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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, and—for my grandkiddos—”Corn Monster.” (It’s what we do in Corn Borer, Indiana!) This month, our annual look at really creepy stuff.

Previous issues
Music issue: 2 (September 18, 2016)
Remembering 9/11 issue (September 4, 2016)
Election 2016 issue (August 21, 2016)

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You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!


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Questions from the crypt

My third book in The Why Files series asks Are There Really Ghosts? So, here are some excerpts from the award-winning series:
Are demons real?
Are there really ghosts?
Are vampires, werewolves real?
Are witches real?
Can you talk to the dead?
Do Ouija boards really send messages from the spirit world?
Psychic secrets revealed “Swami Watkins” will amaze you!


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Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

Search Google for “Should Christians celebrate Halloween?” and you’ll get about one thousand sites covering everything from “it’s completely harmless” to “it’s completely hellish.” Here’s site number 1,001 that’s somewhere in the middle: [Continue reading]



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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category. It’s the only time of year when . . .

10. . . . you can cross dress without having to come out of the closet.

9. . . . Americans actually consume a waxy substance known as “candy corn.” (The rest of the year the material is used to manufacture patio candles and seals for toilets.) [Continue reading].


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Cartoon of the month

Get your daily dose of my cartoons on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives.

And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016. The Tupperware Party: “Putting a lid on government.”

And for a collection of the best—and a few of the worst—cartoons: I Have a Meme. Two hundred cartoons includes work by “Evil Jim.”


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True colors shining through

Fall always challenges to me to show brighter and bolder colors as I age. I want my “autumn years” to be spectacular! So, here’s what I’m aiming for as God displays His amazing artwork . . . [Continue to photo essay]


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Top ten sites from September

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from September 2016 (Numbers in parentheses are previous month’s ranking.)


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This month’s podcast, etc.

Can you take things out of this world and into the next? I believe You can take it with you! Listen to the brand new podcast (2:11 minutes).

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Here’s a second collection of my favorite music videos filled with hope along with links to corresponding posts. Enjoy and be encouraged.

Previous issues
The conspiracy issue (September 11, 2016)
Remembering 9/11 issue (September 4, 2016)
Romans 8:28 issue (August 8, 2016)

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God rejoices over you
Knowing who we are

Finding God’s will (Six posts)

Holy hardships
Pressed . . . but not crushed
“In this world you will have trouble”

Are listening to Goliath or God? (Post and podcast)

Are you struggling with “suck-cess”
From bad to worse to . . . astonishing
I’m a Giant Killer (Podcast)
Keeping your dreams alive (Four posts)
Over-the-top victors
Pressed but not crushed
When dreams die

Lookin’ for love in all the right places

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But wait, there’s more
More songs of hope
Song with hope and humor

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society . . . and investigative blogger! This week, the shocking truth about conspiracy theories, urban legends, my new sexual identity, and the Colonel’s secret herbs and spices!. The truth is out there!

Previous issues
Remembering 9/11 issue (September 4, 2016)
Romans 8:28 issue (August 8, 2016)
Election 2016 issue (August 21, 2016)

But wait, there’s more! You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!


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Ancient prophet warns of conspiracies!

Conspiracy is the word for election 2016: Democrats are warning against “alt-right” conspiracies and “baskets of deplorables,” while Republicans are spreading rumors from Clinton’s serious health condition to the “Clinton body count,” which apparently is being blocked from search giant Google. Here’s a newspaper column from the archives on conspiracy theories, urban legends and other rumors! [Continue reading]


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The truth about urban legends!

Authorities suspect the Satanist president of Proctor and Gamble of revenge in the theft of a controversial investigative blogger’s kidneys. James Watkins is known to have made a number of enemies and, thus, possible suspects. He was the first to reveal that the P&G logo is an occult symbol, that Madeline Murray O’Haire is petitioning FCC to ban all religious broadcasting, and that Oreo’s stuffing is filled with spider eggs. [Continue reading]


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Author no longer identifies as ‘male’

Humor writer, James Watkins, no longer wishes to be identified by the rigid sexual stereotype of “male.” He joins millions of other people who have embraced, according to ABC News, “58 gender options.”

Watkins claims Galatians 3:28 declares “In Christ, there is neither male nor female.” He further argues that in heaven, there will be no genders (Matthew 22:30).

The author and speaker now prefers to identified as simply “a child of God.” It is not clear how this will affect his standing in his conservative denomination or in the publishing industry.


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KFC’s secret recipe revealed!

Last month, the Chicago Tribune reported that Joe Ledington, a nephew by marriage of Colonel Sanders, found a handwritten recipe of KFC’s closely-guarded secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices. KFC is denying that the recipe is authentic although the paper claims the taste is “indistinguishable” from the fast-food fowl.

The eleven herbs and spices are 1) salt, 2) thyme, 3) basil, 4) oregano, 5) celery salt, 6) black pepper, 7) dried mustard, 8) paprika, 9) garlic salt, 10) ground ginger and 11) white pepper.

I suspect someone is now out of the Colonel’s will!


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Cartoon of the week

Get your daily dose of my cartoons on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives.

And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016. The Tupperware Party: “Putting a lid on government.”


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Quotations on conspiracies

Why do we love the idea that people might be secretly working together to control and organize the world? Because we don’t like to face the fact that our world runs on a combination of chaos, incompetence and confusion. Jonathan Cainer

A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on. Terry Pratchett

Always remember, rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots. Ziad K. Abdelnour

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai E. Stevenson II

The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign that the conspiracy is working.

Read quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.


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This week’s podcast, etc.

Lifting heavy weights If you’re feeling weak, God is preparing you for a strong future! (2:14 minutes)

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World Trade Center Memorial

Two small numbers—9/11—have become shorthand for an infinite number of emotions: the shock and disbelief of watching the terrorist attack on live TV, the horror of watching the twin towers collapse upon themselves, the national grief as the number of confirmed casualties grew to over 2,800, the growing realization that we are no longer beyond the reach of terrorist attacks, and perhaps most of all, the fact that those who remember where they were on that date, will never, ever be the same.

During this week before the 15th anniversary, here’s a look back at some hopeful and helpful posts since that horribly historic day.


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We are strong! We will survive!

September 17, 2001 Like any print and online journalist worth his or her press card, I’ve scrambled to comment on this unbelievable tragedy.

It seems that these cold-blooded attacks only serve to reveal America’s strengths. [Continue reading].



Hope amid horror

September 11, 2006 For those of us glued to our TVs on September 11, 2001, certain images are forever burned into our brains: the planes exploding into the World Trade Towers, the towers collapsing upon themselves, the blood- and soot-covered faces… [Continue reading]


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We light this candle

September 11, 2001 On the evening of September 11, 2001, our small community gathered at LaOtto Wesleyan Church north of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for this liturgy written by its pastor, my wife Lois. [A liturgical reading following an attack]


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Reactions, reasons, responses

Unfortunately, terrorist attacks throughout the world—and on American soil—have continued, and I have continued to respond with, I trust, hopeful and helpful resources in responding to these heartless terrorist attacks.

Reacting
Dealing with death and grief
“bin Laden, kiss my pass!” (September 10, 2003)
Talking to your children about terrorism

Reasoning
What motivates terrorists?
Taking the terror out of terrorism

Responding
Can war on terrorism be won? (September 11, 2005)
How can we overcome evil with good?
What we haven’t learned from 9/11 (September 9, 2002)


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Cartoon of the week

I wish I had something humorous to share today, but I’m afraid I don’t. I do have hope that God will provide comfort for those hurting today here and around the world. And that hell itself cannot stop his power and providence.

Get your daily dose of hope and humor on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives.


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Quips and quotations on 9/11

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. President George W. Bush (September 11, 2001)

Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights. Since then we’ve lived in sunshine and in shadow, and although we can never unsee what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (September 11, 2011)

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. Wife of Flight 93 pilot Sandy Dahl

Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.” President George W. Bush (September 11, 2001)

Read more quotations of hope at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.


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Podcast, etc.

This week’s podcast asks the question, Does God make ‘prank’ phone calls?

You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

All writing copyright © James N. Watkins and is protected by United States and international law. For permission to print or repost, please visit my press page.

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• World Trade Center Memorial: i.cdn.turner.com
• World Trade Center lights: Fisher Marantz Stone
• Woman grieving: MorgueFile

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I Have a Meme
Just released: I Have a Meme! The Best Cartoons of Hope & Humor . . . and a Few of the Worst

One hundred and ninety cartoons address aging, food, government, health, holidays, the Internet, love, marriage, sex, mind fields, parenting, spirituality, weather and writing, with occasional snark from “Evil Jim.”

“Milk-out-the-nose funny”
Rhonda Rhea, author, humorist, speaker

“Brilliantly funny, smart”
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“Funny, funny stuff”
Torry Martin, author and actor

“‘Evil Jim’ at his evilest!”
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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from August 2016 (Numbers in parentheses are previous month’s ranking.)

10. (284) Taking Word to Worldwide Web

9. (9) Hope & Humor cartoons

8. (11) From bad to worse to . . . astonishing

7. (6) “What must I do to inherit eternal life?’

6. (7) Does DNA disprove evolution?

5. (4) God is never late—but he sure is slow

4. (5) Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship

3. (3) What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12?

2. (2) Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

And, the number one post for August 2016 . . .

1. (1) It Is Well with My Soul: the rest of the stories

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. August 28 reminds me of one of my favorite verses: Romans 8:28. So, here are some hopeful posts on the truth of that verse..

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!


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Happy 8:28!

I love the date of August 28, since 8/28 reminds me of Romans 8:28!

      And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Unfortunately, we leave off the verse that tells us exactly that “purpose.”

      For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son. . .

So, on this special day, here are some of my favorite posts on one of my favorite verses:

Christ’s career path: obscurity, popularity, animosity
Coincidences or “God-incidences”?
Did duct-taped recliner save our lives?!
God has a plan for new year
Top ten things I’ve learned from cancer
Why? Some thoughts on life’s tough questions
Will God’s purpose be accomplished on election day?


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Squeezing good out of 8:28

One of my favorite books is based on one of my favorite verses. So, here’s an except from
Squeezing Good out of Bad.

“A book that will make you laugh, think, and start looking at those sour places of life in a whole new way. I really enjoyed reading it.”
Martha Bolton, writer for Jeff Allen, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Mark Lowry


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Thomas à Kempis on 8:28

Here’s one of 40 excerpts from The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language

Blessed be your name forever, O Lord, who has allowed this temptation and trouble. We cannot escape it, but we need to flee to you that you may encourage us and turn it for our good (Romans 8:28).

Lord, your will be done. We truly deserve to be troubled and weighed down. So, we should bear this with patience until the storm is past and comfort returns. Your power is able to take this temptation away from us and to lessen its power, so we are not crushed under it even as you have rescued us many times in the past. O God, merciful God, my merciful God, as difficult as being delivered from the temptation is, it is easy for your mighty hand.


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Cartoon of the week

Get your daily dose of my cartoons on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives.

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Quotations based on 8:28

Therefore we don’t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. St. Paul (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

[Joseph speaking to his brothers who had sold him into slavery] “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20

We will stand amazed to see the topside of the tapestry and how God beautifully embroidered each circumstance into a pattern for our good and His glory. Joni Eareckson Tada

You’re climbing a mountain, remember, and one day you reach the top. One day you’ll be able to stand and look out over all the valleys—even look back at the winding path that brought you to the top—and it will all become clear. Emilie Barnes

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.


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This week’s podcast, etc.

Quit praying . . . get moving! When the Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea and the approaching Egyptian army, God ordered that surprising command. Is it time for you to quit praying and get moving? (1:21 minutes)

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Trump/Clinton pics from Boston Globe.

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Here’s some hope and humor as American’s are less than 80 days away from the presidential election.. There is hope as you’ll see in this issue!!

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God has final vote

Before you panic about the presidential choices—the lesser of two evils—here’s some biblical encouragement. Throughout history God has worked his will through some rather ungodly officials, pagan kings and heathen dictators. There is hope! [Continue reading]


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Voting for lesser of two evils?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are viewed less favorably than any presidential candidates since CBS first surveyed candidates’ favorability ratings in 1984. How’s a person to vote? [Continue reading]


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But wait, there’s more!

Here are some additional posts on election 2016 and God’s role in human governments:
WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?
Will God’s purpose be accomplished election day?
Candidates need to follow “Yellow Brick Road”
Liar! Liar! Pantsuit on fire!
Top ten verses Donald Trump must have missed
The Tupperware Party: Putting a lid on government (My presidential campaign)


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Quotations on God’s providence in worldly affairs

The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope. Robert E. Lee

The more we believe in God’s sovereignty, the better we’re able to live above the trivial stuff of life, and even laugh at life’s contradictions. Donald Demaray

Christianity may not always offer supernatural deliverance from earth’s problems, but it always offers supernatural use for them. It is likely that Peter, who was delivered from prison, learned less than Paul, who stayed there. L. Thomas Holdcroft

We don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. St. Paul (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. Louis Armstrong

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.



Cartoon of the week

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This week’s podcast, etc.

Is it a hand grenade . . . or hangnail? We tend to exaggerate the situations we find ourselves in. It’s helpful to put life in perspective. (1:44 minutes)

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Trump/Clinton pics from Boston Globe.

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Forest Hills Wesleyan

Today, Lois and I are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Forest Hills Wesleyan Church where we began sharing hope and humor 42 years ago! I have the privilege to give a three-to-four minute reflection of what Forest Hills has meant to us, so . . .

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Forest Hills Wesleyan was filled with so many firsts:

My very first pastorate as minister of youth and children.

Thank you, children’s church “kids” for allowing us to try out our music, magic, muppets and sketches on you. You were gracious guinea pigs for our future children’s ministry.

And thanks, youth group “teens,” for enduring my crowd-breakers. (My favorite was the caramel apple eating contest where half the “apples” were actually onions! Today, Child Protective Services would be called!)

It was a joy to share with you in Bible studies, concerts, trips to King’s Island, river boat cruises, retreats and remodeling the old gas station into the Lighthouse Youth Center. And, of course, the last days movie, “A Thief in the Night,” that scared many of you into the kingdom. I am so grateful you have since grown in faith, hope and love and taken leadership here. I couldn’t be prouder of you!

My first board meeting. Uh, let’s just move right along to . . .

My first marriage . . . and current marriage . . . to Lois Farra. We’re celebrating our 42nd anniversary with this trip back to our first home.

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The first member of our “muppet” family, Mr. Platypus, was born on First Avenue. He and “The Platypus Players” went on to perform across the United States and even in Australia. He’s had some “work” done over the years, but is still the same unpredictable character from the church basement. He’s now online.

Our first child, Faith, was born at St. Mary’s Hospital. And now, we have two adult children and five grandchildren.

Our first missions trip with Lois, Jewell (Hughes) and Cheryl (Karnes) was to Brainerd Indian School in South Dakota. I’ve since had the privilege to speak in several countries in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe, but it all started right here.

My first devotions on “LightLine” which were recorded weekly on the youth center’s answering machine. I’ve since written hundreds for devotional magazines and now on my podcast. It was the start of over 2,000 published articles and 20 books, including my latest The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language. But, again, it all started right here.

And today, speaking at my very first 100th-year church anniversary—although, contrary to what some may think—I was not on the initial church planting team.

Most of all, thank you to the late Pastor Marvin Hughes, for believing in a brand new college graduate with some wild and crazy ideas about youth ministry. He was brave enough to have me ordained right here at Forest Hills Wesleyan on July 4, 1976, when the district leadership at that time refused to since I had long hair and a wedding ring. Thank you!

And so, to all the former children’s church, youth group and adult members at Forest Hills Wesleyan from 1974 to 1977, thank you for your love, patience and grace that has been such an integral part of my life. I’ll probably be remembered for my silly songs such as “Pearly Gate Boogie” and “The Eye Ball Song,” so in closing, thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Body of Christ that meets at 2801 Claremont Ave.

      Walkin’ down the sidewalk headed for the office,
      Up ahead I saw the awfullest thing I’d ever seen,
      A giant eyeball rollin’ down the road,
      I jumped behind a bush and cried, “O, Lord,
      Don’t let that thing get a hold of me!”
      Well it was just a part of somebody’s body,
      Feelin’ proud and high and mighty,
      “Don’t need the rest of you,” it cried.
      But then an awful thing occurred,
      I guess the eye just hadn’t heard the fire truck that hit the eye broadside.

      ‘Cause it was just a part of somebody’s body,
      Feelin’ proud and high and mighty,
      “Don’t need the rest of you,” it cried.
      But laying there flat on the road
      I guess the eye just should have known,
      You’ve gotta have your ears to stay alive.

Copyright 2016 James N. Watkins

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. This week’s topic is success, failure and what I’ve dubbed as suck-cess.

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Terrorists attack Turkey—again

At least 30 are dead, 94 injured as terrorists bombed a wedding party in Turkey. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those killed and injured. The battered country was just ravaged with a bloody coup and an earlier terrorist attack on the Istanbul airport. Here are some posts that may be helpful in processing yet another terror attack.

Dealing with death and grief
Talking to your children about terrorism
How can we overcome evil with good?
Candle-lighting ceremony following terrorist attacks (September 11, 2001)


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Dealing with ‘suck-cess’

      Suck-cess n. The point at which you reach the 99 percentile in your career, then realize the gulf between 99 and 100 percent is as gaping as 1-99 percent.

Are struggling with suck-cess?

Let me give you a personal example. Sales of The Imitation of Christ have reached the 99.98 percentile. In other words, it’s selling more copies than nearly every book in all the books in all the brick and mortar stores and on amazon.com! I should be doing my happy dance. Right?!

And yet, it’s not considered a successful book until it gets closer to 99.999999999 percent. And only one or two books a year will sell a million copies—or even 100,000 copies.

It’s probably the same in your line of work. So, here some help: [Continue reading]


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Soaring with eagles, walking with emus

You probably won’t be as successful as you dream. That may not be good news, but it really is! God probably has an even better dream for you. And you definitely won’t be as unsuccessful as you fear. God has a whole different definition of success and failure as we’ll discover later. [Continue reading]


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Turn your ‘shaft’ into a mine

We all have areas in our lives that are not perfect, investment-quality Grade-A Fancy. But often our weaknesses turn into our strengths, our failures into our successes, and our worthlessness into our greatest value. So, how can you turn what appears to be a dark, cold “shaft” into a diamond mine? [Continue reading]


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When you don’t succeed

A show of hands, please? How many of you have ever claimed this “promise” verse?

      Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
      and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3).

It’s a promise that if we’re “totally committed” to God, our plans will succeed, right?! Well, not if you look at the Hebrew word translated by the New International Version as “succeed.” [Continue reading]


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Quotations on success and failure

What we need to get straight once and for all is that our own personal measurement of things is totally irrelevant when it come to our labor in the kingdom of God. It really doesn’t matter what it looks like or how insignificant we think we are. It’s not about us. It’s about God and his power. What he wants of us in not our spectacular talents or great ability to be successful. He wants our faithfulness. He takes care of the rest. In the end, we aren’t responsible for the success of our efforts of the time of it. If we’ll just do what he puts in front of us, he’ll produce what he wants in his time and his way. John I. Snyder

If you seek great things for yourself—God has called me for this and that; you are putting a barrier to God’s use of you. As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God’s interests. You can only get there by losing for ever any idea of yourself and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways. Oswald Chambers

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

In the morning sow your seed,
and in the evening don’t withhold your hand;
for you don’t know which will prosper, whether this or that,
or whether they both will be equally good. Ecclesiastes 11:6

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson


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