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If I'm A Christian, Why Am I Depressed?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 22, 2014
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If I'm A Christian, Why Am I Depressed?Some people say that Christians should never be depressed. I take issue with that, being a quadriplegic who has battled cancer and struggles daily with pain. I love my Savior, am passionate about His Gospel, and enjoy the ministry He has given me. But that does not exclude me from occasionally grappling with dark emotions. In this achingly honest work, Dr. Somerville explains that depression is not restricted to the secular world. Throughout history, godly men and women -- among them Martin Luther and Charles Spurgeon -- have suffered in the deep trenches of dark emotion. But God's Word contains firm guidance and heart-transforming hope. It’s why I highly recommend If I'm a Christian, Why am I Depressed?, written by Robert B. Somerville, professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College. “Dr. Bob” is one of my pain-pals for whom I pray on a regular basis – if you’re struggling with depression, you’ll be greatly encouraged reading his new book!  

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Discussion Continues

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 20, 2014
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Joni and Friends Christian Institute on DisabilityOver the last week, I've responded to many emails and inquiries that have come in as a result of my statement about Brittany Maynard's decision to end her life. Several described how their dying loved ones suffered greatly due to the inability of morphine to allay confusion, disorientation, and pain. My heart goes out to such families! I, too, have watched several family members suffer great anguish at their life's end, and it breaks my heart. No one – absolutely no one – wishes a hard death on anyone. However, should such deaths warrant legalizing physician-assisted suicide across the US? Physician-assisted suicide would be an incredibly broad blanket approach to individual and select family situations. For...

Sermon on the Mount

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 18, 2014
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Joni's Painting of the Sermon on the MountThis year Ken and I have been reading through the Bible chronologically – a few days ago we were in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. It reminded me of the time in 1998 when Ken memorized that passage. That same year we toured Israel – one afternoon, our visit took us to a high hill above the ruins of Capernaum. We wandered through a field to a natural amphitheater tucked on the side of the hill. It was late in the day, all the tour buses were gone, and the hillside was quiet. Ken...

Honoring Ebenezer

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 16, 2014
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In Ghana, Ebenezer receiving the 100,000th wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldWhen Ebenezer was born in Ghana with physical deformities, his mother and father did everything they could to find a medical cure. But when they were told that there was nothing that could be done for Ebenezer, the father decided, “Why don’t we just poison this child and then give birth to another child who will have no defects?” But Agnes—the mother—would have nothing of this plan. Soon, Agnes’ husband left her and Ebenezer all on their own. Last year, it was our honor to gift Ebenezer with his own wheelchair, and it happened to be our 100,000th delivered – this little boy was so excited! In 1 Samuel 7:12, an “Ebenezer” is a memorial reminding us “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” I praise God that He helped little Ebenezer – and I know the Lord will continue to help this little family in a big way! Yesterday was my birthday, so I decided to honor Ebenezer with a gift to Wheels for the World. If you’d like to join me, click here!

Having a Blast on My Birthday!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 15, 2014
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Joni and Francie reading birthday cardsI may have come to work to Joni and Friends this morning, but I'm doing anything but ‘work!’ First, I enjoyed a hands-down, slam-dunk time of tweeting at my first Twitter Birthday Party – it was such fun reading tweets from so many old friends, and new ones, too. And since I'm the kind of gal who loves passing along God's blessings to others, it was sheer joy to give away lots of prizes and gift cards during the party. =) And now, my secretary Francie and I are reading through birthday cards and notes from the recent letter Ken sent to ministry friends! All in all, Psalm 86:15 best describes what I'm feeling today, for “You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God… abounding in love and faithfulness.” And that’s what I'm celebrating today as I crest 65. Onward and upward!

A Dignified Death?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 14, 2014
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pillsLike many, my heart broke when I recently watched Brittany Maynard's video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one – absolutely no one – welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it's clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions. But if I could park my wheelchair beside her, I would tell her how the love of Jesus has sustained me through my chronic pain, quadriplegia and cancer. I don't want her to wake up on the other side of her tombstone only to face a dark, grim existence without life and joy; that is, without God. There's only one Person who has transformed the landscape of life-after-death, and that is Jesus, the One who conquered the grave and opened the path to life eternal. Three grams of Phenobarbital in the veins will only provide a temporary reprieve. It is not the answer for the most important passage of her life. The hours are ticking away...

My Twitter Party is Tomorrow!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 14, 2014
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Joni tweeting from the Joni and Friends Twitter accountTomorrow, October 15, I'll be celebrating my 65th birthday – I’m happily outliving all those doom-and-gloom spinal cord injury forecasts back in 1967! So I really want to drum up praise to God for His faithfulness to me these many years I've lived as a quadriplegic – and tomorrow, we'll be talking about that at my Twitter Party! So join me October 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon PST; just follow @JoniandFriends on Twitter and use hashtag #HappyBdayJoni in your tweets. If you need more info about our party, visit the Joni and Friends blog. Not sure how to use Twitter? Here’s a great link complete with instructions on signing up for Twitter Come join the party, friend … I'll be watching for your tweets!

We're Home!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 13, 2014
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Rainey, Joni, Careen, and Kara at True Woman '14Rainey, Careen, Kara and I left the True Woman ‘14 Conference with hearts bursting from so many blessings – the theme was “Finding Freedom, Fullness, and Fruitfulness in Christ.” I went there, excited to speak on finding freedom in Jesus, but I was doubly encouraged by all the other speakers, the worship, music and fellowship! Oh, how grateful to God I am for the incredible encouragement in Christ we experienced! I want to thank these three wonderful girls in the photo who took such good care of me while we were on the road… and a special thanks to you, too, as you prayed us through a very busy schedule. And now? I’m getting ready to celebrate my birthday this week – don’t forget to join me for my Twitter Party on Wednesday; I’ve got lots of fun surprises planned!  

A Pumpkin Present

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 13, 2014
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Judy's pumpkinsPumpkin featuring encouraging Bible verses
To help celebrate my upcoming birthday, my friend Judy Squier gave me a white pumpkin with lots of heartwarming encouragements which she penned in beautiful colors! Judy included my favorite quotations, Bible promises and verses. I have known this remarkable woman ever since the 1980s – then as now, I've always been drawn to her kicky, upbeat attitude. She may be a double amputee and a wheelchair-user, but my friend is best known for her unflappable joy in the Lord. Judy has been a faithful partner with Joni and Friends for many years, especially serving on the...

Sunday Reflections…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 12, 2014
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Brazen AltarWhenever I study the Bible, I always like to keep a commentary nearby — recently I needed one while reading through the book of Exodus which described the construction of the Tabernacle. The drawings in the commentary, though, made the Brazen Altar look so shiny, neat and tidy. Ken and I remarked that the altar (and the steps leading up to it) actually must have been a bloody mess. After all, the blood of sacrificial animals was poured on the horns of the altar and around its base. I’m sure the priests couldn’t help but get blood all over themselves and their garments. It sounds awful, but remember, it’s an altar of sacrifice. And you know what? All that blood was a foreshadowing of the final sacrificial altar: the cross on Calvary where Jesus, the Priest, offered his own...

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