SURPRISED BY THE UNEXPECTED

Blog 127
July 29, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

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SURPRISED BY THE UNEXPECTED

In today’s world, miracles are certainly the unexpected. However, what they produce is also often unexpected. My encounters with people who experienced divine interventions is that they also discovered there is a side effect that is part of what changed their life. Only later and in retrospect do they realize that their heavenly Father was directing an even greater change in their life than they realized at the time they received a special touch of grace.

Joe Bickerman had such an experience.

Joe and a companion were zooming down the freeway and had just gone under and overpass when an explosion rocked the entire highway complex. The blast seemed to come from overhead. Because they had just passed under the heavy concrete roadway, Joe’s immediate thought was that a truck had run into the guardrail. An enormous greenish-orangish cloud began to settle over the entire highway system, making visibility impossible. A truck carrying liquid ammonia had burst into flames.

Suddenly, an enormous ripping noise filled the car. A tearing sound signaled that some piece of flying metal had cut off the back end of their vehicle. Fires started to spring up. The highway filled with debris. The destroyed vehicle finally slid to a screeching halt. The back end of their car was long gone.

Later when the highway patrol investigated the situation, Joe had to admit they were going 57 mph in a 55 mph lane. The officer explained that 2 mph difference saved their lives. If they had been going only 55 mph, they would have been killed. Two extra miles made all the difference.

You might argue that this wasn’t a miracle, but a chance of fate. Joe wouldn’t agree. He was convinced that the hand of God had saved him for some reason. Joe began analyzing his life. If God had saved him from disaster, it had to be for some purpose. What could that be?

As he was recovering, Joe became aware that a high percent of financial awards for damages given through the legal system were never collected. People sometimes ran; people just didn’t pay up. Often attorneys didn’t want to go through the struggle to make the prosecuted pay. As Joe became aware of the problem, he realized he knew how to help injured folks get the money owed them. He has spent the rest of his life holding seminars for lawyers and lay people as well as guiding the prospective recipients in receiving the funds owned them.

Grateful people believe Joe is a miracle.

Make sure you don’t walk away from an unexpected circumstance and assume it was all just chance. The consequences may prove to validate that God did intervene.

You might find my collection of near-death experiences to be helpful.
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TOUCHDOWN IN A HOSPITAL

Blog 126
July 22, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

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TOUCHDOWN IN A HOSPITAL

Two things are predictable in Oklahoma in the summer. Football season is about to start and everyone’s attention is focused on which team is going to the top. And it’s hot! You can bet the temperature is headed for 1000. Newspapers run stories about frying an egg on the sidewalk.

High school senior Sam Tignor embraced both football and the heat out there on the practice field in Deer Creek, Oklahoma, on June 28. The weather people said it would be hot, but the heat index shot up and with a worse turn that day that took people by surprise. Out on the practice field getting in shape, Sam got the full intensity of the blazing sun.

With sweat rolling off his forehead, he staggered to the bench and tried to cover his face. Suddenly, he began to vomit. His eyes rolled back in his head. Sam began to convulse and went into seizures. Tumbling to the ground, he passed out.

His coach father Lance immediately recognized how serious the situation was. Sam had to get to the hospital at once. Loading the unconscious young man in the backseat of a pickup truck, they raced to a hospital which turned out to be the only one in the area equipped to deal with such a problem.

The emergency room raced into action. Sam was packed in a high-tech cooling vest. A breathing tube was placed in his throat. Doctors went to work, but soon came out with a grim prognosis. The next 24 to 72 hours were critical. Sam would be in a comma and could go either way. There was a strong possibility that Sam wouldn’t make it. Sam had suffered a heat stroke.

The physician immediately put him on the liver transplant list as his liver was failing with no hope of recovery. An enzyme count of 30-40 is normal, but Sam’s was over 8,000. If he did survive, Sam would need a transplant.

Sam’s grandfather was a minister with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The word went out in every direction calling on people to pray. His aunt Susan was in touch with groups that prayed. People were praying in Mexico and Africa. Intercessors in the Philippines and other states in America prayed for Sam. Visitors prayed by his bedside as well as total strangers across the world.

After a couple of days, one of the nurses said, “I’ve never heard the doctor use the word ‘miracle’ before. He is suddenly calling Sam “the miracle boy.” His mother Dusti had said earlier, “whether he makes it, or goes the other way, we are still believers.” Now the nurses and doctors were telling her, “You know this is a miracle? Right?”

The breathing tube is gone and his voice returning. Sam will be going home shortly. What happened? When people from all over the world prayed, their intercessions became like a giant power line sending life into Sam’s failing body. Life surged through Sam where previously there had been damage.

Does prayer work? Sam will certainly tell you it does. His recovery is a miracle that kicked the ball right over the goal post!

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CAN YOU HEAR GOD SPEAK?

Blog 123
July 1, 2019

miracles

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

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CAN YOU HEAR GOD SPEAK?

The Bible is filled with stories of God speaking to people. Have you ever wondered how that happened? As in the case when Joseph was warned to take the baby Jesus and Mary to Egypt, an angel spoke in a dream. On the other hand, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and made the annunciation of the birth of the Christ child. After the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, angels came and ministered to him.

Of course, angels are not the same as the heavenly Father, but these stories of divine intervention tell us that it was possible to hear messages from heaven. But is that still possible today? There are plenty of people around who attest that it still happens. There are no rules or procedures, but some people say they continue to hear divine speech. Sometimes God seems to speak through circumstances. Often, people have thoughts that race through their minds that they are know are not from them. Ideas pop into people’s heads and they know they have received a message from God. Recently, I heard one of the more unusual stories of divine communication.

At the time, Glyn McDowell was a young man in his ‘20s. He considered himself a Christian with the usual typical beliefs one learns in Sunday School. However, his life was far from what believers usually expect. Glyn told me he was running around, drinking too much, simply having a wild time when possible. Having a good time was about all that interested him. Nobody had much money in those days and whatever work could be found was important so Glyn got into house painting.

He had just started in on a project to paint the backside of a house. Glyn was up on a ladder painting away when he heard “the voice.” The speech didn’t come through his thought processes, but clearly came through his eardrum. It was as clear as if someone was standing next to him talking into his ear.

“Go pay for your Blue Cross- Blue Shield insurance plan right now.”

The message scared Glyn McDowell so badly that he jumped down from the ladder, ran to his pickup, and drove to his home in Benton, Missouri. Once he had taken care of making sure he was completely properly signed up for the insurance plan, he drove back to the house where he was painting and started in again. However, the voice was so real and powerful that it left him unnerved. Glyn was certain God had spoken to him and it scared the pants off of him.

Two days later his wife became ill and had to be hospitalized. If he had not acquired insurance coverage, her time in the hospital would have wiped him out financially.

Glyn saved the Blue Cross/Blue Shield bill and still has it after all these years because he knows that the heavenly Father saved him from disaster. The bill reminds him to listen for God to speak every day. Why doesn’t this happen to everyone? I have no idea or explanation, but Glyn convinced me it is possible to hear God speak as plainly as a conversation with your next-door neighbor.

When I asked him what he learned from this experience, Glyn said, “God can help you even when you’re not asking for His help.”

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THE UNEXPECTED!

Blog 122
June 24, 2019

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A NEW BLOG IS HERE!

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

You might also want to look at the widely read blog on the MIDDLE EAST from Robert L. Wise, Ph.D. features weekly updates on little known facts about Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, countries where Wise has traveled and worked. In an unbiased and politically neutral manner, he reports an objective view of what’s happening.

EXPLORE DIVINE INTERVENTIONS

Each week Robert Wise talks with, interviews, and follows everyday people who encountered miraculous interventions in their lives. Their amazing stories are described and explored to understand how these encounters occurred. No one theological view or denominational perspective is involved. Wise is open to what transpired regardless of the individual’s persuasion.

You will be challenged, inspired, and intrigued by these interviews. For over three years, Wise spoke with a wide range of people. Some were Christians; some were not. Many stayed outside the church while others were devout attenders. Wherever people had encounters, he discussed with them about what they saw, felt and experienced.

THE UNEXPECTED!

For three years Robert Wise explored the divine interventions that had taken place in individual lives. To his surprise, he discovered that many people had virtually never told anyone what wondrous fact occurred. They worried were concerned that people would think them crazy. The experience of divine intervention has been that unusual with many people and churches. Some denominations concluded that the miraculous age ended with the Apostles and that consequently after 100 A.D. there were no more such occurrences. Sorry. History doesn’t support that idea.

Another group’s practices were considered emotionalism. The unusual was explained away as being only rampant hysteria. The conclusion was that after the excessive sensation wore off, the so-called miracle disappeared and the person was left with the same problem as before. Clearly, there have been many cases where hype in mass meetings manipulated suffering people. However, the events that Wise encountered had nothing to do with emotion, jazzed up mass meetings, or people being controlled in a volatile environment. We will explore this scene in depth!

WE WANT YOUR STORY

Robert Wise also wants to know your history. Do you have an experience that you’ve never shared but know is important? Don’t worry about explaining or justifying the facts. Just let Robert Wise know. In the weeks that are before us, we will be considering many important happenings that demonstrate God is still at work in today’s world. You’ll be amazed and inspired by each of the blogs that explore a divine intervention.

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THE POWER OF THE SACRAMENTS

Blog 120
June 10, 2019

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THE POWER OF THE SACRAMENTS

You would find Nina Paul to be a fascinating person. She is a priest with the Open Catholic Church which is highly sacramental, but has no connection with the Roman Catholic Church. Nina Paul is part of the Independent Sacramental Movement and responsible for the St. Theresa Open Seminary. For some time, she has also worked as a hospice chaplain.

A hospice in Oxnard, California called Chaplain Paul to come and minister to a dying man. Pee Wee was in the last hours of his life. He could barely talk and wasn’t expected to live for more than a short time. Pee Wee had been turned out at nine years of age and grew up on the streets as a homeless person. All contact with his original family was lost and disappeared 40 years earlier. As best anyone could tell, Pee Wee had no religious training or any sort of a spiritual background or interest.

When Chaplain Paul arrived, she discovered that it was very difficult to understand the man as he could barely speak. She asked Pee Wee what she could do for him.

“I want to be baptized,” he barely uttered.

The Chaplain wasn’t sure she heard right and ask him three times to make sure she had correctly understood his desire. Each time he mumbled “yes” and nodded his head. As any good priest would do, Nina Paul began the baptismal ceremony using the liturgy of the church and the proper sacramental preparations. After she finished that ceremony, she led Pee Wee in the prayers of Confirmation which ended with, “Strengthen, O Lord, your servant Pee Wee with your Holy Spirit; empower him for your service and sustain him all the days of his life. Amen.”
Pee Wee fell back on the pillow and Nina left. Two hours later, she was at home when the nurse called.

“What in the hell did you do to Pee Wee?” she barked. “Get down here at once!”
Nina couldn’t figure out what she had done wrong, but was terrified. What had occurred?

When she got to the hospice center, she found Pee Wee sitting outside in a wheelchair, smoking a cigarette, and talking to one of the patients.
“Two hours ago, he was nearly dead and now he’s completely restored!” the nurse said breathlessly. “Look out there! What did you do?”

Nina Paul hadn’t expected such a dramatic result, but the only explanation was that the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation had brought new life to Pee Wee. Nina was overwhelmed.

During the next two-weeks, Pee Wee was able to restore his broken relationship with his family. He found his mother and a sister he had lost. The long-forgotten family gathered around him and he died peacefully.

Pee Wee had gone from his deathbed to a wheel chair almost instantly. Where did the miracle come from? Nina Paul says, “It was the power of the sacraments that produced the healing.”

HOW DO MIRACLES OCCUR?

Blog 119
June 1, 2019

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HOW DO MIRACLES OCCUR?

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

Quinton Moore grew up in Pentecostal land but had a higher regard for education than many in his church After Quinton completed an excellent education, he felt called into the ministry and began exploring various aspects of ministry. A church in Liberal, Kansas called him to come up and speak. Taking his new wife Annie with him, he drove to a small congregation in Liberal, Kansas, to try his hand at preaching. Around 35 people showed up to hear this young man.

The typical plain church building had a pulpit in the center of the sanctuary and a Communion Table underneath with a thanksgiving basket sitting in the middle of the table. Bananas, apples, oranges had been piled together to represent the harvest season. People sauntered in and sat down to listen to this young fellow.

One man was particularly noticeable. Slumped down in the middle of the pew, the man stared at Quinton with a defiant look on his face. While no words were spoken, he seemed to be daring the preacher to say something of value. Quinton could feel the challenge written across the man’s face.

The service began. After a few hymns, Quinton launched into his sermon but a strange thought blipped through his mind. “Take a banana and put it on that obstinate man’s head.” While Quinton knew what it was to have the Holy Spirit speak in his thoughts, this idea sounded beyond the preposterous. He kept preaching but the idea wouldn’t go away. Finally, he jumped down from the pulpit grabbed a banana out of the basket on the Communion Table. Starting up the aisle, he pointed the fruit at the man’s head.

The defiant look vanished from the guy’s face and the fellow virtually fell out of the pew. He began crawling up the aisle crying. The man grabbed the kneeling rail and sobbed bitterly. Most of the people in the congregation were family or knew him. They gathered around, praying for his wholeness.

After the service was over, Quinton approached the man to inquire what had happened. “Look,” the man said. “I cynically told the Lord if this preacher hears from you, let him put a banana on my head.” Still sobbing, the man said “you did!”

Does the Holy Spirit often speak through out thoughts? Quinton certainly believes so!

HOW DO MIRACLES OCCUR? Part 5

Blog 118 April 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gives you something to think about.

WHAT FORGIVENESS ACCOMPLISHES!

Blog 112 March 3, 2019

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Recently a former colleague shared the story of what happened in an Ash Wednesday Service several years ago. Church members were asked to write on a piece of paper some issue they needed to deal with during this season of the year. After they wrote their need, the paper was taken to the front of the church and dropped in a bowl of fire. One particular woman in the congregation had been sexually and physically abused by her father and couldn’t forgive him. She had not seen her father for two decades yet she knew she needed to forgive him and release  the hostility she held in her heart. With her hand trembling, she wrote “I forgive.”

Standing before the flame, she finally knew her anger was resolved and she dropped the piece of paper into the fire. As she watched the paper burn, the woman knew her hostility was resolved.

A week later the letter came to her house.

Her father had written that on that same night he was in a hospital miles away and was dying. He wrote that so many times he had sought forgiveness for how he treated her, but he couldn’t get over feeling guilty and remorseful. Knowing that he didn’t have much time left, he prayed for forgiveness once more.

With tears running down his cheeks, he looked up and saw a far-off light began to appear in the window. The glow became brighter and larger until the light filled the entire window frame. The radiance kept increasing in size. Finally, the man recognized a face in the midst of the splendor of light. He could barely speak as he looked at the divine countenance,. “Forgive me,” was all he could say.

A voice spoke and a hand extended toward him. “Here is your forgiveness,” the voice said and handed him a burnt piece of paper.

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