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 9:45 AM Sunday School Bible Study
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A Communication Resource of First Baptist Church of Royal

​Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. These are the words of Asaph in Psalms 73. I appreciate his honesty in writing this Psalm. Sometimes we are not as honest with ourselves as we ought to be and as a result we can miss out on God confirming truth in our hearts.

Most all of us have gone through tough times, times that cause us to question God’s presence and His faithfulness. Sometimes we struggle with the question, is it really worthwhile to follow God. If you have not experienced such times, I hope you do, and soon. Honest questioning of what we believe can never hurt but always confirm the truth of and faithfulness of God. Let’s take a little closer look at Asaph’s experience.

By his own words Asaph had grown envious because of the prosperity of the wicked. The wicked are those who are not obedient to God. Envy is what we feel when we think others are getting what we think we deserve. Here is Asaph a faithful worship leader, serving God but not happy. He has difficulty in his life but as he observes those who do not serve God, they seem happy, strong, and untroubled. They even openly disobey God with their pride, violence, and greed. It seems God takes no notice of them. The wicked can do and say whatever they wish but God does not respond.

Why doesn’t God respond? When the wicked oppress and kill the innocent why do they seem to prosper. Sometimes God seems to ignore injustice and sometimes God seems to ignore justice. In verses 12-14 Asaph gets real honest. As he sees life, the ungodly are always at ease, they increase in riches. I have cleansed my heart in vain he says, all day long I am plagued and every day is like this. As Asaph attempts to understand his thoughts and his feelings he confesses it’s too painful for Him.

As followers of Jesus we need to settle a question and this question is this, “Is it worth it?” Jesus does not ask us to fit Him into our lives but to yield our lives to Him. There is nothing figurative in Jesus’ meaning when He asked what will a man give in exchange for His soul? We answer this question with every choice we make in life. Many people are exchanging immediate gratification in this life for eternal life. Embracing an eternal mindset now, as Jesus taught, secures for us eternal things. Sometimes the securing of eternal things comes at the cost of immediate pleasures. 

When Asaph went to the temple, God reminded Asaph what the end of those who refuse Him would be. Asaph begins to get His thinking straightened out. Sometimes God has to do the same for us. Asaph had begun to think more about now instead of then. There is coming a day of accountability and reward. Until then we have God with us. Asaph says, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides You! When we take the time to consider life in the context of eternity and God’s fulfilled promise, we have so very much more than anyone else. 

One last note before I end. Don’t miss the fact that even though Asaph is really wrestling with envy and doubt, Asaph is still being faithful. Asaph is still obeying God even though Asaph has begun to doubt the value in doing so. Asaph lives out the principle of not trusting in our own understanding but always obeying God. By doing this Asaph was living by faith and gave God the opportunity to confirm in Asaph’s heart real truth. Even when we are questioning the worth of obedience, we need to be obedient. This is living by faith, and by faith God confirms Himself to all those who trust in Him.  

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