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By Kirk McCarley An Old Testament Biblical verse from 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10 contains an otherwise obscure passage, the prayer of Jabez.  In it we learn: “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.  His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’  Jabez cried out to...
By  Rev. Pete Hyde The cold, winter air had a feeling that there was a change coming. The sky that Saturday in January was a crystal, winter blue without a cloud. The Scouts were on their monthly campout about twenty miles south of Topeka near the small town of Overbrook, Kansas. The...
By Lauren Catanese I have found that most answers to our troubles can be found in nature. Nature’s storms are like our struggles. They are the storms we experience. Struggling is a part of life. It’s when we struggle that we learn the most about life, ourselves, and those around...

Progress

By Rick Moore The most traveled road for locals and visitors alike throughout the Emerald Coast is Highway 98. Many are surprised to discover Highway 98 extends through several states. Decades ago, I would travel that road several times a year from my home in Mobile, Alabama, through the state...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Rev. Pete Hyde Heavy rain in the distance blocked the satellite television signal. The house was almost refreshingly quiet. I stepped out on the front porch. The night was eerily still. The heavy rain of the past few days dampened the traffic. An orange streetlight cast an ominous glow over the front...
By Kirk Mccarley Last time in this two part series, I discussed our yearning for honest and trustworthy leadership.  I also shared a personal story about unethical behavior on the part of one executive who motivated me to depart an organization.  We were left considering whether ethical compromise must always...

Americana

By Sean Dietrich I’m watching “The Andy Griffith Show.” It’s late at night, and I am a lifelong fan of this program. One of my earliest memories is watching this show as an infant, sitting before a console television, and I was gnawing on something. It’s unclear what I was chewing,...
By Sue Gambla So, today I wasn’t paying attention. I had other things on my mind, and even though the nice police officer flashed his lights at me to remind me to slow down, I continued on my sweet way. Well, red flashing lights in your rear view mirror will...
By Lauren Catanese The new year always brings about change. Change is a way of life. It is the ultimate passage from what you were to what you can be. Knowing that deep down we all have an inherent mission, a divine destiny programmed into us for the greater good...

Biscuit

By Sean Dietrich CRACKER BARREL—I am eating breakfast with a cute date. My date is a baby. A fat baby. She is my niece, Lucy. I love fat babies. They do something to me. They make me feel like the world is warm and squishy. When I hold Lucy, I...

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