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Leave a Legacy

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 17, 2018
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Leave a LegacyThere’s a lot of talk lately about ‘leaving a legacy,’ but what does it mean? My friend Curtis Solomon, Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, posted his reflections on this question on a recent BCC blog. According to Curtis, if you follow after Christ...

Joni Eareckson Tada’s Statement on Disability and Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 15, 2018
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Joni StatementEver since the 1990s when Oregon passed its Death with Dignity Act, I’ve been working to de-grease its slippery slope. Under the law, physicians may give lethal drugs to patients with terminal illnesses who want to end their lives. The law’s proponents have insisted it could only be offered to those who had 6 months or less to live, and was a safety valve when nothing else could be done to alleviate suffering. But not so anymore...

It’s Sign-Up Time!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 12, 2018
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e-Devotional Sign UpsOne of my life goals is to help other Christians cultivate a grateful spirit in the midst of tough trials. God has taught me so many lessons in this wheelchair, and through years of Bible study, I just want to pass along the power of encouragement. And...

When God Allows Suffering

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 10, 2018
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When God Allows SufferingWhen I dove into shallow water and broke my neck, I had so many hard questions. At night, lying paralyzed in the hospital ward, I would stare at the ceiling and fume, "God… are you behind all this suffering, or it is the devil? I’m only 17, and I have...

When Is It Right to Die?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 9, 2018
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When Is It Right to Die?I always smile when I talk about heaven and that glorious Day when I will see Jesus. Oh, the joy of being with my Savior forever! But the hard part is… getting there. When God calls us home, we all hope for a quick and painless death. But in this...

Epiphany Day

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 6, 2018
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Epiphany DayNow that we’re in the month of January, most people are breathing a sigh of relief that Christmas is officially behind us — what with the upheaval in your schedule, blowing your diet, and maxing out your credit card. But in the church calendar...

My Planner in... India?!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 4, 2018
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Planner in IndiaFor years, I have been using my Planner as a means of keeping track of which friend is helping me get up in the morning, or helping me lie down at night. And I use another Planner to help me schedule my daily radio programs. Well, recently, a friend went on a ministry trip to India when — to her surprise — she noticed that a teacher at a local school was using my Planner. Never, ever did I dream that people as far away as India would choose it as a useful tool for keeping organized, logging prayer lists, and tracking appointments, too (it must have universal appeal, as they say! :-). I feel so humbled that...

Evangelicals for Life Conference

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 2, 2018
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Evangelicals for Life ConferenceI used to think that only cultures in dark corners of the earth considered disabled people as ‘useless and of no value’ — places where infants born with disabilities were drowned or discarded in dumpsters. That’s what I used to think. But now, even...

The Best Way to Start the New Year

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 31, 2017
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The Best Way to Start the New YearIt’s almost here… in a few hours we’ll start the countdown to the New Year. We’ll reminisce about 2017 — our accomplishments, our failures, and the ever-so-common “If only I had...” But if you’re like me, I just bet that you’ll also be thinking of goals...

Jamaican Christian School for the Deaf

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 27, 2017
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Jamaican Christian School for the DeafIn Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere… the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name...

In Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere … the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name it! Back then, many places were not wheelchair accessible, but I had the stamina; I had the energy. Besides, I had a mission: to bring the Good News of Jesus to people with disabilities! But now? Though my mission hasn’t changed, I can no longer go everywhere and anywhere. Years of sitting in a wheelchair and chronic pain have taken a toll on my body, and I really can’t tolerate long-distance flights. Still, God has provided me with multiple platforms to share my message near and far — like my newsletter, for example. Just recently, Dr. Theron Stalling, a chiropractor in Colorado who loves missionary work, shared with me that he took multiple printed copies of my newsletters all the way to Jamaica. Dr. Stallings was going to be presenting at the First Jamaica School for the Deaf and he wanted to motivate these children to look beyond their disability. To his surprise, many of these kids had no clue what quadriplegia was! But boy were they encouraged when they learned I could paint with my mouth, had a wonderful husband, and that I was a writer and public speaker. Just look at these bright children signing “I love you”!
Perhaps like me, a disability or chronic pain has limited your ability to physically “go to all the world” … but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your testimony and the Gospel of Jesus to those in need through Facebook or YouTube. Or maybe you could send a letter in the mail to an old friend who lives out of state … or post your story down below in the comment section, so others can be encouraged. Remember, no matter what, we’ve got a mission!In Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere… the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you nameIn Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere … the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name...
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