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Godly Coincidences

Holy Spirit helps Harry Lindback save his job

Harry Lindback, a resident of Dearborn, Michigan, was a systems analyst at a large corporation in the Detroit area at the time of this story. In March of 1991, the announcement came that his department would be divested within the next 12 months, and all the people would either go along to the new firm or lose their jobs. Harry was over 50, and had a family to support, so he was especially concerned about being able to find other suitable employment outside the company. So he focused his efforts on transferring within his company to another department.

Before he knew it, it was…

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When is a Coincidence not a Coincidence?

A coincidence is not a coincidence when its effect is to turn people's thoughts to the Lord.


In a previous article, I mentioned that I'd write two stories about real-life coincidences that indicate to me the love of Jesus in the days before my Mom's death, because someone was provided exactly what they needed in a surprise way. This is one of those stories.

Background: at the time of this story, my mother was declining in health rapidly due to breast cancer. My brother-in-law was in the hospital in a touch-and-go situation requiring daily attention from my wife and her sisters. And…

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God seemed to provide visual approval to an outdoor gathering of 20,000 Christians in Detroit

On April 16 2011, I was one of approx. 20,000 people who came to Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, for a first-time prayer walk by the multi-church outreach organization in Detroit called E.A.C.H. (Everyone a Chance to Hear). That number alone is enough to make you pause and think about the sheer number of Christians who came to show support to this new Christian service movement in Detroit. But it was more impressive when that number turned out in the rain. Most were equipped with rain ponchos or umbrellas, because it was raining when we got there, and the forecast said it…

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Prayers worked - God is still alive and active today

My relative from Indiana, Mick Ireton, sent this comment in response to the post "real life pentecost experience" - Bill Schaef

Bill, great story to have on the birthday of the church! His spirit is alive and active today. I remember staying up all night one night with a friend reading the Bible and sharing our thoughts. Before we knew it, it was time for me to go to work. Before I left, my friend prayed for God to make me feel like I had the sleep of 10 men. I remember working that entire day with as much energy as I have ever had. God's power in today's world is a blessing.

Mick…

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Opened to Just the Right Hymn

On July 22, 2012, I was attending church with my family. The music director, Bob Mervak, asked us to open our songbook to page 700 to sing "The Summons". I was quite surprised that when I opened it at random, I had opened to page 700. There were no bookmarks or bent pages to lead my fingers there. Because it was at church, and because I had already spent 15 minutes in a prayerful way, opening myself to the holy spirit and His message to me, I took it as meaningful. I felt as if the meaning was, "I'm here. Pay attention to this hymn."

Some more background before I get to the words of…

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Too-accurate coincidence of timing prompts willingness to donate

A few years ago, Joe Van Hagen of Royal Oak, Michigan opened some mail from a charity that he and his wife were donating to at that time. The letter mentioned that the charity was fundraising for some new buses, since the old ones were wearing out badly. The letter said that if everyone who received this letter donated $100, they would be able to replace all their buses.

Joe didn’t have the money at that time, so he decided not to contribute.

The next letter he opened was a completely unexpected $1000 check from his wife Christine’s father’s estate.

Her father had died a year…

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Scientist convinced God heard his prayers

My training is as a scientist. In science, you only accept what is objective and observable.


In 1999, I had just gone through a divorce, and knew I would not be able to take care of my son while working a night job. I had worked in the inpatient psychiatry wing at Providence Hospital for 30 years. So I quit the job in April and started to look full time for a job as a teacher.

I had interviewed in a number of parochial schools. Shrine, St. Benedict, some others. After two months without a bite, I panicked. I applied for a summer camp teaching job at Roeper School for the Gifted…

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Coincidental Roses for a Jailbird

Joan Wyss of Royal Oak, Michigan brings flowers every week to the jail ministry at the Oakland County Jail. Often she brings daisies or carnations. This week she was in the florist’s shop and let herself be led by the Holy Spirit, as she likes to do. She felt led to buy roses this time. She brought them to the jail for the worship service for incarcerated women.

After the service, one of the prisoners talked to Joan. She said she had just today completed a nine-day novena (editor’s note: A novena, in the Roman Catholic Church, is a form of devotion consisting of special prayers or…

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