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ETCetera is a blog written by Rev. Edward (Ted) Cowen. He focuses on many subjects and ideas concerning present times. While many topics may not be of popular opinion, He approaches the matter with strong Biblical support. He hopes you will find these writings a blessing.


If you are interested in deeper reads, please reference my three published books:

  • HE CARES FOR ME

    February 28, 2020 by

    Over the years, one of the important parts of our ministry has been to endeavor to encourage people who are going through troubled waters, and there are far more than we can ever imagine. Even those who appear to be “on top of the world” are experiencing pressures from encounters they are experiencing that others… Read more

  • HUMILITY

    February 27, 2020 by

    Most of us can remember that little statement: “I will give you a copy of my latest book, “Humility and how I obtained it!” After all, there can be a secret ego trip within that statement; then again, it might be a cautionary rebuke to the person to whom it was uttered. Much is said… Read more

  • I LOVE YOU, STILL!

    February 26, 2020 by

    One should never tire of hearing the words of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” From the fall of Adam and Eve, recorded in Genesis 3, there is prophecy after prophecy that unfolds the… Read more

  • YOUR SINS FORGIVEN!

    February 25, 2020 by

    The Gospel of Mark is a must-read Book! Jesus is presented as the Servant. The servant goes about his business immediately. You will find that word, or its equivalent more than forty times in this Gospel. As the youngster would say, “He puts his pedal to the metal. We have been to Capernaum and as… Read more

  • SOUND IN SPEECH

    February 25, 2020 by

    Have you ever wished that you had bitten your tongue? In fact sometimes I have bitten mine as a reminder of what I had said indiscriminately. You can be sure I did not do it too hard; I wanted a reminder, not an emergency room treatment. I know that the portion of Scripture to which… Read more

  • NOT JUST TWELVE

    February 23, 2020 by

    I noticed again that Jesus had multitudes, crowds that gathered to hear Him speak, to watch as He healed. They were enamored with His teaching because it was unlike that of the Scribes and Pharisees. How they were able to hear Him sufficiently to become followers is in itself one amazing fact. Yet our text,… Read more

  • WISDOM

    February 22, 2020 by

    Years ago I heard Dr. Roger Andrus say: “Wisdom is getting to know things from God’s point of view.” An excellent statement! In the Book of Wisdom, Proverbs, the “Wise man” places statement after statement indicative of the wisdom that originates from the heart of God. 2:1 “My son, if you will receive my words… Read more

  • WE KNOW BETTER

    February 21, 2020 by

    I guess I could use a different title for this, like, “Choosing the Best!” Everyone has their opinions about things of this nature; I try to acquire mine from the best source possible, the Tried and True that has remained so over the test of time…THE WORD OF GOD. Doing a little analyzing I “happened”… Read more

  • THE CHURCH IN TYPE

    February 20, 2020 by

    … Be filled with the Spirit … Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, making melody to the Lord. … Giving thanks for ALL THINGS in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to God the father … Subject to one another in the fear of Christ … Wives be subject to your… Read more

  • BARNABAS

    February 19, 2020 by

    A situation develops of a disagreement in opinion, and sometimes it gets a little explosive. People who are intent that it is of significance; others are ready to say “let it go”. Then, there are those who feel that in time it will show itself to be either good or bad, just let it sit… Read more

  • ANOTHER BASKET CASE

    February 18, 2020 by

    Remember that we spoke of Moses in a basket; well now we have an adult and a basket. Paul the Apostle had been saved while preparing to destroy the church that was multiplying in Damascus, and he had letters certifying that he was on a legal assignment. Jesus appeared to him in the form of… Read more

  • TAUGHT.HEARD.UNDERSTOOD

    February 17, 2020 by

    Our family had a FAMILY BIBLE! It had all the appearance of having been around since the inception of Bibles. You might understand it’s aged look if you ever lived in Bermuda and experienced the high humidity that constantly engulfs the island. I recall how, on occasion I would look at it, especially the pictures,… Read more

  • SLAVES TO COMPUTERIZATION

    February 15, 2020 by

    I recall so well in my teen years, in our carpentry shop, how one of our jobs required extensive work involving the preparation of a room to hold a computer. What a job! Naturally, the computer in those days required almost an entire room being prepped for this installation. Gradually, we have mastered the computers… Read more

  • RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD

    February 14, 2020 by

    I have spoken before of Jonah, but surely some Biblical encounters of people who endeavor to thwart the plan of God for their lives is worthy of additional consideration. There have been experiences in all of our lives when we have felt like running. Like Jonah, we have sought other directions than that of the… Read more

  • GUNS

    February 13, 2020 by

    A topic of conversation, unquestionably! Yep! Left, right or in between, the opinions are “cemented” in our thinking, and anyone with an objection to my thinking is wrong. I found a pistol in a burnt down house when a pre-teen and threw it away. During World War 2, when still a pre- teen-ager, we were… Read more

  • DAILY DIGESTIVES

    February 12, 2020 by

    Is Jesus Christ part of the daily routine of your life? While reading Luke 9 today, I was made aware of that little word “daily”. Thus, the reason for my question at the beginning! Jesus had asked the question, “But, who do you say that I am? Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”… Read more

  • MARRIAGE CONCEPTS

    February 11, 2020 by

    Over the years it has been my privilege to conduct numerous weddings. It did not take long for me to realize that the majority of people had ideas about what they wanted included in the vows they were making. It took less time for me to decide what I would or would not accept. While… Read more

  • MANIPULATIVE GIVING

    February 10, 2020 by

    Much is said in Scripture about giving, and additional thoughts surface constantly on tithing. The New Testament emphasizes giving that should originate in the heart of an individual as over against tithing. In reality, the Old Testament giver gave far more than 10% if you add all of his required gifts that should be brought… Read more

  • SO YOUR MEMORY IS SLIPPING

    February 9, 2020 by

    The memory “game” is most interesting… especially when your children and grandchildren say: “Pop! You are getting old; which is the truth! However, the cobwebs of aging that flirts the brain makes me go searching for what I should have remembered. Of one thing I am certain. When in college a few years back, someone… Read more

  • DISTORTION

    February 8, 2020 by

    As I write this, we are in the midst of the impeachment hearings. Everyone is right, so they say; you and me? We are supposed to decide who is telling the truth, and to do so by evaluating everything we hear, including the commentators of the news media. Let’s face it, we have established our… Read more

  • WHEN IS IT TOO FAR?

    February 7, 2020 by

    As I watched a portion of the State of the Union address, like many of you, I was appalled at the action taken by the Speaker of the House in shredding that speech. It was not what was in the speech; it was arrogance toward our governing system. While I understand the objections each party… Read more

  • CRUMBS

    February 6, 2020 by

    It was another one of those “perfect” mornings that we take pleasure in on a consistent basis in Arizona. I was enjoying my coffee in our screened porch, watching and listening to the water dropping into the pond from our little “waterfall”, and appreciating the variety of birds feeding next to the mandarin orange tree.… Read more

  • CROSSES

    February 6, 2020 by

    They hang them from their ears, around their necks, and on their fingers. They can be found in plated or solid gold and silver. They carve them, pour them, and erect them, some even burn them. You can find them almost anywhere on the face of the globe. They are worn by the foulest of… Read more

  • CREATOR OF ALL

    February 1, 2020 by

    Our visit to Biosphere 2 was an experience long to be remembered. While my brain does not revel in the scientific realm, it is sufficiently adaptable to comprehend with fascination something of this magnitude. As long as you are in physical shape to handle the walking and humidity in the various phases, include it in… Read more

  • CONSIDER THIS…SOME THOUGHTS ON HEAVEN…

    January 31, 2020 by

    Being a very practical person, I guess I should start at that point…Heaven is always treated in Scripture from a practical point of view. Herbert Lockyer noted: “The thought of Heaven becomes an Element in the Formation of Character… ‘Do not lay up treasures upon earth; lay up treasures in Heaven.’ (Matthew 6:19) Character is… Read more

  • CONSIDER THE COST

    January 30, 2020 by

    Something in me kept saying, “It is an outside source that we cannot see.” I watched closely, hoping to spot the cause of this action that produced such pandemonium. Fleetingly I spotted a hawk in the distance and announced that I had spotted the problem, but the hawk had already distanced itself from us. The… Read more

  • COMMUNICABLE / COMMUNICATED

    January 29, 2020 by

    When a contractor was asked to bring his entire crew into their plant for safety instruction prior to beginning the job, he obliged. The men, with their foreman, arrived at 7:00 a.m. sharp. It was 8:45 a.m. when the contractor arrived and saw his crew departing from the building. He approached the foreman and asked:… Read more

  • CLASSY

    January 28, 2020 by

    We had some very serious problems develop in our family and my father, determined to “get our act together” mortgaged the family home and took the family aboard the Canadian Steamship’s, Lady Nelson, for 28 days in the Caribbean. I did not recognize then what he was doing, but after he and mother had celebrated… Read more

  • CHUCKIN' WILLIE

    January 27, 2020 by

    You wonder why? Though I do not recall ever hearing a curse word from his mouth, the word “chuckin’” was his substitute. Gratefully, it replaced words that in this modern era people consider a necessity to utilize but in far too many cases are completely foreign to the text of the conversation. He chewed tobacco… Read more

  • CHANNEL MARKERS

    January 26, 2020 by

    Standing on deck, I was reviewing the events of the previous week when a Norwegian Cruise Line ship had run aground in Bermuda. There they have a long narrow channel, close to twenty miles, that finally enters Two Rock Passage and subsequently to Hamilton Harbor. One stands on the deck and thinks: “I could jump… Read more

  • CHAMELEONS

    January 25, 2020 by

    As children we found them a challenge to capture. We were fascinated with their ability to blend into their surroundings by changing color. We strove to be sure that our latest find surpassed everyone else’s. If I pause for a few minutes while writing, up comes the chameleon. He is a constant witness to me… Read more

  • CARDS A-PLENTY

    January 24, 2020 by

    What I found to be of special interest was the fact that there had been little time to inform our friends about the surgery that I would undergo. The Dr. laid out the facts and I said: “Let’s go for it.” That was 3.00 in the afternoon of Dec. 30. On Dec. 31 at 7:20… Read more

  • CAPABLE HANDS

    January 23, 2020 by

    That type of experience had been my lot on numerous occasions while pastoring and doing missionary work in Alaska. It had caused me to say often, “I would rather be in the hands of the “bush pilots” under crash-conditions than in the hands of a normal pilot under routine conditions.” I honestly felt that way.… Read more

  • CANDLEHOLDERS

    January 22, 2020 by

    As I made the decision to use the redwood, it was with the idea that this particular wood comes from trees that stand majestically above most other trees. You may have your own “redwood” doctor, but mine are Dr.’s Florendo, Jilly and King. When it came to nursing care, there was Scott and Barbara. Certainly… Read more

  • A BELIEF THAT BEHAVES

    January 21, 2020 by

    We have lots of “professors”, those who identify themselves as Christians but live like the “devil”. As has been said over the years, “Go to a funeral and you wonder who the preacher is speaking of, because we have never seen any indication of this noble character that now occupies the coffin”. As Jewish people… Read more

  • BUILDING BRIDGES

    January 17, 2020 by

    An early segment of this construction involved the area at the Santa Maria River. It would become a major project that saw the erection of a new bridge and the demolition of an old one. It would be raised considerably, creating the necessity of new approaches and massive amounts of concrete around reinforcement steel to… Read more

  • BUZZARDS EVERYWHERE

    January 16, 2020 by

    The Wikieup Bible Church is located on the side of a hill overlooking the little town of Wikieup. Approximately five miles before one enters the town, you can spot the little church sitting all alone. It has remained a beacon in that town for many years. Interestingly enough, it is not always appreciated or endorsed… Read more

  • BREAD

    January 15, 2020 by

    When I spent much time in the Cake Shop Bakery in Bermuda with my good friends, Uncle Frankie and Aunt Belle, (no relationship except in Christ), it was hard for me to find a piece of bread to eat. They produced the greatest cakes and pastry one could buy. When I had a meal with… Read more

  • BOUNDARY MARKERS

    January 13, 2020 by

    I looked at the property markers — concrete poured into those old-fashioned kerosene cans that were sunk into the ground almost two feet deep. You can be sure that there was little likelihood that they would be moved by anyone. There would be no necessity for a surveyor to come back and repeat his job… Read more

  • BORDERS

    January 9, 2020 by

    Crossing from Bermuda to the U.S.A. is most simple because the U.S. keeps immigration and customs officers stationed in Bermuda. That flight is treated more like a domestic flight. We have never encountered a problem crossing from the U.S. to Mexico or coming back. Admittedly, I have heard all types of stories, but by obeying… Read more

  • BIRTHDAYS

    January 4, 2020 by

    I recently jotted it down this way: My friends are quick to greet me, On this my special day Whether they are envious, or sorrowful, Who am I to say? I know I’m closer Home than I have Ever been before, While some of them are closer to Heaven’s welcomed door. They had their fun… Read more

  • BE CAREFUL OF YOUR LEADERS

    January 3, 2020 by

    I had been at this home a couple of months ago to replace a cartridge in the Moen faucet in the bathroom. Moen faucets contain cartridges that can be reversed by simply turning the inner stem 180 degrees. When installing, we must check by running it for a few minutes to make sure that we… Read more

  • BEYOND HOPE?

    January 2, 2020 by

    We stopped to admire the church building and then proceeded on our journey. A few hundred yards later, we observed a sign that read: “You are now beyond Hope!” The humorous intended double-meaning caught the eye and demanded mulling over. I can remember as a child using that expression concerning another individual. While a few… Read more

  • BACK TO THE SPRING

    January 1, 2020 by

    Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14 While reading a book of recent by… Read more

  • BIOSPHERE 1 OR 2

    December 31, 2019 by

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. GENESIS 1:1 Our visit to Biosphere 2 was an experience long to be remembered. While my brain does not revel in the scientific realm, it is sufficiently adaptable to comprehend with fascination something of this magnitude. Having completed our tour and preparing for departure, a thought penetrated… Read more

  • BEEN HELPING GOD LATELY?

    December 30, 2019 by

    This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. zECHARIAH 4:6 Over the years I have frequently struggled with that very idea. Oh, no! I never said it directly, but here and there I knew that without me, He might fail. Remember how I told you about… Read more

  • A TALL HEADSTONE

    December 27, 2019 by

    And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8 Had you grown up where I did, one prominent headstone in the graveyard of St. Anne’s Church, Southampton, Bermuda would have caught your eye, just as it did mine. That churchyard, like… Read more

  • A TRANSFORMATION

    December 26, 2019 by

    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 I stood fascinated… Read more

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