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 you’re sifting through smoldering dreams, plans and relationships.

Watch my encouraging video or read the text version.

But wait, there’s more: a whole Easter basket filled with hope and humor: Lent and Easter cartoons, a free 40-day devotion, humor and more!

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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 some more resources if you may feel you may be dealing with clinical depression or other mental health issues.

There is hope and help! Feel free to email at jim@jameswatkins.com if you need an empathetic ear.

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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 Day whether you’re single, dating, engaged, married, divorced, widowed or “it’s complicated.”

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 was almost as much fun as diving deep into the water and paddling around the surface. Now I was standing firmly atop the water.

Watch the video on the right to hear about my water-walking or click to read.

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I love the story of Gideon: not the guy who keeps leaving his Bible in hotel rooms, but the Jewish judge who describes himself as “the least in my entire family.” God has called Gideon to liberate the Israelis from the cruel oppression of the Midianites. But to defeat the enemy of over 100,000 troops, God provides him with just 300 men. (Nope, I didn’t leave out any zeroes. That’s 100,000 v. 300!) And they’re probably the guys who get picked last in pick up games at Jerusalem Junior High.

God seems to delight when we feel totally inadequate. [Continue reading]

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Nearly 2,000 years ago, St. Paul wrote, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). So, on this MLK Day, here are some of my favorite columns that explore equality:

Am I a “feminist”? Yes and no! Gender equality is complicated!

James Watkins: ex-slave, author, soul brother I’m proud to call this social reformer family!

Martin Luther King Jr’s ten commandments for cultural change

Race relations by the numbers A cover story I wrote after a summer of racial unrest and violence

Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced

What was St. Paul thinking when he wrote “Women must be silent”?!

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In advance of the National March for Life on January 24, here are some of my favorite newspaper columns on pro-life issues:

Text from “Planned Bank Robbery” video

Capital punishment: serious questions

Ethuanasia and “dying with dignity”

Is it a life or a choice?

Pro-life graphics for posting

Pro-life from womb to tomb

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Text of video, plus, other resources for overcoming giants:

• Listen to my keynote from Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, I’m a Giant Killer!

David and the Giant Publishers: Encouragement for writers

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My resolution for 2020 is to move from text to video in the New Year. Yep, 80 percent of website traffic will be video by the end of the year. But don’t worry, you’ll still find text versions and lots of related links as well. And now, some of my favorite New Year posts.

Text version of Do You Have 20/20 Vision?

The 365 Days of Christmas Here’s how to stretch out the holiday well beyond “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

My annual predictions for the New Year My annual predictions for the New Year have been 99 percent accurate for the past 20 years. I know, it’s kind of scary!

God has a plan for the new year Yep! He has a plan for your relationships, schedule, location and more for the new year as evidenced in the Christmas story. He’s more organized and in control than the best party planner!

Keeping those resolutions From the award-winning The Why Files series, here’s hope and help for “Breaking Habits Before They Break You.” You can develop new habits in the new year.

More than lighted balls drop on New Year’s Eve Time Square’s lighted ball gets all the press, but other cities across America drop all kinds of things at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Some very strange things!

Have a God-directed New Year!

Top ten posts for 2019

December 30th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from 2018. (Number in parentheses, 2018 ranking.)

10. My bio sheet (10)

9. The Easter story in chronological order (22)

8. Top ten verses Donald Trump may want to read (62)

7. “Coming Out” My sexual identity crisis (15)

6. From bad to worse to . . . astonishing (4)

5. Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship (6)

4. God is never late—but he sure is slow (3)

3. The Christmas Story in chronological order (5)

2. It Is Well with My Soul: the rest of the stories (2)

And, the number one post for the year . . .

1. What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12? (1)

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