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Mission: Colombia

Mission: Colombia

In June of this year, Dylan White, Director of Young Adult Ministries at First Baptist Navarre traveled to Colombia for the 2019 She’erit (Remnant) Conference. Organized by Kehilat Yovel (Congregation of Jubilee), Bogota and Ahavat Ammi Ministries (For the Love of My People), Fort Worth TX, the conference goal was to “seek to understand and […]

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 […]

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 […]

The light shining through tragedy

The light shining through tragedy

We are in a time when our country seems so divided; racial outcries, black, white, Muslim, Christian, Atheists, whose life matters, sexism and so much more. The voices of today’s generation are all muddled by what they believe, all speaking at the same time and over everyone else’s voice. We cannot hear each other speak, […]

Synagogue rings in the new year

Synagogue rings in the new year

With the sounding of shofars (ram horns), singing of songs and spiraling purple flag dances, the worshippers at Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue welcomed the Jewish new year last week as part of Yom Teruah. Yom Teruah, or Rosh Hashanah as it is also called, is believed to be the date that the universe was created […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shaver says preaching takes all kinds

Shaver says preaching takes all kinds

Earning a Master of Divinity and become an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church can take 10 years of study, work, paper writing and scrutiny. St. Paul United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Shaver says it was worth every minute to fulfill a calling from God. Shaver is the only female Methodist pastor in this […]

A gunslinger messenger for God

A gunslinger messenger for God

The message from the charismatic battle-tested active duty military leader is simple: surrender.  Not to your enemies but to God.  It’s the message Navarre residents Damon Friedman and his wife Dayna are bringing to men and women across the country through The Surrender Project. And Saturday night at Coastline Calvary Chapel in Gulf Breeze, the […]

Just eat real food

Just eat real food

We have way-overcomplicated things. What if nutrition and eating were really simple? There are all kinds of rules and ideas and lists and charts and books to tell you what you should and shouldn’t eat. I’d like to propose a really simple way to think about nutrition: eat what God has provided. I came up […]

Financial Peace University: Saving and giving can go hand in hand

Financial Peace University: Saving and giving can go hand in hand

First Baptist Church of Navarre is hosting Financial Peace University, a finance class centered on managing money through “God’s way,” Tuesday nights from 6:30-8 p.m. at the church. Jamie Ellis is the Senior Public Relations Coordinator for Ramsay Solutions, the company that created and sells the program. She said that scripture is a big part […]

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

You cannot run from a calling from God. That’s what founder of My Father’s Arrows thrift store Sarah Ellis says. Back in 2013, she said she was struck with the idea of creating a community to support foster families in the community by creating a group living facility, and the idea would not quit. “When […]

Trespassing on peace?

Trespassing on peace?

The following arrived in our inbox as a letter to the editor, and the opportunity of a response should not pass: “Why do religions thrive in the modern world? Wouldn’t a true religion provide proof that their god is the one to worship? If they could provide this proof, I would understand, but the more […]

Community Life Center honors Navarre High Graduates

Community Life Center honors Navarre High Graduates

Navarre High School seniors, their families and mentors filed in Thursday, May 26, for the annual baccalaureate service at Community Life Center. The service included prayers and appreciations from students as well as a short performance by the Navarre High School Concert Chorus. Youth Pastor Clint Jernigan spoke to the graduates, emphasizing that they should […]

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life United Methodist Church, once known as the Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, now stands on its own as a new church serving both Navarre and Gulf Breeze communities. “We are very grateful for the hearts of the people at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church for their willingness to allow us […]

Faith and failure instrumental to Baldwin’s success

Faith and failure instrumental to Baldwin’s success

Doug Baldwin has come a long way from Gulf Breeze High School, establishing himself as one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League. A lot has gone into getting to where he is today, but the one thing many overlook is perhaps the biggest driving force behind Baldwin’s success as a professional […]

Athletes not afraid to express their faith in God

Athletes not afraid to express their faith in God

It isn’t uncommon to hear an athlete thank God for his or her success in sports or to see athletes from both teams gather together for a prayer circle after a game. In a world where faith in God is sometimes looked down upon, many athletes aren’t afraid to express it. That group includes Navarre […]

The Crew combines faith and fun

The Crew combines faith and fun

Students hang on every word as Ray Millsap speaks to them inside a room at the Funplex in Gulf Breeze that is only lit by stage lights. More than 100 students are in attendance and on this Wednesday night in early March, they are listening to Millsap, the student pastor at Momentum Church, talk about […]

Faith in America

Faith in America

According to a research study done in January by the Pew Research Center on public approval ratings for news media and religious organizations, “Millennials’ rating of churches and other religious organizations has dipped by 18 percentage points. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as […]

Olive Baptist Church issues call for Night of Prayer to all churches

Olive Baptist Church issues call for Night of Prayer to all churches

At a time when our nation is the process of choosing a new leader and violent extremists seek to harm the citizens of Western civilization at home and abroad, even the most apathetic Americans have cause for concern. In fact, it may be correct to say that few times have been more stressful domestically and […]

Student-athletes meet weekly to share their faith in God

Student-athletes meet weekly to share their faith in God

Students gather their desks in a circle in a Navarre High School classroom early Friday morning. Patrick Keele, a junior on the swim team, reads a devotional about success and failure in sports, and when he’s finished, the discussion begins. Fellow students chime in on the topic, answering questions ranging from being tested by adversity […]