BACK FROM THE BEYOND – Part Two

Blog 230

January 24, 2022

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.

BACK FROM THE BEYOND

Part Two

Last week I reported that The November/December issue of The Saturday Evening Post ran an article on near-death experiences written by Bruce Greyson, M.D. and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, parallels my findings. Here’s more of what he related.

In over a half century of investigation, Dr. Greyson  found that often there were similarities in people’s experiences. One-third change occupations and three-fourths made important changes in their lifestyles or activities. These changes were mostly consistent with people who had been involved in occupations that involved violence such as policemen or the military.

Thirty-six-year-old policeman Joe Geraci was used to seeing bloodshed in his work. Yet after his NDE (near-death experience) he could no longer watch TV because it was too violent. On an assignment, he endangered himself and another officer because he couldn’t fire his gun. He resigned and returned to being a teacher.

NDE survivor Emily was 49 when she sank while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet, her NDE survival changed everything. Her values shifted. She had been a successful real estate dealer for 17 years. She turned her business over to one of her sons and joined the Lutheran Church Home where she does marketing for the elderly. She says, “I now live to the fullest and would never, never be afraid of dying.”

What an encouraging word. There is more to life –And death—that we would ever have thought!

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!

BACK FROM THE BEYOND

Blog 229

January 16, 2022

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.

BACK FROM THE BEYOND

A few years ago, I wrote Crossing the Threshold of Eternity (Regal Books), a collection of near-death experiences of people I had known or investigated. The book is still out and you’d find it fascinating.

The November/December issue of The Saturday Evening Post ran similar stories about such experiences. Written by Bruce Greyson, M.D. and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neu behavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he parallels my findings.

Here’s an example.

In the Vietnam jungle, Steve Price’s bulletproof vest was pieced by shrapnel and mortar fragments pierced his lung. The 24-year-old Marine was rushed to a hospital. During the operation ‘something’ happened. Here’s his account.

“Suddenly, I realized I was up on the ceiling, looking down at my body. A brilliant white light embraced and encompassed me. It took me in. I felt such warmth and peace and was bathed in the most peaceful joyous feeling imaginable. I found myself in a place like the Garden of Eden. I didn’t say the word God for a long time, but now I can say that the light was God. It was like the most loving mother embracing her infant, only a million times more than that.  On the other side a steam bubbling through the garden was my long-dead grandfather. I went to move toward him, but it was over.”

The effect on Steve Price left him with an almost inability to shoot his gun because he didn’t want to kill people. He became so sensitive that when others were hurt, Steve could feel their pain. His entire perspective on life was changed.

There are differences, but Steve Price’s story parallels so many others I reported in Crossing the Threshold of Eternity. The truth is that the Bible tells us precious little about the other side, but these narratives give us compelling glimpse of what is beyond.

Thank you, Steve Price. Your experience helps.

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!

UNEXPECTED GIFTS WITH GRACE

Blog 228

January 8, 2022

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.

UNEXPECTED GIFTS WITH GRACE

As I talked with people who had miraculous experiences, I have picked up stories of people who also developed additional gifts of grace as they came into a new or deepened relationship with the Holy Spirit. Sometimes these spiritual endowments almost defied imagination. Here’s an unusual example from Peru.

Martin de Porres was born into a world of prejudice, but this black man turned rejection into faith, not friction. Few Peruvians would accept a mixed-race illegitimate child, so the deck was stacked against de Porres from the moment he was born. His father, a Spanish nobleman, refused to marry his mother, a freed slave from Panama. De Porres and his younger sister, Juana, grew up poor, socially demeaned, and unacknowledged by their father. To heal the wounds of rejection, he plunged into the Christian faith. The result was remarkable.

Associates said they saw him levitate. He could communicate with animals and be in two places simultaneously. Yet, in Lima, Peru, Martin de Porres was reviled by many simply because of the color of his skin. Local law even forbade him from becoming a full member of the religious order to which he devoted his life. He was able to join a Dominican monastery, wear the robes, and live among the other residents—but only as a worker who cleaned and did laundry. Martin made it his lifelong objective and practice to turn prejudice into spiritual passion.

De Porres became a most remarkable person. As he moved among the people, he soon developed a reputation for redeeming people. Frugal and humble, he was so devout that after his death eighty-four miracles were attributed to him.

De Porres was said to be able to go through locked doors. He was spotted in faraway Mexico and Japan, despite never having left Peru. He and a group of novices found themselves miles from the monastery and late to prayer, he asked them to take his hands. In an instant, the group was back home.

De Porres’s boundless compassion extended to the lowliest of creatures. He was told to set out poisons to get rid the monastery of pests, but it pained de Porre to do so. He went into the garden and called to the rats quietly. He warned them not to eat the poison and said he would be happy to feed them in the garden every day, so long as they stopped bothering the monks. The rats behaved themselves.

How do you relate to such descriptions? I admit that I would have been skeptic if I had not seen wild birds fly down on Agnes Sanford’s veranda and take a piece of bread out of her hand. Agnes had powerful spiritual abilities to related to nature. My time with her taught me that Martin De Porres’s gifts were examples of how grace can transform our abilities, even when the impartations are unexpected. How about you? An encouragement here? You never can tell. 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!

A NEW YEAR WITH HOPE

Blog 227

January 1, 2022

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.

A NEW YEAR WITH HOPE

During the last twelve months, I have been blessed to run into people who have experienced the hand of God touching their lives. What a divine accident! Over and over, I’ve bumped into recipients of a touch of grace. Subsequently, these encounters inspire me to look to the coming year with hope.

At the same time, I know the holidays are difficult for people with losses that can never be recovered. Good people are out there still searching for God’s intervention. My experience says, “Don’t give up and stop hoping. The best is yet to be.”

Here’s an example. The Christmas story ends with Joseph having an inspired dream, guiding him to leave Israel with Mary and the baby. Joseph would tell us to keep dreaming because God often speaks through our dreams. Of course, most of our dreams are only our thought processes ordering and reordering our waking experiences. However, don’t discount your dreams as an avenue to the miraculous.

My next-door neighbors Wiley and Carrie found this to be true. Born with a heart defect, their son Garret struggled through eighteen-years of medical issues. He actually lived more than three years longer that most children with this problem. Nevertheless, Carrie was devastated when Garret came to the end of his life. A woman of strong and determined faith, she was heartbroken.  Struggling with the meaning of his death, she had this dream.

Wiley and Carrie were standing on a bridge holding baby Garret. As they crossed the bridge, Garret began to grow until when they reached the other side and he had become a full grown eighteen-year young man.

Carrie looked in front of them and saw another bridge, old, broken, virtually destroyed. She couldn’t imagine how they would ever get across. Garret would have an impossible time on that worn span.

Abruptly, Jesus appeared standing next to Garret. They smiled and suddenly both were gone. Disappeared!

As Carried dreamed the scene, she realized that her son no longer had to face a destructive bridge, a struggling life with a broken body. Though it was a severe mercy, her heavenly Father had spared Garret and the family found a devastating journey.  Even with their heart-break, the family had encountered God’s love intervening.

What would Carrie tell you as you face the coming year? Don’t stop dreaming and hoping, God is always there even in unseen and unexpected ways. Not always understood, miracles keep happening.

And for you? 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!

THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL

Blog 226

December 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.

THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL

In all the hub-bub of rushing through departments stores, worrying if the packages you sent got there, and fighting the traffic, it’s easy to forget what Christmas is really all about.  Trading presents, watching the Christmas tree lights sparkle, and fixing a turkey for the family gathering can obscure one of the most important insights of the season.

Christmas is about the greatest miracle of all.

Let’s push the school Christmas pageants aside and close our eyes to the football bowl games for a moment. The story begins in a stinking barn with the pungent smell of stale hay that would make a pregnant woman nauseated. Probably, Joseph had to find a shovel to push the animal manure out of the way. Animals would have watched indifferently while two strangers struggled to find a soft place for the woman overcome with pain to lay down because the birth would wait no longer. Poor people trying to survive on the outskirts of the world.

And what does it all mean?

We are all poor people living precariously on the margins of this world. The nativity remains a parable of the human condition before redemption has been born in us. The forlorn dirty barn is a construct of our situation, our emptiness in an indifferent world. While we like to think of ourselves as the prosperous, the conquerors, the almighty, people with big bank accounts, but that Bethlehem barn is the true portrait of our poverty and limitations.

And yet in our bleakness and bareness, God comes. His appearance has absolutely nothing to do with all those things we consider to be so important. Where does God meet us? In the emptiness of our broken lives.

And therein is the miracle.  The God of love asks nothing but our love. So, a baby is born in the cold of a winter night and 2,000 years later the world still comes to the manager. In the midst of our need, there is really no other place to go. We can stand up because we first bowed down.

What a strange story. What an unexpected story. What a miraculous story.

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!

ANGELS COME IN MANY COLORS

Blog 225

December 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.

ANGELS COME IN MANY COLORS

Last week I suggested that you take Mark’s Gospel and make two columns on a sheet of paper putting what happened on one side when the event wasn’t miraculous and on the other, write when a miracle followed. My prediction was that you would discover that 60 to 70 percent of the ministry of Jesus focused on miracles. I wanted all readers to discover miracles were normative in the ministry of Jesus. BECAUSE they still are today in spite of most people not recognizing the fact.

Here’s an example. 

In the Christmas season, we sing and talk about the intervention of God with the angels. Maybe one is as close as your Christmas tree.

Recently, I was talking with Lisa King-Kirkland. Lisa is a nurse in the Integris Hospital system who can slip a needle in your arm so gently you don’t even notice it. Lisa was telling me about her discovery that angels come in all different colors.

As a child, Lisa and her sisters Melanie and Angela were driving through Houston, Texas on an inter-state highway when their mother Doris Murthy missed thire turn off. Not having any idea what to do next, Doris continued down the highway. Suddenly, she noticed steam coming up under the car’s hood.  Lost in a huge metropolitan city, Doris had no idea what to do but pull off at the next exit and pray for help.

At that moment, she noticed a car following her.

When she pulled over to stop, the other car did the same. Doris was frightened. A nice looking black man got out and walked up.

“Do you need some help, ma’am,” the man asked.

“Do I ever,” Doris said. “Steam is pouring out of my car.  I’m lost, and I have three little girls in the back seat. I don’t even know how to lift the hood.”

“Let me see what I can do,”

The man walked around to the front of the car. The hood immediately raised and he began doing something underneath. After a couple of minutes, he shut the hood. “Your radiator was low. There wasn’t enough water in the pump, but I’ve got it fixed now.” He shut the hood. “Let me tell you how to get back to where you want to go. You need to get back on the inter-state going back to where you missed it.” He offered a few other important tips to get her to her destination.”

Doris sat there amazed at how quicky her problem had been solved. She realized she needed to thank him and got out of her car. There was no car behind her. There was no man who had helped. There was nothing but an empty space.

Doris couldn’t believe her eyes.

She got back in the car and said to Lisa and her sisters, “The Lord has just provided us with a real angel!”

Now years later, Lisa’s life is still touched by that experience and she certainly believes in angels. Lisa wants you to know angels come in many different colors… and to keep looking for them.

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!

RECOVERING TRUST

Blog 225

December 13, 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.

RECOVERING TRUST

Here’s an exercise for you. Take Mark’s Gospel and make two columns on a sheet of paper. On one side put what happened that wasn’t miraculous and on the other place when a miracle followed. You will discover that 60 to 70 percent of the ministry of Jesus focused on miracles. They were normative!

During my many conversations with people who have encountered the miraculous, I often found they needed to find or recover a new sense of God’s mercy. Rather than floundering in doubt, they needed to stand up in defiance. Here’s an example of a family in Ireland who made the transition.

When Mike and Aster Mullin’s son Andrew began displaying unusual symptoms and losing weight, they took him to their family physician for a checkup. “The doctors examined him but couldn’t find anything wrong,” Aster said. “But I knew something wasn’t right. When I found the lump on his back, the cold hand of fear gripped my heart.” The discovery of that lump would initiate a storm of tests and a final diagnosis of stage 4 neuroblastoma.

The Mullins soon discovered that the cancer in Andrew’s body had affected nearly every bone, including his spinal column. In the midst of the battle for their son’s life, Mike and Aster struggled to hold on to their faith.

 “I’d been told all my life that God was in control, that He had a purpose for everything we experienced in life, but my heart was confused,” Mike. “I couldn’t understand how I, as an imperfect parent, could have more compassion for my son than God did. Did I have to beg God for mercy? At one point, I remember thinking, Maybe, if we got 10,000 people praying, God would respond,” Mike recalled.

“I just couldn’t figure out why we were still praying at all,” Aster added. “I mean if everything in our lives was set in stone, if God controlled everything, then why bother?” “We were in survival mode,” Mike said.

The Mullin’s then received a CD series from the Andrew Wommack Ministries instructing them on how to use their faith to face Andrew’s condition. What they found boosted their faith! “We discovered that healing is a part of our salvation and that we could lay hands on the sick and see them recover.”

The Mullins immediately laid hands on their son’s legs and arms and commanded health into his bones. Several days later, new test results came in, and Andrew’s bones were completely cancer-free! As they continued to learn more about healing and their authority as believers, the Mullins prayed for their son again.

 “We commanded cancer to leave his body in the name of Jesus and stood on God’s promise that no poison or other deadly thing would harm Andrew, despite the progressive treatment he was undergoing (Mark 16:18).” Then the doctors called to confirm that Andrew’s whole body was cancer-free and that all his organs were healthy and functioning normally!

There’s nothing magical about the miraculous. However, when we access the dimension of God’s empowerment, the results can be just as amazing. The Mullin’s will certainly testify to that fact.

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!

BE THANKFUL

Blog 223

November 29, 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.

BE THANKFUL

What should we be thankful for? Well, if nothing else you can be grateful you’re not a turkey. It is a matter of perspective.

Some years ago, I was in the magnificent National Cathedral in Mexico City when a beggar walked in from the zocalo. With no shoes and ragged clothes, the man must have struggled to exist. Yet, he walked into one of the side chapels and knelt on the stone floor, he lifted his arms to heaven to thank God.

A beam of light shown down from the clerestory windows far above and fell around the beggar like a spotlight. As I watched from behind a huge pillar, I thought that the blessing of heaven must be descending on that man.

He had so little, but so much.

Regardless of how this year has been, we all have so much to be thankful for. If nothing else, the light of heaven still shines on us even when we don’t recognize it. On this weekend of remembrance, let us all be thankful.

So much has been given.

And 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!