Happy hope and humor 2016

December 31st, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized


Happy New Year!

I’ll be “celebrating” this New Year’s Eve at The Heritage assisted living home in Battle Creek, Michigan, after a full day of helping clean out Mom’s house, so . . .


I hope your celebration is a bit more exciting. Here are some New Year’s columns from years past:

More than lighted balls drop on New Year’s Eve
New York City has the Tiffany glass ball, but Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, drops a 30-pound carp. That’s just the beginning of truly strange New Year’s Eve “droppings.”


Don’t look back!
The Bible urges us to look forward: “Do not dwell on the past” (Isaiah 43:18) and “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13b). There are real dangers in looking back.

My predictions for new year
All my predictions come with a 100 percent, money-back guarantee!

God has a plan for new year
According to the story of Christ’s birth in the gospel of Matthew, God has a plan for our relationships, schedule, location—and even tragedies—in the new year.

A verse for the new year
Everyone seems to have a word, a saying or a Bible verse for the new year. In 2014, I facetiously noted that my word for the year was “platypus.” I actually had a verse for last year . . .


Top ten posts from 2015

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from the year 2015

10. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

9. Who is the supreme super hero?

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

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

6. Hope and humor cartoons

5. Cure for common cold: sex

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

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 2015 . . .

1. “It Is Well with My Soul”: the rest of the stories

(See list at right for the latest posts.)

Have a God-directed new year! And if you found any of this helpful or hopeful, please share on your social netowrks. Thanks!

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