We never thought for Lent we would be giving up going to church, learning in classrooms, working outside our homes, eating out, going to movies and, in some cases, giving up toilet paper! All our original Lenten sacrifices pale in the challenges of living with a global pandemic! (Click for posts and videos with hope …
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What would Jesus say about coronavirus? During the time of Jesus, leprosy, cholera, tuberculosis, smallpox and dysentery suppressed life expectancy to the age of 35. That figure was the result of a 25-33 percent infant mortality rate with half of all children dying before age 10. As we experience a global pandemic with the coronavirus …
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Well, I should have been flying off to the Blue Lake Christian Writers’ Retreat this week, but the coronavirus has closed down the retreat center, so here are some CVID-19-free videos and audio from my favorite keynotes, so you can enjoy a safe mini-conference without the fear of quarantine. (The retreat is being rescheduled for …
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Most churches are great at sharing information about Christ and many are fairly good at providing opportunities for involvement for Christ. But according to Willow Creek Association network of thousands of churches, “63 percent of the most active and committed church members are so discouraged with church and its ability to support their faith that …
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Saint Patrick was actually a Brit, never drove snakes out of Ireland and was a real saint! On the classic sit-com How I Met Your Mother, Barry Stinson urges his friends, “Come on! Let’s drink green beer. Let’s do green Jello shots. Where is your Saint Patrick’s Day spirit?” However, Saint Patrick himself, who was …
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My mother is a woman. My wife is a woman. My daughter is a woman. (See pic.) And I have three adorable granddaughters. So, a hearty happy International Women’s Day! Here are some of my favorite posts about women: • Am I a “feminist”? • A case for women in ministry • Daughter is one …
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When praises turn to ashes

February 24th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Many churches burn the branches from Palm Sunday of the previous year to use for the current year’s Ash Wednesday. (Ash Wednesday initiates Lent, which is a time of preparation for Easter.) Do you ever feel your praises have turned to ashes? Once you were shouting “Hallelujah” for his blessings in your life and now …
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That probably comes as a shock to those who know me only as a humor writer and motivational speaker. But it’s true. And I’m not alone. One in four suffer with this dark cloud of despair. You can watch my encouraging story of overcoming clinical depression here or read the text version. And here are …
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Love, marriage, sex issue

February 10th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s time again for my favorite posts, cartoons and videos on one of my favorite subjects! First, my five-year-old nephew shares his thoughts about love on this video: Then click for over 20 of my favorite posts on love, marriage and sex. Finally, a brand new video: Finding Real, Lasting Love Have a wonderful Valentine’s …
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Walking on Water

February 3rd, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

One of the things I loved best about my uncle’s lakeside property was strolling out on the dock, off the end of the diving board and continuing to walk across the water. I would stroll out to the middle of Graham Lake, then turn and look back at the shore hundreds of feet away. It …
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