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60 reasons to give thanks

November 16th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Wishing you a truly grateful time of Thanksgiving.

According to the news with its church shooting, political scandals, earthquakes, sexual abuse charges, etc., it seems we have little for which to give thanks.

But here are book excerpts, cartoons and humor columns to provide hope and humor . . . and thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful time with family and friends!


Innocent until proven guilty

November 10th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

First, I have no sympathy for anyone who would sexually abuse another person. Period. None.

But second—and a big second—I do have sympathy for that person until they are proven guilty—beyond a shadow of doubt—by a court of law.

When I was a young youth pastor, I got a call from a girl who had visited our youth group.

“You raped me when you drove me home last night, and now I’m pregnant.”

I replied, “I’m not sure how that happened since my mom was sitting right between us on the ride to your house.”

“Oh.” [Click]

In today’s culture, I would be on the news and branded a pedophile despite taking—and continuing to take—extreme measures to never be alone with someone of the opposite sex.

Please remember as you hear of the latest sexual accusations—and there will probably be a dozen more just today—those alleged offenders are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law—not the court of public opinion!

Thanks for sharing on your social networks if you agree


Happy 99th, Billy Graham!

November 7th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The apostle Paul, in his letter to the church of Colossae, wrote “pray that I may proclaim [the good news of Christ] clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace.”

The Reverend—and revered—Billy Graham, who turns 99 years old today, has certainly fulfilled what “the Bible says.” [Continue reading]


Update: Please pray for persecuted church

November 5th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 4:30 pm Early this morning, I published this post on the International Day of Prayer of the Persecuted Church:

      While I was speaking for three weeks in India, I was puzzled as I talked to a joyous young man who had converted from Hinduism to Christianity. When he would talk, he would look straight at me but, as I talked. he would turn his head away from me. It was very curious until he told me that when he told his high priest father he had given his life to Christ, the father beat him so severely he had lost hearing in his right ear.

      In America, Christians claim to be “persecuted” if someone calls them a “judgmental bigot” on Facebook, they’re not allowed to publicly pray in school or are forced to rent an apartment to an unmarried couple. This is as far from persecution as a cold is from cancer. Every day, adults and children are tortured, imprisoned, and killed for simply loving Jesus.

So I was stunned when I saw this headline on CNN’s website:

27 dead, 30 injured in Sutherland Springs church shooting, sources say

It is still unclear the gunman’s motive, but it is tragically ironic that the Sunday that churches are praying for our brothers and sisters being killed for their faith around the world, a mass murderer attacks a small church in Texas.

And so, my prayers for those around the world being targeted for their faith. Here are the ten countries where Christians are most persecuted:

      1. North Korea
      2. Somalia
      3. Afghanistan
      4. Pakistan
      5. Sudan
      6. Syria
      7. Iraq
      8. Iran
      9. Yemen
      10. Eritrea

Here are organizations working with the persecuted church. (All are members in good standing with ECFA.)

Please remember today—and every day—our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted around the world. And pray for the family and friends of those in Sutherland Springs, Texas, who died in the First Baptist church.

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According to the Center for Homicide Research’s National Church Shooting Database, most violence at houses of worship is not specifically aimed at people of faith. According to the study, most shootings are racially, ethnically, or domestically motivated. Carl Chin, a church security consultant, found that “only 6 percent of the violent incidences at houses of worship stem from religious bias.” (Monday: It appears the motivation was not his outspoken atheism, but the result of a domestic dispute with his ex-mother-in-law. Mental illness seems to be a factor.)

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Hope! Humor! Hoorah! from James Watkins

November 1st, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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 . . .


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.


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.)


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.

So, thanks for stopping by. If you enjoy your visit, please share on your social networks. Thanks!


Get an autographed Christmas gift book

November 1st, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Thomas à Kempis’ Imitation of Christ has been a best-seller for nearly 600 years! (It was first copied in 1420!) Now it’s completely updated in today’s language and organized into 90 devotional readings.

This book changed my life. While I had a degree in theology, and had been writing Christian books and articles most of my professional life, à Kempis had a close, deep relationship with Jesus Christ that I didn’t. I knew Christ, but I didn’t know Christ. I have read through à Kempis’ book at least ten times now, and each time, I find myself knowing Christ in closer and deeper ways. So, I invite you to join millions of readers who, for nearly 600 years, have become more like Christ through this amazing book. (Learn more)

Now get a personally autographed copy for yourself or a loved one for just $15 postage paid. Just send a check or money order to PO Box 511, VanBuren, IN 46991 and note to whom you’d like the book signed. Order today to arrive in time for Christmas giving. (Free shipping applies to United States addresses only.)


Reformation Day or Restoration Day?

October 26th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, presenting his “Ninety-Five Theses.” It delineated his differences with the church, particularly on salvation by faith only and authority of Scripture alone, as well cataloging the corrupt practices of the Roman Catholic Church at the time. This “Reformation” created the Protestant movement. (Reformation leaders also included John Calvin, John Huss, John Knox, William Tyndale and John Wycliffe.)

As a Protestant, I’m feeling a bit conflicted in the “celebration,” as I have much more in common with my Catholic friends in our love for Christ and his Church than I have differences .

Basic beliefs

Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Christians share a common statement of faith—written well before the Catholic/Orthodox split in 1054 and the Reformation splinter in 1517. [Continue reading]


Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

October 19th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Search Google for “Should Christians celebrate Halloween?” and you’ll get about one thousand sites covering everything from “it’s completely harmless” to “it’s completely hellish.” Here’s site number 1,001 that’s somewhere in the middle: [Continue reading]

But wait, there’s more! Hope and Humor’s annual take on twisted topics:
Are demons, exorcisms real?
Are there really ghosts?
Harry Potter: the good, the bad, the muggly
Ouija: It’s not just a game
Psychic secrets revealed
Talking to the dead
Top ten reasons Halloween is a strange holiday
The Why Files: My book on the supernatural
Vampires, werewolves real!
Which witch is which?


Turn your ‘shaft’ into a mine

October 17th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Chocolate diamond
Have you seen all those commercials trumpeting Le Vian’s “unique chocolate diamonds”?

The only problem is that brown diamonds are the most common and least valued for jewelry. (The most valuable are white and blue.) So, for centuries, brown diamonds were used only for industrial purposes. Then the Le Vian family decided on a creative marketing strategy. Instead of calling them ubiquitous and virtually useless brown chunks of compressed coal, they hyped them as “Chocolate Diamonds.” Everyone loves chocolate! And Le Vian family has been making a whole mine of money selling them!

Here’s how to turn your “shaft” into a mine. [Continue reading]


October is Pastor Appreciation Month

October 11th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

While this month is designated Pastor Appreciation Month, every month should be filled with appreciation for the selfless and sacrificial service minister provide every day of the year. (Having a day off from being a pastor is like having a day off from a pregnancy!)

So, from someone who has spent forty years in ministry, here are Top ten ways to appreciate your pastor this month—and every month: [Continue reading]

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