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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 […]

The Stillness of a Silent Sound

by Ron Owens

THE STILLNESS OF A SILENT SOUND We live in a noisy, loud world, both audible (volume) and verbal. If not careful, our spirit can be affected and we begin to lose that inner stillness, silence, that God intends for us to experience, even in the midst of noise. This, alas, has infiltrated the church. We […]

What is Truth?

by Ron Owens

“ABSOLUTES:” Now in Question. What is Truth? The Oxford Dictionary declared “post-truth” to be its 2016 international word of the year. Definition: “Objective facts are now less influential in shaping opinions or beliefs.” This is what is now being taught in many of our institutions of higher learning. This is what is influencing many decisions […]

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

by Ron Owens

GOD’S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS “For my thoughts are not your thoughts. neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). In lowly circumstances Jesus came, And few there were […]

Be an Encourager

by Ron Owens

This morning our pastor, Stephen Lowrie, preached a message titled, “The Face of Encouragement,” using the Acts’ accounts of Barnabas, “son of encouragement,” as the scripture’s example of a life given to encouraging others. He ended by suggesting that God can use the simplest of things to encourage someone, something as simple as a smile. […]

Good Friday: Man’s Darkest Hour

by Ron Owens

As our Savior inched His way through the streets of Jerusalem, blood streaming down His face, thorns piercing His head, His cross pressing into His lacerated back, the face of God, which Moses had not been able to look at and live, could no longer even be recognized as human. Every prophecy about His suffering […]

Music Matters

by Ron Owens

MUSIC MATTERS Salzburg, Austria/East Germany: January, 1984 When we crossed the border into East Germany we were not sure what to expect. It had been a long trip from Salzburg that day, and the 85 Americans, (on two busses) participants from the Salzburg “International Congress on Revival,” were getting tired. The border crossing had taken […]

NO ROOM

by Ron Owens

NO ROOM When Christ was born, He had no room, There was no room for Him inside the Inn. And when He died, He had no tomb, So in a borrowed tomb they buried Him. And even when He lived He had no place to call His own, For though He lived on earth, this […]