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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, […]

What If?

by Ron Owens

“What if the dead are not raised?” wrote the Apostle Paul. “Then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in […]

It’s Resurrection Sunday

by Ron Owens

IT’S RESURRECTION SUNDAY! It’s Sunday, our Savior is risen. It’s the Lord’s Day from death He’s been freed. It’s Sunday, hallelujah, He’s risen, He is risen, He’s risen indeed. Early Sunday, the great God of heaven looked down at the sealed garden tomb, where His only Begotten lay buried, bound by death’s chains in darkness […]

It’s Friday But Sunday is Coming

by Ron Owens

IT’S FRIDAY, BUT SUNDAY IS COMING Looking down from the balcony of heaven the angels watched as the body of Jesus was lowered from the cross. They saw Him wrapped in grave clothes, and they watched the small procession slowly make its way to the borrowed tomb. They heard the sobs of those who loved […]