N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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Relaxation and Peace

For your weekend, the beautiful music of relaxation and peace with outstanding photography. Fall is in the air!

Blessings, Boyer Writes

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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GOD’S MESSAGE TO ALL PEOPLE

Have you ever thought about eternity and what there is after death?

Does Jesus Christ and God the Father love ALL people?

Do you believe that you will be with God in heaven when you die?

These thoughts and questions may have, at one time or another, been the questions of all of us if we think seriously about spiritual things. Some have stronger faith than others, but God wants all people to know His eternal love and how to have assurance about the future…even about death

I believe this blog, with the message given of hope, could be the answer to these questions. The man, featured in this blog, faithfully brought to the world, without hesitation, what he believed God had told him to present to people everywhere. He took this message to the far ends of the earth.

His message never changed whether he was meeting with the poor and disenfranchised of the world, the rich and famous or Presidents and Monarchs. It was the message God gave to him to present to the world. It is the same message God is giving to us today.

Set some time aside to hear God’s message. It could change your life as it has done for thousands of others. It is the message that He LOVES YOU…no matter WHO you are; WHERE you live or what SKIN COLOR you have. It was not only the message to masses of people in previous years, who sought out God’s words for their lives, but how much we need God’s message today as our nation and world struggles with riots, protests, burning of property, tearing down statues of history, sickness and death. Those who listened to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Billy Graham found in their words...HOPE.

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“In the midst of outer dangers I have felt an inner calm and known resources of strength that only God could give. In many instances I have felt the power of God transforming the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Each of us experiences clouds in life—sometimes slight, but sometimes dark and frightening. Whatever clouds you face today, ask Jesus, the light of the world, to help you look behind the cloud to see His glory and His plans for you.”
― Billy Graham

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Billy Graham lived to be almost 100

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Peaceful Music

May you be blessed this day with some beautiful music as you listen for the quietness of God’s presence in your heart.

Seeking God in a quiet place

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”   2 Chronicles 7:14

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Music for your Relaxation

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Phillipians 4:6

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Enjoying a “Slow down” with a Historical Gift of Cherry Trees

It has been a few years since I strolled through the Fall leaves and sites of Japan.  The Japanese maples were at their most brilliant colors.  It has been my hope to return someday and see the glorious Spring in Japan when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  I may have to wait and see them in Washington, D.C. These cherry trees were given in 1910 as a gift from Japan to the United States, in happier times before World War II.

History of the Cherry Trees in Washington you may not know:

  • In 1885, Eliza Scidmore returned from her first trip to Japan and approached the U.S. Army Superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds with the idea of planting cherry trees along the reclaimed waterfront of the Potomac River.
  •  Mrs Scidmore, who was the first female board member of the National Geographic Society, was rebuffed, though she would continue proposing the idea to every Superintendent for the next 24 years!.

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    Eliza Scidmore

  • Through persistence and some help from Mrs. Taft, the First Lady at the time, in 1909 the Embassy of Japan informed the U.S. Dept of State, the city of Tokyo intended to donate 2000 cherry trees to the United States to be planted along the Potomac.
  •   The first batch of 2,000 trees arrived diseased in 1910.
  • Japanese chemist, Takamine, who discovered adrenaline, was in Washington with Mr. Midzuno, the Japanese consul to New York.  Takamine asked if Mrs. Taft would accept an additional, healthy 2000 trees and she did. The first trees were planted.

    Original Cherry tree planted in Washington near stone Japanese lantern

    This is an original Japanese Cherry tree planted in Washington and is still standing today next to the Japanese lantern.

The Japanese Lantern is a stone statue in West Potomac Park.  It is lighted during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. A pair of lanterns were created in 1651, to mark the death of Tokugawa Iemitsu, who was the third shōgun of the Tokugawa dynasty.220px-Iemitu The lantern was formerly located at the Tosho-gu temple, in Ureno Park, where its twin remains today.  The lantern was given, by the governor of Tokyo, to the people of the United States, and was dedicated on March 30, 1954.   (Click here to see a panoramic view of the Tosho-gu temple in Ureno Park, Japan)

History of  Washington cherry trees continued:

  • The first “Cherry Blossom Festival” was held in late 1934 under joint sponsorship by numerous civic groups, becoming an annual event. The cherry trees had by this point become an established part of the nation’s capital.
  • In 1938, plans to cut down the cherry trees to clear ground for the Jefferson Memorial prompted a group of women to chain themselves together at the site in protest.  “This is the worst desecration of beauty in the capital since the burning of the White House by the British,” a woman chained to a tree proclaimed.  Roosevelt, who was President at the time, remained unmoved by the protests.  If the activists didn’t remove themselves, he said, “…the cherry trees, the women and their chains would be gently but firmly transplanted in some other part of Potomac Park.” The women finally left and the particular trees were taken out in the middle of the night to be transplanted in another place.

 

  • A compromise was reached where more trees would be planted along the south side of the Basin to frame the Memorial. These women would be happy to know that there are today 2,750 cherry trees in Washington, D.C.
  • However, World War II brought some problems. On December 11, 1941, four trees were cut down. It is suspected that this was retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan four days earlier.
  • In hopes of dissuading people from further attacks upon the trees during the war, they were referred to as “Oriental” flowering cherry trees for the war’s duration.
  •  Suspended during World War II, the festival resumed in 1947 with the support of the Washington, D.C., Board of Trade and the D.C. Commissioners and has been an annual event since then.   (credit: National Cherry Blossom Festival, Wikipedia and Stacy Conradt)

Japanese Cherry Trees in Japan:

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For my reader’s pleasure, the music you are about to hear has been composed by Peter Helland of Norway.  His purpose was to help the listener to slow down, relax, and enjoy the peacefulness of his music.  Thank you, Peter, for we all need a rest in our often trying world. We also thank you for including the beautiful cherry trees in your video.  (It would be my suggestion to use this music, in its entirety, as background music for rest or something you can do while relaxing.  Enjoy!)

Music and pictures for “slowing down” and relaxation

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Let your heart be at PEACE

Fall leaves

It would be easy to listen and see the catastrophes in the world and become distressed…even asking “Where is God?”

Today we are going to focus on PEACE within our hearts.   Take a few minutes to listen and reflect….and pray for those who have lost so much.   The people of an American small-town, Sutherland Springs, Texas, are in our prayers.

GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU

 

some of the children murdered in Sutherland Springs TX church 2017

Children of Sutherland Springs Church:  Ryland Ward with Joann Ward in the back and sisters Emily (8) far left, Ryland Ward (5) 2nd from left, Brooke (5) 2nd from right, Rihanna (9) far right. (online Courtesy photo)

In God’s Holy Word, a warning about harming a child:

Matthew 18:6 – But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone was hanged about his neck, and he was drowned in the depth of the sea.
Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.    (International version)

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(picture by H. McLaughlin)

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Prayers for Peace after the Storm…Now the work begins to Rebuild

 

Steve's house hurricane Irma 2017

A scene in Orlando. South Florida was much worse and many are flooded.

Update:  Irma has passed and now for Florida and Texas, as well as some other states on the East of the U.S.  In Florida, it is in the 95-degree range…very hot and humid with no way to cool off.   It is a major clean up time.  Many are still without power which means that everything is more difficult.

This music and words are dedicated to our friends and family in Florida.

Have courage.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with you as you recover.

May you be blessed. 

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The fury…and Responsibility

Throughout history, there has been religious groups spreading their mayhem into lands where innocent people have been brutalized.  One only needs to read the Holy Scriptures to find what happened when the Jews took revenge on their enemies.  The Muslims invaded territory after territory with slaughter.  The Christians were also brutal during The Crusades.  On and on it goes if we look into Genghis Khan and tribal warfare around the world.

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Christian Crusades

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Muslim Warriors

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Genghis Khan

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Christians were burned at the stake during the Inquisition.  Today, in the Middle East,  they are being murdered for their faith.   Jews were murdered by the millions in World War II.

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There has never been a peaceful world since sin and evil began.  Will there ever be peace or will the fury remain?   We’ll attempt to answer this at the end of this blog.

Great anxiety is happening as nations in our modern day time deal with the potential of nuclear warfare and even the possibility of space warfare as more deadly inventions are developed.  Should people be more than a little anxious…you bet they should be!  Who then is responsible for the fright that people feel?    Is it the actions of a new administration which swears to protect the people?    Is it our own imaginations and thoughts that pity the people who try to flee to a safer place regardless of their religious beliefs and actions of tyrants?

An article was written recently that had a number of responses from readers.  A reader challenged the author with the following words about the raw nerves and anxiety of people concerning extreme vetting of refugees who may or may not be Muslim because the entire world is worried about terrorism in all forms.  He wrote the following,  giving specific examples of why extreme vetting may be the only answer to finding out the motives of people who  come to a country other than their own:

“…the US isn’t responsible for anxiety about Muslim refugees. Who is actually responsible? People such as Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry, who in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant who in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant who in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall in Burlington, Washington; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant who in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud while screaming ‘Allahu akbar’; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant who in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University. What’s more, all of the Islamists who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees. In February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 Muslim refugees. The Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadists among the refugees in camps in his country. Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all. So why are they claiming to be Syrian and streaming into Europe, and now the U.S. as well? An Islamic State operative gave the answer when he boasted in September 2015, shortly after the migrant influx began, that among the flood of refugees, 4,000 Islamic State jihadists had already entered Europe. He explained their purpose: ‘It’s our dream that there should be a caliphate not only in Syria but in all the world, and we will have it soon, inshallah.’ These Muslims were going to Europe in the service of that caliphate: ‘They are going like refugees,’ he said, but they were going with the plan of sowing blood and mayhem on European Crusader streets. As he told this to journalists, he smiled and said, ‘Just wait.’ On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadists into Europe…”

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Radical Muslim Jihadist

 

Most people that I know have a great deal of empathy for those people caught in war and are persecuted for their beliefs. They are not against people for their religious beliefs as long as they are ones of peace and tolerance.  Unless the reasons for coming to America or any other country are for these reasons, people neither want to be enslaved to another religion or murdered for their beliefs. We are all responsible to not allow that to happen. Unfortunately, it will be hard for us to know exactly who those with evil in their thoughts really are unless we actually hear or observe someone spouting these thoughts and goals. We’ve been told “See something…say something.”   Otherwise, we are at the mercy of those professionals in our countries who watch out for us.

 

 

How many  people eager to arrive on our shores and settle in among us are a risk to our safety? This is a difficult problem…as it is in Europe and throughout the free world.
One priority in vetting, should be looked at.  Many people who have been willing to risk their lives in helping the American forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places by serving as language translators and in warfare intelligence, must not be thrown back in the “lion’s den”.  Most of these are Muslim.   They should also, when allowed to immigrate with their families, should not be settled in dangerous communities of the U.S. as some have been.   Read one story of a father of a fallen soldier who is fighting for the translator of his son. 

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Translator’s  face, blurred for his protection, was an Afghan interpreter who worked for the U.S. military. He poses with Afghan commandos in front of a controlled explosion. He worked closely with American Jonathan Schmidt, in the dark tan shirt and a baseball cap (in the center). The translator was with Schmidt when he was killed in a 2012 firefight.  He is now seeking a U.S. visa.

Courtesy of Phil Schmidt

So is there any hope?     Will there be peace on earth?   It begins with us for certain and every individual.  The Holy Scriptures tell us some  disheartening news:

 “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.”   Matthew 24

“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.”   Proverbs 12:20

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”
  Romans 12:17-19
Most Americans are not against the immigration of peaceful Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or any other religion faith.   America is made up of many faces, beliefs, and origins.  As we are told, “A house divided against itself will not stand.”    We must stand for the rights of our American people and live with our neighbors who truly come to live with us in peace.  These…and these only  will be welcomed with open arms.
We, as adults, and leaders of every country must work together to assure that our future generations can live in peace as much as is possible.  We owe it to them.