Hebrews 1:1-2 declares “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it.”

It was a Sunday morning, in the early 90’s I believe, that an older gentleman, who was not from this area, spoke in our church and began to describe an encounter he had with God. He spoke of how he had stood on the old West Bay bridge on Highway 79 the day before praying that he began to hear the word of the Lord concerning the future of the West end of our beach. This was long before the talk of any airport, long before Pier Park or the explosive growth that has recently hit this part of our community.

On that particular Sunday morning he shared how the growth of Bay County in the next 10 to 15 years would explode in and around the West Bay area. With more detail than I can remember he vividly described what we are currently seeing and have yet to see take place on Panama City Beach. Of the 300 or so people that were in the church that day, I’m sure many heard the words of that gentleman, as I did. As for me, it was the beginning of a resounding call in my heart to prepare for those lives that God would bring to this part of Bay County.

We truly believe that God wants to change the identity of this area, not just economically, though that is part of it, but spiritually, to a place where people come to celebrate true life found in Christ. We began with Hebrews 1 that declares God speaks through His Son (the call), God promises through His Son (the inheritance), and God establishes through His Son (the possession). In 2008, the Word of the Lord for us, is to posses the land that has been given to us as an inheritance. We ask you to prayerfully consider joining us as we fulfill this great call.

Dr. John and Wendy Cook