4-Minute Program Archive: June 2012

Abiding in Christ

As Joshua Harris points out, in a world full of technology, it’s easy to think we can just unplug from God and recharge when needed. But Jesus Christ is the vine and we are the branches.

  • June 1, 2012
  • #7850

Disabled Hymn Writers

Joni absolutely loves hymns, and one of the reasons she treasures hymns is because so many of those hymns were written by people who struggled with disabilities.

  • June 4, 2012
  • #7851

Major Daniel Whittle

Major Daniel Whittle appeared to be a Christian—after all, he read the Bible. But it was a prayer for an ailing young man that led him to Christ to serve as an evangelist, teacher, and hymn writer. 

  • June 5, 2012
  • #7852

17th Century Prayer

Growing older brings all sorts of pains and blessings, as well as responsibility. It’s why Joni encourages you to pray along with this 17th century prayer for those growing into old age.

  • June 6, 2012
  • #7853

Jill Kinmont

With background like hers—Olympian athlete, painter, UCLA graduate, teacher, wife—Jill Kinmont Boothe appeared to have everything a woman with quadriplegia could desire. 

  • June 7, 2012
  • #7854

Finishing Well

As the years pile on, even if you have a very godly outlook on things, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Life also became tougher for the apostle Paul the older he got, but he ran the race and finished it well. 

  • June 8, 2012
  • #7855

A Switched Identity

Esther was on the list to be sent to the gas chambers of a Nazi concentration camp, but thanks to a German nurse, Esther was given an incredible opportunity—one that saved her life.

  • June 11, 2012
  • #7856

Cleanse Me

During her childhood years, Joni would spend her summers with her family camping at the beach. Her father would sing hymns like, “Cleanse Me Oh God,” a very old hymn.

  • June 12, 2012
  • #7857

He Is Able

Often when people define disability, they speak on what a person cannot do. And although what they say may be true, we must remember the ‘ability’ in disability, because we are ‘able’ in He who is more than able.

  • June 13, 2012
  • #7858

Beach Memories

Listen to Joni sing “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning” as she tells of her favorite beach memories with her father.

  • June 14, 2012
  • #7859

Jesus' Disability

How does a God who is good, holy, pure, and almighty relate to humans who suffer and are gravely ill? Joni shares a story of a woman who desperately cried to her ‘distant’ God and received an answer.

  • June 15, 2012
  • #7860

You Will Be Rebuilt

When hardships come your way, you may feel as if though God has taken his wrecking ball, swung it at you, and shattered your life. But the Lord gives us the promise that with his love, we will be rebuilt!

  • June 18, 2012
  • #7861

Kevin Natale Interview

At the age of 14, tragedy hit Kevin Natale: a deranged neighbor shot Kevin, leaving him a quadriplegic. Joni Eareckson Tada interviews Kevin about his shocking story and testimony. 

  • June 19, 2012
  • #7862

Kevin Natale Interview #2

When disability strikes, many turn to addiction to cope with the life altering circumstances. Kevin Natale, a quadriplegic, shares how he overcame substance abuse through Christ.

  • June 20, 2012
  • #7863

St. Augustine

When troubles come your way, be encouraged by Saint Augustine’s prayer. Ask God to tune your heart to brave music and borrow the words of your favorite hymn or worship song and praise the Lord.

  • June 21, 2012
  • #7864

Crushed with a Purpose

When our life is hit by crushing circumstances, we may feel lost, hopeless, or be troubled by anger and despair. Scripture tells us that God not only allows suffering, but also provides a purpose for our trials.

  • June 22, 2012
  • #7865

Joshua's Story

Joshua wasn’t very excited about coming to Family Retreat. After all, he was only there for his disabled brother. But when another family asked for his help, he came to realize what really counts in life.

  • June 25, 2012
  • #7866

Colossians 1:28-29

Joni is always on the go: traveling from one place to another, speaking here and there. And what is it that keeps her working for His kingdom? It’s Colossians 1:28-29—the mandate to proclaim Jesus. 

  • June 26, 2012
  • #7867

Michael and Jan Interview

Have you ever considered adopting a child with a disability? Listen to Jan as Joni interviews her on how God brought together a nurse and a baby with multiple health problems to form a happy family.

  • June 27, 2012
  • #7868

Summer Olympics

We pray to God for all sorts of things: for our homes, our kids, our work, our health. Well, in 1984, Joni had a very specific prayer: to see an Olympic torch runner in Los Angeles. 

  • June 28, 2012
  • #7869


The recent shooting in Sunnyvale demonstrated the overwhelming challenges parents of children with disabilities face. But, families like Sammi and her dad remind us that with Christ, there is hope. 

  • June 29, 2012
  • #7870
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