THE REORDERING PRESENCE

Blog 252

July 3, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert L. 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 REORDERING PRESENCE

            Anyone interested in miracles will find Lee Strobel’s The Case for Miracles to be an important read. Strobel builds a strong case for intellectually believing in the interventions of God. He presents both sides of the case for and against supernatural experience. The “for” far out weights the “against.” Here’s an example.

            Dr. Craig S. Keener, Ph.D is a well-known prodigious writer. One colleague described him as a scholar who comes along once in a century. However, that reputation did not come easy. As a boy, Keener had friends who did not adhere to the Christian faith, and a few claimed to be atheist. One day coming home from school, he was confronted by the doubters as well as believers who challenged him. As little Craig Keener finally walked home by himself, he kept thinking about their confrontations. Sitting down in his bedroom, Craig continued to argue with himself. Could their objections be true? And then he sensed “it” in the room with him.

            While he couldn’t define what was happening, Craig Keener knew God’s presence was suddenly there. Real, genuine, with him. The “Presence” exceeded all questions. He tried to spill out the issues his friends had confronted him with, but suddenly Craig felt something rush through his body. Never before had he known such a sensation, but he knew God had filled his life. Craig was immediately filled with wonder and worship.

            God’s greatness and awesomeness filled his life. As the encounter grew, Craig Keener realized his purpose in life. Moreso, he understood what The purpose is for everyone. All of us are to love God, to serve Him, and to worship Him. Craig put it this way. “Everything is to be built around Jesus.”

            From those few moments has grown a lifetime of accomplishment. Twenty-five years later, Keener had authored twenty-one books and been a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. But the story began one afternoon in a schoolboy’s bedroom. Craig Keener discovered skeptics can become saints.

By the way, did you discover the miraculous during 2021? Please email me your story at:  miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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PERSISTENCE PAYS

Blog 250

June 20,2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert L. 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.

PERSISTENCE PAYS

A number of times Jesus taught about the value of endurance even in the midst of struggles. In the l8th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, he gave the parable of the widow and the unjust judge with the admonition to always pray and not give up. Lydiah Parkinson’s story is an encouragement to us when the clouds seem to be hanging heavy over our house. She found this to be important in her life as she struggled to have a baby. Born in Kenya, East Africa, Lydiah had become a licensed practical nurse.  Her story makes the point. Divine interventions often take more time than we expect.

Lydiah and her husband Terry had been married for a year and a half when they decided they wanted a family. Unfortunately, they didn’t seem to be able to conceive. They turned to Dr. Benny Walker who recommended specialists in St. Paul, Minnesota. Extensive tests were run but no physical abnormalities were found. Lydiah began to pray over and over again. All they wanted was a baby…. just one baby would be fine, but nothing seemed to happen. She even began to envy other young mothers who seemed to have children so easily.

One Sunday evening, Lydiah attended Abundant Life Church, Blaine, Minnesota because an evangelist from Russia was speaking.  During the service, this unknown pastor stopped and called for her to come to the front of the church.  As the Holy Spirit moved, the evangelist had a word of knowledge. He told Lydiah that her desperate prayers had been heard and they would be answered within the coming year. She was surprised and hopeful … but…

Migraine headaches began to occur and she had to fight depression. Still struggling, she and her husband turned to artificial insemination. When nothing happened, Lydiah began to think about adoption of a child from another country, but her father James Mutahi had another idea. A deeply spiritual person, he believed that God still had a different plan for them. He encouraged her to continue in prayer and not lose sight of what her faith could bring. He encouraged Lydiah and Terry to believe that they would have a baby of their own.

One month later all of those prayers were answered. Lydiah was pregnant! The pregnancy was difficult with complications. Lydiah lost weight and struggled through hard days but the delivery came and a beautiful baby girl was born. Even with all the adversities and the weight loss problem, what the Russian evangelist told her had come to pass.  Baby Kimberly Elisabeth was everything they had hoped for.

Perhaps, you are wondering if all those complications been could have been avoided. I have no answer to that question. Possibly, the problem arose from circumstances we can’t understand. The real answer is that God’s promise came to pass. Next time you are struggling with delay, remember Lydiah as well as the story of Hannah in I Samuel. Ofter persistence does its own work in our life. Delay can build faith even when the darkness sets in. In those dark moments often the most important lessons of endurance are learned. Remember that the arm of the Lord is never short.

By the way, did you discover the miraculous during 2021? Please email me your story at:  miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

Readers of my MIRACLES NEVER CEASE blog will be fascinated by my latest book

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

ORDER NOW!

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Have you read my other latest book?

MAN ON FIRE: The story of the

Apostle John’s last disciple.

(Elk Lake Publishing)

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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!

DOES GOD STILL SPEAK TO US?

Blog 224

December 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 Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

DOES GOD STILL SPEAK TO US?

You bet! Recently I found an email that came in 2012 that I had overlooked. Cheril Hurley shared an experience that meant a great deal to her. Because her discoveries also involved me, I ,too,was grateful for what she learned. People often ask about whether it’s possible to have God speak to them. My discovery is that the speech of the Almighty comes in many different ways, but our heavenly Father speaks when we are listening.

Here’s what Cherl wrote.

“Robert, I just found you on Facebook to my delight. Several years ago I spoke with you on the phone regarding a Divine revelation I received as I was awokened from my sleep. I was on a renewed quest to find my faith again and spiritual heritage that I had left behind in my youth. The message (the revelation) I received form the Lord was a simple and profound one: “READ ROBERT WISE”.

Well, I had never heard of you or even if you had written something. Now my quest led me to some investigating after an “audible voice” commanded me to search you out. There was no Internet back then, so I went to a bookstore in the mall and requested they look up an author by the name Robert Wise. To my astonishment the clerk pulled up a list of books you had written and the latest was the series “People of the Covenant”. I had absolutely no idea what I was about to read or the adventure I was about to embark on but I was so excited that the Lord had spoken to me and actually told me what I was to do.

 I remember feeling so humbled and blessed that he chose me to tell this story to. What would it all mean and where would it take me. Now I knew I was on a Divine mission but for what? To make a very long story short, I devoured the books and that series changed my life forever. The Lord gave me a “heart for the Jewish people” and because of that I’ve not stopped questing for more and more. Because of your gifts of knowledge, wisdom, and writing skills and a Divine message of obedience given to me, I have been challenged and tested, and proved to be a lover and supporter of GOD’s chosen people and the land of Israel. Thank you for the most exciting journey of a lifetime.”

Thank you Cheril for encouraging us not only to listen but to act on what we hear.

Remember to …expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

MAN ON FIRE can be ordered on Amazon or at your local book store. 

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!

A HALLOWEEN SURPRISE!

BLOG 172

October 19, 2020

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert L. Wise has interviewed people in many states about their experiences with divine encounters. Because of the virus, he’s been unable to interview people. So, we’ve presented Summer Reruns. Now it’s Fall. So, here’s Fall Reruns!

Now it’s Fall. So, here’s Fall Reruns!

A HALLOWEEN SURPRISE!

Here we are in the season of werewolfs, monsters, and ghosts. Who’s been better at telling these stories than Anne Rice. The author of at least 27 best-selling books, the list included The Vampire Chronicles which was made into a movie. At book signings, she would often show up in a hearse wearing a flowing vampire’s cap. Anne Rice knew how to put on a show!

Now here’s the surprise.

One afternoon, she experienced a sense of the limitless power and majesty of God that left her convinced only the heavenly Father knew all the answers to all the theological questions that had tormented her for years. In one moment, Anne Rice knew that the God who made the Double Helix and the snow flake, the black hole in space, as well as the lilies of the valley knew and understood all creation in a way that we never could. She could trust in this all-knowing God who knew every single moment of every life lived in this universe. Anne Rice had crossed a line more dramatic and significant that any she had ever written about. A miracle indeed!

Before this moment, Anne had read the arguments circulating about the Christian faith. Anti-God books had dominated the best-seller lists. Professors had claimed to deconstruct Jesus with supposed insightful documents about who he was. She had heard the negatives and struggled to understand those ideas. But on this one afternoon, the nay-sayers fell away. Defeated by her personal encounter with new found trust in Jesus of Nazareth.

Today Anne Rice returns again and again to the Sermon on the Mount. She has found a blueprint for her life. I here words, she continues to celebrate “the greatest love story the world has ever known: that of a God who would come down here  (for us).”  Anne believes the love of God has sparked the only revolution that can truly change the world. Love.

Is this a miracle of a divine intervention? I leave it for you to decide. The important thing for Anne Rice is that the reality of the risen Christ remains with her. She concludes “that trust is what under girds my faith to this day.”

My latest books:

I Marched with Patton: A Firsthand Account of World War II Alongside One of the U.S. Army’s Greatest Generals!

by Frank Sisson (Author), Robert L. Wise (Author)

You can find I MARCHED WITH PATTON on Amazon.

82 Days on Okinawa: One American’s Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War’s Greatest Battle!

You can find 82 DAYS ON OKINAWA on Amazon.

by Art Shaw (Author), Robert L. Wise (Author)

SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

Blog 171

October 12,  2020

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 divine interventions.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT!   

Hey, I want to deviate from the usual path because I have something new that I think will be important for you. My latest book has just been released by Harper/Collins and I believe it will fascinate you!

Released immediately, I MARCHED WITH PATTON is the World War II story of a dear friend, Frank Sisson. I had known Frank for decades and never heard him mention of being in World War II. However, a couple of years ago, I noticed a plaque on the wall commemorating participation in the Battle of the Bulge. When I asked him about his involvement, he mumbled, “I don’t talk about it.”

As I pried the story out of him, his remembrances took me inside the war in a way that I had never known. I knew the public needed to read this account. In addition to the struggles of combat, Frank helped liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp and following the war became a Military Policeman in Berlin. His encounters with the Russians remains a story unto itself.

We developed this book to help contemporary Americans understand the values and ideals of the 75-80 million souls that perished because of this war. As I wrote these pages, I found myself again and again moved by the valor of the American soldier. You will be moved.

Perhaps, you read my 82 DAYS ON OKINAMWA that was released last March. The pandemic had just started and that blunted the release. However, the book is the first-person memories of Col. Art Shaw, also a dear friend who has since passed away.  His memories recount an era now passed, but important to recover.

Both of these books are available through Barnes & Noble or Amazon. They will more than suffice for those nights when there’s nothing much on television. They will warm your heart and challenge your soul.

Check it out!

You can find 82 DAYS ON OKINAWA on Amazon.

You can find I MARCHED WITH PATTON on Amazon.