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Pastor:  George Lynch

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"to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."  Ephesians 4:12-13
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First Baptist Church of Royal
7402 Albert Pike Road  Royal, Arkansas  71968
(501) 767-5462
Worship and Ministry Opportunities

Sunday AM 
      8:30 AM Early Worship
 9:45 AM Sunday School Bible Study
 11:00 AM Worship and Children's Church

Sunday PM
 5:00-7:00 PM Student and Adult Discipleship, 
  Womens Studies, Kidz Time

Wednesday
 6:00 PM Sanctuary open for Prayer, Open Gym
      7:00 PM Student Wired, Prayer Meeting, Childrens Choir

A Communication Resource of First Baptist Church of Royal

​As we come to the close of 2017, we continue to see God’s hand working in our church. We have the new building project being worked on. It’s exciting to see the new building take shape. On another front God has led us to bring Thomas Little on staff. When we began over a year and half ago to pray for God’s leadership in this area, we didn’t know exactly where God would lead us, now we know. God has continually called new folks to come and be a part of our fellowship here as well. Thanks to you all for your continuous prayers and faithfulness. We need to continue to pray and be faithful, because God is not done leading us! His work is not complete so we are not done.

God is continuously at work around us. Just today a man told me if someone had told him a year ago that he would have a preacher over to his house, he would have told them they were crazy. But God is always at work, so it should not come as a surprise that those who formerly did not call upon God would in fact today be calling upon God. That’s the way things are supposed to be working. 
So, what is God doing in your life right now? Is He leading you or pushing you? How is His work going in your life? Are you allowing Him to lead you or are you resisting Him? There is a saying that comes to my mind, it’s probably just a portion of a song or something but it says, “Time marches on”. There is nothing more relentless than time. I am convinced God is working His plan to a completion. Today we are one year nearer the completion of His work then we were last year. Maybe this time last year you sensed God working in your life, drawing you toward a certain direction, how is that coming?

I do not know what 2018 has in store for us but I do believe the time will march on quickly enough. Before I know it, it will be deer season again, and another year passed. 

I guess what I am wanting us to think about is doing something definitive concerning God’s will for us. How many of us have made promises to God? We have good intentions but weak follow through. I am sure some promises have been kept and that’s wonderful. 

I never know who reads these simple articles but I know God uses these short messages to encourage some and also to challenge some. If you do not attend worship anywhere, why don’t you come and worship with us. It’s a good place to start in responding to God’s prompting in your lives. I believe God is prompting many to go to church but we have our short sighted excuses that quench these promptings as long as we don’t dwell on them too long. If we think about our excuses very much, they usually fall apart. 

Here is what I know to be true, God has the only plan for our deliverance from sin. God has the only fulfilling purpose for our lives. God forgives all who come to Him. God loves each and every one equally. None will escape God’s judgement; we will all appear before Him and give account for our lives. We cannot escape God, so why not come to Him now? I say again, if you do not have a regular (weekly) place of worship, then come and worship with us, you can discover God’s great purpose for your life!

A LOVE STORY

One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me. He asked me, “Do you love me?”
I answered, “Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!”

Then He asked, “If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?”
I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t; be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.”

Then the Lord said, “If you were blind, would you still love my creation?” How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.
So I answered, “Its hard to think of it, but I would still love Your creation.”

The Lord then asked me, “If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?” How could I listen to anything being deaf?
Then I understood. Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.
​I answered, “It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word.”

The Lord then asked, “If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?”
How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.
​So I answered, “Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your Name.”

And the Lord asked, “Do you really love Me?”
​With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly, “Yes Lord! I love You because You are the one and true God!”
I thought I had answered well, but God asked, “THEN WHY DO YOU SIN?”

I answered, “Because I am only human. I am not perfect.”

“THEN WHY IN TIMES OF PEACE DO YOU STRAY THE FURTHEST? WHY ONLY IN TIMES OF TROUBLE DO YOU PRAY THE EARNEST?”

No answers. Only tears.
The Lord continued: “Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?”
​The tears continued to roll down my cheeks.

“Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?”
I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.

“You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all.”

DO YOU TRULY LOVE ME ?”

I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this? My heart had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”

The Lord answered, ” That is My Grace, My child.”

I asked, ” Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”
The Lord answered, “Because you are My creation. You are my child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you till the end of days, and I will love you forever.”
Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done?

I asked God, “How much do You love me?”
The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands. I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Saviour. And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown.


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17