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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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  • AT THE DOOR

    May 14, 2021 by

    …it would be a shirking of duty and privilege if I neglected to say something about the proximity of the return of the Lord… With things as precipitous as they are world- wide; with our own country sinking closer to the edge of total collapse because of the moral degeneracy; with our laws being skirted… Read more

  • HAGGAI

    May 13, 2021 by

    No matter how much they had, it was not enough and satisfaction eluded their thinking. Two little chapters, almost unknown, but thought to have come back from Babylon with Zerubbabel.  His ministry was to call together the people to finish the temple.  God uses unlikely individuals to perform the most unlikely jobs.  We can testify… Read more

  • IDEAS NEED REVAMPING

    May 12, 2021 by

    We are immediately reminded that the one who appears as lacking substance, even to his clothing, should be treated equally. If one follows the words of James you note that he deals with the subject of personal and practical Christianity.  Put your practices in a world of evidence by not just saying “I have faith… Read more

  • FALSE OR ACCURATE BALANCES

    May 11, 2021 by

    Perhaps this is a way to make the same old price in actuality look identical. When our first child, Steve, was born, we decided that we needed a scale to keep check on his weight.  After observing a few dozen, we decided on an old fashioned one, because it was far more accurate than the… Read more

  • FOREVER IS FOREVER

    May 10, 2021 by

    “God cannot forgive a sin twice!” It was never my privilege to hear the great preacher Dr. F.B.Meyer, however, I have been honored to have a number of his books in my library.  In fact, when we were married, our dear friend Dan Bartkow gave us a little book on marriage that was authored by… Read more

  • REASON FOR REJOICING

    May 9, 2021 by

    An angel appeared and spoke to them. It is imperative that we understand that what takes place, according to the record of Matthew, follows the events of the previous days.  Jesus had been crucified, and every precaution possible had been applied to guarantee that His body could not be removed.  There was even the expression… Read more

  • THE COMFORT ZONE

    May 8, 2021 by

    The possibility of my being classified as a pessimist is not justified; I am more of a realist! I would be mistaken if I thought for a moment that we would not have, or will not have had, a cataclysmic experience of one type or another in our lifetime.  Further, one will encounter it when… Read more

  • GOD’S PROMISES

    May 7, 2021 by

    Remember…! “You will never break God’s PROMISES by leaning on them. Someone said: “You will never break God’s promises by leaning on them.” “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be.  We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will… Read more

  • REBEKAH

    May 6, 2021 by

    You can see that he is very specific in his request! Have you read the story of Rebekah lately?  In fact, have you ever read the story of Rebekah?  It is found in Genesis 24.  May I suggest that you read in its entirety because I will be focused on specific portions, but not the… Read more

  • A NEW HEAVEN, A NEW EARTH

    May 5, 2021 by

    “and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Humanity has become so corrupt and so attached to this old world, that there is little chance that they would… Read more

  • FIGHTING TO BE KEPT ALIVE

    May 4, 2021 by

    I do not understand all of the feelings of a parent. An ecstatic couple learns that the wife is pregnant!  In general, there is ecstasy!  Nine months seems like an eternity, Dr’s appointments seem endless and that “bump” becomes a gloating point, though the discomfort keeps saying: “Let’s get this over with.” Each arrival in… Read more

  • LINCOLN’S CREED

    May 3, 2021 by

    I believe the will of God prevails. In these uncertain times, tumultuous though they can be described, we continue to look for quality in leadership.  It seems that in the process we are constantly finding disappointment for one reason or another.  We do not expect perfection, for the mirror of reflection reveals our weaknesses!  I… Read more

  • A CASKET HANDLE

    May 2, 2021 by

     I like to look back and think that I was helping him, but sometimes I wonder! I enjoyed being with my father whenever possible.  Saturdays were usually when we would head out for one of his jobs; please remember that I am speaking of a time when Bermuda did not have cars, so I would… Read more

  • TO A YOUNG PASTOR

    April 26, 2021 by

    When a person believes in the person of Jesus and His ministry here on earth, with its culmination of CALVARY and His RESSURECTION, he also recognizes that in keeping of the law is not a priority, but GRACE becomes the motivation. There is little doubt in my mind that I could have fulfilled my duties… Read more

  • BEEN TO PRISON?

    April 25, 2021 by

    What a testimony! When the word got out and the Rap Sheet was unearthed, with its disclosure of the crimes committed and the individual’s transformation by the “Grace of God”, my friend said: “What a testimony!”  I wanted to reply, and so I headed in a completely different discussion.  “May I tell you about the… Read more

  • THE GREATEST SERMON – CONTINUED

    April 24, 2021 by

    Do not judge and you will not be judged… “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same. If you… Read more

  • THE GREATEST SERMON

    April 23, 2021 by

    Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. We call it the Greatest Sermon ever recorded!  Nothing compares with it, for it touches every fiber of our being.  I quote from Luke 6:20 and what follows. “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you… Read more

  • THE FAMILY INHERITANCE

    April 22, 2021 by

    Jesus moves on to speak of the one who has great possessions.  We read about and we hear about it constantly.  Someone dies and all of a sudden there is an eruption in the family about what a WILL says or does not say; sometimes it does not even exist.   What really is confusing is… Read more

  • FORGIVENESS IS BLESSED!

    April 21, 2021 by

    Personally, I have experienced that beautiful moment when God heard my cry for help and forgiveness was experienced… Meandering through the 32nd Psalm one is reminded of what the past was like and what it is in the present.  Contrast is written throughout and its effect can have on one who is going through the… Read more

  • THINGS AT THEIR WORST

    April 19, 2021 by

    What we discover is that David has the assurance that what is about to take place is God’s intercession. We all are faced with situations that seem to be the worst ever.  In all probability David found himself immersed in situation of this nature.  Absalom, his son, was attempting to remove David as king, and… Read more

  • FELLOW CITIZENS

    April 18, 2021 by

    There was legitimacy to my adventure. Those words caught my attention while reading in Ephesians 2:19.  First of all it is a single word in older versions of Scripture.  Doing a little research caused me to look in the wrong place for the word; fortunately I discovered without a lot of fanfare that I was… Read more

  • ADMONISH A BROTHER

    April 17, 2021 by

    Left to his actions it will only get worse. Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges that is needed in the church in this hour, is that which we find in 2 Timothy 3:15!  While it is needed and approved relative to a brother who is causing problems, we discover that in our modern society… Read more

  • MY TIMES… GOD’S HAND

    April 16, 2021 by

    Years ago I wrote down some words that my beloved wife put to music; it came as a result of reading Psalm 31:15.  Many times over the years I have been ecstatic over the manner in which this truth surfaced in my thinking—sometimes positive and sometimes negative, but always with a frame-work surrounding it to… Read more

  • REPETITIVE?

    April 15, 2021 by

    “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”  On occasion I am certain that some of you feel I am repetitive; and you are right!  No matter how I try to check my behavior in that area, I sometimes feel an “urge” that sends me scooting… Read more

  • ALL! ALL! ALL!

    April 14, 2021 by

    But in His mercy God extends to the sinner the opportunity to obtain righteousness… Every so often, I run into an argumentative individual who has an answer for everything that has or is going to take place under the sun.  When I reach a certain point I ask: “Do you believe that every man, woman… Read more

  • HOPE!

    April 13, 2021 by

    I tell people all the time that I have HOPE!   I entered the Dr’s office, and immediately I was reminded that I had to keep my “mask” in place.  I get to the counter and they check out my information and discover that I do have an appointment, I am on time, and I can… Read more

  • LIVE PEACEABLY!

    April 12, 2021 by

    If ever there was a fit moment to practice what is enjoined by the Apostle Paul, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we certainly could say it is in this hour.    We speak of peace, peacefulness, peaceably, along with the knowledge that in other portions of Scripture it is said: “and the world shall… Read more

  • THEREFORE

    April 11, 2021 by

    Few are they that have not heard the expression: “When you see a “therefore”, stop and analyze what it is there for.” Obviously, when the word appears in Romans 2:1 it requires that I recall what was written in Romans 1, where the author begins by identifying himself as a “bond-servant of Jesus Christ”, after… Read more

  • LAZINESS

    April 10, 2021 by

    Early on a Sunday morning, before we even had our cod-fish, (A Bermuda Tradition) my father would often welcome us to lie in his bed and he would tell us stories, which he was good at doing! One of his and our favorites was about the man who, on a Sunday morning went to put… Read more

  • THE HEM ONLY

    April 9, 2021 by

    My friend had a pile of rocks on which he had painted places and dates he had visited.  I can imagine that after many years of living in the Navy, and being on a ship, he wanted to remember specific things about “terra firma”!  Then there are those who are enamored with items that are… Read more

  • GOT TO READING

    April 8, 2021 by

    While reading through Isaiah, and arriving at the 57th Chapter, I had to stop and re-read to confirm the character of Isaiah, and the message he was presenting.  The man had to be fearless in what he delivered. “The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; and devout men are taken away,… Read more

  • QUESTIONABLE MOTIVATIONS

    April 7, 2021 by

    It is not unusual for individuals to struggle through the reasoning process to clarify why we arrive at particular conclusions in given situations.  Sometimes we think, “Would I have reached a different decision if the end result was magnified previously”?  It can cause frustration, or it might solidify the reasons behind my conclusion. (John 6:22-40)… Read more

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