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      Campaign 2016 hope and humor
      A better answer to our prayers
      The Kanye West bible?!
      Five stages of filing your income taxes
      Top ten things hated more than the IRS
      Shocking news: airline service declines
      Are natural disasters “acts of God”?

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Campaign 2016 hope and humor
I’m too conservative to be a Democrat, too liberal to be a Republican and too OCD to be a Libertarian, so here are some non-partisan cartoons and comments on the United States’ elections: [Continue reading]

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‘Jesus, we need your help’
I have a good friend whose daughter is going through a terrible divorce and struggling to make huge decisions as a single mom. I told my friend how God performed miracle after miracle to help our daughter get settled as a single mom after a terrible divorce. I tagged along as a “consultant” to Lowe’s as she and the girls needed appliances. I half prayed, half muttered as we entered the store, “Jesus, we need your help to make good decisions.” In the appliance section, a young man came up to us asking if we needed help. Both Faith and I dropped our jaws when we saw his name tag: JESUS. What a wonderful assurance that “Jesus” was literally helping us out. Just one of the many miracles of provision she and her daughters have experienced.


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A better answer to our prayers
Our prayers are often not answered the way we hoped. That doesn’t mean they aren’t answered. It might mean they are answered better than we can ask or imagine, better than we expected. [Continue reading Christ Maxwell’s guest post.]


Tuesday

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The Kanye West bible?!
I’m not sure what is more disturbing; that The Book of Yeezus is a “novelty Bible” that replaces the name God with “Kanye,” as in rapper and award show crasher Kanye West, or that the self-publishers can’t keep up with orders.

In an interview with The Christian Post, one of the three anonymous authors notes, “Not only does this guy call himself a god and not only is he incredibly egotistical, but in a way the irony is that he’s kind of right. Because he has come to a place where . . . the role that God has played in our lives [and] our spiritual figures have been replaced by media icons.”

On their website, the three brothers explain:

      What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like? What we came up with was an interventionist art, coffee-table novelty, that will appeal to both Kanye fans everywhere and those made curious by this enormous cultural phenomenon.

      In a foreword, we explore our consumerist, quick-fix, and information-culture, and celebrate Kanye and the outsized significance he plays in our lives.

Yep, our culture has replaced God with “media icons” and is in serious need of a divine “intervention”!


Monday

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Are natural disasters ‘acts of God’?
Insurance companies describe them as “acts of God,” but how much responsibility for earthquakes, floods, blizzards, typhoons, tornadoes, etc. can be laid of the foot of his throne? [Continue reading]

Shocking news: airline service declines
Airline service has declined, according to the 25th annual Airline Quality Rating compiled by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University.

“As a group [airlines] generally did worse,” said the study’s Dean Headley. “We track four elements that we think are consumer relevant, on-time, baggage handling, complaints and things like that, and literally all four of those got worse for the industry this year.”

Meanwhile, in other shocking news: Indiana is cloud-covered, another report shows smoking is bad for your health and Hillary is running for president!

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A message for Nik Wallenda
My Internet connection has been sporadic, so I asked a few friends to pray for my computer, modem and link to the Internet. Suddenly, my Facebook page picked up the strangest messages!

Son Father.

Father Yes, my Son.

Son It’s Nik Wallenda, the high-wire walker. He’s praying for our help again.

Father What is my child doing this time?!

Son Father, he just announced today, he is going to ride to the top of the 400-foot-tall “Orlando Eye” Ferris wheel, climb out of the capsule, and then walk along the edge . . .

Father Spirit, can you join us? It concerns Nik Wallenda.

Spirit Again, Father?! I have told him repeatedly, “Don’t put the Lord your God to the test.”

Father While I appreciate his faith—misplaced as it is—crossing Niagara falls, the Grand Canyon and between skyscrapers in Chicago, it is simply presumptuous of our divine intervention. Didn’t he learn this at the deaths of Rietta in 1942, two members of the famous chair pyramid in 1962 and family patriarch Karl’s death in 1978.

Spirit I am always advocating for our children, so I have to point out, he thinks he’s doing this for our glory.

Father We are glorified when our children feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned. Not when they take foolish risks for fame and fortune.

Son Agreed. The Spirit and I gladly present your children’s requests for food, for forgiveness, for strength in temptation, Father. But I don’t see how this qualifies as “your will being done as it is in heaven.”

Father Good point! Spirit, I’m afraid you’ll have to tell him we’re going to have to pass on his latest request. We have believers fervently praying to simply stay alive in the face of starvation, of terrorism and war, plagues and disease. We have billions of our children in poverty who desperately need the money our child Nik will make performing for this amusement park grand opening.

Spirit I shall deliver the message, Father.

Father And while you’re at it, tell those people doing other dangerous stuff to become famous on YouTube, they’re on their own as well.


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My friend, Chris Maxwell, is a remarkable author, speaker . . . and survivor of near-fatal brain damage from encephalitis. I trust you find hope in today’s guest post.

Our prayers are often not answered the way we hoped. That doesn’t mean they aren’t answered. It might mean they are answered better than we can ask or imagine, better than we expected. It might mean they are answered in ways our limited vision can’t see. It might mean they couldn’t be answered the way we hoped because that would have prohibited other prayers from being answered. Or, maybe because the Listener of Our Prayers loves us too much to answer all our prayers the way we think He should.

Knowing that, I have this suggestion for myself. Keep dreaming big and praying big. What if we chose to pray, to ask, to hope, to dream—uninfluenced by the times dreams haven’t come true? What if it’s true that God, in His sovereign knowledge and power and perspective, really does choose to sometimes wait until we ask?

Copyright © Chris Maxwell, from his book Pause: The Secret to a Better Life One Word at a Time.

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Last Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the deadly Palm Sunday tornadoes that ripped through Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Nearly 50 twisters (15 significant, 17 violent, 21 killers) killed 271 and injured 1,500 people.

Insurance companies describe these disasters as “acts of God,” but how much responsibility for earthquakes, floods, blizzards, typhoons, tornadoes can be laid at the foot of his throne? Here’s a piece I posted after Hurricane Katrina (August 2005):


First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina rained down destruction of biblical proportions on New Orleans. But is this a direct act of God upon a city with a reputation as being, shall we say, less than godly?

Wednesday WorldNetDaily.com’s headline announced “Hurricane hits just before homosexual event; Christian activist: Act of God prevented ‘Southern Decadence’.” The article went on to report:

      Hurricane Katrina walloped New Orleans just two days before the annual homosexual “Southern Decadence” festival was to begin in the town, an act being characterized by some as God’s work. Southern Decadence has a history of “filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars,” says a statement from the Philadelphia Christian organization Repent America.

Thursday, WorldTribune.com’s headline quoted a Kuwaiti government official as claiming “The terrorist Katrina is a soldier of Allah.” Muhammad Yousef Al-Mlaifi, director of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowments, reportedly said:

      I opened the Koran and began to read in Surat Al-R’ad [‘The Thunder’ chapter], and stopped at these words [of Allah]: “The disaster will keep striking the unbelievers for what they have done. . . .”

I, however, tend to believe the blame for this tragedy lies not with God, but with French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier for founding a city below sea level surrounded by a lake, river, and ocean. What was he thinking?!

Rabbi Daniel Lapin wrote, following December’s tsunami, that when God commanded Adam and Eve to “subdue the earth” He was giving humans two commands:

      Our first distinctive cultural imperative is to render ourselves less vulnerable to nature. We believed we were following Divine will when we developed medicine and medical technology to dominate disease. We found insecticides to protect our food supply, and we built dams to control rivers. We knew we were pleasing God by making ourselves safer and more secure, and this knowledge lent added urgency and meaning to our efforts. Not by coincidence did the overwhelming majority of these scientific and technical developments take place in the West.

      Civilization`s second distinctive cultural imperative is the importance of preserving human life. This too derives directly from our biblical roots and distinguishes us from the peculiar fatalism toward death found in so many other cultures.

      God runs this world with as little supernatural interference as possible. Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and, yes, tsunamis happen. It is called nature, which is not always benign. Fortunately, God also gave us intelligence and commanded us to make ourselves less vulnerable to nature. He also implanted in us a culture in
      which each and every life is really important. Many of those fatalities are attributable to misguided cultures.

“Misguided” certainly describes New Orleans original city engineers!

We live in a fallen world of natural disasters, disease, deadly animals— and humans— bent on evil. Adam and Eve were the last people to live in a perfect world.

Copyright © 2005 James N. Watkins


There were no warnings prior to the Palm Sunday tornadoes in 1965. Last Thursday, tornadoes raced through Illinois, completely obliterating the community of Fairdale. Despite it being a powerful EF-4, only one person was killed and just 12 injured, due to advanced radar that can now issue watches 24 hours in advance and detect twisters as they form.

So be prepared and informed as another line of severe weather moves across the Midwest today. But most of all, trust the Lord of life and death:

      For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:7-8).

      No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).

Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins

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Welcome to the best—and the rest—of my week’s cartoons and comments on:

      Christians never say goodbye, but . . .
      Laughing matters
      Cracked pots
      Confessions of a control freak: Guest post-er Tammy Whitehurst
      Nothing to prove
      Top ten thing I (Jim) would do if I were God
      Easter leftovers

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Dealing with death and grief

Laughing matters
Three ways to add humor to your life [Continue reading]


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Wednesday

Confessions of a control freak
It’s a joy to feature on today’s show one of the most hopeful people I know: Tammy Whitehurst. She asks, “Have you ever tried to take control of something and then realized later that you were in way over your head?” [Continue reading]

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It’s complicated! Regardless of one’s views, Jesus is uncomplicated: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” and “Do onto others as you would have others do onto you.”

Nothing to prove
One temptation continued to torment Jesus throughout his ministry. “If you are . . .”

      Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” (Luke 4:3).

      “If you are the Son of God, jump off [the top of the Temple] ! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone’” (Mark 4:6).

      “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!” (Matthew 27:40).

Notice how the temptation intensified exponentially: If you are the Son of God, turn stones to bread. . . . show yourself to the world. . . . come down from the cross!

Are you hearing “If you are a follower of Jesus . . .” “If your sins have been forgiven . . .” “If you believe in prayer . . .” Jesus had nothing to prove! Neither do you.


Monday

If I (Jim) were God
I have in my right hand, direct from my home office—soon to be atop Mt. Sinai—today’s category: Top ten things I (Jim) would do if I were God. [Continue reading]


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It’s a joy to feature on today’s show one of the most hopeful people I know: Tammy Whitehurst. She’s a a motivational speaker, writer, and the founder of Joy for the Journey Ministries. Enjoy!

Have you ever tried to take control of something and then realized later that you were in way over your head? Knowing there was a good chance you were going to fall flat on your face because you couldn’t control it, yet thinking you alone could be the Great Fixer of the situation? I know . . . I know, me too. It might have been okay if I would have listened to that still voice saying “Tammy, let me have this.” But, I didn’t. Faced with the amazing ability (or so I thought) to handle anything the world threw at me, I took it on like a pro. Big mistake.

Who am I? What was I thinking? What came over me at that precise moment? God was looking down from heaven shaking His head at me and saying, “She is at it again.” It almost comes natural for me. But, being a control freak is not a spiritual gift. Every kind of challenge drives me except for keeping up the laundry and cleaning the house. Let me also add that I am a mediocre wife to a wonderful husband and an overbearing Mom at times too.

Keep taking deep breaths

Don’t get me wrong. I believe God has me in the palm of his hand. I just keep jumping in and out of it like a kid in a mud puddle. How many miles am I going to walk in those same shoes? I have to remind myself that I am a Christian motivational speaker and writer. I am supposed to be able to handle anything. What a joke! I am as human as everyone else. I get overwhelmed. I have kid problems. I just happen to be called by God to speak about it and write about it with humor as well as seriousness. When He calls me to get transparent, I tremble just like you do. Believe me . . . I do. God often reminds me that it is not a sign of weak faith to bury your face in your hands and ask him, “Why?” or to throw up my arms and for a moment and doubt that He is in control. How many times do we want to do this, but we think it will “look bad” to others? Don’t look now but my halo falls off sometimes and
has a lot of tarnish on it too.

Give it all you’ve got

I have learned in life not to crave control over the uncontrollable. There are people in life we must love from a distance because they do not want us up close. They do not want us to give them our opinion, or well-meaning advice or even to show them love. This is reality.

Waiting time is never wasting time. Keep praying and one day, hopefully, they will want to be in our lives again and we can love them up close instead of from a distance. If you are feeling miserable and highly stressed, there’s a good chance you have an addiction to things you have no control over. The first step is to let go of these things—release the stress. You were never really in control of them anyway. We have three choices in life: Give up. Give In. Or give it all we’ve got! Don’t give up on peace and don’t give in to negativity. Seek daily to crave Christ more than anything else in your life.

I realized being a control freak kept me crippled throughout my day. I hobbled from one crisis to the next, hoping to be able to solve the problems of this world on my own. I am not the Great Fixer, but I serve my God who is. The Bible tells us in James that, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him”.

Focus on the controllable

I want to close with a few things I have learned in my life. I appreciate coffee, I fill my ears with Christian music, and I love friends who I can sit down and have a conversation about God with honestly and transparency. I limit my time around those who discourage me and spend more time with those who encourage me. (Friends are supposed to make life better not worse.) Our lives are not behind us; our past is behind us and the future lies ahead. Choose to crave Christ more than control.

Copyright © Tammy Whitehurst

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The perverse brutality of Islamic terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram prompts the question: What kind of perverse theology would inspire its followers to kill, torture, rape, kidnap and maim innocent people in the name of its “god”?!

If I were God, I’d do things differently! So, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office—soon to be atop Mt. Sinai—today’s category: Top ten things I (Jim) would do if I were God

10. Know who really shot JFK, if there really are aliens in Roswell, and the identity of those “secret herbs and spices” at KFC. And, as all knowing, I would win the lottery every single week!

9. During creation, spend a little more time on northern Indiana. (God spent his day of rest in Corn Borer, as there is nothing creative here!)

8. The next person who asks me to eternally destroy something, I’ll take them up on their request. Suddenly a blinding light, a deafening roar, and there’s a ten-foot-wide crater where that [bleep bleep] hard-to-start lawnmower used to be. People would be a lot more careful what they said if I were God.

7. Only one mosquito on the ark.

6. Dust off the ten plagues of Egypt and send them upon Third World dictators.

5. Require that all religious TV and radio programs carry the following disclaimer:

      Views expressed on this program are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of God, his Son, or his Church.

And I’d make it clear that TV evangelists are not my official spokespeople.

4. All kinds of poetically-just punishments for rapists, child abusers and sex traffickers, none of which can be posted on a PG-rated website.

3. All paintings of white Anglo-Saxon Jesus would disappear in the twinkling of an eye. God’s Son was born a Jew in the Middle East!

2. An eleventh commandment: Thou shall not “spam” thy neighbor.

1. Send every terrorist straight to hell—without 72 virgins!

Okay, okay, it’s a good thing that I’m not God. (If I can’t even balance my checkbook, I have no business running the universe.) And, nothing personal, I’m glad you’re not God either.

So, if anyone claims to be God, his anointed messenger or acting on his behalf, it would be good to check out him or her by God’s standards:

Love your neighbor

Love your enemies

Let’s see. Nope! Nope! Islamic terrorists model the total antithesis of the God of the Bible!

However, we would all do well to model the God of love.

Copyright © 2002, 2015 James N. Watkins

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      “It is finished!” Really?
      They just don’t make crosses like they used to
      Real “Black Friday” savings
      I’m feeling gruntled
      Christ’s career path: obscurity, popularity, animosity
      Do you vote donut or bagel?
      Some thoughts on Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill
      My favorite yoga position
      Welcome to Easter week!

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‘It is finished!’ Really?
It seems a strange claim for Christ to make before His resurrection. [Continue reading]


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They just don’t crosses like they used to
Two thousand years ago, the Roman hand-crafted them out of real wood—rugged, solid, durable—stained with natural colors. Awe and respect were felt for the manufacturers of these creations. But like many products, most crosses today are machine-made and mass-produced by managers who look only at the bottom line of numbers and dollars. Solid, rough wood has been replaced by polished veneer in walnut, oak or cherry—coordinated of course, to match the padded pews. [Continue reading]


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Must . . . not . . . yawn
A newly released check list for airport security warns TSA agents to look for possible terrorists who exhibit “excessive yawning.” I have got to stop booking 6 am flights!


Thursday

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Do you vote donut or bagel?
According to a recent poll conducted by PublicPollingPolicy.com, Republicans eat donuts for breakfast; Democrats eat bagels and croissants. I’m an independent. I eat cold pizza.


You don’t have to ‘preach’ the good news
Just got back from an Easter production. The instrumental and vocal music, drama and multimedia were all very professionally done and creatively and effectively presented the good news of Easter. Very moving! But . . . then the pastor got up and talked for 15 minutes! When are we going to learn that the arts are perfectly adequate to powerfully present the Message and that the Holy Spirit is more than adequate to apply the Message?!


Wednesday

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Christ’s career path: obscurity, popularity, animosity
Jesus’ ministry can be divided into roughly three one-year periods: obscurity, popularity and animosity. That sounds a lot like my so-called writing and speaking career. Maybe it sounds like yours. [Continue reading]


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Some thoughts on Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ bill
I decided to touch the third rail on Facebook!

Wow! Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” law has stirred some, shall we say, “lively” discussion across the nation. It’s so complicated. If I don’t serve blacks simply because they are a different race, I’m a bigot plain and simple. There’s no moral issue to serving food, clothing or shelter to a fellow human being. It’s a basic right. However, it is a moral issue for me if, as a writer who is a Christian, I’m asked to write a news release for an atheist org. I have friends who are gay and I wouldn’t hesitate to give them the shirt off my back. However, I would feel I was compromising my faith if they asked me a ghostwrite an op/ed piece supporting same-sex marriage. Yep, very complicated. The bottom line is that whatever I do, Jesus commands me to do it with love and grace.

Additional comment: I never listen to talk radio, but was scanning the dial on midnight ride from airport. A so-called Christian called in to say she would take the cake order but make it chocolate instead of white or “accidentally” mix up the date of delivery. That is shameful!

And a final comment: It seems some people want all the rights without respecting the rights of those who think differently. It goes both ways (no pun intended).


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Welcome to Easter week!
It begins with Christ entering Jerusalem with the crowds shouting, “Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” and ends with the crowds demanding “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Like many of our lives. it was filled with highs and lows, joy and sorrow. pleasure and excruciating pain. [Continue reading]


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Originally appeared March 2011

Jesus’ ministry can be divided into roughly three one-year periods: obscurity, popularity and animosity.

That sounds a lot like my so-called writing and speaking career. For ten years I wrote for Sunday school take-home papers and published books with small publishers.

The next ten years, I had three books with Tyndale House, contributed to Zondervan’s Study Bible, won a Campus Life Book of the Year award along with a Christian Retailers Choice award, was guest on national TV programs such as the 700 Club, had a weekly column in three secular newspapers and a column each issue of minister’s magazine, and spoke across the United States and overseas.

But alas, the dawn of this decade has brought books with small publishing houses, two self-published books, and lots of rejection slips. This year, my speaking engagements are down to a third of 2010’s schedule.

So, apparently, I’m following Christ’s career path. And, although crucifixion isn’t likely in my future, it still hurts!

Author Mary DeMuth has also had a Christ-like career in publishing. But I love her prayer in a recent blog and newsletter:

      Jesus, for those toiling in obscurity, bring Your kingdom perspective. Help them know You are working through them in hidden, secret ways. Help them not lose heart and grow weary. Give them tenacity and perseverance.

      For those in the midst of popularity, I pray You’d bless them with perspective. You are the God who gives and takes away. Blessed be Your name. May they withstand this trial of popularity with grace and humility. May any fame that comes their way become an avenue for Your fame.

      And for those who are walking through rejection right now, I pray for relief. I pray You would show up in secret and open ways. You have deeper fellowship and communion with those who suffer for Your sake. lift up their eyes, their heads, their hearts. Send encouragers. Bring relief. Show up. Amen and Amen.

Thanks, Mary, I needed that! And I suspect there are a few others who may need it as well.

The most important point is that our purpose is not to be successful authors, business people or even rodeo clowns. It is to be conformed to the image of Christ:

      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 . . . to become like his Son, so that his Son . . . (Romans 8:28-29).

May my career and character be Christ-like.

Copyright © 2011 James N. Watkins

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Happy Easter week!

March 29th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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Welcome to Easter week!

It begins with Christ entering Jerusalem with the crowds shouting, “Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!” and ends with the crowds demanding “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Like many of our lives. it was filled with highs and lows, joy and sorrow. pleasure and excruciating pain.

But then . . . Easter morning! Here are some of my favorite posts and articles on this amazing week. I pray you find them filled with Easter hope and humor!

Top ten things I’m giving up for Lent

Easter cartoons

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The Easter story in chronological order (Daily reading Monday through Sunday morning)

Knowing who we are One of Christ’s last acts revealed who he was

They just don’t make crosses like they used to

“It is finished!” was announced before Christ’s resurrection

When “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Comin'” just isn’t enough

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      Dealing with ‘deliberate’ crash of Germanwings flight
      How to hook today’s Internet users
      Police officer grills author on how to “break in” to publishing
      The proper way to press your cat
      Non-prophet organizations
      Hope for a balanced life
      Mother Nature needs a calendar!

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Dealing with ‘deliberate’ crash of Germanwings flight
USA Today is reporting, “The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps deliberately worked to destroy the plane while passengers shrieked in terror and the pilot pounded on the cockpit door, a French prosecutor said at a news conference Thursday in Marseille.” The Telegraph speculated that that co-pilot may have been depressed over break up of relationship.

This is so tragic on so many levels. Here are some links which may be helpful:
Help for suicidal thoughts
You may be depressed if . . .
Dealing with death and grief

My thoughts and prayers are with family, friends and co-workers.


What I’m looking for as an editor
Here’s my “insider” list of what WPH is looking for: [Click here]


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How to hook today’s Internet users
Tomorrow, at the Mount Hermon conference, I’m speaking on how to hook today’s “digital goldfish”: Internet users with the attention span of only nine seconds. [Continue reading]


In Sweden, McDonald’s has launched a clothing and lifestyle line that includes thermals, raincoats, wallpaper and sheets — all with the same Big Macs-on-white pattern.

Meanwhile in Japan, Burger King is selling a limited edition “Flame Grilled” Cologne with—and I quote—“the smoky sexy smells” . . . of a “Whopper.”

Suddenly, the “McRib” doesn’t seem so bizarre.


Thursday

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3:50 am EDT Leaving for the airport. Please pray I have nothing post-worthy at the end of the long day except “arrived safe and sound” with no delays, cancellations or “Breaking News.” Thanks!

3:15 pm PDT Arrived safe and sound with no delays, cancellations or “Breaking News.” Well, there was one problem. “Wrestle Mania” is in San Jose this week and people kept hounding me for autographs.


Wednesday

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Police officer grills author on how to ‘break in’
Early tomorrow morning, I’m flying off to one of my favorite conferences, snuggled in the redwoods of northern California: Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. While there in 2009, I met Joanne Kraft who at the time worked as a police dispatcher and asked to interview me. I wasn’t quick enough to exercise my Miranda Rights, so here’s what I confessed about becoming a writer: [Continue reading]


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This is so wrong! Everyone knows you should use an ironing board when pressing your cat.


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Hope for a balanced life
If I hear another pastor, teacher or speaker proclaim, as if from Mount Sinai, “Put God first, your family second, your ministry third and your self last,” my “self” is going to put them very last on my priority list! Here’s why: [Continue reading]


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“It’s the third day of Spring, Mother Nature!”


Sunday

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Just sent a family member this email message:

So sad your plans didn’t turn out. So glad God‘s plans were even better!


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