New Chapter

When I was a kid I used to love to read Hardy Boys books. Sometimes I’d pick one up first thing in the morning, and have it read before I went to sleep that night. Many times I would say to myself, “Okay, I’m only going to read this one more chapter, then I’m taking a break.” But every chapter ended so thrillingly that I just had to continue reading the next chapter.

Life is a lot like that. One chapter finishes, but there is no break—no pause—it’s just right on to the next chapter. When Jesus said that He wanted us to have abundant life, that means that each chapter is better than the last.

Last night Betsy and I turned a new chapter in our lives. I am excited to be the new pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Cedar Springs, Michigan! This congregation is something special: they are totally in love with Jesus and it’s obvious that they want others to know about this same relationship. I am so thrilled to be able to partner with them in changing the world.

But as with all new chapters, there is something bittersweet about leaving the old chapter. So many friends that we have made on the east side of the state, so many memories, so many testimonies of what God has done. It’s a little sad to leave some of those things behind.

But now, it’s upward and onward. On to the next chapter in which the excitement and passion and adventure will be even greater!

Will you please pray with us. We have some pressing needs to take care of in the next 6-8 weeks, and we would love you to join with us in prayer—

  • We need to sell our house right away so we can move to West Michigan.
  • We want to find a home in Cedar Springs and get our kids registered for school.
  • Betsy is looking for a teaching job near Cedar Springs.

Thanks for your prayers. We sure do need them as we continue this adventure God has for us by turning to the new chapter in our lives.

6 Responses to “New Chapter”

  1. Denise Combs Says:

    Yes I certainly will. Time for selling a house would seem impossible, but with God all things are possible. I be believe if the decision is right you will sell your house, Betsy will get a job and the Children will love thier new school. I am so happy to hear you have found the next step in your life. You have not left your friends behind. Thanks to technology we are right here for you. I am sure you wil keep us posted. I pray the best for you and your family and what seemed to be a hurtful thing will turn out to be an even bigger blessing I AM SURE.
    Friends in Christ


  2. sean lester Says:

    Barbara and I are excited for you. Congratulations.


  3. Kirk and Jayne Flanagan Says:

    Know that the Flanagans are praying with you! God is so Good! We are so excited for you to begin this new chapter in your lives.
    We love the Owens!


  4. Aunt Carla Says:

    Craig this is a real blessing and answer to many prayers known and unknown. I am excited for you in this next step. We will see you that Sunday or Monday. I promise to call. Love you all and praying for God in HIS way to MAKE A WAY for all these details to coincide in HIS perfect timing!
    Love you bunches. AC


  5. Kelly L. Mosher Says:

    Craig & Betsy and gang,
    I take comfort in the above replies from people I don’t even know personally. Denise is right. With technology the miles are much more tolerable. Aunt Carla is right, I’ll pray too for God to reveal His perfect way and time. We’re assured that He will and is able to keep you all in perfect peace through the many details, one at a time. It doesn’t mean it’s always fun, BUT GOD’S SUCCESS IS ASSURED. For this, we’re all grateful.
    Last but not least, I big ditto the Flanagans. I appreciate, admire, lean on, learn from and sincerely love the Owens! I always will.


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