A GENTLE NUDGE

Blog 198

May 23, 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 GENTLE NUDGE  

Many of my blogs convey stories of dramatic encounters that bring surprising changes and unexpected results. Miracles can certainly be like that.  However, divine interventions often occur without people realizing what is happening.  Sometimes we need to be alert to the possibility that God is working when we aren’t aware. This was the case with Lois Stagner.

Lois was a member of a local congregation and had been for years. She began to notice that her arm felt “funny.” Something wasn’t quite right.  She ignored the problem believing whatever it was would soon pass. Two and a half weeks went by. The arm didn’t get better.

Finally, Lois went to a hospital and her arm was checked out by the professionals. They didn’t find anything and reassured her there was no problem. Next Lois turned to a scanning machine that again reported she was okay.  However, Lois felt uneasy. There was an internal nudge that suggested she pay attention.

Once more Lois was sent back to her primary doctor who ordered another scan. Possibly the first one had missed something. With all of the back and forth, Lois’s arm continued to ache like there was a problem no matter what had not been found.  The next step was to see a neurologist.

The internal nudge persisted. Lois knew something more was telling her to pay attention to this irritation.  The neurologist agreed and ordered an arteriogram. Sure enough! There was blockage at a 50% rate. Usually, an operation isn’t performed until there is a 60% block, but the issue suggested that more needed to be done. They decided to operate. When the doctor came in after the procedure, they had found a more serious situation than expected. A tumor was abscessed and flaking off pieces that floated through her blood stream. Not only did Lois have a strange feeling in her arm, those pieces of the tumor could have killed her. Even though all those other medical procedures had missed it, her constant pursuit of the problem saved her life.

When I talked with Lois, she told me that she was convinced that the hand of God had been on her life all along. The unseen nudge had kept her searching. Although unexpected, the hand of God had prevailed even when medical diagnosis was to the contrary. Her experience can teach us to appreciate how the love of God is constant.  Even with people who aren’t spiritual attuned, He is at work. We should always be alert to those gentle nudges that can make such a difference.

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!

SILENCE BECAME SOUND

Blog 193

April 19, 2021

Faith heals

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.

SILENCE BECAME SOUND

Lee Strobel writes in The Case For Miracles about miraculous events that changed his mind from skepticism to faith. These stories were picked up from his experience and journeys. Here is another one of those events that created a new hope for Lee Strobel.

A well credentialed physician, Dr. R.F.R. Gardner had the opportunity to review the medical evidence both before and after the miracle occurred. This is unusual since circumstances don’t usually produce the same occasion for confirmation. However, the medical records for the nine-year-old British girl diagnosed her with untreatable lateral sensorineutral deafness.  (For personal reasons we will only call her Annie.)

Once diagnosed, Annie was fitted with hearing aids that helped her to a limited degree. However, Annie didn’t want to wear these devices all of her life. She went on a crusade to ask friends to intercede for her. Annie constantly prayed for herself and her parents joined in.  She was soon surrounded by intercessors.

“I kept feeling God was telling me to pray especially for healing,” Annie said.  “Passages kept coming to me.” She read in the Bible, “If you have the faith of a child … if one among you is ill lay on hands… And you shall receive …. Your faith has made you whole.” These scriptural verses encouraged Annie not to give up and keep praying

Unfortunately, Annie’s hearing aids were damaged at school. She had no other recourse but to return to the audiologists. She was examined and the devices refitted. Satisfied with the adjustment, she went home.

The following morning when Annie awoke, she knew something was different. Suddenly, she realized she could hear. Jumping out of bed, she rushed down stairs to tell her parents. Bounding down the stairs, she cried out, “Mummy, I can hear!”

The mother called the audiologists. “I don’t believe you,” he said dogmatically. “It’s impossible.” Finally, he hesitantly acknowledged it would take a miracle to restore hearing and wanted another audiogram done immediately.

To the astonishment of everyone, Annie could not only hear words and sounds, but whispers.  The audiologist concluded “I have no explanation for this. I have never seen anyting like it in my life.”

What happened? The medical profession had no answer. Annie did. People prayed. She constantly interceded and believed in biblical passages.

Can it still happen? It does everyday.

 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!

Are there Angels among us? Hear for yourself.

A SNAKE IN THE BUSHES

Blog 192

April 12, 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 SNAKE IN THE BUSHES

Lee Strobel writes in The Case For Miracles about a situation in Africa where Dr. Craig Keener’s wife’s sister had been attacked by a poisonous snake. For years he heard strange stories about Therese Magnouha. Had she been dead? Revived? What happened? When Dr. Keener flew to Congo-Brazzaveille, he discovered the whole story.

After returning through the jungle from helping a neighbor with food, Therese’s mother found the child crying. The marks on the child demonstrated the frightening fact.  A deadly snake had indeed struck the child. The mother grabbed the child and ran for help. With no clinic or doctors, she carried the child over the mountains, running as fast as she could.

But the child stopped breathing. The mother found a family friend and together they calculated that the child had not taken a breath in more than three hours. The two women knew there was no medical assistance or help to be found. All they could do was pray. Crying out with fervent intercession, they prayed to Jesus, over and over again.

Therese began breathing.

Dr. Keener discovered another amazing result. The child suffered no ill effects.  Dr Keener knew that brain damage begins only six minutes without oxygen.

The next day there were no lingering medical problems. Years later Therese Magnouha completed a graduate seminary degree. No brain damage or other problems developed. The doctor discovered the family had not been part of any emotionally exuberant church – just a mainline Protestant denomination. The doctor concluded that no matter what anyone said or thought, the child recovered after the prayer began.

Dr. Craig Keener had once held a highly-skeptical outlook. This and other similar situations blindsided him. He said, “With respect to my worldview, I had the chair pulled out from beneath me.”

The mother’s prayer revealed a far superior perspective.

                        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!

HEALING POWER

Blog 188

March 8, 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.

 HEALING POWER

I didn’t grow up in a world where people took angels seriously. They were considered more of a figure of speech, an interesting idea, something akin to fairies. During the past several years, I have been with people who shared their experience of angels. My perception has definitely changed. I have discovered that the Bible’s description of the angelic realm turns out to be amazingly true and helpful.

Here’s an example. Kim Kosteczko of Gardiner, New York  offers insight.

Kim and her mother had always believed in angels.  The challenge came when Kim received a telephone call from a neighbor saying that her mother had fallen and had a serious injury. She rushed home and found a package at the door. Kim set the parcel aside and hurried to her mother’s side.  At the hospital, x-rays were taken that revealed the worst. Her arm had been broken in two places and needed immediately surgery. But there was another problem.

Kim’s mother could not survive surgery. With a fragile heart and lungs, she wouldn’t make it. The doctor’s only alternative was a traction brace. The best he could offer was the hope that fusion would occur. The doctor felt certain that she would have to wear a brace for the rest of her life. Not much encouragement there. Kim’s mother was deeply depressed.

Kim prayed for divine intervention and ask for the angels to help. She encouraged her mother not to lose hope because Kim assured her the angels would help.

When Kim returned home, she saw the package that had been left on the porch.  Inside she was surprised to find three angels labelled Faith, Hope, and Love. A small pillow had been embroidered with, Friends Are Angels Without Wings. Kim took the angels to the hospital for her mother’s reassurance. She took a picture of her Mom holding the angels. To her surprise, the picture turned out to be more than she expected.

When it was developed, Kim’s mother was covered with white transparent light. She knew the picture was a sign of the angels covering her with healing grace. Seeing the angels caused her mother’s depression to lift.

Six-weeks later when they went for an appointment, the doctor was shocked. Her mother’s arm was completely healed!

            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!

Angel on my Shoulder

A FRIEND IN NEED

Blog 185

February 15, 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 FRIEND IN NEED

I am always amazed by the stories I run into that describe the unexpected appearances of the Unexpected. Over the past few years, I shared some of these accounts that happen in all kinds of places including winter blizzards. Right now we are preparing for a “whopper” starting tomorrow and dumping maybe as much as two feet of snow. That makes this a good time to remember what is possible when the cold winds blow in.

Jacinta Williams of Stuart, Florida has just such a story for us.

When an unexpected seizure hit her, Jacinta was terrified. With no history of epilepsy or any similar disorder, she was diagnosed with having a reaction to a prescription. However, while working on her job as a hair stylist, another attack knocked her on the floor still holding a bottle of hair color in her hand. Blackness swallowed her. Only slowly did she begin to return to consciousness.

Jacinta could hear muffled voices flowing around her. While she was struggling to regain full awareness she could hear more voices above her. Slowly, she began to realize that someone was holding her hand. When Jacinta opened her eyes, she saw a beautiful, smiling woman with long blonde hair and sparkling eyes. Jacinta guessed the woman must be around thirty-years-old.

As the woman looked into Jacinta’s eyes, she didn’t say a word. And yet — Jacinta clearly heard her say, “Do not be afraid. Soon you will be well.”

An ambulance arrived and the paramedics started preparing her for the ride to the hospital. She looked at them and her co-workers. “Where’s the beautiful lady who held my hand.” They shook their heads, not sure of what she was talking about. No one seemed to remember such a woman being there.

Once she was in the hospital and examined, the doctors assured her that the medication hadn’t left her system yet. Just as she had heard, Jacinta was okay. Now fully recovered, she realized what had happened in her shop. The voice was lovely beyond words and the assurance had come like a warm blanket in a cold winter. The beautiful woman was no woman at all. Jacinta had met her guardian angel.

Years later, she never had another seizure and remains a complete believer. Jacinta will tell you that angels are there all the time. Pay attention!

 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 host interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!


Episode 2 – Rev Joseph Bias

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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)

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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)

A SURPRISE FOR YOU

Blog 150
March 9, 2020

82 DAYS ON OKINAWA

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 SURPRISE FOR YOU

Please excuse me for diverting from my usual subject matter, but I have a new book I believe you’ll find helpful. I can place this work under the heading of inspirational because I will give you a new patriotic sense of the meaning of America. In a time of political chaos, this is a story of hope.

82 DAYS ON OKINAWA has been proclaimed as an unforgettable firsthand account of the Pacific’s war’s greatest Battle. The book has been released by Harper-Collins under the name of Col Art Shaw and Robert L. Wise.

I met 96-year-old Col. Art Shaw in my wife’s congregation. Hardly looking his age, the Colonel is now 100-years-old. He confided that for the scope of his long life, he had never talked about the war. I kept asking questions and the story flooded out. Throughout the following winter, we worked together as I probed his memory. In the beginning Col. Shaw was reluctant, but the story returned him to the battlefield and he gave me details few people ever heard.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, the Allied Army fleet descended on the Japanese island and began the most vicious struggle of World War II. The Army expected an 80% casualty rate. Then a Major, Art Shaw was the first American soldier to step ashore. Becoming legendary for its brutality, the struggle was a fight to the death for the Japanese. The U.S. Army’s 361st Artillery Battalion killed 37,763 of the enemy.

The confrontation was the last major battle of World War II as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought the war to an unconditional surrender on the part of Japan. Art shared with me the details of what he saw and experienced. I have tried to write both the spirit and the facts of this horrendous struggle.

You can find 82 DAYS ON OKINAWA at your local book store or on Amazon. I believe reading this story will give you a new confidence in America and the values that have made this country the land of the free. You will recover new conviction about our country’s great democracy. I hope the story give you renewed encouragement.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
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HOW DO MIRACLES OCCUR? Part 5

Blog 118 April 22, 2019

divine-guidance

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE ~ DO YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE TO SHARE? Robert Wise would be delighted to learn about your divine intervention. If you have a story to share, please contact him at revwise@att.net. He’s looking forward to hearing from you.

You met Quinton Moore in an earlier blog. I shared an incident in his ministry, but I didn’t go into details about his personal history. I think you will find more insight into his life and ministry instructive. Let me tell you a little more about his personal story.

Quinton Moore grew up in Pentecostal land. His grandmother had been the baby sitter for Oral Roberts while the cotton pickers worked in the fields. Today, Lottie Moore would be thought of as an old time Pentecostal. She lived in a world that assumed miracles came with the Christian faith. Quinton grew up in rural Oklahoma where Pentecostalism was a major religious force.

Grandmother Jessie Hargrove, a full blood Cherokee-Osage Indian, remains as one of his early memories. Quinton watched her pace back and forth praying in the Indian language and in tongues. Suddenly, she stopped. “Yes!” Jessie cried out. “I sees him!”

Eight-year old Quinton wasn’t sure what was going on, but watched his grandmother grab a shawl and ran to the door.

“Come on, Quinton,” she demanded. “We got to get to your uncle quick. He’s in real trouble. I now knows where he is now.”

Quinton piled into the pickup and they went flying down the road. He had no idea where they were going or where they were. Grandma Jessie seemed to have a map in her head and only she knew what was ahead. After a number of 90 degree turns on dirt roads he had never been on before, Quinton looked up and saw what was ahead.

“Hey!” he shouted. “That’s the cab to my uncle’s truck turned over!”

“Yes, son,” Grandma Jessie said. “That’s what the Holy Spirit showed me.”

They pulled up alongside the semi-trailer cab laying on its side. Jessie leaped out and climbed up the underside of the cab. “Just as the Spirit said! Your uncle’s down there out cold. He’s hurt. I’ll try to shake him loose. You run to that house over yonder and have them call an ambulance. Git with it!”

Quinton went running down the road to the nearest farm house. They were able to get his uncle to the hospital and saved his life. But Quinton couldn’t ever forget that experience. Without any knowledge of an accident, through her prayers, his grandmother Jessie had been able to discover the disaster and locate her son. She considered divine interventions to be simply part of her journey.

Her anticipation of the miraculous prepared her to receive special guidance that probably saved her son’s life. From the point of view of Grandmother Lottie Moore, it was all just part of the journey of faith.

Gives you something to think about.

HOW DO MIRACLES OCCUR?

Blog 117 April 15, 2019

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE ~ DO YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE TO SHARE? Robert Wise would be delighted to learn about your divine intervention. If you have a story to share, please contact him at revwise@att.net. He’s looking forward to hearing from you.

In last week’s blog, I told you the amazing story of what happened with Don Houston in his near-death encounter. Don still tells everyone about eternity and his time with angels before coming back to this world. What an amazing event!

My experience has led me to the conclusion that when we intercede for illness and brokenness, (Just as Don’s wife Rita did) we are literally calling for a new surge of life to enter the person. When the name Jesus is invoked, the name focuses on the reality that releases empowerment, bringing change in the body and mind of people needing help. The addition of new life brings the healing. Even when the body remains the same, new vitality touches the mind, the emotions, and the soul. Recovery of new life happened with many of the people I’ve reported on in these blogs.

Here’s another discovery I’ve made from listening to these stories. Humanity is meant to take dominion. And what is dominion?

The first mention of dominion can be found in the Book of Genesis. The creation story makes it clear that humanity is to have dominion over the earth. We are part of a divine partnership which means we have a responsibility for what happens in this world. For example, we can pray for a nice lawn but we don’t get Bermuda grass until we plant the seed. Sprinkling grass seed is taking dominion. When we are struggling with illness and pain, it is important to make a connection with the heavenly Father for Him to release life in and through us. A process, a connection exists between human need and the Life God wants to pour into and through us when we are praying.

I conclude from these many interviews that when people do not exercise dominion through prayer, they probably don’t receive the blessing that was intended for them. Openness is required when we seek the miraculous and that’s a form of taking dominion.

Interestingly enough, touch can provide a vital connection in taking dominion. What the Bible describes as “laying on of hands” is more than a ritual. Touching provides a connection that conveys life to the person in need. Everyone has times where they need more warmth and affirmation than they can find in themselves. When people pray for us and lovingly touch, life is conveyed.

Could the power of God intervene and produce a miracle without any of the human factor? Of course. What the heavenly Father chooses to do entirely out of His grace is unfathomable and miracles have continued since the beginning of time. However, this blog is about our part in helping to bring divine interventions to pass. That’s our target.

The events in these accounts describe what happened when a connection was made. Divine healing grace came through and recovery followed. Don’t hesitate to take it seriously. Your well-being could be in the balance.