Letters from the Publisher

Congratulations to the new World Series Champion, our very own Houston Astros! What a memorable and incredible baseball season! Who would’ve thought that after the Dodgers tied the series in game 6, that we would’ve come back in game 7 to win it all? Not many people, including I, thought we had much of a chance! But here we are, Champions of the World!

We pray that all of our readers had a great Thanksgiving weekend with family and loved ones. Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is fast upon us. I know lots of you have already finished your Christmas shopping, either online or on Black Friday. I personally have always been a last minute shopper. I find that the closer to Christmas Day it is, the better the deals.

While presents, music, and material gifts are great, let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas marks the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Somehow, a lot of that has been forgotten by all except the faithful in this day and age.

One truth that I have discovered is that giving is truly better than receiving. I can’t remember but a few gifts that I have received in my life, but I can remember a lot of gifts that I’ve given; not to people that could afford to return the kindness, but to the people who could not. I remember one year, when I was a member of Houston’s First Baptist Church, my Sunday School class adopted a poor Hispanic family that had nothing. No electricity, very little food, and not much hope.

We knew that they had two young girls, probably around six and seven years in age. My church and I pooled together our resources and bought them clothes and other gifts. I vividly recall the way their beautiful brown eyes lit up with immense joy when they received their gifts. Their father cried and said to all of us, “Thank you.” He had no means to repay us, nor did we want him to.

Happiness driven by material objects is fleeting, but the happiness sourced from selflessness and love will stick with you forever. Remember, God gave us his Son on the first Christmas out of a love that none of us can fathom. Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Joseph R. Menslage
Katy Christian Magazine

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.