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Reflections: How God Provides Abundantly When You Are Generous

By Joni and Friends | November 25, 2021
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“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”2 Corinthians 9:12 As we close out season 3 of the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, Crystal is reflecting on the many wonderful conversations we’ve had this year and the…

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How to Grow through Significant Loss and Grief

By Joni and Friends | November 18, 2021
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“It is not the experience of loss that becomes the defining moment of our lives, but how we respond to loss that matters.” Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife of 20 years, and his four-year-old daughter. Left as…

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Showing Gratitude For The Sacrifices Our Veterans Have Made

By Joni and Friends | November 11, 2021
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“Let someone else praise you,” Proverbs 27:2 My husband Ken always goes out of his way to greet people he sees in military uniform. No matter where we are – dining out, in an airport, a fast-food restaurant – Ken will stop to greet a veteran or even offer to buy a meal. Proverbs 27:2…

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How to Heal from Disabling Trauma and PTSD

By Joni and Friends | November 11, 2021
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“If anxiety, fear, or trauma is part of your experience, the book you want to become familiar with is the Bible. The Bible is all about how God’s redemptive purposes enter into our suffering through his Son who experiences trauma and suffering on our behalf for the purpose of healing.” Dr. Tim Lane, who recently…

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No Disability Is Going To Stand In The Way Of God’s Love

By Joni and Friends | November 9, 2021
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“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38 Walter and Megan call their seven-year-old twins their “little miracle girls.” Born prematurely at just over two pounds apiece, Emery and Elyse entered the world under traumatic circumstances. But as Megan explains, “Every day we see them growing in God’s…

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How to Make Changes That Last

By Joni and Friends | November 4, 2021
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“Your circumstances shape you but they do not define you – what defines you is that you are in a relationship with a God who loves you.” Is there an area in your life that you want to change, but you don’t know how? A behavior you’ve tried to stop, but just can’t seem to?…

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The Powerful Testimony Of Jesus Through A Wheelchair

By Joni and Friends | November 2, 2021
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“You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart… a heart which shall stir the church for generations to come.” — Charles Spurgeon I get so energized whenever I nudge a child’s tender soul toward the Lord Jesus. It’s how I felt when I…

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How Including People with Disability Changes Church Culture

By Joni and Friends | October 28, 2021
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“When disability ministry starts to take hold in the heart of a church, it’s like hitting the refresh button on the gospel in that church.” Have you considered how including people with disabilities might positively impact your church’s culture? Stephanie Hubach is on the podcast to share the importance and value of including everyone in…

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“For the First Time, We Aren’t Different!”

By Joni and Friends | October 26, 2021
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Seven-year-old Braden and his twin brother Thatcher were born prematurely at only 27 weeks gestation. Both had severe brain bleeds, but while Braden seemed to recover from his traumatic birth, Thatcher’s story is quite different. He has cerebral palsy, seizures and significantly impaired vision. Thatcher can understand everything that others say to him, but he…

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Kick Start Your Church’s Disability Ministry!

By Joni and Friends | October 25, 2021
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Marie and her 21-year-old son Joshua feel the joy of being included in the body of Christ every week at Pear Orchard Church. As a single mom caring for a young man with Down syndrome, Marie relishes the fact that both she and her son feel welcomed, celebrated, and affirmed as equal members of their…

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