People who are great dancers, and people who never will be.
People who are rabid about sports, and people who are not.
People who really love pets, and people who really don’t.
Good-looking people, and people who — not so much.
People who are in a rush, and people who are taking their time.
People who are afraid, and people who are not afraid.
People who smile, and people who don’t.
People who watch the credits, and people who aren’t watching.
People who enjoy an ice cold beer on a hot summer day, and people who never will.
People who want to go to church, and people who don’t want to go.
People who walk by faith, and people who walk by sight.
People who get it, and people who don’t.
People whom God loves.
A Facebook poll asks if you prefer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” I’m guessing “Merry Christmas” is perceived by some as more “spiritual” than “Happy Holidays.” Hmmm. Let’s see.
A “Mass” is a liturgical service of the Eucharist, presumably at a Catholic church, and a “Christ mass” is such a service held at midnight on the eve of Dec. 25, traditionally the birthday of Jesus (although there is no historical basis for Dec. 25).
A “Holiday” is a “Holy Day,” a day to cease from work and worship God.
So, if you’re headed to St. Greg’s for midnight mass, “Merry Christmas.” If you’re spending the day worshiping God, “Happy Holiday.” And if you’re spending the day doing nothing more than exchanging gifts and eating food, “Happy Festivus.”
We invite you to take a look at our Top Ten page. Rod Heggy and I have listed our favorite blog posts, ten for each of us. We had not updated that page in more than a year, but it is updated now.
Rod and I began blogging together in December 2005, and a few of these posts go back almost that far. Here is an excerpt from a Jan. 4, 2006, article which states one of the reasons we began blogging:
Is the Christian church of America in serious decline? Is the modern U.S. church a pitiful representation of the church described in the New Testament … I believe it is. My colleague, Rod Heggy, believes it is. Our concern for the modern church is one reason Rod and I have launched this blog.
That post originally appeared on another blog Mr. Heggy and I write. In February 2007, we launched this Joshua One blog, moving more than 100 posts related to our Christian faith from that other site to this one. Toward the end of 2007 we incorporated Joshua One Ministries, and we have continued writing this blog to promote that non-profit Christian ministry, and to contribute toward the goals of “better lives, better churches.”
We now have more than 180 articles on this site. Some of the best of them, selected from almost three years of blogging, is on our Top Ten page. We hope you will take a look.
RETURN TO THE AUGUST 2008 NEWS
“You want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans.”
Howard Harvey, quoted by Ray Pritchard, president, Keep Believing Ministries