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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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  • 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

  • GALILEE

    July 29, 2020 by

    I love the ocean and miss it, even after these many years.  Just to look at it in its calm, or storm.  To listen to it as it pounds the breakers, or smell the salt air that punctures your sinus and clears your head in seconds.  The list goes on with the dreams drifting hurriedly.… Read more

  • DUSTING OFF A BOOK

    July 28, 2020 by

    God has blessed me with a library of hundreds of books, mostly commentaries.  I love to read some of those that are long out of print.  I admit that some of the old English writings are a challenge. I read one commentary on the Song of Solomon sometime ago, and in the process of considering… Read more

  • ANOTHER UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE

    July 27, 2020 by

    Much ado is made about the Israelites crossing the Red Sea.  Research after research has been done to prove or disprove such an occurrence took place. Every effort of digging at various locations and even an effort to call it the Sea of Reeds, so it would make it less of a miracle!  While such… Read more

  • BLESSING BECOMES SIN

    July 25, 2020 by

    Perhaps you have caught this in the past, however just in case you might have missed the idea of a blessing can easily become a blight; sin if you did not observe the connection! When Israel left Egypt, after 400 years and ten plagues had battered them under Moses leadership, (Exodus 7-11) a most interesting… Read more

  • A CONTENTIOUS WOMAN

    July 23, 2020 by

    While reading I came across the 13th verse of Proverbs 19.  I thought to myself: “Ted!  You were a most fortunate individual.  In fact you rate amongst the few in history that can make that claim!” I would have a hard time to recall that Patsy ever displayed being “contentious”.  She was the epitome of… Read more

  • CONTEXTUAL INTERPRETATION

    July 17, 2020 by

    The question was quite simple:  “Why so many denominations?”  While that question was simple, the answer was not as easy as one might suppose.  In my library there about five books on Church History, most of them give insight from different angles while endeavoring to be 100% accurate.  However, I find that they are basically… Read more

  • ANSWERS TO OUR DILEMMA – CONTINUED

    July 16, 2020 by

    “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed with receive condemnation upon themselves. .  For rulers are not a cause of… Read more

  • ANSWERS TO OUR DILEMMA

    July 15, 2020 by

    “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?  Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again?  For from… Read more

  • SAUL … IN AGREEMENT

    July 12, 2020 by

    How long does one hold something over another person’s head?   You are in a conversation, in a group more-so, and a name is mentioned, someone quickly inserts an incident that took place or was supposed to have taken place thirty years previously.  It may be an insinuation with no accuracy, and yet the expression on… Read more

  • DESIGNED INTELLIGENTLY

    July 11, 2020 by

    Having lived in New Jersey for a number of years, it was my privilege to have in the congregation numerous individuals involved in multiplied areas of research.  They were brilliant individuals in their fields.  They were also solid in their convictions as relating to the Word of God, admirably so!  There is so much difference… Read more

  • CHAOTIC TIMES

    July 10, 2020 by

    It is seldom in that we are not experiencing some type of a problem.  It may appear to be major or minor, depending on which side of the fence we are on.  It then becomes apparent to us that the other person should jump the fence and come over to our side, and that would… Read more

  • A MONOLOGUE OR A SERMON

    July 9, 2020 by

    It has to be an opportunity to present the Gospel when a preacher gets behind the pulpit.  I sometimes sensed that the congregation might have felt that it was a monologue rather than a sermon; hopefully that was not the case, realizing that circumstances might have brought you together at an inopportune moment.  Who knows?… Read more

  • THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

    July 8, 2020 by

    “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God… Read more

  • JOCKEYING FOR POSITION

    July 7, 2020 by

    Enjoying the beautiful weather that is ours this time of the year, just prior to the burning summer that will follow, we sat on our patio enjoying dinner.  As usual, the birds arrived to enjoy their meal also. You will recall how I have been frustrated on occasion watching their actions while endeavoring to gorge… Read more

  • IN THE CENTER OF HURRICANES

    July 6, 2020 by

    As a child, I recall a certain fascination in standing on the first floor of the Gibbs Hill lighthouse in Bermuda and looking at the huge crack in the brick created by a hurricane in the late 1920s.  The lighthouse was constructed of cast-iron; however, the base and the first floor have seven feet of… Read more

  • HUBS AND SPOKES

    July 5, 2020 by

    In the process of fulfilling my responsibilities, quite frequently I pass a home with a most interesting display in the front yard.  There is this old wagon from another era sitting on the corner of the front yard. As you travel through our area of the country, you run into this scene quite frequently.  Perhaps… Read more

  • HARVESTING

    July 4, 2020 by

    Lying on the table in the surgical room, an assistant to the surgical doctor introduced herself.  I do not recall all that was said, I was half out of it from medication. However, I do remember these words: “I am the harvester.  It describes my responsibilities.  My job is to harvest some veins for Dr.… Read more

  • “H”

    June 30, 2020 by

    That big blue “H” seems to be everywhere as we drive the highways.  It is readily recognizable as an indicator of where one should be headed if in need of immediate medical attention. From where we see it, the “H” indicates the shortest route to a hospital.  When one lives in an area for a… Read more

  • HAWAIIAN

    June 29, 2020 by

    A friend of ours of Hawaiian descent was the recipient of a telephone call, informing her that a sister had just suffered a major heart attack, and it was questionable concerning her survival. If you have experienced such an encounter, you can well imagine the mental turmoil of those succeeding hours.  You are in Arizona… Read more

  • KNEE-MAIL

    June 28, 2020 by

    Traffic was at a “crawl”; “the good old days” of driving up Grand Avenue with one lane in each direction, without much by way of interruption, has long gone. This snail pace because of development all around us has become a gigantic problem that worsens each day.  Since boredom set in, I began reading all… Read more

  • HYPNOSIS

    June 27, 2020 by

    The fact that a hypnotist would be performing and we would have opportunity to observe him in action got my attention.  Patsy and I agreed that we could use the hour advantageously in some fashion later. I had read books on the subject of hypnosis, so it was not without a little knowledge that we… Read more

  • ISOLATING THE PROBLEM

    June 26, 2020 by

    “Basil Cell Carcinoma”; if you have to have cancer, it is the best type to have.”  That was the way my doctor described it.  If your doctor is your friend, and it is aggressive, you are blessed in yet another way.  The specialist said: “Let’s shoot for 99% effective versus 85% effective.”  The surgeon said:… Read more

  • A LITTLE “REST”

    June 25, 2020 by

    As one reviews the Gospels, we are made aware of a few times when our Lord went up onto the mountain to find solitude.  As one reviews the Gospels, we are made aware of a few times when our Lord went up onto the mountain to find solitude.  He was exhausted from the heaviness of… Read more

  • HAZARD OR HAVEN

    June 24, 2020 by

    One of our returns to my homeland, the Island of Bermuda, produced much by way of reflection.  As the plane began its descent, the Captain announced the arrival time in Bermuda to be in approximately thirty minutes.  As the minutes slipped by, we were aware of the color changes in the ocean.  We viewed the… Read more

  • SPONGE CAKE

    June 23, 2020 by

    I have many dear friends in Bermuda, my place of birth a few years back.  Among them have been Joel and Jane Madeiros.  Their home has been our home whenever we return.  Jane went “home” to be with the Lord, and I returned for her funeral. At the funeral I mentioned how Jane always prepared… Read more

  • KEYS, KEYS, KEYS

    June 22, 2020 by

    We cannot help but notice people who carry massive numbers of keys hanging from their belt.  I sometimes think how amazing it is that they are not bent to one side with the weight.  I know that often the one key I need is the one that I do not possess or it has been… Read more

  • IN CAPABLE HANDS

    June 21, 2020 by

    I shared with my wife how the snowstorm, fog, and ice had left my hunting pal and I stranded on a lake thirty miles from the highway in Alaska’s interior; how when we left, we took off from the lake going in a circle on one pontoon breaking a thin layer of ice.   Her immediate… Read more

  • HIGHWAY SCARS

    June 20, 2020 by

    Traveling the highway north and preparing for a visit with folk that I had not seen for several months, I came suddenly upon a large mark in the highway, immediately identifiable as a place where a large animal, probably a deer or steer, had been hit by a vehicle.  My mind was reflecting on the… Read more

  • A FUN STORY

    June 19, 2020 by

    Now and again you hear a story that seems too perfect to believe.   However, the element of truth springs forward in your thinking like an athlete on a trampoline. This one came from a group of guys, sitting around a fire, eating their lunch.  “Last night my son and I were in a heated discussion. … Read more

  • IDOLATRY

    June 18, 2020 by

    Recently I had my ire aroused by what I consider statements on the fringe of Idolatry; and perhaps, actual idolatry. While helping a friend with a problem, a visitor who says he too is a Christian, arrived on the scene.  We were introduced and my friend made it a point to share with the visitor… Read more

  • HEAVEN

    June 17, 2020 by

    Some time back, the ladies of the family… my wife, daughter, and two of my granddaughters, went on a shopping trip at a group of outlet stores.  When they arrived home that evening, everyone had to show off their wares.  At the close of the session, our older granddaughter, with eyes wide and a look… Read more

  • HAIL

    June 16, 2020 by

    A relaxing evening seemed ideal.  It had been hot and humid and the forecast was for monsoon weather and thunderstorms across the valley.  As I stood on the patio, it was obvious that this was not going to be “run of the mill” dust storm. It was picking up momentum rapidly; the wind was increasing,… Read more

  • WHEN A PERSON SPEAKS; WHEN GOD SPEAKS

    June 15, 2020 by

    The other evening I was stretched out on my bed reading The Book of Numbers.   One begins reading, and immediately encounters that statement:  “Then the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first of the second month, in the second year after they had come out… Read more

  • UNDER OBLIGATION

    June 14, 2020 by

    Those words “jumped out” of the 14th verse of Romans 1; at least that is how they appeared to me during my reading of that chapter of the Word of God.   The Lord Jesus had said that the Holy Spirit would be sent, and that His disciples would experience a whole new relationship to God… Read more

  • TWOS AND THREES

    June 13, 2020 by

    There has to be something meaningful in this Corona-virus contagion!  That was my thinking in the middle of the night.  Gradually, it began to unfold one step at a time. With all of the churches having to close their doors to the general public, no matter their size, popularity, or extensive outreach, they became the… Read more

  • MOOSIK

    June 12, 2020 by

    In our modern society it is called “music”, and for that reason I find little reason to enjoy what comes over the airwaves.  I gave up listening to it about the time Elvis was singing “You ain’t nothing but a hound-dog”. My wife, who was a extraordinary musician, had said so often: “I am glad… Read more

  • FORGIVENESS

    June 11, 2020 by

    It is not without the providence of God that this subject follows upon the “two or three” message from Christ.  In fact, it all turns into one unfolding message! Jesus had spoken in the 15th and verses that follow concerning forgiveness.  Failure to deal with a matter means very simply that it will be dealt… Read more

  • CALLED TO REMEMBRANCE

    June 10, 2020 by

    I watch the morning news as they pour over the “events” of the previous night and the morning traffic.  Without the advertising of the lawyers they would probably have been off the air a long time ago.  In this modern society, where would we be without the lawyers? There is a recorded encounter of Jesus… Read more

  • A DIVIDED NATION

    June 8, 2020 by

    Anyone can probably recognize that as a nation, we are divided!  Yet, we continue to follow a course of ultimate destruction with no obvious intent to “mend our ways!”  Unless we apply the brakes, like other nations that have preceded us, we will experience a catastrophe that is unequaled in History!  Reading the account of… Read more

  • I REFUSE TO QUIT!

    June 7, 2020 by

    Over the years I have been tempted, like so many others, (you included) to quit that in which I was engaged.  I have heard the oft repeated phrase from the old devil, Satan or his associates, “Is it worth it?” Two things usually are dumped in my lap for consideration.  The first is a poem… Read more

  • APPROVAL OF EVIL

    June 6, 2020 by

    I think often of how much evil possibilities boils in the hearts of men and gradually materializes into action.  We understand the reason behind it when we read: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  If for one moment we are akin to believing… Read more

  • CONSTANT CONSIDERATIONS

    June 5, 2020 by

    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Stop) The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spells folly. (Stop) The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. (Stop) A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but… Read more

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