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   “Western theology invariably asks the question: Are Miracles possible? This of course addresses the Enlightenment problem of a closed universe. In much of Asia that is a non-question because the miraculous is assumed and fairly regularly experienced.”¹

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–Hwa Yung (Bishop Emeritus of Malaysia)²

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   “The reality that Jesus is Lord, the promised Messiah, had a powerful and practical effect on the world. From the beginning the apostles preached the gospel and demonstrated God’s stamp of approval by showing the authority of the name of Jesus. They explained that the healings and miracles that followed their preaching were not because of any special power of their own but through faith in Jesus’ name. ‘By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you all can see’ (Acts 3:16).

   “That same faith in His name can still produce the kind of results today that it did two thousand years ago. This is the truth that compelled me after my college graduation to devote my life to reaching the world for Christ. The reality that all things are possible to him who believes caused me to wake up every day with a sense of expectation of good things that could happen, regardless of how bleak and desperate the circumstance. This included the Holy Spirit’s guidance when it came to sharing my faith with others.

   “My journey as a minister, in fact, started with a supernatural encounter. Funny enough, it did not take place in a church. While I was playing a pickup game of basketball at Mississippi State University, the Holy Spirit impressed on my mind a message about a young man playing on another court in the gym. Though I heard no voice, there was a distinct sense that God was speaking to me about him: he’s been praying for someone to talk to him about Me. It seemed apparent to me that this was a message I was to tell him. The experience reminds me of a scene from the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, when Clarence the Angel tells George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) that he’s been sent as an answer to his prayer. He responds,’You look like the kind of angel I’d get.’ The young man on the court was a big, intimidating guy, and I had little apprehension that neither the message or me as the messenger would be perceived as the answer to his prayer. Was I in for a shock! When I finally mustered the courage to introduce myself to him, my approach was a little abrupt and awkward. I told him what I felt God had told me about him, and his jaw literally dropped. He had prayed that very prayer the night before.

   “In the next few days, he would fully commit his life to Christ, and several of his friends would follow his decision as well. That moment proved to be the beginning of a lifelong calling to reach university students.”²

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   ¹Hwa Yung, in Craig S. Keener, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011), 263. This begins Chapter 8 of the book cited in the next note.

   ²Rice Broocks, Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question (Thomas Nelson, 2016), 171-173. We recommend this book. We added the boldface (not the italics).