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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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  • THE CROSS WAS HIS OWN

    June 23, 2021 by

    I borrowed from yesteryear, something I had forgot.  It was the kind of thing you do not want to forget, because of its content.  Most frustrating is the fact that I cannot acknowledge the author, who certainly deserves the credit.  Join me for a moment and thank the Lord for whoever penned: “The Cross Was… Read more

  • STRONG WORDS!

    June 22, 2021 by

    I had to smile recently when I heard that an alcoholic beverage damages the brain! Common sense observation can watch those who indulge, and see its effects shortly after it is consumed.  Have you ever watched the defensive attitude of another when you present such a conclusion as researchers have of recent? The simple conclusion… Read more

  • NEED FOR THE TASK

    June 21, 2021 by

    When reading the history of Israel leaving Egypt and heading for the “Promised Land”, you cannot help but notice that in spite of the miracles God performed on their behalf, they were one disgruntled nation.  I have never counted all the recorded times they “murmured” or “complained” as they made their way toward what God… Read more

  • HAVE YOU NOTICED?

    June 20, 2021 by

    The change has been slow, but determined.  When I first became a Christian, I had a hard time figuring out where I should attend church.  I had been brought up in a church that held a very significant prominence throughout our country.  Naturally, I thought that I should go back to that church to grow… Read more

  • MAXIMIZE YOUR RETIREMENT

    June 19, 2021 by

    That is what the piece of mail stated on the face.  Like most of the mail that comes in this manner, I was about to discard immediately when I realized it was not addressed to me, which meant that if I tampered with it I could end up in prison for throwing away some persons… Read more

  • REFLECTIONS

    June 18, 2021 by

    As I started my computer, I noticed immediately that our daughter had used it and had entered a whole new Screen Saver.  The pictures were reflective in nature; photos that are truly calming.  I love them!  The photographer had waited for that “magic moment” to capture the ones I was enjoying.  He did not need… Read more

  • THE LAMP

    June 17, 2021 by

    Read the Scriptures and suddenly you will recall an unusual occurrence from your childhood; in fact, you will probably remember something you wish you had not remembered some things, and others will be quite fresh and refreshing. Reflecting on a few verses in Psalm 119 was like enjoying a breakfast prepared for you as a… Read more

  • INSISTENT PURSUIT

    June 16, 2021 by

    Recall for a moment how Israel ended in Egypt.  Joseph had been sold into slavery to some Egyptians by his brothers.  God, in a miraculous way, saw to his safety and ultimately to his ascendency toward Pharaoh!  A famine in his homeland brought about his brothers visit, which led his family there.   Under a subsequent… Read more

  • PREACHING – PRAYER

    June 15, 2021 by

    We write often concerning prayer!  This has been a challenge for me since day one after becoming a Christian.  I confess that I have struggled to keep my prayer life up to what I think it should be.  I read much on the subject and feel a little envious of the pastors that have demonstrated… Read more

  • EVERY MORNING

    June 14, 2021 by

    I have my morning program, like those of you who are reading this.  I notice that it is not as fast as it once was, but it is a little bit more burdensome, and I have to be more careful as relates to the experiences of each day.  I do enjoy preparing my breakfast, unassisted.… Read more

  • OPPOSITION LEADS TO…

    June 13, 2021 by

    Glimpses of the past, present and future loom into the mind of the Psalmist as he writes this hymn of praise.  He has not had the support of others, but he has the support of the Lord.  In recognizing that support he quickly refers to his intention to manifest “with all my heart” and to… Read more

  • BRAND MARKS AND SCARS

    June 12, 2021 by

    For some individuals who have served the Lord faithfully, the opposition to that service has ended in an unpleasant situation, and it ended with the body being undergoing unpleasant beatings, even death.  While I have been threatened many times, I have never had to undergo such confrontations, with my body receiving a few “brand marks”. … Read more

  • JESUS, I MY CROSS HAVE TAKEN

    June 11, 2021 by

    A few mornings ago I was taking my morning walk, endeavoring to get this old knee and the leg overall in better shape.  Suddenly, the Lord brought to mind a song that I have not heard in a long time:  In the Cross of Christ I Glory   In the cross of Christ I glory,Tow ‘ring… Read more

  • OF SATAN’S SUBTLETIES

    June 10, 2021 by

    Some most interesting verses of Scripture are found in John 14; verses that were uttered just prior to His betrayal, his departure and the subsequent promise of another “helper”; namely, the Holy Spirit.  We are aware of the three plus years of ministry, but the idea that He would not be present to personally minister… Read more

  • FOR OR AGAINST?

    June 9, 2021 by

    A very pointed discourse concerning HATE!  It is found in John 15:18-27.  It is so powerfully stated that the majority of people you show it to will deny it to be the case.  A quick retort to the presentation of God and Jesus and their inter-relationship, as well as that of the Holy Spirit in… Read more

  • AN AIR OF LEGITIMACY

    June 8, 2021 by

    There is nothing new about those who endeavor to give credence to others that they are something; in reality they are far removed from what they profess.  Matthew illustrates this in a sequence of references about persons that have an air of superiority in his Gospel. Bear with me! In Matthew 16 the Pharisees and… Read more

  • VICTORIOUS NOT VICTIMS

    June 7, 2021 by

    The Book of Acts is filled with the victories that the disciples of Jesus experienced as they presented Christ to a basically Jewish audience.  Though the going was rough, they were resting on the promises that Jesus had made concerning the follow up to His crucifixion, and then the resurrection and ascension.  While there may… Read more

  • GENARATION TO GENERATION

    June 6, 2021 by

    One of the greatest entrustments that one will encounter, yet we see sadly lacking for multiplied reasons, the greatest being the failure to communicate Biblical truths to our children.  Reading the fourth verse of Psalm 145 should make us rethink our obligations and their fulfillment. The Psalmist impresses upon our thinking when he says: “Great… Read more

  • CORINTHIANS CATASTROPHE

    June 5, 2021 by

    When a congregation has at least fourteen major problems, you can be certain that there are other problems “hidden” in a closet that have not been disclosed.  Given the ways disgruntled individuals begin digging in dirt and make mountains out of molehills, you can believe that even the smallest disagreement can be maximized. Much is… Read more

  • BLESS GOD IN THE CONGREGATIONS

    June 4, 2021 by

    As one searches the Scriptures daily, so a verse of the Word seems to come alive.  Its contents seem to say, “You did not notice me when you last read me, but today it appears that you finally were impacted with a deep sense of appreciation.   What a magnificent application of loving rebuke!  How did… Read more

  • A DRUKEN STUPOR

    June 3, 2021 by

    My uncle got rich on it… he sold it to others.  I lived with an alcoholic; therefore I am alarmed by those who try to convince me that there is nothing wrong with alcohol consumption.  I have counseled couples who have abandoned the deep love they had for each other because they refused to abandon… Read more

  • A STONE ROLLED AWAY

    May 31, 2021 by

    On occasion we encounter someone who says he has no ability to believe in Jesus.  He has concluded that everything that was recorded is nothing but myths.  Of course they usually admit after more discussion that they have little or no knowledge of the Bible.  Dr. Ryrie, by listing all the Resurrection appearances of Jesus… Read more

  • ADORATION

    May 30, 2021 by

    Does it not embrace the beauty of adoration? With a hand clasped to her mouth, the youngster echoed what she had heard and memorized – “O My God!”  I have no idea if anyone was as astounded as I, but immediately “dear old Ted” was desirous of offering some explanatory information to the youngster about… Read more

  • “SEE THIS WOMAN!”

    May 29, 2021 by

    Jesus was reclining, so she went to his feet. In all of our lives there are experiences that we might call “incongruous”!  They happen at the most inappropriate moment; they could not have happened at a more undesirable place.  Everything at that instant seems “why here?”  There are many other locations for such an event… Read more

  • CATCH THE FOXES

    May 28, 2021 by

    Some years ago I encouraged our congregation to memorize Song of Solomon 2:15… “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom.”  I had picked up the idea in some of my studies. Selfishness                    … Spoils love Discontent                    … Spoils joy Anxious thoughts        … Spoils… Read more

  • LOTSA LOTS

    May 27, 2021 by

    Corrupt thinking will allow for corrupt action which God judged in the long run. When Abraham left Ur of the Chaldeans, he took Lot with him.  He came to Haran and there they took up residence.  However, God blessed them so richly that they moved on to Shechem, and when there was famine they moved… Read more

  • WORKMANSHIP

    May 26, 2021 by

    Suddenly, I was exposed to professionals who were showing me many of the intricacies that accompany carpentry.  There was that moment in my life when I realized Jesus Christ was now my Savior; I had invited Him into my life and I declared to Him that I wanted to serve Him.  I owned a Bible… Read more

  • ABRAHAM’S SERVANT

    May 25, 2021 by

    A reading of Genesis 24 gives us the details of this unique event. The majority of people that we speak with fall short when it comes to understanding what it was to be a “servant”!   They envision someone who works for another and being paid a decent salary, the equivalent of hiring a maid or… Read more

  • ADDRESSING THE CONTROVERSIAL

    May 24, 2021 by

    …see what I mean! It could have been expected!  Those in opposition to the Lord Jesus Christ were determined to be present whenever and wherever He was ministering.  It was not hard to determine the location because there was a crowd following Him, and others joined in the excitement of the moment. Mark, whose manner… Read more

  • NOT UNDERSTANDING

    May 23, 2021 by

    The signs are out there! Jesus had just left the Temple, and his disciples began to talk about the beauty of the Temple and He said: “Do you not see all things?  Truly I say to you, “not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” Naturally this would… Read more

  • FOR THE LONELY

    May 22, 2021 by

    Focusing or refocusing on God and His Word is not easily attainable but takes effort. I was reading the 68th Psalm and concluded I would make a comment or two concerning the sixth verse – “God makes a home for the lonely”; when our daughter Cathy, out of nowhere said: “Dad!  Isn’t it interesting to… Read more

  • TWO SONS

    May 21, 2021 by

    It seemed logical to Him. You barely get into your reading of the Scripture, when you discover how different two sons of the same parents can develop.  Adam and Eve had numerous children according to Genesis 5; however we are only informed of Cain and Abel initially.  Others enter the picture as more specifics are… Read more

  • DEEP PREJUDICE

    May 20, 2021 by

    While reading the Book of Jonah, one cannot help but notice the main problem… Jonah hated the Ninevites. We continue to live in a country filled with deep prejudices, to deny that would undoubtedly mean that our “masks” have covered beyond our eyes purposely.  I am certain I will not be around long enough to… Read more

  • THE TREE OF LIFE

    May 19, 2021 by

    I have often wondered what it would have been like to walk through the confines of the Garden of Eden. I have been privileged to visit some beautiful gardens across the United States, and some in other countries.  Then, there have been some that were not under sponsorship, just natural growth.  I certainly will not… Read more

  • CONSIDER THE LILIES

    May 18, 2021 by

    Seldom do we hear someone say: “I wonder what the Lord has in store for us this year?”  Jesus in speaking to his disciples, on one occasion, engaged their attention by speaking of a rich man, with such a good crop from his harvest that he decided to build bigger barns.  Obviously he could have… Read more

  • ALL OF CREATION “GROANS”

    May 17, 2021 by

    Groan, but do not grumble! Little time elapses between one cataclysmic event and another.  We rejoice when we sing “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands”—especially when we reach the words, “that wee tiny baby in His hands” or “You and me brother, in His hands!”  Such knowledge is peaceful, restful, comforting, it is… Read more

  • PARABLES

    May 16, 2021 by

    When Jesus began His ministry, Mark, notes how He began it with the teaching of parables. Most of us know that a parable is basically a story with a much deeper meaning.  Some have no problem interpreting a parable, whereas a large number of individuals struggle in procuring a proper interpretation because of multiplied reasons. … Read more

  • IN DUST AND ASHES

    May 15, 2021 by

    Just try to imagine how distraught Job must have felt after this confrontation. The Book of Job is believed to probably be the oldest Book of recorded Scripture!  Not being one of those intellectual giants of academy, I must find it within myself to be satisfied with their conclusions. Recall the story of Job!  He… Read more

  • 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

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