Joni's Posts March 2016

Your Prayers Needed: It's Radio Recording Day!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 30, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Joni and Ken RecordingToday is a big day — it’s Radio Recording Day! And on our schedule to record are many “Joni and Friends” radio programs and 1-minute programs — plus, public service announcements and special interviews, too. It’s going to be a full day for me, but I don’t do it alone. I’ve...

The Empty Tomb: Jeremy's Egg

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 27, 2016
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An empty Easter egg.Happy Easter! If you have kids or grandkids, today is very likely to be a fun day for them — what with church plays, Easter egg hunts, and yummy chocolate covered bunnies. Children, especially children with disabilities, seem to have an inside track into the...

Why I rejoice in my suffering...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 25, 2016
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Jesus on the crossSome people ask how I can smile despite a broken neck, quadriplegia, battling cancer, and chronic pain. My answer? Jesus — the Man of Sorrows. And it’s especially true on this Good Friday. Jesus was humiliated, flogged, beaten, and accused of a...

Family Retreat: A "Slice of Heaven"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 24, 2016
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BobbieIt makes me smile to see young people serving at our Family Retreats — people like Bobbie featured in this video. Though there are many ways that she could spend her summers, for three years now, Bobbie has served as a volunteer at our camps for families affected by disability. That’s because for Bobbie...

Today's "Culture of Death"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 21, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Today's "Culture of Death"Someone once said that “The health of a civilization depends on how its society treats the elderly, the newborn, the unborn, people with disabilities, the poor, and those who are homeless.” There is a culture of death that is sweeping this country, and it is turning our society into a people that are fearful of suffering...

Gwen - Cause 4 Life Intern

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 18, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

Ken, Gwen and JoniThirty-one-year-old Gwen Thayer first learned about our Cause 4 Life internships while attending our Castaway Club Family Retreat in Minnesota — living on a farm, Gwen was anxious to come to Southern California and learn “the ropes” of disability ministry here...

My interview with Pastor Shawn Thornton

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 14, 2016
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Pastor Shawn ThorntonPastor Shawn leads one of the most influential churches in Southern California, and it's just down the freeway from Joni and Friends — recently, I zipped over to his recording studio to do a 2-part interview on his program, “All Things New.” We talked about my accident...

Why we LOVE Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 10, 2016
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Matthew Short Term MissionaryI LOVE FAMILY RETREAT! I really do — and I’m not the only one. Matthew is what we at Joni and Friends like to call a “Short Term Missionary” (STM) and he’s been serving at our Family Retreats for 9 years! So, why does Matthew keep on coming back, summer after summer, to serve families affected by disability? Because in Matthew’s words, “Family Retreat is...

Jerry Bridges Home-going

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 7, 2016
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Jerry BridgesYears ago, when I was still in my 20s (and still somewhat new to 'life in a wheelchair'), I joined a small girls' Bible study group – one of our first studies was Jerry Bridges' Pursuit of Holiness. Then came The Practice of Godliness. Those two books helped confirm the importance of leaving behind stubborn sins in order to draw closer to Christ. How can we cleave to the cross when we still hold fast to the very things for which Christ died on that cross? I have Jerry Bridges to thank for that solid perspective on a holy lifestyle – and today, just 24 hours after Jerry slipped into heaven, people around the world are now sharing...

"Joni" in Serbia

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 4, 2016
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Joni's Story TranslatedLast year, my friend Judy Butler went to Serbia to volunteer at our International Family Retreat there. Judy continues to share with others about her wonderful experiences while serving oversees. She texted me this photo, saying, "I was visiting a church’s bookstore in Serbia and there was the'Joni' book right in the front window — then I learned from the church pastor that yours was the first Christian book he read as a young man. Isn't it wonderful to see, so many...

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