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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.

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 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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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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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!!

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!



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

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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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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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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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. I’ve been so anxious, I could hardly stand it, to share this issue on waiting!

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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God is never late—but he sure is slow!

What happened to those “ask and ye shall receive” and “you will be given more than you can think or imagine” promise verses? And what about those TV evangelists who tell us to “name it and claim it”? Perhaps the problem in not with God’s promises but that he doesn’t deliver by FedEx overnight guaranteed next-day delivery. I’ve found… [Continue reading]


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Waiting is hard work

Sitting in a “waiting” room mindlessly thumbing through old magazines as you wait for the nurse to call out the name of your sick child. The numbness of waiting for test results that may change your life—or shorten it. Waiting for a teenager to come home—and he’s an hour late. Waiting years for God to bring a prodigal child home.

We’re not alone in our struggles with waiting. [Continue reading]


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God is such a drama king

In an action/adventure film, the hero never defuses the bomb with one hour to spare. Not even one minute. It’s always less than one second! (And, of course, the agonizing decision as to whether to cut the red or blue wire.) That’s just good script writing. God, the “author and finisher of our faith,” is the ultimate script writer! [Continue reading]



Stop controlling and start waiting

Guest post by Mary DeMuth I wish I loved waiting. But there is something to be said about encouraging ourselves during the wait. To take courage. To remind ourselves that sitting back and listening for direction is a good thing. That rush seldom accomplishes the kingdom of God. [Continue reading]


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Quotations on waiting

In the digital age, we are used to getting answers and replies to questions now. We forget that God works on His timetable, not ours. But when a response from God takes time, we are forced to stop, think, consider, evaluate, meditate, contemplate, revise, repent—and most of all, let God be God. Not getting immediate answers, if that’s how God responds, forces us to be still and know that He is God. Jerry Drummonds

Why does God often makes us wait? What would happen if our prayers were answered quickly? The longer we wait on God, the more our faith grows, and the more we have to repeat, “I don’t know what He’s up to, but I know God’s got a plan for me.” JoAnne D. Jones

Beloved, do not try to get out of a dark place, except, in God’s time and in God’s way. The time of trouble is meant to teach you lessons that you sorely need. Premature deliverance may frustrate God’s work of grace in your life. Just commit the whole situation to Him. Be willing to abide in darkness so long as you have His presence. Remember that it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light. Lettie Burd Cowman

We often set a human deadline . . . and God usually ignores it! It’s the time—often a long time—between the human deadline and heavenly deliverance when our faith grows. JNW

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


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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.


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This week’s podcast, etc.

How to move a mountain Sometimes God moves a mountain . . . and sometimes he provides a shovel and wheelbarrow! (2:22 minutes)

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Scroll down for my latest posts on office Olympics, life as a human tetherball, not-so-Olympic weight-lifting and, if you’re not planning to watch the games, please join The He-Man Sports Hater’s Club.

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. Plus, lots of free stuff. Enjoy!


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Office Olympics

While the world’s attention is focused on gymnasts, swimmers, track stars, and weightlifters (along with all those retired athletes pitching products), unsung heroes are overcoming Olympic challenges in offices and factories closer to home.

10-mile Commute and 100-Yard Hurdles: Employees (who have just raced through rush hour traffic), must now jump ten parking bumpers, a homeless person, three UPS boxes, and a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign to arrive at their desk on time. [Continue reading].


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Olympic tetherball

Have you ever felt like a human tetherball? Life punches you in the face as you reel in the opposite direction, then you’re struck again and propelled the other way. You’re in constant motion, being struck this way and then that. The only thing that keeps you from totally flying out of control—and into traffic—is the rope that anchors you to the center. [Continue reading]


Not-so-Olympic weightlifting

I needed just one credit to finish my physical education requirements for college. Unfortunately, the only classes open were “Weight-Lifting 101” and “Basket Weaving.” So, at 115 pounds, soaking wet, I signed up for weight-lifting. I looked like the “before” picture in Muscle magazine! To say the least, it was a painful and humiliating experience. [Continue reading]


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Olympic boycott

If you’re not following the Olympics, may I suggest, this exclusive support group of manly men who don’t follow sports. [Complete membership details]


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Brand new podcast and more

Starting this week, I’ll be posting two- to three-minute podcasts to encourage you. This week: Are you listening to Goliath or God?

And 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.

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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 July 2016

10. Cure for common cold? Sex!

9. Hope&Humor cartoons

8. James Watkins for president 2016

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

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

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

4. God is never late—but he sure is slow

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

2. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

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

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. Welcome to our 2016 presidential coverage—live from the Tupperware Party convention at the Corn Borer VFW Post 7119. (I am nonpartisan, so I plan to offend all party members.)

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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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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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! Both parties could use some help from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Of course, the “Wicked Witch of the Right” and the “Wicked Witch of the Left” will try to stop them as they dance off arm-in-arm to The Emerald City singing . . . [Continue reading]


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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]

Related posts
Will God’s purpose be accomplished election day?
WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?


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Third-party alternative

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. And thank you, in advance, for your vote! [Continue reading]


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Cartoon of the week, etc.

Last week featured the Republican contention—I mean convention—and the Democratic convention kicks off tomorrow, so . . .

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.

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Scroll down for my latest posts on campaign 2016, Pokémon Go, race relations, high-tech/low life, and much more.

In fact, 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. Plus, lots of free stuff. Enjoy!

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Praying for Germany

07.22.16 My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Munich following today’s shootings at mall. Early reports suggest shooters specifically targeted children. Here are some links that may be helpful:
Dealing with death and grief
Talking to your children about terrorism
Taking the terror out of terrorism


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WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?

07.20.16 Every presidential candidate in 2016, except for Jewish Bernie Sanders, claims to be a Christian! So, WWJE? Who would Jesus elect? It’s not an easy question. [Continue reading]

Plus, visit my James Watkins for President page.


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Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

07.17.16 With Pokémon Go becoming the most-downloaded app of all time, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: [Continue reading]


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High-tech, low life?

07.17.16 Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.) I suspect the honeymoon will be spent in his parent’s basement! The love of technology does have some glitches. [Continue reading]


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All lives matter

07.10.16 An indepth report on race relations by the numbers concerning overall perceptions, relationships with law enforcement and the church, etc. (Originally published in Rescue magazine.) [Continue reading]


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Keeping your dreams alive

07.03.16 We all have dreams, no matter what age: to be a firefighter, a princess, a parent, a successful businessperson, pastor of a “mega-church,” a retiree in Florida. But somewhere between the womb and the tomb, those dreams die. [Continue reading]


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Get your daily dose on Facebook and on the archives. And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016.

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins, and welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at technology: the good, the bad, the buggy with a Pokémon top ten list and a brand new column, plus five posts from the cyber cellar, a snarky cartoon and high-tech quotations.

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. Enjoy!


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Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

With Pokémon Go becoming the most-downloaded app of all time, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

10. Seepingsaur
9. Cornrow
8. Charbroiled
7. Ratbite
6. Entrails
5. Radon
4. Gingivitis
2. Clintonoid (tie)
    Trumpizard
1. Zikachu


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Can high-tech love lead to low-touch life?

Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.)

But when he demanded a marriage license from Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, she refused to grant it. (You may remember her as the embattled clerk who went to jail rather than being forced to sign same-sex marriage licenses. She was released in a plea deal to have her name removed from marriage licenses.)

Attempting to marry technology, however, is not new!

A video gamer, who goes by the name Sal9000, married “Nene Anegaski,” a character in the Nintendo game, “Love Plus.” The well-publicized “ceremony” was hosted at the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a live audience and a real priest. I suspect the honeymoon was spent in his parent’s basement. [Continue reading]


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‘Cyber church’ has bats in belfry

Nearly 20 years ago (20 million years in Internet time), I wrote a snarky critique of the emerging “cyber church.” That was in 1998 when George Barna, the wet-finger-in-the-wind church expert, was predicting that, and I quote, “a majority of Americans . . . completely isolated from the traditional church format . . . will roam the Internet in search of meaningful spiritual experiences. Those people will never set foot on a church campus because their religious and spiritual needs will be met through other means—including the Internet.”

I think Barna was completely wrong! [Continue reading]

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Super—natural—computer

      How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me! (Psalm 139:17-18).

I always wondered how God could be thinking of over 7 billion people at the very same time. (Being eternal and not being bound by time may be part of the secret.) But then I read about a Chinese supercomputer that can perform 34 quadrillion calculations per second. If chips of silicon can do that, then God can easily be thinking about over 7 billion individual people every second of every day!


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Quips and quotations on technology

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Albert Einstein

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. Andrew Brown

Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say. Jonathan Sacks

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. B. F. Skinner

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard

Technology is completely amoral. Humans, however, can use it for moral and immoral purposes. jnw

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