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May 12, 2021

For God’s Sake: Parents were model of perseverance and dedication

I was perusing some old photos of my parents from early in their marriage and found it strange to see them acting playfully like two young people in love.

I have no doubt that they loved one another, I just don’t recall seeing that playfulness growing up. Having brought nine children into this world, life was not easy for them.

May 12, 2021

Pastor of historic church ‘aims to glorify God’

“We aim to glorify God,” answered Jeremy Gault, pastor of Billory Baptist Church in Navarre when asked to sum up his congregation’s ministry. Gault has been pastor of this historic church since July 2017.

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May 5, 2021

For God’s Sake: None of us can cast the first stone

Whenever Apple introduces a new iPhone, eager crowds line up in the predawn hours outside Apple stores hoping to be one of the first to get the latest.

My wife and I have never been in that crowd; we keep our phones until they will not work anymore.

May 5, 2021

Navarre church finds new temporary ‘home’

The little children fold their hands together saying, “Here is the church.” Hands still folded, they raise their two index fingers into a peak, “Here is the steeple.”

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Apr 28, 2021

For God’s Sake: Salvation offered in the gospel of Jesus Christ is a certainty

I got my second “jab,” as the Brits call the COVID-19 vaccine, and the “jabber” was good. I did not feel a thing, nor did I experience any significant side effects.

Now, depending on whom you care to believe, I am either safe from the coronavirus … or I am not.

Apr 27, 2021

Local church using retired tradespeople on new construction

Navarre First Assembly of God ( is soon to begin construction of a new facility on their current site, and the way it will be built is remarkable.

A team of retired tradespeople in their personal RVs will camp on the church grounds and perform much of the work.

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Apr 21, 2021

For God’s Sake: The trouble with a capital ‘T’

In the musical, “The Music Man,” a slick traveling salesman concocts a scheme to sell musical instruments to the town of River City.

He presents himself as a band leader and a boys’ marching band as a defense against the corruption of youth.

Apr 21, 2021

Hotel room Bibles – now on decline – save lives

They are virtually everywhere. Most of us have seen one, perhaps picked one up and read it. The Beatles even sang about where one could be found.

Gideon Bibles have been placed in the nightstands of hotel and motel rooms across America for over a century.

Apr 13, 2021

Navarre church’s ministry blankets West African church with warmth

While the world’s attention is fixed on addressing the coronavirus, a team from Navarre First Assembly of God traveled to Togo, West Africa to address other needs there.

The church, in partnership with Operation Lift Up (, has built and equipped a new pregnancy center to serve this country with its high rate of maternal deaths.

Apr 10, 2021

Congregants nail burdens to the cross

Those who attended the 16th Annual Easter Sunrise Service, put on by the Church Without Walls, were given an opportunity to nail their “burden” to the cross and thus release it.