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  • I loved your article on the Founding Fathers!!! I love your love for God and also your sense of humor.
    Our Home Group has been looking for a study that would involve Christianity, The Bible, The Founding Fathers and the Birth of the USA. Do you know of any reputable type of study like this?
    Thank you and God bless you, Teresa

    • jameswatkins says:

      Hi Teresa, thanks for your kind comments. I’m afraid I don’t know of any such studies.

      • George. Jenkins says:

        White. Christians. Not. Only. Support. Trump. They. Support,White. Police. Murdering. Unarmed. Black. Men. . Christanity-Is. White. Supremacy…..

        • Thanks for your comment, George. Your perception of “Christians” is unfortunately true in more and more cases. I share your hurt and anger! How dare people claim the name of Christ and then be filled with hate, judgment, and racism. That is so anti-Christ.

          This breaks my heart and I’m so very sorry. I’m praying that today you meet a “White Christian” who truly loves Jesus and fully respects you as a fellow Creation of a loving God. Know that Christ thoroughly loves you and so do those who fully follow him. Jim

  • John mcCreight says:

    Thanks for your great insights. Please put me on your list. Thanks.

  • Dave Robbins says:

    Hi James. Where can I get information about the ACW Mentoring Retreat in Grand Rapids in June? Your site was listed as an information source. Maybe I’m missing the information.

  • Always enjoy your cartoons, but even more. Today I enjoyed reading your daughters story. Fear is a crippler I lived with most of my life…God continues to help me face the fear and travel on.

    Happy Monday and Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kat

  • james isaac says:

    hi james.
    i have been encouraged always through your posts that you put on facebook. as a young youth who is a christian this keeps me look up to you as an example and keep moving in the journey

  • Sandra Smith says:

    Thank you so much for your email dated March 3, 2016, which contained your commentary entitled, ‘Am I a heretic?!” Your words were balm to my soul! I have struggled with the concept of a “personal” relationship with Jesus–what that means, what it is supposed to look like, what I am supposed to be like in light of that relationship–and I concluded that I was just one of those unfortunate “lesser” Christians who would never know Him in that way. Your ideas about this, and most importantly the scripture verses you included, have soothed my ruffled spirit. Thank you.

  • Jim,

    I was in a Family Bookstore yesterday and I saw your new revision of “The Imitation of Christ.” It looked good so I bought it. I wanted to compare it to my copy of the original, but I couldn’t find it. But I used your new version for my devotions today. I like it. I especially liked your first paragraph and your first sentence:
    “Thomas a Kempis’s ‘The Imitation of Christ’ changed my life.” Great way to start.

    You spoke of how you have read this book about 10 times. I have very few books like that, but’ ‘Destined for the Throne’ by Paul Billheimer and ‘The Revival we Need’ by Oswald J. Smith are right up there.

    I look forward to spending time with you on this labor of love. Keep up the good work.


    Den Slattery

  • Jim,
    Thanks for making life better with your blog. It provides me and I’m sure lots of others with Christian motivation and humor to help make our lives brighter. Keep up the good work.

  • Jim. Stumbled onto your page. Looks great. Have you seen Love to hear your thoughts.

  • Dan says:

    Congratulations on your 20 years in publishing.
    I wish I could have ment you much earlier.

  • Marjorie Favretto says:

    How can I contribute to this page. I am a published poet and have a new collection of over 100 Christian poems with scriptual inclusions..I would love to send you my compilation for consideration. Meditative, uplifting, some humour etc.

    • Hi Marjorie. Thanks for your comment and email. I’m so glad you’re trying new avenues for your poetry at 85. Good for you. I don’t use guest posts on my site, but I would invite you to go to and start your own blog. Publishers are out there looking for new writers. I was sitting in my home office, minding my own business, and a major publisher called saying they had seen the song I wrote for my daughter’s high school graduation and wanted it for a gift book. Keep trying new things. That will keep you young.

  • Roberta Sarver says:


    Just came across your comment on the recent blog flare-up. Here’s what I hope is an encouragement. I knew your blog was satire and took it that way. Period. Knowing how to take some things with a grain of salt really helps sometimes.

    So sorry there was a huge mix up about your blog. Though I may differ on whether pastors who have experienced moral failures should continue in public ministry, I still consider you a brother in the Lord. And like an elderly lady once told me, “You can learn something from everybody, even if it’s how NOT to do something.” So why not read the guy’s book? (By the way, the elderly lady was the daughter of the Canadian ambassador to Tokyo many, many years ago. She would know.)

  • Gilberto Vega says:

    One of the biggest fears of many battles is that something bad will happen to our loved ones. However, the reality is that we can not always be with them, nor can we always protect them from everything that may come. But God is with them always, and he is powerful. Pray that your protection surrounds those you love, that their angels keep their coming and going, and keep them safe from harm. Thank Him that we can release those we love under his care, knowing that He watches over his children and covers them in his care.

  • Claire says:

    I am extremely concerned and upset by your article about dr. Hensley- it’s easy for a white man who likely hasn’t faced sexual harassment to say that his victims should simply forgive and move on but losing a career after profiting for 30 years is simply not enough. No one is asking for blood but if We are to truly have a wreckoning dor this kind of behavior there must be Lasting consequences. I am sickened to think of the student in 2004 who had to live knowing he was still teaching and treating others his way. You are victim shaming and that is exactly why the church has such systemic problems of sexual misconduct. Have some empathy, that’s what Jesus would do.

    • Thanks for your comment, Claire. I hear you. But as to the question of “What would Jesus do?” he would answer, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone” (John 8:7).”

      There is a preponderance of evidence against Dr. Hensley, so justice is required. (He has lost his reputation and livelihood.) But there should also mercy as we drop our stones. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23).

  • Theresa says:

    Hello James,
    Thank you for speaking about suicidal. I have struggled with insomnia, anxiety, depression since June. Sometimes I want to leave this earth and be with Jesus I’ve been a Christian for many years. I really don’t want to commit suicide but on the nights I don’t sleep, I feel so despondent. This is something you just dont talk about in the church. Many do not understand that insomnia has ruined me life. I had to quit my job. I have been away from church because this has changed my whole personality. My pastor has only called 1 time in 7 months. The care minister has only called 1 time too. They have me on the prayer chain, but I am very disheartened that people aren’t showing they care more. This causes me more depression. We have been going to this church for a while and I was involved …it’s not like I am a stranger. I feel no one really reaches out which makes me feel even sadder. This church has no elders, deacons, or deaconesses. I was used to an elder being involved in our family at another church and I don’t know what to even think. Please give me words of encouragement. I want to serve the Lord again and help those who are in pain like me. Thank you for being so transparent about your own suicide. This really helps me know you understand. Ii

    • Thanks for you honest comment. Fortunately for me, I only thought about suicide. My first stop would be my primary care doctor. If you don’t have one, ask your friends for a recommendation or if the depression is severe or you’re thinking of harming yourself, go to the ER now. He or she can offer you treatment options and recommend a good licensed therapist. I’ve been in therapy several times and would highly urge you to do so. Not only do you realize you’re not alone, but they can provide some great coping tools. I’m on two anti-depressants and seeing a therapist and feel the best mentally and emotional probably in my whole life. There is hope!

  • Anna L Russell says:

    I keep COMMUNICATE TO CHANGE LIVES IN PERSON AND PRINT on my desk to challenge me each time I sit down to type. The seriousness of your title hit me when the inmate I write to accepted Christ as his Savior. Over three years he revealed his inner being to me and asked deep life questions as well as spiritual ones. Although I strive for publication with children’s books, articles, and am working on a book, his declaration is my greatest achievement. I had the privilege of sitting in on your classes at a few Texas conferences. I appreciate the person you are in your blogs, in your books, and in person. I see Christ shining through.

  • Rex Morache says:

    Mr. J.
    Do you have any postings about the so called “Judgment Seat of Christ”?
    2 Corinthians 9:5-11
    1 Corinthians 3:12-15


  • Robin says:

    Hello sir,
    I want to know something from you, I am a Muslim, I want to convert to Christianity but I can’t get any impression from Bangladesh and I can’t go to any church and talk to Father. Can you help me in this?

  • Darlene K Lee says:

    I am amazed at the “Christian” websites that endorse the trinity in their teachings. The FACT is, “The Doctrine of the Trinity did not exist until 325 A.D.
    Jesus’ establishment as ‘the Son of God’ was officially proposed
    and voted on by the Council of Nicaea. . . . [It was] a relatively close vote at that. . . . By officially endorsing Jesus as God, Constantine turned Jesus into a deity who existed beyond the scope of the human world, an entity whose power was unchallengeable.
    Robert Spears: “It is an unquestionable historical fact that the doctrine of the Trinity is a false doctrine foisted into the Church during the third and fourth centuries; which finally triumphed by the aid of persecuting emperors.
    For many years, there had been much opposition on Biblical grounds to the developing idea that Jesus was God. To try to solve the dispute, Roman emperor Constantine summoned all bishops to Nicaea. . . .
    Constantine’s role was crucial. After two months of furious religious debate,this pagan politician intervened and decided in favor of those who said that Jesus was God. . . . After Nicaea, debates on the subject continued for decades.
    Those who believed that Jesus was not equal to God even came back into favor for a time. But later Emperor Theodosius decided against them. He established the creed of the Council of Nicaea as the standard for his realm and convened the Council of Constantinople in 381 C.E. to clarify the formula. This council agreed to place the holy spirit on the same level as God and Christ. For the first time, Christendom’s Trinity began to come into focus. The historical record shows that, just as Jesus and the New Testament writers foretold, various heretical ideas and teachers rose up from within the early Church and infiltrated it from without. Christ Himself warned His followers: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name . . . and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5) By the second century, faithful members of the Church, Christ’s “little flock” (Luke 12:32), had largely been scattered by waves of deadly persecution. They held firmly to the biblical truth about Jesus Christ and God the Father, though they were persecuted by the Roman authorities as well as those who professed Christianity but were in reality teaching “another Jesus” and a “different gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:6-9). This was the setting in which the doctrine of the Trinity emerged. In those early decades after Jesus Christ’s ministry, death and resurrection, and spanning the next few centuries, various ideas sprang up as to His exact nature. But why do so many follow after the belief of the Trinity? The answer is simple. They do not check it for themselves with what the Bible teaches. Consider Jesus Christ’s words:
    Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39
    So it is to the Bible we must turn, and when we do, we do not find any evidence to suggest that God is made up of three beings.

    • Thanks for your comment. It is interesting, however, at Jesus’ baptism, the FATHER praises the SON and the SPIRIT descends on Him. Then Jesus argues he is one with the Father in John 17. He also accepted worship and forgave sin as God. “Three in one” is certainly a “mystery” and not something we have to agree upon here on earth. It will all make sense in heaven.

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