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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

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

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 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event October 9, 2020

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When:

Friday        Oct 9                5 PM – 9 PM

Saturday     Oct 10               9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday       Oct 11               9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Hawkeye Downs

4400 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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

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Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event

When:

Friday        Oct 9                5 PM – 9 PM

Saturday     Oct 10               9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday       Oct 11               9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Hawkeye Downs

4400 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

His books include: 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, & 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, & Make America Great Again – AGAIN.  Five History Books: America Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same, America Won the Vietnam War & Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life & Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet.  COGIC History: The Dark Years.  & 2 book designed 2 strengthen & encourage Christians called Faith, & Hope.  

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at:

https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

Believe it Confess it Receive it Live it October 6, 2020

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Here’s one of those fifty cent words we Christians throw around, Omniscient. In other words, God is all knowing.  Since He’s the Alpha and the Omega the first and the last He knows the end from the beginning and everything in between.   

All of which brings forward a question that’s a mystery often presented as a conundrum some people pose as a veiled attack against the reality of God. 

They ask, “If God knows everything doesn’t that mean He knew Adam would fall even before He created him in the first place?  So why do we make a big deal about God making a way for salvation when He created man to fail?”  Some even compare this to the fireman who starts a fire then calls in the alarm so that he can become a hero for putting it out. 

The biblical answer for this is found in Paul’s rendition of the story of Pharaoh hardening his heart against God found in Romans chapter nine

For the Lord says of Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”  Therefore, He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. 

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 

What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 

That’s it.  “Does not the potter have power over the clay?” Remember what we were originally “God formed man of the dust of the ground. Adam was nothing but a clay mannequin until God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” It was only after this that “man became a living being.” 

We are the clay.  He is the potter. And the fact that He made one “for honor and another for dishonor” is none of our concern.  It is the fact that He made a way for the dishonorable to become the honorable is what this is all about. 

The first work of God for our salvation was His decision that He would make a way for us to become not only reconciled to Him but actually become His children.  This is not based on anything we’ve done, will do, or could ever do.  It is not because of any good which is in us.  It is based solely on the love of God. 

This truth gives us perfect security and assurance in our transitory world of sin.  For the love of God never fails, never wavers, and is always everywhere dependable, reliable, and ever present.  What can the world do to us when we’re safe and secure in the love of God? 

Paul expressed this perfectly in his letter to the Romans, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Though all may be saved not all will be.  All of us were born in sin.  We carry embedded in our fallen bodies the burden of Adam’s original sin.  Then along the way we all contribute to that sin burden ourselves.  All these sins were paid for at the cross.  All of us can have Adam’s sin as well as every sin we have ever or will ever commit washed away by the blood of Christ’s sacrifice however, not all will avail themselves of this glorious gift. 

Look at it this way; if I purchase a brand-new car and I offer it to you.  If you accept the gift it is your car.  But if you refuse to accept it, it may have been purchased for you, it may be waiting right there in your driveway, but if you don’t accept the gift it isn’t yours. 

From the first moment that we confess Christ as our Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead we’ve walked in the kingdom of God.  Our steps may still be visible in the natural world, but we’re walking in the Spirit.  Before that, satan held the title deed to our lives.  We were born into the line of the first Adam, sold in sin and separated from God.  But, once we’re born-again we stand in the line of Christ, the last Adam

God places us in His family, and He has work for us to do.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  

And since He has work for us to do, He has prepared us for that work.  Every gift, every talent, every opportunity we have has been strategically placed in us and in our lives to help us fulfill the mission God has for us.  He doesn’t send us on to the battle without equipping us for the fight.  We aren’t some kind of busted up, raggedy sinner who just barely scraped in by the skin of our teeth.  No!  We’re the born-again children of God bought with the precious blood of Christ.  In Him we are the righteousness of God. 

We’re washed in the blood of the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.  Believe it.  Confess it.  Receive it.  Live it.  We not only stand blameless before God our Father we stand redeemed and holy in the love of Christ, children of God received before the throne not as one who lived a wasted life of sin, but instead as one set right, accepted, and honored as a member of the Body of Christ, a living stone in the temple of God.   

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 

We Are Accepted September 28, 2020

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Everyone from the greatest sinner to the greatest saint needs the grace of God.  Everyone who wanders through the vail of tears that is this fallen world is tested, tried, and assaulted by our adversary, the prince of the power of the air, who goes about like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour.  Our fallen body and soul are open to him and his minions.  And if that isn’t bad enough our own sinful desires lure us into trap after trap.

Surrounded and attacked by all this it seems natural that we would cry out with Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

There is an answer to this cry.  We don’t stand alone before the heavenly court of justice.  If we did not even one of us would deserve anything except eternal damnation and separation from God.  Instead of standing alone in the withering judgement fire “we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” and the fire of His presence becomes for us the life-giving warmth of His love.

We need to praise the glory of God’s grace, His unmerited favor because, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  We may have been the worst of sinners.  We may have cursed God and persecuted His people but once we turn from the darkness to the light, once we embrace Him and are born again all that changes.  We change and the world around us changes.

Peter sums it up well when he says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

The author of Hebrews goes into even greater detail showing how the eternal sacrifice of Christ is superior to the shadow sacrifices of the Old Covenant.

“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 1And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”

This is the description of our present state.  We are accepted.  We have entered our inheritance.  Today we “see in a mirror, dimly,” but once this perishable has been swallowed and replaced by imperishable, we shall see “face to face.”  For “Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”

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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