Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #3

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.

Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

A PLACE ON EARTH THAT GLADDENS

(John 20:19-20John 20:19-20
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  

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) “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.”  (KJV)

“The disciples in that upper room were glad when they saw the Lord. Their fears were calmed! There is a look that has gladdened the hearts of all of His children down through the ages… when they SEE the Lord in all of their circumstances. There is also a Book that gladdens the hearts of His children… we call it The Bible. There is also a place that gladdens… it is the place where the Lord has promised to assemble with His church as they meet in His name. This meeting turns us from the sad world around us… a place of moral decay… a place bold indecency… a place of mental instability.

Many blessings are ours and many needs are met when we do not neglect this assembly. The Apostle, Thomas, was absent on this occasion and missed seeing the Lord. Unbelief was the result.

When we forsake the assembly, we fail to enrich ourselves with His presence for He has promised to be “in the midst” of His church when they meet… even if they number only two or three. We will miss the encouragement of His people too. God’s people encourage and edify one another when they meet. It is like a family reunion on each Lord’s Day. No doubt, every Christian can testify of being encouraged by brothers and sisters in Christ at just the right time when they came together in the assembly. The message from God’s servant, the lifting of our voices in songs of praise and the warm greetings of God’s wonderful people give us wonderful peace and joy.

Our daily communion in our closets of prayer is all-important. We would be weakened greatly if we neglected it, but the assembly gives us an opportunity to bless the lives of others who need it. To be in fellowship with the Lord and His people brings the joy of fulfillment. It has been to me, and to many others, a classroom of learning of God’s will and ways. Let us not forsake this assembly “as the manner of some is,”! There seems, however, to be “many” today who are “forsaking” it.”

Pastor Ed Bowen

Conclusion

Indeed, every pastor can identify with this devotional post. The opportunity to meet in the house of God certainly GLADDENSthe heart like nothing else! May God bless you today as you venture into the fellowship of the Saints!

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Originally posted 2011-01-16 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #11

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.

Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

Be Silent Before The Lord!

(Psalms 37:7-9Psalms 37:7-9
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Rest in: Heb. Be silent to 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.  

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) “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”  (KJV)

We are given the precept to “rest in the Lord.” This means to keep our hearts silenced to unbelieving thoughts, such as thinking only of our troubles without seeing the Lord in them. If we do so, then we will utter, as Jacob, “all these things are against me.” Or, possibly, as Elijah, “it is enough now, O Lord, take away my life.”

In these and other unbelieving “suggestions” from the adversary, we are to keep silent before the Lord. The heart is to rest in Him and keep still. Murmuring will not take place. We must not keep silent as to prayer though… for in that holy meditation the heart turns to commune with the Lord.

Resting in the Lord keeps us from… (1) Uttering unbelieving words to influence others in unbelief instead of adding to their faith. (2) What we consider to be justifiable anger. (3) Words uttered in frustration over unfulfilled expectations.

We must see the Lord, through the eye of faith, in all the circumstances of our lives, knowing He is working all things for our ultimate good… as He promised.

Conclusion

Resting in Jesus can be hard to do sometimes as a pastor. That sounds weird, but it is SOtrue! Our pride keeps us from doing the first thing and that is to stay focused… resting… on Jesus!

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Originally posted 2011-03-13 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #7

Pastor Ed Bowen was saved on March 24, 1957 at a revival meeting at Horse Branch Church in Turbeville, S.C. at the age of 23. Brother Bowen has been married to his wife, Margaret, for over 54 years. After being ordained in 1960, Pastor Bowen went on to preach in various places until he became pastor of Cherryvale Baptist. Having been there for over 43 years, in 2000, he had to slow down a bit due to prostate cancer.

Though unable to do what he used to do, Pastor Ed has just changed venues. For over ten years now, he has been encouraging people via email. He has graciously agreed to be a contributing author to this website. This series of posts entitled, “Heart To Heart” are the fruit of his times with our Lord Jesus! If they mean as much to you as they do me, then EMAIL him and let him know about it!

An Independent Spirit

(Proverbs 3:5-6Proverbs 3:5-6
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

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) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  (KJV)

Let us beware of the pitfall of an independent spirit… doing only what is beneficial to oneself.

Lot fell victim to this attitude and lost a great deal by doing so. He lost his testimony for the Lord, lost his family to the world, and he lost the spiritual influence of his life. There is deception involved… for often we hold tightly to things we believe to be beneficial to us which are really harmful.

The choices we make are to be put before the Lord for His approval and clear direction. In all our ways, we are to acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. If we selfishly choose according to our carnal nature, then we will often choose things which do not honor God and do not bring us blessing.

It is a solemn thing to realize that our choices affect not only ourselves but others also… even generations to come. Lot’s choice to move into Sodom affected his entire family and their eternal destiny. He was saved but they were lost.

Pastor Ed Bowen

Conclusion

Pastor Bowen is absolutely correct in his post. We need to be careful about our decisions and their consequences. We must set our motives, desires and ambition before God on a daily basis allowing God’s Holy Spirit to guide us!

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Originally posted 2011-02-13 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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