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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    January 16, 2021 by

    As I write this, I am aware that we have come through one of the most complicated years that one can imagine, with more to be expected!  Sad to say, but in understanding the Scriptures, one has to conclude that while all of this bedlam has been promulgated from one side of the world to… Read more


    January 15, 2021 by

    On occasion I have thought to myself, “Why have I been praying? “  God does not seem to be listening to my prayers!  It appears that He has forgotten that I exist; in fact, I am discouraged to the extent that I do not “feel” like approaching Him, because I have asked again and again… Read more


    January 14, 2021 by

    In life we face obstacles that thwart progress, one of which is the human fear of having such obstacles alone.  However, there have been occasions when I would have much preferred to have “company” to deal with problem.  One such situation might be this “go” business that we referred to yesterday.  Those who know me… Read more


    January 13, 2021 by

    The Book of Revelation was written to the seven Churches of Asia; it was written by the Apostle John, and indicated the immediate as well as the future for the Church.  It leaves only one church without a message of condemnation by the end of history; (Philadelphia) there God says: “I know your deeds.  Behold,… Read more

  • WHEN I CONSIDER (Psalm 8)

    January 12, 2021 by

    “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!” I doubt that I am alone in “star gazing”.  As a child I often lay on the grass, in the hammock, or even sitting in a chair, and enjoyed gazing into the heavens.  It… Read more


    January 3, 2021 by

    The advertising of the hour speaks of that to which I am “entitled”.   Some of it is accurate, and some of it questionable.   Discerning which is, or which is not, a part of an individual’s or organizations “entitlement” may prove frustrating.  To discover later that you were “ripped off” can be a little more than… Read more


    January 2, 2021 by

    That word does not appear in Scripture until 2 Kings 20:5, where Hezekiah, having learned of his approaching death from Isaiah, “turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord;” God responded through Isaiah, “return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father… Read more


    January 1, 2021 by

    Most of us bear scars of one type or another!  Sometimes we have opportunity to share the story of how those were acquired, and we go on a tirade to endeavor to surpass anyone who has just shared theirs.  I certainly cannot boast about some that I developed along the way, they are from ignorance. … Read more


    December 31, 2020 by

    While much has been argued from the liberal and conservative sides of politics, of one side or the other, long ago I came to the conclusion that the majority of people have left God out of the matter.  Even when the Scriptures have been used, all too often they are used in a most haphazard… Read more


    December 30, 2020 by

    It does not happen often, but when it does, it catches attention; and that was the case between Naomi and Ruth. Elimelech, who was from Bethlehem, (which means house of bread and praise) married Naomi (which means pleasant).  And they had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.  When a famine hit the area of Bethlehem, they… Read more


    December 28, 2020 by

    If I had been desirous of turning the “world upside down” (KJV Acts 17:6) or “These men who have upset the world have come here also;” (NASB) I doubt that I would have chosen the 12 men that Jesus chose.  But then, please make allowance for my limitations and abilities.  These men were unique in… Read more


    December 27, 2020 by

    It is probable that we have heard of Daniel and his ability to interpret dreams; if for no other reason our understanding of his experience in the lion’s den.  It is so extraordinary that it seems to have been repeated for more than 2600 years. Few of us, if any, would have equaled something of this… Read more


    December 26, 2020 by

    We often joke about our forgetfulness as we grow older.  We sometimes, but not too often, have nothing to joke about.  It did not take long after I became a Christian to realize, that in the process of studying the Scriptures that sometimes forgetfulness is a convenience and ends up as sin that I should… Read more


    December 25, 2020 by

    A star in motion … Wise men in motion … Herod in motion … Joseph-Mary in motion … More wise men in motion … Angels in motion … Shepherds in motion … A Child in motion… And all because God was in motion! A prophetic promise had been made to men by God (Genesis 3:15)… Read more


    December 24, 2020 by

    While “a Star” was edging wise men from the East toward Jerusalem, a decree was being enacted by Caesar Augustus to register and tax the folk under his control.  A young couple, Joseph and Mary, in obedience to that decree, headed toward Bethlehem from Nazareth.  Enough is spelled out in the Gospels to give clarity… Read more


    December 23, 2020 by

    In reading the story of the birth of the Savior of mankind, Jesus, I recalled how God had to put everything into motion so that even simple minded people like me could not help but observe that only thousands of years later there would be the evidence of HIS planned program. There had been a… Read more


    December 22, 2020 by

    I look back often at some of the things I acquired in my developing years, only to discover that they probably are more of tradition than what would be an understanding and application of the Word of God.  An excellent illustration of this can be found in Mark 7. The chapter opens with a group… Read more

  • PROVERBS 4:20-27

    December 21, 2020 by

    I promised I would do this on occasion. “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your… Read more


    December 20, 2020 by

    Having been brought up in a tight financial situation in World War 2, and following, there were times that I looked at the financially affluent, thinking that it would be wonderful to be in that situation.  However, as the years slipped by I began to realize that what I thought to be “wonderful” might never… Read more


    December 19, 2020 by

    When my father was in the middle age bracket, I recall him often saying: “I will never leave “The Rock”; that simply meant that he would never leave Bermuda to go any other place.  Bermudians often referred to Bermuda as “The Rock”!  Numerous events occurred that caused him to have to change his opinion, and… Read more


    December 18, 2020 by

    The old farmer, visiting a friend, noted that no one gave thanks before the meal. He could not resist his “needed” rebuke: “The only thing around our home that does not give thanks before a meal is the “hogs”.  I am certain I would have been a little more gracious than that, like:  “May I… Read more


    December 17, 2020 by

    The Book of Hebrews is particularly written to Hebrews, yet it unfolds truths that are equally important for every Christian.  There are always those who like to argue concerning authorship, or some portion of its contents.  However, as we read its contents and interpret them in light of the other books of the Bible, we… Read more


    December 16, 2020 by

    Every so often you meet a person that you think to yourself, “My, what God could do with that person!  He has such a personality, and his ability to communicate is beyond the normal; wow!”  You meet another who you are convinced: “What a “nice” individual!  However, I doubt that he or she will get… Read more


    December 15, 2020 by

    Daily… that’s right, I said daily, we have to deal with a word that appears in the Bible in its various forms, more than one hundred forty-seven times.  It is not one of the first words that we learn, but what it represents is learned at a very early age; once learned and refined in… Read more


    December 14, 2020 by

    My friend Jerry is an interesting character that I met at a prayer meeting when Patsy and I moved to Arizona.  We get together weekly just to fellowship and talk about the Scriptures. If I share with Jerry something special of the Lord’s working, he will usually say in a very sagacious manner, “Coincidental!”  He… Read more


    December 12, 2020 by

    There are those who will always challenge the conclusion to which we adhere:  God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who exists in the form of a trinity.  He is a unified personality who cannot be divided into different parts. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:6; Jer. 10:19; Mark 12:29; 1 Thess. 1:9; 1 Tim. 2:5) The… Read more


    December 11, 2020 by

    The majority of us know what it is like to have someone immediately challenge us on a subject that we have just presented.  How they respond makes all the difference as to what we will say next.  We can ask for elaboration.  We can respond by explaining in detail a little more than we have… Read more


    December 10, 2020 by

    Another of those thoughts that I captured in my study of the Scriptures!  Sheep have two marks: “In the ears” – “they hear my voice” (v4), “in the feet” – “they follow ME” (v5) …taken from John chapter 10. In the process of reading a commentary on John 10, I had been given a thought… Read more


    December 9, 2020 by

    (Used with permission from a dear friend, Linda DeSilva) Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent. Why and how should we celebrate Christmas? Is it to see the Santa Claus Parade (if there is one in this COVID 19 year)? Is it to indulge ourselves? After all, Christmas comes but once in a year. Is… Read more


    December 8, 2020 by

    Have you taken time and opportunity, (which you have to create because of the crushing pressure of society, directly or indirectly, to mold you into its likeness); to study the last three days of Christ, leading to His crucifixion?  To do so you will find yourself wondering how people can be so inflexible. As He… Read more


    December 7, 2020 by

    When I first moved to Arizona, I helped move a machine that could do thirty two blood tests at the same time.  It was a monster!  We moved it from the second story of a Doctor’s office to another office about a quarter mile away.  We earned our keep on that job. If blood testing… Read more


    December 6, 2020 by

    Almost a grin upon his face, within his heart beat hope, He spoke his boyish, anguished words, but heard the man say “Nope.” “You look here son, I bought the boat; I’ve got the bill of sale.  Why if I gave these things away, my business soon would fail.” “Now if you wish I’ll hold… Read more


    December 5, 2020 by

    I was brought up in a home where much was made of “Santa Claus” as a part of the Christmas celebration.  It was not within Patsy and my understanding and agreement, to foster that particular inclusiveness into the thinking of our children.  However, celebrating Christmas in itself, and with others, was a definite part of… Read more


    November 30, 2020 by

    I wish I had met Mr. Anonymous.  Here he dropped by and left a poem to which I must most gladly give credit! I had walked life’s way with an easy tread, I had followed where pleasure and comforts led,  Until one day in a quiet place I met the Master face to face. With… Read more


    November 29, 2020 by

    A few days ago I was reflecting on my ministry over the years.  In the process of doing so, I reflected on what I thought to be my strengths and weaknesses.  Being “dear old Ted”, I found an ample number in each area; in fact I found too many negatives to suit me, and decided… Read more


    November 28, 2020 by

    Of recent, we have all given our opinions about the elections, and utilized as much Scripture as possible to solidify our opinions about how to pray for “the will of the Lord”!  In most cases we have become convinced that our prayer life has been tossed to and fro like the ocean waves, only to… Read more


    November 27, 2020 by

    The 119th Psalm is the longest of the Psalms.  In the event that you are one of those who underline verses, or even passages of Scripture that are meaningful to you, that it gets your attention quickly as you are looking for something in particular, this one is filled with highlights. Because we live in… Read more

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

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