Blog 146
January 20, 2020

people sing


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.


Please meet Joseph Bias.

For twenty-five-years, he has been the minister of music at the First Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma. In his early years, Joseph discovered that he had an amazing voice with the quality necessary to perform in professional operatic performances. Joseph studied inNew York City and performed at the Met as well as with the Robert Shaw Chorale. To put it mildly, Joseph Bias had a voice that was over the top!

However, such performances did strain the entire body and put great pressure on the vocal cords. As Joseph continued to study voice, his teacher noticed that he was having some difficulty sustaining his breath that was necessary for the full range of sound and for the difficult passages in the music. At the time, Joseph was studying in Rochester, New York, and was referred to the Rochester Medical School for further evaluation. Joseph sometimes felt like he was suffocating. At the school, a decision was made to have exploratory surgery on his lungs. A problem did seem to exist. Consequently, the simple exploratory operation began.

The procedure was not simple.

By accident, one of Joseph’s vocal cords was completely severed. When he awoke, Joseph could neither talk or sing. He had become mute. The only way he could communicate was by writing on a piece of paper. His singing career was shattered. The doctors told him that the damage could never be repaired.

Confusion as well as despair settled over Joseph. His parents were notified and said they would be praying. There was nothing left to do, but for Joseph to go home and attempt to find another career.

While attending church occasionally, Joseph wasn’t heavily involved in his faith. Nevertheless, two women from that church came daily to stand at the end of the bed. Holding up their hands, they began to pray in a language Joseph didn’t understand. They continued without interruption for a considerable period of time. Finally, after several visits they became silent, lowered their hands and left. Only later did Joseph realize they were praying in what the Bible described as “tongues” or a heavenly language different from everyday speech.

At home now, Joseph had always begun the day by vocalizing, making a wide ranging of musical sounds to warm up his voice for the day. Since that was his habit, he brushed his teeth and started out as usual vocalizing. Abruptly, Joseph realized he was making the usual range of sounds. “What?” he said aloud and realized he could talk. Joseph called his parents immediately and told them what had happened. They were all overjoyed that his voice had returned. He called the doctor for an examination. How could this be possible?

The doctor finished looking down his throat and shook his head. “I have no medical explanation for what has happened. Just can’t be. As a matter of fact, such is impossible. Not only are your vocal cords healed and reconnected. There is no scar tissue.

Only then did Joseph fully grasp the meaning of two women praying for him in a heavenly language.

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



Blog 139
November 11, 2019



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. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.


Several years ago, I stumbled across a near-death experience reported to me by a hospice nurse. The incident immediately intrigued me and I began searching for more stories. In time, I ended up writing Crossing the Threshold of Eternity that contained many of these experiences. They didn’t all harmonize and some had distinct differences, but they shed important light on what happens to us when we die. I found them to be fascinating accounts of divine intervention often in unexpected ways.

I know they can offer encouragement to you. Here’s another example.

This week I talked with Karen Corley who told me her story. An avid smoker for decades, Karen wasn’t aware of how much permanent damage she had done to her lungs, but the stage was set for a disaster. In December, 2018, Karen came down with double pneumonia. The condition exploded and she knew breathing was becoming impossible. An ambulance loaded Karen in and whisked her away to a hospital. She immediately ended up in ICC where they kept her for 15 days as she struggled to survive. Karen spent another 10 days in a regular room.
Karen died.

Now a year later, some of the details have become a little fuzzy, but the experience remains extremely clear in her mind. She found herself in the place we call heaven, surrounded by relatives that had passed on years earlier. Her father had committed suicide and was there along with her mother and a daughter who had died years earlier. Most importantly, Karen found Jesus of Nazareth standing in front of her. She was ready to stay forever.

Jesus compassionately told her that her life work was not finished. She had grandchildren who needed her and she must return for the sake of those children. Karen objected, but was told, “it isn’t your time.” Jesus sent her back to do the “more important” tasks with the kids.

When Karen woke up, she saw children standing around her bed. Her grandchildren were anxiously wanting to make sure she survived. Karen opened her eyes and told them, “Don’t worry. I’m going to make it.”

The pulmonary doctor had already discovered her lungs were so badly damaged from smoking that she simply couldn’t recover. When he examined her after this experience, he was shocked. Not only was Karen alive, but her lungs were completely healed and all the damage was gone.

Karen had a miracle!

You might find my collection of near-death experiences to be helpful.
Robert L. Wise
Regal Books