WHEN YOU GET DEPRESSED

Blog 272

December 26, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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.

WHEN YOU GET DEPRESSED

Common knowledge tells us that many people get depressed during the Christmas season. Misplaced emotions, personal loss, failures, etc. tend to pop up during the holidays when we are supposed to be happy and in a mood to celebrate. Unfortunately, many people just aren’t there. Let me offer you encouragement. Recovery of hope can be found closer than you realize.

Here’s what happened to Doris Miller (an anonymous name for personal reasons).

Doris developed suicidal depression when she was a teenager. The condition worsened and Doris became obsessed with the idea of killing herself. Fortunately, the situation never became quite right to do so. Doris concluded that in some way God was keeping her from suicide. That thought made her furious. She was becoming desperate.

One night Doris reached the breaking point. She screamed her rage at God until she finally broke down in tears. She shouted that if He wasn’t going to let her die, then her Creator had to do something about what was boiling inside of her. The anger, the bitterness, pain, and hurt had become almost unbearable. She pleaded with God that she couldn’t live with all this negativity inside her. If she had to live, then He had to help her with the pain.

Years later Doris still finds it difficult to described what happened next. She felt like she left her body and floated above herself. When Doris became aware again, the oppressiveness and pain had vanished. The weight of her negative feelings left her. Doris started to function emotionally in a normal way. Her depression was cured.

We can observe several things that happened to balance her emotions. First, she honestly faced her feelings. Although painful and frighteningly defeating, Doris got in touch with what was amiss inside her. Second, she hurled her problem before God and demanded He do something about the struggle. Another name for that response is faith. When she cried out, her heavenly Father met that need. When people throw themselves at the feet of the Father, He never fails to pick them up. While desperation can be unbearable, it can lead us to the place where deliverance is found.

If you tend to have negative feelings around this season or at any time, know that your Creator remains concerned for His creation that their days “may be merry and bright” as the song says. The Almighty waits only for us.

As always…remember miracles never cease!

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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JUDITH’S MIRACLES PART TWO

Blog 271

December 18, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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.

JUDITH’S MIRACLES

PART TWO

Last week I shared Judith MacNutt’s first experience of a miracle. Her story appeared in the Christian Healing Ministry’s Healingline newsletter. I had known Judith and Francis MacNutt for years as well as being involved in healing conferences with Francis who had a remarkable healing gift as well as exceptional perception.

The MacNutt’s ministry reminds us of several things. Some people have a special gift of praying for people and bringing healing results just as others have a natural ability to compose a song or write a book.  On the other hand, anyone can work at getting better at expressing themselves as well as praying for others. It’s a matter of practice and persistence.

Here’s how this perspective was expressed in Judith’s life.

Some years before they were married, Judith came to a friend’s house because Francis was there praying for people’s need. Judith had just learned that her gynecologist diagnosed a cervical cancer or a pre-cancer and was recommending a hysterectomy. Judith came for prayer, hoping Francis’ healing gift might change her condition. She sat quietly in a chair with her eyes closed when he placed his hands on her head.

She remembers, “I felt the power of God go powerfully through me. He had his hand resting on my forehead and I felt him pressing down firmly, so much so I was trying to lean forward to counteract it.” Judith remembers thinking “You’re pressing down too hard and this is really uncomfortable.”

But when she opened her eyes, Francis wasn’t even standing there. He had moved on across the room. The pressure that Judith felt was the Holy Spirit. The power of God was so strong that she felt frozen in the chair.

The next day, Judith returned to Dr. William Reed for a second opinion on her pending operation. More tests were run to make sure of the what the surgery would accomplish. Dr. Reed returned with the final results.

His response was straight forward. “Go home. God has healed you. All the tissue is pink like a tiny baby. You don’t have cancer anymore.”

The MacNutt’s spent a lifetime learning and practicing healing prayer. You can do the same. Don’t gauge your ability by what someone else does. Don’t be afraid to begin praying for people when the need appears. Step out in faith and your heavenly Father will lead you the rest of the way. Your most exciting days will be ahead.

Oh yes …remember miracles never cease!

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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JUDITH’S MIRCLES

Blog 270

December 11, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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.

JUDITH’S MIRCLES

In my most recent YouTube interview, I related my previous relationship with Francis MacNutt and his wife Judith, both wonderful friends. Their Christian Healing Ministries newsletter just carried Judith’s experience of a miraculous experience in her life. I think you’ll find her story important.

At one time, Judith ran a House of Prayer in Jerusalem, Israel where she first met Francis. She returned to her home in eastern Kentucky and was still developing in the work of healing prayer as she continued to develop her capacity to intercede. On that particular night, she and her friends were preparing a dinner party with beef fondue. Boiling Crisco oil was almost ready to be poured into the fondue pot. The steaming container was carried to the table.

“I’m afraid that pan will burn the table,” Judith’s father said. “Let’s put a pan under it.”

As the pot was picked up, the handle snapped! Boiling oil erupted and drenched both of Judith’s hands. The pain instantly became excruciating!

A country doctor lived across the street. Judith was rushed over to him. The doctor took one look and cried “You’ve destroyed your hands!”

Without even a pause, the doctor told Judith what would be the consequences of such a deep burn. The devastating result would result in scars and possible infection. A second or third-degree burn would take the color out of her skin and leave her hands swollen and possibly painful to the touch.

Judith’s friends gathered around her and began praying. From their time in Israel, Judith and her friends knew that miracles could happen. They had seen them happen in their Prayer House. Judith and her team prayed for the hand of God to touch her hands.

By the time, Judith got ready to go to bed, her right hand was completely restored. It looked like nothing had happened. When she awoke the next morning, her left hand was healed.

Because that day was Sunday, Judith and her friends went to her childhood church. In this little country church, people often came forward to express new found faith. As she shared her story, the pastor and most of the congregation were astonished and didn’t know how to respond. The congregation couldn’t believe her healing was possible.  They didn’t believe healing happened in today’s world. Her experience was beyond any expectation they had.

Judith’s response? She smiled. Judith had received the touch of God that left all reluctance in the shadows. Is that possible for you? You bet.

Remember miracles never cease!

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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TRICK OR TREAT

Blog 265

October 30, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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.

TRICK OR TREAT

Well, well, here we are on Halloween! We’re suppose to get ready for scary stuff—monsters in the back yard and all. In Mexico, the holiday is called La Día de Los Muertos, The Day of The Dead, honoring those who have died. Sounds a little more civilized than the horror movies that always come with October. However, it is surprising when death can bring a miracle. Here’s a story that happened to a close friend of mine.

When she was around twenty-seven- years old, Donna’s mother died. The mother’s life had been caught up in turmoil and struggles. She had left her husband to become involved with an egotistical narcissistic man with little feeling or concern for anyone but himself.  No one knows exactly what happened, but she overdosed on some form of sleeping pills. Because she was estranged from her family, a state of upheaval and chaos followed. Donna and her sister Linda were overwhelmed. Everyone was pushed to their limit.

I came into the picture because I was Donna’s pastor. Her mother’s boyfriend didn’t want much of a funeral because he was hostile to all religious instructions. Initially, he only tolerated me.

When her condition was discovered, the mother was rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Upon arrival, she was pronounced deceased. Everyone was swept away with emotion. Donna and Linda made their way down to the small chapel in the hospital where they could be alone. Huddled together and kneeling at the rail in front of the altar, they poured out their grief in prayer.

As Donna cried out in prayer, she suddenly felt a hand on her shoulder. The warmth and pressure instantly felt reassuring. Although no one was behind her, Donna knew a presence was there. Reassurance surged through her.. And then an inner voice spoke. “Be at peace.”

At that same moment, Linda felt the identical touch and profound sense of assurance. Her brokenness began to break. Her despair drained. Everything was different.

“I think Jesus was here,” Linda whispered. “He put his robe around us.”

The two women stopped crying and knew they could live with what every happened next. I was able to establish a relationship with the boyfriend and a proper funeral followed.

Far, far beyond a Halloween “treat,” Donna and Linda had received a visitation that transformed the meaning of death. They could go on in confidence. Death could not be proud; Life had triumphed.

Just remember. Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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

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GUERILLAS IN THE MIST

Blog 264

October 23, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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.

GUERILLAS IN THE MIST

Sometimes the intervention of God comes in ways we would never expect. We may even participate unexpectedly without realizing that we are part of the way that the Holy Spirit is at work. Here’s an example.

The family of Margene Earl were Wycliffe Bible Translators in the jungles of south Mexico and often traveled through dangerous territory to get to their work. On one of these occasions, they found themselves trapped by a guerilla team blocking the road. Surrounded by thick jungle, a dense fog descended on them.

Wearing bandanas that marked them as part of an extremist militant group, the bandits pointed their AK-47 rifles straight at the Earl’s car. Because so many people had disappeared in the jungle, Margene was certain they were dead.

She immediately remembered the stories of Brother Andrew smuggling Bibles into Communist countries. God had protected him by blinding the border guards to the Bibles in the backseat of his car. Margene prayed, “God, you blinded the guards to keep from seeing Brother Andrew’s Bibles in his back seat and they let him cross the border. Please God, confuse these men so they cannot understand us and guide them to let us go on.”

Her father rolled down the window and began speaking to the men in Spanish. One of the rebels began trying to talk to Margene’s mother, but she couldn’t understand him. While she was quite capable of speaking and understanding Spanish, Margene started saying in English, “We don’t understand.” She leaned out the window on her father’s side and kept saying. “We don’t understand.”

One of the guerillas motioned for them to move on, but another one jumped in front of the car with his rifle pointed at both parents. Once more Margene screamed in English, “We don’t understand.”

The leader of the rebel turned to the other men and said in Spanish, “They are tourists. They don’t understand. Let them go.” They waved the car on.

Margene realized that God had answered her prayer in exactly the way she asked. For reasons that she couldn’t explain, Margene had spoken in English when she was quite capable of speaking Spanish. The guerillas were confused and ended up  being the ones who didn’t understand. The results were exactly the same as had happened with Brother Andrew.  It was truly a miracle that they had escaped and survived.

The lesson? When you pray, be open to all the possibilities, even ones that seem impossible. Just remember. Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Remember to expect the unexpected! And let the miracles begin!

A REDEEMING INTERVENTON

Blog 262

October 9, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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 REDEEMING INTERVENTON

Each week these stories are offered to encourage you to reach for the hand of God when need arrives. No one can predict what will follow, but my interviews with hundreds of people indicated that a divine intervention always waits in the wings. Steve and Holly Trover will tell you this is so.

In 2008, Steve was praying about his business when he felt the Lord telling him that they were to have another child. Already with three beautiful children, he was surprised as was Holly when he shared the leading. Holly conceived almost immediately. A couple of months into the pregnancy, they went to the doctor for an ultrasound test.

They were shocked.

After careful measurements and calculations, the physician relayed devastating news. Their baby would be born with Down syndrome. Explaining slowly and carefully, what the tests revealed, the doctor was certain the child would be born severely affected. His recommendation was that the pregnancy be terminated. The Trovers listened, but had no intent to have an abortion.

Steve and Holly turned to their small group for prayer and support. They reflected on the teaching of their church. They had also received insight from an Andrew Womack seminar.  Together they prayed and decided to stand on what they believed the Bible taught. Regardless of what was ahead, they decided to reject an abortion and stand in faith to face what was ahead.

When several months had passed, they returned to the doctor, he once again went through the examination process. The physician once more checked and rechecked. He took measurements several times. Finally in exasperation, he threw up his hands. There had been a transformation in the Trover’s baby.

Baby Nathaniel was born perfect.  Newborns are rated on a APGAR scale where scores range from zero to ten being the best. Nathaniel was a ten, a perfect score.

How does one find a miracle? Steve and Holly Trover suggest listening to the Holy Sprit and standing firm on what you believe to be true.

Just remember. Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

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Remember to expect the unexpected! And let the miracles begin!

WHEN THE UNEXPECTED BECOMES A GIFT

Blog 259

September 19, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD 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.

WHEN THE UNEXPECTED BECOMES A GIFT

I just discovered a host of messages from readers that had gone undetected for some time … even several years. In the age of computers, sometimes things go haywire. I apologize to my readers if I missed your communication. The responses have all been very encouraging. Remember, if you have had a miraculous intervention or discovery in your life, I’d like to hear about it. People all over the world are listening and need your word of encouragement.

Craig Michael shared an important story that happened to him as a pilot. Craig flies over fields and sprays wheat in the Spring time. He asked an ag-pilot, or also known as a crop duster, to come to Oklahoma and help him with a heavy schedule back in 2016. Of course, the friend knew little about the Oklahoma surroundings but agreed to help fly over the wheat fields.

From where the airplanes flew south of Oklahoma City is located a small cemetery. The old beautiful location is surrounded by trees and a peaceful quiet. The two pilots took off for their daily run as usual. Abruptly, Craig got a call from the other pilot. The man was clearly upset.

“I can’t believe it,” the pilot sputtered. “I didn’t know they were down there and I just flew low over a funeral in progress.”

“Really?”

“Yeah, I’m sure I upset those folks. I wouldn’t have done so for the world. The roar must have scared them to death.”

“Look,” Craig said. “We have a job to do and you certainly meant no harm. I’m sure it will be okay. Let’s go to work.”

The pilots carried out their assignments and returned to the airport. The two airplanes taxied in and stopped. When Craig looked out, his wife was running toward the airplane, waving her arms. “There’s a bunch of people over here who want to talk with you. Don’t know what the situation is, but they are extremely well dressed. “

Craig got out of the airplane slowly, not sure of what to expect.

One of men dressed in black stepped forward. “We were just holding a funeral when an airplane flew over quite low. We wanted to know who was flying that plane.”

Craig shuddered. Did they have a big problem?

“Why do you asked?” Craig said.

“Our father was a crop duster,” the man said. “He died a few years ago and was buried in Oklahoma in the mid-‘70’s.  All eleven of us children grew up around airports. After his death, our family moved to California. When our mother died, we knew she’d want to be buried close to our father. So, we brought her back to be buried in the same cemetery.

“I see,” Craig said slowly. “I think I’m beginning to understand.”

“Having that crop duster fly over just as the service was concluding was the most comforting and memorable thing that could have happened. We were so very grateful. As our mother went to her rest by our father, we were profoundly touched by that fly-by. We wanted to thank the pilot.”

A miracle? I’m not sure I would put it in that class, but you might. Surely that ‘accident’ proved to be the hand of God touching and reassuring the morning family. Sometimes the touch of God comes in ways when we can’t decide whether it was only chance or Providence. However, when the timing is perfect, I’d bet on the hand of God showing up right on schedule.

Just remember. Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

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Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel:

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Remember to expect the unexpected! And let the miracles begin!

HEALING PRAYER

Blog 256

August 7, 2022

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert L. Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

HEALING PRAYER

Judith and Franics MacNutt have been friends and associates for many decades. No one better demonstrated and practiced the gifts of the Holy Spirit than this couple who founded Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida. Their vision for a healing center has inspired generations of believers. Judith now continues this work by herself. In a recent edition of Healing Line, their newsletter, she relates her personal story of the desperate need for the work of the Holy Spirit.

Living in the Appalachian small town of Jackson, Kentucky, little Judith was seven-years old when she learned that the high school girls would be coming to school in special party dresses for the school prom and she wanted to watch. Judith kept begging her mother to allow her to ride her bicycle to the school. Finally, she agreed only if Judith stayed on the sidewalk. 

Immediately, Judith took off to watch the special school event unfold. She pulled up in front of the school to watch. Sure enough, the students began arriving, looking like a million dollars. Each couple looked like something out of Vogue magazine.

Judith didn’t notice that a car had swerved into the parking lot. The couple driving had been drinking heavily and didn’t hit the brakes Bouncing over the curb, the car came at Judith like a guided missile. She couldn’t get out of the way. The car smashed into Judith. The drunken driver was so disoriented that when he threw the car into reverse, he ran over her a second time!

Observers rushed forward to help the broken child. Because the town was small, they knew her and where her house was. Judith was picked up and carried home. The doctor rushed in to examine the child.

“No point in trying to get her to the hospital in Lexington,” the doctor concluded. “She’d never make it there alive.”

All her mother said was, “We’ll see.”

Judith’s mother had for years believed in fervent prayer. She had a conviction that intercession could change the inevitable. For three days and nights, she sat by Judith’s bed and prayed an unceasing prayer. Nothing deterred her constant supplication.

As the third day was ending, Judith’s eyes began to flutter. The comma broke. She opened her eyes and looked around. “What happened to my bicycle?’ was her first question. Only as she grew older did Judith understand how extraordinary her recovery had been.

What happened? Jesus told a number of parables about persistence. The parable of the old coin illustrated a women’s constant quest without any break until the coin was found. (Luke 15:8-10)  The parable of the persistent widow demonstrated the same teaching. Don’t stop. (Luke 18:1-8).

These parables and Judith MacNutt’s experience have a lesson for anyone seeking a miracle. Don’t let your faith lag when the results are not immediate. Trust God to have a better plan.

Just remember. Miracles never cease.

Did you discover something miraculous during the past year? I’d be delighted to hear your story. Please write me. Please email me your story at: miracles@miraclesnevercease.com.

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

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

ORDER NOW!

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel:

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Remember to expect the unexpected! And let the miracles begin!