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Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event October 23, 2020

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When:

Friday        Oct 23              5 PM – 9 PM

Saturday     Oct 24               9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        Oct 25              9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50317

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

All That Really Matters September 14, 2020

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Back when I was an atheist and I believed this is all there is I was passionately interested in politics, economics, and current events.  I was committed to working for my side and to defeating the other guy.  Now that I’m a born-again child of God, a citizen of Heaven, and merely a pilgrim here I follow the ever-changing kaleidoscope of civic events more like a soap opera.   

Yes, I understand that within this bubble we know as the space-time continuum the ins and outs of who’s up and who’s down actually make a difference.  For example, it will have a profound impact on the United States whether we hand the government over to socialist revolutionaries or if we deliver it to capitalists.  However, in the grand scheme of things this makes about as much difference as which queen bee is laying eggs in which hive. 

I came to this level of a wokeness after years of Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with God.  Just as a caterpillar goes through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly, I believe humans go through much the same process.  Only instead of a two-stage process like a butterfly we go through three stages. 

First, we’re a fetus (in Latin fetus means little one) for approximately nine months.  Second, we’re born into this world and live here for as long as we do.  And finally, we pass from this world into eternity.  Let’s see: nine months, maybe 120 years, eternity.  Which stage do you think is the real deal?  The nine months prepare us for the 120 years and the 120 years prepare us for eternity.  Two of these stages are merely steppingstones for the main event.  Therefore, I contend that humans are in fact eternal beings who pass through two stages of development to become what we were created to be. 

All that really matters in this stage of our development is the direction we’re facing when we leave it.  Are we looking to God and putting our faith in Him?  Or are we looking to the world still grasping for all it has to offer?  Think of it this way: if when we’re a fetus inside our mother the umbilical cord is wrapped wrong or if there is a chromosomal problem we could enter life with some sort of handicap that we will spend the next 120 years dealing with.  In the same way if we enter eternity facing in the wrong direction, we will spend eternity dealing with the ramifications of that choice. 

From my personal Christian perspective here’s the 411 on how we turn from the world and face in the right direction. 

Everyone can see that this world is broken.  Evil runs rampant.  The bad are rewarded.  The good are crushed.  Sickness, poverty, and oppression are on display in every direction.  If God is good, why would He create such a horror show? 

The easy answer is He didn’t.  When He was done with creation He paused and looked around.  Surveying all that He had done and it was “Good.” 

Then man turned away from God, embraced Satan, and God cursed the world while at the same time promising that a Savior would come who would step on Satan’s head and deliver humanity from the grip of the evil we chose. 

The price was a sinless sacrifice, the good for the bad.  No human could do it because none of us has ever or could ever live a sinless life.  Therefore, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be incarnated as a human, live a sinless life, and then offer himself up as a sacrifice for us all.  After His sacrifice Jesus descended into hell and as an eternal being suffered the punishment for every sin that had ever or would ever be committed.  Then He was born-again in the very heart of darkness, triumphed over Satan, and God raised Him from the dead.  Jesus led all those who had died waiting for this deliverance out of Satan’s grasp and emerged on the third day with the keys to death and hell. 

After spending forty days instructing His disciples on how to carry the message of the best news ever to the world He ascended into heaven.  Ten days later the Holy Spirit arrived and filled the new believers so that from then on they were no longer earth bound humans. They were instead wall-to-wall God birthed children of the Most High on a pilgrimage here with a mission to share their experience to be witnesses

There it is in a nutshell.  The word Gospel means “Good News” in old English.  So, when you get filled to overflowing with all the bad news the world vomits up every day why not turn to the good news.   

Don’t worry about what you can’t do anything about.  Do you think if you missed one news broadcast or if you stopped watching them for ever it would make any difference to what is happening on the stage of the world or would the actors just keep reading their lines and playing their parts?  The bad news impacts us more than we can ever impact it. 

It’s like a joke making the rounds: 

An English asks an Amish fellow, “Why isn’t the COVID rampaging through your communities?”  The Amish fellow says without hesitation, “Because we don’t have any TVs.” 

The TVs, radios, magazines, and papers may carry the news, but only the Bible has the Good News.  It all comes down to choices: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  In other words no matter what, we’re all going to serve somebody.  It will either be any one of the countless gods of this world or the one true God. 

How do you make that choice?  Is it by joining the right church?  Is it by attending the correct services, worshipping in a certain way, or following any of the endless rules the world invents to complicate and build a barrier between us and the God who wants us to join His family?  No!  Not only has He made it simple He has made it easy.  All we need to do is confess Jesus as the Lord of our life and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead and we will be saved.  That’s it.  Do that and we have joined God’s family.  Then we can pour ourselves into His Word so that it’s life-giving Spirit will fill us and recreate us.   

Forget about the bad news and study the Good News instead. Let’s “Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive, latch on to the affirmative, and don’t with mess mister in between.” 

Or to put it another way, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

Veteran’s Benefits Aren’t Entitlements  March 10, 2020

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Federal law requires everyone who enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath.  The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag.  Everyone who has ever worn the uniform has said:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

When every veteran took this oath to defend our country, our Constitution, and our way of life they presented the nation with a blank check to serve and protect We the People.  That check was written with their lives, their bodies, and their sacred honor.  They pledged to give their all.  And as the saying goes, “All gave some.  Some gave all.”

Those of us who have enjoyed generations of peace need to acknowledge our country is the home of the free because of the brave.  We live our tranquil lives unmolested by hordes lurking beyond our borders who would love to pillage the richest nation the world has ever seen.  From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Normandy from Flanders Field, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, and ten thousand nameless battlefields in-between America’s best and brightest have fought selflessly and heroically.

Often, they’ve come home and quietly taken up their lives unrecognized by those of us who reap the benefits of their sacrifice.  Sometimes they’ve been ridiculed, belittled, and even spat upon for the debt they paid for the rest of us.  Mostly they’ve been forgotten.  The benefits promised by a government swift to call and send but slow to remember were often second-rate, slow in coming, or denied all together.  Administration after administration paid lip-service to our veterans while doling out benefits with a stingy hand.

But then came Trump.

Since his inauguration President Trump works tirelessly to provide the benefits and services our brave veterans deserve.  He seeks to keep the promises made to generations of veterans.  He’s leading the charge and winning the battle to finally give our heroes the homecoming they were promised, the one they’ve earned.

President Trump has declared, “My administration is committed to taking care of every warrior that returns home as a veteran.”  As a case in point President Trump is ensuring our veterans receive the student loan and educational benefits to which they are entitled and deserve.  He has previously noted the process by which our disabled veterans apply for Federal student loan discharges is too burdensome.  Which has led to this sad reality; only half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans qualified to have their Federal student loans discharged have received this entitled benefit.

Consequently, on August 21, 2019 the President signed a presidential memorandum ensuring our totally and permanently disabled veterans obtain the Federal student loan debt discharges they’re entitled. The memorandum directs the Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs to develop a new expedited process to help totally and permanently disabled veterans have their Federal student loan debt discharged with minimal burdens.  This combined with the Forever GI Bill which the President signed into law in 2017 allows individuals to access their veteran educational benefits at any point during their lifetime.

Turning to a more general assault on the stone wall standing for too long between our veterans and their earned benefits in June of 2017 the President signed into law the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing VA employees and support whistle blowers.

Since the passage of this act, the VA has successfully fired more than 7,600 employees who’ve failed our veterans.  Previously the archaic rules of the bureaucratic swamp made it almost impossible to remove these roadblocks to the healthcare of veterans.   Using the new streamlined policies, the VA has instituted reforms to increase efficiency and decrease abuse.

Consequently, VA healthcare has now significantly improved since President Trump was elected and trust in VA outpatient health care has risen in all areas.

Building the foundations necessary to win the victory in his Battle for the Vets the President signed the VA MISSION Act.  This provides more healthcare options for veterans by consolidating existing programs and expanding access to care in veterans’ own communities.  Eligible Veterans can use VA health care services nationwide, including through mobile health clinics serving rural areas and via telehealth (care through a phone or computer). Under the MISSION Act, veterans have more ways to access health care.

This includes within the VA’s network and through approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called “community care providers.”  Depending on the situation for example, if a certain type of health service isn’t provided by VA the veteran may be able to go to a non-VA provider, using their VA coverage.  This is one way to break the logjam which kept so many deserving Vets waiting in line until they died.  Because of the reforms spearheaded by President Trump this is a victory for our heroes.

Stepping into a tragedy that unfolds in too many lives of those returning from service, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veteran Suicide (PREVENTS) to address veteran suicide prevention. The executive order creates a new cabinet level task force led by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. The task force will create a comprehensive public health road map bringing together local government along with the private sector to improve the quality of life for our Veterans and turn the tide on the Veteran suicide crisis.

“It is about pulling together the resources of the federal government, our states and localities our charities non-government organizations and coming together with a road map and resources,” said Secretary Wilkie.

The President said, “Our mission is to mobilize every level of American society to save the lives of our great veterans and support our veterans in need.”  The President added, “To every veteran I want you to know that you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you. You will never ever be forgotten. We are with you all the way.”

And remembering Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work,” thanks to the roaring Trump economy since the President’s election, veteran unemployment has been reduced to the lowest level ever recorded.

The VA Secretary Wilke also said, “I’ve said many times that the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs is to remind our fellow citizens why they sleep soundly at night. They sleep soundly at night because of the sacrifices of a select number of their fellow Americans.”  This is a sentiment we would all do well to ponder.

The sum of all this adds up to one thing; Veteran’s benefits aren’t entitlements.  They’re payments for services rendered and the least a grateful nation can give to the faithful few who answered the call.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event November 19, 2020

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When:

Saturday      NOV 21    9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        NOV  22   9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Christensen Field

1710 W 16th St

Fremont, NE 68025

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.  

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event

When:

Saturday      NOV 21    9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        NOV  22   9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Christensen Field

1710 W 16th St

Fremont, NE 68025

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

How to Stay Sane in a World Gone Mad November 16, 2020

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For those of us who support the notion of maintaining the integrity of the great American experiment in personal liberty and economic freedom within the framework of a representative republic operating on democratic principles the events unfolding before us are the stuff of Orwellian nightmares.  Like watching a slow-motion train wreck, we have tuned in day after day to the spectacle of the once celebrated fairness of the American election system descending to a level that would make third-world banana republics, the old Soviet satellites, and Mideast pretend democracies blush.   

Election laws ignored, truckloads of ballots brought in under the cover of darkness and voting machines with pre-programmed winners and losers all covered over and excused by the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media.  And if you think the self-anointing establishment has convinced everyone that their straw man candidate and his Vice Power-behind-the-throne running mate have won anything ask the people who still have plywood up over their windows in the blue state people’s republics. 

Many on the Left have likened their battle to a Revolution, and one I think might resemble more what occurred in Russia in November 1917 than anything that has ever happened in our own History.  Many on the Right call this the preliminary battles of a new Civil War based not on sectional differences but on what Pat Buchanan warned us about more than thirty years ago; a cultural war for the soul of America.  This bewildering landscape with votes both legal and illegal scattered all over the place is a great battlefield and those who seek fairness must stand with Lincoln who hoped after the bloodbath of Gettysburg, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 

And we can echo the sentiments of Reagan who during his magnificent fight to restore America said, “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.” 

This thing is still very much up in the air.  And if we don’t want the Prince of the Power of the Air to win on all fronts it is absolutely critical that those who believe in the power of prayer in Jesus’ name do not lose heart.  We can spend our days glued to the TV or searching the Internet for news or we can instead recall that God is in control.  It was a miracle that gave us President Trump in the first place, and we can still believe for a miracle today.  Don’t give up.  Don’t despair.  Remember, “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.”  And, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  We can trust Him.  So why worry when we can pray. 

Ultimately the path I am advocating can be summed up in the chorus to an old song, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” 

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

Standing on The Edge of The Abyss November 10, 2020

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Today America quivers between two diametrically opposed points.  Will the Trumpian rebellion and its drive to exalt American sovereignty, power, and exceptionalism continue and pick up steam.  Or will the establishment return to unquestioned power and frog march masked and cowed citislaves to globalism, amnesty, socialized everything, reparations, and the Green New Deal?  According to the Democrats who identify as journalists and the Tech Giants who seek total control, most Americans want the latter while a radical fringe of 69 or 70 million people wants the former.

Eventually the Supreme Court, often the arbiter of political reality in modern America, will probably make the decision.  An easy prediction is that no matter which side wins the other side will call the result illegitimate.  Here’s another easy prediction.  If Trump is victorious look for Biden’s supporters to grace us with riots, pillage, and plunder (I mean reparations).  If Biden wins look for Trump’s rabid supporters to go to work the next day.  They may do quite a bit of mumbling and complaining but they will go to work the next day like normal.

If Trump wins and the Democrats retain the House, he will be impeached again in 2021 probably for winning.  If Biden wins look for executive orders to be flushed out of the Oval Office taking us back to the glory days of the Obama boom, strangulation by regulation, four dollar gas, mask mandates, and the corrupt media telling us how wonderful everything is now that Bad Orange Man is gone.

Either way everything I’ve described above is merely a part of this world. 

The abyss I refer to in the title to this is not political, economic, or philosophical.  It’s something much more fundamental and real than any of those things, it’s spiritual.  Some people believe that reality consists only of what they can see, touch, or smell.  These people are of this world and their understanding is restricted to this world.  For, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  Some even believe this world exists completely on a physical plain when those who believe the Bible know, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”

While the news of the day may thrill us or make us wretch, we should realize it’s all confined to the here and now.  And all of these world-shaking events and heart stopping cliffhangers are just passing fancies, so much dust in the wind.  When we contemplate earthly things, we should be careful to keep them in perspective.  Here’s a historical riddle that may give some insight.  The largest empire ever created by man lasted for longer than the United States has so far.  It was still alive and strong when Columbus sailed off to the West.  I doubt if many people reading this can name that empire correctly.  It and all its glory have faded into the mist of History.  It’s easy for anyone with an historical perspective to believe that in six or seven hundred years the passions and nuances if not the events themselves of our tumultuous times will be long forgotten.

Few Americans can name even one of their great-great-grand parents, though there were sixteen of them.  Most can’t name more than one or two of their great-grandparents though there were eight of them.  If they can, they might know a name.  Possibly even where they were born but what do they know of their lives?  The future slides into the present.  The present slides into the past.  Our lives are the history of the future.  And even in our own families the very sound of our names let alone the fabric of our lives dissolve into the mist of time in a few short generations.

The here and now within this bubble we call the space-time continuum always has a definite beginning and a definite end.  There is nothing that last forever.  Nothing physical can.  Even stars that live for billions of years burn out.  Everything physical eventually wears out and dies.

When we believe this is all there is, we tend to think we are the center of the universe.  This is easily explained since that’s the only physical perspective anyone can ever have.  However, if we live long enough, we come to realize that this world rolls around with little regard for us or our thoughts.  We slowly come to realize that we’re mere stagehands in this drama crawling across the stage of time.  If we could see the program, we’d realize we’re more like unwilling participants or paying customers than leading players.  Someone we never see writes the script and like self-aware marionettes we dance to the tune of whoever is pulling the strings.

If that’s all there is … If that’s all there is … “If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing.  Let’s break out the booze and have a ball.  If that’s all there is.” 

I lived my life following that philosophy for thirty years.  And it led me to the emptiness of total despair.  Then I turned away from the darkness of self-absorbed materialism and into the marvelous light of Christ’s love.  I learned that the here and now is only here and now.  I learned that there’s an eternal God who lives outside this bubble, who created this bubble, and who keeps it in existence.  I also learned that He intervened in the senseless repetition of human history and made a way for us to have direct fellowship with Him. 

All we have to do is confess the Son He sent to live, die, and rise for us as the lord and leader of our life and believe in our heart God has raised Him from the dead and we will be saved.  We will enter into communion with Him and take our first step out of the here and now into eternity.

Don’t let the temporary ups and downs of politics, economics, or anything else steal your peace.  Or as one song puts it:

Keep your eyes on the prize.  Leave the world behind.

And look to the One who really loves you.

There’s no excuse for leaving the truth.

Once you know Jesus is the One who loves you.

By the way, the largest empire that ever existed was the Mongol Empire.  It strode across the stage like a colossus conquering all before it.  Then it crumbled into dust forgotten in the rushing stream of time like an earthquake whose massive signs of destruction have been erased by wind and waves.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event November 5, 2020

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When:

Friday          NOV 6      4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday      NOV 7      9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        NOV  8     9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Adventureland Park

305 34th Ave NW

Altoona, IA 50009

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

America’s Most Pro-Life President November 2, 2020

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For those of us with even a passing knowledge of biology the idea that life begins at conception is not a religious or moral decision it is an empirical fact.  Within the impregnated egg is the spark of life.  In tandem with this is the knowledge that this fertilized egg contains the genetic code for a unique individual, a member of the human family.  For those who believe God is the source of all life we know the fundamental genesis of this reality even if we don’t know the particulars of a specific case.  This last sentence could be called an article of faith.  The three preceding sentences are not a leap in the dark.  They are fact-based and undeniable.

In 1973, the Supreme Court gave the world a perfect example of politically motivated myth making when they supposedly discovered the right to privacy hidden in the words of the Fourth Amendment.  This Amendment never mentions privacy and actually deals with unreasonable searches and seizures.  The imperial Supreme Court by declaring abortion a civil right was in effect legislating and not adjudicating.  Ever since, Americans who believe life is given by God and shouldn’t be taken by man have longed for a President who would do more than espouse pro-life values during election campaigns.

The following list highlights President Trump’s massive efforts to support the pro-life community and their on-going campaign to protect the unborn who are dying daily in this silent holocaust.

  1. Ended funding of groups that perform and promote abortion overseas

Right after his inauguration one of President Trump’s first actions reinstated the “Mexico City Policy.”  This is a policy prohibiting any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. aid from performing and promoting abortion overseas.  It is regularly imposed by Republicans and ended by Democrats.

And he not only reinstated the policy, Trump expanded it into a new Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance program.  The President directed the Secretary of State to make sure that the ban on the use of American taxpayer funds for overseas abortions is now in place in any global health programs to which our government provide assistance.

  1. Appointed pro-life judges

During the final presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in 2016, challenger Donald Trump stated, “I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges.”

In the ensuing three and a half years he has fulfilled that promise nominating three judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

In a recent report the Heritage Foundation stated that Trump’s federal judiciary confirmations number 218.  According to Breitbart News by the end of his first term, President Trump and the Republican Senate have confirmed more judges to the federal judiciary in one term than any recent administration.

  1. Signed a resolution that allows states to end Planned Parenthood’s family planning funding

In April 2017, Trump signed a resolution that overturned an rule imposed by President Obama that forced states to grant Title X family planning funds to Planned Parenthood.

  1. Defunded the pro-abortion United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Under orders from President Trump the State Department has ended U.S. funding of UNFPA .  Funding that the Obama administration required flowed to this international agency linked by so-called human rights activists to the unqualified support of population control programs such as China’s “one-child policy.  A Policy that in many cases included coercive abortion.

  1. Required health insurance companies to reveal plans that cover abortion.

Under Obama Care people were forced to purchase insurance policies that included payments for abortion services, often without disclosing that fact to those compelled to purchase them.  The Trump Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) stripped away this masked funding program for abortion mills.  In 2018 HHS issued a rule requiring health insurers to reveal if their plans cover abortion.

  1. New rules regarding HHS contraceptive mandate

Breaking from the unqualified support demanded by the Obama Administration the Trump departments of HHS, Treasury, and Labor issued two rules providing protection for both religious objectors, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, and moral objectors, such as pro-life organizations from the HHS contraceptive mandate to provide insurance that pays for contraceptives or abortifacient drugs.

  1. New Office for Conscience Protection at HHS

The new Conscience and Religious Freedom division of the Office for Civil Rights opened in January 2018.  This newly formed division established by the Trump HHS is tasked with protecting health care providers who don’t want to fund abortions from discrimination.

  1. Established that abortion is not family planning

Before President Trump Title X, the federal grant program that provides funding for family planning services provided vast amounts of money to the abortion mills of America.  Effectively blocking about $60 million in American tax payer funding from flowing to Planned Parenthood and other abortion provider the Trump HHS released a rule 1n February 2019 ending this bountiful giveaway instituted by the Obama Administration.  President Trump’s action now prohibits the use of Title X funds to “perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”

  1. Ending taxpayer-funded research using bodies of aborted babies

The Trump HHS announced In June 2019, that taxpayer funding would no longer be provided for research programs using human fetal tissue derived from the body parts of aborted babies.

  1. Clarified abortion is not a civil right

Rebuking the pro-abortion U.N. and World Health Organization (W.H.O.) the Trump Administration eliminated both gender identity, termination of pregnancy, and abortion from the federal government’s official definition of sex discrimination implemented by the Obama administration.

Going beyond trying to protect life only in the United States President Trump led a 32-nation signing ceremony declaring that there is no international right to abortion.

The rule protects health care entities that receive federal funding from being required to participate in, or pay for, abortions.

The declaration states, “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning … and … the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”

This action brought praise from pro-life leaders.  The national director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, observed, “This is the first time these nations have committed to working together – despite cultural and religious differences – to ensure that human rights are extended to every member of the human family.”

The President of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) a group that tracks Trump’s pro-life wins, Marjorie Dannenfelser said,

Abortion is not health care. Sovereign nations have the right to protect their most vulnerable citizens, including the unborn, and to be free from bullying and coercive efforts to expand abortion on demand. From day one, President Trump and his administration have worked to stop the exportation of abortion, making respect for life the official policy of the United States in our international relations. We join our friends around the world in celebrating this landmark declaration, which builds on the Trump administration’s commitment to promote authentic human rights and dignity at every turn.

And the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles Alfonso Aguilar said, “President Trump is standing for the defense of life in the Americas like no other president in history.”

  1. Became the first president to appear in person to address the March for Life

In January 2020, for the first time a sitting president attended the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, this is the largest pro-life event in the nation every year. 

In the past Republican presidents opposed to abortion, including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, did not personally attending the march perhaps seeking to avoid being too strongly associated with demonstrators eager to outlaw the procedure. Instead of attending they sent remarks for others to deliver, spoke via telephone hookup or invited organizers to the White House.  All marks of support however, they never attended the march.

Breaking this precedent Donald Trump delivered his words to the gathering in person saying, “Today as President of the United States, I am truly proud to stand with you.”

  1. Signed executive order protecting infants born alive

In September, while attending the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast President Trump announced, “Today I’m announcing that I will be signing the Born Alive executive order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty.  We are also increasing federal funding for the neonatal research to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow.”

The President also said, “I will always protect the vital role of religion and prayer in American society.  And I will always defend the sacred right to life.”

President Trump wrote in a letter outlining Joe Biden’s embrace of the Democrat Party’s extreme position of abortion on demand, at taxpayer expense.  Contrasting his goals with those of the rabidly pro-abortion democrat President Trump said the if re-elected, he will work to “continue the transformation of the federal judiciary, finally pass and sign into law pro-life legislation, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”  The president also pledged in early September to defund Planned Parenthood if elected to a second term.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the previously mentioned president of the SBA List, serves as national co-chair with Christina Bennett, of Pro-Life Voices for Trump praised the President’s  leadership and referred to his many accomplishments as “groundbreaking.”

Dannenfelser said, “In just one term, Trump has become the most pro-life president our nation has ever seen.”

She added, “In 2016 then-candidate Donald Trump’s groundbreaking written commitments were instrumental to mobilizing pro-life voters to propel him to victory however, there is more work to be done.”

Pointing to the President’s letter offering his commitments for a second term Dannenfelser said, it is “further proof of pro-life momentum heading into this pivotal election.”

Noting that she believed pro-life issues would become a plus for the President in the election Dannenfelser believes,  “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s support for abortion on-demand, paid for by taxpayers is extreme, immoral, and will prove to be a loser at the ballot box.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event October 30, 2020

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When:

Friday        Oct 30              4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday     Oct 31               9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        Nov 1               9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Mc Elroy Auditorium

257 Ansborough Ave

Waterloo, IA 50701

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

Empires Rise and Empires Fall October 21, 2020

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Almost everyone has heard the saying of Winston Churchill, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”  It’s true that one of the most important benefits of studying History is that it gives us the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others.  However, a careful study of History teaches us that this seldom happens.  Which is why I’ve added an addendum to Churchill’s famous saying, “Those who do study History are doomed to watch everyone else repeat it.” 

Looking back over the grand sweep of History we see that all nations and empires rise and fall.  From the ancient cultures of China, Babylonia, Egypt, and Rome to more modern examples such as the Spanish, Russian, French, German, and British empires and in an almost textbook case the USSR we see that no matter how powerful, enduring, or effective these societies have been in projecting their power, providing an ordered life for their citizens, and maintaining control they’ve all passed from the scene.  

We’ve all heard some of our self-declared enlightened pundits compare modern day America to Rome just before the fall.  True there are many parallels such as military over-reach, deficit spending, inflation, crumbling infrastructure, and metastasizing bureaucracy.  I guess the example of Rome is used because so many people can relate to it.   

However, if we look at the other examples mentioned we see that these same deteriorating conditions existed across the board.  These malignant outgrowths of the hyper centralization of government are often highlighted and pronounced by pontifical pundits and academics as the litmus test for evaluating where along the trajectory to the dustbin of History a society may be at any specific time.  

While not disputing that these indicators of decay are evident as waystations to dissolution, I would like to add one more that is seldom if ever mentioned: the rise of leaders who betray the central values, ethics, and morals upon which the society stands. 

John Adams, one of the principle framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution who served as the first Vice President and as the second president said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 

In many ways America has morphed from a shining city on a hill into a cesspool that makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like puritan pitstops on the way to Pee-Wee Herman’s playhouse.  However, we’re still the go-to destination for all the poor huddled masses around the world.  One of the problems of this is that most of them have never known anything besides authoritarian socialist government.  And though the tragic results of those governments are what caused them to make the perilous journey here they seem to automatically vote for the American version of the failed systems they left.  Much as the refugees from California, Illinois, and New York all appear dedicated into turning Iowa, Arizona, and Maine into smaller versions of the failed states they’ve fled.  With these uninformed additions along with those who vote not by thought but by habit we currently have roughly half the people in America ready to vote for the final transformation of our country into a socialist paradise à la Venezuela.  

The reason this governmental rot appears to be spreading like COVID in our society is that we as a people have lost our moorings.  We’ve abandoned the fundamentals of the Christian faith: first, to love God above all else and second to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. 

The outward societal expression of this love does not mean we should turn the safety net of compassion established for the needy into a hammock for the lazy.  But it does mean we should provide decent and respectful care for those who cannot care for themselves while encouraging everyone to achieve to the best of their abilities.  It does not mean we should facilitate or allow violence and civil unrest.  But we should provide and protect space for the free exercise of free speech in all its many forms.  It does not mean that we should tax people into poverty and spend future generations into hopelessness.  But we should contribute for the maintenance of a government of, by, and for the people.  And that government should be filled with citizen legislators.  Not professional politicians, intent only on keeping an iron grip on power so they can line their own pockets and those of their families and supporters with the loot confiscated from others. 

Once we instinctively knew these things. They were the mother’s milk of American pride and self-reliance.  Today after generations of students taught what to think instead of how to think we are faced with the spectacle of masses of people supporting socialism who don’t know the history or the 100% tragic results of socialist experiments through History.  We’re confronted with shouting mobs crying out for the centralizing agenda of dedicated statists in the name of anarchy and with continuing conflagrations in our cities ignited by people who want better lives while burning down their own neighborhoods. 

What we need is a revival of Christianity in an increasingly pagan America.  Let those who see the light be the beacons of love Christ called us to be not conduits of condemnation who turn their noses up at anything that doesn’t resemble them or theirs.  Living as we do in a representative republic which operates with democratic input, we as citizens should vote our conscious.  Vote only for those who will uphold your beliefs remembering always that when we choose the lesser of two evils, we’re still choosing evil. 

The ultimate source for our guidance as always is God’s Word.  Speaking through the author of Second Chronicles the Spirit tells us, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  And on a more personal note Joshua exhorted the ever wavering Israelites saying, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 

And while God’s Word is the ultimate source of wisdom there is much to find among the words of men.  Winston Churchill reminded us, “A nation that forgets its past has no future.” 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event October 15, 2020

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When:

Friday        Oct 16              4 PM – 9 PM

Saturday     Oct 17               9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        Oct 18              9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Westfair Fairgrounds

22984 Highway 6

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

He is the Head We Are the Body October 13, 2020

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As the body of Christ, we are His hands, His feet, and we should strive to speak His words, see with His eyes, and love with His heart. We’ve been washed in His blood and we are the redeemed.   

And this is not merely a spiritual renewal though that is the foundation of all that flows from it.  We are renewed when we reckon ourselves dead to this world and alive to God.  When we put off the old man born in sin in the line of Adam and are re-born in the likeness of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the second Adam

This action: cleansing the sinner of all guilt and making us able to stand in the throne room in the very presence of God with no shame or feelings of inadequacy may seem extravagant.  Paul tells us that we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, and that all this is not some hap-hazard addendum.  No, it flows directly from all God’s wisdom and prudence.  

This action on God’s part not only impacts the spiritual renewal of the believer.  It also leads to a physical and mental renewal which the believer experiences here-and-now.  This is the redemption of our bodies.   

And just as Christ is redeemed now so is the believer who is in Christ Jesus.  Our bodies will someday be glorified fully in the presence of God, but in the here and now we taste the first fruit of our redemption in the total renewing of our lives.   For as members of the body of Christ, as children of God, as joint heirs together with Jesus we are born of one baptism and filled with one Spirit.  We are the body and Christ is the head

However, since we are born of the flesh as descendants of the first Adam. Conceived, born, living in sin, and the members of a lost and degraded race, we must be redeemed and sanctified before we can enter the kingdom of God.  Remember we were chosen in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world.  Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead this inheritance is our possession   

However, we must possess our possessions for them to do us any good.  If we don’t accept the love of God in and through Christ Jesus, they are just so many gifts lying about unaccepted. 

The Life is in the blood.  And it is the shedding of His blood that is the first action in the unfolding of our redemption.  This is the Good News and it’s the best news ever.  Christ poured out His blood so that we might be freed from our burden of sin.  There is no longer an unbridgeable gulf between God and humanity.  The sin life, the sin nature that the first Adam assumed when he disobeyed God and then passed on to all his offspring has been washed away in the blood of Calvary.  

Lord, let us see with your eyes, hear with your ears, love with your heart, and touch with your hands.  As we strive to be about Your business send us somewhere to be a blessing to someone somehow. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

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