Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Underscore

What do you desire more than anything else? How we answer this question is quite telling because it will determine every other facet of our lives. If we desire money, we will spend our days working, investing, and (sometimes) cheating our way to the quickest dollar. If we desire to...

Growing old gracefully has its challenges. With age comes the realization of how physically close we might be to the Kingdom of God. In a very real sense we stand on the brink of eternity. But we should also understand that the final heartbeat is not an end—but a grand...

What defines human life? The moment of conception? DNA? A heart beat? Birth? Science tells us that at the moment of conception a distinctly, unique DNA is established when the egg is fertilized and from that moment on every cell of the baby is distinct and unique to him while...

Revelation 5:9-10 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our...

Over the course of time, the athletic arena has gripped our culture in many ways. Not only in the United States but internationally as well. The one thing I have learned in over 20 years of athletics is the power of this platform. Many times I’ve seen tens of thousands...

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy structure, order, and most importantly, details. I want to know who, what, when, where, why and how – and I’ve come to understand that by having concrete answers to ALL of these questions, I am able to plan, prepare and establish order in...

I loved growing up in a very large extended family -- lots of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Being from a small agricultural community it seemed that I was kin to almost everyone in the county in some way.  While it was wonderful to grow up in such a wonderful family,...

"Uncle Sam Wants You!"   Many are familiar with the old recruiting slogan from years past.  Many adhered to its call and enlisted to serve in the nation's military.  Like those who have volunteered to serve, each of us has been enlisted into the Army of God when we made a...

It is increasingly difficult to draw a line of distinction between sacred and secular. There are “Christian” songs that never mention Jesus - “Christian” movies with blood and guts. And yet there are “Secular” movies with soaring redemptive themes. How do we honor Christ, and build the Kingdom utilizing Arts...

Have you done any gardening lately? If you have then you will remember having a slightly sore body from leaning over and perhaps the frustration of your veggies being eaten by bugs and other invaders along with constant weeds.  Sound like a curse you have read about in Genesis? It...

Scripture tells us that the Lord has entrusted us with and we will be accountable for three areas of our lives, our money, our time and our children.  The attack of Satan on families today hits fathers in all three of these areas. What will be the legacy that you...

On this day, our emphasis is to seek God on behalf of depressed people. Here are some important things to remember about depression… It's not a character defect, a spiritual disorder, or an emotional dysfunction. And chief of all, it's not a choice. Asking someone to “try” not being...

When we think of substance abuse we tend to think of the drug addict on the street or the alcoholic who is living in a shelter. This is certainly part of the picture but it is not the entire picture. The wide-spread abuse and misuse of substance, both legal and...

  “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:11 I can think of no better way to describe this current, youth generation than to say that they’re starved for authentic relationships.  Students are more connected through technology and social media than...

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10   Have you lost a job or do you know someone who has?  If you answered yes you are part of a large group.  Estimates state that in...

  President John Adams said that America is “A government of laws, and not of men.”  Hand in hand with the importance of laws to our society is the people who are charged with the responsibility of enforcing, applying and interpreting those laws. It is the role of Law Enforcement Officers (Police,...

Jack Cochise is a Native American whose church home is Idlewild. Below he shares his hope in Christ through his journey with cancer and concludes with his heart-felt prayer requests for Native Americans.   “For those of you who don’t really know me, hopefully you will have a better understand of my...

Please pray for our church to reach and disciple men of all ages.  In today’s culture men face many difficult areas of life. In this fast paced life many men are on the “run”.  Many men experience isolation and fears, thinking they must go it alone.   Many families suffer because...

Knowledge is the accumulation of facts.  Wisdom is the ability to take those facts and apply them to everyday situations. James 3:13-18 tells us that there are two kinds of wisdom, False or Man’s Wisdom and True or God’s Wisdom.  We all need wisdom, especially a Christian business leader when trying...

The desire of our Pastor and people of Idlewild is to daily become a church with the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. An important aspect of His compassion is towards orphans. The Scripture that best represents His heart for orphans is found in James 1:27, “This is pure and...

God’s word says “but let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no,’ no.”  Matthew 5:37 NKJV Clearly our Lord values clarity, honesty, certainty. He never intended man to spin, to omit, to shade, disguise or make opaque what we say to each other. Rather, He wants all of our speech to...

America has arguably become the most politically divided country on earth. The division among her people is clearly evident from the school house all the way up to the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government. Paul instructed us in Romans 13:1 that when it comes to the various...

Years ago there was a slogan used by our government to encourage people to join the Peace Corps, which is a volunteer program run by the United States government that helps people outside our country to understand American culture in the areas of social and economic development. That slogan said...

It’s all around us. It’s closer than you may think. Disability may be “out there,” not yet having impacted your life personally, or it may have hit your family square in the face. It sends us reeling when it hits. It can make us uncomfortable when we see it. When...

Around the country today millions of college students will enter a classroom designed to impart wisdom and knowledge. Professors will explain how and why we should learn more, and grow our intellect. The students will dream about the day they will receive their diploma and move on to the next...

Being Correctional Chaplains now for many years, some things became very apparent to us. The first being that there is no discrimination when it comes to those affected by incarceration, there are young people, old people, middle age people… there are men, women and juveniles… poor people, rich people and...

1 Peter 5:2a encourages the elders of the church to “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…” What a tremendous calling; to shepherd God’s flock! Every member of the church should shepherd others. You may shepherd new believers, the sick, a group you lead or teach, as...

Imagine spending days or weeks traveling to Turkey with your wife and children. It is cold, many times there is not enough food, many times you do not have warm clothes, gloves or hats, many times you are sleeping on the ground in very cold temperatures. You are shunned by...

The prophet Isaiah spoke God's message to the people regarding their attitude toward the poor in their midst: "This is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains...

11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherdsc and teachers,d 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature...

Doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, and technicians are healthcare professionals that face many challenges as they care for the sick and broken in an ever-changing and multifaceted system.  They face pressure to survive financially and professionally due to constant demands of new requirements and regulations and rapidly evolving technology and knowledge. ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "The man (or woman) who can make hard things easy is the educator.” Educators do the hard work of preparing themselves for years before they impart knowledge to their students. They study with diligence and one day earn the privilege to educate the next generation....

“When Jesus…saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Mathew 14:14) The same Jesus who healed the sick in that crowd continues to give healing today through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is God and God introduced himself in Exodus 15:26 saying, “…I am the LORD,...

Our encouragement this day is to pray for marriages.  We pray for marriages to be Christ-Centered and strong enough to withstand the pressure and attacks that come our way.  For those of us who are married, that starts at home with our own marriage.  For others, the focus should be...

When was the last time you gave any thought to gangs in our city? Probably not a group of people that comes to mind in our daily walk nor is it on our heart to pray for gang members. In 2011, it was estimated that over 1.4 million people are...

I remember that cold day in December when I arrived in Dayton, Ohio to register for my winter semester at Wright State University. I had been looking forward to this day for so long; forward to seeing a new part of the United States; to experience the life of a...

1 Corinthians 7:35 “I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord." Christian singleness is a life-stage that encompasses a variety of people and circumstances. Some have never been married or are...

The Books of Luke and Acts reveal that women have always been a key factor in the spread of the Gospel. The majority of church members today are female. Barna goes so far as to refer to women as “the backbone of the Christian congregations in America.” If asked about...

“Get a job you bum.” This was the phrase my cousin was taught at a young age to say to panhandlers and homeless people outside of stores they passed. While the stereotype for homelessness might be a man with a worn face and leathered skin begging for money so he...

Do kids even need us to pray for them? Kid’s lives are so simple. Home, school, sport, church, and repeat. How hard is that? Fewer than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. 34% of...