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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 […]

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 […]