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Ricky Powell
Jacksonville, FL
I have served as the Senior 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, vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Here is a brief explanation of the Fort Caroline Baptist Church logo. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
“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 Life Matters
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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 Life Matters
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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Christian, has it been a while since you gathered with other believers for worship? It is so easy to get out of the habit of assembling with God's people? We get busy. Sometimes we stop coming because people have hurt... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Life Matters
I am trying to take a couple of days to be alone and prepare my heart for Sunday. I want to make sure I proclaim the message God wants, and in the way He wants. Please pray for me as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Life Matters
As you know, Resurrection Sunday is just around the corner. We are getting ready for company at church! We are trusting God for a record number of first-time guests to join us on Easter Sunday. We are also encouraging every... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Life Matters
Dr. Douglas Groothuis is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary and teaches philosophy at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has written an excellent book titled, "Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case For Biblical Faith." In chapter four he discusses the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Life Matters
It is only 8 miles from Naval Station Mayport to Fort Caroline Baptist Church! We already have many sailors and their families who attend our church. We would love to have you try us out if you are looking for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Life Matters
I love that our church is filled with people who value the mission of the Gospel more important than the changing methods of how we do church. You guys are some of the most unselfish people in the world. You... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Life Matters
“I feel like something is missing from my prayer life.” “I often feel ineffective in reaching God through prayer.” “Sometimes my prayers seem cold and lifeless.” "I pray, but God does not always answer my prayers." “There are times that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Life Matters
True believers want others to come to faith in Christ. The problem is we often overlook this simple tool of investing in relationships with other people and inviting them to church to meet Jesus. When we invite people to our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Life Matters
Spring is a wonderful time to invite your family and friends to a worship experience at Fort Caroline Baptist Church. More people are open to an invitation from someone they know at this time of the year. With Easter coming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Life Matters