Month: April 2019

My Lungs Are Okay

April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on My Lungs Are Okay
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I am still celebrating Easter!   And it’s all about joy and hope, isn’t it? The resurrection is the best part of the story of Jesus. I mean, you think about it: Up until the resurrection, everything is hard; for Jesus, there was so much misunderstanding and betrayal; disappointments, heartbreaking circumstances. People just didn’t get it. They didn’t get Him —…

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Strength Test

April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Strength Test
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Last fall, I took one of those strength assessment tests along with my coworkers at Joni and Friends. I scored strongly in assertiveness, but I know that can come across as aggressiveness. I see it in myself when I’m under stress. In fact, I looked at the negative traits in the test results and I prayed, “Oh Jesus, keep me from…

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God’s Ordinary Intervention

April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on God’s Ordinary Intervention
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“But Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.” Acts 9:24-25 God delights in using ordinary objects to accomplish His mighty purposes. Friends…

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Mary Magdalene

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Mary Magdalene
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with an afterthought about Easter.  It’s just one of those thoughts that’s been lingering since last week; because one of the most poignant parts of the Easter story, for me, is that moment in the Garden when Mary Magdalene, overwhelmed with grief, thinks all is lost, Jesus has died, now they’ve stolen His body. Everything looks hopeless…well…not quite.…

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What is Rest?

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on What is Rest?
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A lot of people think I’m always on the go in my wheelchair…And they’re right. Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and even though I am “on-the-go,” I move forward knowing I go with God’s presence. And that’s what gives me rest (no matter how on-the-go I am). God says in Exodus chapter 33, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” What does this godly rest look like? One author put it…

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Get to Know Him

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Get to Know Him
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“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 For the longest time in my walk with Jesus, I told everyone I knew Him. After all, I was saved. But truthfully, I was only acquainted with Jesus. It…

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He is Risen!

April 21, 2019 | Comments Off on He is Risen!
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I was raised in a church where, after our pastor read from Scripture, he would close the Bible and say, “The Word of the Lord” – then, our congregation would respond in unison with, “Thanks be to God!” I love it when the whole church unites in one voice during a Sunday service. And this…

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Words from Sebastian

April 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Words from Sebastian
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. In the very early years of the fledgling church, persecution against Christians was hot and heavy. But our brothers and sisters in Christ were heaven-bent on standing strong, despite the suffering. But… there were others. For them, suffering for being a Christian was just too hard. That’s why Sebastian, an early church father, spoke these words to his congregation. He said, “When we get to heaven,…

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He is Able

April 21, 2019 | Comments Off on He is Able
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“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 As I work in a ministry to people with disabilities, I hear the words disabled and disability over and over. Sometimes it’s good to balance that emphasis…

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The Plan of Salvation

April 20, 2019 | Comments Off on The Plan of Salvation
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This Easter, as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, take a moment to give thanks for the precious gift we’ve been given. God sent His son to die for our sins so that we could receive the gift of eternal life into the Kingdom of Heaven.  On Resurrection Morning, Jesus rose up from…

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