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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 (www.operationliftup.com), 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.

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Apr 7, 2021

For God’s Sake: Sparking an interest in reading the Bible

There are a few unique words and expressions in the Bible that have made their way into common English speech.

One of those words is “shibboleth,” which refers to a word, a mannerism, or a mode of dress that is peculiar to a group. It comes from an incident recorded in Judges 12, a conflict between two Israelite tribes, the Ephraimites and the Gileadites.


Apr 7, 2021

Sun rises over risen Son celebration

This past Sunday, a small group from Compass Community Church (compassefca.org), where I am the pastor, gathered before dawn at a picnic pavilion alongside Santa Rosa Sound for a sunrise service.

Our huddled group greeted one another with a subdued, “Happy Easter!” or “Christ is risen!” and the response, “He is risen indeed!” It was early and it was cold.


Apr 2, 2021

Jesus Christ obituary

Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also known as Golgotha, the place of the skull. Betrayed by the apostle Judas, Jesus was crucified by the Romans by order of the governor Pontius Pilate. The causes of death were crucifixion, extreme exhaustion, loss of blood, and a broken heart.

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Apr 1, 2021

For God’s Sake: Easter Sunday signals promise of a new life to come

Last month, I saw a meme that pictured a U.S. weather map where every state but ours was overlaid in colors of icy blue and purple showing frigid temperatures and heavy snow.

The entire state of Florida was overlaid in sunshine yellow and boasted temps in the low 80s north to south. That week in Navarre, our overnight temps dipped into the high 20s and the daytime temps barely crested 40 degrees.


Mar 31, 2021

Resurrecting the essentials

Mid-March 2020, governors across the country imposed size restrictions on public gatherings in their state, attempting to curb the spread of a strange, new virus.

After hastily called meetings, church leaders weighed options for continuing weekly worship services.


Mar 24, 2021

Navarre First Assembly holds annual missions conference

Navarre First Assembly of God held its annual missions conference March 6.

“We’ve been doing this about 10 years,” said Iris Tatom, First Assembly’s director of missions, “and each year it has been a little different.”



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