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Rules vs. Reconciliation

Rick Dorman, Lead Pastor

Sometimes in our attempt to lead and do the right thing we miss the point.

When our rules or what we think are rules hurt others, we miss the purpose of the true Gospel.

Paul and Barnabas traveled to the cities of Galatia, preaching the gospel of salvation by faith in Christ (Acts 13). God blessed their work. Many new believers were won to Jesus. New churches were started. Then something tragic happened. Whenever God is moving in a powerful way in the church, Satan will always work to disrupt and destroy. So it was among the churches of Galatia. Legalists quickly infiltrated the churches, teaching a salvation of faith plus works (see Acts 15:1).

Legalism continues to rear its ugly head in churches today, and it is dangerous for the following reasons:

1. Legalism distorts the truth of the gospel.
The Galatians were “turning to a different gospel—not that there is another gospel.” The promoters of legalism wanted to “distort the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6-7).

Only one gospel is effective for salvation—the gospel of grace. Adding any other requirement to salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8) devalues Jesus and diminishes His work on the cross. “If keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die” (Gal. 2:21, NLT).

2. Legalism steals joy.

Paul asked the Galatians, “Where is your blessing?” (4:15). The word blessing in this context represents the joy the Galatians had known from a right relationship with God. The implied answer is that legalists had stolen their joy. Legalism had killed it.

Legalism steals our joy because it reduces the Christian life to keeping a set of religious rules. Certainly, living in a right relationship with God involves living according to His ways (Eph. 2:10). But keeping religious rules as a way of earning God’s favor is a sad and joyless substitute for a dynamic walk with God.

3. Legalism breeds conflict.

Divisiveness and jealousy are the rotten fruit of legalism. Paul asked, “have I become your enemy because I told you the truth? They [the legalists] court you eagerly, but not for good. They want to exclude you from me, so that you would pursue them” (Gal. 4:16-18). Legalism breeds division. Not only had the legalists turned the Galatians against Paul, the infiltration of legalism created dissension among the believers: “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another” (5:13-15).

The gospel unites believers; legalism divides. Legalism breeds a self-righteousness that promotes prideful comparison and smug judgmentalism: “God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector” (Luke 18:11). Legalism puts man-made rules above people’s needs, and blinds us to our neighbor: “the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed [a disabled woman] on the Sabbath day” (Luke 13:14, NLT).

Legalism threatened the churches of first-century Galatia and continues to pose a serious danger for the church of the twenty-first century. We must be on guard.

Lead by the example Christ gave us.



10:45 AM  Worship Center

i58 Food Ministry

10:00  V.V.M.C.

TOGETHER We Change the World

10:45 AM  Worship Center

TOGETHER We Grow Stronger

8:00 AM  Adult Life Center

Royal Touch Women’s Conference

8:30 AM  Adult Life Center

Together We Find Peace

10:45 AM  Worship Center


8:00 AM  V.V.M.C.

Psalm 100 Day
Fellowship Meal

10:45 AM  Worship Center


Carol Dorman, Missions Director

Summer Missions Camp 2019

We would like to extend a big thank you to our Royal Haven Church Family for sending this great group of boys and girls to camp!  We had an AMAZING time!!  Thank you!!

Senior Adults (39Rs)

Gene McBride, Associate Pastor

What a summer!  God has truly worked in our midst.  It is so exciting to look to the future with faith and anticipation of what the Lord is leading us to do. It is beyond our frail human minds to comprehend.  Prayer is essential to accomplish what His plan is for us.

In September, we may look at our trip to the Noah’s Ark Exhibit with some pictures that were taken.  There are many truths from the Bible and science that we sometimes do not consider concerning God’s creation.

We are also considering attending The Promise in Glen Rose this fall.  I will get more information about that event, so keep your “ear to the rail.”  For those of you who don’t remember putting your ear on the railroad track to see if a train was getting close, that means “keep watching and listening for information”.

Remember to reach out to all to share the Good News of Jesus!  He is the only real answer to the problems our world faces!


Dr. John Yarbrough, Discipleship Pastor

Fall is coming, we hope.  As seasons change, they can remind us of the many changes that occur in our life.  We are not in control of the heat or the rain and the many life events.  As Christians, our Lord Jesus asked us to look forward and not backward.  The past is behind us.  Because of our faith in the Lord Jesus, Jesus has made us into a new creation.  We are now part of the Kingdom of God and not the kingdom of this world.  We live by new rules, His.  Because of Jesus’ presence in our life, we are to walk daily in our new life not alone and not in fear of the unknown but in peace, power and comfort as Jesus lives in us.  Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NASB)

As believers in Jesus we will have peace in this world only in Him.  Jesus gives us the grace and strength to face our many difficulties (tribulations) in life.  Our hearts and our minds must be focused on the Lord Jesus.  When our focus is on Jesus, He gives us the Peace that passes all understanding.  Remember, this world is not our home, we are just passing through.  Let’s continue to enjoy our life’s journey as Jesus rides in our vessel daily and be ready to tell others why there is a hope within you.

A Royal Touch

Melinda Earls

One woman can make a difference, but together we can change the world!  Getting together is good for our hearts and brings us closer to one another.  Everyone has needs and sometimes just being together can make you feel supported by other women.

Let’s spend a day - Getting REAL!  September 21st to be exact – in worship, prayer and Bible teaching.  Let’s get real with who we are and how we are in our church.  What about our accountability?  Do we encourage others?  What kind of relationships are we displaying for the next generation?  Laughter is good for the soul; we will do a lot of that too!

Trusting Hymn will be bringing the worship on that day.  You will hear from others that have heard from GOD and how it has made a difference in their life.  You don’t want to miss out on this fun and exciting time in the life of women at Royal Haven.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  There will also be door prizes – you don’t want to miss out on these goodies!

Tell your friends, bring your daughters, reach out to others that just need to have a day with other women.  Share your faith and let the Lord do the rest.

Saturday, September 21st, 8:30AM – 2:00 PM, at Royal Haven.  Please sign up at

Let’s get REAL, ladies!

Family Ministry

Marty Earls

Youth and Children:  The summer of 2019 was a breakthrough summer for Family Ministry.  We took close to 100 children and youth to Youth Camp, GA Camp, and RA Camp.  We experienced an active Youth summer program we called "Wild Wednesdays" that has helped to produce the best Youth Group on the Planet.  We have seen several youth and children come to faith in Christ and an overwhelming number draw closer in their relationship with Him and strengthen their commitment to live for Him Daily.  You, church, have made this possible by your prayers and support of Family Ministry.  Pray for these students now that they are back to school and face challenges and temptations. 

I would also ask that you prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to serve in children’s or youth ministry at Royal Haven.  See Pastor Marty for more information.  The Harvest is truly plentiful.

Safety Improvements:  In the coming weeks we will be working on improving our safety measures in the Children's Ministry areas.  At RHBC we have always been diligent to ensure the safety and security of the children entrusted to our care.  However, our increasing growth is making it necessary for us to implement some changes. 

The first change that you will see immediately is in the child check-in process.  I have asked our volunteers who check-in and release children from our care to require that the parent or guardian stay during the check-in of their child(ren) ages 0-5th grade.  The parent or guardian will be given the matching tag that goes with their child's name tag.  Then, after church, or at any time the child is being picked up, the parent tag must be presented to the RH Kids worker in order to have your child released into your custody.  If the parent loses their tag or cannot produce it for child pick-up, the staff member or ministry leader must give approval for the release of the child into their custody.  This may require valid I.D. that matches the parent listed in our attendance system.

This requirement is for ALL parents regardless of personal familiarity with staff or volunteers.  I must emphasize that these measures are becoming the norm in most churches and are for the safety and security of your children.

If you have any questions about this policy, please see Pastor Marty Earls. 


Overflow Sunday Night

Marty Earls, Family Pastor

When was the last time you lingered in worship and prayer? August saw the launch of a new Sunday night service at Royal Haven.  Led by the Overflow Worship team, this service seeks to place an emphasis on Worship, Prayer and Community.  Although intended for anyone already attending RHBC, there will be an added focus on outreach.  It is a service for people "From Any Church, or No Church at All", as we seek to gather people from the Body of Christ to practice unity and love for one another.  The service begins at 5:00 PM on Sunday evenings.  We would love to see you there.
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