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

His name alone is exalted Psalm 148:13 by Jodie Montgomery The copy center volunteers and their wonderful coordinator deliver the weekly prayer guide and a piece of paper with a verse, pretty picture and my name each week to my desk. I don’t know how long it has been since I...

Top Three Marriage Tips by Jodie Montgomery My daughter is getting married in less than three weeks. This creates an opportunity for women to tell me what they think are the best marriage tips. I think that they think that I will share these tips with my daughter to provide an...

Wrecking Cancer Fears by Jodie Montgomery I am a cancer survivor and I say that to remind others that many do survive cancer and getting the diagnosis, while bone chilling, isn’t the worst thing that ever happened to me. Actually, I experienced God’s goodness in many new ways through cancer. My...

Stubbornness and Lanterns by Jodie Montgomery I am a “to do list” girl. I enjoy setting goals for the day and checking them off as I conquer the world. I like to think I am in control, mainly because I like to think I am brilliant. The years have taught me that...

Oh, soul are you weary and troubled…. by Jodie Montgomery Sorrow is common to man. Two books in the Bible stand out for teaching much regarding sorrow, Job and Lamentations. The books both express intense emotion regarding loss but there are some big differences in the books. Job laments over the destruction...

I Live In Florida by Jodie Montgomery This is probably a really random post from a women's ministry manager, but I asked my daughter what I should blog on and she said going to Disney. You see everyone who hears you are from Florida expects you to be a Disney expert. And...

Love was  in the air at this month's Women's Bible Study Luncheon. What a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day by remembering the One who truly loves each one of us with an everlasting love. The women enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship with each other as well as a...

We are what we read by Jodie Montgomery We are what we read. We have such limited minds that when we read, it requires so much focus, that our concentrations turn into some type of being. When I read Jane Austen, I sound British in my head. I also get a little...

Vision Frame by Jodie Montgomery I love that our church leadership is continually praying and seeking how to best share and live in the truth of the apostolic Gospel. So much of Scripture conveys the importance of remembering the Gospel message, that gracious God gives us His righteousness through belief...

What a great night of fellowship at the very first ever IBC Women's Chick In! Thank you to all the ladies that braved the weather to join us! We loved sharing more about the Women's Bible Studies that are offered at IBC this semester as well as hearing some powerful...

Ladies, Have you registered for Chick In? It's this Sunday evening, January 22. Don't stay cooped up, get out of the pen! Come join us at Chick In for fun and fellowship, where birds of a feather can flock together! Idlewild Women's Ministry invites all women to the first ever Idlewild...

Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Jodie Montgomery This story seems to strangely encourage people when I am willing to share it, so I am being very vulnerable here as I convey one of my most embarrassing moments of my life, solely with the hope of making your day. When my children...

Am I spiritual? by Jodie Montgomery I continue the thoughts of last week’s blog with excerpts from  “Total Church” by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis: “I should confess that I was once heavily drawn to the kind of spirituality represented by contemplation, silence, and solitude. I still am. But why is this?...

“I’m just not that spiritual” by Jodie Montgomery To everyone that thinks they aren’t “spiritual” because they don’t often have a “word from God” or they aren’t “the emotional type”, please consider that what really makes us spiritual is believing that Jesus is our Savior and walking in that truth. Here...

I lied at Christmas by Jodie Montgomery Sometimes “God with us” is not a comforting thought to me, it is convicting. I know God is all-knowing and that means He knows I struggle with selfishness, pride, overeating, and jealousy. These emotions oftentimes rise up during the most blessed celebration of my...

Happy Thanksgiving by Jodie Montgomery I hope we, as a nation, do not ever give up the celebration of Thanksgiving. It is a direct mandate of God to give thanks and, although it is good to daily give thanks, I greatly appreciate having a national holiday to do so. I’ve got...

Profoundly Simple by Jodie Montgomery One of my seminary professors is also my weekly Bible Fellowship teacher. I knew after I graduated that I still had much to learn and much more that I would forget and need to hear again…and again…. So I’ve kept under his teaching. I’m thankful to...

The Embroidered Gift by Jodie Montgomery “You have been on my heart and in my prayers…” starts the note to our women’s ministry that came with a prayer shawl embroidered with the names of God. Usually an anonymous message isn’t so very dear. This is a breath of life! The writing...

Tender for a Minute Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. I cannot tell you how many different women I...

Being His Bride (Part 2 on the Church) by Jodie Montgomery I continue on to present what I hope are very clear points regarding being His Bride, the church. I value the church as where I have been discipled, strengthened in the faith. If you are a believer, then you are a...

I went to the Gunn Highway Flea Market last week. My goal was an amazing unique dining room light fixture that worked and cost a really low amount of money, preferably free. Ridiculous goal. What I did find was a large shed-like structure filled, actually overfilled, with lighting fixtures, lamps,...

Forsaking the Bride? By Jodie Montgomery When I was little I attended a Mennonite Church in Pulaski, Iowa where my mother taught Sunday School while my father was in Viet Nam. When my father returned from the “military conflict”, we moved and that changed our church attendance so much that by...

An Incident at Holiday Tables by Jodie Montgomery My Monday night class was asking me about Holiday Tables recently. This event always needs a little explaining. Basically (get ready for a really long run on sentence as that is how I explain this event), Holiday Tables is where women buy a...

The Art of Letter Writing by Jodie Montgomery In this day and age of electronic communications, I still enjoy a hand written letter, maybe even more than ever due to its uniqueness. My Mom taught me the beauty of the thank you note. Gorgeous notecards and file folders delight me; the...

From Sunrise to Sunset by Jodie Montgomery August 18, 2016 Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Perhaps one of the most God honoring things you can do, is plan to watch a sunset on a regular basis. Invite...

Work Hard, Pray Hard by Jodie Montgomery It is 6 am on a Thursday and my son is already headed out to his internship. As I think about his schedule, I realize he has had a lot of early days this week due to traveling to various offices for work and...

Engaging the Culture While Eating Popcorn by Jodie Montgomery I’ve been doing $5 movie night at the AMC theaters with family and friends for quite some time now. Some may think that movie going is a worldly, awful past time. It can be. But I think, if done selectively, engaging in...

Blessed to Bless by Jodie Montgomery Galatians 3:7-9 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” So...

By Jodie Montgomery Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Last month I saw a Facebook post that made me very angry. Friends of mine wrote “We decided to take...

Women’s Ministry Intern by Jodie Montgomery The Women’s Ministry has a Moody Bible Institute college intern this summer, which means we have help and another to consider.  Part of the internship is mentoring by me, the Women’s Ministry Manager. I readily encourage other women in the church to disciple and to...

My Mr. Knightley by Jodie Montgomery I introduced my daughters to Jane Austen at an early age. BBC and Jane Austen provided hours of “getaway” for us when life seemed way too complex. We own five versions of Pride and Prejudice and multiple versions of other Austen movies. My daughters love...

Ladies in Waiting by Jodie Montgomery Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:14 I really enjoy getting to know women of diverse backgrounds and all ages through Bible Study. One of my dearest friendships came about through years...

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart. Scripting Moments features techniques to encourage ladies in their study of His Word. Krystal Whitten guided a group of over 160 women in adding watercolors to their Bible Journaling. In the midst of teaching, Krystal also...

In His Image Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. I remember when I first realized that God created me in His image and what that means. I was overwhelmed by the sacred privilege of being His...

A Baby Changes Everything! by Jodie Montgomery I post a Christmas music video on my Facebook page daily the month of December to start the day with consideration of the Christ child. Every year I post the song "A Baby Changes Everything". This song pretty much summarizes my heart experience. I...

Risky Group Texting by Jodie Montgomery My family suggested I write a blog on group texts. I’m not sure if this is their way of ranting about being repeatedly interrupted by group text chains or if they are thinking of my all too frequent group text faux pas.  I find that...

Hope in Him by Jodie Montgomery I’ve been watching some wonderful women go through some very difficult times. I began to wonder if hope is most evident when the world challenges you to be hopeless. I thought this may require a little word study in the Scriptures on hope. I thought about...

Appreciating the Old by Jodie Montgomery John 5:39, 46-47 "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me . . . "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.  "But if you do not believe his...

Identity Crises by Jodie Montgomery You need to know I'm a redhead, or ginger as my son calls me. As I age I'm less of a ginger due to fading but the ginger label still sticks- that may explain what I'm about to confide. I was listening to the radio last week...

The Sunflower Maze by Jodie Montgomery I get that Mother's Day is bittersweet or even hard for many dear people. I grieve the death of a number of great moms- this year was especially poignant reading a heartfelt tribute by the son of a dear friend that awaits us in glory-the...