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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    March 31, 2020 by

    Early in our move to Sun City Patsy said: “Honey!  Would you consider putting a bay window in the Living Room?”  Naturally, I consented!  She seldom asked for anything, so I usually made a special effort to accommodate.  That window has been decorated with all types of things over the years. Since our daughter is… Read more


    March 30, 2020 by

    It does not take long to realize that anger can show itself in the very young.  Trying to discern when that little one needs caring for, or when they are already displaying a temper tantrum can become a challenge to every parent.  When they carry on with added emphasis as they grow older it becomes… Read more


    March 28, 2020 by

    Someone shared with me: Saving Grace …   Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one can boast.” Standing Grace … Romans 5:1, 2 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we… Read more


    March 27, 2020 by

    People lay out their opinions about why they do or do not give credence to the Holy Scriptures.  Some of them prove interesting while others prove that the problem is conjured from negative experiences as early as childhood.  I am not an argumentative person, as I have mentioned before, so I allow it to remain… Read more


    March 26, 2020 by

    We have all experienced knowing someone that we consider to be ignorant.  I would not ask them what they thought of me; I am not desirous of knowing their conclusions about dear old Ted. Usually I am not quick to equate in my thinking that one is ignorant, but if you take time to read… Read more


    March 25, 2020 by

    Some people are so easy to engage in conversation; you leave saying to yourself: “You know, that was a real good time of conversing.  I wish every conversation left me feeling as comfortable or informed as that one.”  And others…  “Surely wasted time on that one!” How I wish I had been in a position… Read more


    March 23, 2020 by

    As we entered Jericho I observed a few people doing some digging. It was a number of people engaged in excavation… what a tedious job. However, something else caught my attention, bougainvilleas everywhere. I have never seen anything to equal that display! My mind immediately went back to the Scriptural story, in Luke 19 about… Read more

  • PSALM 24

    March 22, 2020 by

    On occasion I will quote a portion of Scripture that has been a blessing of recent. This is from the New American Standard Bible, (The Lockman Foundation) The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it… Read more


    March 21, 2020 by

    There is a wealth of information in the Book of Colossians which needs emphasizing at this juncture in history. However, the lessons that are presented throughout the Word of God are foreign to the hearts of humanity. What God teaches and mans desires are in conflict from birth. One of the first words a person… Read more


    March 20, 2020 by

    When in Bermuda Commercial School, we had a teacher, an old fashioned Methodist, who was intent on teaching us a subject beyond accounting, etc… She began each day with Scripture and prayer and required that we memorize some of those verses. Admittedly, at that stage of my life I was not “into” such thinking. Shortly… Read more


    March 19, 2020 by

    We were on a short getaway when I experienced my initial contact with “fool’s gold”. The experience was an interesting one, for I had no comprehension of what gold should look like. I was washing my face in the creek to get awake and asked my friend what I was looking at; for in those… Read more


    March 18, 2020 by

    Have you ever competed in a race? I have! In the event you want to try to relive that race, I will not accommodate your desires, except to say I did not acquire (attain) my aspirations. I also concluded that running was not my forte. The Apostle Paul, writing to his “son in the faith”… Read more


    March 17, 2020 by

    I was working for a bank in Bermuda when the lady asked: “Would you take me to my Safe Deposit Box?” After all of the normal procedures of clearance, I escorted her there. Then she asked: “Would you help me to sort through the items and find what I need?” My response was simple, “I… Read more


    March 15, 2020 by

    Our father was somewhat of a fanatic as far as time was concerned. One of his philosophies was that “unless you were fifteen minutes early, you were not on time, you were late”. You could almost set your clock or watch by his programmed absorption with his attitude about time. I was speaking with an… Read more


    March 14, 2020 by

    Here is another of those words that catch your attention in the context of Scripture. Moving through Psalm 73 you realize that what has been said in Psalm 1 about the “ungodly” is being contrasted with the godly. In spite of all that has been recorded about her problems, Asaph is still able to say… Read more


    March 13, 2020 by

    Sometimes I think that some of us worry that we will have nothing to worry about! We are almost forced into such negativity because of surroundings, whether it is health, time, work, family, finances… you name it! We turn on the radio, T.V., computer, or read the newspaper, or other sources. There is sufficient turmoil… Read more


    March 12, 2020 by

    A dear friend from my past had multiple sayings that he utilized conveniently. Among the many was: “My minds made up! Don’t confuse me with the facts.” I loved it because in working together it became his method of re-evaluating a situation, seeking input that would justify pursuing another direction, and then resting in the… Read more


    March 11, 2020 by

    I was told that more books have been written on The Apostle Paul than any other individual. I have no idea on the accuracy of that statement, but it is easy to believe when you read of his life, accomplishments, and ultimately death under the hands of ruthless Roman leadership. After his unique experience on… Read more


    March 10, 2020 by

    Recall with me the departure of Israel from Egypt. After years of living in slavery, these folks had been given the instructions to move into the Promised Land, and it would be under the leadership of Moses, who you recall had been brought up by Pharaoh’s daughter. It took ten plagues to convince Pharaoh that… Read more


    March 9, 2020 by

    Various churches, denominations, have a structured organization that consists of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and an assortment of titles that lend itself to their particular function. Some pastors have no trouble adjusting to these structures; while for others there is the necessity of sticking as close as possible to words utilized in the Scriptures or their… Read more


    March 8, 2020 by

    The average newscast is enough to ask the old but simple question, “What in the world is going on?” It is constantly revealing the negatives of life that surround us. Every area of our lives seems to be threatened, from the cradle to the grave! In fact, before birth we are threatened and approaching old… Read more


    March 7, 2020 by

    Giving credit where credit is due, I quote concerning “the famous words of Richard of Chichester’s prayer – to enable men and women ‘to know Jesus Christ more clearly, to love Him more dearly, to follow Him more nearly’.” In reading William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible Series on Romans, the above quotation caught my attention… Read more


    March 6, 2020 by

    In 1986 we began the Commitment ministry. Together, Patsy and I had prayed and sought the Lord concerning our future. Her health and the weather had determined where we located…Arizona. It allowed us thirty more years of music and Bible teaching together. There were opportunities to re-locate, but we were confident of God’s leading and… Read more


    March 5, 2020 by

    I get tired of the advertisements that arrive in my mail. I realize that people need to make a living, however, the methods employed creates a multiplicity of frustrations. The individual writes me a letter, “Dear Ted,” like I was a long lost buddy. I immediately notice the picture has been taken by Google and… Read more


    March 4, 2020 by

    Most give thought to death at one point or other of their life. I could rattle off instances when I thought it was near. There have been circumstances, ordained of God, where I was in such a situation that I was unable to think of death. As I get a little older and the elements… Read more


    March 3, 2020 by

    Our friends had invited us to have dinner with them at a rather upscale restaurant. As the evening wore on, Patsy quietly said to him, “Do you realize that you have on two different socks.” Without flinching he calmly replied: “I have another pair just like them at home.” We had many enjoyable times with… Read more


    March 1, 2020 by

    So often someone will approach you with a “time-bomb” and present you with an argument that is as removed from Scripture as the East is from West. This is especially true when it comes to prophecy in the Scriptures. In Matthew 24 there is much said about the return of Christ and there are those… Read more


    February 29, 2020 by

    No matter where I have lived, it seems that there is constant complaining about the condition of our high-ways. They have too many holes; they do not pave these often enough, when they bring them up to date, the electric, telephone, sewage or water company decides to put something new underground. If live in Arizona,… Read more


    February 28, 2020 by

    Over the years, one of the important parts of our ministry has been to endeavor to encourage people who are going through troubled waters, and there are far more than we can ever imagine. Even those who appear to be “on top of the world” are experiencing pressures from encounters they are experiencing that others… Read more


    February 27, 2020 by

    Most of us can remember that little statement: “I will give you a copy of my latest book, “Humility and how I obtained it!” After all, there can be a secret ego trip within that statement; then again, it might be a cautionary rebuke to the person to whom it was uttered. Much is said… Read more


    February 26, 2020 by

    One should never tire of hearing the words of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” From the fall of Adam and Eve, recorded in Genesis 3, there is prophecy after prophecy that unfolds the… Read more


    February 25, 2020 by

    The Gospel of Mark is a must-read Book! Jesus is presented as the Servant. The servant goes about his business immediately. You will find that word, or its equivalent more than forty times in this Gospel. As the youngster would say, “He puts his pedal to the metal. We have been to Capernaum and as… Read more


    February 25, 2020 by

    Have you ever wished that you had bitten your tongue? In fact sometimes I have bitten mine as a reminder of what I had said indiscriminately. You can be sure I did not do it too hard; I wanted a reminder, not an emergency room treatment. I know that the portion of Scripture to which… Read more


    February 23, 2020 by

    I noticed again that Jesus had multitudes, crowds that gathered to hear Him speak, to watch as He healed. They were enamored with His teaching because it was unlike that of the Scribes and Pharisees. How they were able to hear Him sufficiently to become followers is in itself one amazing fact. Yet our text,… Read more


    February 22, 2020 by

    Years ago I heard Dr. Roger Andrus say: “Wisdom is getting to know things from God’s point of view.” An excellent statement! In the Book of Wisdom, Proverbs, the “Wise man” places statement after statement indicative of the wisdom that originates from the heart of God. 2:1 “My son, if you will receive my words… Read more


    February 21, 2020 by

    I guess I could use a different title for this, like, “Choosing the Best!” Everyone has their opinions about things of this nature; I try to acquire mine from the best source possible, the Tried and True that has remained so over the test of time…THE WORD OF GOD. Doing a little analyzing I “happened”… Read more


    February 20, 2020 by

    … Be filled with the Spirit … Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, making melody to the Lord. … Giving thanks for ALL THINGS in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to God the father … Subject to one another in the fear of Christ … Wives be subject to your… Read more


    February 19, 2020 by

    A situation develops of a disagreement in opinion, and sometimes it gets a little explosive. People who are intent that it is of significance; others are ready to say “let it go”. Then, there are those who feel that in time it will show itself to be either good or bad, just let it sit… Read more


    February 18, 2020 by

    Remember that we spoke of Moses in a basket; well now we have an adult and a basket. Paul the Apostle had been saved while preparing to destroy the church that was multiplying in Damascus, and he had letters certifying that he was on a legal assignment. Jesus appeared to him in the form of… Read more


    February 17, 2020 by

    Our family had a FAMILY BIBLE! It had all the appearance of having been around since the inception of Bibles. You might understand it’s aged look if you ever lived in Bermuda and experienced the high humidity that constantly engulfs the island. I recall how, on occasion I would look at it, especially the pictures,… Read more


    February 15, 2020 by

    I recall so well in my teen years, in our carpentry shop, how one of our jobs required extensive work involving the preparation of a room to hold a computer. What a job! Naturally, the computer in those days required almost an entire room being prepped for this installation. Gradually, we have mastered the computers… Read more


    February 14, 2020 by

    I have spoken before of Jonah, but surely some Biblical encounters of people who endeavor to thwart the plan of God for their lives is worthy of additional consideration. There have been experiences in all of our lives when we have felt like running. Like Jonah, we have sought other directions than that of the… Read more

  • GUNS

    February 13, 2020 by

    A topic of conversation, unquestionably! Yep! Left, right or in between, the opinions are “cemented” in our thinking, and anyone with an objection to my thinking is wrong. I found a pistol in a burnt down house when a pre-teen and threw it away. During World War 2, when still a pre- teen-ager, we were… Read more


    February 12, 2020 by

    Is Jesus Christ part of the daily routine of your life? While reading Luke 9 today, I was made aware of that little word “daily”. Thus, the reason for my question at the beginning! Jesus had asked the question, “But, who do you say that I am? Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”… Read more


    February 11, 2020 by

    Over the years it has been my privilege to conduct numerous weddings. It did not take long for me to realize that the majority of people had ideas about what they wanted included in the vows they were making. It took less time for me to decide what I would or would not accept. While… Read more


    February 9, 2020 by

    The memory “game” is most interesting… especially when your children and grandchildren say: “Pop! You are getting old; which is the truth! However, the cobwebs of aging that flirts the brain makes me go searching for what I should have remembered. Of one thing I am certain. When in college a few years back, someone… Read more


    February 8, 2020 by

    As I write this, we are in the midst of the impeachment hearings. Everyone is right, so they say; you and me? We are supposed to decide who is telling the truth, and to do so by evaluating everything we hear, including the commentators of the news media. Let’s face it, we have established our… Read more


    February 7, 2020 by

    As I watched a portion of the State of the Union address, like many of you, I was appalled at the action taken by the Speaker of the House in shredding that speech. It was not what was in the speech; it was arrogance toward our governing system. While I understand the objections each party… Read more

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