Behold, Miracles Still Happen!

Who says that miracles happened only in the biblical times? People today are saying they no longer believe that God still performs miracles. They claim miracles that happened in the Old and New Testaments are myths, created by man's imagination and written by men of playful minds. Now we want convincing proofs that God still performs miracles in our times. Well, that's is what I am presenting in this topic-- God still performs miracles!

Example 1. The book that burns isn't of God! -- A young Muslim has a direct encounter with Jesus

This is an account that happened in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This is a challenge between two faiths reminiscent of a similar Old Testament challenge between Elijah and the worshippers of idol Baal. This was narrated by a young Pakistani convert to Christian, formerly a Muslim.

Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God" (1Kings 18:24).

And He said unto them:” Go into the world, and preach the gospel to every Creature" (Mark 16:15).

When I was 14 years old I was studying in a convent school at Saddar Karachi Pakistan I belong to a Muslim family. My parents forced me to learn the Qur’an by heart when I was seven and so I did. I had a lot of Christian fellows at school. I was surprised to see them studying while I always found Christians of low profile in the society. I discussed and argued a lot with them about the accuracy of Qur’an and rejection of Bible by Allah in Holy Qur’an. I always forced them to accept Islam. Often my Christian teachers told me not to do so. He said: "God may choose you as he chooses Apostle Paulus. “I asked them who Paulus is, I know Muhammad only. 

One day during our discussion I challenged them to burn the Holy Books of each other. They should burn the Qur’an and I should do the same with the Bible. We agreed: "The book which would burn, would be false. The book, which would not burn, has the Truth in it. God Himself would save His Word. Unfortunately they were not ready to do this because they were frightened. Living in an Islamic Country and doing such a thing could lead them to face law and meet its consequences. I told them, that I could do this by myself. First I set the Qur’an on fire and it got burnt before our eyes. Then I tried to do the same with the Bible. As soon as I tried it, the Bible struck my chest and I fell on ground. There was smoke all around my body. I was burning, but from a spiritual fire.

Suddenly I saw a man with golden hair, wrapped in light on my side. He placed his hand on my Head and said to me "You are my Son and from now on you will preach the Gospel in your nation. Go! Your Lord is with you."

Then I saw the stone on the grave, which was removed. Mariam Magdalene spoke to the gardener who probably took the body of my Lord. The gardener was Jesus Himself. He kissed the hand of Mariam and I woke up. I felt very strong as if when someone would strike me, I could not be hurt. I went home and I told my Parents about all what happened. But they did not believe it. They thought that the Christians got me under magic, but I told them that all this happened before my own eyes and that many people were watching this. They still did not believe and they turned me out of my home and denied to accept me as their family member.

I went to Church close to my home I told the Father there about all what happened. I asked him to show me the Bible. He gave me one and I read about event of Mariam Magdalene and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior in January 17, 1985. My Family denied accepting me. I went to various churches and got more knowledge about Word of God. I also followed many Bible Courses and then I got a ministry.

Now after 17 years, I have seen many people come to Lord and accepted Jesus as their Savior. Thanks to Lord, now I am married and have a Christian Family. I and my wife Khalida are involved in the work of the Lord and able to share the miracles God has been doing in our lives.

Even though it is not easy and we face many hardships, we feel like Paul who went through hardships and suffering for the Glory of His Savior, who went Himself through suffering during His walk on earth and on the cross.

We thank God the Father for sending His Son to this earth and giving us free life through Him.

Example 2.Taoist finds the real way

Who, being in very nature, God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! (2 Phil 6-8)

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

I had been raised to believe that science and psychology were supreme. There, all our answers were to be found. And if they aren't there, look no further than yourself to find them.

I majored in Biology and Philosophy in College. I studied world religions. If I pinned myself down as anything (other than an atheist), I would say I would be a Taoist. I studied the Tao (the Way) and found my mind satisfied with its senseless ramblings. Oh, to be sure, there are good proverbs in almost any religious and philosophic teaching. But there was no real answer for my inability to live it. No answer for sin.

As I read the gospels (a gift of a girlfriend was a New Testament) I understood that Jesus had come and died and rose again precisely for my (and man's) problem and for our sin. It is the only religion that GOD reaching down to man, instead of MAN climbing and scratching up to God. I was amazed, shocked, and overwhelmed by that simple truth. I received Christ while reading Matthew, Luke, and John.

I daily renew my mind in His truth. I repeated fall upon and trust His grace and restore my mind to BELIEVE His control in human affairs and my affairs. That helps me have a spirit of service to others. And all that Philosophy stuff??? Well, I teach it now in college. No student takes my class without knowing that the only truth that matters is the One that can transform your life completely. We have great discussions after class.

Example 3. China revival Henan province 120,000 converts in 50 days

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)

MIGHTY REVIVAL IN HENAN, CHINA Bro. Zhang, a leader of the house church movement in Henan shared the following Sept. 29, 1994. During these few years we have seen God move in a mighty way in China. Every place we go we hear good news. The churches everywhere are experiencing great revival and people are being saved daily. In many places there are churches in every village and believers in every family. It excites us to hear these reports. As you know these several years the Lord has moved on tens of thousands of His children, people with an excellent spirit who are willing to pay any price to serve Him, which is also a reason for this great revival.

We know that now is the time for God to move in China. The things we are seeing now are beyond anything we ever saw or even thought possible. For an example, during the "Gospel Month" this year, from the beginning to the end we experienced God's presence. In the period of a little over 50 days, there were 120,000 confirmed conversions to Christ in Henan alone. This is God's own work, for God worked with us confirming the Word with signs and wonders. Without these miracles, man alone would not be able to accomplish anything.

Three sisters went to Xinyue District in Henan to evangelize, and after 7 days of ministry 1,100 people repented and were saved. It was as if there was fire in their hands, for whoever they laid their hands on, they immediately experienced a "burning" sensation all throughout their body and mighty power was released through their hands. In previous years when missionaries worked here, they didn't see such numbers converted even after several dozen years. We sense now that this is the time for the Holy Spirit to mightily work through us. As these three sisters were evangelizing, a Gentile came forth and began to curse them without ceasing. However, they paid no attention to him. After a long time, other Gentiles came to the sisters and said, "Why is it though he has been continually cursing you, you have ignored him, in fact you have shown compassion towards this man?" As soon as they said that one sentence, this man suddenly collapsed onto the ground and died. It caused great awe and reverence toward the Lord in the crowd of people who witnessed this judgment of God. Thus many repented and accepted Jesus.

Example 3. Our gods do not answer - a report from India

From King Darius:

"I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

"For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions." (Daniel 6:26-27)

An eye-witness reports on revival in Bihar:

"We have traveled to many villages in the area. The people are hungry for truth. They say, 'We are tired of our own religion, because we pray to our gods but they do not hear us or answer our cries."

"Over 150,000 have been converted over recent months, and one church there has already planted five more churches. It is such a joy to see the Holy Spirit move. We pray for the sick and they are healed.

"One woman had much evil power and was worshipped as a god by the people. Now she has trusted in Jesus and her life is transformed!

"One man had visited all the Hindu shrines in the state, looking for answers, but got nothing. He has now found Christ and is winning others.

"We are received with much love and generosity by people who have next to nothing to give, the Holy Spirit is sending revival. Indigenous churches are being planted among previously hostile tribal peoples."

Example 4. The last tract

If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation" (Psalm 91:9-16).

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at their church, the Pastor and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel Tracts. This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside as well as pouring down rain. The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said---"OK dad, I'm ready."

His Pastor dad asked---"Ready for what?" "Dad, it's time we gather our tracts together and go out." Dad responds, "Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring down rain." The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, "But Dad, aren't people still going to Hell, even though it's raining?"

Dad answers, "Son, I am not going out in this weather." Despondently, the boy asks, "Dad, can I go? Please?" His father hesitated for a moment then said, "Son, you can go. Here's the tracts; be careful son." " Thanks Dad!!! " And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel Tract. After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST TRACT. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to, but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered. He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited but still no answer. Finally, this eleven year old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch. He rang again, and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. She softly asked, " What can I do for you son?" With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, "Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU, and I came to give you my very last Gospel Tract which will tell you all about JESUS and His great LOVE." With that, he handed her his last tract, and turned to leave. She called to him as he departed. “Thank you, son, and God bless you!"

Well, the following Sunday morning in church, Pastor Dad was in the pulpit. As the service began, he asked, " Does anybody have a testimony or want to say anything?" Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet. As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face as she said, "No one in this church knows me. I've never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband passed on some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart that I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live. So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted, I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, "I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away." I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly. I thought to myself again, "Who on earth could this be?! Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me." I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked, I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you!! And the words that came from his mouth caused my heart, that had long been dead, TO LEAP TO LIFE, as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, "Ma'am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU." Then he gave me this Gospel Tract that I now hold in my hand. As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel Tract. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more. You see, I am now a Happy Child of the KING, and since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel Tract, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU TO GOD'S LITTLE ANGEL WHO CAME JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME AND, BY SO DOING, SPARED MY SOUL FROM ETERNITY IN HELL."

There were now no dry eyes in the church. And as shouts of praise and honor to THE KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated. He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably. Probably no church has had a more glorious moment, AND probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love & honor for his son ---- EXCEPT for ONE. This FATHER also allowed His Son to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back with joy unspeakable, and as all of heaven shouted praises and honor to THE KING, The FATHER sat HIS BELOVED SON on a throne far above all principality and power and every name that is named. There may be SOMEONE reading this who is also going through a dark, cold, lonely time in his or her soul. You may even be a Christian, for we are not without problems, OR you may not yet know THE KING. Whatever the case and whatever the problem or situation you find yourself in, and no matter how DARK it may seem, I want you to know that I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU. May the Love and Grace and Mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ be yours this day!

Example 5. 26 armed guards--The importance and power of prayer

Here's a message that will bring you chills. Have you ever felt the urge to pray for someone and then just put it on a list and said, "I'll pray for them later?" Or has anyone ever called you and said, "I need you to pray for me, I have this need?"

Read the following story that was sent to me and may it change the way that you may think about prayer and also the way you pray. You will be blessed by this. A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan.... 

"While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two day journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked to him about the Lord. I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.

Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines. He said, "Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards. At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said, No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.'"

At this point in the sermon (that I was delivering in Michigan), one of the men in the congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this story: "On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here, and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you. Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?"

The men who had met together to pray that day stood up. The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were, he was too busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26. This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways. If you ever hear such prodding, go along with it. Nothing is ever hurt by prayer except the gates of hell.

I encourage you to forward this to as many people as you know. If we all take it to heart, we can turn this world toward God once again. As the above true story clearly illustrates, "with God all things are possible" and more importantly, how God hears and answers the prayers of the faithful. After you read this, please pass it on and give God thanks for the beautiful gift of your faith, for the powerful gift of prayer, and for the many miracles He works in your own daily life ... and then pass it on. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."

Example 6. GOD is calling - Awesome!

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19)

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt 11:28-30)

Isn't it amazing how God works in our lives! On a Saturday night several weeks ago, this pastor was working late, and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn't answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times.

He thought it was odd that she didn't answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn't answered before, and she said that it hadn't rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.

The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he'd used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he'd called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn't figure out what the man was talking about. Then the man said, "It rang and rang, but I didn't answer." The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he'd intended to call his wife.

The man said, "That's OK. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, 'God if you're there, and you don't want me to do this, give me a sign now.'

At that point my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, 'Almighty God'.

I was afraid to answer!" The reason why it showed on the man's caller ID that the call came from "Almighty God" is because the church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle!!

Example 7. Revival in Erode, India: Over 420 Hindus Saved!

For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "`I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'" (Acts 13:47)

My name is Dino Andreadis from Ontario Canada. I pastor in Brantford, but my true calling is evangelist/revivalist, and I just came back with my associate pastor from a trip to Erode, India where I was asked to do crusades in various villages. When we arrived, I immediately saw all the devastation and spiritual decay, and it grieved my heart. Hindu temples of every kind were practically at every corner. Poverty everywhere like we have never seen, but thanks be to God, He poured out His Spirit in a tremendous way!

We preached in several villages in India. In some places the people have never seen a white man and were attracted to come to hear the preachers from North America. All glory given to God, over 420 Hindus were saved during the 8 day crusade! In India when one gives his heart to the Lord, it is a very serious thing and not a flippant decision. I noticed that when we were praying for people at the altar and asking them what they would like us to pray for many of them asked if we could pray for their families to be saved. And I would ask them, "Is this the first time you gave your heart to the Lord?" They would respond "yes", and I was amazed at their spiritual understanding. Putting aside any personal needs, they immediately recognized the need for their loved ones to be saved. On one occasion a woman was about to get married to a Hindu in a month’s time and she asked if it was right to do that, somehow knowing that it was not. God just opened their eyes with understanding.

Pastor Innocent from Erode, India said he has never seen such a response in Hindus getting saved, and he has been a pastor for over forty years in India. Everywhere we went; people were giving their hearts to the Lord. When we were invited for dinner into people’s homes, relatives would come just to see who we were. On each occasion, we took the opportunity to share the gospel, and people were gloriously saved—up to about 15 in different homes!

One of the highlights was that 7 churches were planted as a result of all the salvations, and pastors who will be graduating from their Bible College this May will be taking those new churches! Praise be to the Lord for His timing!!

We also experienced some tremendous spiritual opposition. In one meeting we had a Hindu extremist who began to heckle at us and cause a commotion in the meetings, but the Lord intervened and 50 people got saved that night.

Two nights later, unannounced to us, we were preaching on the very sight of a Hindu temple. Both my associate pastor and I felt very uncomfortable and we did not know why. When the preaching was finished and during the altar service, demonic activity began to manifest. There were people screaming out from everywhere and some began to twirl. One woman that we were praying for who was very petite in stature, literally threw 3 men that were holding her and she lunged towards the altar that was behind us, which up to that point we did not know that was there. She fell upon a rock, and we heard a loud crack thinking she had split her head open, but there was no fracture and no blood. She began to scream out, "Are you the true god, or is Jesus the true God?!!" Conviction began to hit the whole village.

As we were praying for the people, the pastor was praying for the children, and they too were being set free from demonic spirits! This entire village was touched by the power of God!!

Another night we experienced another episode that while I was preaching, demons started to manifest during the service and the pastor took them out and began to deal with them outside the service. That night was a glorious night where 60 people were saved. A mentally challenged boy who could not walk, talk or see very well received complete healing! Praise the Lord!!

Many more incredible things took place all to the glory of God!!

Example 8. The God of a second chance - marine comes face to face with God

"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty" (Isaiah 6:5).

Praise Jesus!

I have been putting off sending in my testimony, but we are not promised tomorrow.

My Grandmother used to sit me on her knee, and tell me about Jesus, when I was only 6 years old. I remember her saying, "Don't you worry, Jesus will take care of you". I feel her prayers to this day. She went to Heaven in 1959. In 1972 in Thailand, I was in the United States Marines; I saw a vision of the Lord Jesus, and heard his Voice and Saw His Holy Face. I was wide awake at 2:00 am, looking up at the stars in the sky. Suddenly, a pin-point of light, like a star, expanded very quickly until it filled the whole sky.

IT WAS THE FACE OF THE LORD GOD JESUS. His Hair was white as snow; His eyes were like solid gold. He looked like wind was blowing His hair back. It was the Face of The Almighty and Holy One, The Lord God. I felt suddenly afraid. My whole body trembled; my heart was beating so fast. I felt like Isaiah when he saw the Lord. Isaiah 6:5 - "Then said I, Woe is me for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, The Lord of Hosts."

As the Lord's face filled the whole sky, I saw to my left and lower down, but still above me, a man or an Angel, he was suspended in air. He spoke to the LORD GOD. He spoke about me to the LORD! I felt like I was going into a panic attack, my heart, my breathing, THIS WAS REAL! The man or Angel asked the LORD GOD, "For More time to help save me, and said He planned to fertilize around me". The LORD GOD, said, "LET IT BE". Then the vision ended. The face of The LORD GOD went back up into the stars, the man or Angel disappeared.

I knew it was my day of visitation. I immediately thought, "What if the Lord had not said "LET IT BE", would I have perished for ever. I believe so. I walked around all night almost in shock. When day light came, my mind could barely think about anything else. For weeks I was astounded. I started reading the New Testament, going to the Chapel, praying, and I was baptized, and was saved.  Then I remember telling a Christian Marine buddy, "For the first time in my life, I understand who I am". The Lord Jesus has been very wonderful to me. He has forgiven my sin, and saved my soul, and helped me understand the things I should do in the world. That is: Stop sinning, Love All, Pray for All, do good to All, be patient and live in peace with all people, and walk in paths of righteousness. Jesus lives in my Heart. His Spirit lives in me. I don't even feel like the person I used to be. I was bad and evil and confused and angry at one time in my life, but now Jesus lives in me and I am not the same. I have seen the LORD GOD again 5 months ago. But this time He was beside me like a close friend, cheek to cheek, and He spoke to me and talked with me. This is not the place to tell you all the things HE said. I felt no fear this time, but great peace and love to be in His presence. I cherished His Presence. I cherished His Words, and the sound of His Voice. 

I owe my soul to JESUS. These words that I have written are the TRUTH, as God Himself is my witness!

Example 9. Here's a true story on prayer you WON'T HEAR ON CNN - Awesome!

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, `Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matt 17:20).

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

GREETINGS AND SHALOM:

Here's a true story on prayer you WON'T HEAR ON CNN:

Always looking for inspiring stories to demonstrate the power of prayer, The Presidential Prayer Team shares this amazing story in the news today. Please pass it on to inspire others. 50 Christian truckers got together to pray to pray that somehow the sniper terrorizing the Washington, DC area would be caught. Ron Lantz would be retiring as a driver in a few days and didn't even live in the area, but he felt sure that God would answer their prayers. In fact, he told the others there that God was going to use him to catch the sniper.


Locations of the 15 sniper attacks numbered chronologically.

A few days later he was listening to the radio as he was driving again through the region and felt compelled to pull off the highway to a rest stop. It was just a couple of miles from where the prayer meeting had taken place. As he pulled in, he was shocked to see a car similar to what was being described on the radio right there before his eyes. Carefully trying to read the license plate, a chill went up his back as the numbers matched. He quickly called 911 and remained there for what he said were the longest 15 minutes of his life until the police arrived. He even pulled his truck across the exit, there would now be no escape for these elusive murderers. The rest is now history-the snipers were taken into custody without incident.

Ron's testimony is being beamed around the world today. It shows the power of prayer. And in a class act, showing his true character, when asked what he would do with the award money, he said the half million dollars would simply be given to the victims' families. The snipers killed 10 and wounded 3 around our nation's capital over the past three weeks, leaving the entire region in a state of terror. Yet out of the great darkness has also come a great beam of light as the world has heard a clear testimony of the power of prayer. The Presidential Prayer Team is pleased to honor trucker Ron Lantz as today's American Inspiration, and we strongly encourage you to share His uplifting story of prayer with your friends and colleagues. You too can experience the power of prayer, as we pray for the President and leaders of our nation.

At the heart of many questions concerning the existence of God, the believability of Jesus Christ, and the reliability of the Bible, is the issue of the miraculous. The Bible records many miracles that are intended to strike wonder and amazement into the hearts of the observers and readers. The parting of the Red Sea, the virgin conception, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ are among these well known miracles. Are they historical events, or are they dramatic and exaggerated forms of telling stories that are aimed at promoting national religion? Are they believable, or are they to be rejected a priori because they do not fit into the modern scientific worldview? Though the resurrection of Jesus has been considered, we want to step back and look the issue of miracles as a whole.

What Are Biblical Miracles?

The term "miracle," as used today, has come to mean just about anything that a person wants to make it mean. Many religious people refer to ordinary things as miraculous. This has damaged the perception of biblical miracles. In general terms, a miracle is an inexplicable event that appears to transcend or suspend all natural laws (or observations). it is supernatural in origin. Biblically a miracle is an act of mighty power that originated from God. C. S; Lewis wrote that a miracle is '+. .. an interference with Nature by supernatural power. Unless there exists, in addition to Nature, something else which we may call the supernatural, there call be no miracles." Miracles transcend nature. They do not conform to typical observations of the natural world.

Some miracles in the Bible are not so much unnatural, but supernatural Arndt wrote: "At times it may be exactly like a natural event; but the conditions under which it takes place are such that we classify it as a miracle." For example, some try to explain the parting of the Red Sea through natural causes, such as a great wind, which the Bible itself indicates (Exodus 14:21); but how does one explain the timing of the wind? Along these lines, it is interesting to note that Biblical miracles are not freakish in nature. When Jesus fed the five thousand, he used food instead of dissolving their hunger some other way. When God saved the children of Israel from the Egyptians, he provided a way for them to travel on dry ground instead of automatically transporting them over the sea. The miracles were not freakish, but they were more than sufficient to show that there was supernatural power involved.

Miracles and God's Existence

To the modern scientific mind, miracles are figments of imaginations from ages past. They come from times out of which arose many myths, fables, and legends. They were for the benefit of the nation, but they are not historical. They are unscientific and unworthy of meaningful thought in view of modern scientific enlightenment. It should be remembered that this particular position is a bias based upon a preconceived notion that there is no God. It is not based upon proof that miracles are impossible.

The believability of miracles hinges upon the existence of God. Since it cannot be shown that God does not exist, then an honest person should admit that His existence is, at least, possible, if not probable. If the existence of God is possible, then there is a possibility, regardless of how remote someone may think it is, that He has supernaturally intervened in this world at some point in history. To deny these possibilities is to argue from an assumption, not from the facts, for no fact has ever shown otherwise. Unless one is of the mind to close all doors of possibility, even though admitting that we don't know all things, then these possibilities must be acknowledged. The naturalist has closed the doors of possibility with the non-atheist bias.

Miracles fall into the category of history. Biblical miracles cannot be proved or disproved by science. As with any event in the past, they are open to historical investigation and interpretation. As noted, if they are ruled out before investigation, then a clear bias is present. However, we cannot determine in advance what can or cannot occur. We cannot determine in advance that it is impossible for a miracle to have occurred. We must investigate the historical claims. And this brings us right back to the Bible and its reliability. If we can trust the Bible, then we can believe that miracles have occurred.

Early Christians did not need to prove that Jesus performed miracles. They appealed to the knowledge of the listeners, who were already familiar with the events. Peter referred to signs that Jesus performed: "Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know" (Acts 2:22). If these were myths, then saying things like this to enemies of Jesus would have given ample opportunity for Christianity to be stamped out early on in its history. Facts like these may be explained by assuming that they are philosophically impossible, that the records are fraudulent, or that such statements were written in after the fact. However, the records cannot be assumed as false just because of what they contain, for that is objection on mere subjective grounds. If they cannot objectively be shown to be unreliable or written later, then they should be accepted as primary source documents testifying to the reality of miraculous events. On these grounds, our faith may be assured.

I have given few examples that miracles truly still happen today. However, the news and reports are drowned by other events that people are more interested in. Sometimes, press and media tend to be hesitant on headlining such events due to business reasons. They don't want to be branded as religious publication so the testimonies becomes a silent whisper in the noisy world of materialism and lack of spirituality. You may ask, "How can I expect  a miracle to happen in my life?" That is my topic in my next topic.

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