Love, marriage and sex . . .

February 8th, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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Welcome to my annual salute to love, marriage and sex. If you’re single, dating, engaged, married, divorced or “it’s complicated,” there’s something for you! Enjoy.


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Love
Falling in love—and getting back up
Looking for love in all the right places
Men and women are different!
No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships
Breaking up without breaking down


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Marriage
Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship
Top ten reasons I’m not divorcing my wife
Top ten secrets to staying married


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Sex
A case for polygamy?!
“Coming Out” My sexual identity crisis
Cure for common cold: sex
Fifty Shades of Beige “Reel” sex is never as good as real sex
Guy’s guide to cars . . . and sex
The hidden habit: masturbation
Three secrets to XXX-ceptional sex
Why are guys such boobs about breasts?

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Welcome to a roundup of this week’s comments and cartoons. Each Saturday, I’ll bring you the best (?) from HopeAndHumor.org as well as my daily posts on Facebook. Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend!


Brand new hope and humor:

New conference stresses professional writing (Monday, February 1, 2016)
Mark August 5-6, 2016, on your calendar for a writers’ conference geared toward writing in the commercial market! Taylor’s Professional Writing Conference is sponsored by Taylor University’s respected writing program in Upland, Indiana. [Read post]

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(Tuesday, February 2, 2016)

“The Happiest Conference on Earth” (Wednesday, February 3, 2016)
I’m thrilled to once again be directing the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference June 22-26, 2016 (What is the association’s board thinking?!) Join agents, editors, marketing experts, plus fellow writers for a week of instruction and inspiration on the campus of Grove City College on the Ohio/Pennsylvania line. [Read more]

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(Wednesday, February 3, 2016)

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That God has taken someone who struggled with suicidal thoughts earlier in life and currently deals with clinical depression and other mental health issues to write and speak “humor and humor” is truly amazing . . . and ironic! I love it!
(Thursday, February 4, 2016)

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You cannot fight an ideology by military force alone. St. Paul said we “overcome evil with good.” If elected, I would created a new department of Spiritual Warfare! [Read my complete platform for The Tupperware Party: Putting a Lid on Government.]


Gently used hope and humor:

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(Wednesday, January 27)


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I’m thrilled to once again be directing the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference June 22-26, 2016 (What is the association’s board thinking?!)

Join agents, editors, marketing experts, plus fellow writers for a week of instruction and inspiration on the campus of Grove City College on the Ohio/Pennsylvania line.

Agents
Ann Byle: Credo Communications
Dave Fessenden: WordWise Media Services
Linda Glaz: Hartline Literary Agency

Editors
Dawn Anderson: Kregel Publishers
Rebecca Irwin-Diehl: Judson Press
Reg Forder: ACW Press, The Christian Communicator
Bonnie Rose Hudson: School House Teachers
Susan King: The Upper Room
Katie Long: Wesleyan Publishing House, Light from the Word
Jeff McDonald: Salvation Army National Publications

Movie producer
Zena Dell Lowe: award-winning screenwriter, actress, producer with Mission Ranch Films

Professional writers
Janyce Brawn: illustrator, author
Donald Hasselman: author, speaker
Eva Marie Everson: author, founder of Word Weavers
Bob Hostetler: best-selling author, speaker
Carol Hamilton: speaker trainer
Susan Lower: author, blogging expert
Amy Mable: president of St. Davids Writers’ Association, news anchor
Anne Waterman Murphy: poet
Gayle Roper: author
James Watkins: award-winning author and speaker
Lora Zill: poet

It is indeed”The Happiest Conference on Earth!”

Registration is now open. I hope to see you there!

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Mark August 5-6, 2016, on your calendar for a writers’ conference geared toward writing in the commercial market! Taylor’s Professional Writing Conference is sponsored by Taylor University’s respected writing program in Upland, Indiana. (I taught writing there for 15 years and heartily endorse this conference. They’re even letting me teach at it!)

During the weekend, you will learn how to succeed in your writing from Taylor faculty as well as these editors, agents, and professional writers:

Faculty for the conference include:
Dan Balow: Steven Laube Literary Agency
Ann Byle: Credo Communications
Linda Glaz: Hartline Literary Agency
Amy Green: Bethany House
Dennis Hensley: author, chairman of Professional Writing Major
Gary Hensley: author and business expert
Regina Jackson: Warner Press
• Lin Johnson: author and editor of The Christian Communicator
Katie Long: Wesleyan Publishing House, Light from the Word
Holly Miller author, editor at Saturday Evening Post
Drew Neuenschwander: technology for writers
Rachael Phillips: author, humorist
Rose Tussing: Annie’s Publishing
James Watkins: author, editor ACW Press
Heather Gemmen Wilson: author, memoirist, professor of writing
Lawrence W. Wilson: author, editor Wesleyan Publishing House
Estee Wells Zandee: Zondervan

Please check back at the official site as more details are posted, but mark your calendar now for August 5-6, 2016, to learn how to get published at Taylor University’s Professional Writing Conference.

Contact
Linda Taylor
taylorpwrconference@gmail.com
Taylor University
236 West Reade Avenue
Upland, Indiana 46989
Phone: (800) 882-3456

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Watkins for president 2016

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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I am formally throwing my pen into the presidential race!

I’m too conservative to be a Democrat, too liberal to be a Republican and too OCD to be a Libertarian, so I am running with the Tupperware Party: “Putting a lid on government.” Here are my planks in attractive, dish-washer-safe colors.

This is a very non-partisan campaign (I intend to offend all voters!), so I would appreciate your support by posting any of my “Hope & Humor” cartoons or links to my columns on your Facebook, Twitter, your blog or other social networks. (Simply right click on a cartoon, save it and then post. Thanks!)

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God is on our side! And theirs?
Pundits are claiming that our country is “polarized” to Civil War proportions over moral, fiscal and political issues. Part of the problem maybe that the issues that polarize us as a country are religion-based. [Continue reading]

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Liar! Liar! Pantsuit on fire!
I’m a fierce independent and someone with a journalism background, so if Ben Carson is lying about his rags to surgical scrubs story, that is a valid inquiry. It just wish Hillary Clinton was held to the same journalistic standards. [Continue reading]

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Candidates need to follow “Yellow Brick Road”
This election, I’m looking for a man or woman who has a brain, a heart and, oh yes, courage! [Continue reading]

Last Candidate Standing!
Perhaps national elections should be staged as reality TV shows: The Amazing Political Race, Keeping Up with the Kandidates, Conservative Eye for the Liberal Guy, Dancing with the Issues or Survivor: Electoral College. And the best part? It would run only from September through November “sweeps” each election year! [Continue reading]

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Speaking with truth . . . and grace
I’ve been accused of being a “hateful,” “intolerant,” “homophobic,” “right-wing, conservative Christian nut case,” and a few other things not suitable for this website. I’ll plead guilty on the “Christian nut case” charge, but I don’t believe attempting to present objective information condemns one to being shackled to those adjectives. [Continue reading]

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Top ten ways to reduce the national debt
10. Sponsor a national garage sale (Do we really need two Dakotas?) [Continue reading]

My plan to eliminate Infernal Revenue Service
If elected, I promise to work to abolish the current convoluted tax system. [Continue reading]

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Is it a ‘life’ or a ‘choice’?
It’s not a part of your body! It is a completely separate being with unique DNA and a fifty/fifty chance of being a different gender, blood type, . . . [Continue reading]

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Will God’s purpose be accomplished election day?
I have a degree in theology and so, with complete confidence, I can emphatically state, “It’s a mystery!” I do, however, know this . . . [Continue reading]

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WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?
Don’t support someone simply because he or she mouths the right spiritual sound bytes. [Continue reading]

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You want me to pray for whom?!
No matter who is elected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2016, Christians are urged to pray for every elected official, not just those they supported. [Continue reading]

* Not associated with the fine resealable containers from the good people at Tupperware.

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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 January 2016

10. The Imitation of Christ

9. God is never late, but he sure is slow

8. ‘Threat Level’ solidly ‘green’

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

6. The Christmas story in chronological order

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

4. Cure for common cold: sex

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

2. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

And, the number one post in January 2016 . . .

1. “It Is Well with My Soul”: the rest of the stories

(See list at right for the latest posts.)

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Welcome to a roundup of this week’s comments and cartoons. Each Saturday, I’ll bring you the best (?) from HopeAndHumor.org as well as my daily posts on Facebook. Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend!


Brand new hope and humor:

How to walk on water (Monday, January 25, 2016)
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. [Read post]

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(Monday, January 25, 2016)

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(Tuesday, January 26)

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From my Tupperware Party: Putting a lid on government campaign for president. (Tuesday, January 26)
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(Thursday, January 28)

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I’ll consider this one-star review of The Imitation of Christ a compliment! (Screwtape is the demon mentor writing to Wormwood, an apprentice demon in Lewis’ classic book on spiritual warfare, The Screwtape Letters. I pray that when I awake, the devil mutters, “Oh crap! Jim is up!” I do want to write things that, through Christ, threaten Satan’s kingdom!)
(Saturday, January 30)


Gently used hope and humor:

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(Wednesday, January 27)

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(Thursday, January 28)

WWJD? Who Would Jesus Elect? (Friday, January 29)
Don’t support someone simply because he or she spouts spiritual sound bytes! [Continue reading]

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(Friday, January 29)


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How to walk on water

January 25th, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

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

I probably should mention that it was in Michigan—in the middle of January.

It’s often in the coldest, hardest time of life that Jesus appears walking on the water and invites us to join him. If you’re going through a brutal winter spiritually, I pray that you’ll sense Jesus beside as you walk on the water with him!

      “Have you visited the storehouses of the snow
           or seen the storehouses of hail?”

      “Who is the mother of the ice?
           Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?
      For the water turns to ice as hard as rock,
           and the surface of the water freezes” (Job 38:22, 29-30).

He is the Lord of all creation—and he is walking right beside you today!

P.S. If you’re digging out from the east coast blizzard, you’re in my thoughts and prayers!

Copyright © 2016 James N. Watkins

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Lent, the period of 40 days (minus Sundays) leading up to Easter, is designed to draw Christ-followers closer to the him. Here are two resources to do just that:

• A new web series, “Forty Days of Imitating Christ,” begins right here in less than three weeks. (Stay tuned.)

• My brand new book, The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language,is designed to help Christians become more Christ-like. Here are readers’ reaction from Amazon reviews:

      “The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language leads to a broader perspective on the life of Christ, a wider grasp of His life of grace, and the life changing challenges to my basic Christian beliefs.”
           Jon

      “This is literally a soul-changing, ultimately world changing book; a must for every person serious about being a Christ-follower.”
           Jo Anne

      “I really enjoyed this book as it grew me deeper in relationship with the Lord.”
           Julie

      “A deeply moving, wholly convicting, and truly life-altering book.”
           Mary

      “Each devotion seems to be something that nudges me to take a look at my relationship with Christ , and what I need to do to move closer to him.”
           Linda

      “This book is helping me grow closer to Jesus. Each devotional reminds me of the ways Jesus loves and acts and how it is important to be more like Him.”
           Carrie

      “It is helping me to discover a deeper understanding of the nature of faith and to put those truths into practice.”
           Deb

      “I find it draws me from the noisy demands of life—even the ‘Christian’ noise—and calls me to slow down, to walk humbly with God.”
           Lori

      “You will find yourself called to a level of spirituality and disassociation from this world rarely seen today.”
           Joan

Lent begins Wednesday, February 10, so order today!
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
• Christianbook hardcover eBook

Also available in book stores everywhere.

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Welcome to a roundup of this week’s comments and cartoons. Each Saturday, I’ll bring you the best (?) from HopeAndHumor.org.

In breaking—and slightly bent—news . . .

Shoo the news blues (Monday, January 18, 2016)
I hear over and over, “The news is just so depressing, so I don’t watch TV or subscribe to newspapers.” I view the news as my prayer list. [Read post]

Commandments for cultural change (Monday, January 18, 2016)
In April 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. spelled out a radical strategy to change the culture of his time in his book, Why We Can’t Wait. Each participant in the Birmingham protests was required to abide by Dr. King’s “Ten Commandments.” [Read post]

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Sanctity of life: from womb to tomb (Friday, January 22, 2016)
On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The date corresponded to January 22, 1973, when the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states. I wish he wouldn’t have limited the day to simply the unborn in the United States. Every human being everywhere has a right to life from womb to tomb. [Read post]


An artistic argument against abortion by one of my favorite singers, Matthew West.

The big snow . . . (Thursday, January 21, 2016)

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In the 2016 race for the White House

From my Tupperware Party: Putting a lid on government campaign for president.

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Eclectic encouragement and entertainmnt . . .

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This is what happens when my eight-year-old granddaughter gets a hold of our family Christmas picture and my computer.

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