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
 

Women

2020: What was & wasn’t, what is & isn’t, what will be & won’t be   By Jodie Montgomery   I haven’t felt isolated during quarantine. If anything, time alone ended for me as my husband has been working from home and I felt launched into everyone’s cyberspace through zoom. I’ve met a lot...

I just think prayer is weird… By Jodie Montgomery Sometimes we think more about how we should pray or don’t know how to pray or how weird prayer is that we just don’t pray. I think our lofty pondering can keep us down. One of our Women’s Ministry Disciple Making Coordinators has...

Worth Repeating By Jodie Montgomery   Sometimes you hear something worth repeating. Let me clarify, sometimes you hear something really good and it is so worth repeating.   Allison McCoy and I were watching Dr. Anita Phillips, a counselor, talk on the online If Gathering this year and the speaker reminded me of the emotional...

Pop Up Scripture Encouragement through a Discussion on Death & Lament- Ironic?   By Jodie Montgomery   If I could play background music with a blog, this would be my moment of going dramatic. I would play a dirge. I have these moments in ministry where I know something is just right to discuss...

Bible Study is Uniting By Jodie Montgomery   As Allison mentioned in her blog last week, some of our closest friendships are developed at Bible study. Through the years, I’ve gained prayer partners through study and friends that I know will speak truth in love to me as I have witnessed their high...

Bible Study Buddy By Allison McCoy   Do you have a Bible study buddy?  In the photo above, I’m pictured with my first Bible study friend.   When we first met in 1997, I was settling into married life, in a new city, separated from my twin sister Heather for the first time. I...

“I was saved through Bible study…” By Allison McCoy   Fresh out of college, just married and living in a new city, the next “adult” thing to do was to plug into a church. I mean, after all, that’s what my family did on a regular basis throughout my childhood.  My parents had...

Bible Study is Relational By Jodie Montgomery   Life can be a bit isolating due to busyness. I have a lot of responsibilities at home, work, and church. I’m grateful for some time savers at home, the dishwasher, vacuum and laundry, but I still know when I’ve neglected my chores and need to...

Light of the World   John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”   I hope we do lights on our houses and Christmas trees to remind one another that Jesus...

King of Kings   Revelation 19:16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”   Christmas is meant for worship. Christmas is the answer to the Psalmist’s cry “What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that...

Messiah By Jodie Montgomery   Matthew 1:16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.   Messiah is the name which identifies the Psalm 2 Lord’s Anointed King who comes to justly rule the world. He is the long anticipated one, installed upon Zion, having...

THINK By Jasmine Luter I have a seven and four year old and if they are like most other siblings, sibling rivalry incidents happen often. I've noticed that quarantine sometimes seems to heighten the incidents in frequency and intensity. For the most part my young children do get along and are the...

Gift of God By Jodie Montgomery I enjoy giving gifts to those I love if I have an idea what the recipient would value and/or need. I like the recipient to feel really touched by my thoughtfulness, maybe even tear up as they open the gift. My selfless love sometimes rebounds. Gift...

July 4, 2020 By Jodie Montgomery   Happy “Independence Day”! This 2020, it seems odd to celebrate independence when so many are so restricted by a pandemic and socioeconomic barriers. I do not FEEL freedom. The Fourth of July was first celebrated on July 4, 1777 when, in Philadelphia, Congress was adjourned to...

Nature Girl By Jodie Montgomery   Job 39:1 “Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?..”   Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made,...

Ignorance  By Jodie Montgomery   “Ignorance must be a fun place to live; my parents seem to vacation there year-round.” ― Nenia Campbell    I overheard someone saying how younger people are much more open to talk about racism and current events than their parents. I would like to think that I do not prefer ignorance. But in...

Focus   By Jodie Montgomery   I’m struggling with my vision right now. One of my eyes is corrected for distance and the other for near, but right now all seems foggy. I’m trying to make life clearer by wearing readers, but I find that life involves a lot of looking near, looking far...

Remembering By Jodie Montgomery   I think that it is important for people to hear one another’s stories, but stories about old boy or girlfriends can be hurtful to our spouses. So as a general rule, my husband of 37 years and I do not talk about past dating relationships. Today, I break...

Holiness is Our Friend By Jodie Montgomery   Some things I just want to force. I love hydrangeas: big blooms, variations of color, bold green leaves, fullness. I know they do not flourish in Florida, but I still plant every hydrangea received as a gift. I babied them in my own non-green thumb,...

Wisdom Literature By Jodie Montgomery   The Old Testament Wisdom Literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) is very different from the historical and prophetic books. Wisdom literature helps the reader get inside the author’s thought life. Biblical wisdom literature helps the reader get a glimpse into the character of God and...

I Covet (Yearn to Possess) Something By Jodie Montgomery   This blog may not interest many of you. It is a confession. I covet something. I think about this something constantly. I realize that my focus on this something is robbing me of contentment. So I went to the Scriptures and I provide...

Translations By Jodie Montgomery I have been walking in my neighborhood more regularly due to the quarantine. Many are doing the same. The weather has been incredible. I’m thankful for the timing of this gorgeous spring season. As I walk, on many occasions I meet up with the neighbor that lives in the...

The Mirror By Jodie Montgomery   On our bathroom counter, my husband has a shaving mirror. It is round, set in a bronze stand. It takes up space so I resent the thing. Through the years I have paid very little attention to it other than to note that when I glance at...

Why was Mrs. Beasley still in my attic? By Jodie Montgomery   Since I’m home 24/7, I’m doing a pandemic purge. This isn’t bulimic. I’m cleaning out my storage areas; closet and attic.  I am not a hoarder… with the exception of Christmas décor. I used to have three boxes of my childhood in...

Trying to Help By Jodie Montgomery 3 John 3-4 For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.   In times of hardship, we discover what we really believe. Our independence is revealed...

Covid-19 and the Home By Jodie Montgomery In our Women’s Ministry online groups, I’ve had a number of women mention that being quarantined has actually been an incredible time of connecting with their family on a new level. Some are mentioning that they love not racing out the door to school, from...

Zoom Calls and Coffee Mugs By Jodie Montgomery   In this time of social distancing, I’m learning a lot about online resources and staying connected through video conferencing. I’m also learning a lot about missed opportunities on video conferencing. I realized that I had an incredible opportunity to look somewhat spiritual online by setting...

  We thought we would run some "sanity checks" and see how everyone is doing during this time. Some lighthearted chats via Zoom have been set up with pastor's wives & our women's ministry leaders on different topics. Please click HERE to be added to our Zoom email list. Check out our tentative...

I ate little bugs By Jodie Montgomery   While I social distance, I need to be cautious of the dangers at my home. The health care professionals do not need me showing up in the ER because I ate some little bugs.   I have a cute container with a seasonal finial (currently an Easter...

Abounding Love By Jodie Montgomery   1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.   I am feeling the self-induced pressure of writing something profound, encouraging, not about the virus and relevant to the virus, compassionate...

  I realized that I told a little about my grandson’s birth but really the story is my daughter’s to tell. It’s been months now since the event, we were a bit numb from so much emotion. When you hear a loved one is pregnant, you want all to be smiles...

  When I traveled to England with my daughters to tour Jane Austen movie sites, my youngest daughter was monitoring social media for any "Pop Ups" we might pop in on. This was another fun adventure in the midst of a fun adventure. I appreciated my daughter's keeping us aware of some...

Children by Jodie Montgomery   Throughout the world, children are in need of care. Many see children as an inconvenience or they see themselves as incapable of parenting. This is heart wrenching.   His Body through local churches is uniting to increase awareness of children needing care. Pastor Reno at Idlewild oversees our foster...

Speechless by Jodie Montgomery   There are so many topics bombarding my thoughts these days that I really have no idea what to say or where to start. Thoughts swirling include what’s for dinner, why such a number gap between church membership and actual attendees, the role of women in the church,...

More on She Loves Out Loud 2020 By Jodie Montgomery   In all the years I have been doing women’s ministry, I have never had so many women at an event come and tell me how much they wished more had known about and attended a gathering. The men driving the trams after...

Perseverance by Jodie Montgomery   I’m reading through the letters to the churches in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3. Do you know that the word “perseverance” is used repeatedly in these letters? God values perseverance. This word does not equate to the word I like to describe my existence, “comfortable”.  I am...

God First Loved Us By Susan Grace In October, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I could write a long list of things to share on how truly wonderful this baby is to me and my husband! Children are a blessing from God and this baby has greatly blessed us. However,...

My Experience at She Loves Out Loud By Nicole Brinson   When Jodie told me about She Loves Out Loud, I liked the concept of it but was super confused over the execution of it. A group of women - across the nation - coming together for a time of prayer. I love...

Loving Words by Jodie Montgomery   Happy Valentine’s Day (or week…)! Valentines are such a reminder to me of the power of encouragement, the power of loving words. John 13:34-35 says that believers will be known by their love for one another. Love is expressed! I am particularly fond of Valentine’s Day...

He’s Here! by Jodie Montgomery   My son-in-law and I had been at my daughter’s bedside in the hospital since 7 am. We had witnessed her induction and then quiet strength as she worked through the early stages of labor and most of the transition stage. The morning had held some fun...