THE TOTALLY UNEXPECTED

Blog 218

October 25, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

THE TOTALLY UNEXPECTED

Ed Wilkinson’s background in neuropsychology convinced him that faith was a neurosis employed to avoid reality. Then his eight-year- old son got sick.

On November 1984 Brad Wilkinson was diagnosed with two holes in his heart which also impaired his lungs. Surgency was immediately scheduled.

As the time of the operation came closer, Brad began giving away his toys. His parents could tell that he doubted his own survival. One day he asked his father, “Am I going to die?”  His father told him that people survived this procedure but to be honest some didn’t.

“Can Jesus heal me?” Brad asked.

Ed blanched at the question and said he’d have to get back to him.  After a couple of days of anguished prayer, Ed studied Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through him who strengthen me.” Ed was able to tell his son that God does heal. If this didn’t happen in Brad’s case, they still had the hope of eternal life. When a visiting pastor came, He asked Brad if he believed God could heal him. Brad said he did and they prayed together.

Before his surgery at the University of Missouri hospital, tests were performed. The operation was expected to take four hours. However, after an hour, the surgeon called for Ed to look at two x-rays. The earlier one showed the two holes in his heart. The second x-ray showed a wall of some sort where the holes had been sealed shut.

“I have never seen this before,” the surgeon said. “Gone.”

There was no misdiagnosis as the first film demonstrated. “You can count this as a miracle,” the doctor concluded. “Somebody somewhere must have been praying.”

Today Brad is in his thirties with a family and business of his own. He has never had any heart or lung problems since.

Ed has changed his mind about miracles and healing.

Having spent a number of years collecting and studying miracle stories, I discovered some are instantaneous and others take much longer. Some are expected; others unexpected. There is no formula to explain when and where they occur. The bottom line? Ed found it. “I can do all things through him who strengthen me.”

Expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

MAN ON FIRE can be ordered at the local book store. I can make copies available at:

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PO Box 22716 , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731203

Cost is $15.00 plus the shipping fee.

I hope you’ll avail yourself of this inspiring story!

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE,

where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

LET HIM WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR

Blog 217

October 18, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

LET HIM WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR

The question often is asked, “Is it helpful to pray when a condition appears irreversible? Consider the case of a nine-year-old British girl. (We shall call Mary)

In September 1982, Mary developed a virus infection that damaged both of her ears, leaving her deaf. Dr. R.F. Gardner examined Mary and noted the problem that he certified as deafness. The diagnosis was untreatable bilateral sensorineural deafness. Mary’s parent were told that there was nothing that could be done except to give her hearing aids that would help only to a limited degree.

Mary didn’t want to wear hearing aids the rest of her life and began praying about her condition. Her family and friends joined in and prayed with her. She began to feel that God was telling her to especially pray for the one problem.  Passages of scripture kept coming to her mind. If you have the faith of a child … ask and you shall receive …your faith have made you whole.

On March 8, 1983 one of the hearing aids was damaged at school. The problem was fixed and readjusted for Mary. The next evening Mary was in bed when she realized something was different. She ran down stairs yelling, “Mother! I can hear you!”

Her mother couldn’t believe it. Mary could even hear whispers. When she called the doctor he responded that he didn’t believe her.  “It’s not possible!”

The following day Mary was tested again. The audiogram and tympanogram were fully normal. The audiologists could give no explanation for what had occurred. “I have never seen anything like this in my life.”

The doctor concluded “A belief in the occurrence of cases of miraculous healing today is intellectually acceptable.”

We started with a question. Should you keep praying when the situation seems hopeless. Mary’s answer is by all means! In this age of uncertainty, many things remain uncertain. But prayer isn’t one of them.

Expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

MAN ON FIRE can be ordered at the local book store. I can make copies available at:

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PO Box 22716 , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731203

Cost is $15.00 plus the shipping fee.

I hope you’ll avail yourself of this inspiring story!

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

REVELATION IN RWANDA

Blog 216

October 11, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

REVELATION IN RWANDA

People often discount special revelations or consider the messengers to be weird. However, in times of radical change and upheaval we are reminded to pay attention to possible ‘revelations’ that have a bearing on the future. In August 1982 visions of atrocities surfaced in Rwanda among Christians. Many citizens wanted to flee the country. Years later the genocidal war between the Hutus and the Tutsis spun out of control with unbridled killing. The earlier prophecies proved to be true.

The warnings first took place in a school dormitory. The appearance of a woman dressed in a flowing robe and dress down to her ankles was followed by instructions and a time when she would return. The viewers immediately believed they were experiencing the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.

On that appointed day thousands saw a spectrum of colored lights flash across the sky over the city of Kibeho. The night stars sparkled in a brilliant illumination. As Mary’s message was uttered, it was broadcast over loudspeakers. Large numbers of people heard her warn of a lack of personal piety and sanctity as well as failing to listen to the words of God that could be found in the scripture.

Unexpectedly, Mary asked one of the listeners. “Why have you not asked me for water? I will give you rain of consecration.”

Because this message came in August when there was virtually never a rain, the listeners did not know what to expect. Shortly, after the message was given, raindrops started to fall. Instead of retreating indoors, the people of Rwanda knelt in the mud and praised God for his blessing. Women ran for containers to collect the heavenly downpour.

As a result, a spontaneous renewal of faith spread across the country. Mary had warned of hard days ahead but for the moment her admonition and forewarning had come in the form of a blessing.

For sixty years, America has faced an “Hour of Decision” and now for the last decade we have lived in harrowing times.

Anyone out there received another “Revelation from Rwanda?”  If so, let all of us know.

Expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

MAN ON FIRE can be ordered at the local book store. I can make copies available at:

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PO Box 22716 , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731203

Cost is $15.00 plus the shipping fee.

I hope you’ll avail yourself of this inspiring story!

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

MIRACLE IN MANILA

Blog 215

October 4, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

MIRACLE IN MANILA

You may remember the reign of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. After years of corruption, Marcos ran against Corazon Aquino. Without question, she was the winner as the public had enough of Marcos. However, the long arm of Marcos stuffed the ballot box and he declared himself the winner. The public knew the truth and surged into the streets in protest. Even a segment of the military attempted a coup that failed. The country was in a total uproar.

Recognizing the overwhelming opposition, but determined to stay in office, Marcos rolled out the military tanks and sent soldiers into the streets. The people continued to protest and many rushed into churches to pray. A country with a strong Christian population, the citizens feared the worst.

Marcos had the crack marine corps in his hip pocket. He believed these loyal troops would do exactly what they were told. The tanks rolled into the streets, descending on the protestors. Many of the citizens dropped to their knees or laid down in the path of the oncoming tanks. Both sides were prepared to fight to the death. The signal to attack was given. The tanks were to fire on the crowd.

What happened next was totally unexpected!

The marines riding on the top of the tanks saw the clouds form a cross in the sky. Out of the formation a beautiful lady in blue appeared. The lady appeared to descend in front of the tanks.  She stopped directly in front of the killing machines and told them not to “harm her children.”

The soldiers were awestruck, they stopped the tanks, got down, and joined the people. The revolt was finished. Once the military joined the citizens, Marco was finished.  He immediately fled the country.

Shortly after the revolt. The Bishop of Manila visited Sister Lucia, the last surviving member of the trio witnessing the appearance of the Virgin Mary at Fatima.  Now a Cardinal, he was surprised that Sister Lucia knew everything that had happened in the revolution. She said that Corazon Aquino was a gift of God and predicted the Philippines would help in bringing Christianity to China.

The foregoing is history. Is it possible for the hand of God to intervene in politics? Obviously so. We have been calling on people to pray daily for America and the future of this country. If God changed the chaos in Manila, why can’t He do the same in this country. Gives you something to think about — and hopefully pray about.

Expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

    MAN ON FIRE can be ordered at the local book store. 

I can make copies available at:

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PO Box 22716 , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731203

Cost is $15.00 plus the shipping fee.

            I hope you’ll avail yourself of this inspiring story!

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

MIRACLES FROM LONG AGO

Blog 214

September 26, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

MIRACLES FROM LONG AGO

Several decades ago, I became interested in how life in the first three centuries actually functioned.  I had a hunch that the miraculous dimension continued on from the time of the Apostles much has it is described in the New Testament. While there are important and distinctive differences between those early centuries and today, I wondered if the spiritual dynamic had really changed with time from then until now. In addition, I realized that few Christian groups had an honest understanding and insight into where the church came from and how it developed. They all claimed to be the original church and that couldn’t be true. What I found in studying the first centuries turned out to be insightful and fascinating.

I’ve put many of those discoveries in my latest book. If you’ll forgive me, I’m about to present a commercial for you. MAN ON FIRE is the story of the last disciple of the Apostle John. While today’s church knows little or nothing about Polycarp, he was the first father of the emerging church, a man of brilliant faith, and a major figure in defeating the first heresy that confronted Christians at the end of the first century. Polycarp struggled with the same issues we do in understanding how the miraculous dimension intersects with the everyday world. I think you would find this story to be important.

Contrary to contemporary claims. The first church in Rome was nearly destroyed when both Peter and Paul were executed by the Romans. For decades, these early Christians lived in fear of being captured and persecuted in a similar manner. The church was not organized and floundered under well-meaning but unskilled leadership. When Polycarp appeared on the scene, he began bringing order to the disorganized believers while avoiding the Roman soldiers who were constantly seeking Christians that could be arrested.

I won’t give a ay the ending, but Polycarp’s last days became a witness that rings through the ages. Martyrs facing death often remembered and repeated his words. You’ll be inspired by the same affirmation.

Usually, these blogs feature the experience of someone in today’s world that could be your neighbor. However, miracle stories speak through every century and sometimes the events of the more distant past are just as inspiring as contemporary experience. I believe you’ll find this to be so in the life of Polycarp.

            MAN ON FIRE can be ordered at the local book store. 

I can make copies available at:

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PO Box 22716 , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731203

Cost is $15.00 plus the shipping fee.

            I hope you’ll avail yourself of this inspiring story!

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

WHEN SLEEP COMES WITH A PROMISE  

Blog 213

September 20, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

WHEN SLEEP COMES WITH A PROMISE    

Recently a friend shared a story that touched my memory. At the time I was living in Laguna Beach, California when a nurse at the hospital called. A member of the church, she knew that I spoke Spanish and wanted to know if I could help the nursing staff with a child dying with cancer. The child’s parents came from Mexico and could not even speak Spanish. Their native language was a Zapotec dialect from the mountains in southern Mexico. Consequently, the nurse had virtually no communication with them. The staff needed help and wanted me to interpret.

The child had bumps all over her body where the cancer had created lumps under her skin. Nurse Dinah said the small girl was in considerable pain and had almost no time left. They hoped I could make some connection with the parents as well as help the child with her pain. I immediately left for the hospital, drove up the coast, and quickly found the room. I walked in with intimidation not knowing what I would find and fearing the worst. Maybe, we couldn’t communicate at all.

The parents were in tears and we fumbled with words as I tried to offer consolation. I could tell they understood little of what I was attempting to say. However, to my surprise the five-year old child and I made instant contact and we talked about their situation. I could tell that the child was actually trying to comfort her grieving parents.

“My name is Blanca” she told me and began to describe what she saw when she went to sleep.

“Beautiful people are all around me,” Blanca said. “They seem to fly and give me such comfort. I don’t seem to hurt as much when I see them.”

“Does this always happen when you sleep?” I asked.

“Yes,” Blanca said. “Always.”

With that she rolled over and took a nap. I sat quietly with her parents. In about thirty minutes she woke up. I leaned over the bed.

“Did you see the angels?”

“Oh, yes,” Blanca said. “But this time there was a man with him. I didn’t know his name, but he smiled at me with the kindest smile I ever saw. I wonder who he was.”

I thought for a moment. “If you see him again, you might call him Jesus and see if he answers to that name.”  

“Okay,” Blanca said. “I will.”

She rolled over again and I could see the pain was increasing. How could one not profoundly care for this child? I just sat there praying for her relief. Finally, she rolled over again.

“He was there!” Blanca said. “Just like you said and his name is Jesus. He talked to me.”

“What did he say?”

“He said the next time I go to sleep, I don’t have to come back and my pain will be gone.”

“Wonderful,” I said. “Just wonderful.”

Blanca smiled for the firs time and then rolled over again and went back to sleep. Blanca did not wake up.

I have thought of her often over the years. In the most unexpected way, her death was actually a miracle. She saw angels and God’s provision for children who slip away in the night. For them there is no darkness.

Did not Jesus say, “whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me?” (Matthew 18:5)

Remember to expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

MAN ON FIRE

The story of the first Church father

(Elk Lake Publishing)

You’ll be inspired

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

A LIGHT FROM BEYOND

Blog 195

May 2, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A LIGHT FROM BEYOND

When Jana Branson was four-years-old, she had an usual playmate. Actually, she thought he was her brother. They would sit and talk. If she became afraid, he would always comfort her. Even at night as she was going asleep, he would sit on the bed as she dosed off. At one point, he told her someday Jana would become an Episcopal Church priest. Oh, yes, his name was Jesus.

As Jana grew up, her friend faded away and she realized he was not as real as some of her other acquaintances. Nevertheless, Jana knew he had been a reality in her life and took him seriously. When she told her parents about wanting to be a priest, they informed her that such didn’t happen in the Episcopal Church. One had to be a man. Of course, Jana was angry. However, with the passing years, that rule changed and today woman are clergy.

Much later in life with grown children, Jana went to seminary and became an Episcopal priest. Her childhood relationship with Jesus continued to guide her life. While the revelations might have faded for a time, the special dimension remained in the back of her mind. Today, it is difficult for her to put these discoveries into words, the numinous is in many ways beyond words. Nevertheless, spiritual openness has guided her life.

More than interesting, you may find Jana’s experience to be helpful to you. Perhaps, you’ve had something similar and doubted the reality. Jana’s continuing spiritual encounters can help you find reassurance. I’ve found that experiences with God break in unexpectedly for many people. Here’s more of Jana’s story.

When Jana begins to reach beyond her daily experience, a bright white light often appeared. While she could only see an outline of a figure in the bright while light, she intuitively knew that once again she was communicating with Jesus of Nazareth. She was touching an adult expression of her childhood experience. The bright light guided her away from some detour situations. These flashing moments were revelatory and got her back on the right track again.

When Jana prayerfully meditates on her life’s decisions, the light often breaks in and brings insight. Today, one of the most important moments comes as she is officiating during Holy Communion. The Sanctus prayer proclaiming “Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might …” can become a moment of encounter. During the prayers of consecration when the celebrant prays, “With Angels and Archangels and all the company of heaven who forever sing the hymn…” is such a special moment. Often the white light breaks in and Jana will see parents, friends, people who have passed on standing around her as she prays. In these moments of Holy Communion, heaven opens its doors to Jana.

Seeing the unseen? That’s been Jana’s life experience. She doesn’t talk about it often, but it has defined her sense of reality.  Jana’s special ability gives us encouragement in our own journey forward. We may not see what she does, but we can have the same assurance of what is there.

That’s what divine interventions are all about.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

DID YOU HEAR THE SOUND?

Blog 212

September 6, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Church with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

DID YOU HEAR THE SOUND?

Did you hear the hoof beats? The sound of the horseman riding?

The Book of Revelation warns the Horsemen of the Apocalypse will ride again and an again through the centuries until the end of time. With the West coast in flames and the East coast under water, we have Louisiana sinking in the mud, not to mention a Covid epidemic again sweeping across the nation among the unvaccinated.  Oh, yes, don’t forget the US forces just left Afghanistan, leaving the Taliban in control like the were 20 years ago while over 200 Americans were left behind, (After we were promised the troops would not leave until all Americans were out)  not to mention thousands of Afghans running for their lives. All of this happening while the politicians scream at each other like children or morons. And don’t forget we have 60,000 homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles.

Get the picture?

There is something we can do. A year ago, I published a call from Bishop Russ McClanahan calling all Americans to prayer. I am repeating his experience in hopes you will pray daily for this country. I believe we have been called to do so. Here’s what Bishop Russ experienced almost exactly a year ago.

“On Tuesday August 25, 2020 at approximately 4:30 PM I laid down on my bed and began to pray.  As I quieted my mind and began to focus on God, I was transported into a dimension that seemed to be outside of time and space. While my eyes were closed, I could see the face of Jesus before me in the distance.  Gradually His face drew closer and closer until suddenly I became aware of His body on the cross.  Within moments, I felt as if I were being drawn in toward Him until I was one with Him upon the cross.   I felt the pain and the pressure of the nails that had been driven through His hands and the blood that bubbled out of the wounds.”

The voice of God said, “The cup of My wrath is almost full.  Unless your nation repents and turns back to Me, the horsemen who now stand at the gate will be loosed. Tell my people to return to My principles, to repent of having ignored and broken My laws. Tell them to remember the examples I have given them of My love and discipline.  Tell them to remember how I  warned, and continued to warn Israel in generations past that unless they repented, they would bring judgment upon themselves.”

“A revelation of God’s great love and compassion for His people and for all mankind swept over me. Biblical scenes and scenes from the world’s past and present history flashed before me like a fast-forwarded movie depicting how God had repeatedly exerted discipline in an overarching effort to influence people to return to Him.  In that moment, time seemed to leave me. I felt an overwhelming mix of emotions which is almost impossible to describe. Mingled with God’s breathtaking love for His people was His anger toward people who have defiantly rejected His love and willfully disobeyed His laws. Time seemed to stand still as I entered in some unspeakable way into the grief and longing of God. “  

“In that moment, it was as if I were on the cross with Christ. My hands pulsated with the physical pain of the crucifixion. I was overwhelmed with the ugliness of sin and the horrific consequences of failing to respond to God’s discipline and heed His instructions on how to live life. At the same time, I was overcome with God’s love and His longing for His people to return to Him in spite of the grief we have caused Him.  

Then I was told to warn people of the coming destruction if we do not return in sorrow and humility to the ways of God. Again, in a moment, I witnessed the horror of the consequences of breaking God’s laws and forfeiting the life of joy and purpose that is intended for us.  Scenes of brokenness, loneliness, destruction and every kind of evil flashed before me with incredible speed, along with the bitter emotions of those who must tragically reap the consequences of a life of disobedience. At the same time, I was mysteriously united with the heart of God and entered into His pain and longing.  There were no words between us, simply emotion that is beyond words.  Time stood still.  Then suddenly I was lying back across my bed.  I had no idea how long I had been there.

I share this with the hope that we will heed the Lord’s call to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

Will you join me in praying for our nation and world?  

Bishop Russ’s plea is for each one of us personally. Could you join us in praying daily for the USA government, its leaders, and the future? His experience called for repentance. Could you do the same?  Could you?

Also, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!