February 2010


Pastor Bob Alderman

First Baptist Church

I drive a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck. It is not new, but it runs well and transports me from place to place. Age sometimes brings problems, even in Ford trucks.

Over time the plastic cover over the headlights had become weathered, scratched and dull. This happened slowly, over the eleven year life of the truck; so slowly that I had not noticed. I was quite happy with the performance of the headlights, until my wife drove my truck one night and complained that the headlights did not work very well. I took the truck out the next night and, for the first time paid close attention to the beams of light coming from the headlights. They were very dim and just barely lit up the road. Something had to be done, quickly!

I was not looking forward to the hundreds of dollars required to replace the entire headlight assembly! This was money I had not planned on this expense and, as we all know, money is tight in today’s economy. A few days later I pulled into Wal-Mart and saw a sign that advertised “Headlight Restoration” and I went to check it out. They said that they could restore my headlights to “almost new” condition for about forty bucks! Seeing how this was much cheaper than my only other alternative I paid the money and had them do their best to restore the lights.

I was really kind of skeptical about how successful they would be; the headlights were in pretty bad condition, but figured even a little better may save me a bunch of money! They called me when they were finished and I went to see how much yellow haze was left on the headlights and was SHOCKED to see that they really did look almost brand spanking new! The change was amazing!

That night I took my truck out and was very excited about the beams of light that now illuminated the roadway in from of me! The headlights now lit my path for a very long distance ahead and a wide swath from side to side! The change was immediate, intense and very, very pleasing!

In our lives today, sin and spiritual distance from God brings cloudiness to our vision of life here on earth. Things around us begin to look darker and darker until we become quite pessimistic about life and our future. God does not desire for you to live in this kind of darkness! God wants to bring restoration to your life. God is light and He wants to drive out all of the darkness around you.

John 12:44-47 “And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” ESV

Jesus is the only One who can restore our vision, our hope and give us new life.

The Bible also teaches us that Christians do not know everything. The Bible actually says that our vision of God and what He is doing is more limited than my trucks headlights.

 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ESV

 ‘For now we see in a mirror dimly” is a piece of scripture that lets us know that we are not nearly as wise as we think we are! There is so much about God that we do not know or understand!

The Good News is that, one day all those who profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will come to a full knowledge of Him and His love.

When we don’t understand what is happening around us we should trust God! He knows everything and understands the bigger picture of what is truly happening around us. In your darkest times grab hold to what is real and lasting, not on temporary “quick fixes” that may seem to help in the short term, but never last beyond the dawn.

Grab hold of your faith in God that’s trusts Him with your everything; the hope that you know you have in His power, His wisdom and His compassion, and the love that you know He has for you, love that will never let you down. When life seems difficult and hard; when your future looks as clear as mud, grab hold of God and allow Him restore your faith, hope and love!

The closer you get to God the clearer life becomes until the day that we are called to His Heavenly Home forever.

Remember that God loves you!…and so do I.

Pastor Bob Alderman

First Baptist Church

      Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 

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     No one ever accused the Apostle Paul of being timid about his faith!  Paul was always willing to share his faith, no matter what the cost. 

     Paul often found himself in jail for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but he never stopped.  Paul knew that people were hurting and needed the healing Jesus had for them and he was willing to pay any price for the opportunity to lead them to our Savior Jesus Christ.

     This kind of boldness is very rare today.  The sad part is that the world needs a relationship with Jesus Christ more than ever, but fewer and fewer people are willing to admit their faith, much less share it with others.

     There are a few brave souls in our world who will stand boldly against the tide of self and worldliness to profess their faith in Jesus Christ.  They are the few and the brave.

     I was very impressed with the courage displayed by University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy after the BCS Championship game.

     This was the game Colt had strived for his entire football career.  This is the game all football players dream of playing in; and Colt McCoy was set to be the star.  But, he was injured just 5 plays into the game and was not able to play.

     Colt McCoy’s dream quickly turned to a nightmare.   His throwing arm was now as useless as a wet noodle and his team was now losing the National Championship game…badly.  A winner wants to play, and Colt is a winner who could not play.

     In his darkest moment this young quarterback would have had every right to be angry with God and curse his injury; but not Colt McCoy. 

     Hear his words from that night: “I worked and played my whole career to be on this stage, to be given this opportunity,” McCoy said. “I know what it would have been like had I played that game. To know that is tough. But at the same time, I am a man of faith. I stand on the rock. I’ll never question God for why things happen the way they do. … There’s bigger and better football days to come.”

     Colt McCoy faced his worse nightmare with faith and boldly told a national audience of millions that his faith was in God, not football.  Colt was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because he knows the power it holds for hurting people.

     How about you?  Are you ashamed of the Gospel that gave you faith, hope and love?  Are you  ashamed of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who so willingly gave His everything for you?

     Share your faith!   Allow others to know that you are a Christian who loves God and loves them.

     Share your faith, share your story, share the Word of God and share His love.  We need not be timid or afraid because God has promised to be with us every step of the way.

     We often think we need to be theologians or pastors to share our faith, but we do not!  Each and every Christian is commanded by God to share our faith and to be ministers of reconciliation.

     God does not need your great abilities!  God is waiting for you to simply be available to Him!  He will do His work through you, if you allow Him.

     Join Paul and Colt in boldly professing your faith!  Start locally, in your home and neighborhood, then spread on into the world around you.

     Remember that God loves you…and so do I.