"FAITH and Unfinished Business"

Comments about God, faith, joy, sorrow and growth

Wednesday, March 17, 2010



I use the word ‘doubt’ here because I know that evolutionists, agnostics and atheists will have answers that seem to dispute the information here. I cast suspicion on evolution through the use of these questions.

Excuse me boys, but this topic may be a bit uncomfortable for you. Girls – and serious scientists or men mature enough to stand their ground - have you given any thought to the reproductive cycle? It may seem a far stretch to say so, but a woman’s menstrual cycle is proof that an intelligent design included details that could not have evolved because of climatic changes, environmental differences, or a thoughtless explosion of matter.

If I’m not mistaken, motherhood is universal in any species, in any climate, and in any ecosystem.
In addition, the menstrual cycle is so carefully balanced, that we girls know what happens when it falls out of balance. Speaking of which; consider the workings of the human brain in relation to the body’s function. What happens when any one hormone, and particularly the thyroid- becomes unbalanced? Utter chaos. The connection and scale between them is so delicate that a mere fraction of a microgram can cause such a storm in the human body it does not compare to even cancer. Unchecked thyroid or pituitary dysfunction affects every part of the body, including the scheduling and degree of menstruating. Trust me boys, it is so. You guys have it easy.

Then there is the preparation for producing offspring. During the monthly cycle, women desire sex more intensely. Why? So that she will attract her mate, and therefore, re-produce. This is so in all species, but is probably a more intricate blueprint in the human species. After all, look at what happens when men and women want to get together. A lot more than a mere dance of fluttering feathers or bobbing heads occurs. Lions and bears have never had the woes, anticipations or adjustments human females must endure. Could this be a prophecy fulfilled according to Genesis of the old testament bible?

In the continuation of the natural process of pro-creation, female animals and humans were – equipped- with the right tools to provide nourishment for their offspring. The milk produced in the female’s body not only provided sustenance in exactly the proportion needed, with exactly the nutrients called for. It also develops a bond that makes the child call it’s parent ‘mama’ and seek her for refuge and instruction. How did that happen? Determined preparation? Designed plan? Groundwork for a future?

According to some accounts of what evolution is, things become different and change over time because of changes in the being’s environment. How then, is it explained that women, mothers, females of all species have not changed one whit in their mission or as needed on this earth?

God, my God miraculously designed women to be the vessel in which human kind would continue, with precisely the balance of ingredients and tools required to carry out the task. In addition, woman become the vessel in which our Lord Jesus Christ was carried, from whom he entered into the world, and carried out the prophecy of his death and resurrection.

God, my God, is better.

April Boyer © March 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010


The words above in the new title of this blog, seem to be shouting for explanation. Ok. Unfinished business. God is not done with me yet. He’s not done with you. He’s not done with the drunk, he’s not done with the abuser, he’s not done with the missionary. He’s not done with your worst enemy, he’s not done with your pastor, he’s not done with President Obama.

Isn’t that great news? Imagine what could happen still, in your life-time, with God in control of the big picture! That’s cause for great hope! If you have even a mustard seed sized grain of faith that God can do anything, he promises that it will be done.

I love a current Christian pop tune (Wait and See) “He’s Not Finished with Me Yet” by Brandon Heath.

You also know the song that goes; “the foot bone’s connected to the knee bone”, the knee bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone to the back, the back, etc - on up to the head bone. I like to think that, ok, it takes all that to connect to the head bone, the central most important part – to get any results. But more importantly, it takes those connections to get the whole body in snyc.

So, I may be connected to what’s happening to the individual standing next to me, which is connected to my church or community, which is connected to the state, and the house of representatives, on up to the president, who is connected to the leaders of the world – to make the picture complete. It may not be those particular links at all, yet, you can see how it goes. It takes a lot of pieces to complete a picture puzzle, or a lot of messy threads to finish a tapestry. You have an influence on someone in this world, or will. And the person you influence, affects someone else. You are not alone!

We may never see the links in our lifetime. God is not finished with you, or me, or your neighbor, or the ruler of Quasmania. There is still hope that I will be what he intends for me to be, in spite of my own ideas. There is still hope that I will accomplish what is meant for His glory!

God has the big picture.

April Boyer (c) 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

MY God, is Bigger Than YOUR God

I was tempted to go another way as soon as I renamed this blog. God is God, and that’s that. Isn’t it? How many people do you know who have any concept of what, or who God is?
Think about it. How many centuries has it been when any one of us has had to answer to such a superior? When have we ever, in our lifetime, had to bow down in humbleness, giving someone a level of respect that diminishes our own esteem to the level of a worm? Who have we considered to be so righteous, that right is elevated to a whole new pinnacle. When have we ever placed complete, unwavering trust in a supreme being?

Undoubtedly, we suffer from inexperience. This nation as a whole, and most nations of the world, have placed God somewhere down around a ‘passing notice’.

What is God to you? Much of the world today thinks of God as a benevolent wizard, there to grant wishes and catch us when we fall. Many more people think of God as some crazed judge, up there somewhere in the sky, just playing us like puppets on strings, making decisions about our behavior as He will. Both of these ideas at least confirm an existence of a greater being, but neither involves us on any level. Then there are those who choose to believe that there is no control or order, no ruler, and no accountability.

We are not supposed to know all that God can do, how, or why. His inspired word says so, confirming the truth about a mighty God, if we accept it. Proverbs 3:4, 5: “Trust the Lord with all thine heart, lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct thy path.” Think about it. Doesn’t the idea of such a powerful being inspire awe? Shouldn’t there be a veil between us and such a magnificent creator and ruler? Why should we know all that He does, why, or how? Wouldn’t that ruin His God-ness? Exactly. Wouldn’t knowing everything spoil the anticipation of a good future? If God is Omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient - doesn’t that explain just about everything we know about the universe – and about science?

God is also interactive. What we are, and say and do are part of His plan. What we choose to do or accomplish is either in line with His plan or it is not. There are results. When we are living in His plan, we are blessed. When we are not living in Him and He in us, we’re not speaking to or hearing from God, there is still an outcome, but there is no blessing, no promise of life, no hope, and no peace. God does His part, and we do ours. That explains why we need a king. Why do we search for a Father, why do we want a friend who understands? We need that kind of love, he wants it from us, and is more than willing to give it.

In trivializing God, we are looking for a managerial position. We want to bring God down to what we can control. We want to make him only as big as what we can believe he is capable. “He can’t handle my problems, but I will give him my sister’s problems.” “I don’t want to be a long term missionary, but if God will accept that I can serve on short trips, sometimes, during the fall months, than I’d be happy to serve.” “I pray when I can. But, really, who has the time to pray every morning? Can’t He understand that?!”

In “The Trivialization of God” The Dangerous Illusion of a Manageable Deity” by Donald McCullough, he points out the most dangerous fault in a church. “The God of the Scriptures is a holy God-wholly other, radically different from anything else in creation, terrifying in greatness, and utterly awesome in love. This is a God who transcends our understanding and is unknowable except by divine revelation-the God described by the author of Hebrews as "a consuming fire."” He talks about our dependence on doctrine, on practices and observations where the congregation can be comfortable in routine. “This is the kind of God who lends mighty support to social crusades, or who conforms to individual spiritual experiences, but does not inspire awe”.

Define what awe is. The spectrum of definitions go from fear and terror to wonder and admiration. Does this help us put things in perspective? How much do we tremble in the presence of God, at any time, not out of fear of His actions (though that is plausible too) but out of a tremendous respect? How much do we hold God up in absolute wonder of the loving deeds he performs every day like breathing in an out? Do we hold God in wonder of how he created and manages those wondrous minuscule things, or spectacular landscapes? How much do we admire God? That seems like such a strange word to apply to God, but still appropriate. We love Him because he first loved us, respect Him because He is powerful and able, and admire Him . . . what are your words?

How many churches in your community have become country clubs, and community service representatives? Sure, they bring people in, and some of them might hear the truth of God if it’s taught. They do good works, and help the needy, counsel the hurting, give clothing to mission works, support many charities, and have outreach programs every day, all day, all week for every occasion and occupation. You may be hard pressed to find God there, however. It seems that many of these churches or parishioners are on a kind of auto-pilot; doing what they think they should do for God’s work, volunteering because they think that’s what people expect. When God is presented, He is the baby Jesus, he is the benevolent son who has God’s ear, He is the big man upstairs who grants our wishes- if we are good. He’s is not seen as a God of God, King of all Kings.

God is holy. What is holy, really? Do we have any idea? He is sovereign. Oh, that’s scary. We have to place our trust in a sovereign being. We don’t like to think of anyone being bigger than we are, or of anyone in better control than we think ourselves. God is self-controlled, self-governed. He needs no help from us. Sovereign is defined as “highest, ultimate, superlative, utmost.” How do you top those?God is, without our help. He is, despite any action on our part.

Guess what? God is bigger. Get over it, or get with it.

(“Let God be God” Steve Laube further suggested reading.)

April Boyer (c) Mar 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

GOD IS GOD, and That is that

Well, this blog keeping is harder than I thought. Life always gets in the way, and God always has a better plan. I know I can't promise daily or even weekly posts, but I'll try to write more frequently.
So here I am, back with a new topic I hope you'll use or enjoy.
So many leaders of various created religions have one amazing agreement in their doctrine. Righteousness will overcome evil, after many ages of struggle and tribulation, and the most holy, righteous one will come to take us out of that decay and tribulation.
All of the teachings of these religions come from the ‘ancient of days’, from history and from our father’s fathers; indicating that the words and the teachings were created at the dawn of time in the beginning of civilization.
Prophets of the bible such as Moses from the Christian bible and the Jewish law, the Hindu Krishna’s 4th discourse, the Shiite Islam Quar’an, The Buddhist Sutra of the Great Accomplishment of the Maitreya and more all speak of an exalted Hero, conqueror of evil, who will bring peace to His people in new kingdom.
All speak of this messenger, a holy one, a benefactor, the comforter coming from a place of which we will know nothing, at a time of which we will not be aware, a time not marked - but surely at the time when all tribulation and evil has become unbearable and when “unrighteousness has been exalted to righteousness.” His name is a name different among nations, but the message is the same: these prophets and great leaders of religions have been, and are yet- hopeful for the return or appearance of one greater than they.
Every religion claims that all nations (or men) will be affected. After this time of great tribulation, all evil will be dealt with in a mighty blow and a God more powerful than all evil will reign.
• “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away. And his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed." Judaism, Daniel from the Bible’s old testament.
• "Him that overcometh... I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the... new Jerusalem... and I will write upon him my new name." --- JESUS- Revelation 3, Bible, new testament.
• "Whenever there is decay of righteousness... and there is exaltation of unrighteousness, then I Myself come forth... for the destruction of evil-doers, for the sake of firmly establishing righteousness, I am born from age to age." --- KRISHNA- Bhagavad Gita- fourth discourse
• “God would send forth a man from the people of my house, who will fill the earth with equity as it has been filled with oppression.'"--- Islam- Hadith of Abu Dawud
With such a start he will establish an empire of God in this world. He will be the final demonstration and proof of God's merciful wish to acquaint man with the right ways of life." --- Islam (Shiite)- Nahjul Balagha, Khutba 141, 187
• “another Buddha will arise in the world, a Holy One... He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you... He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure; such as I now proclaim." ---BUDDHA- The Gospel of Buddha
• “…he is World- renovator because he will establish the physical living existence indestructible. He will oppose the evil of the progeny of the biped and withstand the enmity produced by the faithful." --- Zoroastrianism- Avesta, Farvardin Yast 13.129
• beginning and the end, and who comprehends all things, shall descend upon the earth. He will be born as Kalki in the family of an eminent brahmin of Sambhala village, endowed with the eight superhuman faculties. By his irresistible might he will destroy all the barbarians and thieves, and all whose minds are devoted to iniquity. He will then re-establish righteousness upon earth; and the minds of those who live at the end of the Kali age shall be awakened, and shall be as pellucid as crystal. The men who are thus changed by virtue of that peculiar time shall be as the seeds of human beings, and shall give birth to a race who shall follow the laws of the Krita age, the Age of Purity." --- Hinduism- Vishnu Purana 4.24
• "Well is it with him who fixeth his gaze upon the Order of Baha'u'llah, and rendereth thanks unto his Lord. For he will assuredly be made manifest. God hath indeed irrevocably ordained it..." --- THE BAB- Tablet to the Shah, God Passes By, p.25
• "The time fore-ordained unto the people and kindreds of the earth is now come. The promises of God as recorded in the holy Scriptures, have all been fulfilled..." --- BAHA'U'LLAH- Baha'i World Faith, p.9-11

I do not agree that all religions are equal, or their beliefs. Yet, it seems powerful proof that at some time in ancient history, men were made to believe in a great being, someone holy and mighty with powers beyond the scope of men. There must have been a reason for this belief and hope. Surely, evil has been around since the beginning of time (another indication of the truth of the bible). Would this also suggest that men were also aware of the choice between good and evil, the need for conquering evil, and the need for a greater power to make it happen? Did these religious leaders have a mutual awareness of the destruction of the world because of evil, and of a great redeemer.
Some will argue that good and evil were instinctive in us, and the desire to combat evil is inbred. We lean naturally toward good. Then I would ask, how is that human choice or personality traits were instantly enabled when life ‘exploded’ into being.
Some will argue that religious leaders merely followed one another and copied some of the stronger teachings. How convenient.
The bible has been in existence for more years than any other religious document, and has survived through tribulation and persecution. The bible stands, and foretells all that comes after.
Why is that so hard to believe - when all these other religious leaders agree on the most important news of all? Evil will destroy this world, a greater being will redeem us from our own-made deaths, and God the Father will judge how we have lived. You may choose to name other prophets or leaders that carry this or similar information, but the same is true. A greater being rules.

My two cents.
April Boyer © Feb. 2010