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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Here’s a second collection of my favorite music videos filled with hope along with links to corresponding posts. Enjoy and be encouraged.

Previous issues
The conspiracy issue (September 11, 2016)
Remembering 9/11 issue (September 4, 2016)
Romans 8:28 issue (August 8, 2016)

But wait, there’s more! 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 rejoices over you
Knowing who we are

Finding God’s will (Six posts)

Holy hardships
Pressed . . . but not crushed
“In this world you will have trouble”

Are listening to Goliath or God? (Post and podcast)

Are you struggling with “suck-cess”
From bad to worse to . . . astonishing
I’m a Giant Killer (Podcast)
Keeping your dreams alive (Four posts)
Over-the-top victors
Pressed but not crushed
When dreams die

Lookin’ for love in all the right places

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But wait, there’s more
More songs of hope
Song with hope and humor

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society . . . and investigative blogger! This week, the shocking truth about conspiracy theories, urban legends, my new sexual identity, and the Colonel’s secret herbs and spices!. The truth is out there!

Previous issues
Remembering 9/11 issue (September 4, 2016)
Romans 8:28 issue (August 8, 2016)
Election 2016 issue (August 21, 2016)

But wait, there’s more! 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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Ancient prophet warns of conspiracies!

Conspiracy is the word for election 2016: Democrats are warning against “alt-right” conspiracies and “baskets of deplorables,” while Republicans are spreading rumors from Clinton’s serious health condition to the “Clinton body count,” which apparently is being blocked from search giant Google. Here’s a newspaper column from the archives on conspiracy theories, urban legends and other rumors! [Continue reading]


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The truth about urban legends!

Authorities suspect the Satanist president of Proctor and Gamble of revenge in the theft of a controversial investigative blogger’s kidneys. James Watkins is known to have made a number of enemies and, thus, possible suspects. He was the first to reveal that the P&G logo is an occult symbol, that Madeline Murray O’Haire is petitioning FCC to ban all religious broadcasting, and that Oreo’s stuffing is filled with spider eggs. [Continue reading]


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Author no longer identifies as ‘male’

Humor writer, James Watkins, no longer wishes to be identified by the rigid sexual stereotype of “male.” He joins millions of other people who have embraced, according to ABC News, “58 gender options.”

Watkins claims Galatians 3:28 declares “In Christ, there is neither male nor female.” He further argues that in heaven, there will be no genders (Matthew 22:30).

The author and speaker now prefers to identified as simply “a child of God.” It is not clear how this will affect his standing in his conservative denomination or in the publishing industry.


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KFC’s secret recipe revealed!

Last month, the Chicago Tribune reported that Joe Ledington, a nephew by marriage of Colonel Sanders, found a handwritten recipe of KFC’s closely-guarded secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices. KFC is denying that the recipe is authentic although the paper claims the taste is “indistinguishable” from the fast-food fowl.

The eleven herbs and spices are 1) salt, 2) thyme, 3) basil, 4) oregano, 5) celery salt, 6) black pepper, 7) dried mustard, 8) paprika, 9) garlic salt, 10) ground ginger and 11) white pepper.

I suspect someone is now out of the Colonel’s will!


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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 on conspiracies

Why do we love the idea that people might be secretly working together to control and organize the world? Because we don’t like to face the fact that our world runs on a combination of chaos, incompetence and confusion. Jonathan Cainer

A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on. Terry Pratchett

Always remember, rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots. Ziad K. Abdelnour

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai E. Stevenson II

The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign that the conspiracy is working.

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


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This week’s podcast, etc.

Lifting heavy weights If you’re feeling weak, God is preparing you for a strong future! (2:14 minutes)

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World Trade Center Memorial

Two small numbers—9/11—have become shorthand for an infinite number of emotions: the shock and disbelief of watching the terrorist attack on live TV, the horror of watching the twin towers collapse upon themselves, the national grief as the number of confirmed casualties grew to over 2,800, the growing realization that we are no longer beyond the reach of terrorist attacks, and perhaps most of all, the fact that those who remember where they were on that date, will never, ever be the same.

During this week before the 15th anniversary, here’s a look back at some hopeful and helpful posts since that horribly historic day.


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We are strong! We will survive!

September 17, 2001 Like any print and online journalist worth his or her press card, I’ve scrambled to comment on this unbelievable tragedy.

It seems that these cold-blooded attacks only serve to reveal America’s strengths. [Continue reading].



Hope amid horror

September 11, 2006 For those of us glued to our TVs on September 11, 2001, certain images are forever burned into our brains: the planes exploding into the World Trade Towers, the towers collapsing upon themselves, the blood- and soot-covered faces… [Continue reading]


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We light this candle

September 11, 2001 On the evening of September 11, 2001, our small community gathered at LaOtto Wesleyan Church north of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for this liturgy written by its pastor, my wife Lois. [A liturgical reading following an attack]


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Reactions, reasons, responses

Unfortunately, terrorist attacks throughout the world—and on American soil—have continued, and I have continued to respond with, I trust, hopeful and helpful resources in responding to these heartless terrorist attacks.

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

Reasoning
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?
What we haven’t learned from 9/11 (September 9, 2002)


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Cartoon of the week

I wish I had something humorous to share today, but I’m afraid I don’t. I do have hope that God will provide comfort for those hurting today here and around the world. And that hell itself cannot stop his power and providence.

Get your daily dose of hope and humor on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives.


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Quips and quotations on 9/11

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. President George W. Bush (September 11, 2001)

Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights. Since then we’ve lived in sunshine and in shadow, and although we can never unsee what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (September 11, 2011)

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. Wife of Flight 93 pilot Sandy Dahl

Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.” President George W. Bush (September 11, 2001)

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


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Podcast, etc.

This week’s podcast asks the question, Does God make ‘prank’ phone calls?

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.

All writing copyright © James N. Watkins and is protected by United States and international law. For permission to print or repost, please visit my press page.

Photo credits
• World Trade Center Memorial: i.cdn.turner.com
• World Trade Center lights: Fisher Marantz Stone
• Woman grieving: MorgueFile

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I Have a Meme
Just released: I Have a Meme! The Best Cartoons of Hope & Humor . . . and a Few of the Worst

One hundred and ninety cartoons address aging, food, government, health, holidays, the Internet, love, marriage, sex, mind fields, parenting, spirituality, weather and writing, with occasional snark from “Evil Jim.”

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Rhonda Rhea, author, humorist, speaker

“Brilliantly funny, smart”
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Torry Martin, author and actor

“‘Evil Jim’ at his evilest!”
The Corn Borer Chronicle

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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 August 2016 (Numbers in parentheses are previous month’s ranking.)

10. (284) Taking Word to Worldwide Web

9. (9) Hope & Humor cartoons

8. (11) From bad to worse to . . . astonishing

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

6. (7) Does DNA disprove evolution?

5. (4) God is never late—but he sure is slow

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

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

2. (2) Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

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

1. (1) It Is Well with My Soul: the rest of the stories

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