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He is risen! He is here!

A local church announced on their sign, “HE IS RISEN! HE IS NOT HERE.” They may want to reconsider that message. Christ is risen, indeed, but he also living within those who have believed on his name! Click for my favorite Easter columns, quotation and cartoons. And do have a wonderful Easter celebrating that he is risen. He is here!
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It’s Sunday, but Jesus is comin’!

Author Tony Campolo’s most famous message declares, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’.” Jesus has been unjustly charged and condemned to die. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’. The religious and political tyrants have stopped His rebellious message. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’. He has been brutally beaten, stripped, and nailed to a cross. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’. Christ is sealed in a tomb, his dead body guarded by Roman soldiers. It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’. The message builds to a powerful conclusion when the pastor simply shouts, “It’s Friday!” and the congregation responds, “But Sunday’s comin’.

But it’s Easter Sunday. . . and throughout the world, people are suffering from Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attacks, crime and violence, life-threatening diseases like Zika, effects of abuse and divorce, unemployment or “under employment,” depression, and grief from a the loss of a loved one. “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin'” is not always comforting. But that’s only half of the story of Christ. Read one of my favorite posts, It’s Sunday, but Jesus is comin’!


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Cartoon of the week

Here’s my favorite cartoon of the past week. The difference between Islam and Christianity is the New Testament: Are Islam and Christianity peaceful religions?.

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


Things my grandkids say . . .

While watching our granddaughters last week, they decided to play therapist:

Eight-year-old: “Express your feelings.”

Ten-year-old: “I’m mad and sad. My brother hit me in the face, but Mom blamed me.”

Eight-year-old: “I have some deep thoughts for you. Take notes. I also have some pills for you. Just take these.”

Ten-year-old: “I feel worse after talking with you. I want to punch you.”

Eight-year-old: “I have my own issues. I don’t know why I’m a counselor. So, here’s a certificate for being a good patient!”

(I’m sure they didn’t get this from their mom! She’s an amazing therapist.)


Quips and quotations on aging

A great benefit of getting older is that you learn to stop looking for other people’s approval. Katrina Mayer

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan

The older you get the more important it is to not act your age. GrowingBolder.com

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain

Don’t count the days, make the days count. Muhammad Ali

Aging is not a disease that needs to be cured. It’s an opportunity that needs to be seized. Marc Middleton

Keeping my chin up was easier when I had just one! Me, from Over the Hill Onto the Mountain Top

Plus, Easter quips and quotations. And read more quotations of hope and humor from my book Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.


Hundreds of posts with hope and humor

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Shock. Disbelief. Horror. Anger. Grief. These are just a few of the emotions overwhelming family, friends—and entire world—following this morning’s bombings in Brussels Belgium. Here are some resources I hope will be helpful in responding to this tragedy:

Reacting
Dealing with death and grief
“bin Laden, kiss my pass!” (September 10, 2003)
Talking to your children about terrorism

Reasoning
Hope amid horror (September 11, 2006)
What motivates terrorists?
Taking the terror out of terrorism

Responding
Can war on terrorism be won? (September 11, 2005)
How can we overcome evil with good?
We are strong! We will survive! (September 17, 2001)
What we haven’t learned from 9/11 (September 9, 2002)
Candle-lighting ceremony following terrorist attacks (September 11, 2001)

My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this latest terrorist attack.
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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! Please enjoy some of some of my favorite columns and cartoons about this amazing week. And I trust you enjoy the new weekly magazine format.
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40 days of imitating Christ

I hope you’ve been reading along on Facebook as I’ve been sharing excerpts from my latest book, The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language. And if you’ve enjoyed the 90-day devotional featuring the writing of Thomas à Kempis, I would really appreciate if you posted a review on amazon.com. Thanks!


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Dawn of Justice: Who is the supreme super hero?

The highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice storms into a theater near you Friday. Superman has pretty much destroyed Metropolis defeating General Zod, and now Gotham’s Batman rises up to challenge the man of steel’s unchecked powers. Thus, an epic battle between the two super heroes. But Wonder Woman convinces the boys to play nice and join forces to defeat Lex Luthor’s latest super villain, “Doomsday.” And so the question continues, “Who is the supreme super hero?” So, here’s my answer.


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Cartoon of the week

Here’s my favorite cartoon of the week. Get your daily dose on Facebook and in the archives. And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016.


Twenty-nine famous writers’ ‘writing rules’

I love the Authors Publish site. Always good, practical advice for us crazies who write for a living. Here’s a great collection of famous writers’ “writing rules.” Remember, you can only break the rules you know!


Quips and quotations for the week

Too many to post here, so please visit Easter quips and quotations.

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


Hundreds of posts with hope and humor

Click for more content than you can shake a memory stick at! Posts on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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‘Artificial intelligence’ and the image of God

Daniel Siegel, professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, makes the distinction between the brain—a three-pound tangled mass of neuro wiring—and the mind. He writes, “Your brain is part of the visible, tangible world of the body. Your mind is part of the invisible, transcendent world of thought, feeling, attitude, belief and imagination. The brain is the physical organ most associated with mind and consciousness, but the mind is not confined to the brain. And that is why Alexander Prokopovich, the Russian author of the first successful book created by computer in 2008, told the St. Petersburg Times, “The program can never become an author, like Photoshop can never be Raphael.”

So, here’s some encouragement that humans can never be completely replaced with robots!


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To angry voters . . .

“So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

No, this is not from election year 2016. It’s from fictional TV commentator, Howard Beale, in the movie Network—from 1976. America has been angry for 40 years! It’s time to constructively deal with these issues, not just be angry and mad as hell. Here are some thoughts

To Donald Trump . . .

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, told the Christian Broadcasting Network, The Bible is “an incredible book, so many things you can learn from the Bible and you can lead your life. I’m not just talking in terms of religion; I’m talking in terms of leading a life even beyond religion. There are so many brilliant things in the Bible.”

I’m not making any judgments on his love or knowledge of the Bible, but here are Top ten verses Donald Trump must have missed.


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Top ten new titles for the upcoming Indiana Jones movie

My very funny friend, Michael Fraley, posted this on Facebook. I just had to share it with you. A tip of the fedora to you, Michael!

1. Indiana Jones and the Colonoscopy of Doom

2. Indiana Jones in the Golden Buckeye Retirement Home

3. Indiana Jones and the Search for His Lost Glasses

4. Indiana Jones and Mr. Puddy Wanna See A Scary Movie

5. Indiana Jones and the Scooter of Wal-Mart

6. Indiana Jones Takes His Pennies to the Bank

7. Indiana Jones Wants Him a Grandbaby

8. Indiana Jones and the Devil’s Dentures

9. Indiana Jones and the Sorcerer’s Kidney Stones

10. Indiana Jones and the Hiked Up Pants


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This week’s cartoon

Here’s my favorite cartoon of the week. Get your daily dose on Facebook and in the archives. And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016.


Quips and quotations for the week

Many Christians are in the place that the Lord has appointed them, and yet the devil is harassing their lives with a sense that they are not quite pleasing the Lord. If they could just settle down in the place that God has assigned them and fill it faithfully and lovingly for Him, there would be more joy in their hearts and more power in their lives. God puts us in various places to serve Him, and the secret of accomplishing the most is to recognize our place as designated from Him and our service in it as pleasing to Him. Even in the great factory or the complex machine there is a place for the smallest screw and rivet as well as the great driving wheel and piston. So God has His ‘small parts’ whose business is simply to stay where He puts them and to believe that He wants them there and is making the most of their lives in the little spaces that they fill for Him. A. B. Simpson


40 Days of Imitating Christ continues

My new daily Lent devos with excerpts from The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language continue on Facebook. This modernization of Thomas à Kempis’ devotional book would make a great morning and evening read during Lent.


Hundreds of posts with hope and humor

Click for more content than you can shake a memory stick at! Posts on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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Barbie gets real at 55

This year, Barbie gets real with diversity and more human proportions, but it’s been a painful journey for the world’s favorite doll. Here’s my heart-breaking interview when she turned 40.


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Am I a ‘feminist? Yes and no!

Happy International Women’s Day! A few years ago, I was interviewed for Christians For Biblical Equality’s newsletter. I was asked Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not? How do you define feminism?

Well, that all depends. Here’s my answer.


Spring home page cleaning

I’m trying to clear out the clutter here at Hope&Humor, so starting this month I’m moving to a magazine format with short teasers with links to the full posts. Let me know if you love it, hate it or didn’t notice. Thanks!


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Top ten surprises in The Young Messiah

Friday, Anne Rice’s novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, debuts as a major film. So, with that in mind, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, the Top ten surprises in The Young Messiah . [Continue reading]

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Cartoon of the week

Just saw this post: “I believe God has put His hand on Donald Trump as a Cyrus to be a governor and that the Bible talks about this critical Isaiah 45th chapter, as the 45th president. It is the decisive moment in American history for leadership.” What?!

Get your daily dose on Facebook and on the archives. And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016. I promise not to play the “God card.”


Quips and quotations

If you’re not proud of it, don’t serve it.
If you can’t do a good job, don’t take it on.
If it’s going to distract you from the work that truly matters, pass.
If you don’t know why they want you to do this, ask.
If you need to hide it from your mom, reconsider.
If it benefits you but not the people you care about, decline.
If you’re going along with the crowd, that’s not enough.
If it creates a habit that costs you in the long run, don’t start.
If it doesn’t move you forward, hesitate then walk away. Seth Godin

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


Hundreds of posts with hope and humor

Click for more content than you can shake a memory stick at! Posts on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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Welcome to “Throwback Thursday” at Hope & Humor! First, one of my favorite posts, How to move a mountain, an excerpt from a writing magazine on how to save your career, plus some quips and quotations on success and service. I hope you enjoy the encouragement and entertainment!
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How to move a mountain

I love the story of the man who prayed for God to miraculously remove the huge pile of dirt from behind his new home. He claimed Matthew 17:20’s promise: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

All night, he fervently prayed, but when he awoke, there—still—was the huge pile of dirt. But in front of it, something new: [Continue reading]


Don’t sabotage your writing/speaking career

I’ve been editing professionally since 1972. (Of course, I started when I was five!) I’ve seen just about everything: Cover letters that said, “God dictated this article to me. I don’t even know what it means.” Submissions from aliens: the extraterrestrial kind. Envelopes spray-painted gold, which I assume was intended to make them stand out from all the plain old white envelopes. Hand-written submissions on lined paper. And now in the age of word-processing with 400 fonts, submissions that look like ransom notes.

So, here are some ways to avoid sabotaging your writing/speaking career—in no particular order. [Continue reading]


Quips and quotations

The chief motivation behind Paul’s service was not love for others but love for his Lord. If our devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be quickly defeated and broken-hearted, since we will often be confronted with a great deal of ingratitude from other people. But if we are motivated by our love for God, no amount of ingratitude will be able to hinder us from serving one another. Oswald Chambers

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. M. Scott Peck

A person of character seeks true happiness in living a life of purpose and meaning, placing a higher value on significance than success. Michael Josephson

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

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Welcome to “Cartoon Tuesday” at Hope & Humor. Here are my favorite cartoons which appeared on Facebook in the past seven days. It’s “Super Tuesday” in the race for president, so please consider writing me in! And Downton Abbey concludes with its series finale this coming Sunday, so I’ve included some snarky cartoons that I hope Violet will appreciate. Enjoy!
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At the beginning of the final season, I predicted the Crawley family would be forced to turn their 50-80 bedroom Georgian mansion into an Airbnb. (The actual owners, Geordie and Fiona Carnarvon aren’t quite sure how many bedrooms are in the 200-plus-room castle.) This season the Crawley’s paid off debts by charging for tours, so I may be right!
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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The 2016 election has not only revealed a huge divide in the Republican party but in “evangelicals” as well. (See related cartoon below.)
Monday, February, 2016

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Monday, February 29, 2016

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Please share this if you agree that, in a two-party system, we can be one people as believers. Thanks!
Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

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More proof that Mark Zuckerberg hates us!
Friday, February 26, 2016

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Please consider a vote for me! Watkins for President 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Close the blinds, it’s time for my happy dance! Taxes are done, filed and I’m getting refunds from the Feds and State! (Click for my presidential campaign promise to Eliminate the Infernal Revenue Services.)
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Oh, oh! “Evil Jim” has chewed through his restraints . . . again! (Here are some more reasonable thoughts on the 2016 election, TV evangelists and love.)
Tuesday, February 23, 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 February 2016

10. Vampires, werewolves real!

9. Who is the supreme super hero?

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

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

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

5. WWJE? Who Would Jesus Elect?

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 February 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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