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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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            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

A Communication Resource of First Baptist Church of Royal

I’ve always been the sort of guy who wanted to understand how something works. I use to like taking things apart to see how they worked and then put them back together. I have torn up my share of good things in this pursuit of knowledge! I bring the same curiosity and interest to understanding how God works. Every motor has some source of power which is converted into some form of movement. It’s basically the transforming of power into another form for a specific use. Gods’ power is not like that. 

How does God work? That’s a big question. Some, who do not wish to put forth the effort to at least understand what can be known, will simple brush off the question by saying, “God works in mysterious ways”. Certainly God does work mysteriously. He is infinite so we are not going to grasp all His ways but we can know some.

In Hebrews 11:6 the inspired author plainly communicates the one who comes to God must have faith, must trust to the reality of God and to the assurance of God’s response to reveal Himself. Trust in God is crucial to experiencing God personally. Do you realize we express faith in God each time we pray, regardless of the length or sincerity of the prayer? Each time we open the Bible to read, it is an expression of faith. Each time we come to church is an expression of faith. Each time we utter the name of God it is an expression of faith. This is why one of the Ten Commandments commands us not to use the name of God in vain. Never use the name of God loosely. The name should only be used in honor of God. 

Remember the big question, at least in this article, is how does God work? One part of this answer is by faith. Our faith. Scripture plainly teaches God does not require great faith, just little faith. Little faith can mature to great faith! Everybody has to start somewhere. But why would anyone consider coming to God? After all the Bible very plainly teaches no one seeks after God, that we all have gone our own way. Faith is not first, conviction precedes faith. This conviction is the work of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of God approaches and draws man to consider God. God is always previous. He always is the initiator. Man never finds God, he never discovers God. God comes to man. Man simply accepts or rejects God’s initiative.

During our recent revival meetings I believe God worked in many hearts, but why? God began His work during the revival months ago, and if we could fathom all His work, we might could say the things which He accomplished during the revival began before the foundation of the earth! Do you recall the conversation Jesus had with His brother in John 7? Jesus’ own brothers had not believed in Him but note the compassion in Jesus’ response (6) your time is always ready. Jesus was only waiting for them to trust in Him. They could be saved if only they would respond in faith to Christ. 

What is the key to God’s work? I can’t explain every aspect because I am inadequate for such knowledge, it is too wonderful for me. But I do know this much, God is simply waiting for you and me to respond to Him in faith. God was able to do all that He has done because we simply gave Him the opportunity. Things got done that God has wanted done for a long time, and He worked because we responded to Him. Jesus said, Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone will open the door I will come in… I praise God for His patience and I praise God for those who responded.

I believe God will continue His work as each of us continues to cultivate a sensitive and obedient heart toward Him. There is not much mysteriousness about that, but this does require intentionality. Let’s be intentional in pursuing God! See you soon.

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
First Baptist Church of Royal
7402 Albert Pike Road  Royal, Arkansas  71968
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