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Jan 17, 2023

Connecting children to God’s Big Story

Greg Allen’s story isn’t that different from many other men and women in the ministry. He had his career planned out and was doing well for himself when God stepped in and gave him a calling instead in place of a career as director of children’s ministries at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Jan 10, 2023

Hope House bringing families together

A quick take on the math indicates how Hope House Family Counseling in Crestview, and arm of Lutheran Services Florida, is impacting Okaloosa County.

Jan 3, 2023

Bishop Wack, Diocese look to new year

Even after five years as Bishop with the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Bishop William “Bill” Wack said he is just getting started. Over the past few years, Wack (pronounced wok) and the Diocese have had to deal with several issues which have taken away the church’s ability to map out the future.

Dec 27, 2022

Why is it called ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’?

It has been said that Hollywood rarely lets the facts get in the way of the fiction. When it comes to certain Christmas traditions, that is certainly the case. Some decades ago, Hollywood made a movie about the birth of the Christ Child. One of the closing scenes included all the characters of the Christmas story – including the Three Wise Men. As a result of the beautiful tableau shown, most Christmas scenes and stories now include the arrival of the wise men on the night of Jesus’ birth. Spoiler alert! It didn’t happen that way.

Dec 21, 2022

One quiet night

On a quiet night, the stars shone brightly in the sky. The moon hung in the heavens casting its white glow. All was quiet. Shepherds were out in the fields sitting around fires, telling stories as they kept watch over the flocks to keep them safe from predators. All was still.

Dec 12, 2022

First Baptist Holt, perfectly striving for Christ

Pastor Curt Rainey has been associated with First Baptist Church of Holt for the better part of 30 years in several different capacities. In 1994 while serving in the United States Air Force, Rainey was a member of the church.

Dec 6, 2022

First Baptist of Laurel Hill, passionate for youth

Mike McVay wears many hats in the Laurel Hill community. He’s a volunteer with the fire department. Or, perhaps you’ve seen him as the Hobo mascot for Laurel Hill School.

Nov 29, 2022

Crestview Faith Community celebrates Thanksgiving

In the old hymn, Blessed Assurance, there is a line that says, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.” Sunday night’s Crestview Thanksgiving Celebration was such a foretaste of glory divine.

Nov 21, 2022

Laurel Hill churches kick off holiday season together

The Holiday season kicked off in Laurel Hill on Wednesday with the Laurel Hill Harvest Supper at First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill.

Nov 14, 2022

Community Thanksgiving service set for Nov. 20

The Crestview community is invited to join others from around the area for a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. The service will be held at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Crestview, and childcare will be available to children up to age four.