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Ricky Powell
Jacksonville, FL
I have served as the Senior Pastor of Fort Caroline Baptist Church (www.fcbcjax.com) 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, vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Hey Church Family! Easter is just a few days away! Can I count on your help in making it the best Resurrection Sunday ever at FCBC? Be a Bringer. This is an awesome opportunity to invite people to one of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pastor Ricky Powell
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Alexander, Scott. Rhinoceros Success: The Secret to Charging Full Speed toward Every Opportunity. Brentwood, TN: Lampo, 2011. Print. Burg, Bob, and John Mann David. The Go-giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea. NY, NY: Portfolio, 2007. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pastor Ricky Powell
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Last Sunday we gave away “invite” cards for you to use as you reach out to your family and friends with an invitation to one of our three Easter services. Together, we can give people in our community a personal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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I am guilty. You would think that a pastor would not be guilty of such an obvious dereliction of duty, but preachers are people, too. We don't always practice what we preach. What am I guilty of? Well, I don't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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Did you miss last Sunday's kick-off message for the series, "The Gospel?" Do you want to hear it again? Then here it is! Click the link below for the audio message. I have also posted the Scripture passage I preached... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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Here is a brief explanation of the Fort Caroline Baptist Church logo. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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I have been meditating on the quote below from John R. W. Stott about human suffering. It has comforted me to be reminded that when we suffer, we do not face it alone. Christ knows, Christ sympathizes, and Christ is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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Batts, Michael E. Board Member Orientation: The Concise and Complete Guide to Nonprofit Board Service. Atlanta, Ga: Accountability Press in Cooperation with Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, 2011. Our congregation has a board of trustees which oversees the legal affairs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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“We envision a church where unchurched people love to attend. Our mission is to help people love God, love others, and serve the world. We do this by creating environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue, intimacy with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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Colson, Charles W., and Nancy Pearcey. Developing a Christian Worldview of the Problem of Evil. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 2001. Print. This book is based on the best selling book, How Now Shall We Live? It is the second of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Over the last few weeks, our church Finance Team has considered selling one of our church buses. We rarely need both buses at the same time. Plus, we needed to upgrade to newer buses designed for our needs when traveling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
My friend, Geoff Shattock, wrote a moving tribute to my late father-in-law, Sam Jacobs. My emotions would not permit me to read this at the service today, so I share it here. For Sam It’s not easy to be a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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The faithfulness of a church is not measured in how many ministry visits a pastor makes, but in how many people he equips for ministry. "Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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A couple of weeks ago I asked our members to write a note of appreciation to the person who led them to faith in Jesus. Even if they could not mail it, I wanted them to be reminded of how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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I attended the funeral service of a pastor's wife today. I wanted to show my support for my fellow pastor and his family. His wife had suffered for many years, but that does not lessen the grief. I cannot imagine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
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1. It identifies you as a genuine believer. “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV) “…in the same way we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Great wisdom, Rusty! Thanks for your comments.
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On my "day off" today I will prepare a funeral sermon. This is the 8th death I've dealt with in four weeks. From suicide to an accident victim, senior adults to young people, expected and tragically sudden, it has been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Thank you, Khyla for your thoughtful comments. I commend you for your rededication to Christ! As to why most Christians have always worshiped on Sunday, the Lord's Day, instead of the Jewish Sabbath, I would point you to the article below from the book, "The Great Doctrines of the Bible," by Evans and Coder. They explain that Sunday became the day of worship for the followers of Jesus as a way to commemorate His resurrection, as well as to remember the Day of Pentecost as recorded in the Book of Acts. As you read Scripture you find the church worshiping, preaching, collecting offerings, observing the Lord's Supper and baptism on Sunday. Our church's doctrinal statements about the Lord's Day states: "The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ." Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10. Khyla, as believers, Christ has fulfilled the demands of the Law. I believe good, sincere Christians can disagree on this issue. But we should be careful not to judge others. “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:16–17. Here is the article I mentioned. Again, thank you for your comments! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Sabbath was made known to Israel and made a commandment at the giving of the law, Ex. 20:9–11; Deut. 5:15; Neh. 9:13, 14. The word first appears in Scripture in Ex. 16:23. The Lord’s day began to be observed by common consent in apostolic days, Acts 20:7. The Sabbath was a sign between God and the Jews, Ezek. 20:10–12. It was never given to the Gentiles or to the church. The Lord’s day commemorates the resurrection of Christ, Psa. 118:22–24; Luke 24:1–3, 33–36. Rest and inactivity characterized the Sabbath, with the death penalty imposed for breaking its laws, Ex. 35:2; Num. 15:32–36. The nation went into captivity for disregarding it, Lev. 26:33–36; 2 Chr. 36:20, 21. For the church, the Lord’s day is a time of Christian activity, rejoicing, and worship. Each day belongs to a different age. The Sabbath was in force from Moses until the law was done away in Christ, Rom. 7:6; 10:4. Its cessation is predicted in Hos. 2:11, its restoration is mentioned in Ezek. 46:1; Matt. 24:20. The Lord’s day began in apostolic times and will be observed until the Lord returns, 1 Cor. 11:26. The epistles mention the Sabbath only in Col. 2:16, 17. They do not list Sabbath-breaking as a sin. The expression “Christian sabbath” is not taken from the Bible.
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