MIRACLE IN JACKSONVILLE

Blog 136
October 14, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MIRACLE IN JACKSONVILLE

My friend and colleague Sean Yost brought me into contact with this experience. The Pastor of Redeemer Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Sean has ministered with Stovall Weems in the past. Weems’ Celebration Church began in 1998 with seven people and today numbers around 12,000 congregants. The following divine encounter began on Good Friday, 2018 during a Holy Communion service.

Because of the meaning of Good Friday, Pastor Weems arranged for a Messianic Jewish Passover type of service with Pastor Paul, an assistant who spoke Hebrew, doing just as Jesus would have done on that first night so long ago. The unusual service reached into the Jewish Passover to give additional meaning to the Christian worship that grew originally out of the same Passover. Stovall Weems’ experience occurred just as the Messianic assistant Pastor Paul was consecrating the unleavened bread.

Holding up the unleavened bread, Pastor Paul said in Hebrew, “take, eat, this is my body.” Abruptly, Pastor Stovall heard a distinctly different voice break in also speaking in Hebrew. The voice spoke three times and Stovall knew he was in the presence of God. The figure of Jesus of Nazareth was standing there also speaking Hebrew which Pastor Weems did not know. He knew he had somehow been transported into another dimension.

The staff watching the service immediately realized something had happened to their Pastor. Stovall Weems wasn’t with them or the service anymore. The truth was that he had gone into a trance and was in a heavenly realm.

He saw Jesus in a white robe with brown hair, executing exactly the same service with the Apostles being the recipients. Stovall looked down at the bread in his hand and knew Jesus was serving him. Jesus invited him to partake. The sound of Jesus’ voice rang through him, imparting Jesus’ personality. While not emotional, a feeling of authority and strength were imparted.

Stovall felt a pure, clear fear of God. While he felt unworthy to be in such a Presence, he had experienced the actual reality and presence of Jesus Christ. I listened to Stovall attempt to describe his encounter, but I realized that words escaped him. The encounter was beyond verbal explanation, but touched him deeply and profoundly. The closeness and oneness that he experienced left Stovall virtually speechless.

Many Christian groups believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in Holy Communion. They maintain that the participants are literally encountering the risen Christ. Stovall Weems experienced this conviction not as an idea, but as a personal reality. Stovall found a new empowerment and reality had been added to his ministry.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
Barbpir books Publishers

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MIRACLE IN EGYPT

Blog 135
September 30, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MIRACLE IN EGYPT

Last week, I noted that if you follow the stories of divine interventions, you will eventually notice that miracles seem to happen more frequently in Third World countries. Migrants from South America and Mexico are often far more devout than Americans. They are part of a hemisphere that tends to be open to the work of the hand of God.

Here’s another example.

Once when I was in Cairo, Egypt, I traveled to a suburb where a Coptic Church was believed to be built on the site where the Holy family lived when Joseph brought them to Egypt to avoid death by King Herod. I have seen few sights that looked more ancient (and covered with dust) One of the strangest divine interventions in recent years occurred at this church.

The Coptic Church is one of the most ancient churches in the world. Founded by the Apostle Mark in 43 A.D., the church came into existence when Nero was the Roman emperor. In today’s world, the Coptics have suffered significant persecution from Muslim bombings and attacks.

On April 12, 1968, two automobile mechanics working near the church happened to stop their tasks and glanced up at the dome on the top of this church. They were astounded to see what they thought was a nun dressed in white standing on the top of the dome. They immediately thought she was going to jump and ran to get the priest. A crowd gathered and began shouting for the woman not to jump. To their amazement, the image of the woman began to fade and eventually disappeared. Seven days later the figure reappeared. The priest saw the image several times and said it was preceded by brilliant flashes of light.

Other witnesses described the image as beautiful and believed the image was Mary, the mother of Jesus. She would bow and bless the crowds who immediately fell to their knees. With these appearances, healings began to occur such as restoration from urinary bladder cancer, cancer of the thyroid gland, blindness, limb paralysis, as well as recovery from viral infections.

I saw a photograph of the figure of Mary standing on the dome. A little on the fuzzy side, one could clearly see the figure standing there. Why would such an occurrence happen? What does it all mean? Much like the experience of Bernadette Soubirous seeing the Virgin Mary that created the healing waters of Lourdes, France, for believers no explanation is necessary. For unbelievers no explanation will be acceptable. Roman Catholics embrace these experiences much easier than Protestants do. However, the evidence that cannot be denied is the spontaneous healings that followed.

Whatever one decides about such an experience, it is not meant to be explained, but to lead us to worship.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
Barbpir books Publishers

MIRACLE IN LIBERIA

Blog 134
September 23, 2019

LIBERIA

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MIRACLE IN LIBERIA

If you have a broad interest in divine interventions and follow the stories you will eventually notice that miracles seem to happen more frequently in Third World countries. The church is thriving there where it is on the wane in the United States. Migrants from South America and Mexico are generally far more devout than Americans.

What is going on?

While some secularized Americans are closed to the miraculous, believers in these poorer, struggling countries embrace the possibility. They are open and will reach out to receive the promise of a divine touch. The results speak for themselves and remain a lesson for the Northern hemisphere.

Recently, I witnessed this result in the ministry of a friend of mine. LaDonna Osborn is the daughter of T.L. and Daisy Osborn who began Osborn Ministries over 70 years ago. While the ministry of T.L. Osborn was not well known in America, his crusades brought in thousands of people in countries all across the globe. A humble man, T.L. Osborn had a simplicity with divine empowerment. Daisy worked in the same field with the same results. With their passing, the torch has been passed on to LaDonna.

An exceedingly bright woman, LaDonna has the same power and conviction. Overflowing crowds attend her services in Africa. Recently, she was in Ganta (Gompa City) Liberia conducting a mission. A young woman, who LaDonna knew nothing about, came forward to express her faith and be prayed for. As was later explained, after nine months of pregnancy the baby had stopped moving. She was now in the twelfth month. In the local clinic, the doctor told her the baby had died and surgery was necessary to remove the dead fetus. He was strongly insistent. However, the woman had no money and couldn’t afford the surgery. On the first day of LaDonna’s Festival of Faith and Miracles, the pregnant woman accepted Jesus as her Lord and during the prayer for the sick the mother laid her hand on her belly during the prayer for the sick.

On the last day of the Festival, the young woman came forward to testify that she was no longer afraid. LaDonna could see great faith and conviction in the woman’s eyes. The Holy Spirit moved LaDonna to say, “You will deliver a healthy baby.” Because she absolutely trusted the promises of God, LaDonna was confident God was at work.

Two days later, she received a beautiful photograph from one of the Gomp City pastors. The pregnant woman had delivered a healthy baby girl. A miracle had occurred.

Another example of what openness to the Holy Spirit can bring to pass in the midst of poverty. Also an example to all of us to remember that trust can open closed doors.

Oh, by the way. She named the baby LaDonna.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
Barbpir books Publishers

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MESSING WITH EVIL

Blog 133
September 16, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MESSING WITH EVIL

Evil is a subject I stay away from. Over the decades I’ve certainly discovered the subtlety and pervasive ways that the Evil One works. No place is more vulnerable than a church. At the same time Evil works in government as well as individual lives. I do concede that we should know enough to avoid the diabolical. Like discovering that fire burns, you don’t stick your hand in the flames to find out if it’s hot. The best approach is simply to stay away.

On the other hand, periodically I run into stories that are important to emphasize the point that we need to be aware of the possibilities so we can stay away from these encounters. Devices like Ouija boards, or trying to contact demonic entities are highly dangerous. Joyce White recently shared her story with me. Joyce knew what I am talking about.

Joyce White had been around the church as a child and responded to the messages she heard. At the same time, she had a vulnerability. Her family remained highly dysfunctional with her parents constantly fighting. Her brother molested her. By the time she was sixteen-years-old, Joyce knew Sunday was always a bad day when her mother seemed to pick a fight that could get loud and frightening. Once more, the uproar started all over again.

Joyce was particularly distraught and didn’t know what to do. For some reason, she asked Satan, the devil, to come in and help her. She did not cry again for thirty-five years.

She eventually moved to the Washington Park area in Denver, Colorado. Joyce had always considered herself a Christian but began to realize this faith was not controlling her life. She felt drawn to destructive books with evil themes. Something else was working at the center of her being. Joyce had a roommate who got up early to study the Bible. This woman had a kind, spiritual presence and Joyce wanted to be like her. In contrast, Joyce felt like a wild animal was living inside of her. Could this negative, destructive force be deceiving her about her actual relationship with God?

Joyce had a confidential talk with her roommate. The woman suggested that Joyce should ask Jesus to come into her life and remove the darkness. Joyce could ask Jesus to be the center of her life and cast out any evil or any destructive force that was residing there. On Easter Sunday, Joyce did exactly that and was baptized. She prayed and surrendered her life to Jesus Christ. Like a person walking out of a fog, a veil seemed to lift, and deception vanished. Joyce realized she really was a new person.

The point? We live in a period in history when society denies evil even exists. (People just make negative decisions.) Even though the news media gives us constant reports of how many people and children are killed at work and in schools, we don’t credit the blame to Evil. Sure, even with such a scary social scene, this is not a popular theme … but the reality exists. Evil really can enter a person’s life and deceptively seem not to even be there. Happens all the time.

FROM OUT OF THE PAST

Blog 132
September 9, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

You might also want to look at the widely read blog WISE ON THE MIDDLE EAST from Robert L. Wise, Ph.D. which features weekly updates on little known facts about Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, countries where he has traveled and worked.

FROM OUT OF THE PAST

Periodically, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Often, they tell me that no one else knows as they haven’t told a soul what happened. The climate in our society doesn’t produce understanding of these events so the recipients have just sat on their valuable discovery.

Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

Mary Janssen did exactly that this week. Her 12-year-old son Adam died in an accident in their home. Of course, Mary was crushed. That night she couldn’t go to sleep and abruptly realized Adam was standing at the foot of the bed wearing a white robe. Next to him stood another white robed person, but she couldn’t see the face. Adam gave her a thumbs up.

Four months later, Mary had a similar experience. This time the encounter seemed to be more like a vision. Adam came into a room filled with people whose faces she couldn’t identify. Adam conveyed that when he died, his grandmother was waiting for him and was standing there with him now. Mary’s first son Nathan had died as an infant from a heart defect. He was there with Adam. Mary was amazed.

Six-months later she had another similar experience. This time a big wooden door was opened and beautiful light filtered through. People were clapping and a parade was coming down the street that seemed to be in Italy. Adam was in the center of a group of boys, all carrying flags, Adam waved to her. Men were carrying a chair in the air holding Pope John Paul. The scene made Mary very happy. Even with the losses she had endured, Mary knew something important had happened to her.

Through the years, I have encountered similar experiences other people had with someone close to them who had just died. I offer no explanation except that the Holy Spirit seems to comfort the bereaved with these events.

After all Jesus promised, “I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor, the Spirit of truth to be with you forever. … for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)

You might find my book on near-death experiences important for you:
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
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DEATH BE NOT PROUD

Blog 131
August 26, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

You might also want to look at the widely read blog WISE ON THE MIDDLE EAST from Robert L. Wise, Ph.D. which features weekly updates on little known facts about Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, countries where he has traveled and worked.

DEATH BE NOT PROUD

The grief from death is one of our most difficult struggles to overcome.

Death leaves a hole that nothing can fill. When the deceased is close to us, grief seems to never end. When we wake up each day, we think maybe there is something that we should have done, but there never is. At times, we will forget that they are gone, and then we remember and our heart breaks all over again. Trying to tell someone what we are going through seems impossible, but to someone who has already known such a loss, resonance comes immediately.

Jack Jenkins knew exactly what I am talking about. Today, Jack lives in Bailey, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. He said to me, “God knows about our problems and he truly cares.” The emotional undercurrent in his words told me Jack knew.

Jack began telling me about his first wife. They had a good marriage and life seemed great. Her early death left him struggling and feeling the depth of depression. He had to struggle along with never-ending grief. The journey was difficult.

Somewhere as he was trudging along on his life’s path, Jack ran into an old girlfriend he had known in High School. They had been close and really liked and enjoyed each other. However, as so often is the case, they drifted apart after graduation and didn’t see other for years. They both married and had great families. But her husband also died. Then they found each other again. The reassurance and joy they received from each other was truly a new beginning. They married and once again Jack was back on an even keel. Depression had been put to bed.

Not long after they married, his new bride had to go to the doctor. The diagnosis overwhelmed both of them She had pancreatic cancer. Three weeks later she was gone.

Jack’s recovery and best hopes were destroyed. He plunged into the deepest despair. The grief would not go away. Jack crashed.

Some months later while Jack was taking a trip, he stopped in a filling station and went inside to buy some candy. At the end of a long hall, Jack saw a vending machine. The closer he got, the more he realized it was one of those dispensaries with junk that kids liked. However, there was nothing inside except one badge that had GOD written across the front. Jack was astonished and got the little medallion out. On the back was written, “Cast your cares on Him for he cares for you. Jesus died on the cross for your pain.”

Jack instantly knew that message was for him. God was reaching and asking Jack to cast his grief on Him. With tears rolling down his cheeks, Jack hurled his overwhelming load of grief at the foot of the Cross. He asked his heavenly Father to heal him.

He did.

Jack’s grief disappeared and the apprehension vanished. There was still a hole in his life where he had lost his two best friends, but the pain was gone. Jack was healed.

No one can escape the fact of death, but Jack’s experience is worth remembering. We are included in that promise that we are cared for.

HE’S GONE AND DONE IT AGAIN!

Blog 130
August 19, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

You might also want to look at the widely read blog WISE ON THE MIDDLE EAST from Robert L. Wise, Ph.D. which features weekly updates on little known facts about Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, countries where he has traveled and worked.

HE’S GONE AND DONE IT AGAIN!

You will remember Kimberly McConnell from several weeks back. She had an MRI that demonstrated her pancreas was covered with tumors that could be cancerous. After healing prayer, she entered the hospital only to find the next MRI revealed the tumors were gone. Kimberly had a marvelous recovery.

But here’s the rest of the story.

I was gone for a week and out of contact with Kimberly. When I returned to Colorado, I checked in with her, expecting another positive report. Wrong. Kimberly was nearly beside herself. Instantly, I knew she was in deep despair. What in the world had gone wrong?

It turned out the medical profession had really messed her up. Kimberly had several doctors working with her and they didn’t all agree on how to proceed. One of them arbitrarily gave her steroids for some reason or the other. Kimberly’s psychiatrist hit the ceiling. Someone with a bi-polar condition should never, never be given steroids. Besides being a possibly dangerous drug for her, it threw her system into turmoil. The bi-polar condition returned with a vengeance. When I was talking to her on the phone, Kimberly was in the depths of depression with her instability turning her inside out. She couldn’t just drop the steroid medication but had to be weened away over a period of weeks. Her struggle would have to continue.

A number of years before, a medical condition had caused her to lose her teeth and she wore dentures. During this current emotional episode, Kimberly lost her false teeth. After looking everywhere, she called her mother to come and help. Kimberly had not been out of her apartment so the dentures had to be in there somewhere.

Her mother came over with a friend and they frantically searched every inch of the house. She had given Kim a large over-stuffed chair and they looked all over the chair as well as every other piece of furniture in the house. Finally, they concluded that during her bi-polar episode, she must have flushed the teeth down the toilet. The mother rushed out to spend $1,100 on a new set of dentures that wouldn’t be ready for three weeks.

Kimberly sank deeper into despair.

As we talked on the phone across a thousand miles, I ask Kimberly to pray with me. Even though we were at a great distance apart, I suggested she feel my hand on hers. I prayed that I could be a conduit for the Holy Spirit to fill Kimberly with new insight, knowledge, stability, and a sense of well-being. We prayed for a long time. Finally, Kimberly said she felt better and we hung up.

An hour later, I returned to my desk and noticed I had missed her phone call. Immediately, I responded worrying self-destructive behavior was a genuine possibility. I was astonished when Kimberly answered quite to the opposite. Her voice burst forth in enthusiasm.

“Robert! You won’t believe it! After we hung up, I went in and was sitting on the edge of the bathtub when a voice surged through my mind. I knew it wasn’t me or some sort of hallucination. The voice said, ‘Go turn the big chair upside down.”

“No one had done that,” Kimberly said. “We had searched it, but not turned it over. I immediately went into the living room and did so. My dentures fell out! I know God was with me and would take me through this time of getting off the steroids. He has kept his hand on me!”

An unexpected intervention, but marvelous indeed!

You might find my book on near-death experiences important for you:
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
Revell books

ANGELS TALKING IN THE NIGHT

Blog 129
August 12, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

You might also want to look at the widely read blog on the MIDDLE EAST from Robert L. Wise, Ph.D. which features weekly updates on little known facts about Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, countries where he has traveled and worked.

ANGELS TALKING IN THE NIGHT

Scripture is filled with stories of angels guiding people. For example, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned him to take the baby Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt. Shortly thereafter, Herod ordered all the boy babies in Bethlehem killed. (Matthew 2:13-16) In the book of Acts, we find the story of Peter sleeping in jail when an angel appeared and light filled his cell. The angel took him passed the guards and out of the city. Peter thought he was seeing a vision. (Acts 12:6-11).

In contemporary times, a new interest has flourished in understanding angels and how they can help us. Some time ago, I described the ministry of Leslie Draper and her ministry with angels as she offers guidance to persons with needs. Judith McNutt has written books about her encounters with angels and the directions she received. Her books contain important insights.

Another blog I wrote several years ago related the experience of one of our friends. Barbara Yates is a member of the church my wife pastors. She awoke one night to find two very large figures standing by her bed. The angels gave her a message that offered reassurance and Barbara found new peace of mind.

A similar experience happened to a friend in Platte Canyon Community Church. Tom Ahl has been a member there for a number of years. He grew up in a Christian family and considered himself to be a Christian. However, he shared with me that he really didn’t live a Christian life. During this time, his brother was killed on Highway 285. Of course, this had a profound impact on his life.

One night shortly after this experience, he had an extremely vivid dream.

Against a deep, dark black ground, he saw four giant columns. In the center was a person dressed in black with an urn without any money. As Tom came closer, he realized the man was his brother. Tom was scared to death by what he was seeing.

Suddenly, a voice echoed through his dream and said, “You will be judged.”

When Tom awoke, he knew that he had been confronted with a divine intervention. The dream was more than a nightly revelry. His entire lifestyle had been called into question. Tom instantly knew that change was demanded. He had to make adjustments.

Tom gave up the way he had been living, He came back to the church and has lived what he knows is righteous ever since. Whether the figure was his brother or an angel, the appearance changed his entire life. He shared with me that he remains grateful for that dream experience.

When you’re sleeping … keep your eyes open.

You might find my collection of near-death experiences to be helpful.
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
Revell Books

 

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