Posts by Ron Owens

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A Puritan’s Prayer of Thanksgiving

by Ron Owens

GIVER OF ALL, yet a little while I shall go to thine home and be seen no more here. Help me to gird up the loins of my mind, to quicken my step, to speed as if each moment were my last, that my life be joy, my death glory.I thank Thee for the temporal […]

The Aroma Factor in Worship

by Ron Owens

One of the most profound expressions of worship by a common person in Scripture is found in John 12: 1–8. It took place in a home in Bethany where Jesus and His disciples had been invited to eat. Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead was there, as were his sisters, Mary and Martha.We […]

REFORMATION DAY

by Ron Owens

Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott” A Mighty Fortress is Our God Who would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, 504 years ago this October 31st, would be heard around the world and ultimately lead to one of the greatest transformations of Western society since the […]

STOP, LOOK and LISTEN

by Ron Owens

“Blessed is the man who LISTENS to me, who WATCHES daily at my gates, who WAITS beside my doors” (Proverbs 8:34). STOP, LOOK, LISTEN used to be a warning sign found at most, if not all, railroad crossing in North America. The one I remember most stood at the top of the hill above my […]

Genuine 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 faith2.The gift of faith3. The impartation of […]

A Prayer For Our Nation

by Ron Owens

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgraceto 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, forgive us, we pray in Jesus’ name. Our nation, […]

God’s Plumb Line For Worship (Part One)

by Ron Owens

The only standard, or plumb line, that stretches unchanged ­throughout history is the standard of God’s Word. In it we have the revelation of God’s character, who He is and what He requires. There is no other goodness or rightness apart from Him. Every time you turn around someone seems to be setting a new […]

Remember

by Ron Owens

Memorial Day, 2020 REMEMBERWe set aside a day in MayRemembering those who’ve passed our way,Whose time on earth was gone too soon.Now, ’neath the sod where flowers bloomThey lie, and we remember. Some here at home, and some abroad,Our heroes lie beneath the sod.Graves old and new, row upon rowTheir final rest, where poppies grow,We […]

Fundamentals of Worship

by Ron Owens

“Great THEOLOGY, married to great HYMNOLOGY, rises to God in great DOXOLOGY.” –Stephen F. Olford The one fundamental reason why the living God wants His people to assemble in worship is for them to ascribe to Him the worth and value that are His, and to present themselves to Him as “living sacrifices,” individually, and […]

The Grace of Faith

by Ron Owens

Manley Beasley explains the GRACE of FAITH The “grace of faith” is the God-given ability to convert truth into reality and receive a word from God for a particular need. This faith is first evidenced at new birth when, made aware of our need of salvation by the Holy Spirit, we are granted the faith […]