away from the church and their faith.  We are excited to help teach this group and help them grow closer to Christ in a time in their lives when they are being drawn away.

So as we set out on this new journey of leading this new Sunday school class I want to ask for your prayers.  Pray for us as we seek the best study materials/lesson plans to reach our class.  Pray that those in our church who should be in this class will come out and participate.   Pray for us as we study and prepare that we will be open to being used by God however He sees fit.  Please keep praying!

resolutions and 2015…

It’s that time of year again where we all sit down and come up with various things that we resolve to do new and differently in the year that awaits us.  Last year I made several resolutions, and unlike many past years I am happy to report that I kept many of the ones that I shared with you at the beginning of 2015.   The only exception being wanting to be even more healthy and lose much needed weight.  Stress and life beat me on that one, but I am resolved for the sake of my family and kids to do a much better job of keeping that resolution in 2015.

Happy-New-Year-2015-Wallpaper-10The good news is that I did keep other resolutions.  The first one that I blogged about was that I wanted to be a better reader this year.  I took the book shelf challenge where you read for a year and fill a whole empty shelf with all the books that you read over the course of the year.  I read well over 20 books this year and really enjoyed getting back to reading.  My shelf looks not quite full, but that’s because I discovered the joy of reading on my tablet in the dark at night so that I wouldn’t wake up my wife.  It is also much easier and quicker to get books that way when you live rurally.  My goal this year is to read even more!

Another goal that I made and kept was to be a better note taker when in church.  At the beginning of 2014 I bought a note book and diligently began taking notes in sermons or any other time I was able to listen to someone sharing God’s word.  By the end of the year my notebook is full and I actually just bought a new journal/notebook and am excited to fill it with more teachings and insights from God’s Word in 2015.

Looking ahead at 2015, my main resolution is to try to become more balanced in life.  To find the balance between work/ministry and being there to be the father my family needs me to be.  I want to be the father that shows his kids a Godly example in every area of life and I want them to know how much I love them and will be there for them.  I am truly excited to see what God is going to do in 2015!

Owens Family Ministry Update – December 29, 2014

Judah and Maeven enjoying Christmas Gifts!

Judah and Maeven enjoying Christmas Gifts!

We hope that you and your family have had a very Merry Christmas and will enjoy a very Happy New Year this week!  Our family was blessed to be able to spend some quality time together and with both sets of grandparents.  Maeven and Judah were really into Christmas this year and it was such a blessing to be able to see the excitement in their eyes and also that Maven especially was able to understand the true meaning of Christmas!

At the Lee County Recreational Center we are gearing up for this week’s New Year’s Eve Teen Lock-In!  On NYE we are expecting around 150 7th through 12th grade students to come out for a fun night of bowling, cosmic bowling, various games, karaoke, movies, and much much more.  This year at our Lock-In Terry Leap, who is the pastor of our church, will be sharing a devotional in the middle of the night with all our students.  We are praying that God would use him and all our staff to really see many of these students make decisions to give their lives to Christ!

With our lock-in comes a need for many adult chaperones to help watch the doors and make sure the students behave.  Please join us in praying that we will have plenty of help to make this as fun and safe of an outreach as possible.  If you are interested in helping for part of or the whole night please let us know.

2014 has been a very busy but blessed year and we want to thank you so much for your faithful prayer and support!  We can’t wait to see what God is going to do in 2015!