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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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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

A Communication Resource of First Baptist Church of Royal

Recently I was reading a report from the Pew Research Center on America’s beliefs about the nature of God. In this report it claims 56% of the population believes in a God as described in the Bible. Honestly, I would have expected a lower percentage of people would believe in a God as described in the Bible. I am convinced the Bible is indispensable for the one who wants to know what God is like. I would encourage anyone to explore the question “What is God like?” If you want to be accurate, you should rely heavily upon the Bible. Since God seeks a relationship with us that is real and personal, God will personally reveal some things to us.

One statement made in the report is this, “But it is clear from questions elsewhere in the survey that Americans who say they believe in God “as described in the Bible” generally envision an all-powerful, all-knowing, loving deity who determines most or all of what happens in their lives.” My attention was caught by the last part of this statement, the belief that God determines most or all of what happens in our lives. I do not believe this is an accurate understanding of God’s work in our lives. Certainly an all-knowing, all-powerful God can do what He wants with us, however He gives us a lot of freedom. Even the freedom to reject the reality of His presence. (A person would have to be extremely disingenuous to take an honest look around at God’s creation and come up with the conclusion all of creation was the result of some freak accident.) God, at this time, does not utilize His authority over us as He could. God allows us to have a say in our lives, in fact He gives us the majority of the say over our lives for now.

It is you and me which determines the extent to which God works in our lives, at least for now. We do not have to even acknowledge His reality if we do not want to at least for now. We can say anything we want about God, even mock Him at least for now. We can treat God anyway we want to at least for now. But one day God will make His presence and authority known once again to the world. Then true reality will be undeniable to all. I am reminded of a story in Daniel concerning Belshazzar King of Babylon. He was partying with a 1000 or so close friends and decides to have the gold and silver vessels from the temple brought to them and drink from them. While doing so the Bible reports they worshiped god’s of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone. Bad idea. The hand of God appeared and left a message for the King on the wall. This so disturbed the King that he literally shook his joints out of socket. That is true fear. If you want to know the rest of the story, you can read the story in Daniel Chapter 5. While God may be silent while many ignore Him, one day that will change. But we do not have to ignore God.

If we will respond to God in faith, He will reveal Himself to us. He will show us His purposes for us. We decide, not God on these matters at least for now. Our choices determines the extent to which God reveals Himself to us and many of the experiences we have in life now and the life to come.

Coming up soon is our revival meetings scheduled for August 11-14. That is a Sunday through a Wednesday. Our leaders will once again be Bro. Sam Moore and Grayson Inman. I believe God used them to speak to many of us last September and there is no reason we should not expect the same this year. I ask that you begin to pray now for these meetings and for our revival leaders. Let’s also be praying for our church and community. I know there are many things happening in our lives this summer, but when are we not busy? We can focus on these meetings and our attendance, choosing to give God the chance to once again do something awesome in our lives! 
God Bless! 

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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