Month: May 2020

A “Kidney” Christian

May 29, 2020 | Comments Off on A “Kidney” Christian
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“On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of…

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Beautiful Hands

May 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Beautiful Hands
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and as an artist, I notice women’s hands. Like my mother’s caring hands or the helpful hands of my secretary; but the most beautiful hands I’ve ever seen belong to Diane, my friend with multiple sclerosis. Diane’s hands are atrophied from long years of disability; the skin is cracked and…

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Staying Hopeful In Hardships

May 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Staying Hopeful In Hardships
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with my husband Ken today. Hi, Ken! KEN: Hi, Joni, and I am so thankful to be with my favorite person in the world. JONI: Oh, my goodness; it’s so sweet for you to say that, especially since you see me at my worst. I mean, behind closed doors, at…

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Inclusion for Individuals with Special Needs

May 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Inclusion for Individuals with Special Needs
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“Many families of children with disabilities seek support from a faith community more than anything else in their community. Their priority in seeking a church is not always a place where they feel they can grow spiritually, but rather a place that will accept their child.”  –Dr. Rebekah Dyer As regions of the United States begin lifting social…

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Shortcuts

May 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Shortcuts
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“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15 Who would be dumb enough to take a shortcut through a narrow train tunnel? Well, I was, and I did it more than once. As a kid, when I rode my horse as far as Marriottsville, I…

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A Foundation for Ministry

May 28, 2020 | Comments Off on A Foundation for Ministry
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and I sure miss Joni and Friends. I should say, that is, I miss our headquarters at Joni and Friends. We are coming up and out of this season of coronavirus, right? Because I am still one of those vulnerable, at-risk people, and because I am in a wheelchair with bad…

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Fellowship in Suffering

May 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Fellowship in Suffering
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Isn’t it wonderful to be embraced by others in the fellowship of suffering?  Well, hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and that fellowship is more precious than we realize. Because think of it: When Jesus was on the cross, He had no fellowship. There wasn’t any comfort to be found; just a lot of insensitivity from…

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3 Simple Ways Lead Pastors Can Support Special Needs Ministry

May 27, 2020 | Comments Off on 3 Simple Ways Lead Pastors Can Support Special Needs Ministry
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“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 There is a big difference between a church permitting disability ministry and a church supporting disability ministry. One of the biggest misconceptions is that if a pastor isn’t well-versed in “disability” or “special needs,” then…

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Belonging to the Lord

May 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Belonging to the Lord
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Isn’t it wonderful to feel like you belong? Hi, this is Joni Eareckson Tada, and everybody wants to feel like they belong to something – even better, to someone. The safest and most comforting feeling is being firmly convinced that you belong to a person who loves you. A secure sense of belonging like that…

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Jars Of Clay

May 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Jars Of Clay
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada highlighting Mental Health Awareness. And we sure do need to have our awareness raised a little, don’t we?, when it comes to things like psychiatric illnesses – whether chronic anxiety, schizophrenia, compulsive behaviors. I have a young friend in college; her name is Jessica, and she struggles so with bipolar…

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