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Joni and Friends®

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

Timely Words from Joni

  • Monday, September 15, 2014

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Proverbs 15:23, "A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!"

Indeed, a timely word is a good thing - whether shared in a radio message like "Joni and Friends®," or shared in person as Joni Eareckson Tada did last week at the Billy Graham Library.  Joni's message to the 300 + crowd  resonated with many of the people who gathered to hear her.

"She's such an inspiration," said Dee Dee Rinehart, who drove up from Rock ...

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Keep It Honest, Real, Simple and Focused on God

  • Monday, August 18, 2014

We had our summer baptismal service at church this weekend.  Twenty Christ followers made the decision to be baptized.  One of those baptizing was my church's Youth Pastor, David Newkirk.

It's not terribly surprising that a youth pastor would be baptizing believers.

The miracle is that David is alive today.

Joni Eareckson Tada recently re-aired the TV episode, The Mystery of Prayer, which shares about the role of intercessory prayer in her own cancer journey and, the role of prayer in the lives of David and Celia Newkirk.

In this episode, as she does in her radio program ...

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Life As An Adventure

  • Monday, July 21, 2014

Joni's ParentsI first heard the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, "Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure," at a recent dinner event.  I liked it and quickly wrote it down. But more than the quote itself, I was most impacted by the fact that a certain fellow dinner guest said she loved the quote  . . . that she loves to think of life as an adventure!

A diving accident in 1967 left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands.  After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar ...

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Lessons from Dad

  • Monday, June 2, 2014

As Father's Day approaches, I've thought about some of the lessons my dad taught me:

- Work hard - don't wait for accolades.

- Keep up with the news -- read the newspaper.

- Think more. Talk less.

In an upcoming "Joni and Friends®" broadcast, Joni Eareckson Tada shares about a significant lesson she learned from her father - the lesson of the lamplighter.

Joni's father told her the story about the lamplighter who would come out every day in his Baltimore neighborhood at dusk.  The lamplighter would come down the avenue lighting each light individually.

Her dad would tell her that ...

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National Volunteer Week

  • Monday, April 7, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a message from one of the people who inspire Joni Eareckson Tada.

As Joni says about Paige Benton Brown, she is a "deep thinker... she loves God and His Word . . . and never ceases to amaze me with her fresh insights into familiar biblical passages."

The message Paige shared is fresh in my mind as this week's "Joni and Friends®" programming marks National Volunteer Week.

As Paige recounted the story of the master, his three servants and the talents he entrusts to them, I heard the parable in a different light.  Yes, it ...

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Not Forsaken When On My Own

  • Monday, March 17, 2014

Reading through 1st Corinthians, I was reminded of Paul's steadfast faith in prayer and God's hand on his life . . . even in his lowest valleys as he sat in chains, Paul rested in Him.
The most recent addition to my playlist is "Alone But Not Alone."   The song has become my most played track.  Listening over and over again to Joni sing the beautiful lyrics, I am reminded of the promises which Paul clung to in his trials:

When my steps are lost.
And desperate for a guide,
I can feel his touch,
A soothing presence by my side ...

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