4-Minute Program Archive: December 2012

Christmas Brings Hope

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, but also one of hope—especially for those undergoing hardships. And not just any hope: it’s the hope of Jesus.

  • December 3, 2012
  • #7981

The Statue of Atlas

If you’ve ever been to NY, you might have run into the Statue of Atlas—the one of the man carrying the world. He looks overwhelmed, but Jesus? Jesus carried our sins and He is victorious! 

  • December 4, 2012
  • #7982

Create Your Christmas Spirit

What’s a true Christmas Spirit? Is it a desire to hit the holiday sales racks? Or maybe to listen to that new Christmas music CD?  No. The true Christmas spirit is all about a longing for Christ.

  • December 5, 2012
  • #7983

Voice Dictating

Joni says, “If there’s one thing I really like about being disabled, it’s that you learn to be grateful for the least of your abilities.” Learn more about Joni’s gratitude for her voice dictation software. 

  • December 6, 2012
  • #7984

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Have you ever imagined how much discomfort Mary faced as she, in her last months of pregnancy, traveled to Bethlehem? If you too are in pain, remember: the King of love is your shepherd.

  • December 7, 2012
  • #7985

The Bell

If you feel disconnected, struggling to fit in, or simply wondering, “Who am I?”, Joni’s inspirational story reminds us of who we are in Jesus Christ and how we are complete in Him.  

  • December 10, 2012
  • #7986

An Explosive Incident

After 9-11, security at the airport has increased—and for good reasons! But recently, Joni was interrogated by an explosive specialist. Listen to her “explosive incident” here.

  • December 11, 2012
  • #7987


Where is your treasure? Is it in your house, your job … maybe your good looks or your marriage? If so, it may be time for you to take a look at the Apostle Paul’s message in Philippians 3.

  • December 12, 2012
  • #7988


Joni admits: if there’s one book in the Bible that she finds a bit daunting, it’s Revelation. But listen to what she understood from the first chapter’s passage on the seven golden lampstands.

  • December 13, 2012
  • #7989

Responding to Christmas

When you look at the nativity story, some honored the Savior, others couldn’t care less. And since Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, Joni asks, “How do you respond to Christmas?” 

  • December 14, 2012
  • #7990

Christmas Blues

For some the holidays are a time of joy and peace, but for those dealing with the loss of a loved one or a divorce, sometimes depression kicks in. Learn how to beat the holiday blues through your faith.

  • December 17, 2012
  • #7991

No Extremes

When it comes to the extremes of this world—a woman’s extreme plastic surgery makeover while a child dies from extreme malnutrition—Joni wants to know, what’s your response?

  • December 18, 2012
  • #7992

The Story of Li Jia

When Joni needs some encouragement, she turns to a picture on her desk of a little girl she met on a Wheels for the World outreach to China. Want to learn more? Listen here.

  • December 19, 2012
  • #7993

Scripture Wins

When you’re excited, or especially when you’re depressed, it’s easy to be led by your emotions and avoid the Scriptures. But what does the Bible say about our feelings? 

  • December 20, 2012
  • #7994

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Do you need a reason to have hope in Jesus? Here’s a Christmas carol from Joni to you to lift your Christmas blues.

  • December 21, 2012
  • #7995

Dana Marshall

Isaiah 35 says that one day, the lame will leap like a deer, but until that day comes, Dana Marshall has chosen not to leap or walk, but to sit in a wheelchair. Listen to her story here.

  • December 24, 2012
  • #7996

The Incarnation

It’s Christmas—the day we celebrate the glorious incarnation of our Lord and Savior, because there’s nothing like the wonderful mystery of the birth of Jesus.

  • December 25, 2012
  • #7997

Always Grateful

Sure, you’re grateful. And God knows that, right? But how do you express your gratitude? Joni provides a powerful example of gratitude in the story of Jesus and the Leper in Luke 17. 

  • December 26, 2012
  • #7998

Gideon Bible

Joni loves to follow her reading schedule, but when she’s on the road, it’s not so easy reading her Bible. That’s why she’s so grateful for the Gideon bible.

  • December 27, 2012
  • #7999

Love Like Wine

Joni shares the story she had with an injured fireman angry at God. Listen to Joni as she describes how Jesus, like a fireman, valiantly saved us from the full fury of hell-fire.

  • December 28, 2012
  • #8000

Rick's Decision

You’ve probably asked yourself the question, “What’s God’s plan for my life?” But when you take a hard look at Scripture, you will find that there’s a difference between the plan and the will of God.

  • December 31, 2012
  • #8001
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