Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #9

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 Shower Of Grace Is Needed

(Ephesians 1:3Ephesians 1:3
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: places: or, things  

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) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”  (KJV)

There are times when every Christian has felt that his labor has been in vain, especially when there is no outward response to his appeals, and no obvious fruit from his efforts. A shower of grace is needed.

The sound of the abundance of rain precedes a great down-pouring of grace. Our spiritual ears need to hear it, our eyes need to behold “Him who is invisible” to the natural eye, as Moses of old. We need to see Him in the events of our daily lives. Our nostrils need to smell the freshness of the coming rain, the blessing of grace. Our feelings need to be touched by something not of ourselves, but from a greater, higher source. Our tastebuds need to be aroused by the goodness of the Lord, “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

God controls the rain, but there are sometimes clouds but no rain. This means that we have the means of grace, but no grace sent by the means. The clouds are ordained to bring rain, but now commanded not to do so. The Spirit has been grieved and quenched, repentance is needed. If we will turn from our sins, God will bless us, as He desires to do.

Pastor Ed Bowen

Conclusion

Maybe you need a refreshing… a spiritual renewal? God will send the “RAIN” in His time. My experience has taught me that He was always right ON TIME!

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563344: Life in the Spirit Life in the Spirit

By A.W. Tozer / Hendrickson Publishers

Hendrickson presents two classic works on the Holy Spirit by A. W. Tozer, together in one volume for the first time. A superb addition to the best-selling Hendrickson Christian Classics series, Life in the Spirit combines Tozer’s How to Be Filled with the Spirit and The Counselor: Straight Talk About the Holy Spirit from a Twentieth Century Prophet.
In Tozer’s own words, How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit “was made available to the Christian public with the prayer that it may lead thirsty believers to the fountain of living waters.” Since its publication, hundreds of thousands of copies of this practical yet deeply devotional guide have been sold. How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit will refresh and open the reader to the filling of the Holy Spirit.
In The Counselor, Tozer speaks to the current conflict and confusion about the Holy Spirit from a balanced, biblical perspective-not academic, but practical. Tozer promises that the Holy Spirit “is willing-yes, willing-to do for us all that Jesus would do if He were here on earth.” The chapters of this book were originally preached as sermons at Southside Alliance Church in Chicago. Whether spoken or written, Tozer’s words were designed to “promote personal heart religion” among God’s people.

Originally posted 2011-02-27 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #2

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! 

The Power Of Private Devotion

(Psalms 23:1-6Psalms 23:1-6
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

23 A Psalm of David. 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. green...: Heb. pastures of tender grass still...: Heb. waters of quietness 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. anointest: Heb. makest fat 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. for ever: Heb. to length of days  

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) <> “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”  (KJV)

“Let the foe be met and conquered in the closet of private devotion and defeat shall not be mourned when we meet him in public. We must come forth from the presence of God, before we enter into service for Him. The closet is the great battleground of faith.

David defeated Goliath, the giant warrior, in private devotion before he ever faced him publicly. The boldness of David came from faith in an all-powerful God, not from human courage. This was with David and will be with us in our battles with the ‘giants’ of our lives, the difference between success and failure.

The battle is indeed the Lord’s. He is seeking a yielded vessel to work through. The glory also is the Lord’s and David honored Him by giving Him all the glory for this great victory. We see in the text above, David’s confidence in the Lord’s shepherd’s care. Through David’s communion with Him, we see complete provision, perfect guidance, restoration of inner strength, victory over fear, comfort, joy, trust and security. These are ours also, as we face the go out to face the ‘giants.'”

Pastor Ed Bowen

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Originally posted 2011-01-09 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Heart To Heart With Pastor Ed Bowen – #6

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!

Good News From A Far Country

(Proverbs 25:25Proverbs 25:25
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.  

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) “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”  (KJV)

Sin has put every person in a far country, far away from God… in a sense. There is good news, however, though there is a distance between the sinner and his Maker. God looks upon the sinner with tender feelings. His heart is filled with mercy and grace and he has made a way for the sinner’s return.

God has sent a message through countless messengers to invite the sinner to come home. He has provided the means for his return. The sinner may return at once, for “all things are now ready.” Some have already returned and are waiting for others to return. This is good news from a far country when it is received. It is like cold water to a thirsty soul.

A wonderful illustration of this truth is given by Christ Himself. In a parable He spoke of the lost son (Luke 15) “And not many days after (the inheritance was divided) the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” This rebellious son recklessly lived in this “far country” and his money was soon spent. A famine followed and he came to poverty… ending in the hog pen. There, he came to himself and began his journey home to his father’s house. A warm welcome and a great celebration followed when he arrived and was greeted by his loving father.

I recall, with gratitude, the early days when this prodigal came home to the Father’s house. I was welcomed with open arms by God’s wonderful people in the church and by my family. As I became more familiar with the Scriptures, I learned that there had been an even greater celebration in Heaven. Since that time, I have heard of the conversion of some of my friends and relatives and my “thirsty soul (thirsting to hear that the good news had reached my loved ones) was quenched of its thirst. It was, indeed, good news from a far country.

I am thinking particularly now of a young friend of mine, at the time of my conversion. He was at a loss as to what happened to so radically change my life. I knew little about the Scriptures at that time, so did not know exactly what to tell him. A pastor gave me some gospel tracts that related exactly how I wanted to say it. I gave the young man one of the tracts and asked him to promise me he would read it carefully. He promised, but, in a short time, he went out of my life. A wonderful thing happened years later when he sent me a message by a mutual acquaintance. He said, “Tell Ed that I did what that tract said.” That good news was “as cold waters to a thirsty soul” from a far country. This young man died a few years ago and if the news I received was accurate, I will see him in Heaven one glorious day.

Conclusion

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY! Are you sharing this great news?

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Would you consider purchasing…

563344: Life in the Spirit Life in the SpiritBy A.W. Tozer / Hendrickson Publishers

Hendrickson presents two classic works on the Holy Spirit by A. W. Tozer, together in one volume for the first time. A superb addition to the best-selling Hendrickson Christian Classics series, Life in the Spirit combines Tozer’s How to Be Filled with the Spirit and The Counselor: Straight Talk About the Holy Spirit from a Twentieth Century Prophet.
In Tozer’s own words, How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit “was made available to the Christian public with the prayer that it may lead thirsty believers to the fountain of living waters.” Since its publication, hundreds of thousands of copies of this practical yet deeply devotional guide have been sold. How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit will refresh and open the reader to the filling of the Holy Spirit.
In The Counselor, Tozer speaks to the current conflict and confusion about the Holy Spirit from a balanced, biblical perspective-not academic, but practical. Tozer promises that the Holy Spirit “is willing-yes, willing-to do for us all that Jesus would do if He were here on earth.” The chapters of this book were originally preached as sermons at Southside Alliance Church in Chicago. Whether spoken or written, Tozer’s words were designed to “promote personal heart religion” among God’s people.

Originally posted 2011-02-06 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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