CHECKING OUT REALITY

BLOG 5 August 15, 2016

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

The ultimate objective for this Blog is to help restore a ministry that the New Testament suggests should be constant. Regardless of various theological debates, the work of healing, restoration, life re-orienting events, hearing the Divine communicate, etc. have never stopped. Unfortunately, many churches just aren’t up to date.

The Old and New Testaments are filled with these amazing stories. The Red Sea split for the children of Israel and they were miraculously fed by manna in the wilderness. Jesus turned water into wine, stilled the storm, and fed the five thousand with two fish and five loaves. An exorcism at Capernaum liberated a man possessed by evil. As the stories unfolded, paralytics walked and the blind regained their sight. The raising of Lazarus and Jesus’s own resurrection were the ultimate expressions of the miraculous.

While skeptics have offered various natural explanations for many of these experiences, the stories stand on their own and have done so for 2,000 years. The Christian era records that the divine expressions continued to occur. For forty days after the resurrection, the appearance of the risen Christ touched more than 500 people. The conversion of Saul into Paul was one of the major milestones in the beginning of the universal Church. Held in jail and bound in chains, Peter was awakened by an angel and led out of the prison. The angelic visitation saved him from King Agrippa. The on-going stories of the apostles related many such events.

I became interested in this subject because of a totally unexpected situation. When I was in college, a friend had invited me to attend a gathering called Camp Farthest Out, a name given from the place where the movement began. The group emphasized love and healing prayer as well as meeting a variety of 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 paradigm I couldn’t explain. No one in my university would have believed in such a thing, but I had seen it with my own eyes.

Over the years that followed, I started collecting similar events that I am sharing in these blogs. I hope you are intrigued and may feel challenged to explore the possibilities that could exist around you. You may be surprised to discover that these events are still happening in your backyard!

I’d like to hear your experience if you’ve encountered a Divine intervention. Please write me at:

Miraclestoday44@gmail.com

WHEN THERE IS NO HOPE

Blog 3 August 1, 2016

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

Patty Sills’ condition was diagnosed as Tardive Dystonia which meant her neck muscles continually contracted and pulled her head to one side. Patty had no control over her neck and was in constant pain. The condition made her spine bulge. She could be medicated but not cured. Doctors told Patty she would have this condition the rest of her life.

Patty told me that she didn’t want to live anymore. She couldn’t work or pursue any hobbies because she was so uncomfortable. Patty was certain she would be better off dead. Her voice sounded desperate as she described her deteriorating emotional condition. Patty had struggled with mental illness and attempted suicide. She had been in and out of mental institutions.

Having grown up in the Roman Catholic Church, Patty had lots of problems with church procedures. For one, she thought women should be able to be clergy. Organized religion only imparted other issues. Consequently, she was particularly skeptical about TV healers and churches in general.

Leslie, a young woman who had a reputation for talking with angels and praying for hurting people, was introduced to Patty. The whole idea seemed absurd, but Patty was desperate. She said, “yes, help me.”

Leslie asked Patty to lay flat on a table and she began to pray. Leslie’s hands became so hot that heat radiated through Patty’s body. When Leslie moved to her neck, Patty went into a convulsion and felt outside herself. She had to have help to stand.

The next day everything changed. With time, her incurable condition completely disappeared. If you ask her if she believes in miracles, she will tell you that she is living proof they still happen.

Since I began working on this subject, I have been amazed at how many stories I have turned up. They often come from people I know who have been reluctant to talk about their experiences that powerfully reordered their lives. In the contemporary world immersed in scientism and secularization, the idea that Divinity still reaches into everyday life and radically changes physical problems is considered nonsense. Television evangelists who claim to have such ministries are thought to be frauds, picking the pockets of desperate people– and some do. In the average mainline church, no one has seen a miracle or expects to encounter one. The subject remains closed.

But so were a number of other practices that are now totally accepted.

In the late ‘60s when I came out of seminary, people who claimed such cures were considered mentally ill. Consequently, talk of miracles has been off the table for a long time. So long, that it is now time to take a hard second look. In these blogs we will be exploring many stories like Patty’s and will hopefully help you discover how to become a part of this new revolution that the Holy Spirit is bringing to the world.

EACH WEEK HAVE WE GOT A STORY FOR YOU!

STAY TUNED IN!

SURPRISE HAPPENINGS!

Blog 2 July 25, 2016

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine intervention from an objective point of view. How can 21st Century people understand how the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

When I began researching the subject of miracles, I visited congregations and during morning worship ask the members if anyone had ever experienced such an event. Following the service, people would come up, look around to make sure no one was listening, and then whisper a story. The topic of miracles had become suspect.

But I found they continue to happen.

Quinton Moore is a pastor of a church called The Father’s House and is a bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. One evening, Billy Simmons stopped Quinton in the church hallway.

“Pastor, my daughter Kendra has become ninety percent deaf.” Billy shook his head. “We’re terribly worried. Tomorrow we’re taking her to an audiologists for more testing. Would you pray for her right now?”

Pastor Moore took a deep breath. He was tired, in a hurry, and didn’t feel particularly spiritual, but he couldn’t walk away. The pastor forced a smile and reached out for the child. He laid his hands on the little girl and prayed fervently.

The next day when the Simmons family showed up at the audiologists, Kendra was thoroughly examined.

“There is nothing wrong with her hearing,” the perplexed specialist said. “She’s fine. I’m not sure why you brought her in.”

Believe in miracles? Kendra Simmons certainly does.

In these blogs, we examine the subject of miracles and the miraculous and see if we can understand the circumstances around how these phenomenon occur. We will consider the value of searching for a miracle when faced with an impossible situation. After looking at the pages of the Bible, we will explore how miracles have continued to appear during past and recent history. We want to know more about the experiences of people like Kendra Simmons.

My ultimate objective for this blog is to help restore a ministry that the New Testament suggests should be constant. Regardless of various theological debates, healing, restoration, life re-orienting events, hearing the Divine communicate, etc. have never stopped. Unfortunately, most churches just aren’t up on history.

How did this happen to Kendra? First, her father came for spiritual help. The trust and faith were in the father, not the child. Second, they came to a pastor who believe in and practiced interceding for the sick. Third, the pastor knew he had not capacity to heal anyone – but he could be a vessel for God to use. The result was the restoration of a child’s hearing.

Sound simple? The most profound truths always sound simple. However, the practice isn’t easy or without understanding. It begins in an expansion of our faith to believe the Holy Spirit is able – and reaching out to impart the gift.

EACH WEEK WE WILL BE HERE.

TUNE IN.

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Please send your divine intervention experience to: miraclestoday44@gmail.com

Blog 1 July 18, 2016

A NEW BLOG IS HERE! MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

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. Robert Wise is now adding an entirely new dimension of his studies for his readers.

A NEW BLOG HAS ARRIVED!

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE EXPLORES 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 two 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 two 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.

EACH WEEK WE WILL BE HERE.

TUNE IN.

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

NEXT WEEK: A child’s experience