Category Archives: Miracles

Book Signing at Rainbow West Christian Supply

Book Signing at Rainbow West in the Vancouver Mall

Dr. Charles Earl Harrel will be at Rainbow West in the Vancouver Mall on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. He will be presenting and autographing his new inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, and a just-released anthology, GIFTS FROM HEAVEN: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer, in which Dr. Harrel is a contributing writer.

If you live in the Portland-Vancouver area, drop by and meet the author. All profits from this book-signing event will go to missions.

                    

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Of Course He Can

 

blind eyes healedOf Course He Can

Read Matthew 21:12–27

Bev slipped in during the worship service and sat quietly in her pew. She enjoyed attending Calvary Temple in Portland, Oregon. She loved the joyful worship and hardly missed a Sunday. During the final song, she stood and raised her hands, but inside, her heart was crying.

She had trouble concentrating on the pastor’s sermon. Thoughts about Monday’s appointment preoccupied her mind. When the altar call came, she wiped away the tears and went forward. Little did anyone know she was going blind.

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them (Matthew 21:14).

I can see nowNext week, Bev came early to church, with two sets of test results tucked into her Bible. After the service, she told Pastor Chuck about her failing eyesight, then handed him both reports. He almost fell over. Bev’s updated diagnosis: 20/20 vision, corrective lenses no longer needed, eye surgery unnecessary. Although the eye doctor was pleased, he had no explanation for her sudden improvement in vision.

Challenge for Today: God still heals at the church altar—go forward and believe.

Quicklook:  Matthew 21:12–17

—Charles Earl Harrel (Pastor Chuck)

God’s Word for Today © 2007 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

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A Sign from Heaven

bakery storeA Sign from Heaven

Read Isaiah 7–1 through 12:6

homemade breadThe words caught Earl’s attention as he dashed from the plaza toward the parking lot. A sign reading “Homemade Bread” dangled in the bakery window. Smiling, he remembered how his mother’s bread disappeared within hours, while the bread from the grocery store remained in the pantry for ages. The sign reminded him that something homemade is unique because it carries the personal touch of its maker.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).

It’s no surprise that God decided to announce a special event with His own personal touch. The sign of Immanuel—God with us—reveals the Lord’s desire for closeness. God established a unique relationship with humanity by placing Immanuel inside a person for the very first time. Jesus’ conception was nothing less than miraculous. This advent was a type and shadow of the inward, salvation experience that would set the divine pattern for all intimacy: God with us, Christ in us.

Thought for Today: The world offers many signs, but the ones from heaven carry the Master’s touch. They point the way to salvation and a closer relationship with God.

Quicklook: Isaiah 7:10–25

—Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2005 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

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Even a Dog Knows

DogEven a Dog Knows

Read Exodus 10:1 through 12:51

Chuck’s favorite pet, his dog Monique, was born on Valentine’s Day. She had a sweet disposition. Sometimes, while being petted, she smiled back at him, or so it seemed.

Monique enjoyed watching people from the front porch, her tail always wagging as they walked down the sidewalk. For the first two years, Chuck wondered if his dog had a voice impediment, because she never barked or growled. Then one afternoon, she let out a round of barks, surprising everyone. Monique saw someone she didn’t like. Somehow, she sensed the difference between friend and foe.

Most dogs have keen senses, but the dogs in Egypt acquired additional discernment. When God intervened, Egyptian-owned dogs that regularly tormented Hebrews suddenly stopped barking at them. The dogs even left their livestock alone. That night, God made a distinction between the Egyptians, who served false gods, and the Hebrews (Exodus 11:7).

God does not discriminate, but He does differentiate between nonbelievers and believers. Jesus called it sorting sheep from goats. Sadly, only the sheep are bound for heaven.

Thought for Today: On Judgment Day, only our faith distinguishes us.

Quicklook: Exodus 11:1–10

—Charles Earl Harrel (Chuck)

Pray that God would help you surrender your entire heart to Him.

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Monique

My dog Monique

Come to the Glory

God's gloryCome to the Glory

I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory (Isaiah 66:18, New King James Version).

Scripture: Isaiah 66:18–20
Song: “To God Be the Glory”

The church bulletin read: “Come to the service tonight, and experience the glory of God.” It sounded interesting. Being a new Christian, I wasn’t sure what the glory of God was, so I decided to attend and find out. I half expected to see a pillar of fire or someone turning water into wine. Instead, I saw people kneeling at the altar or lying prostrate on the floor, their faces buried in the carpet. Some were silent; others cried softly. Most of the people just sat in their pews, eyes closed, with smiles on their faces. It didn’t take me long to drop my preconceived ideas and move toward the altar.

Sometimes the glory of God comes as an outward manifestation, expressing itself in a visible sign or wonder. Other times it is inward, like a still small voice whispering that God is worthy.

We can see God’s glory in His judgments or in His great mercy. Either way, it beckons us to watch in awe and then draw closer. One day, all people will experience His glory . . . but there’s no penalty for starting early.

O Lord, from the first day of creation to now, Your glory remains in plain view. Each day, Your glorious presence draws me closer, and I fall deeper in love with You. In the blessed name of Jesus, I give You thanks. Amen.

“Come to the Glory” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Swatting at Gnats

The PlaguesSwatting at Gnats                    

Read Exodus 7:1 through 9:35

After the plague of frogs ended, Moses told Aaron to stretch out his staff and strike the dust of the ground. Immediately, the dust became gnats, and the gnats swarmed upon men and animals throughout Egypt (Exodus 8:16, 17).

God chose an outbreak of gnats as one of His top ten, but why a plague of flying bugs? Little annoyances are often the most irritating. God knew these pesky insects were experts at bugging people—getting into eyes, ears, and mouths—biting every place they landed.

When Aaron struck the ground with Moses’ staff, a swarm of biting pests rose up and flew off. The Hebrew word translated “gnats” may also refer to mosquitoes. Either way, the infestation was massive. If the Egyptians had insect repellent, it wouldn’t have helped. Even Pharaoh’s magicians were impressed.

Supernatural plagues are not aimless demonstrations of God’s power. He uses them for a reason, and likely as a last resort. God wants humanity to know that He is God, the real God, and that His plans and purposes for this world will be accomplished.

Prayer Suggestion: As Jesus taught us, pray for God’s kingdom to come, His will to be done.

Quicklook: Exodus 8:8–19

—Charles Earl Harrel

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New Book Giveaway: Miracles Happen

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen

Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles HappenJust a short post to notify you that I am giving away one Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen. I have already given out 74 of these anthologies. This book is the last one in my stockpile. It is one great anthology . . . and my favorite. I will pick a name at random at the end of April.

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