What would Jesus say about coronavirus?

During the time of Jesus, leprosy, cholera, tuberculosis, smallpox and dysentery suppressed life expectancy to the age of 35. That figure was the result of a 25-33 percent infant mortality rate with half of all children dying before age 10.

As we experience a global pandemic with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its estimated death rate of 1-3.4 percent, what would Jesus—who lived in a far more perilous time—have to say?

“These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:32-34).

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life. . . . Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” (Luke 12:22, 25-26).

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).

Jesus would also teach us to be wise (Matthew 10:16). Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Avoid large crowds. If you show symptoms stay home. And let the light of your peace shine!

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (John 12:46).

Copyright © 2020 James N. Watkins

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Well, I should have been flying off to the Blue Lake Christian Writers’ Retreat this week, but the coronavirus has closed down the retreat center, so here are some CVID-19-free videos and audio from my favorite keynotes, so you can enjoy a safe mini-conference without the fear of quarantine. (The retreat is being rescheduled for October 28-31.)

“I’m a Giant Killer!” Humorous and practical ways of battling the giants that confront would-be authors. Click to hear it.

“Keeping Your Dreams Alive” An inspirational talk using the story of Joseph as an example of a dream received, the dreamer refined, the dream redefined, and finally, the dream realized in relationship to writing. Click to read and/or hear it.

Soaring with Eagles, Walking with Emus Encouragement for those who are “soaring” as well as those who are “walking” (or just standing) in their writing and speaking. Click to read and/or hear it.

Your Write Role Based on 1 Corinthians 12 , fom the New Living Amplified Paraphrased King James Watkins Version, it encourages authors that their “part” in writing is essential, no matter the size. Click to read and/or hear it.

But wait, there’s more:

Hope and humor for writers A whole ream of resources on agents, publishers, self-publishing scams an more!

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Intimacy with Christ
Most churches are great at sharing information about Christ and many are fairly good at providing opportunities for involvement for Christ. But according to Willow Creek Association network of thousands of churches, “63 percent of the most active and committed church members are so discouraged with church and its ability to support their faith that they are considering leaving the church.” I believe what’s missing is intimacy with Christ.

This guide for personal or group study explores seven ways to become one with Jesus Christ utilizing Scripture readings and excerpts from The Imitation of Christ devotional book.

Feel free to print off a copy for personal use.

If you’d like copies for group studies, please order the study booklet.

Saint Patrick was actually a Brit, never drove snakes out of Ireland and was a real saint!

On the classic sit-com How I Met Your Mother, Barry Stinson urges his friends, “Come on! Let’s drink green beer. Let’s do green Jello shots. Where is your Saint Patrick’s Day spirit?”

However, Saint Patrick himself, who was not Irish but British, writes, “My name is Patrick. I am a sinner. I most certainly believe that it is the gift of God that I am what I am. He is the fount of holiness.”

Not exactly what comes to mind when we think of St. Patrick’s Day. [Watch or continue reading]

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My mother is a woman. My wife is a woman. My daughter is a woman. (See pic.) And I have three adorable granddaughters. So, a hearty happy International Women’s Day! Here are some of my favorite posts about women:

Am I a “feminist”?

A case for women in ministry

Daughter is one tough mother

Men and women are different from the neck up

No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships

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When praises turn to ashes

February 24th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Many churches burn the branches from Palm Sunday of the previous year to use for the current year’s Ash Wednesday. (Ash Wednesday initiates Lent, which is a time of preparation for Easter.)

Do you ever feel your praises have turned to ashes? Once you were shouting “Hallelujah” for his blessings in your life and now you’re sifting through smoldering dreams, plans and relationships.

Watch my encouraging video or read the text version.

But wait, there’s more: a whole Easter basket filled with hope and humor: Lent and Easter cartoons, a free 40-day devotion, humor and more!

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That probably comes as a shock to those who know me only as a humor writer and motivational speaker. But it’s true. And I’m not alone. One in four suffer with this dark cloud of despair.

You can watch my encouraging story of overcoming clinical depression here or read the text version.

And here are some more resources if you may feel you may be dealing with clinical depression or other mental health issues.

There is hope and help! Feel free to email at jim@jameswatkins.com if you need an empathetic ear.

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Love, marriage, sex issue

February 10th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s time again for my favorite posts, cartoons and videos on one of my favorite subjects!

First, my five-year-old nephew shares his thoughts about love on this video:

Then click for over 20 of my favorite posts on love, marriage and sex.

Finally, a brand new video: Finding Real, Lasting Love

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day whether you’re single, dating, engaged, married, divorced, widowed or “it’s complicated.”

Walking on Water

February 3rd, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

One of the things I loved best about my uncle’s lakeside property was strolling out on the dock, off the end of the diving board and continuing to walk across the water.

I would stroll out to the middle of Graham Lake, then turn and look back at the shore hundreds of feet away. It was almost as much fun as diving deep into the water and paddling around the surface. Now I was standing firmly atop the water.

Watch the video on the right to hear about my water-walking or click to read.

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I love the story of Gideon: not the guy who keeps leaving his Bible in hotel rooms, but the Jewish judge who describes himself as “the least in my entire family.” God has called Gideon to liberate the Israelis from the cruel oppression of the Midianites. But to defeat the enemy of over 100,000 troops, God provides him with just 300 men. (Nope, I didn’t leave out any zeroes. That’s 100,000 v. 300!) And they’re probably the guys who get picked last in pick up games at Jerusalem Junior High.

God seems to delight when we feel totally inadequate. [Continue reading]

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