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.

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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!

A DOUBLE DOSE OF LOVE  

Blog 208

August  2, 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.

A DOUBLE DOSE OF LOVE  

Sherre Ishmael had been deeply wounded by someone she loved. The pain had cut to her soul. Consequently, she came to a Service of the Healing Christ carrying that burden. This particular type of worship offered the reconciling work of the Holy Spirit and people came for many different needs. On this particular night, Sherre was struggling to restore the vessel of love that had been broken inside her.

To compound her problem, Sherre had always been a pragmatic person who approached situations in a logical manner. At times, she had felt the need to develop a greater ability to love people but let it pass. On this particular evening, she came forward wanting to experience the love of Christ in a new depth, hoping to be enabled to share His love with others.

A team of three intercessors were waiting as Sherre knelt in front of them. They laid hands on her and began to pray for a new gift of love to be given. The experience became electrifying.  Sherre began to realize that Jesus the Christ was pouring his love into her. Far from a sentimental emotion, she was discovering a practical, sacrificial kind of caring.  A desire to help others bubbled up inside her.

As that realization grew, in a new way, Sherre accepted the fact that Jesus Christ really did love her personally in a way she had failed to recognize. She discovered that he was calling her to a wholeness. Sherre realized she didn’t need to be perfect or exceptional, just available and obedient to what the Holy Spirit was calling her to do for others. Sherre knew God would be continuing to work in her life and He did!

Shortly, after this prayer experience, Sherre discovered that her arthritis had disappeared. A spin-off of more love in her life was a physical change that was also liberating.

Many times, we don’t think about the love of God being poured into our lives. We live in a highly competive world where the prime objective is to exceed others. From childhood, many of us have received injuries that keep us from caring about other or wanting to be helpful to others. The idea to suddenly be empowered with a greater depth of caring has never crossed our mind. Possibly it’s time to reconsider what our most basic need really is.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Eagerly desire the greater gifts. I will show you the most excellent way….these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 12:31- 13:13) The love Paul was describing is a gift that only God gives. Could you seek a greater healing than to receive this gift?”

Don’t be hesitant to reach out.

Remember: Expect the Unexpected.

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!

SPECIAL DELIVERY IN A TIME OF NEED

Blog 201

June 14, 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.

SPECIAL DELIVERY IN A TIME OF NEED

Scholars debate divine inspiration and how humanity communicates with divinity. Fascinating discussions but often with little return. However, in the midst of those debates, God Almighty continues to speak in His own ways. Sometimes contact is amazingly unique. One of the reasons for these weekly blogs is to help people learn to listen from speech of God, particularly when it is unexpected.

For example…

Hunter Riddell had probably been only around six-years old when I first met him. I was building steps in our Colorado home when he came down to help. I watched him grow up and even play football in Junior High. Along the way, Hunter had some hard knocks on his head that left permanent damage. He struggled.

I was out in my yard mowing the grass when I was surprised to discover his father standing beside me. I turned the mower off and noticed that his father had a painful look on his face. Before I could ask a question, he spoke.

“Hunter died last night,” Scott Riddell said. “He died in his sleep.”

I nearly doubled over. I couldn’t believe my ears. I had to ask Scott to repeat his words. It was all too unbelievable. The twenty-two-year young man was gone. We began talking about what had happened, both of us stumbling for words. Finally, we prayed together.

As he was leaving, Scott said, “I want you to know I got a special email about Hunter a short while ago.”

Nancy Frias, one of his friends in Denver, heard what happened and began praying. As clear and audible as if someone standing by her spoke, she heard a message.  “I have Hunter here. He is safe and well. There is no more pain for Hunter. Yes, sudden death is hard but I am the Comforter. Scott and La Nore will be loved through this. Pass it on “

The message impacted Scott and La Nore Riddell with the inspiration they needed in that moment to endure their loss. God had spoken and they were comforted beyond what words can express.

Does God still speak? Everyday.

Learning to listen may be the most profitable thing you can do .

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!

AN UNEXPECTED VOICE

Blog 163
July 27, 2020

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. 

AN UNEXPECTED VOICE

Richard O’Donnell responded to a couple of my blogs on angels (June 29 & July 13) and shared with me his experience of finding he had an angel on his shoulder. I called him up to inquire further into his experience. What followed was a fascinating conversation about an angelic voice that speaks to him all the time.

One of the reasons that I write these blogs is to encourage readers to pursue the same discoveries. Some people have experienced miracles, others divine interventions. More than once I heard from people with angelic visitations. My conversation with Richard proved to be one of the most interesting.

Richard shared that somewhere in his 30s he began to hear a voice that spoke through his thoughts. The voice was distinct soft, and subtle. Always conveying something spiritual or significant, the voice offered important messages. At first, Richard didn’t always follow the direction he was receiving, reasoning the suggestion didn’t seem logical. That was a mistake!

For example, the voice said “take an umbrella.” He looked at the sky and thought it’s not going to rain. He left the umbrella at home. It rained.

Part of Richard’s journey was prompted by the realization that his concept of God had been way too small. Without thinking about the problem, he had put God in a box. As he reached out to unusual resources like Indian Medicine Men, he found new expressions of Divinity. He got in touch with healing prayer and found that when you pray for healing of others, you find healing for yourself. His view of God expanded and more insight followed.

As he listened, he realized that the voice had never steered him wrong. Slowly, Richard began to realize that he had a guardian angel that was the source of the sound. Just before the pandemic hit, a warning came. This time Richard was paying careful attention and he prepared for the crisis. He has discovered the angel leads him into miraculous encounters with people in need. People are touched. The angelic presence speaks constantly. While this might not fit with secular logic that dominates in America today, Richard continues to encourage people to find their own angelic voice.

I found Richard’s experience to be an inspiration to anyone who would like to make the same discovery. Through the past several years, I’ve talked with many people who made similar realizations. I join with him in suggesting that you can’t make a more valuable find!

Thanks Richard. Your story has blessed us all.

If you’ve encountered a divine intervention, I’d like
to hear you’re your experience.
Please write me at: revwise@ att.net

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SUMMER RERUNS

Blog 156
May 25, 2020

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. 

SUMMER RERUNS

The corona-virus pandemic has made it impossible for me to make the contacts to continue reporting extraordinary happenings to ordinary people. However, I’ve got a mail bag of these great stories so I’m recycling some that you probably never read. Here’s an example.

I became interested in this subject because of a totally unexpected happening. A friend had invited me to attend a non-denominational gathering called Camp Farthest Out, a name given from the place where the movement began. The group emphasized love and healing prayer for all needs. I was a college student who certainly wasn’t into that type of expression, but I was in for a big surprise.

During an afternoon prayer session, I witnessed a woman recover sight in an eye that had been blind since she was five-years old. I was shocked, but knew I had stumbled on to some type of new paradigm I couldn’t explain or understand. Students in my university would not have believed in such a thing, but I had seen it with my own eyes.

Ten years later I came down with acute Nephritis, a serious kidney disease, causing my kidneys to begin shrinking. Once shrinkage begins, there was no cure at that time except to go on dialysis (not much hope there for a young man four decades ago). Later in another blog, I will describe the amazing experience that not only cured my illness but restored my kidneys. I had received a miracle (when I wasn’t even open to such a possibility).

When I tried to tell ministers and pastors that I had experienced a healing, most looked at me like I was still sick. The sympathetic didn’t know how to respond. Fundamentally, no one knew how to make any sense of my recovery. They just let it go.

That’s the problem. In most of today’s churches, folks don’t know what to say and let the subject drop. Pastors who don’t want to be thought of as fanatics won’t explore the subject. A high percentage of television evangelists have been discredited and clergy don’t want to go through that washing machine ringer. The subject of miracles simply hasn’t been considered. My concern is to see this blindness healed.

What can we learn from these two experiences that initiated my interest in miracles?

First, illness, sickness, and brokenness are an invitation for God to work. While disease and disaster often make us run for cover because nothing seems to work, they are also an invitation to turn to our heavenly Father with new expectations for His touch. God works directly and indirectly. Sometimes, He uses doctors, hospitals, and surgery. On other occasions, the Lord works directly. The basic issue is to recover trust in Him.

Second, we need to become open to trusting Him in every situation. Regardless of how events transpire, we expect Him to accomplish His purposes. Many people never pause to recognize they are simply not open to seek a Divine intervention. Open the doors of your heart and see what follows/

Please send your Divine intervention experience to: revwise@att.net

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FAITHFULNESS MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Blog 153
May 4, 2020

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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?

FAITHFULNESS MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Recently I was talking with Rev. Roger Gorman, currently pastoring Heritage Fellowship Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Previously, the Gorman’s had been missionaries in South Africa. I discovered Rev. Gorman knows the meaning of miracles!

When he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, his wife Mary Ruth knew the situation was serious. The Gormans immediately began to pray about this condition… but the problem got worse. Roger steadily began to lose weight and eventually lost 38 pounds. The doctors continued to be pessimistic and saw little hope.

Meanwhile, Roger’s body continued to deteriorate. He slipped into a coma and eventually a urologist recommended dialysis. The medical team did everything they knew how to do, but nothing seemed to stop his continual downhill slide. A bone marrow test was done in hopes of reversing the cancer, but that didn’t work. A stomach tube was surgically put into his stomach because he couldn’t eat. Examination discovered lesions in his esophagus as well as many ulcers in his stomach. Roger Gorman couldn’t have been in worse shape.

As these procedures were attempted, Mary Ruth kept praying. She had done so from the first moment that the diagnosis of prostrate cancer was given. Both Gormans continued to pray and call out for God’s help. When visitors came by, she called on them to join in prayer for Roger’s recovery. Mary Ruth was persistent.

Roger slipped into a coma and remained in that state for 13 days. During this time, the doctors became even more pessimistic and eventually one doctor told Mary Ruth that she needed to prepare herself for his death. While she understood, Mary Ruth refused to accept his diagnosis. Rather, people all over the world were alerted to Roger’s condition and asked to pray. People across Africa as well as America prayed. One church in Alabama dedicated an entire evening with the members doing nothing but intercede for Roger. Hundreds of prayers went up for his survival.

A medical missionary doctor was praying and envisioned death leaving Roger’s body. At that time, he was still in a coma but woke up. When Dr. Richard Honaker was praying, he believed that he heard the Lord say “as Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave, you can call Roger back from death.”

Finally, a friendly doctor came in and said, “Roger, your cancer has gone into remission. You will live.”

A multitude had called out for divine help. God had answered. Roger says, ““It is alright to ask God hard questions; it is alright to depend on the prayers of others when you cannot pray for yourself; and you are never alone.”

Who knows how many prayed? What we do know is that Roger is alive today.

You might find my collection of near-death experiences to be helpful.
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
Robert L. Wise Regal Books

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UNEXPECTED RESULTS: Part 2

Blog 147
January 27, 2020

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Contact me at revwise@att.net.

UNEXPECTED RESULTS: Part 2

You met Joseph Bias last week. Let me tell you more about this exceptional person. With a voice of immense capacity and power, he met and worked with famous people in the professional music business along the way. He recorded with singers like Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, Gloria Gaither, and Johnny Cash. After ordination to the Christian ministry in l981, he performed in the Billy Graham Crusades and Kenneth Copeland Ministries as well as Teen Challenge in Germany and Sweden. Joseph conducted the first Men’s Chorus for Promise Keepers at their gathering in Anaheim Stadium in California.

As I noted last week, Joseph finally settled in as the Ministry of Music at the First Methodist Church, conducting their Cathedral Choir and Orchestra. What I didn’t explain was how he got to that position.

Years earlier Joseph had gone to Nashville and worked with the renowned musician talent and composer Allen Moore. During this time, Joseph lived in fear that the healing of his vocal cords might not last. (I reported that story last week) He had gone by Allen Moore’s house and walked in not expecting to experience a profound sense of peacefulness. Allen told Joseph that he and his wife had been in a Bible Study.  Joseph was almost shocked as he didn’t expect such a thing from the music and band crowd he worked with. “A Bible Study?”

Joseph couldn’t help but remark, “There’s so much peace in your home.”

Allen said, “That’s Jesus.”

Joseph didn’t understand what Allen meant and couldn’t identify with that suggestion.

Allen said it again. “That’s Jesus.”

The conversation went back and forth three or four times. Joseph couldn’t figure out what it meant to identify with Jesus of the Bible in this kind of way. He certainly knew Jesus of the scripture but this a different idea. Allen suggested that Joseph should listen to a song that might help him understand. Entitled Feed My Sheep, the song based on the gospel of John (John 21:15-19) containing the message that Peter didn’t understand Jesus’ call to follow him.

“Come in and listen,” Allen said.

Allen turned on one of those reel-to-reel recorders and let the music float out. Joseph sat down on the rug on the floor and just listened. The song seemed to be a special message to Joseph and Joseph alone. He felt as if the Lord himself was saying let Joseph Bias know that I love him and want him to follow me just as Peter did.

Joseph felt emotion raising up in him. Never would he have expected such a thing. He started crying. When his friend Allen came into the room, Joseph confessed, “I need Jesus.” They prayed together for Joseph to come into the same peaceful relationship that he had felt when he entered the home.

Joseph told me as we talked together about this event, this was the first time that he truly felt loved as a person. He knew this overpowering, heart warming love had come from the Jesus he prayed to have a new relationship with.

However, you might describe this experience, I call it a divine intervention. Joseph’s life was never the same again and was profoundly marked by love. And it all happened because a friend shared his faith and awareness that Jesus of Nazareth lived in his home.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
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