Pastor:  George Lynch

Youth Pastor: Thomas Little
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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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Worship and Ministry Opportunities

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

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

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

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As we begin 2019 we are all but done with our addition and actually have begun using the new rooms. We will be working this month to move additional equipment into the new rooms, making more room in the gym and opening up new areas of the church for Sunday school classes or whatever we need. I think back on this past year and praise our Lord for how He provided. Through your faithfulness we have built the addition debt free. That’s a good feeling not to owe anything! Also many have worked hard to get the work done. Throughout the project we have had an excellent project manager in Lon Moore. We owe him our gratitude for all his hard work. From the actual planning and through every stage of the building he has been on top of things. He could not have done this without the help of others and they too deserve our thanks. We have worked together and now we can enjoy the benefits of our efforts.

As we follow God one day at a time He will build His church. That may sound like a simplistic plan but it’s really the only plan God has. I am continually amazed how God brings the loose ends together in His own time. I recall the founding members of this church speculating what God would do here. One of many prayers they prayed was for the Lord to make us a lighthouse in this community. I believe God is doing just that. My mind is flooded with so many of you working selflessly in your area of ministry. I would mention you all but I know I would miss some and I don’t want to do that, but know our church would not be where or what it is today without you. Keep up the great work. 

As always January is our focus on stewardship. I absolutely love this topic. Stewardship is practical Christianity. Stewardship is the management of our God given resources for His glory and not our own. Stewardship is putting into practice our beliefs. To be sure many think primarily of financial giving when stewardship is mentioned. I use to think that was all stewardship meant as well. But when I began learning about Biblical stewardship I understood stewardship concerns our total life. In fact when we understand stewardship properly we understand the financial aspect is really not the major focus. Everything we have belongs to God, we have only been entrusted with our resources and our responsibility is to manage them for God’s glory. 

January is a great time to focus on this topic because we all sometimes get things out of focus. A lot has happened in our lives over the past year. Satan works hard to distract us. In Colossians 2:6-7 Paul simply tells us to continue to follow Christ in the same manner in which we received Him which was by grace through faith. Just keep trusting Him and know He loves you unconditionally. This does not mean we can live any way we want to, but that He knows we will sin but His forgiveness is always available when we confess our sins. We are to be rooted and built up in Him. That refers to continuing to grow in our knowledge of Him and application of this knowledge to our everyday lives. Through His Spirit we are growing stronger and gaining in our awareness of all He has done for us. This awareness coupled with obedience is what stewardship is all about. The experiences of our stewardship is the fuel for authentic worship. As we experience God He works both in us and through us causing not only praise from us but also from others around us. Now what can be more exciting than this? 

I don’t believe churches are declining today because God is being purposely silent. Churches are declining because the Christians making up these churches are not experiencing God fully. Christians are not experiencing God fully because they are not managing their lives by God’s principles. To echo Isaiah’s words, “Has the arm of the Lord shortened that it cannot save?” Certainly not. God is as powerful today as He has ever been. The question should be, “are we giving God the opportunity to show up and show out by obeying Him?” The answer to this question can only be given by each of us. Let’s give God our best and we will never lack for something to praise God for. 


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.”


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.”


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
First Baptist Church of Royal
7402 Albert Pike Road  Royal, Arkansas  71968
(501) 767-5462