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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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  • 24-HOUR COVERAGE

    May 24, 2020 by

    It’s the way my brain works.  I see something small, and it might well be something of insignificance, but it “latches on” and turns into pondering.  Ultimately, it will relate itself to some thought from the Scriptures that behind it has multiplied thoughts from other portions of the Word of God, the Bible. I was… Read more

  • THRU MANY DANGERS, TOILS, & SNARES

    May 23, 2020 by

    A friend wrote recently, and quoted those words from Amazing Grace. (John Newton)  In comparison, I would like to believe that I never measured anything close to him by a fouled up life.  However, in our tendency to grade sin as bad, worse, or even so categorically as beyond the imagination, we would like to… Read more

  • SAUL TO PAUL

    May 22, 2020 by

    Over the years I have been called some interesting names, but let’s face it, I remain the same person that my parents named me.  That name Edward could have come from a great grand-father who was gored to death by a bull, or possibly an uncle who fell on the job, gained gangrene in his… Read more

  • WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

    May 21, 2020 by

    Perhaps, at least let us hope, that the current crises has seen a few Bibles taken off the shelves, dusted off and read.  Many probably had a hard time finding the Easter Story, mainly because God and His Word have been relegated to “Emergency” situations only.  With the churches closed, at least the pastors did… Read more

  • SEATED AT HIS FEET

    May 18, 2020 by

    We have oft read the story of Jesus visiting the home of Mary and Martha!  You will find it in Luke 10, beginning at verse 38 and continuing through verse 42. Reading through the Scriptures you become aware of the fact that numerous women often followed and supported the Lord Jesus as He ministered here… Read more

  • FORGIVEN

    May 17, 2020 by

    I have never been a poet, yet my efforts were satisfying to my need.  I often jotted down notes on a multiplicity of subjects for fun, sometimes for spiritual truths, frequently for the love of my life, Patsy.  I seldom purchased a card, but so enjoyed writing to her and about her. The poem today… Read more

  • JACOB

    May 16, 2020 by

    Reading through Genesis we garner truths concerning parents showing partiality to one child above another.  In particular we refer to Isaac who had married Rebekah. Genesis 25:19 and following!  She had twins, Esau and Jacob.  Isaac favored Esau, and Rebekah favored Jacob. (You need to read the entire story.) On an occasion when Esau came… Read more

  • THE STONES CRY OUT

    May 15, 2020 by

    Undoubtedly you have read of some of the findings of archeologists, things they “dig up” from the most unexpected places.  I visited and viewed the Dead Sea scrolls, and came away knowing little more than when I arrived.  Admittedly, I was not totally ignorant of what to expect prior to that visit, yet, I realized… Read more

  • TO WHOM SHALL WE GO

    May 14, 2020 by

    Those words appear in John 6:68.  The context makes them stand out significantly, for Jesus had been attracting crowds who were listening to each word that He spoke, with many giving indication that they were so captivated that it was their intention of becoming one of His disciples. We are accustomed to people giving a… Read more

  • THE DEMONIAC OF GADARA

    May 10, 2020 by

    We are not always able to determine demonic oppression in an individual.  In our modern society we would probably desire an individual be sent to a Psychologist, or Psychiatrist, prior to acknowledging that the possibility exists that they may very well be experiencing demonic oppression, or even possession.  We have come a long way, but… Read more

  • MEN OF WHOM THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY

    May 9, 2020 by

    One reads the news, or listens to it, and discovers suddenly that here is a person mentioned that I never knew before.  At the conclusion, I either feel as though I would appreciate knowing more about the individual, or I find a certain disdain toward them.  However, I am supposed to conclude that the individual… Read more

  • DECEASED LETTER

    May 9, 2020 by

    Has it ever occurred to you that someday you may receive a letter from a deceased individual?  Well, when that happened to me about thirty five years ago, initially I was shocked, but then I began to give it a lot thought. My first thought was, “I am certain that there are few pastors who… Read more

  • GOD GIVES ASSIGNMENTS

    May 7, 2020 by

    The Book of Exodus is just as the name suggests with the story of the Israelites being sent a man, Moses, to lead them from slavery to freedom.  From the very outset you gather the “incidents” that culminate in his leadership.  He has a couple of assistants in the likes of Aaron the Levite, and… Read more

  • SELECTIVE SEATING

    May 6, 2020 by

    Imagine for a moment that you are a part of the congregation of this newly established religious group that is called “Christian”.  You have listened closely to the message it has presented concerning Christ, and as a new found believer, you are made an “usher” in the church.  You are excited about your assignment, especially… Read more

  • BEEN THERE – DONE THAT

    May 5, 2020 by

    In the work of the Lord we are constantly pursuing in our thinking “ways” to improve the effectiveness of our ministry; and I am not alone in this area.  I would be remiss if I did not admit to ending my thinking in the trash can far more often than continuing to pursue the idea… Read more

  • BEEN TO A FUNERAL RECENTLY?

    May 1, 2020 by

    As a pastor over these many years, the number of funerals conducted has been extensive, and each one has some type of uniqueness to it.  I remember many of them, and recall what people wanted or did not want included.  The hardest was probably those of children; that does not surprise me, because I notice… Read more

  • MONEY

    April 30, 2020 by

    All of a sudden we are made aware of a crisis, and we presume that the solution to the whole matter is MONEY!  Manipulative processes are applied that appear to tentatively resolve the problem.   The real problem is much deeper than it first appears, and somewhere down the road, the chickens will come home to… Read more

  • NARCISSISM

    April 29, 2020 by

    You probably read it, just like many others.  President Obama’s step brother accused him of being a “narcissist”.  I have no intention of engaging in discussion on that apparent “family feud”.  Sometime ago I was reading in Galatians 6, when a thought along those lines entered my brain; it dealt with a thought concerning a… Read more

  • WHERE RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS

    April 21, 2020 by

    Try as we might, it is virtually impossible to talk about the throes of earth in the final days, without feeling that they are indescribable.   Even as early as the formation of the church following the resurrection of Jesus, they were aware that there would be a judgment that would destroy the entire earth and… Read more

  • THE WINGS OF A DOVE

    April 20, 2020 by

    I wrote recently about the many birds that come into our back yard.  They are all beautiful to watch and though we do not feed them, they must know how much they are appreciated by their daily return. A number of them are doves; whenever I take time to sit and watch them I notice… Read more

  • RE-BIBLE

    April 19, 2020 by

    The story is told of the villager, who returning to his own village did so with excitement.  He told of his visit to the other village and proceeded to talk about what was taking place spiritually.  Excitedly he said: “They are having a Re-Bible! In effect, he was right.  When the fires of revival began,… Read more

  • PARTIALITY

    April 18, 2020 by

    It is not unusual for children to acquire the idea of partiality at a very young age.  After all, they are surrounded with an audience of “important people” from the earliest remembrances of childhood.  Our news media, with all of its preponderance of ideas about “celebrities” and their life styles, can create an aura of… Read more

  • ANNA

    April 17, 2020 by

    Just suppose!  You had been married for only seven years when God called your husband home.  You could be very angry, discouraged, depressed, or one bitter lady.  However, you could go the other direction, reach eighty four, and look back at what God had allowed you to do; you had “never left the temple, serving… Read more

  • A LITTLE LEAVEN

    April 16, 2020 by

    In our earliest childhood we experienced the toughest of times!  I have no regret that was the case; we recognized only that this was our fortune and misfortune. Some would have us believe it was only the latter.   One thing we acquired from someone who was “moving up” from our status to a newer one… Read more

  • BREAD SEEKERS

    April 15, 2020 by

    There are those cataclysmic moments when our only recourse causes us to cry out in language close to: “God I know that you are the only one who can help me, please bail me out?” We may not use those exact words, but something close to it blurts across our lips that demonstrates our brain… Read more

  • SEALED

    April 14, 2020 by

    As I recall, Ephesians 1:13 makes a reference to the believers there listened to the message of truth, which was the gospel of their salvation, believed and were therefore “sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. Years ago packages had to be “sealed”, if they were certified or insured. I recall using the… Read more

  • HOLY DAYS OR HOLIDAYS?

    April 13, 2020 by

    Even I can remember when Christmas was a Holy Day – Not just another Holiday. Remember when the majority of Christmas Carols where related to the birth of Christ instead of the majority being related to another break in the calendar. Can you recall when an emphasis was on the Savior of the world, Jesus… Read more

  • RESURRECTION DAY 2020

    April 12, 2020 by

    It was just over twenty of us that had gathered under hushed conditions in the Garden where many of us believe the body of Jesus had been entombed. We knew that there are those who disagree with us; it made little difference as we reflected on the One who represented us on Calvary. We took… Read more

  • JESUS CHRIST

    April 11, 2020 by

    Crucified on a Cross! Buried in a Tomb! Why seek you here? HE is not here! The Tomb is Empty! HE IS RISEN! JESUS CONQUERED DEATH! JESUS CHRIST – HE ALONE OFFERS LIFE! HALLELUJAH!!! (Luke 23,24)

  • BY THE NAIL PRINTS

    April 10, 2020 by

    This morning I was awakened, (Thankfully singing to myself) “I shall know Him by the nail prints in His hands.” I shared with our daughter Cathy how I had not heard it in “ages”. She reminded me that she used to sing it frequently. I spent some time trying to remember all of the words,… Read more

  • MUCH MORE

    April 8, 2020 by

    Every now and again, someone comes up with a question such as this:  “Have you ever felt as though your decision to have Christ first and foremost in your life  was not your wisest choice; that you have missed out on much of the fun that you enjoyed prior to that decision and maybe, just… Read more

  • LOOK AT THE BIRDS

    April 7, 2020 by

    At one point in our home in Sun City, Arizona, I put in a small waterfall in the back yard.  Admittedly, I was taken by surprise when I counted more than twenty two species of birds in the yard to quench their thirst.  We even had a parakeet flying around the area. Recently, though I… Read more

  • HIS GLORY

    April 2, 2020 by

    On occasion I can be a little repetitive, and you will realize almost immediately that is the case with the verse of Scripture I have chosen today.  (Ephesians 1:12)  “To the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.” I often think of Heaven… Read more

  • PITY

    April 1, 2020 by

    We have all faced situations that can be described as piteous.  Jesus had been at the early stages of His ministry here upon the earth.  In Matthew 6 we find Him presenting truths relative to the Kingdom and also healing people who were experiencing physical problems. We have almost little or no knowledge of why,… Read more

  • A SYMBOL

    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

  • ANGER

    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

  • IT IS ALL OF GRACE

    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

  • A RESURRECTION TRUMPET

    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

  • IGNORANCE

    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

  • IDEAL CONVERSATION

    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

  • LITTLE ZACC

    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

  • PUT ON CHARITY

    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

  • HOW RICH I AM

    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

  • FOOL’S GOLD

    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

  • RUN THE RACE

    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

  • THE BLOOD BANK

    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

  • TIME IS MONEY

    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

  • UNTIL

    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

  • WORRY

    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

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