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Mar 18, 2021

For God’s Sake: As my heart changed, my music did as well

Occasionally, I’ll hear a song from my youth and, in an instant, memories will flood my mind. I suspect that old men have been saying this ever since there has been music.

As a Canadian, my playlist drew from diverse sources.


Mar 17, 2021

Church serves community with free food distribution

Members of New Life Deliverance Temple Church gave away 110 boxes of food Friday morning from the parking lot of their church at 2104 Panhandle Trail.

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Mar 15, 2021

For God’s Sake: Christ willingly gave his life-giving blood for me

I don’t know what romantic thing you did for Valentine’s Day, but my wife and I gave blood. It was her idea.

She is always ready to give blood whenever “The Big Red Bus” is in town and I always ask, “What are they giving away?”


Mar 9, 2021

One pastor, two churches, two locations

“We are one family in two locations,” said Pastor Tim Sheldon describing a Navarre congregation and a Fort Walton Beach congregation both named Covenant Community Church.

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Mar 3, 2021

For God’s Sake: Oatmeal monthly reminder of living by faith

When the temperatures recently dipped into the 20s here on the Emerald Coast, I was robbed of a favorite seasonal pastime: flaunting our balmy weather before my family and friends living in the north.

Instead, they mocked me as I whined about temperatures they consider to be a warming trend. I have grown so soft that what little fashion sense I possess is lost in such weather.


Mar 2, 2021

A recipe for success

At a Feb. 21 Sunday mass, the St. Sylvester’s chapter of the Columbiettes presented a $2,500 donation to the Pregnancy Resource Center of Navarre (PRCN).

The funds were raised from the sale of a church cookbook. Chapter president, Angela Edwards and Financial Secretary, Ann Teston, presented the check to PRCN Executive Director Betsy Bower and Ellen Stanley, director of client services.


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Feb 24, 2021

For God’s Sake: Never elevate anyone to a status that we believe them incapable of sin.

Several months ago, I wrote a column about deceased Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias and how I had benefited from his ministry.

Recently in the news I read that the accusations of sexual misconduct and sexual abuse leveled against him in recent years by several women have proven true.


Feb 24, 2021

Grace’s Place opens to ‘broken chicks’

On Feb. 6, a crowd of about 30 friends and supporters looked on as a ribbon was cut marking the official opening of Grace’s Place, a place where “healed broken chicks (help) broken chicks heal.”

Grace’s Place founder and self-described “healed broken chick,” April Fisher, recounted for the crowd the long journey that led up to this day.


Feb 16, 2021

Students learn Gospel, English through church ministry

When First Baptist Church Navarre began its English as a Second Language (ESL) classes six months ago, they knew that they were addressing a great need in Santa Rosa County.

Their research had revealed that about 12,000 people for whom English is not their primary language live within a 10-mile radius of the church.
Since then, this new ministry has experienced tremendous growth.


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Feb 16, 2021

For God’s Sake: Becoming a new creation in Christ

A lifetime ago, I was the lead guitarist for a rock band.

When I admit this in church circles, it is met with a bemused look that says, “Really?” I will admit, I bear little resemblance to a “rocker” with my gray hair and conservative attire but put a guitar in my hands and my claim is quickly validated.