We never thought for Lent we would be giving up going to church, learning in classrooms, working outside our homes, eating out, going to movies and, in some cases, giving up toilet paper! All our original Lenten sacrifices pale in the challenges of living with a global pandemic! (Click for posts and videos with hope and help for COVID-19 crisis.)

And so as we approach Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, here are several online resources for celebrating Easter during the coronavirus quarantine with videos, Scripture readings, cartoons and humor columns.

Intimacy with Christ is a free eight-day study of Scripture and readings from The Imitation of Christ that looks at seven ways we can grow deeper in our relationship with Christ. (If you start on Palm Sunday, it will conclude on Easter Sunday.)

• There’s also the Easter story in chronological order divided into seven days of reading to use during Holy Week.

A whole Easter basket of hope and humor

This is a once-in-lifetime—we all hope—opportunity to celebrate a stripped down commemoration of Holy Week without the distractions of Easter shopping, egg hunts, family dinners, and large church gatherings.

“Father, Son, Spirit, grant us a meaningful time of remembering all that was accomplished during that week that changed life forever. The coronavirus will eventually fade into history, but your work continues on through eternity. Amen.”

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? [Continue reading]

COVID-19 conspiracy theories spreading faster than virus itself

For kids: Calming coronavirus concerns (Text and video)

Top ten ways God may be working coronavirus for good (Text and video)

Related sites
Becoming holy through hardships
A Coronavirus Great Awakening? (From The Wall Street Journal)
From bad to worse . . . to astonishing
I’m giving up fear for Lent
“In this world you will have trouble” (More hope from Jesus)
Overcoming Fear and Worry (Read a free excerpt from my latest book)

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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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