Raoul’s 2 Cents

Recorded Miracle

I pondered about what to share this Friday before Christmas. I wanted it to be special. So, how about a miracle? Do you want to literally hear one?

Duane Miller was a pastor in Texas. He lost his voice after a bout with a virus that attacked his vocal chords. It took a lot of effort for him to speak and his raspy voice caused him to lose his leadership position in church. They say he went to 63 medical specialists but the sad prognosis was that he would no longer be able to speak in a normal voice again.

One Sunday, (over 3 years after he lost his voice) the regular Sunday school teacher was unavailable and Miller was asked to step in. The church fitted him with a microphone to help pick up his squeaky voice. He was to teach on Psalm 103 (about God’s forgiveness of sin and miracles). And then it happened — in front of 200 people, a miracle was recorded for all to hear.

CLICK HERE to listen to Miller’s voice before and after the miracle. Listen to him in mid-speech wonder what was happening and the crowd applauding in the background.

Isn’t it wonderful that our loving God is still in the business of granting miracles? There is no formula. There is no guarantee. There is only God who gifts our needs. In all miracles, the glory goes to God alone.

It’s the season of joy and miracles. This Christmas, there’s no harm in praying for the gift you’ve always wanted. I’m sure God already knows what it is. I believe He will grant you what you need … not according to your standards but His. He knows you better than you know yourself. And that’s a very good thing.

Be safe, be healthy, and remember: A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. TGIF people!


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“My soul, praise the Lord
and never forget how kind he is!
He forgives all our sins
and heals all our sicknesses.
He saves us from the grave,
and he gives us love and compassion.”

— Psalm 103: 2 – 5

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  1. Heather

    December 23, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Joy crying at this time of day is therapeutic. Thanks for sharing. I will too.


  2. Richard

    December 23, 2020 at 9:28 am

    How does Santa keep his bathroom immaculate?

    He uses Comet HO Ho Ho


  3. Arles

    December 23, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Thank You, Raoul, Great Message and video! Praise The LORD! Merry Christmas, Happy New and may GOD Bless you and your family!

    Best Regards,


  4. Oscar

    December 23, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Hello Raoul, this was a good one and yes God is so Good, I almost was in tears of joy for this man.


  5. Mel

    December 23, 2020 at 9:29 am

    A very Merry Christmas to you all. Stay safe and healthy


  6. Tom

    December 23, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Thanks Raoul, have a great and meaning filled Christmas and May all of us you reach each week appreciate your efforts in making us smile all year round. God Bless You and Yours.
    Tom of Pasadena


  7. Rick

    December 23, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Thank you bro for the Holiday TGIF! This was a wonderful TGIF, and I wish you and family a very nice Christmas season. Take care and thanks again.


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