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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

September is here and we have many exciting things happening at FBC Royal. Our building expansion is coming together very nicely and once again God has shown us if we will be faithful to Him and have patience, He will provide. Thank you for being faithful! 

Fall festival is just around the corner then the holidays, before we know it 2019 will be upon us! For now however, I want to draw our attention to the upcoming revival. I believe God has brought us to these meetings and led us to the worship leaders. I believe God is ready, if we will respond to His leadership, to bring revival to our fellowship.

I want to use an illustration about computers but I don’t know much about computers, so bear with me! The first computer I had was a desk top, probably like all of you. After some time the computer began to run slower and slower. I don’t recall who told me but there is a maintenance practice called defragmenting. Over time the hard drive gets cluttered. Somehow this defragmenting helps by getting the clutter reorganized and the computer runs better. (Told you I didn’t know much about computers!) Following the Lord is not easy. There is no question to the reality of spiritual warfare. Paul informed the church of Ephesus that our struggle was not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness. Over time things build up. What am I talking about? Discouragement, frustrations, hurt feelings, doubts, self-pride, etc. Things get cluttered and need some sorting out.

Sometimes lives get cluttered because we choose to ignore God’s direction for our lives and seek our own wants. Other kinds of clutter comes from being hurt or maybe unforgiving toward others. Spiritual warfare entails a lot. Undefinable stresses which don’t seem to surface unless you’re doing the Lord’s work. In 2 Corinthians the Apostle Paul lists a number of grave difficulties he has experienced because of his involvement in the ministry. Paul speaks of labors, stressful situations, physical attacks, perils, weariness, deep concerns, and weakness. If you think Paul was so awesome as a Christian that these things did not affect Him, then let me ask you, would they have affected you? There is no doubt they would have. 

Revival meetings gives a church a chance to hear from God, and for many who usually have a lot of responsibilities when the church meets, a chance to just come and be ministered to. Maybe we could compare it to giving the Holy Spirit a chance to deal with some clutter in our lives, or healing some hurts that are real or imagined. Satan loves to sow discord and unfortunately, we are often caught up in discord before we know it. 

I can’t speak with certainty what God wants to do through these meetings other than to encourage and heal, to bring renewal, fresh vitality to those who need it. God is certainly not limited to revival meetings for this purpose, but God does use revival meetings to work in the lives of His children.

I want to see many in attendance, who wouldn’t? What I really pray for is genuineness on our part toward God. Let’s give God our best in these meetings. Let’s prioritize these meetings. Let’s pray for ourselves and others. Pray for God to use these meetings. Invite those in our church who have drifted away. The power of God is not realized by the quality of His speakers, His facilities, or His musicians. The power of God is realized when His children humbly worship and obey Him. Now we can humble ourselves and we can certainly obey God. If we will do these, God will do what only He can do in reviving the hearts of His people. God Bless you all!

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
(501) 767-5462