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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.


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  • Slowing Down and Learning to Be Content With It

    November 26, 2020 by

    There are many times when slowing down is not part of my agenda.  From a young age my dad would say, “Teddy, go cut the grass.”  I’d respond with, “I just did it yesterday.”  His counter, “Well, do it again!” I was always taught to keep busy, sometimes to a fault.   So with my latest… Read more

  • PAUSE IN BLOGS

    September 29, 2020 by

    Hello everyone, Firstly, we want to say we apologize for the lapse in blog posts being uploaded. Secondly, we want to explain why. On September 16th, Pastor Ted was doing wood working in his garage when he lost his balance and fell on the concrete floor. This resulted in a shattered femur. He underwent emergency… Read more

  • F R I E N D

    September 20, 2020 by

    Dr. Luke writes extensively about the Wonderful Lord Jesus.  In particular, I refer to an account early in the ministry of the Savior, when some friends of a paralytic were taking him on a stretcher, hoping for Jesus to heal him.  Realizing the situation to be almost impossible, they climbed on the roof of the… Read more

  • TO BELITTLE IS TO BE LITTLE

    September 19, 2020 by

    When this thought came to my mind years ago, I was considering some thoughts on the tongue.  Naturally, (something I have shared previously) my mother’s comments came back: “Empty kettles make a lot of noise!” The “Wise Man”, Solomon wrote some “masterful” advice in Proverbs 6.  “There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes,… Read more

  • JUSTIFICATION

    September 18, 2020 by

    You have heard that the word justification means “just as if I had never sinned”.  It has a little more to it than that.  Having heard Dr. Charles Woodbridge speak on this subject many years ago, I picked up his writing so that I might copy it for you. “Regeneration and justification are closely related… Read more

  • BETTER THINGS

    September 17, 2020 by

    I find it interesting that we have two groups of people, Democrats and Republicans, both promising that they have better programs for us in the future.  Some of those promises have been clarified; others are not defined; still others are your guess and mine.  Maybe, just maybe, some of those will be detailed and some… Read more

  • ONE YEAR LATER

    September 16, 2020 by

    The media is working every way possible to convince us how to vote in the forth coming election. Personally, I have retained that old fashioned manner of responding to the question of:  “How or for who have you planned to vote?” “That is my business and mine alone!”  Admittedly, I have some things for which… Read more

  • A HOUSE OF PRAYER

    September 15, 2020 by

    It is noticeable!  Many of our churches have acquired new names.  We are left with the challenge of determining if they are Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Charismatic, Independent, Presbyterian or just what! Once we attend a Service or two, we soon discover the type of program or programs they “offer”, and the type of music or… Read more

  • DUMPING ENCUMBRANCES

    September 14, 2020 by

    Have ever tried swimming with a full set of clothing?  I have!  Not by choice, but as a result of being dumped off of a boat unprepared.  I cannot envision entering a race wearing all of that attire.  In fact, when we enter a race we make sure not to carry anything that would hinder… Read more

  • A FUNERAL PROCESSION

    September 13, 2020 by

    We have conducted numerous funerals over the years, and I certainly refrain from interrupting one that is underway.  The folk involved would not be receptive to a complete stranger inserting himself into such an occasion. The background of such a happening as this raises oodles of questions and initial reactions. (Luke 7:11-17)  The mother of… Read more

  • ARCHAEOLOGISTS

    September 10, 2020 by

    Those guys fascinate me!  They dig around in the dirt to find something “fascinating” to make us have a better understanding of History… people, places, things.  They get as excited about some of their “discoveries” as the guys who dug up that enormous diamond recently. Every shovel full of dirt is scrutinized.  It seems that… Read more

  • PRAYER

    September 9, 2020 by

    Many of us learned about prayer at our mother’s knees, and additionally beside our bed.  That act became “mighty handy” when we found our fragility in some unexpected experiences.  That old saying: “There are no atheists in fox holes” becomes a revolutionary experience for many when the “chips are down”, as we face the unexpected… Read more

  • FULLY CONVINCED

    September 8, 2020 by

    Shortly after placing my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was ready to take on anybody and everybody about my discoveries as I read the Scriptures. Some of the things were quite simple to understand, but some of them did not seem to make sense with other things I read.  I was… Read more

  • UNDER HIS WINGS

    September 7, 2020 by

    This evening, I was laying on my bed listening to the recorded music of my wife who is “at home” in Heaven; she has been there almost four and a half years.  I had been reading from the Bible that I gave her many years ago.  She had underlined many verses of Scripture that had… Read more

  • BACK WHEN

    September 6, 2020 by

    The “Old Timer” said: “Ted, I have a box of books for you!”  It was “boxes”… and tucked in there was one by W.H. Rogers, from which I quote what I believe to be a writing of Dr. W. Leon Tucker. “Christ is the Center and the Circumference of the Scripture.  He is the Life… Read more

  • MARRIAGE-LEGAL-RELIGIOUS

    September 5, 2020 by

    There has been arguments concerning whether it is a religious ceremony or a civic ceremony that takes place.  Naturally, there are those on both sides of the fence who choose to bemoan the others opinion, and I doubt that it will be satisfactory to either in any discussion. Naturally, those of us on the religious… Read more

  • FULLY ARMED

    September 4, 2020 by

    Unaware of our enemy, or the armor that they utilize is usually a guarantee that we are about to lose the battle.  Preparations are necessary!  A large amount of Christians “miss the boat” on the victory that awaits them when faltering in that particular arena. The war front lines can be savagely fought, but behind… Read more

  • PREPARE

    September 3, 2020 by

    I am certain that you have noticed how people make preparation for different events that are forthcoming.  Some do it meticulously, (Like our daughter) and then there are those like my sister (just throw it in the suitcase, stump on it and everything is A-OK.)  Take the smile off of your face when you decide… Read more

  • DEAR OLD JOB

    September 2, 2020 by

    Few are they, who cannot in one way or the other, identify with Job.  If I do not have the identical experiences, I have encountered some extended times of physical, mental or emotional frustrations that I thought would never end.  Worse than anything was that in trying to identify the reasons behind them; I found… Read more

  • PLENARY VERBAL INSPIRATION

    September 1, 2020 by

    Has it ever been your experience to hear your pastor make a statement on the subject of the Inspiration of the Scriptures?  There are numerous theories out there concerning that subject.  Some of you are probably “on target” as to the subject; however, there are many who are unaware that many individuals, including pastors, are… Read more

  • A NEEDED VISION

    August 31, 2020 by

    I receive numerous words of appreciation for these BLOGS.  My deepest appreciation for your comments, in the majority, positive!   Because of time limitations, we find it impossible to respond to you for on-line discussion.  I have but one purpose, TO MAKE YOU THINK.  If I am successful in that area, the Holy Spirit Himself will… Read more

  • FAMILY TIES

    August 30, 2020 by

    Much is said throughout the Scriptures about family ties.  Their importance cannot be over emphasized.  Many a young person looks forward to rearing their own family, only to discover that it was not as easy as they thought.  Some believe their parents fell short, which they will not duplicate, while others thought them to be… Read more

  • LEARNING TO SING

    August 28, 2020 by

    In the event that you do not know me personally, I must inform you that I am not a musician, nor do I have the “greatest” voice in the world.  In fact, to cover my comments on my abilities, just ask my children.  Fortunately, that has not been the case with them.  Like so many… Read more

  • ADDING/SCATTERING

    August 23, 2020 by

    A large portion of my growing up days was in a house attached to a Lighthouse.  It made for interesting times.  Perhaps the most exciting of times, when a hurricane would “invade” the Island! To describe all of the times would be unnecessary, because there was much that was alike, but not always.  The winds,… Read more

  • WHAT AND WHEN

    August 22, 2020 by

    Years ago, I came across a little pamphlet distributed by The Pocket Testament League.  I share it with you hoping that you will find it helpful.  What to Read When.   You can always order from them from their Web Site. In Sorrow                                            In Danger                                              God Seems Distant                            Discouraged                                         Faith Fails                                              You Are “Blue”                                   … Read more

  • ASCENSION

    August 20, 2020 by

    We live in perilous times!  How often I hear that or its equivalent!  It originated in Eden, following the “fall” of Adam and Eve, and has continued to this day.  Most people, with whom we communicate, are quick to equate our current “crisis” as though it was something new.  There is an element of truth… Read more

  • DO YOU RECALL?

    August 19, 2020 by

    Yesterday, I received a letter from Bermuda that was mailed on May 6th, just two and a half months later.  Of course, this is, like everything else, linked to Covid 19. I could have flown there in less than 24 hours.  Had I actually been a patient of Covid 19, I probably would have been… Read more

  • UNJUSTLY?

    August 18, 2020 by

    Over the years you read of people who have been arrested for crimes that they have reportedly committed.  The “police blotter”, as it was called in yesteryear, suddenly gives you a run down on the crimes that were supposedly committed.  Time slips by while the individual remains incarcerated.  Finally, it makes its way to the… Read more

  • A PLUMB LINE

    August 17, 2020 by

    Over the years I have thanked the Lord for the men who taught me the importance of a “plumb line”.  Its importance was tested with frequency, especially when involved on construction sites.   Those roof rafters, or studs, had to be exact, or problems galore would show themselves as the job progressed. In thinking about life… Read more

  • TOO PROUD TO ASK

    August 16, 2020 by

    Over the years a preacher is approached with all types of questions, sometimes they are legitimate, and other times they come from pre-conceived ideas.  When they originate I try to determine the apparent legitimacy; or is it for the purpose of arguing.  I hate debating, and thus I find myself in a defensive mode, even… Read more

  • JESUS WEPT

    August 15, 2020 by

    Have you run into someone who tells you that they know what the shortest verse in the Bible is?  Sure enough they will quote John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”  The fun part follows when you ask them for the entire story surrounding that verse.  Few can address the context with the story of Lazarus. This verse… Read more

  • POINTED AND PERSONAL

    August 14, 2020 by

    Over a period of time I will insert portions of The Book of Proverbs, the reason being that the “Wise Man”, Solomon, had something of which to remind us.  There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, one for each day of the month.  They are like reins on a horse or a steering wheel on a… Read more

  • GOD FOUND HIM

    August 13, 2020 by

    As I was sharing how God had provided in a most unusual manner for a bus for our church, the individual with whom I was sharing said: “What a coincidence!” I immediately thought: “He missed the whole point of what I was endeavoring to communicate.  However, it did not take from the facts that I… Read more

  • WELCOMED NEWS

    August 12, 2020 by

    When working with wood in my garage, I often see the post person arriving with the mail.  Naturally, we greet each other and I ask: “Anything special today or just ‘junk mail’.”  They usually respond with a negative or positive expression.  We may or may not comment on the weather, but I realize their schedule… Read more

  • REMARKABLE THINGS WILL HAPPEN

    August 11, 2020 by

    No matter our backgrounds, the moment one meets the Lord Jesus and embraces Him as their Lord and Savior, everything changes.  All of our previous exposures begin to gradually, some immediately, melt into a revamped thinking.  It happens because we read the Scriptures and consider the approaches God used and subsequently the Lord Jesus. From… Read more

  • DIRT OR DISEASE

    August 10, 2020 by

    The number of you who will remember this will be quite limited.   Our teacher would check to see if you brushed your teeth this morning; she also checked your ears to see if the wash-cloth had made a visit of recent.  Let’s face it; it was a different time in History.  Things were different, to… Read more

  • HOMESICK FOR HEAVEN

    August 9, 2020 by

    You might have been exposed to my saying that God declared in His Word that basically, a man’s life expectancy would be 70 years, and if he lives to 80, “yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:9, 10). Interestingly the 12th verse of… Read more

  • SOON! VERY SOON!

    August 8, 2020 by

    Every now and again, I take another “gander” at what is taking place, and think to myself, “Can it get any worse?”  Then I conclude: “You know, after Noah started to build the ark, it took him quite an extended time to complete, 100 years.  (That “gopher wood”, probably cypress or cedar) was exceptional. One… Read more

  • READING, READING, READING

    August 7, 2020 by

    The book looked interesting enough, and so I decided I would read it and perhaps gain some information on the Royal Psalms.  It was written by a gentleman, Keith Crim, back in the 50’s.  At this juncture, I was reading some of his comments on Psalm 20. It is clear in the explanation of his… Read more

  • POSSESSING OUR POSSESSIONS

    August 6, 2020 by

    Over the years, the newspaper will on occasion, print a long list of people to which the State of Arizona owes money.  These folk have never been aware of their due, or they think it too much trouble to go through the process of proving who they are and what and why they are to… Read more

  • JEALOUSY

    August 5, 2020 by

    Jealousy is, without doubt, a horrible adaption for anyone.  It can start in the youngest individual and grow into an absolute plague to one as they grow older.  Never finding satisfaction in their current status it gradually eats away and reacts to what others achieve or procure as a result of their status. I have… Read more

  • H I S – S T O R Y

    August 4, 2020 by

    Many are they who will react to the way I titled this; in fact it will make them bristle a little because they do not agree with the idea of history being His Story.  They would think that things just evolved over a period of time and that there was no rhyme or reason that… Read more

  • GOD’S INTERVENTION

    August 3, 2020 by

    In these days when the corona-virus is raking our country and the world, there is a light here and there that becomes a testimony to the GRACE of GOD!  It is not the many that are healed, as much as the attitude toward their experience.  Some confidently faced death with the assurance of their salvation. … Read more

  • SERVANT IS DEAD

    July 31, 2020 by

    In the opening verses of Joshua, Moses has died and the leadership of the children of Israel is placed in the hands of Joshua.  That 2nd verse of Joshua 1 has a sense of alarm attached to it: “Moses my servant is dead”.  This great leader, upon whom the entire Israelite nation depended to lead… Read more

  • I WILL FOLLOW THEE

    July 30, 2020 by

    Having watched Jesus perform numerous miracles, a scribe approaches Him and volunteers to follow Jesus.  There are many who fall into the category that this man volunteered for. Impressed with what Jesus had performed it is quite possible that he being a “scribe” might have lots to write about.  What is to be considered with… Read more

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