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

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

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​When Jesus ascended into heaven He was watched by a group of devout followers who no doubt stood back in utter amazement. As they watched, two men stood by them and asked them why they were gazing into heaven. These men informed the watchers that this same Jesus would return just as they had watched Him go. I think these early believers fully expected Jesus to return in a short time. The early church lived with full expectation Jesus was coming back and coming back soon.

In all honesty the church today has lost any real expectation of seeing the return of Jesus. We believe He is returning but not today. We know we should, we have the theology right, but we are not convinced His return is imminent. This lack of expectation is having serious consequences in our spiritual lives and the work of the church. It’s our human nature to put things off. I don’t really care if you put off mowing your yard or doing your dishes, these are not eternal matters. I am concerned about our spiritual matters. What we do or do not do in our spiritual matters have eternal consequences for ourselves and others.

Please read Hebrews 10: 19-39. Please think carefully about the writer’s message. 

There is a day approaching and the signs Jesus told us to watch out for are present. He says He is coming as a thief in the night. A thief comes when we do not expect him. Since we do not know when the thief is coming, we prepare for the event. We put locks on the door, maybe a dog in the yard, maybe an alarm system, and some form of protection. We stay aware, always ready, living with a certain level of expectation which affects how we do everything else. We need the same mindset spiritually. We need to live ready for Jesus’ return.

For Believer’s we need to draw near to God. This is something we do. We draw near to God by yielding to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us through the Bible. The only way He can do this is for us to open our Bibles and read with a determination to apply the word to our lives. Through the Bible the Holy Spirit will reveal to us God’s unbelievable wisdom and plan for our lives. The Holy Spirit will build a passion in our hearts for God, the church, and the world around us. God will establish our hearts in Himself, giving us the confidence to face all fears and challenges this world puts in our way. 

Too many Believers have lost any real sense of accountability to the word of God, the church, even Jesus. We know what we ought to be doing but routinely put off these things to pursue what we want. We don’t expect to be caught unaware when Jesus comes. We intend to “get things right soon”. 

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Mathew 24:45-51

As our great predecessor and mentor admonishes us in Hebrews 10, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of the faith, let us hold fast our confession, let us consider one another in order to stir up good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together and so much the more as we see the Day approaching. We can do this! Let’s do this and experience just how great our God is!


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