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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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  • 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

  • MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES

    April 6, 2021 by

    Money and the lust for it has always been a problem, and to have it surface early in the establishment of the church was obviously a major hindrance to the ongoing of the ministry.  It was addressed numerous times in the Scriptures because it had a tendency to affect the attitude of believers each to… Read more

  • DIFFICULT DAYS

    April 5, 2021 by

    The day begins with a “Good Morning” to those we encounter in those early hours!  It is not our intention to be accosted with obnoxious people or situations.  However, on occasion everything and every person appears to be ordered up negativity, and ere long you want to join the “party”; at least you feel as… Read more

  • THE HEAVENLIES

    April 4, 2021 by

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with ever spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) “which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,”  (Ephesians 1:20) “and raised… Read more

  • HIS WONDERFUL HANDS

    March 30, 2021 by

    Used with Permission by, Linda DeSilva “What hands he must have had!” exclaimed the jockey, as he heard the story of Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on an unbroken donkey colt. Any animal trainer will tell you, it was an amazing feat to be able to ride an unbroken donkey (that most stubborn animal) through crowds… Read more

  • A REVELATION

    March 28, 2021 by

    Have you read The Book of the Revelation to John?  I will quote some of the opening verses, which should be inspiring.  (Verses 3-8 of the New American Standard Bible) “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the… Read more

  • SHORT ARMS

    March 27, 2021 by

    Every so often I read something that I think:  “I wish I could think like that.”  That “Old Boy” of a preacher had more punch into a few words than I can think of in all of years of preaching.  Let me illustrate! The “Old Preacher” was endeavoring to lead a man to a saving… Read more

  • ARE YOU THE ONE?

    March 26, 2021 by

    In the early 50’s, before I even became a Christian, there were things in my life that took place; several of which I look back on that probably was the Lord reaching out and prepping me to respond in a very positive fashion to His calling me to Himself.   It was not dramatic, but it… Read more

  • MAPPING OUR COURSE

    March 25, 2021 by

    We left Sun City with every intention of returning about a month later.  We had in mind the basic route we would cover.  In fact, we did a print out of a map to give clear indication of our various destinations.  Things went well until… Have you ever used a map and discovered later that… Read more

  • SHEPHERD OF GRACE

    March 24, 2021 by

    Copyright by Ted Cowen In tenderness the Shepherd sought This sheep that’d gone astray He followed in loves pursuit Knowing I had lost my way Quietly he whispered Child, let’s head on to My home I’ll forgive your sin, and save your soul Thru My GRACE I will make you whole. I listened to that… Read more

  • MORE REPAIRS

    March 23, 2021 by

    Almost twenty ago I entered the hospital with “chest pains”.  Eleven days later, because of multiplied complications, I came home.  The old “ticker” had problems because the arteries around it were “clogged”.  There was need for a quadruple bypass.  Such problems, or their solutions, are quite common these days. Joining the “zipper club” is no… Read more

  • CLOSER HOME

    March 22, 2021 by

    Copyright Ted Cowen I woke this morning, just before the dawn The body felt better than did the previous morn And so, preparing for the day that plainly lay ahead I spoke with Jesus; He is the Living Bread. After going through the normal preparations I checked the headlines for sensations Things had not changed… Read more

  • MAGNETIC FORCE

    March 21, 2021 by

    The man watched my frustration for a few moments and then disappeared.  I had dropped a screw in the rocks and could not find it, thus causing the frustration.  (For those of you unfamiliar with it, we replace grass with decorative rock most of the time in Arizona.)  As I continued my search, he suddenly… Read more

  • MR. KILLDEER

    March 20, 2021 by

    As I made the turn on the light, I was attracted to a few birds that I had never seen before.  I tried to keep my attention on driving as well as observing them sufficiently to be able to study them later.  The black and white made me chuckle as I envisioned their readiness for… Read more

  • MAKING MELODY

    March 18, 2021 by

    With my wife’s background in music it was assumed by most people that our children would all play the piano.  Each has their own song that they love to play and that is the extent of the piano.  They all have expressed that they probably felt that they would never measure up to her ability… Read more

  • MUSSELS

    March 17, 2021 by

    As our family sat around the table, I recall, even though we were quite young, my father saying: “I would love to have a mussel pie.”  It stayed in my mind. Before long, we were in our rowboat roaming the bay fairly near our home when we “chanced” upon some mussels.  Remember, there was such… Read more

  • MOON IN MIRRORS

    March 16, 2021 by

    It was early in the morning and I was heading down Grand Avenue.  Checking traffic as usual I glanced at my rear-view mirrors.  The full moon of the night before was continuing to hover above the horizon.  Immediately my mind fell in gear to the reality that I was looking at a reflection of a… Read more

  • METAMORPHOSIS

    March 15, 2021 by

    I stood fascinated with the butterfly that had landed directly in front of me.  It precipitated reflection on my childhood when caterpillars would be watched with fascination until such time as a cocoon was formed and the amazing process of metamorphosis would begin.  Those days permitted the time necessary to extricate oneself from the chores… Read more

  • SHEPHERD OF GRACE

    March 14, 2021 by

    Copyright by Ted Cowen In tenderness the Shepherd sought This sheep that’d gone astray He followed in loves pursuit Knowing I had lost my way Quietly he whispered Child, let’s head on to My home I’ll forgive your sin, and save your soul Thru My GRACE I will make you whole. I listened to that… Read more

  • MISTIFYING

    March 13, 2021 by

    Have you ever had the privilege of sailing on the ocean beyond the horizon?  There is something very moving and fascinating about being so far removed from everything that you look in every direction and see nothing but ocean. Since childhood, and the ensuing years, I recall being in the position of anticipating seeing “land… Read more

  • AROUND THE CORNER

    March 12, 2021 by

    Copyright Ted Cowen Life is filled with mystery As we travel down its road Another bend, a discovery It is like finding the mother lode. A person, nature, a creature Throws your mind into gear Gradually unfolding, a feature Lifting your load, your care Comparison or contrast, magnified Others have traveled this road Their travels… Read more

  • NO ANSWERING MACHINE

    March 9, 2021 by

    I dial the number, the ringing begins, and then… “Hello!  Mr. Leftagain is not available at the moment.  If you would care to leave a message he will return your call.  Wait for the tone; you will have thirty seconds to leave your name, number or message.  Thank you for calling.” This is most interesting… Read more

  • VOICE RECOGNITION

    March 6, 2021 by

    Patsy and I had finished our shopping at Costco and were about to leave, when we decided to grab a bite to eat.  She went to the Food Court to pick up the food, and I took the groceries and found a table. As we sat munching on our goodies, we were attracted to a… Read more

  • NEW UNDERSTANDING

    March 5, 2021 by

    Many years ago, our daughter and my wife were out shopping and happened upon an individual selling “mugs” in the parking lot of a shopping center.  They decided upon one of those mugs for me as a gift. This “wondermug” is special in a number of ways.  As soon as they saw one with a… Read more

  • NO SEATS AVAILABLE

    March 3, 2021 by

    I had responded to an invitation and booked a trip to Alaska that ended up falling quite close to Christmas.  However, I knew that I would be home in time for our Christmas celebration as a family, and therefore did not initially give it a lot of thought.  As the time drew near for the… Read more

  • VAIN JANGLING

    March 2, 2021 by

    We installed a fax machine in our home office.  Before the new phone line was installed we elected to connect it to the existing phone line so that some pending business might be dispensed with on time. Our office is quite compact with machines over, under, or against each other.  It is not, therefore, surprising… Read more

  • NEW HORIZONS

    March 1, 2021 by

    Standing at the top of a lighthouse almost three hundred feet above sea level, and watching the sun inch its way up from the horizon, was a magnificent scene I’ll never forget.  Eighty plus years have passed since the days when I joined my father to view that scene time and again. Horizons have always… Read more

  • YOUR OWN TICKET

    February 23, 2021 by

    She was no psychic; she was far from delusional.  There was nothing in her demeanor that threw up a red flag in my mind throughout our conversation.  She was a retired schoolteacher with very good balance in her rationale. The story began as she said, “There is a picture of my husband.  He died about… Read more

  • NORMAL CHRISTIANS

    February 22, 2021 by

    A Christian brother came to the pulpit to lead us in prayer, and as he did so, we could sense the depth of his sincerity, the burden of his heart, and the concern for the church and its membership.  Somewhere in the middle of his prayer I heard the expression: “Lord, we don’t want to… Read more

  • TEN COMMANDMENTS

    February 21, 2021 by

    Most of you reading this title will immediately say: “I know all ten!  Why print them.  Follow me and you cannot help but notice the ten of the New Testament were not what you had expected.  I do not know who compiled the list originally, but blessing will be for us to follow the schedule… Read more

  • LOTS OF SHOES

    February 20, 2021 by

    I studied her features, listened to her accent, and finally decided that I would have to ask: “And where did you come from originally?”  Her reply surprised me, because she didn’t resemble those I’ve known from the Philippine Islands.  She proceeded to explain that her family had moved there from Spain and Holland prior to… Read more

  • KNEE-MAIL

    February 19, 2021 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

  • THE GREATEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED

    February 18, 2021 by

    by, Phillips Brooks Here is a man who was born in a lowly manger, the child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book.  He never held an office.  He never went to college.… Read more

  • LOVE EPITOMIZED

    February 17, 2021 by

    Naturally when we think of this title, we reflect back on 1 Corinthians 13 and try to apply some of these principles to practical circumstances.  We might also reflect on Proverbs 31 and the wife performing her entrustment as “unto the Lord Himself”.  Love causes us to function in a manner that is contrasted with… Read more

  • LIGNUM VITAE

    February 16, 2021 by

    I have known that there was such a wood, but not much about the wood itself since I was a child.  A little prodding from a source that made no reference whatsoever to Lignum Vitae, caused me to reflect back on that childhood memory. The trees, originally from the Antilles, is a very tight grained… Read more

  • LIVING WORDS

    February 13, 2021 by

    Each day I would be in 5 to 10 different homes.  I looked for opportunities to share something about our wonderful Lord Jesus.  Prayerfully we observe the surroundings and look for a “springboard” that will allow us to step through an open door. One day, as I entered the home of this 90-year-old lady, I… Read more

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