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FAITH

by Ron Owens

Manley Beasley says: Genuine faith is more than mental assent or an emotional experience. It is the inward response to truth that has been revealed to the heart by the Holy Spirit who quickens and makes our spirits alive.” Here are the three basic types of faith: 1. The grace of faith 2.The gift of […]

A GOD-BLESSED AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS

by Ron Owens

It is with confidence and faith that we enter a new decade, not trusting in what we can do, but on what God has promised: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah […]

I CANNOT

by Ron Owens

I cannot cause the sun to rise, however strong I be. I cannot make the sky look blue, nor calm a raging sea. I can’t create a rainbow, nor wash the trees with rain; I cannot make a bird to sing, nor ripen fields of grain. I cannot cause the sun to set, nor hang […]

If I Were Young Again

by Ron Owens

IF I WERE YOUNG AGAIN As we’re going through files and boxes of past activities, wondering what we should keep, what should be thrown away, while reflecting on God’s goodness over the years, I’m finding myself looking back as far as my teenage years, both in Canada and Switzerland, wondering, hoping that, if I were […]

King of Glory

by Ron Owens

KING OF GLORY (A Puritan’s Prayer) Every perfection adorns thy nature and sustains thy throne. The heavens and earth are thine, the world is thine and its fullness. Thy power created the universe from nothing; thy wisdom has managed all its multiple concerns, presiding over nations, families and individuals. Thy goodness is boundless; all creatures […]

Forgiving, I’m Forgiven

by Ron Owens

Recently, in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom, we witnessed a most powerful “living out” of Matthew 6:14 when the brother of murder victim, Bothan Jean, took the stand at the end of the sentencing faze of convicted murderer, Amber Guyger, and told her that he forgave her and that the best thing that could now happen […]

Too Late?

by Ron Owens

Lesson Nine from “The Worship Safari” (A study begun in Tanzania, E. Africa. where I was teaching on worship to a group of pastors who suggested the title, The Worship Safari) TOO LATE? We’re all different. Some of us are prone to put things off if they don’t require our immediate attention, while others like […]

DOWN DAYS

by Ron Owens

DOWN DAYS For those of us who have experienced “down days,” or longer, C. H. Spurgeon, who himself lived with physical ailments and emotional challenges, including depression, has an encouraging reminder for us. “For my heart shall rejoice in him because we have trusted in his holy name?” (Psalm 33:31, KJV) The root of faith […]

A Name and a Date

by Ron Owens

You won’t read it in the secular history books or hear it on the nightly news, but judged by almost any standard, the modern missionary movement that began with William Carey’s departure to India in 1793, is the most important historical development in the last two hundred years. Stephen Neill, in his “History of Modern […]

Prayer For Our Nation

by Ron Owens

A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 13:24). O Father, heal our nation, Lord, would you stay your hand? In wrath, remember mercy, please Lord, please heal our land. We know we’ve deeply grieved You, we’ve sinned and brought you shame, O Father God, […]