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Happy New Year from Coastal Christian Family! This time of year we hear an awful lot about resolutions and each year I make some of my own. Usually, though, I make them just silently to myself so there’s no one to hold me accountable. It’s so easy to break a promise to myself. You know how it goes, “just one more dessert”, or “I’m just too busy to read my Bible this morning”. But there is one, our Heavenly Father, who has made promises to us that we can count on always. He never lets us down. God’s Word tells us that we can always count on Him. He loves us and knows us better than we know ourselves. He also has a plan for us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 I think a good resolution for the New Year is to daily remember the promises of God and have faith that He works all things to our good, loves us and cares about us. Okay. I actually put that in writing so I’ll have to stick with that one and I encourage you to do the same. Blessings for the New Year,
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CONTENTS Volume 14, Number 1
Departments 3 From the Publisher 7 Senior Scene How is your posture? 8 Church Leaders Captain Davy’s Treasure
On the Cover
Bowden guided Florida State University to more than three hundred victories and two national championships. His passion for football is second only to his passion for leading young athletes to Christ and supporting Fellowship of Christian Athletes. See page 12.
The Safety Net 9 An Encouraging Word Resolutions Rebuilding 10 Hassle Free Zone Smart Goals for an Organized 2014 14 Best Books God of the Gray Areas 15 Healthy Living
12 Called to Coach 6 LeadHer Live
Make Exercise a Part of Your 2014 Resolutions 16 Bargainomics 16 Humor in Holy Places
FEATURES 6 LeadHer Live 9 Resolutions 22 The Sugar Beach A Cappella Chorus
Finding Humor in the New Year 17 Mission Makers Niceville High School Leadership Beachside Community Church 18 Money Matters
Next Issue VALENTINE’S IDEAS THE RETURN OF SPRING
& MUCH MORE!
Dear Dave 19 Kids Korner Superior Vision Time Moves Quickly 20 Coloring Page 21 Calendar/Ad Directory
22 Classifieds/Support Groups
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SPECIAL FEATURE LeadHer Live! There is a group of ladies in Niceville, Fla that comes together twice a month to worship, learn, fellowship and pray together under the organization LeadHer. LeadHer, growing women Godâ€™s way spiritually, practically and relationally, is a national and international organization. Dianne Guthmuller and Monica Atkinson are the local coordinators for LeadHer. Dianne has a passion to see women become godly leaders in the home, workplace, community, and world. They are all denominations such as Assembly of God, Methodist, Baptist and Catholic. Christie Love is the founder and executive director of LeadHer. There are 16 chapters nationwide and LeadHer ministers internationally in five different countries. Believing every woman is a leader, the goal of LeadHer is to help women see themselves through this truth, equip them based on Biblical teaching, and encourage each woman to put hands and feet to her faith and impact the world around her for Christ. Join us February 7-8 in Niceville, FL for a weekend that will change and challenge your faith! Hear great messages from Christie Love and Dianne Guthmuller. Attend the equipping breakout sessions. Experience a powerful encounter with our Heavenly Father during praise time with Out of Darkness! Executive Director Christie Love speaks to a LeadHer event in Opelika, Ala. She will be appearing at LeadHer Live! in Niceville in February.
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S ENIOR SCENE How Is Your Posture? And gentlemen, this question is for you too. Right now as you are reading this, are you slumped over? Caught you, huh? Now try this, go up to a plain wall, no pictures hanging or chair molding. Butt your heels to the wall. Stand straight up. Put your head against the wall. Do your shoulder blades poke out from your back and touch the wall? Are you feeling any pain around your neck and shoulders trying to protrude those blades? You should make one line from a center between your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. “Well, I have bad posture”, you say. How would you like a magic pill to help cure your bad posture and prevent it from worsening? It is out there. First, you agree you have bad posture. With our bad posture, before we take the magic pill, let’s make sure we all know what continues 5 to 10 to 15 years down the aging line, if in fact we get that far. When not standing correctly, muscles are not aligned leading to abnormal pull on the muscles and ligaments. When the small ligaments holding our spine are constantly strained they become near permanently stretched, causing the spine to be fixed in an abnormal position. This leads to scoliosis. Misalignment causes chronic neck and back pain which causes imbalance and strains our equilibrium. With this continual poor posture we are not just leaning over, we are now humped over. Our bones are weaker. Our muscles have turned to drapes because with our weak bones, we are afraid to move much. Stillness sets in. Because of our poor balance and frail body, we fall going to the restroom. We have the hip operation then to therapy. We do okay during therapy and into the following few weeks, but we quit
doing the exercises and become weak and decrepit again. The scenario starts all over but we are too fragile to walk without a walker much less cook, drive or shop. We can’t go home. At this point, we will probably never go home. Holy Cow, who wants that? Here is the preventative magic pill I just mentioned which will keep you healthy and at home. It is tough to swallow and hard to keep taking on a daily basis. But it works. The cure all? Exercise. Consistent aerobic exercise moves our muscles and causes our heart to beat faster. We breathe heavier where our blood absorbs more than normal amounts of oxygen and sends nutrients deep to our body and brain cells. Consequently our muscles rejuvenate healthy energetic productive cells and become stronger. Since our muscles control the chemistry of growth in our bodies, we need to regularly move our muscles to be healthy. Aerobic exercise gives us stronger muscles to support our bones and prop up our joints but the sinews, synovial tissue and bursa sacs, joint goo in laymen’s terms, dries up regardless, as we add years to our lives. We need a magic pill to ‘liquid up’ our joints and make them stronger too. This pill is...lifting weights. The goal here is not to become Arnold Schwarzenegger but simply move all your joints, with resistance. This can be pushing the water back and forth in an aerobics swim class or simply lifting two heavy cans of pork and beans for a number of repetitions every which way. Exercise aerobically and lift weights. These are the two magic pills to keep you standing tall, strong and healthy for the rest of your life as well as give you great posture! — Janet Rich Pittman Director of Marketing/Licensed Dementia Administrator Brookside Retirement Community, 251.776.5999
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C HURCH LEADERS Discovering the Treasures of God’s Word, with….Captain Davy
sessions that the owners gained back did not fill their hearts either for those possessions were soon rotten, spent or stolen again.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Here be what I have found mateys: Laying up treasures in Heaven can’t be beat. Gold and silver will buy ye some fun and some trinkets but those pleasures be soon gone. Do the Lord’s good work like caring for the sick and feeding the poor or telling others about salvation be the only way to store up a hull full of treasures that can never be taken away. Ye see God keeps track of all the good deeds that we be a doing here on earth and He has rewards awaiting us in our Heavenly home and no one can steal them and neither do they rot or fade away.
One thing I learned during me life upon the sea as a Pirate is that ye can take and take and still not have anything of value to fill the holds of yer ship with. Yes, there be many a thief that will also take from ye as you took from others, if ye be a pirate that is. Also the salt air has a way of corroding precious metals and let’s not mention the rats and bugs about the ship that chew up the fine materials and clothes we would heist from the cargo ships sailing from Spain through the Caribbean. Living to pursue the treasures of this earth never turns out good I’ve found. When I turned from me sinful ways and then like that thief on the cross, placed my belief in Jesus as me Savior I decided to become a Privateer. I worked fer those whom had been stolen from to go and acquire back the goods or else the necks of those who had robbed from them. But even in this trade which seemed good and fair I found that again the treasures and pos-
The Safety Net God’s grace – what Brennan Manning defined as the acceptance of being profoundly and forever beloved by God – is a favorite subject of mine, I freely admit as much. I talk about grace, preach about grace, think about grace, and write about grace. I hope to one day actually understand grace. Until that understanding comes, I’ll have to withstand the detractors who find my current knowledge of grace to be inadequate. They deem all my grace-speak as spiritual leniency – it’s far too graceful, I suppose. “You’ve turned the grace of God into nothing but a circus net,” one critic wrote not long ago, “which is a distortion of God’s holiness.” Well, I am trying to understand, but I like the idea of a circus net. I like it a lot – it is a fortunate choice of words. For if I have indeed turned the grace of God into a circus net, it is because I know what it is like to lose my grip and fall. At such times the “net” had better be below me or I am a goner. If you don’t believe me, go visit the Golden Gate Bridge. Constructed during the despair of the Great Depression, it became a California icon that has withstood the elements more than seventy years, and there are few living Americans who remember the San Francisco skyline without that bridge. The roadway of the bridge is about 250 feet above the water. But the suspension towers, at their peak,
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So take to the sea…or yer neighborhood streets and be like Jesus to others by giving a kind word, helping those in need or teaching someone about the treasures of God’s word ! Fair Winds and Following Seas… —Captain Davy Editor’s Note: Captain Davy is better known as Rev. David Duvall of Northbay Baptist Church, Niceville, Fla.
are 750 feet high. Construction at this altitude, along with contrary winds, icy fog, unpredictable weather, and occasional seismic tremors from below, made for one of the most dangerous places to work in the world. With all these factors added into the equation, the project moved at a snail’s pace. That is until the bridge’s chief engineer, Joseph Strauss, installed a gigantic safety net beneath the bridge. By giving the workers an increased sense of security, they progressed far more quickly and efficiently than before. They were so efficient that the project came in at more than $1 million under budget – that’s in Depression era dollars – an outrageous pile of cash for the time. But the greatest savings wasn’t the money. It was the men working on the iron high in the air. Nineteen workers fell into that net during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and every one of them walked away without a scratch. Having cheated death, these workers proclaimed themselves “The Halfway-To-Hell Club,” saved by that miraculous web of safety. But after all, wasn’t that why the net was installed in the first place? To save lives? To catch those who slipped and fell? To reclaim those who would have otherwise stumbled and bumbled their way to disaster? I doubt that anyone in San Francisco at the time was concerned that Strauss’ net was “distorting” the
integrity of the construction process. I am certain that the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers of America did not file a grievance against the Bridge Authority for promoting safer working conditions. And you can bet that the wives, children, and parents of “The HalfwayTo-Hell Club” didn’t protest. They were just happy to have their loved ones come home at the end of the day. So, is this grace? When we slip and fall will we actually be rescued by a soft landing in the catching, loving hands of God? Is God’s grace really a safety net? Yes, that seems to be the exact answer from the Scriptures and human experience. No fall is too far and no loss of grip is too foolish or irresponsible because God’s grace never loses its bounce, and “nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God.” Does this make grace too easy? I don’t know, but until I do, I think I’ll stick with the venerable Charles Spurgeon’s counsel on the matter. “If people do not like the doctrine of grace,” he said, “then give them all the more of it.” Amen. — Ronnie McBrayer Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.
AN E NCOURAGING WORD
"[H]e saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit […]" Titus 3:5 (ESV)
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? According to statisticsbrain.com, the top 5 New Year’s Resolutions (from #5 to #1) are the following: to get healthy and physically fit, to enjoy life as much as possible, to save more and spend less, to get more organized, and (number 1) to lose weight (http://www.statisticbrain.com/ new-years-resolution-statistics/). Although about 45% of Americans make resolutions, only about 8% actually say they achieve their goals. In fact, many people forget all about working toward their resolutions just days after making them! Do any of those resolutions above surprise you? Probably not. Not only do they not surprise me, I think they have actually BEEN my resolutions at one time or another! The funny thing is that just when I think I have one of them under control, another one suffers! We can laugh about these failed goals, and maybe even recycle them next year, but there are issues in most of our lives that don’t fit neatly into the “New Year’s Resolution” category. You know the ones—the ones in which we feel totally unable to fix…the ones that drive us to an unspoken prayer request, to the pastor, to our closest circle of friends, or to our moms and dads and siblings for prayer and advice. These are times when we feel helpless, and the situation seems irreparably broken. Nehemiah was cupbearer to King Artaxerxes I in what is now modern Iran. When visited by one of his brothers, he asked about Jerusalem and the Jews there, who had escaped Babylonian captivity. The news wasn't good. ‘The survivors…are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been destroyed by fire,” (Neh. 1:3). When Nehemiah heard the news, he wept, fasted, and prayed for days. He knew what he had to do, but rebuilding the wall appeared impossible in human terms. The book of Nehemiah details the amazing way that God prepared the way for this seemingly doomed task to be accomplished. We can learn from how Nehemiah faced this apparently insurmountable challenge. He wasn’t deterred by the enormous task of rebuilding an entire wall circling a city! He didn’t give up thinking he did not have the money or leadership for such an undertaking, and he didn’t stop when he got word that they were completely surrounded by enemies planning to attack and destroy what was being rebuilt. He wept, prayed, and fasted. In his supplications, he admitted his and his people’s disobedience and recognized the great and mighty power of God. He motivated the people for the task, set armed watches among those rebuilding the wall, and trusted God to take care of the rest. The job was finished in record time. “So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem; for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God,” (Neh. 6:15-16). When our lives, our “walls” are broken, when the problems we face seem unbearable, or when we feel powerless to fix things, may we remember our God who has always helped us in the past—the Great I Am—who can do anything we can imagine, and so much more.
A popular study that gets trotted out every year around this time is a 2002 study by the Journal of Clinical Psychology, on the subject of New Year’s Resolutions. The study found that less than half (45%) of Americans make resolutions, but of these, few maintain them for long: only 64% keep them through the end of January. That percentage drops to just above a quarter (26%) by the end of June, and their overall success rate is a whopping 8%. When you do the math, that means less than one percent of all Americans ever make a true, lasting change to their habits and routine. Why is this so difficult? Some would suggest the answer is down to discipline. Health club owners, whose enrollment numbers surge and then drop off rapidly during the first month of any given year, would tend to agree with this. Those who stick with the regimen see results and those who don’t… don’t. Others would suggest the secret lies in accountability. A personal trainer can help you shed those unwanted holiday pounds and motivate you when you lack the willpower yourself. Perhaps, though, the problem lies not in the answer, but in the framework of the problem itself. As believers, we are called to examine things differently and think about the answers from Christ’s perspective. From that angle, I can see one glaring problem with the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions, and it is this: Who benefits? If your resolution exists solely to make yourself feel better or satisfy some aspect of your personal pride, I’d suggest you re-evaluate it. The entire point of Christianity is that works alone cannot save. Not only that, works done to promote yourself do not bring glory to God, and that is the single most important thing that we as believers are expected to do. I’m not saying to do away with resolutions altogether. I’m simply suggesting that you readjust their focus. As believers, we have been regenerated and renewed by the Holy Spirit. The number one way that renewal expresses itself is through increased care and concern for others. The 2002 study cited above suggests that care and concern for oneself is rarely motivation enough to follow through on a resolve. That being the case, perhaps the system itself needs tweaking. This year, instead of making a resolution to change something in yourself, why not make true, lasting change by resolving to help someone else? This could be anything from volunteering at a soup kitchen, to teaching a Sunday School class, to simply making yourself available for a suffering or grieving friend. Either way, the point is that instead edifying yourself, you will be edifying others. More importantly, you will be honoring your Heavenly Father and bringing glory to His name. Isn’t it about time you resolved to do that anyway?
“For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) — Dr. Nina King
— Sam Roberts
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HASSLE F REE ZONE Smart Goals for an
Organized 2014 When setting organizational goals for yourself, consider incorporating the acronym SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Using the SMART system helps you narrow down your priorities and achieve your goals. Here are 4 tips to get you started! Organize your time. One of the best things I can recommend to anyone who wants to start organizing their life is to get a good planner! This will help you manage your time, have a place to write down goals and create a plan for achieving them. Time management is the most essential part of organizing your life. You have to get a handle on your time and use proper scheduling to create time for the goals you want to achieve. Planners come in all shapes and sizes. There is no set rule on whatâ€™s best to use. Find one you like and go with it.
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Get rid of excess stuff. Ask for help with letting go and purging the excess in your home. Purging can be an emotional experience. Get a friend or a professional to help you make the tough decisions of what to let go of. Plan ahead and call a local donation company to pick up donations at your home. This helps to keep the items from cluttering your home or tempting you to pull something back out! Get to know yourself. Learn who you are and create systems around your habits. I see failed attempts at organizing due to people not knowing who they are or believing that to be organized they have to change who they are. Spend some time understanding how you function and what your habits are, then you will be able to start putting in place meaningful systems that will create lasting change.
Put your body where your heart is. I recently heard Steven Pressfield speak about this very thing and it made so much sense. If it is in your heart to be more organized, then your body has to be in motion to do just that. Get off the sofa, stop making excuses and put your body in motion to get organized!
â€” Amanda LeBlanc, Organization Specialist
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CALLED TO COACH
Coach Bobby Bowden began playing high school football in Birmingham, Ala. at Woodlawn High School and went on to play quarterback for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. In 1949, Read more about Coach he moved back home to Birmingham, transferred to Howard Bowden’s 55-year College, which is now Samford University, and graduated in 1953. coaching career and his Bowden married his high school sweetheart, Ann Estock, and personal faith in Called together they raised six children. Bowden’s first coaching job was as to Coach: Reflections an assistant football coach and head track and field coach at Howard on Life, Faith and College (now known as Samford University) in Birmingham, Ala. Football, available at from 1954-55. He left there to become Athletic Director and head local booksellers and football, baseball and basketball coach at South Georgia College amazon.com from 1956 to 1958. He then returned to Howard as head coach until 1962. In 1962, Bowden went to Florida State University (FSU) as an assistant coach under Head Coach Bill Peterson. In 1965 Bowden left Florida State to go to West Virginia University as an assistant obby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his eventually becoming head coach. Bowden returned to FSU as head coach in 1976. championship teams. Having coached young men in seven decades, he became the second-winningest coach in major college football Coach Bowden’s interest and passion for coaching history. Bowden guided Florida State was partially about football but most of all about creUniversity to more than three hundred victories, ating character and developing maturity in the young two national championships, twelve Atlantic men he influenced. In his book, Called to Coach, Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in Bowden said, “We won a lot of games at Florida the country in 14 straight seasons, and led the State, but my greatest accomplishments were seeing Seminoles to Bowl Games in 28-consecutive seamy players become good husbands, fathers, and prosons during his 34-year tenure. The patriarch of fessionals” (Bowden and Schlaback, p.19). Bowden college football’s most famous coaching family, had a career long practice of having a team meeting Bowden remains heavily involved in the the night before every game, which began with a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); annually devotional that he usually led. His influence and awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a spiritual leadership touched not only the players but student-athlete for achievement on and off the the assistant coaches and staff as well. Coach Mark field including his conduct as a faith model in the Richt, Head Coach of University of Georgia, was community. Bowden was inducted into the given his first collegiate coaching job by Coach College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his Bowden at Florida State University. Coach Bowden is wife of 61 years, Ann, live in Tallahassee, Fla. the one who led him to the Lord in 1986 after a player had been shot and killed. Coach Bowden held a This short bio paragraph above, provided by team meeting after the murder and explained eterniCoach Bobby Bowden’s management team, ty to the players. Mark Richt went to see him the doesn’t begin to touch all the accomplishments next day, Bowden presented to him the salvation plan and influence Coach Bowden has had on hunand Richt accepted Christ. dreds of student athletes through the years.
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Coach Bowden won two national championships at Florida State, one for the 1993 season and one, pictured here, for the 1999 season. Here, Coach Bowden lifts the crystal football in celebration after defeating Virginia Tech 46-29 in the January 4, 2000 Sugar Bowl.
In Bowden’s book, The Bowden Way, there is a copy of Bowden’s “ThirtyFive Rules.” According to Bowden, these rules have guided his actions since he first became a Division I head coach in 1970. He lists these rules in the conclusion of this book, which he describes as “heavily peppered with my religious convictions, for which I offer no apology”. These rules, as sampled below, gives the reader a glimpse of Bobby Bowden’s beliefs and convictions:
• Fear no man. Fear only God. • Never allow success to make you lax or undisciplined. • Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6 • You do not have because you do not ask. James 4:2
• Depend upon the Lord and He will grant your heart’s desire. Psalms 37:4 • Christ calls us to be servants, not masters. • Why worry. . . when you can pray? • We ask for favors. God gives us opportunities. • Christ as tough-minded but tender-hearted. –William James • If you were being tried in court for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? • Lord, help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomorrow I may have to eat them. Coach Bobby Bowden has seen so many lives changed because of Fellowship of Christian Athletes that he supports it and feels it’s the most important group, second only to the Church. We are blessed to have Coach Bowden speak here on the Emerald Coast on January 10, 2014 at an FCA banquet at Shalimar United Methodist Church. Please contact Michelle Carmical at firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 2170391 on ways you can help support FCA in our area. — Joanna Amunds
Bowden and team meeting President Clinton in 2000, after winning the 1999 championship.
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B EST BOOKS
GOD of the GRAY Areas Life isn't always black and white...but even when you're living in the muddled middle, God wants to shine His light into the events of your life; the mundane, the spectacular- even the dark corners. God of the Gray Areas is a book full of true stories, a fascinating glimpse into one women's life that will reveal how God is at work in your own life. Like a spiritual reality show, it is a grab bag of surprises that will encourage you to come alive to the reality of God's truth- in living color. Jennifer Lopes shares her triumphs, her embarrassments, and her observations of life events, uncovering the comedy, the tragedy and the divine. These simple stories will show you how to hear God speak, how to see through His eyes, whether you are at Disney World, on the ball field, or just learning to love your neighbor. "I have personally cried out in the darkest hours of my own life and I witnessed God use Jennifer's words to speak peace back into my life. I'm the first to recommend her book. It goes great with my morning coffee." Deidre Pujols, Wife of Los Angeles first baseman, Albert Pujols "Jennifer has the ability to deliver a message of forgiveness, love and compassion with a non-stop passion for youth and young adults. God of the Gray Areas brings a message of Purity, Truth, and Justice." Doug Holtzmann, Conference Director, Joyce Meyer Ministries, St. Louis, MO “I have had the distinct pleasure of experiencing Jennifer Lopes’ book,“God of the Gray Areas,”through three different sets of lenses. As a typical reader, I am pleasantly struck by the genuine freshness of Jennifer’s perspective, and I am delighted by the personal relevance of each chapter. As an author, I am in awe of the deft combination of light touch and powerful impact without being “preachy” or obvious. And, as Jennifer’s publisher, I am grateful to be a part of bringing all the life-changing words of “God of the Gray Areas” into the hands and hearts of all who read it. This book carries my highest recommendation.” — Dr. Mark Wyatt, President Wyatt House Publishing
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heart is to get it pumping through aerobic exercise. Now when we get the circulation flowing like that, everything feels and performs better because it is all being fed. Leviticus 17:11 says that the life of the flesh is in the blood. That is just so true. The oxygen, the nutrients, and the helper cells are all in the blood. When you exercise you literally feed every cell of your body. You will notice changes in your skin, your eyesight will improve, your mental clarity will improve, you will sleep better than you have in years, your moods will improve, your bowels will be more regular, your cravings for unhealthy foods will abate, your immune system is boosted for twenty four hours after you exercise, and your overall sense of well being will soar.
Make Exercise a Part of Your 2014 Resolutions Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a clear [unshaken, blameless] conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men. Acts 24:16 [Amplified bible] For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness-in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. Hebrews 12:11 [Amplified Bible]
Discipline Training that corrects, molds, or perfects; to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self control. Exercise is a must for anyone that wants to be at the top of his or her game. There are myriad benefits of physical exercise. We need to do some aerobic exercise. The heart is the only muscle in our bodies that is strengthened by oxygen. We can’t lift a weight with our heart. The only way to increase oxygen to the
Besides aerobic benefit, whatever activity you have chosen will also strengthen your skeletal muscle. You will improve your balance and your posture. You will avoid aches and pains that stem from a weak structural foundation. Prior to exercising you should take time to stretch your muscles. This is so important to keep the muscles limber and to avoid injury during your exercise session. Stretching is something that you can do throughout the day also to get your circulation moving. When you feel sluggish you don’t need a "sugar high" or some caffeine, you just need to get the oxygen flowing, which will be invigorating. Exercise should really be part of your daily lifestyle. Thirty minutes a day of on purpose exercise will make a world of difference in your health and well being. It is ideal to do your exercise about the same time of day everyday, too. Avoid exercising to close to bedtime. Give yourself about three hours before lights out. Just the day when you really don’t feel like exercising is exactly the day when you need to press on and do it! You will find that afterward you are rejuvenated and oh so glad that you pushed yourself to get moving. Not only that, but you accomplished some great spiritual warfare because it was your enemy trying to thwart your healthy lifestyle plan. So try a few things and find out what you enjoy doing. You can walk, run, dance, swim, bike, play tennis, or join a Zumba class. Just get moving! As a side note regarding cardiac health, are you aware that the bacteria in your mouth can cause cardiac disease? Please make it a lifestyle choice to brush, floss, and rinse with a bacteria-killing mouthwash twice daily minimum. — Marilyn R. Smith, CNM, MSN Run the Race Wellness Coaching See Marilyn’s Biblical Perspective on Health continuing in future issues of Coastal Christian Family.
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HOLY P LACES Finding Humor in the New Year
Sophie is four-years-old and Rafe is six; parents- Jason and Lori Boatfield.
With the new year comes challenges, hopes, fears, and stress. Attitude will trump circumstances every time. I encourage you to resolve to maintain a positive attitude for the new year – an attitude of looking for the best in every day, an attitude of happiness, humor, and laughter. Every day we should search for a reason to laugh. Some of my favorite sources of humor are children, family, and church folks. I have friends who are forever posting or telling me about crisis moments with their children and grands which they face with a sense of humor. Following is one such instance:
A grandmother friend of mine found humor in an overheard conversation: We passed the Methodist church with the big rock out front, and this is the conversation we heard from the back seat: Sophie: Wow! What a big rock. Who made it? Rafe: God did. Sophie: With his God-tools??? (so precious) Rafe: No, He just spoke it. (so wise) Laugh today; laugh tomorrow; and find humor every day in 2014. Over the coming year I will include more of these humorous instances that occur everyday to make us laugh. Think on the good things in life as Phil 4:8-9 instructs: Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (The Message) — Barbara Eubanks
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Start shopping. Now’s the time to start a new “occasions list” for all your 2014 gift needs. Make a list of all the people you’ll be buying gifts for this year. Out beside their names, note things like birthday, sizes, etc. Then, anytime you’re out shopping, look for items that will fill these gift needs and note them on your list as you buy them. Store all gifts in a specific location (I have a designated gift closet) and label the bags with the recipients’ names. I’ve heard from countless people who’ve told me they buy better gifts and spend around 75 percent less by shopping ahead and catching the best deals. Too, they spread the expense over the entire year, enabling them to stick with cash spending.
Plan & Cook Ahead Easy corn chowder. You’ll need: (A) 6 slices of bacon; (B) 1 medium onion, chopped; (C) 3 medium potatoes, peeled & cubed; (D) ½ cup of water; (E) 2 cups of milk; (F) 1 can (16-oz.) of cream style corn; (G) ½ tsp. of salt; (H) ½ - 1 tsp. of black pepper; and (I) 1 tbsp. of margarine. On a thick layer of paper towels and with one more as cover, microwave the bacon until crispy. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté the onion in margarine until tender – if you cook the bacon in a skillet, use 1 tbsp. of bacon drippings. Add the potatoes and water; cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the milk, corn, salt and pepper. Simmer until piping hot, stirring often. Crumble the bacon & sprinkle a little into each bowl as you dip up each serving. Optional: add grated cheese and/or chopped green onion to each bowl. Knock out your debts. Make 2014 your debt-free year. No, you probably can’t pay off all your debts this year, but you can start making a dent in the ones you already owe, and you can commit not to make any new debts. Begin with your lowest balance credit card and start paying each month as much as you possibly can toward this one debt. This way, instead of scattering extra payments to a number of creditors, you focus on one until it’s completely eliminated – you’ll love making that final payment! As soon as that debt is paid in full, move to the next lowest balance. And keep it up. Each time you wipe out a debt, you’ll feel great and you’ll be ready to tackle the next one. Closing thoughts. “Owe nothing to anyone – except for your obligation to love one another” (Romans 12:8a, NLT). Of all people on this planet, believers should be the ones who are the best money managers – after all, it’s God’s money, His blessings, that have been entrusted to us. Make a commitment to be the best possible manager of all He’s entrusted you in 2014. Judy Woodward Bates is an author, speaker, and TV personality. Look for Bargainomics on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also follow Judy on her website, www.Bargainomics.com and blog, www.Bargainomics.blogspot.com.
MISSION MAKERS Beachside Community Church Donates Food/Funds to CIC Children Beachside Community Church of Fort Walton Beach helped the kids of Children in Crisis this week by having a food drive and fundraiser. Thanks to the generous donations from the members, the kids living at the CIC Neighborhood will have a little extra this year to make Christmas special. Along with the 1,400 pounds of food, the membership presented a check to CIC for $4,000 to help provide a home and care for the more than 100 children that will call CIC home in 2014. According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our children in need with a safe home, food, clothing and a BIG SMILE! The donation truly makes a difference and we are very thankful.”Additionally, the membership of Beachside Community Church has committed to provide church volunteers to take care of the CIC neighborhood yard maintenance the first Saturday of each month for 2014.
Members of Beachside Community Church of Ft. Walton Beach donated 1,400 pounds of food and a check for $4,000 to help provide a home and care for over 100 children that will call the CIC Neighborhood home in 2014. Photo left to right: Kay Brooks, Beachside Lead Pastor, Shaun Ellis, Morgan Shelley, Beachside Service Director, Isaac Bloxson, CIC President & CEO, Ken Hair, Beachside Food Drive Coordinator, Ted Randall and Craig McCarthy.
Children in Crisis, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit charity of caring people working together to provide homes and establish hope to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of our community. Since 2008, CIC has provided a home, care and love to over 400 at-risk children. To learn more about Children in Crisis call 850-864-4242 or visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org.
April Melohn, (L) and Kesha Taylor, (R), representing the Niceville High School Leadership Group present blankets for the children living at Children in Crisis to Ken Hair, CIC President/CEO.
Niceville High School Leadership Group Donates Blankets to CIC The Niceville High School Leadership Group helped the kids of Children in Crisis by donating blankets to all the children living at the CIC Neighborhood. Thanks to their generous donations the kids and teens at the Children’s Neighborhood will have a warm blanket to enjoy throughout the Holiday Season. The mission of Niceville HS Leadership Group is to create an awareness and self-actualization of students and develop leadership experience. They seek to recognize opportunities for excelling while supporting the community and worthy causes.
Members of the Niceville High School Leadership Group donate blankets for the children living at Children in Crisis, left to right: Kesha Taylor, April Melohn, Caitlyn Heart, Helene Masone, Jennifer Fenger Kaleigh Marker, Bailee Giana, lauren Rhodes, and Jessi Miceli.
use due to our constant flow of children in need of a safe, loving home. The donation truly made a difference and we are very thankful.” Children in Crisis, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit charity of caring people working together to provide homes and establish hope to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of our community. The Children’s Neighborhood is a beautiful facility, built by the generous support of our community. To learn more about Children in Crisis call 850-864-4242 or visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org.
According to Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO, “The donation helped provide our at-risk kids with blankets many times not available for everyday
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MONEY MATTERS F INANCIAL STRAIGHT TALK WITH DAVE R AMSEY Dear Dave, We’ve been supporting our son while he’s in college. He just finished his sophomore year, but he told us the other day he has dropped out of school and isn’t going back. He’s been playing in a band on weekends, and he has this vague idea of becoming a musician. We don’t think this is a good idea, but we still want to be supportive ... just not too supportive. We want him to be financially independent, as well. How should we handle this? — Karen Dear Karen, This kid is about to have some problems. Not only has he made a bad decision, but he should have consulted with you guys before he quit school. He owed you that much if you were supporting him this whole time. In my opinion, you and your husband have one job
right now. That job is to stand back and let life happen to this kid. If he thinks he’s a man, let him go out and prove it. Wish him the best and tell him you hope he becomes the rich and famous rock star he wants to be. But make sure he understands you’re not going to support him financially when he’s doing something you both feel is a bad idea. The First National Bank of Mom and Dad is officially closed! Understand that I’m not suggesting you turn your backs on this guy. Let him know how much you both love him and that you’ll be praying for him. Invite him over for dinner once in a while, stay in touch, and make sure he knows that family deals like Thanksgiving and Christmas are still business as usual. However, as far as paying for his rent, utilities, gas, food and cell phone bill? That stuff ’s not happening. This may sound tough, but it was his decision. In the end, let him know you’ll be there to help just like before if he wises up and decides to finish school. But until then? Little boy, you signed up for this trip! —Dave
Dear Dave, What do you think about using an online bank for my emergency fund? — Raphael Dear Raphael, It’s not a bad idea at all, as long as you can easily check out the institution’s reputation and stability. There are lots of financial scams online, so you want to do some research and make sure they’re a reputable and trustworthy organization. Due diligence is the key, Raphael. There are reliable household names that are online banks, but you can’t just assume the group you’re dealing with online is made up of honest, stand-up folks any more than you can with a traditional brick-and-mortar bank. Make sure you take your time and know exactly what you’re getting into before going into business with them. Remember, it’s not as simple with an online bank as just walking in the door to get your money back if something goes wrong! —Dave
Dave Ramsey, Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com
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KIDS KORNER Time Moves Quickly —How Will You Use Yours in 2014? A new year has arrived—2014. How will you use the hours and minutes given to you in the months ahead? Sometimes we think we have “all the time in the world” so we put things off; we procrastinate. Sometimes we don’t ever accomplish what we had intended. Let’s think about time. It’s a short word, but it has a variety of meanings. Time could indicate your list of New Year’s resolutions, and when you plan to complete each item on your list. Time could be what you desire to put into your job or schoolwork during the New Year. Time could be how much you want to invest in others around you—those in need, those you want to build a new relationship with; those close members of your family; those who you call your good friends. Time means different things to different people. You have to decide what is most important to you and how your time can best be utilized.
others. Organize so that part of your time is used to accomplish things that are really important to you. This will bring about a good feeling of selfworth, raise your self esteem, make others proud of you, and when your 8,760 hours of 2014 come to an end, you’ll look back and feel a sense of accomplishment. So get busy thinking and planning and jump into 2014 with enthusiasm and excitement. Some of the hours are already gone, so make all those left really count! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Prayer: Dear God, Help us make the most of 2014. Lead, guide and direct us in all that we do and help us be pleasing in your sight in the way we use our time. — Alice Duckett
Did you ever stop to think about how much time makes up a year? At 365 days with 24 hours a day, just multiply, and you get 8,760 hours. Of course, part of this time will be used for sleeping, but there’s still a lot of time to utilize. Make it count, use it wisely, plan to spend part of your time helping
Superior Vision BIBLE TRUTH God sees all sin, in all places, at all times. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13, New International Version (NIV)
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right eye observes, and what your left eye observes, and putting the images together to create a picture. This confuses your brain and creates a picture with a hole in your hand. BIBLE CONNECTION While the hole in your hand was an illusion created because your brain was confused, no illusion created by man or woman can hide sin from God. — Jason Lindsey
INGREDIENTS Toilet Paper Tube INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Using your right hand, hold the toilet paper tube against your right eye, so you can see through the tube. STEP 2: Keep both eyes open and focus on any object in the room. STEP 3: Hold your left hand in front of your face, with your palm facing your left eye. Place the edge of your left hand, the pinkie-finger side, so it is touching near the end of the toilet paper tube and observe. EXPLANATION As you peek through the toilet paper tube, a hole appears in your left hand. This is an optical illusion caused by your brain taking what your
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University of Notre Dame Folk Choir St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 7 p.m. Free
Linda Gentille in Concert Ft. Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 7:30pm Known as the "Piano Princess" and the "Female Liberace". Advance tickets: Adults $25 (day of show $30) Students & children under 18 $10 (day of show $15). www.emeraldcoastconcerts.org (850) 362-9356
Charlotte’s Web National Tour Children’s Series, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida College, Tickets available for 11:30 a.m. $6www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
January 11 Northwest Florida Ballet New Year’s Resolution 5k/10k Run and Walk Ft. Walton Beach Landing, 9:00 a.m., sameday registration from 7:30 – 8:30, www.nfbrun.com to register, closes on Jan 10th (no refunds). January 11 Pensacola Symphony Orchestra “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” 8 p.m., Pensacola Saenger, 118 S. Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL (850) 595-3880
11th Annual Gulf Coast Bridal Faire Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1:005:00pm, www.FloridaDreamWeddings.com Admission: $10, box office opens at noon. January 19 Pirates Flotilla Boat Parade Begins at Holiday Harbor Marina, Perdido Key, FL 32507, 850-492-4660
Fire on Ice World Championship Ice Racing Pensacola Bay Center 7:30 p.m., 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola, FL (850) 432-0800
January 21 Jim Stafford & Moe Brandy Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida College, Tickets: $45, $35 & $25 Box Office. (850) 729-6000 , Online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
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COMING IN FEBRUARY February 12 Glenn Miller Orchestra Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida College, $20 Tickets; 7:30 p.m. Benefits Niceville High School Band www.mattiekellyartscenter.org February 14 Peter, Paul & Mary “Alive” Emerald Coast Convention Center 7:30 p.m., www.emeraldcoastconcerts.com (85) 362-9356, Advance tickets: adults $30 ($35 at the door), Students and children under 18 $10 ($15 at the door).
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Bring it On National Tour Broadway Series, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida College, Tickets $40 (850) 729-6000 www.mattiekellyartscenter.org
CAF AirPower History Tour 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Pensacola International Airport, 4142 Jerry L Maygarden Road, Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 413-4100 phone, Admission: Adults $10, Children age 10-17 $5, Children under 10 free
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The Sugar Beach A Cappella Chorus Under the direction of Jeff Beuhler, the chorus is composed of over 35 active members from Florala, Al to Destin. The Chorus will begin a new Song Package starting Monday, January 13 at the Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 Partin Dr. from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The Sugar Beach A Cappella Chorus is open to all ladies over 13 who love to sing a cappella and barbershop harmony. For more info please call Jennifer at 652-3279 or go to www.sugarbeachacappellachorus.com
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S UPPORT G ROUPS Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a fellowship available to anyone in the community who may be suffering from overeating, food obsession, under-eating, or bulimia. Everyone is welcome, including those who are concerned about someone who may be suffering. FA is a non-profit Twelve Step fellowship based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). There are no dues or fees for members. Meetings on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 28 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information call 850-259-0980 or visit foodaddicts.org. Bi-Polar, Depression Support Group, Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., St. Simon’s Church, Fort Walton Beach, FL Peer to Peer Support Group, Wednesday 3:00 p.m. once a month. Call (850) 244-1040 for actual dates. Location: Mental Health Association Building, 571 Mooney Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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Brain Injury, Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 862-4169
GBUMC MOPS, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL (850) 916-1660
MOPS Groups Mary Esther MOPS, 2nd and 4th Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 703 E. Miracle Strip Parkway, Mary Esther, FL (850) 243-7595 Cinco Baptist MOPS, 1st Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Cinco Baptist Church, 26 Yacht Club Drive, NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 243-7656 Shalimar MOPS, 2nd and 4th Thursday at 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, FL (850) 651-0721 First Baptist Navarre MOPS, 2nd and 4th Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 9302 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL (850) 939-5424
First Baptist Church MOPS, 2nd and 4th Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, FL (850) 729-6913. Celebrate Recovery, Fridays Niceville United Methodist Church, Niceville, Florida, Dinner 5:45 pm. Program 6:30 p.m. For information call (850) 678-4411, ext. 146 Celebrate Recovery, Tuesdays, Mary Esther United Methodist Church, Mary Esther, FL, 5:45 Dinner, Program 6:30 p.m. For information call (850) 243-7595 Divorce Care, Village Baptist Church, Destin, Florida, Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., Room 2209. Call (850) 837-8107
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