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Ricky Powell
Jacksonville, FL
I have served as the Lead Pastor of Fort Caroline Baptist Church ( in Jacksonville, FL since 1996.
Interests: Family time, reading, cars, hanging out with friends, yard work, and laughter. I am a Christ-follower. I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world and we have three precious children. I enjoy fishing and vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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If a non-doctrinal church practice or tradition is more of a barrier than a bridge to reaching the lost, then it's time to do away with it. “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pastor Ricky Powell
We serve a Savior who died to his preferences for the souls of other people. Are we willing to do the same? Or has the church become consumer-centric where the most important things are what we get out of it... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
We received some sweet thank you notes from the children of Mayport Elementary Coastal Sciences Academy for providing snowcones at their 20th annual vehicle/career fair. The staff and volunteers of Fort Caroline Baptist Church had a wonderful time doing it,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Our church was asked by Mayport Elementary School if we could provide snow-cones for their career day. We were thrilled to help. We served over 500 snow-cones! The kids and adults loved it, and we had fun doing it. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Yesterday I preached about the importance of protecting our marriages from the devastating effects of adultery. You can listen to the message HERE. I thought it might be helpful to post my sermon outline, as well. You will find it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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Feb 14, 2017
Valentine's Day reminds us of the importance of romance. Romance as a verb is defined as wooing or pursuing someone in order to win their affection. Our wives desire to be romanced. They long to be longed for and cherished... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Yesterday I preached about communication in marriage. You can listen to the message HERE. I have provided my sermon outline below. I hope the message is helpful to you! Be sure to leave me a comment below and let me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Billy, thank you for the great insight. I think you are correct that we do not need to go into "fix it" mode. Sometimes our partner just wants to be heard and understood. Bless you, sir.
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Tomorrow I will share a message about, "Three Keys For Successful Communication In Marriage." The three keys I will share are the ones Donna and I have tried to practice throughout our marriage. We have not always used these successfully... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Of all the wonderful wedding gifts Donna and I received when we married twenty-six years ago, she is the greatest. I am so grateful God brought her into my life. She is my gift from God. Your spouse is your... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
In yesterday’s sermon, I talked about the importance of teamwork in marriage. There seemed to be a consensus that teamwork is absolutely essential to a successful marriage. "Teamwork makes the dream work." However, most of us recognize that teamwork is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Dear Deacons, I thank the Lord for you and for your family. I trust that you are off to a great 2017! I just want to give you a quick word of encouragement as you serve the Lord in this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment, Archbishop Miner. My point is that there is no biblically prescribed dress code for Christians in the New Testament. If I have missed it, please refer me to it. Other than being modestly dressed I believe Christians are free in the Spirit of God. It is legalistic to insist on imposing a man-made tradition over the teaching of Scripture. However, I believe each believer is bound to follow their conscience as they feel it is informed by the word of God and the Spirit of God. Ricky Powell, Sent from my iPhone
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Thank you for the clarification and background information, Wayne! Blessings!
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Lari, I regret that I do not know where they purchased the orchestration. I am not a member of this choir. God bless you as you serve the Lord.
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Lyall, thank you for your comments. I think you summarize the issue nicely. God bless you, sir for your ministry! Blessings, Ricky Powell, Senior Pastor Fort Caroline Baptist Church 11428 McCormick Rd Jacksonville FL 32225 (904) 642-2288 ext. 14 (904) 642-8694 FAX Blog: The information contained in this communication may be confidential, is intended only for the use of the recipient(s) named above, and may be legally privileged. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication, or any of its contents, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please return it to the sender immediately.
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Willie & Tameshia from I N T E R S E C T I O N on Vimeo. Register for Financial Peace University at Fort Caroline Baptist Church HERE. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Pastor Ricky Powell
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching by Dave Ramsey, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Fort Caroline Baptist Church exists to help people love God, love others, and serve the world. Every single penny given helps fund our ministries to people. Weekly, people are discovering freedom from life’s hurts, habits & hang-ups through Celebrate Recovery.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Approximately 70% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. The average American household is spending $1.26 for every dollar they earn. Financial stress is one of the leading causes of marriage problems and divorce. Approximately 70% of the average congregation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Our church is moving to close the gap between pulpit and pew, between the worship place and the work place, by founding a center for faith and work at Fort Caroline Baptist Church. Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 22, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
A pastor will face many challenges and demands as he serves the local congregation. He will be expected to prepare and preach weekly sermons, conduct weddings and funerals, make hospital visits, organize outreach efforts, raise funds for ministry, manage conflict... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Thank you for your comments. I can't speak for other churches, but here is what guides me at our church. I wholeheartedly agree that the church must not preach a man-centered Gospel. However, I am sure some people might define that term differently. For example, at our church, we believe that worship is the activity of believers. But we can be sensitive to the lost who are in our midst by seeking to present the Gospel in a way they understand. This is possible without compromising the message or doctrine of the church. The way believers are to be different is in our holiness, love for God, and love for others. Some Christians think anything outside of their traditional style of worship or attire is compromising with the world, but I disagree. The Scriptures do not tell us there is only one style of music God accepts or one style of clothing that God accepts. Styles and methods have always changed with culture. This is why we no longer meet in house-churches for the most part, sing Gregorian Chants in worship, make women cover their heads, or have men and women separated in the church service. There was a day when many churches viewed the organ or other musical instruments as worldly and unfit for use in worship. There was a day when the congregation was not allowed to sing hymns in worship. There was a day when many of our favorite Southern Gospel songs were considered inappropriate for worship services. But all of that was based on preferences and tradition, not Scripture. Our church has decided that we will live as missionaries in our culture by relating to the lost where they are so we can communicate the Gospel. This is what missionaries do all over the world. They learn the language of their host culture, they adopt neutral dress styles like the people they want to reach, they use music that matches the culture, and they preach the Gospel in the heart-language of the culture. Adoniram Judson did not see his first Burmese convert until he got out of his Western style of mission work and became like the Burmese people. This is also what J. Hudson Taylor and Lottie Mood did as they reached the Chinese people. Of course, the greatest missionary who ever lived was the Son of God. He contextualized the love of God by becoming man, living as one of us, with us, and for us. He looked like us, and dressed like the common Jewish man of His day. He spoke their language, used illustrations that the common man could understand, and relate to. He called sinners to repentance. His harshest words were reserved for the religious leaders of the day who imposed their man-made religious traditions and laws on people who were far from God. This does not mean that the service has to be only for the lost, although many of the great evangelistic sermons in history were preached in a church setting, i.e., Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. It simply means that in we do not allow biblically neutral things like styles stand as barriers or hinderances to those who are lost. Here are a few passages of Scripture that have helped me in my thinking. “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:19–23, ESV) “Therefore, if the whole church assembles together and all are speaking in other languages and people who are uninformed or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all are prophesying and some unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convicted by all and is judged by all. The secrets of his heart will be revealed, and as a result he will fall facedown and worship God, proclaiming, “God is really among you.”” (1 Corinthians 14:23–25, HCSB) ““It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” (Acts 15:19, NIV84) “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Mark 10:45, NIV84)
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