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
 

Watchman on the Wall

    OFFICE OF THE PASTOR   Dr. Ken Whitten Senior Pastor   Thank you for the positive feedback about our study in I John. It was a rich study for me personally. Would you join me in asking God what our church body needs to study next on Wednesdays and Sundays? I'm grateful for the way our...

  “O that we may be graciously enabled to love God, and live up to our profession! O to be, indeed, the servants of the Lord the lovers of Jesus, this is our main concern.” - Charles H. Spurgeon True worship includes a thankful heart. God acknowledged Israel was continuous in external worship...

“I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. When my  spirit grows faint  within me, it is you who know my way.” (Psalm 142:1-3) “In order for God to make...

  “Prayer obtains fresh and continued outpourings of the Spirit. He alone begins the work of grace in a man’s heart. He alone can carry it forward and make it prosper. But the good Spirit loves to be entreated. And those who ask most will have most of his influence .” ...

  “Praying God’s glory across the earth,” is the theme of the 2020 National Day of Prayer. Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” This year that National Day of Prayer falls when much of...

FAMILY MINISTRIES Wade Griffin Minister, Families Ministry: We find ourselves in unprecedented times! I am so grateful for our Church family and especially for our Small Group leaders. These leaders are doing so much to care for and ministry to their members. Please pray for them! They are walking through their own disruptions...

OFFICE OF THE PASTOR Dr. Ken Whitten Senior Pastor Personal: Pray for the Idlewild church body to draw close to the Lord during this time of separation and “social distancing.” Pray for revival to permeate and open our hearts to what God is wanting to do in our lives. Pray for the health of our...

OFFICE OF THE PASTOR Dr. Ken Whitten Senior Pastor Personal: Please pray for my speaking engagements in March; one will be at Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary and the other at Bellview Baptist Church in South Carolina. Pray that these quick visits will encourage and challenge our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Please...

MISSIONS Dr. Edgar Aponte Minister, Global Missions Personal: Please ask the Lord to fill us with the knowledge of his will through all wisdom and understanding That we may live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work Pray for the salvation of my barber – I have...

OFFICE OF THE PASTOR Dr. Ken Whitten Senior Pastor Personal: Please continue to pray for my spiritual and physical health. Pray that my heart will continue to hunger and thirst for Jesus. Please pray for Mrs. Ginny and all the projects that she is involved with. Pray that she will have wisdom as she leads...

  “[Jesus] took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.” (Luke 9:28) Jesus insulated himself in prayer. He was able to shut out interruptions. In Luke 9:18-43 great things progressed out of His prayer times. As Jesus prayed in verse 18, the disciples heard the...

Kelly Knouse Minister, Next Generation Personal: My leadership as a husband, father, and pastor. Pray for strength and direction, as to how I lead and hear the voice of Jesus this year. For Tara, as she leads the Loft 181 ministry. Pray for wisdom and strength as she gives incredible leadership to...

   “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and the news about him spread through the whole country side.” (Luke 4:14) When John the Baptist seemed to hit bottom while imprisoned and facing death, he called on Jesus and said, “’Are you the one…or should we expect someone else?’”...

   “’…For nothing is impossible with God.’” (Luke 1:37)  Is there a burden, desire, goal or need on your heart that seems too big to request from God? Don’t hesitate to ask Him. Call out to God in prayer. Charles Spurgeon and others have written that God is often “more willing to...

MISSIONS Dr. Edgar Aponte Minister, Global Missions Personal: Please ask the Lord to fill us with the knowledge of his will through all wisdom and understanding That we may live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work Pray for the salvation of my barber...

OFFICE OF THE PASTOR Ken Whitten Senior Pastor Personal: Thank the Lord with me for the Israel Tour me and Mrs. Ginny had the privilege to lead this fall. We were blessed beyond measure! Pray for our health as we go into the holiday season. Please pray for me as I plan my calendar for 2020....

FAMILY MINISTRIES Wade Griffin Minister, Families Ministry: It is hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! 2020 will be here before we know it. As we have planned for the future, the church staff has been working very hard to move us as a church toward engaging with our unsaved...

MISSIONS Dr. Edgar Aponte Minister, Global Missions Personal: Please ask the Lord to fill us with the knowledge of his will through all wisdom and understanding That we may live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work That the Lord may give us grace and favor as...

  Pray from your heart. You may be reluctant to pray because you feel inadequate or simply don’t know how or what to pray. Is there something that causes a heaviness in your mind or emotions? On the other hand, are you full of Joy? Start there. Speak these things to...

  “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15) In the game show,...

  “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” (Ephesians 4:7) Some hospitals are currently using a device that somehow tracks the unique blood flow pattern of patients. Apparently each person’s blood flow is so unique that they can be identified simply by laying...

Jordan Richmond Minister, Music and Worship Ministry: Please pray for our upcoming WILD trip to NYC. We need a Sunday am ministry opportunity to complete our schedule. Personal: Also - could you please pray for my left tibia? It's been healing well but I'm at the slow phase of healing where I think...

Dr. Edgar Aponte Minister, Global Missions Ministry: That the Lord continue to bless our transition. For God's grace as I seek to love and serve Idlewild the way Christ has loved us. For wisdom as we explore ways to help Idlewild to develop a sending culture. Family: For our transition. That the Lord...

PRAYER REQUESTS Dr Ken Whitten Senior Pastor Personal: I just want to praise God for Ms. Ginny's life! God has gifted her beyond measure! She can juggle me, grandkids, kids, aging parent, Bible teaching, taking care of others, all while wearing a boot! Please pray her foot will heal. Praise that Ms. Ginny...

  “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3:16-17a) In one of Paul’s powerful prayers for the church at Ephesus, he prayed that each would be strengthened...

PRAYER REQUESTS Steve Kirby Minister, Instrumental Music Personal His family – Bonnie, Daniel (Aden and Jackson), Joel (Veronica, Ryleigh and Raegan) and Erin (Matt). Pray for Daniel and Jen (as parents) as they raise Aden and Jackson up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, even from different states. Jen divorced Daniel...

  The theme of the 2019 National Day of Prayer, is “ Love One Another,”  based upon the words of Jesus in John 13:34, which say, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the President of the NDP, said that “Love can change America….We need a baptism...

Kelly Knouse Minister, Next Generation Personal My health, as I continue to recover from a shoulder surgery. For Tara, as she leads the Loft 181 ministry. Our family during this school year For Cade, as he attends Land O Lakes HS. Pray for his walk with the Lord. Pray for him to...