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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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  • TRY TO IMAGINE THIS

    September 12, 2021 by

    Hold on, just as I was fumbling in my mind about the amount of work involved, I remembered that he did it without a computer.  I doubt that he had time for many of the things that we “work” into our schedules these days.  Think of the financial support that God must have laid on… Read more

  • SUBSERVIENT

    September 11, 2021 by

    After presenting the uniqueness of Jesus being both God and man, he presents the beauty of His purpose, to redeem man who is totally corrupt, into a spiritual child of a sinless God. When one reads the uniqueness of the virgin birth of Christ, you also discover that from a human stand-point, Jesus, and John… Read more

  • COMMON SENSE!

    September 10, 2021 by

    Verse 4 – “An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.” Verse 7 – “Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, much less are lying lips to a prince.” Verse 10 – “A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”… Read more

  • KINGDOM PREACHING

    September 9, 2021 by

    This was in keeping with His presentation initially as King, and then as Savior.  Let us remember those Kingdom principles are also appropriate for any man who wants to be blessed and a blessing. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall… Read more

  • SHE / THEY WERE SO EXCITED!

    September 8, 2021 by

    The other morning we were about to leave when I spotted two elderly ladies sitting in another section of that classy diner.  I stopped to greet them, and as usual said, “Good morning ladies!  Have a blessed day!  ‘This is the day that the Lord hath made and I am going to rejoice and be… Read more

  • TEN COMMANDMENTS

    September 7, 2021 by

    I do not know who compiled the list originally, but blessing will be for us to follow the schedule suggested!  Quotes from King James Version)  1)  “Repent ye and believe the gospel.”  (Mark 1:15)  2)  “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.  (Matthew… Read more

  • KNEE-MAIL

    September 6, 2021 by

    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 of the license plates, bumper stickers and window decals; one of them caught my eye: “God answers knee mail.” I said to myself: “I wish I could have thought… Read more

  • MOSES’ DISCUSSION WITH GOD

    September 5, 2021 by

    You see, they tear into me, reminding this old boy of times when the Lord and I would get into a debate.  I always lost and should have known better.  Moses debated the Lord and lost.  I guess that to be my consolation.  Let’s visit their discussion in Exodus 3. A reminder!  Moses was left… Read more

  • THE FAMILY INHERITANCE

    September 4, 2021 by

    What really is confusing is that some in the family says that it was believed to be entirely different and it must have been changed because of pressure; even mental deterioration may spring into the center of it.  What a mess! That which catches my attention in Luke 12, where “someone in the crowd” was… Read more

  • GOD USES UNUSUAL PEOPLE

    September 3, 2021 by

    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 far in life.” Try reading Exodus 3:13, 14 “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go… Read more

  • MAGNETIC FORCE

    September 2, 2021 by

    (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 appeared with a large magnet on a string, hoping that our problem would be solved quickly.  It was! He felt the necessity of explaining why he kept this magnet… Read more

  • VICTORIOUS NOT VICTIMS

    September 1, 2021 by

    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 not be the violence of that hour, but it remains a stigma if a Jew converts to Christianity.  We must realize that selected vocabulary… Read more

  • REDUCED CHRISTIANITY

    August 31, 2021 by

    I use those words with slight caution, for many folk with which I fellowship might think that I categorize them thusly!  I speak again of the levity, the laxity, which has filled the, so called Christianity, in this day and age. There was assignment of that title at Antioch as the disciples were teaching about… Read more

  • CLOSER HOME

    August 30, 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

  • BLESS GOD IN THE CONGREGATIONS

    August 25, 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

  • LOTS OF SHOES

    August 18, 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

  • RICHES

    August 17, 2021 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

  • MAPPING OUR COURSE

    August 16, 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

  • Corinthian Catastrophe

    August 15, 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

  • COINCIDENTAL

    August 12, 2021 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

  • IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL

    August 11, 2021 by

    The song-writer said: It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,          Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,          So bravely run the race till we see Christ. By, Esther Kerr Rusthoi, © 1941 by New Spring (ASCAP) (admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music… Read more

  • GOD HAS SPOKEN

    August 10, 2021 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

  • MORE REPAIRS

    August 9, 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

  • GIVING THANKS

    August 8, 2021 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

  • DECEPTION

    August 7, 2021 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

  • THE ROCK

    August 6, 2021 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

  • SHEPHERD OF GRACE

    August 5, 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

  • GENERATION TO GENERATION

    August 4, 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

  • A DRUNKEN STUPOR

    August 4, 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

  • LOVE

    July 31, 2021 by

    I take the liberty of quoting 1 Corinthians 13… Love is both a gift and a grace: “If I speak with the tongues of man and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and… Read more

  • MOMENTARY QUESTIONS

    July 30, 2021 by

    The strongest of the saints can allow terror to strike their heart.  It occurs from the strangest of experiences and leads to despondency.  When a man, a friend, said he had experienced depression, and he found it hard that some Christians can make light, and even utter rash statements… he quietly said, “they do not… Read more

  • DEATH, IT’S PROSPECT

    July 29, 2021 by

    Isn’t it looked upon, especially in our younger years, as a morbid time?  We lose someone we loved, admired, and in a moment they were gone.  We felt as though we had been robbed; our jewel of great worth has been dumped underground and all that I have left are memories.  Even those memories will… Read more

  • A LAMP

    July 28, 2021 by

    On one of my trips to Bermuda, I decided to visit the old Lighthouse where my father had been a keeper for many years, and other members of our extended family had also been keepers at other periods. I climbed the 185 steps with my good friend Joel, and we shared many stories as we… Read more

  • A PRODIGAL PEOPLE

    July 27, 2021 by

    At the height of his prophesying, Hosea is told to take a wife of harlotry and then she would bear children.  The word of the Lord came to Hosea, and explained that his ministry to Israel would present a clear picture to her of God’s assessment of her conduct.  In His advice to Israel, his… Read more

  • YOU, A SINNER; JESUS CHRIST, A SAVIOR

    July 26, 2021 by

    Man has sinned… Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” We are guilty before God… Romans 3:9, “There is none righteous, not even one.  There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God;” “And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those… Read more

  • GOD FORBID IT, LORD!

    July 25, 2021 by

    Matthew has presented Christ as the Son of David up to this point; in Matthew 16:21 ,he presents Him as the Son of Abraham, the one to be offered in sacrifice!  There is a sharp division as He responds to Peter, who takes Him aside and says, “God forbid it Lord!  This shall never happen… Read more

  • OH! WHAT A NAME!

    July 24, 2021 by

    I wish you could have met my friend Jack.  He was a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking / chewing laundryman; that is, before he became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  In his own words, “I should have owned one of the railroad cars for the tickets I bought sending my wife back home to her parents.”… Read more

  • THE HEAT IS ON

    July 23, 2021 by

    As I write this, it is simply because my garage is too hot to work in…117 Degrees.  Even though while out there with a couple of fans running, one of them being a “swamp cooler”. That is how we refer to these machines where the wind goes across a filter of water.  When the humidity… Read more

  • BENDING, BUT NOT BROKEN

    July 22, 2021 by

    As children during World War 2, we all had to learn to do without, or substitute.  I assure you that it was a challenge.  Often our substitutes did not hold up to our expectations, and you ended up with a substitution for the substitute. One of our favorite substitutes was a hefty oleander branch for… Read more

  • OVERSIZE LOAD

    July 21, 2021 by

    We have all experienced seeing a monstrosity moving along the highway with that enormous sign attached: OVERSIZE LOAD.  We probably were made aware of its presence by another vehicle that carried the same sign attached. Maybe I should have a sign like that on our truck.  It has helper springs and air-shocks and is usually… Read more

  • SIN NO MORE!

    July 20, 2021 by

    Let us get to the “nitty gritty” of this passage immediately.  In the Old Testament we had been told that those committing adultery should be stoned.  This was to be a controlling factor under the law.  (Leviticus 20)  Obviously, this enforcement lessened quickly, because we read of people who indulged and were not stoned.  We… Read more

  • ONENESS

    July 19, 2021 by

    When a recent newspaper article related the theft of mercury and its resultant effects on those who had been exposed to the fumes inherent in the product, my mind went back to my childhood and the lighthouse in which my father was employed.   Twelve hundred pounds of mercury lay in a trough on which a… Read more

  • EQUAL STRENGTH AGAINST TEMPTATIONS

    July 18, 2021 by

    One of the most blessed truths of Scripture has to do with dealing with the devil when he throws temptations at us.  Just a reminder that he knows our weakness and stands in readiness to hit us with every clever temptation that he has acquired.  Certain things are more alluring than others as we move… Read more

  • OUT OF PLACE

    July 17, 2021 by

    We hear of places on the globe that cause us to think to ourselves, “There is something I would love to see if opportunity ever affords itself.”  They call it “A once-in-a-lifetime adventure”, and we were a part of it.  We traveled to the Kilauea Volcano on the big island of Hawaii.  We stood gazing,… Read more

  • ADMONISH

    July 16, 2021 by

    One of the greatest challenges that can be thrown at a local congregation is found in 2 Thessalonians 3:15 … “Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” With the mega church methodology of our modern Christianity, it is almost impossible to apply the practicality of this verse of… Read more

  • ORNITHOLOGIST

    July 15, 2021 by

    An article in the newspaper proceeded to explain that the Professional Golfers Association had made a major goof.  In the process of producing a golfing tournament film, they had made a blunder.  In the background they had the wrong birds singing in the wrong location at the wrong time of the year.  Much embarrassment prevailed. … Read more

  • ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD

    July 14, 2021 by

    The sign appeared hundreds of times during the three weeks that we spent traveling to the East Coast and returning home.  On numerous occasions there were additional signs: “Fines are doubled when workers present”  “Be careful!  My daddy is working up ahead” “Speed Limit Reduced” “One Lane…No Passing”.  The last person I would envy, work-wise,… Read more

  • SICK AND SICKENING

    July 13, 2021 by

    It is not often that we turn on the news only to be told that another “shooting” has taken place and numbers of people have been killed.  Usually there seems to be the addition: “Of them are children!”  What a tragedy! Another addition often finds something to the effect that the gunman had no previous… Read more

  • ROSE OF SHARON

    July 12, 2021 by

    Conversation concerning my late mother-in-law will undoubtedly rouse remembrances of her late years.  Each morning she would look out the kitchen door and view the hedge in their back yard.  Her comment was always of similar substance: “Look at the Rose of Sharon.  You know, Jesus is called the Rose of Sharon.” We hear people… Read more

  • REBUILDING FOLLOWING A STORM

    July 11, 2021 by

    The effects of Hurricane Fabian’s visit to Bermuda in September of 2003 had left an indelible imprint on our minds.  We had been there when the hurricane had ravaged the island with the highest recorded winds in its history.  As we left the following week, we had to wait to cross a temporary roadway to… Read more

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