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A new spirit of hope: The Intrepid Spirit Center

A new spirit of hope: The Intrepid Spirit Center

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the preeminent preacher of the 19th century. Weekly, he addressed crowds of thousands. His sermon manuscripts were translated into several languages and distributed worldwide. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a […]

Called into service, a military chaplain

Called into service, a military chaplain

His father strode into the room, crisply turned out in his Alabama National Guard uniform and a young boy’s heart stirred with dreams of one day wearing the uniform like his father. But there was another call stirring in this young heart. Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

MISSION: Uganda

MISSION: Uganda

The flag of the nation of Uganda features three pairs of horizontal stripes, two black, two yellow and two red. The black stripes represent the people of Uganda, the yellows the African sun and the reds represent the blood that unites all Africans as brothers.   Read the full article in the July 18 issue […]

Momentum spreads the love

Momentum spreads the love

Sunday marked the end of a marathon ministry for Momentum Church as pastors summed up the more than 600 volunteer hours of service put forward during Love Week. Love Week is an annual community outreach by the church’s campuses, and Navarre Campus Leader Tyler McNeely said the work is close to his heart.   Read […]

MISSION: New York NY, July-August 2019

MISSION: New York NY, July-August 2019

Planning a trip for a person traveling alone is easy. In planning a trip for a family, the logistics quickly become more complex. Imagine the logistical challenge of taking a group of twenty-six people, eighteen teens and eight adults, on a mission trip to one of the busiest cities in the world, New York City. […]

MISSION: Cuba

MISSION: Cuba

A little over 100 miles south of Key West, Florida, at the confluence of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, sits the tiny island-nation of Cuba. The ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Mariel Boat Lifts and the Elian Gonzalez custody battle have paraded across our […]

Live Oak Church: Teamwork

Live Oak Church: Teamwork

Every newly-hired pastor knows that not everyone in the congregation will be pleased with him because everyone has their own opinion of what a pastor should be. Some will expect him to be a gifted preacher, others want a compassionate shepherd, and still others expect him to be a competent administrator or a visionary leader. […]

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Home. The word evokes memories, good memories for some as the place where family gathered and shared life, where children were nurtured and grew, where the benchmarks of life were celebrated. For some, home evokes different memories, difficult memories of conflict and loss, the catalysts for leaving home. Read the full article in the March […]

A firm foundation

A firm foundation

As the broader church culture in America chases after the latest trends in a desperate bid to stay “relevant,” some church leaders have chosen instead to build on the firm foundation of the past; Rev. Craig T. Born, pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church (www.risensaviorchurch.org) is one of those leaders. Schooled as an architect, Pastor […]

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Defying the odds leads to new opportunity

Dexter Hunter is sitting out front at Navarre Gardens on a beautiful January afternoon – his wife Bonnie is the administrator at the assisted living facility – and someone walks by and asks what he’s up to. He jokes that he’s doing what he is told and then changes his direction and makes a joke […]

“Loud Krazy Love”

“Loud Krazy Love”

For the Christian looking for an inspiring “come to Jesus” movie, “Loud Krazy Love” will fall short of expectations. While KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s coming to faith in Christ is credited as the source of his changed life, the focus of the movie is decidedly on the catalyst for that change: the birth of […]

Fisherman now a fisher of men

Fisherman now a fisher of men

When Jesus called Peter, James and John to be his apostles, he told these professional fishermen to leave their nets and he would make them fishers of men. Having caught every kind of fish in the Gulf, says Florida-born pastor, Jon Skipper, he is now about winning souls. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

The unlikely and reluctant leader

The unlikely and reluctant leader

If you had an organization you wanted to be successful, it is unlikely that you would look among the carefree surfers riding the waves off our local beaches for the person to lead it. And if this organization were a new church, it is very unlikely that you would look for that leader on dimly […]

Artists support community through faith

Artists support community through faith

For Oriole Beach Elementary School teacher, Daphne Luchsinger, her art is a “God thing.” The fledgling artist has turned her creativity into a steady fund raiser to support adults with disabilities in the community. Luchsinger said her journey to this ministry started in a church pew. “Four years ago, I was going to church and […]

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Sage Chambers was in one of his first practices as a college quarterback at Huntingdon. As he prepared to throw, something went wrong. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days free. […]

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Physical fitness and God go hand in hand. The Run for God program at First Baptist Church of Navarre is embracing that concept as it takes members of the church and public through a 12-week “couch to 5K” training program with a twist. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Navarre team takes lifesaving medical aid to Guatemala

Navarre team takes lifesaving medical aid to Guatemala

Leaders of a medical organization doing lifesaving work around the world, especially in impoverished Guatemala, call Navarre home. ER Abroad: Mission Impossible has been sending medical missionaries to countries in desperate need of help since 2008, and local Brian Wilhelm recently took over as president of the organization. His wife Billie is the secretary of […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

First Baptist brings VBS to Haiti

First Baptist brings VBS to Haiti

On March 18, a group from First Baptist Church of Navarre will leave the comforts of air conditioning and plumbing, load onto a plane and make their way to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The missionaries will be in the island nation of Haiti for six days. Read the full article in the […]

Faith in God unites Eagles

Faith in God unites Eagles

Religion can be a divisive topic in a locker room. For the Philadelphia Eagles, who will battle the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis, faith in God has unified the team. Nick Foles, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton and Chris Maragos started a Bible study. There is a couple’s Bible […]

Divorce Care Ministry provides community to young and old

Divorce Care Ministry provides community to young and old

A divorce is the death of a marriage, and that can mean mourning, grief and uncertainty, said Navarre First Baptist Church Care Ministry Coordinator Linda Ranson Jacobs. Newly divorced people can feel isolated even among their loved ones as they process a life-changing event, but Jacobs said they do not have to be alone. Read […]

Research finds young adults falling away from the church

Research finds young adults falling away from the church

Roughly three of every four teens currently in a church youth group will not be sitting in a pew after they graduate high school. Multiple studies by groups such as research firm Barna Group (ongoing), Pew Research (2016) and the Protestant Church (2011) have all come to roughly similar conclusions: young adults, specifically millennials, are […]

Encompass launches with technology twist

Encompass launches with technology twist

Worship songs filled the cafeteria of West Navarre Primary School Sunday as Encompass Church found their new home for weekly services. Pastor Lance Whorton told the gathered congregation that they should be excited to be part of the church’s first big step: launching weekly Sunday worship. “We are excited to be here and start getting […]

New pastor brings love to Navarre United Methodist

New pastor brings love to Navarre United Methodist

Talk to Alan McBride, the new senior pastor for Navarre United Methodist Church (NUMC), for any length of time and a couple things become apparent. The first is his more than 10 years of college education including bachelor’s degrees in both history and English and a doctor of ministry. This is evidenced by his extensive […]

Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Pastor for Encompass Navarre Lance Whorton and his family made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last week as part of a mission trip to grow their faith. Along with a dozen other Americans from throughout the region, the Whorton family traveled to the place where it really happened. They spent three days in and […]

First Baptist unveils expansion plans

First Baptist unveils expansion plans

First Baptist Church of Navarre is bursting at the seams, and in response the church staff has proposed construction of a 16,800-square-foot Family Life Center. Church Business Manager and Treasurer Sarah Heller said this multifunctional facility will fill a desperate need of the church: space for the children. The proposed price tag is $1.1 million […]

Go in faith, graduates

Go in faith, graduates

Amid the diplomas, tassels and celebration Navarre High School’s soon-to-be graduates took a moment to honor God Monday during baccalaureate at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church. Dozens of students along with their family and friends packed the pews to listen to a variety of speakers talk about the importance of keeping faith during this transitory time. […]

Beach festival celebrates God, family and military

Beach festival celebrates God, family and military

According to the Bible, God separated the land from the sea on the second day of creation, forming the first beaches. It only seems fitting that folks would return to the beach, one of the first creations, for worship. That is exactly what the Pensacola chapter of the Christian Surfers intends to do. Family Beach […]

Watoto brings worship and song to Navarre from Africa

Watoto brings worship and song to Navarre from Africa

Navarre First Assembly of God danced the night away with some children from Uganda Saturday night as a traveling choir, Watoto, made a stop along their six-month U.S. tour. Watoto means “children” in Swahili. Watoto is an international ministry organization focused on the care of orphans and at-risk women in East Africa, specifically Uganda. Read […]

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting, or the practice of giving up food items for religious purposes while praying regularly, is referenced throughout the Bible as a way to get closer to God. The practice has evolved over the years into several different varieties, and is not always limited to food, but the goal is always the same. Read the […]