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Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 25, 2014
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Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship award recipientsI love any reason to visit Azusa Pacific University, and not long ago I was on campus for a special luncheon honoring the student recipients of the Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship Award. This semester, Cayla Johnson and Jordyn Pfeifer are taking the "Disability, Suffering and the Church" class at APU – upon graduating, they both are planning careers serving special-needs families. If you are in high school and considering a Christian college (or you know someone who is), take a close look at Azusa Pacific University – they are training up exceptional, young Christian leaders who are...

My Gratitude Journal

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 24, 2014
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Gratitude JournalIt's Thanksgiving week, and we have much for which to be grateful to God – health, strength, safety and so much more. But if, for you, this seems to be a season of loss or great hardship, remember Habakkuk. He said, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice...

Good Shepherd of My Soul

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 22, 2014
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Kristyn Getty and Joni Eareckson TadaWith Thanksgiving less than a week away, my heart is brimming over with gratitude to God for so many things – oh, how faithfully He has led me through one physical challenge after the next. No matter how rocky the path, Jesus always leads me to green pastures. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful new hymn called "Good Shepherd of my Soul" written recently by Keith and Kristyn Getty – it was a joy to sing it with them at October's True Woman 14 conference. I'm including the words so you can sing along with us…

Biblical Training for You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 21, 2014
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Tyson SnedekerOne of my favorite Bible training websites is biblicaltraining.org. These friends are completely dedicated to equipping God's people in the Word… with no tuition. Lots of my friends with disabilities are earning their degrees in biblical education by going online to this well-respected website. And Joni and Friends is working hard to connect more special-needs families to this...

Ebenezer's "Ebenezer"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 19, 2014
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EbenezerWhen Ebenezer was born in Uganda with badly twisted ankles, his mother and father did everything they could to find a medical cure. When they were told that nothing that could be done, the father said, “Why don’t we just poison this child and give birth to another child who doesn't have defects?” But Agnes—the mother—would have nothing of this plan; and soon, her husband left her and Ebenezer on their own. This past summer...

Elijah's Up Syndrome

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 18, 2014
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Lindsay, Joseph, Elijah, and JoniMeet Joseph and Lindsay Rangel who lead worship at their church near Fresno, California – Joseph is holding his beautiful little boy, Elijah. When I learned that Elijah had Down syndrome, his daddy said, "We like to call it Up syndrome, not Down. No one lights up a room quite like Elijah. He's one of the most 'up' little boys I...

Please Pray for Me Today

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 17, 2014
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Joni in the studioIt's Monday morning, November 17, and that means I'll be recording another group of "Joni and Friends" radio programs. Over the weekend, I was thinking of Ephesians 4:28-29, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to...

Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 16, 2014
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Holy BibleWhen you read the Old Testament, you can see how God's “reward and punishment” covenant worked with His people. If they obeyed, they had military victories, plentiful harvests, and immunity to diseases. But if they disobeyed, there was violence, crime, and famine. Thankfully, in the New Testament, God did...

Bobbie's Memorial Service

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 15, 2014
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He is Risen!Today a memorial service is being held for my good friend, Bobbie Wolgemuth, who passed away on October 28 from ovarian cancer (Bobbie and I wrote the "Hymns for a Kid's Heart" series). Whether in an airport, hotel lobby, or on a convention floor, we'd always break out into song together – people called...

"So They Say!"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 14, 2014
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So They SayThey say that when one walks with the wise, they become wise. That’s why I enjoy connecting with my friend, Robert Mounce. He’s president emeritus of Whitworth University and an expert in the New Testament, but I enjoy Robert’s company because he’s 93 years old and as sharp as a tack! Hanging around a believer who has lived that long and studied that much? Well… when he speaks, I listen. It’s why I'm so excited about his newest book So They Say. The back reads, “So They Say is a collection of more than 70 quotes, along with Robert Mounce’s reflections on how they relate to the real world… So They Say invites you to read, reflect, and enjoy the journey.” If you’re interested in hearing insights from a saintly sage, this book’s for you!

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