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18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

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Tampa, FL 33604

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Women

Adoption Thoughts, Week 2 By Jodie Montgomery with Guest Blogger Marcella Townsend   I’m looking forward to sharing Marcella’s story with you. So hope you are enjoying our adoption thoughts. Marcella wrote the following in response to my question “How did you go about finding your birth mother?”   From Marcella: "I began my search for...

Adoption Thoughts, Week 1 By Jodie Montgomery with Guest Blogger Marcella Townsend   As promised in last week’s IBC Women’s Blog, we continue our thoughts on adoption by featuring a story from my sister in law, Marcella Townsend. In the next three blogs, Marcella will answer three questions I asked her: What...

Happy New Year By Jodie Montgomery   As we begin a New Year, I am thinking about how really new the circumstances of 2021 may be to many. I just saw a cartoon where a whole bunch of people were hiding around a corner and holding a long rod that would open a...

Amen   Sometimes at Christmas, a loved one should be rebuked. It can be a bad attitude, a focus on the gifts and not the giver, a meanness amidst family. There are a lot of Scriptures on conflict resolution for a reason…we sometimes have a problem getting along.   Thankfully, God has the last...

Redeemer   Job 19:25 Yet as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last, He will take His stand on the earth.   One of the best gifts I have ever received was the gift of time with a friend experiencing great worship music. Our husbands celebrated us by joining together to...

Prince of Peace   Peace, victory, and rest go together. When our enemies are defeated, we have peace if we are also at rest with our Maker. To defeat enemies and to align with God, we take refuge in the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Mediator that...

Man of Sorrows   Many learned the name for Christ, Man of Sorrows, not just from the book of Isaiah but also from Handel’s Messiah. The great musical work, Messiah, includes three parts: the hope and prophecy of a Messiah, Christ’s suffering and despair, and the triumph of redemption. Messiah is an...

Lord of All   There were race riots this year in Tampa. There were race riots in many places across our nation. I think riots are partly the result of pent-up anger, a sense of not being heard, a realization of oppression.   Because of the race riots, I got more intentional about listening,...

Wonderful Counselor   Isaiah 9:6 For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.   My husband and I once went to a pastor for marriage counsel. I was wanting a divorce. Weirdly, we...

Lamb of God   John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!   In Genesis, when Abraham takes Isaac to the mountain to sacrifice to the Lord, Isaac asks his father, “where is the lamb?” The Old Testament...

King of Glory   I am a child of a military man. We didn’t live by family, so our neighbors adopted us as family. I remember one Christmas when our house burned down. We were in Bloomfield, Iowa and my Dad was in Viet Nam. We watched the fire and the amazing...

I Am   Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:58   Identity is so important. Some find identity in their work, oftentimes their working overtime has more to do with feeling secure than deadlines. Some find themselves in their relationships. These may endure unhealthy interactions...

Horn of Salvation “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David—…” Luke 1:68-69 Zechariah was in the midst of doing his priestly duties when he questioned God's messenger and message. I...

Holy One   Psalm 29  Ascribe to the Lord, sons of the mighty, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in holy attire. The voice of the Lord is on the waters; The God of glory thunders, The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks the...

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty   Songs about God entered our home through our little boy, Samuel, singing the ones he learned at Bible Study. One of his favorites was Holy, Holy, Holy. I remember one day at the grocery, Samuel in his cowboy hat, sitting in the cart, as a...

Glory to God   Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.”   Have you ever wanted to hear what angels say? Here it is, “Glory to God in the highest…” The angels see Him. The angels serve Him. The angels praise Him.   One time...

Glorious Lord   At Christmas, we play games. On Christmas Eve, after the church service, we try and get a family photo then we open a package that is PJs. When everyone is comfy in their PJs (sometimes matching), we have pizza, Christmas cookies and a variety of sodas in glass bottles...

Father of Mercy   1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by...

Everlasting Father   Isaiah 9:6 For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.   We will focus on Isaiah 9:6 numerous times through the celebration of Advent. This passage is where Isaiah receives...

Desire Of All Nations   I have not traveled much out of the USA, but I have met many that have through His Body, the church. We are a people from many places and cultures. We are a diverse group. Beautiful in our need for one another.    I have learned committed prayer from...

Comforter   Several years back, I got an incredible Christmas bedding set. It is mainly white with touches of soft blue and a little red. It says Merry Christmas in a cool script and there are a few little birds on it. Since getting that comforter, I enjoy decorating our bedroom for...

Costly Cornerstone Isaiah 28:16 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. The one who believes in it will not be disturbed. The last phrase of this verse gets me. I sigh when I read this passage. I live in a state...

Christ   When I first became aware of Psalm 2, I was fascinated by God’s understanding of people, our vain plotting and the provision of His Son in providing refuge. The Psalm helped the entire Biblical story come into clearer focus for me. It even conveys the emotional angst of God. I...

Bright Morning Star   Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you of these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”   Let’s sing: Twinkle, twinkle, little star How I wonder what you are Up above the world so high Like a diamond in...

Anointed One   Psalm 45:7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your companions.   When you see the term “Anointed” in Scripture think about Kings. Every Israelite king, anointed by a prophet, was considered a messiah (little “m”). God made humankind in...

Ancient of Days   When I turn to Psalm 90, I read the title of the section Psalm 90 is in the Psalms: Book 4, God’s eternity and the brevity of human life. Maybe this is why in God’s Word there are commands to stop and celebrate. We forget that our days...

Image of the Invisible God/First Born of All Creation   Do you want to see God? Paul writing the Colossians said that all who had witnessed Jesus on earth saw God. The beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, was physically here, eating and talking with sinners.    If you...

Spring Women’s Bible Studies, January-May 2021 Connect with God and other women around the Word of God.  Whether you are learning to study the Bible for the first time or a regular woman in the Word, we have a place for you to grow in your relationship and understanding of who...

Adonai   One of the most prominent names for God in the Old Testament is Adonai, meaning Lord or Master. It is a recognition of Who is truly in control, Sovereign God.   There is hardly a day that goes by that I do NOT realize how little control I have. I can wish...

Undivided: More Than a Hashtag, I’m Grateful By Jodie Montgomery   I admitted in an earlier blog that I was ignorant regarding racism in the church, over history and today, and that I was purposing to become more aware about the injustices suffered by minorities in the church. Since that blog, I have...

Happy Birthday Grandson! By Jodie Montgomery   Already a year has flown by since the birth of our first grandchild. I do not remember pre-grandchild days. He has changed so much.   As I think about what I and other family members will pass on to this child, I am reminded that when I search...

I Ate Your Almond Joy Cookies By Jodie Montgomery   My daughter and her husband (and the perfect grandson on a first road trip) went to visit my brother and his wife. They all had a great time. My brother and his wife are wonderful and have a fun place in the country...

Anger Management By Jodie Montgomery Exodus 32:22 Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are prone to evil.”   In this day of anger management, we need to remember that a person that is good will get angry…sometimes. They will not be characterized by anger...

Karen – Name Calling on a Whole New Level  By Jodie Montgomery Last week, at lunch, I received an education on the name Karen. I have since researched “Karen” and discovered that: According to the dictionary, Karen is a member of an indigenous people of eastern Burma and western Thailand Karen is...

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...