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Sixty-Nine Years!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 15, 2018
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For so many years, honestly, I never thought I’d live to see today, my 69th birthday. God has been so gloriously good in bringing me through the twists and turns of my life. And now that I'm here, I think back to the hundreds of believers who prayed for me when I was newly injured. Like me, they...

Danny’s Downs

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 12, 2018
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I thought I knew every song by Peter, Paul and Mary, my favorite folk singers back in the 60’s – I memorized the words to so many songs they made famous, and as a fan, I can still recall the lyrics and tunes. But not this one, “Danny’s Downs” which appeared on their Flowers and Stones album...

From Joni’s Heart—Thank You Volunteers!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 10, 2018
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“We have been sent to speak for Christ. It is as if God is calling to you through us. We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God!” - 2 Corinthians 5:20 

Ken and I always love hobnobbing with volunteers at our Family Retreats (we call them short-term missionaries, or STMs). They sacrifice a lot to come and serve at Retreat as they take time away from their families, work or school. Excited and energized, they arrive with hearts pumped, sleeves rolled up, and ready to show Jesus’ love to weary moms, dads, disabled kids and the rest. 

I watch with pride as a middle-aged volunteer spends the afternoon playing hopscotch with a lonely kid who has autism. Or a college-aged volunteer wipes drool off the smile of a teen with cerebral palsy. Or an...

Joni Movie Showing in Charlotte

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 9, 2018
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Fresh off my last ministry trip and barely unpacked, it’s time to repack my bags again! This time I’m on my way to North Carolina. I can already feel the excitement in the air as I think of showing the remastered Joni movie movie at Central Church of God in Charlotte this coming Sunday. Of course...

Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 7, 2018
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When well-meaning Christians insist that healing was a ministry priority of Jesus, I like to remind them of what Jesus said in Mark 9:43. Because this same Jesus who healed withered hands clearly said, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It's better to enter eternal life with only one hand...

Turtle Wheelchair

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 3, 2018
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I like to joke about the two speeds on my wheelchair, “turtle” and “rabbit.” “Turtle” means going slow, and I hardly ever put my wheelchair on that speed.  But the other day I heard about an actual turtle who needed, you guessed it, a wheelchair. No one’s quite sure how this little guy broke its shell...

Live on Moody Radio

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 1, 2018
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Today I’m joining radio host Janet Parshall on air for her broadcast In the Market with Janet Parshall. There’s such a need among Christians to think critically about what is going on in the world around us, “in the market,” and I’m honored Janet invited me to join her to discuss some of today’s hot...

A Request and an Announcement

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 25, 2018
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You know how I rely on your prayers! And tomorrow is another long day in the studio, where I’ll be recording Joni and Friends radio programs, as well as the 1-minute Diamond in the Dust broadcasts. It’s been a busy month of ministry, plus I’ve just spent three days in front of a microphone...

The Paige Project

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 23, 2018
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My friend Paige has a rare genetic disease that caused her to lose her hearing, sight, and ability to walk or use her hands. She sits totally paralyzed in her wheelchair and even has to use a ventilator to help her breathe. But, oh, what an amazing woman she is, given her upbeat outlook, her ability...

Show them Mercy

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  • Sept. 21, 2018
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The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s gospel is a familiar one. An expert in the law tries to test Jesus’ interpretation of the law, but the Lord cuts through the man’s posturing, showing that the heart of the matter isn’t about the law at all. It’s about loving our neighbor. “Who is my neighbor?” asks the law-expert. Instead of answering him directly, Jesus tells a parable. On the surface, the parable is a poignant story of a passing Samaritan stopping to care for a wounded man when others avoided getting involved. The parable was too convicting; it became one of those “hard truths” that turned away many followers of Jesus.

I immediately thought of Jesus’ parable when I spotted this sign not long ago. The teachings of Christ are clear: when we come across people in need, we...

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