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A Communication Resource of First Baptist Church of Royal

​Determination is a good thing, most of the time. Through determination we can achieve many goals. Sometime our determination is applied in wrong directions.

There is an account of two such people in Numbers 22-25. The two men I speak of are Balak and Balaam. Balak was the King of Moab at this time and Balaam was a “soothsayer”. I have several questions about Balaam which I can find no complete answers to as yet. The Biblical text clearly says Balaam speaks with God and God to Balaam but the Biblical text does not really indicate Balaam is a true prophet of God. Oddly still, in Numbers 22:18 Balaam indicates by his words the LORD is his God. He also demonstrates the knowledge that he can only speak what God directs him to speak, nothing more and nothing less. Jewish tradition presents Balaam more of an enemy of Israel than friend. Balaam is credited with instigating the intermingling of the Moabites, which God had commanded against, which led 24,000 people of Israel to die of a plague. Balaam was considered a powerful magician and interpreter of dreams. People sought Balaam for these abilities. All in all I would have to conclude that Balaam had some abilities and God used Balaam for His own purposes. I would not say Balaam was a follower of God but Balaam knew who God was, and obviously knew some things about how to approach God. I think also if Balaam had been a prophet of God, Balak would have seen Balaam as an enemy, not a potential ally against Israel. 

Balak on the other hand was a desperate king. He could see the writing on the wall! Here is this great army, with a powerful reputation. He is scared to death and literally understands if something big doesn’t happen then all their gooses are cooked. Egypt, which was the greatest power at the time had been devastated by the Israelites and their God. Balak was a pagan, he did not worship God. As I said he was a desperate man which explains the actions he sought Balaam for. 

In the story of Balak and Balaam something else becomes abundantly clear. They really have no idea what God is up to. Balak just wants to save his kingdom and Balaam is out for himself. The king has offered much reward to him if by some means Balaam can help him defeat Israel.

Sometimes we want what we want and our determination leads us away from God instead of to God. Unlike Balak, Balaam understands clearly that Israel is blessed and God is with them. However both sought something different than God wanted. This determination to get what they wanted led to their deaths. 

Today we are the same. We want somethings God does not want us to have or we want to do things in ways God says is wrong. Like Balak, who thought if he gave Balaam a different perspective he could get Balaam to change his mind and curse Israel. We do that to God when we argue with Him. Like Balaam we sometimes think maybe if God says no today, He will change his mind later. 

God does not have to change His mind because His ways are always perfect and right. How much more could God bless our lives if we sought not to manipulate Him but simply obeyed Him? If you know anything of God’s purposes and plans for Israel, how could anyone think they could talk God into changing His plans? Yet many do this every day, by ignoring what God teaches us through the Bible and deciding on their own that God has somehow changed His mind. Are you so determined to get what you want that you are ignoring God? Stop now while you can and adjust your beliefs and life to God. It is for sure He is not going to adjust His plan to ours!

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