James Watkins, hope and humor
Hi, I’m Jim. Think of me as your online cheerleader. Or maybe not, but I do offer more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a pom pom at. Rah! Rah! I’m also an . . .

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I’m an author of twenty books and over 2,000 articles (Everything from sects to sex). You can read free articles and humor columns—a bargain at twice the price—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parenting, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. Plus, snarky cartoons and free comedy/drama sketches. What a deal! Scroll down for my latest posts.

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I’m passionate about bringing hope and humor to my audiences—as well as teaching others to do so—through conferences and seminars across the U.S. and overseas. I’ve taught and keynoted at more than 100 conferences, I’ve lectured at Liberty, Regent and many other universities, as well as spoken in hundreds of churches from a variety of denominations. I’d love to speak at your event or convenience store grand opening.

Listen to full hope and humor-filled keynote talks and seminars, as well as find a list of my topics and schedule.)

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Most of all, I love God, my family (one wife, two adult children, one daughter-in-love and five adorable grandchildren), writing/speaking, and Chinese food—in that order. I’d love to share how to know God’s love. And if you share my love for writing, please visit Hope and humor for writers.

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August 2017

My heart is broken by the tragic and hateful events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend as white supremacists and protesters clashed leaving one dead and dozens seriously injured.

I was in high school during the civil rights demonstrations and race riots across the United States. It seems we’ve made little progress—maybe because we’re not dealing with the root issues. NFL running back Benjamin Watson—who is black—believes, “It’s not a skin problem; it a sin problem.”

Here are some previous posts on racial issues:
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commandments for cultural change
Overcoming evil with good
Race relations by the numbers What Americans and church members feel about racial issues
Top ten signs your church maybe prejudiced

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Okay, one more post on the North Korea-United States stare down:

Vocal Donald Trump supporter and mega pastor, Robert Jeffress, has publicly announced. “When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un.”

Here’s what Romans 13:1 actually says:

      Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

Keep in mind, when the apostle Paul wrote this, the “governing authorities” were the idolatrous and immoral Roman Empire’s leaders! He argues that it has “been placed there by God.”

Am I missing something here?! Is North Korea any worse than a country with multiple gods, that worships Caesar, considers human bloodshed “entertainment,” and forcefully occupies your land?!

I would rather stress Jesus’ words:

      “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).

Related posts
When is war “just”?
Will MAD rein in madman? “Mutual Assured Destruction” kept US and USSR from obliterating the planet
You want me to pray for whom? When Paul urged his readers to pray for their leaders, he had Nero in mind!

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Back to school supplies

August 8th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hope and Homework
As you begin stocking your backpack and laying out your clothes for the first day of the new school year, here are some sites for back to class:

Classes
Advice for seniors
Are you absolutely sure there are no absolutes?
Creative writing resources
Does DNA disprove evolution?
Encouragement for when a) your locker won’t open, b) you can’t find your first hour classroom, c) he ignores you, d) she rejects you, e) your laptop crashes . . .
Sex Ed. class
What I didn’t learn in kindergarten

Class discussion
Is prayer in public school really a good idea?
Running new pledge up flag pole

Classmates
Falling in love . . . and getting back up (And Breaking up without breaking down)
Hangups with hook-ups
School shootings: you’re more likely to be struck by lightning

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World ends next month!

August 3rd, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

FalseAlarm
Robert Binnion and Donna Larson host separate “end of time prophecy” websites, but both agree that 2017 is the year of the End.

According to The Sun, Larson “points to the Bible’s claims that man will rule the earth for 6,000 years before facing God’s wrath. By her reckoning, Adam was created in 3,983 BC—helpfully marking the six thousandth anniversary [in 2017]. The date also chimes with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s birth and 50 years after the unification of Jerusalem.”

I have no obscure verse from Daniel or the Revelation to prove this, but I suspect that the enemy has used these false prophets since A.D. 365, to make a mockery of the very real return of Christ on a date “no one knows . . . not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” (Matthew 24:36).

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. These false prophecies have been predicting specific dates and not one has come to pass. Nothing to worry about, people!”

Yep, pretentious “prophets” have predicted the end of the world on specific dates for nearly 2,000 years—and they’ve all been wrong! [Read more]

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Today’s culture demands “safe spaces” from which to escape real-life’s conflicts in values, beliefs, relationships, politics, morality . . . the list goes on and on. Jesus preached the exact opposite. He warns, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV). Accept conflict and—unbelivably—rejoice in it.

      “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way (Matthew 5:11-12).

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