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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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I am blessed to have a group of prayer partners who lift me and our congregation up in prayer during the Sunday worship service. I shared with them seven ways they can pray for me. I would be blessed if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
I preached a message last week at Ousley Baptist Church in Valdosta about the kind of members every church needs. The message is a character study of Barnabas from the Book of Acts. I will post the outline and Scriptures... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Thank you for the comments, Bruce.
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The Barna Research Group just released a study of the top 100 post-Christian cities in America. Sadly, Jacksonville made the list at number 74. Barna introduces the results of their survey this way: It may come as no surprise that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Some say the defining characteristic of Christians is a cross. Others say it is a certain style of worship music. Some say it is a denominational name. What did Jesus say? "By this all people will know that you are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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 Jun 23, 2017 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