As I have mentioned in previous blog posts our FCA theme this year is All In. Through out the school year we are challenging our students to be All In when it comes to their relationships with Christ. So far this year, I have been able to talk to the students about how God is all in for them, the world is all in for them, and this week I have been challenging the students that they need to be All In.
One of the cool things about this week’s lesson is the way God ties all things together and how when it comes to God there are no coincidences. Over the summer with our FCA Leadership team we did a Bible study based on the Not A Fan: Teen Edition. Through that study we talked with our students about how God is wanting us to be followers who are all in for Him and not fans who lack dedication. In that study one of the main passages we studied was Luke 9:23, where Jesus says that in order to be His disciples we must be willing to deny our ourselves and daily pick up our crosses and follow Him. Throughout the study we challenged our students that when you are a true follower of Christ it will cost you something. Being All In for Christ always comes with a cost.
This week’s FCA study that we are doing in our weekly Huddles, also used Luke 9:23 as the main passage when talking about how our students (and all Christians) need to be All In for Christ. It is so exciting for me as I teach, to be able to see how God has been tying all our studies together to point our students to what it means to be a true All In follower of Christ. Getting to once again talk to students about what denying themselves and taking up their crosses truly looks like. How it means being willing to put Christ first and pay whatever it costs to follow him, whether that be humiliations, loss of relationships, suffering, and even death. Because the we know that as followers Christ has promised He will always be with us and that one day we will spend forever with Him in Heaven.
God is truly working in the lives of our FCA students and we are excited to watch them grow into All In followers of Christ. Please pray for them as they daily seek to deny themselves and take up their crosses!
Four years ago today was one of the longest days of mine and Erin’s life. The night before Erin had been admitted to the hospital so that labor could be induced bright and early on September 30, 2010. Induction started at 5 am, but when Maeven didn’t arrive all afternoon by early evening the doctors decided to do a c-section. Finally by 6pm that night our beautiful baby girl was here. Part of us expected to see a little red headed baby, but there she was with a full head of dark hair. Our lives would never be the same after Maeven Cady Owens arrived.
Over the past four years it has been awesome to see her grow and watch her funny little personality develop. To be honest, the only bad thing has been how quickly time has gone by! If you read mine and my wife’s ministry blog, then you know the awesome news that on Sunday night our sweet Maeven prayed to receive Christ as her Savior! We couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate her birthday and are so excited to see how God is going to work in her life!
I love my sweet girl and am truly blessed to be her Daddy!
In the fall of 2005, I moved into my “first” house here in Beattyville, KY. During the first couple of weeks of being in that home, I went through all the things you do when you move somewhere. I set up all the various utilities like water, electric, tv, and even phone. When the phone company came out to set up my landline service, I inquired of them about when I would be able to get high speed internet at my house. The service technicians told me that I would surely have it with in the next two years. Well, 2007 came and went and I didn’t have it and even 9 years later I found myself still lusting after the high speed internet that family and friends in other places were able to get. All that changed on Tuesday as I finally entered into the high speed world!
I am now finding it hard to believe that I can actually watch videos online and don’t have to worry about using up all the bandwidth I have for the month in a couple of days. I sometimes feel like I need to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream or a big joke someone is playing on me. Not only that things I would do for the Rec Center website or for the mission easier to do, but I have even more possibilities of what I can do. For the past several years, I’ve wondered about taking some online classes to further my education for both help in ministry and also personal growth. Due to bad connections and over all unreliability I’ve not looked too hard into my options. Now, that’s something I hope to change and get working on in the near future.
In the next few months AT&T is going to be continuing to work in our area spreading high speed internet around our community. While I am so glad and excited to have it at my house finally it has not yet reached the Lee County Recreational Center. Please pray that it will get there soon. One of the ways that we hope to help the financial situation out at the Rec Center is offering wifi and becoming an internet cafe. With so many rock climbers and hikers in our area, as well as members of our community in general, needing internet access I have no doubt that this would be a huge draw and financial boost for us. So please please pray that this will happen soon!
In the mean time, I may be taking more of my computer work home with me, but the ease that I can do it with is still amazing me!
This has been one of those weeks were you really don’t know if you are going or coming, a week of ups and downs for sure. Ministry wise it has been a great week as our FCA Clubs have been going really well. In our weekly FCA Huddles, I talked with our students about how Jesus was “All In” for them even though He knew all the sin they have done and would ever do. Even more exciting is that today at the Middle School some of our high school students led the devotion! It is so exciting and encouraging to see them step up and be leaders to our Middle Schoolers.
On Wednesday morning was national See You At The Pole day. Students and school staff all across the country gathered around their school’s flag poles to have a time of prayer for our schools, students, and staff. Around 20 of our high school and middle school students gathered at our flag pole and spent time praying for their schools. It was so awesome to be praying with students who truly have a heart to for Christ and to see their fellow students and faculty come to know Him. Please keep praying for students that they will be bold for Christ this year in their schools!
Whenever there are high’s there are also lows it seems. This week there have been many issues going on that have required much prayer and our family has been hit hard by some sort of virus that is going well. Maeven started the week off with a bug, then Erin and I both got it, and finally on Wednesday Judah took his turn. Right now we hope we are getting better, but all still feel pretty run down. As we get deeper into the fall our schedules get pretty busy, so please pray for our whole family that we will get healthy soon!
It’s been a tough week so far, but it has been amazing to see that God is still in control and that He is working! God is good, all the time, God is good!
For the past couple of weeks here in Beattyville we have been getting lots and lots of rain. One of the effects of all the rain, other than the hayfield that is my yard, has been the rescheduling of one of our last “Summer” events at the Rec Center. Last week we were supposed to have an outdoor family movie night at the Lee County Recreational Center. It was going to be a fun night for local families to come out and enjoy a family movie, for them to see all the Rec Center has to offer, and for us to build relationships with these families. Last week however the rains came down and the movie night got postponed.
This week we are are going to try one more time to have our family movie night! This Friday night at 7 pm we are praying our field will be filled with lots of local families and that the weather will cooperate for a fun night for all. If you are in the area we would love to have you join us!