AN ATTACK IN THE NIGHT

Blog 183

February 1, 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.

AN ATTACK IN THE NIGHT

Douglas Connelly analyzed what the Bible said about angels illustrated with stories he discovered about the subject. His book Angels Around Us tells amazing stories. Here’s an example.

In 1950 throughout the African nation of Kenya, the Mau Mau were angry with British Colonization of their land. An uprising had begun. While American missionaries tried to help the tribe, they had become a target for violence. The African Inland Mission in Kenya became venerable.

Soon the missionaries learned that the Mau Mau were planning to strike their area and kill them along with anyone who believed the Christian message. The clergy immediately gathered their families together in the mission compound.  While they intended to defend their families as best they could, the missionaries knew that they would be greatly outnumbered.  Rolls of barbed wire were strung around their camp and lights were fixed to come on at night when anyone came into their camp.

On the night of the attack, the missionaries and their families gathered in one of the buildings and began to pray.  Men stood at the door with the few weapons they had. All through the night they interceded and pleaded for God’s provision. As the sun came up, they realized that the attack wasn’t coming. No one could explain why, but they were grateful.

Several months later, one of the missionaries met with one of the captured Mau Mau warriors and led him to the Christian faith. After his conversion, the native told him the rest of the story. A large contingent of combatants had surrounded the missionary village on the night planned for the attack. Just as they were about to strike, large fiery creatures suddenly appeared in front of them, coming out of the dark. Frightened by what they saw, the warriors ran and refused ever to come back.

The missionaries concluded that while they had not seen anything, their heavenly Father opened the eyes of the attackers to see God’s band of angels. Douglas Connelly believes the “fiery creatures” were protecting angels sent to save them.

What can we learn? Is it possible that when we put ourselves in the hands of God, He continues to work behind the scenes in ways we never know about? Is it possible that the Almighty works removing obstacles that we didn’t even know were there? The African missionaries would say so.  Don’t only trust what you can see: trust what may be unknown.

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

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A VOICE IN THE NIGHT

Blog 182

January 25, 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 VOICE IN THE NIGHT

In Lee Strobel’s book The Case For Miracles, he chronicles the American perspective on the possibilists of a divine intervention. In this time of skepticism and doubt, I find it interesting that 51% of the country still believe the miracles stories in the Bible are true. When asked if they believe such is still possible today, 67% said yes. Only 15% said no. Baby Boomers ranked the highest with 71% believing in the possibility and young adults had a lower level of 61% believing in the miraculous. In this country, we have a remarkably high rate of people who accept the idea that their heavenly Father can intervene on their behalf.

In my experience travelling in Africa, I have found that possibly an even higher percent believes in the promise. Because those cultures are not as marked by skepticism, they appear to have a more natural child-like willingness  to believe that seems to open heaven’s doors more easily.  I do not mean that they are in some way backward or naïve. Many of these cultures are simply more open.

When I started seeking people who had some variety of divine encounter, I was surprised by how reticent many were to speak about the wonderful experiences they had received. They seemed embarrassed because the climate in their church or circle or friends was a ring of doubt. That’s been the climate in the American church. But here’s the facts. Two out of five US adults (38%) have had such an encounter. Based on 2016 data, that means a staggering 94, 792,000 Americans are convinced that God has performed at least one miracle in their lives.

No matter how you stack it up, that’s amazing. Now, I know you don’t develop your religious perspective based on statistics, but it’s nice to know how large the crowd is that you might be running in. We can encourage each other!

The purpose of these blogs has been to embolden your quest for the highest and the best. Even when we consider ourselves to be the least or most unqualified, we are actually the best candidates for a divine intervention. Remember that Jesus taught that the poor in spirit will inherit the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 5:3) Do not be afraid to reach out for the hand of God when you are in need.

Can I guarantee a miracle? Of course not. The nature of the supernatural remains a mystery. We are always reaching into a cloud with little understanding of what we will find. Remember some day we will all die. At the same time, the promise remains on the other side of that cloud.

Starting this week, you can see my interviews live on YouTube and Facebook. Simply key in MIRACLES NEVER CEASE and the interviews will come up. Tune in and see us live.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a miracle. Sent it to me at Wise on Miracles@google.com.

Let The Miracles Begin!

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A VOICE IN THE NIGHT

Blog 181

January 18, 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 VOICE IN THE NIGHT

Might God be at work when it s not clear what is going or the situation is not definable? Consider Jennifer Groesbeck’s story.

The twenty-five-year-old mother had been studying to become a medical assistant and was driving home on a dark night. The car struck a concrete barrier, went out of control, and careened off the road. Her sedan flipped over and landed upside down in a cold river that was not visible from the highway. No one saw the wreck.

Fourteen hours later a fisherman spotted the car and immediately called the police. The officers hurried to the scene and tried to ascertain what had occurred.  When they looked into the car window, they could see an arm floating in the water but little more. The severity of the wreck left the impression that no one could have survived. They started to back off and wait for a wrecker.

At that moment, they heard a woman’s voice softly pleading, “Help me, we’re in here.”

The officers immediately stopped. The words were completely clear. One man shouted back, “Hang in there! We’re trying what we can!” Other rescuers heard the plea. The police immediately plunged into the tide, trying to open the wrecked car.

With water up to their necks, the officers pushed on the overturned car trying to upright it. Slowly, they were able to tilt the car back on its side. When they looked in the windows, they were shocked. Jennifer Groesbeck had died on impact, but in the backseat was an unconscious eighteen-month-old girl hanging upside down in her car seat. The top of her blond-haired had been just inches about the water line.

But the mother died on impact. Where did the woman’s voice come from?”

Officer Tyler Beddoes maintained other rescuers had also heard the voice. Beddoes said he wasn’t a particularly religious guy but when he tried to understand what the heard, the only answer that came up was a miracle.

By the way –ever have an important hunch run through your mind in the night and wonder where that thought came from? Might surprise you if you knew.

Let The Miracles Begin!

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HE DOESN’T MISS A THING

Blog 180

January 11, 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.

HE DOESN’T MISS A THING

I first met Dr. Helen Roseveare at a Inter-Varsity Conference in the dead of winter. It was cold outside, but she made you feel warm inside. Dr. Roseveare had been one of those marvelous dedicated missionaries from early in the last century who gave up the comforts surrounding them to reach out to countries like Uganda. During the day she was a medical doctor, but at night she worked in a brick factory to be personal and close to the natives. Tender hands needed for surgery were tested by the rough, abrasive surface of bricks. That’s a story unto itself.

Out in the jungle, a native woman died during childbirth leaving behind a premature baby and a grieving two-year old daughter. Without electricity and no incubator as well as few supplies, the baby’s life was in grave danger.  The only hot water bottle in the makeshift hospital had burst when filled with hot water to use to warm the baby. They also needed food. Dr. Roseveare asked everyone to pray. The siuation was desperate. One faith-filled little girl named Ruth prayed aloud for a hot water bottle.

“Please God send us a hot water bottle,” Ruth prayed in her childish way. “It will be not be any good by tomorrow. The baby will be dead so please send it by this afternoon.”

 The prayer did seem presumptuous to Rosevearae and she feared the girl had pushed her petitions too far, but the situation was desperate so she let it go. Dr. Roseveare knew God could do anything up to a point, but wasn’t the girl’s prayer beyond the limits? The prayer made her nervous.

Doing the best they could, the small native staff went back to work. A couple of hours later a car dropped off a twenty-two-pound parcel sent from the doctor’s homeland. She had never received one such package in the four years she lived in Africa. Everyone gathered around this unexpected gift from Ireland. The orphans began opening the box and sorting through the large bundle. Bandages were found for the lepers and even some badly needed food.

Food for them! Little Ruth dug to the bottom of the box and found it! A new hot-water bottle to keep the baby warm! And more! A beautifully dressed doll was waiting for her.

Dr. Roseveare said. “I cried. I had not asked God to send the bottle.  I had not believed that He could.” The child did.

But there’s more.

The parcel had been packed five months earlier by Roseveare’s former Sunday School class. The leader had felt prompted to include a hot water bottle (for hot Africa?) and a girl contributed the doll.  This package was the only one ever to arrive and it was prayed for by the faith of a child.

What’s needed to experience miracles today? Could it be the simple faith of a child?

Let the Miracles begin…

A NEW YEAR OF EXPECTATIONS

Blog 179

January 1, 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 NEW YEAR OF EXPECTATIONS

Our heavenly Father is a creator who always brings newness into being. In my past years of researching and following people who had divine experiences, I’ve learned how unexpected His work can be. You can’t figure out the comings and goings of our Creator, but only hang on for the ride. We can live in hope and with expectation. My prayer is that these weekly blogs have increased your sensitivity to His hand working in your life and developed a greater anticipation of the possibilities.

I have noticed that having experienced one divine intervention does not exclude other problems and possibilities. I’ve seen persons with extraordinary healings have a recurrence of problems or similar issues later. Often the problem was whether the person was open and stayed open to the Holy Spirit’s work. Remember that we all have free will. Our resistance can keep the door shut. God made us this way. Obviously, we pray for the will of God and seek to pursue it. However, I’ve observed some good people with faith praying, “I know you can if it is your will which amounted to saying, “I’m not really sure about your interventions so I’m going to play it safe and hedge my bets.” Is not that the opposite of faith?

My discovery is that the most important way to pray is, “… ask in my Name and you shall receive.” (John 16:23-24) This passage is not some kind of heavenly slot machine that only requires you to pull the lever. A mystery always remains in the working of God and predictability is hidden in the many other purposes of the Father. At the same time, the ministry of Jesus demonstrates that we must come seeking while we remain open to alternatives that may later surprise us.

The miracles of God are part of the mystery of redemption. This impenetrable fact is difficult for a secular society to grasp. Americans have been raised in a society that philosophically rejects the reality and immediate presence of the Divine. At the same time, as noted in an earlier blog, 67% of Americans believe miracles are possible. My desire is that these weekly blogs have encouraged you to accept the miraculous as beyond your ability to comprehend while still walking into the enigma with hope. We find balance and maintain stability through hope.

Paul wrote, “…we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope.  And hope  does not  disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”

As we launch into a new year may this Divine hope lead us onward to grasp the hand of God and walk with Him expecting the highest and the best.

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!

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

You can find 82 DAYS ON OKINAWA on Amazon.

A SURPRISE AT A TRUCK STOP

Blog 178

December 21, 2020

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 AT A TRUCK STOP

Archbishop Michael Owen has been my dearest friend for a thousand years. We eat lunch together every Tuesday and have been doing so for over twenty years. Last week we were sharing stories from our past and he began relating his experience with Junior Neece.

Junior had a deep and unique love and concern for the poor. Having grown up under difficult circumstances, he knew how hard poverty can be. In the 70’s even though he could neither read nor write, Junior went off to a southern university to play football. Because he was unusually big and strong, they weren’t worried about something as unimportant as going to class or passing a test. So, Junior rocked along knocking people out of his way on the gridiron.

Rev. Michael knew about Junior’s work with the poor and invited him to speak in a church he was pastoring. The effect was electric as Junior’s message was so powerful and personal that people were moved to be more generous than usual. Mike wondered where this capacity had come from. Junior told him this story.

He stopped at a filling station to fill up for the long trip to Alabama. Junior figured that ought to take him maybe to Memphis, Tennessee. A deshelled looking old man walked up and ask if he could catch a ride south. At first, Junior was hesitant. Hitchhikers weren’t particularly safe, but something nudged him to give the man a ride.

“Sure,” Junior said. “Get in my pickup.”

As they rode down the highway. The old man began to ask questions. “Did you ever tell your wife and boys about your struggles growing up?”

Junior stared. How could this guy know he was married and had children?

The old man kept pressing. “You’ve had lots of painful experiences, haven’t you?”

Junior could feel his words cutting into him. The man began describing in detail some of Junior’s hardest moments. Tears started running down his face. He coughed and sputtered. This old man had touched the deepest places in his life, places he had tried to avoid. Junior began to feel the love of God shinning into his heart and moving him deeply. His road trip had turned into an epiphany.

Finally, the gas gauge indicated a need to fill up. Wiping the tears from his eyes, he pulled into a gas station and got out. “I’ll be right back,” he told the old man. He hung up the gas pump and got back in the truck. The old man had disappeared.

Long ago, the Apostle Paul told us to pay attention because some of have been visited by angles unaware. Such a visit forever changed Junior Neece’s life. By the way, Junior learned to read and write through studying the Bible.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’ll be back in 2021

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!

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

You can find 82 DAYS ON OKINAWA on Amazon.

EVIDENCE FOR DIVINE INTERVENTIONS – 2

Blog 177

December 14, 2020

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.

EVIDENCE FOR DIVINE INTERVENTIONS

Part 2

In Lee Strobel’s The Case for Miracles he explores both the doubts and experiences of people who experienced divine interventions. He found that 67% of American believe miracles are possible. Only 15% said no. An eye popping 94,792,000 believe they have experienced a miracle. If you have doubts, Strobel’s book will prove helpful. Here’s an example of his findings.

Mayo Clinic diagnosed Barbara with multiple sclerosis. Board certified surgeon Dr. Harold Adolph said she was the most hopelessly ill person he had ever seen.  She continued to deteriorate, spending significant amounts of time in hospitals.  Eventually Barbara lost all control of her bodily functions and became legally blind, seeing only shadowy figures in the dark. She ended up bedfast with her hands permanently flexed. Her life expectancy was less than six months.

Someone called in her condition to the radio station for the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. A request for prayer was sent out with 450 people resounding that they would pray for Barbara.  On Pentecost Sunday, her aunt came over to read those letters from people who cared. During a lull in the reading, Barbara was sure she heard a man’s voice. The words were clear and filled with compassion.

“My child, get up and walk,” the voice said.

Barbara became agitated and reported what she heard. She called for her family to come in and gather around. She felt compelled to do what she heard. The oxygen tube was pulled out.  Barbara stood on legs that had not supported her for years.  Her mother ran into the room and screamed, “You have muscles again.!”

The family moved to the living room to rejoice and pray, but Barbara found it hard to sit still.  When her mother returned to the Wheaton Wesleyan Church, the pastor asked if there were any announcements. Her mother stood and reported the miracle’ the congregation broke in clapping and cheering.

On Monday, Barbara returned to the doctor’s office for an exam. When he saw her walk down the hall, the doctor said, “I thought I was seeing an apparition. No one had ever seen anything like this before.” The doctor told Barbara, “This is medically impossible. But you are now free to go out and live your life.”

Barbara has now lived forty-five years with no reoccurrence of the illness.  

Lee Strobel started out as an atheist. He no longer is.

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!

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

You can find 82 DAYS ON OKINAWA on Amazon.

EVIDENCE FOR DIVINE INTERVENTIONS

Blog 176

December 7, 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 the touch of God.

EVIDENCE FOR DIVINE INTERVENTIONS

Lee Strobel started out as an atheist. Along the way, his investigations of miracles turned him into a believer. A journalist with a Master of studies from Yale, he became a best-selling author. In his The Case for Miracles Strobel explores both the doubts and experiences of people who experienced divine interventions. He found that 67% of American believe miracles are possible. Only 15% said no. An eye popping 94,792,000 believe they have experienced a miracle. If you have doubts, Strobel’s book will prove helpful. Here’s an example of his findings.

A nine-year-old British girl was diagnosed with deafness. Apparently, a virus had damaged the nerves in both of her ears. A well-credentialed physician examined the girl and certified her condition. The records indicate her diagnosis was untreatable bilateral sensorinetural deafness. The girl was deaf … end of story … until…

Because she didn’t want to wear hearing devices, the girl began to pray specifically for a healing. Family and friends joined her. Her mother felt a definite prompting to ask God to help her daughter. The girl felt that God was specifically telling her to ask for release. She kept reading passages in the Bible like, … if you have faith like a child, … if any among you is ill, lay on hands… ask and you shall receive.

The girl had to return to an audiologist because one of her hearing aids was damaged at school. The problem was fixed and she went home. The next evening, she realized something was different. Jumping out of bed, she ran down stairs proclaim, “Mummy, I can hear!”

When her mother tested her, she discovered her daughter could even hear a whisper. The audiologists refused to believe her. But after she was tested, the audiologist confessed she had never seen anything like what had happened. Both ears tested normal.

Lee Strobel’s conclusion is believing in the miraculous is intellectually acceptable.

Can 94,792,000 people be wrong? I don’t think so.


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!

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

You can find 82 DAYS ON OKINAWA on Amazon.