Destin

By Sean Dietrich I was there by accident. It was night when I pulled onto the old beach road without even thinking. I guess my brain was on autopilot. This used to be the way I took home every night. Back when my family lived up the street in a little...

My First Date

By Rick Moore As a very stylish twelve year old, I wore my Panama Jack hat whenever possible. The truth is, I was more concerned about impressing others with my debonair style than keeping the sun from harming my skin. Since fellow students were not cool enough to wear such...

Questions from the Mailbox

By Kirk McCarley As a Career Coach, not surprisingly in these days of Covid and uncertainty, clients and associates bring up questions especially about job searches and career growth.  Here are some followed by what are hopefully thoughtful responses. With so much uncertainty in the present work landscape, why should I...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

By Pastor Steve Squires Seems introductions are in order.  My name is Steve Squires and I’m the new pastor at Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach.  I know you have enjoyed the writing of Pastor Pete Hyde over the years.  It is my hope that you find the same enjoyment...
By Myrna Conrad, We all want to be shown respect. Do you remember when people used to say “Yes Sir/Yes Ma’am” or “No Sir/No Ma’am”?  Do you remember when people got up and gave an older person their seat if there were no more seats available, opened doors for people, or...

What is Your Thing?

By Lauren Catanese What is it you do just for you? An action, experience, a state of being that no matter what is going on in your life, no matter how much pain you feel, struggles you are dealing with, whether you feel alone or surrounded by people, no matter...
By Rev. Pete Hyde As I ease out of this role as Senior Pastor, not only of Community Church, but out of the pastoral ministry that has been my life for more than three decades, I find myself reflecting on those years and becoming a little nostalgic.  Hope these memories...

The Moment

By Rick Moore A boxer sends his opponent to the canvas, and the referee counts down from ten. As soon as he reaches zero, the fight is over and the referee raises a hand of the winner high into the air, proclaiming the new heavy-weight champion of the world! A...
By Kirk McCarley Feebly clutching the fingers of two of his daughters his time to go was imminent.  Breathing his last, after 93 years he passed into eternity. What is our physical form in heaven?  Do we appear in the image of last remembrance or as a younger man or woman,...

Homemade

By Sean Dietrich It's late. And I wasn’t going to write this, but I have to. Not only for me, but for the good of our children, and our children’s children. No matter how hard it is to address. I’m talking, of course, about the highly controversial issue of homemade...

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