We celebrated the freedom we received because others gave their life
last weekend. What do we plan to do with that freedom? How do we plan on
living that life? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
What is the goal of life? As I reflected on the freedom we have
here in the United States of America I thought about what that freedom
was worth. I thought about the different ways we use that freedom to
affect our life and the lives of others.
We sometimes get caught up in the pursuit of our own pleasures.
Many times that comprises our whole life mission. We use the freedom we
have been given to pursue a life of self-indulgence.
I am not saying we shouldn’t pursue happiness, that is a right we
fought for when we declared our independence. I am saying that we should
evaluate what makes us happy. I think it matters how we define
happiness. I think satisfaction and fulfillment are necessary components
of true happiness.
True happiness does not come with acquiring things. True happiness
doesn’t come from having money. True happiness doesn’t come from getting
everything you want. True happiness comes when you are fulfilled and
satisfied, a peace and contentment that come only from having a
relationship with God through Jesus. When we have this our perspective
changes. We place importance on different things in life.
Last week I encouraged you to live differently, that after we have
said our thanks, commit to live a life that demonstrates that
appreciation. Live like you have been given a tremendous gift, the gift
of freedom to live.
1Peter 3:8-12, Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one
another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing,
because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,
"Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Look at these verses and the things they say are important to those
who love life and want to see good days. We should watch what we say.
Our words can go a long way at determining our quality of life. I talked
a few weeks ago about how we should talk about others. Our words should
be encouraging and uplifting, not intending to tear someone down.
We should pursue peace and turn from evil. We should be
compassionate and sympathetic. We should not think more of ourselves
than we should. These character traits will lead us to what is true and
what is good.
These verses also come with a caution, if we turn away from the
Lord, he will be against you. Let me help unfold this a little. When we
act in a way that honors God we experience His blessing. He watches over
us and listens to us. The opposite of pleasing God is doing evil. If we
live in a way that doesn’t honor God he removes His hand from our lives.
We live on our own, left to face the challenges of life alone.
Live the life of freedom. Live a life that honors God. His blessing
will follow you and you will experience true happiness, satisfaction and
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WE GOT IT IN - We borrowed a few hours from Saturday but the
race was finished. For a month the rain fell every Friday night and
Stafford had to cancel their show. This Friday promised to be different,
until 9:00 that is. The only rain that fell in Connecticut Friday night
fell over Stafford . Mark Arute wasn’t going to let it stop the show.
The crew at Stafford got right to work and didn’t stop until the track
was ready for the Whelen Modified Tour. The Dare stocks did their part
to assist. At 11:45 we rolled out and finished up just before 1:00 am on
The Mystic Missile proved to have the field covered on this night.
Chuck Hossfeld won the pole with a lap of 18.132. He redrew the pole
starting position and led many laps on his way to winning. Todd Szegedy
came home second followed by TC.
TC inched closer to 100 career victories at Stafford by driving
from the back to the front in the SK Mod portion of the program. I heard
someone say it wasn’t his night as he spun and ended up at the back of
the field. TC drove it through the field to victory lane.
LIA WINS FIRST - Donny Lia took eight races to bring
home his first victory in the Craftsman Truck Series race at Mansfield ,
OH . Having raced there last year in a modified he was familiar enough
to win a three way shootout on the last lap. Congratulations Donny, good
CAMPING WORLD EAST SERIES HAS NEW DIRECTOR - It was
announced this week that Les Westerfield would take over as the acting
director of the Camping World East Series. Lee Roy has stepped down in
what was called a personnel decision. I am not sure of the reasons
behind the change, but Dan and I have enjoyed serving Lee and his
officials and will miss having him at the track with us.
IOWA REPORTS IN - This one from Chuck McNeil;
The East captured the top nine spots even though the winner hails
from San Diego and third place finisher, Kasey Kahne, from Enumclaw
Washington . Congratulations Brian Ickler, Marc Davis, and Kasey! This
weekend had several opportunities to meet new folks, reminisce with not
so new folks, and see God at work. The work of the ministry is
continuing to be recognized even more, by race fans as well, even in
Iowa . MRO's Bob Butcher told us at chapel how the Lord is working in
Kathy's and in his life, even in times of trial and struggle. His newest
grandson got a early start at 27 weeks and remains in neo-natal care,
and is continuing to grow and get closer to going home. Many
opportunities have presented themselves to minister to other parents in
the unit and like 2nd Corinthians 1:3-4 says,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Lift up Bob’s family as they go through afflictions and even at the
same time, comfort others. It was really great to have Gary Dionne and
Paul Veluzat from the West Coast, along with Bob from MRO. We really
charge our batteries up when we all get together. Dan and Don were
missed but we tried to fill their shoes.
Also lift up in prayer those teams that did not get to race after
this long trip. It is a burden financially, and on their spirit, to come
this far and not make the show. A lot of the established teams hold a
lot of rich history and I am sure we want that preserved.
Note: Marc Davis was moved to the last position after post race
This one from Gary Dionne;
Iowa, AWESOME !!!!!!! Everyone we met at Iowa Speedway was so
friendly and helpful. We felt so welcome and at home there. It was great
to see old friends and meet new ones as well. We were asked to say a
prayer for safety for all the track safety personnel after their Sunday
morning meeting. These are a great group of professionals. It was nice
to be joined by Bob and Cathy Butcher of MRO. Bob did a great job
arranging Chapel Service. He delivered a truly heart felt message. We
really enjoyed Chuck Mc Neil’s company, We felt as though we have been
friends for years. It was the first ministry road trip for Rev Paul
Veluzat , Wow what great travel companion, His enthusiasm and
professionalism is truly appreciated, I am looking forward to working
together with him in the future. Saturday was a nice mellow day of
visiting with many teams, and getting acquainted with many new people.
We felt so welcome by all. Saturday night found us at Knoxville Speedway
. Dale Quarterly and Ed joined Paul and I there. That sure was FUN,
those sprint cars were sooo fast! Sunday morning came pretty quick, Back
to the track bright and early! The day seemed to go by so fast. Driver
intro went smoothly, we prayed with so many drivers it was truly a huge
blessing to us. Our trip home went very smoothly. Thank You guys for
having trust in Chuck , Paul ,and I to let us do this trip. We are
looking forward to a long future with RWJM. Most of all Thank You Jesus
for all you do for us !!!
LITTLE 500 FINISHED WITH HEAVY HEARTS - I received a call
from Chuck McNeil and he informed me that a track worker was killed
during the running of the Little 500 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday
night. Here’s Chuck’s report;
The 60th annual Little 500 at Anderson Speedway, Indiana had 33
asphalt sprints competing on the world’s fastest quarter mile. The
festive race was dampened when Roy Hiatt, working the turn one area for
this race, was struck by a sprint car while responding to an accident.
Roy was transported and was pronounced shortly after arrival to the
hospital. In difficult situations, God provides. This time, he sent some
help to me in the form of West Coast Racing with Jesus chaplain Gary
Dionne. Gary arrived into Chicago for a movie shoot and drove down to
Indianapolis for the Little 500. It is humbling to see the Lord work in
the face of difficult times. Gary was able to stay at the track while I
was at the hospital with the family. Afterwards we all assembled at the
track for a time of reflection, prayer, and healing time. Thank you,
Gary for your support.
Pray especially for the Anderson team members as they face a
Saturday night race with a vacancy this week. Pray for their safety and
of course pray for Roy ’s family he leaves behind. Arrangements are
http://www.andersonspeedway.com for updates.
BROTHER BOB ON THE ROAD - Bob reported in from the Oaklane
Quarter Midget States race that everything went great. He performed his
first chapel service and was excited about the response from the racers
and their families. He is looking forward to returning and ministering
to them again later this year.
We head to South Boston this week for the Camping World East Series
race and also to conduct a baby dedication service for Samantha Ann
Santerre. We are looking forward to being part of such a special moment
in her young life. Keep our travel in your prayers. Have a great week.
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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord
make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his
face toward you and give you peace."
May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
BOBBY & MEREDITH DILLNER - This Long Island native, now a Charlotte
based SPEED CHANNEL reporter and wife share their 15th anniversary.
TOM & CARITA TWINEM - These Brookfield, WI fans share their 27TH
DON & MARY ANN MOYER - This Delaware race writing couple have
their 15th anniversary.
JOE & JULI ANN DEVOLVE - This Plainfield, CT fan couple shares
their 9th anniversary.
RANDY & LYNDA HEDGER - The Tioga Speedway/NASCAR WMT driver and wife
from Morrisville, NY share their special day.
BOB & TRACY COX - Rev. Pat's cousin in Boyertown, PA and wife,
both NNC and Sprint car fans, share their 11th anniversary.
DON FORTE - Terrebone, Quebec LM driver.
WAYNE CARROLL, SR. - Dad of Massachusetts ProStock driver Wayne,
KEN SCHRADER - Fenton, MO NSC driver.
JIMMY MEANS - NSC/NNS/NASCAR West independent driver/owner.
AL UNSER, SR. - Retired Indy Car great, Little Al's dad.
LARRY BARNETT - Ledyard, CT Limited late model champion at
RITA TRUDEAU - Wife of retired Chaplin, CT Modified driver Joey.
RICH SYLVESTRI - Retired proprietor of Sylvestri's Auto Care in
Canterbury, CT formerly referred to as the Northern World Center of
RITA ST. JOHN - The mother of Jewett City (CT) Service Proprietor
BOB NEWBERRY - Schenectady, NY Alchohol Funny Car driver.
GLEN MEISENHELDER - Springfield, MA occasional NASCAR CWES
driver, son of Ken of KGM Video.
PAUL HEARD - Lisbon, CT LM driver.
TED SEMINARA - This "Area Auto Racing News" Nextel Cup
photographer from Brewster, NY is now turning "Rebel" down in Mount
Holly, NC and loving it.
LISA ORR - Daughter of Orlando, FL LM driver Pete and wife Terri.
PATRICK SHANLEY- Bethel, CT Lebanon Valley fan turns 17.
GENE WEIDMAN - Big Diamond Speedway dirt NASCAR Modified driver.
ED SANSEVERINO - Hillsborough, NC Orange County (NC) Speedway and
STEWART LEHMAN - Former longtime staff member at Wayne County
Speedway, Orville, OH.
THOMAS PURVIS - Son of Clarksville, TN NNS driver Jeff is 19.
NORM PATRICK - Publisher of NY State's "Gater Racing News."
JAY SAUTER - NNS/Craftsman Truck Series driver.
DAVY JONES - Lake Tahoe, NV Offroad and CTS driver.
DARRYL LEWIS - New York Southern Tier asphalt Modified driver.
LORRAINE SYLVESTRI - The wife of Rich, retired proprietor of
Sylvestri's Auto Care World Center of Speed in Canterbury, CT.
LEW MARDEN - Owner of Air Transport, Inc in Concord, NH and Jamie
Tomaino NASCAR WMT fan.
DAVID BAKKER - NASCAR CWES Race Director
MARY ANN MOYER - Delaware writer.
MATTHEW THOMAS - Son of northern New England's "Racin' Paper"
DALE BEERS - Dad of Northampton, PA Modified/NASCAR WMT driver Eric.
KYLE PETTY - Randleman, NC Petty Enterprises NSC driver.
SATCH WORLEY - Rocky Mount, VA driver.
SAMMY BEAVERS - Glen Gardner, NJ retired famous dirt Modified
STEVE KINSER - Bloomington, IN World of Outlaws superstar.
LISA LILLQUIST - The daughter of former Thompson Speedway Late
Model driver Jerry and wife Debbie, now living in Myrles Inlet, SC.
JOHN UDES - Wall Township speedway/RoC Modified driver from
Morris Plains, NJ.
SCOTT NICKEL - The Thompson Speedway based photographer and brother
of photographer Dale.
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