Religion

Second to None: Compass Community Church

Second to None: Compass Community Church

It was an overcast but pleasant Sunday afternoon when a crowd of about 25 people gathered atop a seawall behind a Navarre home. Santa Rosa Sound was tabletop smooth, its surface rippled only intermittently by dolphins in pursuit of mullet. Playful dolphins are masters at capturing attention, but this crowd’s gaze was fixed closer to shore where a cluster of three people stood in thigh-deep water facing the crowd.    Read the full article in the Oct. 24 […]

The High Holy Days: Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue

The High Holy Days: Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue

At sunset Sept. 29, Jews worldwide welcomed in the traditional, Jewish new year. With none of the glitzy television coverage of the Jan.1 event, Rosh Hashanah, literally “head of the year,” is a two-day celebration that begins on the first day of Tishrei by the Hebrew calendar.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Mind Monsters 2: A timely series on depression at Momentum Church

Mind Monsters 2: A timely series on depression at Momentum Church

Momentum Church will launch a series on depression at their five campuses Oct. 5-6 offering advice on “overcoming what overcomes you.”  This teaching series, entitled Mind Monsters 2, is a reprise of their 2018 Mind Monsters series.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre […]

Grieving through the loss of a spouse

Grieving through the loss of a spouse

Perhaps the most profound verse in the Bible is also the shortest, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). The occasion for Jesus’ tears was the death of his dear friend, Lazarus. When Jesus came to the town of Bethany where Lazarus had lived, he met with Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters.   Read the full article in […]

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 […]

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 […]

MISSION: Nepal

MISSION: Nepal

If someone were to ask you what you knew about Nepal, most would turn to Nepal’s most recognized feature, Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world whose peak shares the upper atmosphere with commercial airliners. For more than a century, scores of intrepid climbers have attempted to scale its slopes, some successfully, and some […]

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 […]

Worshiping together as one

Worshiping together as one

Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in Navarre, led by Rabbi Wayne Leland, is a congregation that believes that the “Jesus” of the Bible, Yeshua in Hebrew, is the long-promised Messiah. Christians might marvel that Jewish believers have joined our ranks when, in truth, it is we non-Jewish believers who have joined their ranks.   Read the […]

God’s special time

God’s special time

“I don’t know why you guys come here,” a prison inmate told the visitor. His was not an expression of complaint but one of amazement. What would compel a group of men to give of their time every month to visit inmates in a prison facility? You might say, “it was time.”   Read the […]

“To Know God and to Make Him Known”

“To Know God and to Make Him Known”

The 1962 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to remove prayer from public schools fueled an upsurge in private, Christian schools. While an appealing alternative for many Christian parents, private school tuitions exceeded their budgets, so they began to explore other options. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

What is Maundy Thursday?

What is Maundy Thursday?

When I was still a rookie in ministry, every year as Easter approached, I found myself intrigued by a local United Methodist Church’s newspaper ad for their Maundy Thursday service. “What is Maundy Thursday?” I would mutter to myself. The name sounded odd to me and, for no reason at all, strangely sad. Read the […]

Navarre Presbyterian: Tentmakers

Navarre Presbyterian: Tentmakers

Those who have read about his life and ministry know that the Apostle Paul, not wanting to be a burden on the congregations he was establishing, took a job making tents in order to provide for his own needs. The term “tentmaker” has since come to describe any minister who does not make their living […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

It took 24 hours and four layovers for Navarre First Assembly of God missionaries Rachel Coggins and Becky Fleury to make their way to the impoverished regions of the African nation of Togo. The women were on a mission Jan. 16-25 to lay the foundations for future missions. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Anicia Dombret was born and raised in a little town in Colombia. Years ago, missionaries from Wichita, Kansas, came to her hometown and spoke with her grandparents. They were members of the First Evangelical Free Church. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Shine bright, change the world

Shine bright, change the world

Shine bright. Navarre High School’s graduates said this phrase repeatedly the evening of May 24 during the annual Baccalaureate Service at the Navarre Days Inn and Suites Conference Center. This was the lesson Pastor Ray Millsap wanted the graduates to take into the world. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Church of Nazarene to launch in Navarre

Church of Nazarene to launch in Navarre

Creating a new church is like planting a seed. It requires work, tending and time, said Pastor Gary Monk. Monk hopes to do exactly that as he and his wife, Rita, work to plant the Navarre Church of the Nazarene. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]