The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

8/28/2008

USEFUL OR NO USE AT ALL

   Some things in life are very useful to have. Marketing companies have made a living out of convincing us that we cannot live without it. What is truly useful in our live? What can we not live without? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   Racing requires teamwork; teamwork requires that members pull their own weight. Letís face it, some team members are more useful than others. I bet if you think about it you could come up with a few phrases for those crewmembers that we label as useless.
   The success of a race team is a direct result of how useful each member is. You can have the most talented team available but if the don't put that talent to use then it doesn't count for anything. You have to put into use.
   This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, a holiday set aside to celebrate the working men and women of this country. This day was created to celebrate the contribution they made to make this country what it is. Think about everything we have, it was brought to you by the working men and women of this country. They used their talents to help build this country.
   Did you know that God created each one of use so that we could be used by Him to reach others in this world? How useful are we to God?
   How about our usefulness to God. I spoke recently about John the Baptist, he dedicated his life to serving God. Listen to how he is described:

   Matthew 3:1-6, In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

   "A voice of one calling in the desert,
`Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.' "

   John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan . Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
   John didn't count personal comfort or possessions as something to be valued. He counted service to God as the most valuable thing he could do with his life. He made straight the paths for the Lord. What do you suppose that involved? We can look to Isaiah 40 for some clarification.

   Isaiah 40:3-4, A voice of one calling:
"In the desert prepare
the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.

   Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.

   Building a highway takes some work, removing all the obstacles from the path is challenging. Think of the end result, a road that is straight and flat, one that can be traveled fast on.
   Let's transfer that image to someone's life. In life we have mountains to climb, pitfalls, bumps and potholes. Most times we are so focused on making it through these challenges we don't think to turn to God. We are just trying to survive.
   Our job is to help people get through these things in their life so that they can see the love God has for them. When we do, there will be a highway for God. Think about it, when people are delivered from the challenges life presents them and they realize it was God who delivered them, they will acknowledge that and see God's Glory. We are there to help them see the love that God has for them.
   Back to the question, how useful are we to God? Take this Labor Day to reflect on the efforts of others to build this country. Also, take time and ask God how you can be more useful to him. Have a great holiday weekend.

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   What a beautiful day, lets play two! I borrowed the phrase from baseball, but it applied at Mansfield . For the first time in weeks weather was not an issue. The day was a long one, maybe we can take a look at it and shorten it up a little next year, but no matter we had a great day if racing.
   We were joined in Mansfield by Chuck, our Midwest Chaplain. He arrived at the crack of dawn to start getting chapel flyers up. Dan and I were still on the road. Getting a late start due to a family event on Friday evening we pulled in at 7:00am with our faithful sidekick, 8-track. Ken added shadow to his nickname list on this trip. With apologies to Gino, Shadow Spring was put into service to bring Dan's pacecar back to New York after it was serviced at Bolles. Ken needed to stay close to me as we drove down, closer than my shadow. For most of the trip I could not see the head lights. No bumps or bruises, the car made it back in one piece.
   Shadow then took his familiar position in the passenger seat to keep us awake as we drove through the night. We arrived without too much trouble, in time to cover the days activities.
   Have you ever noticed how God works things out? Let me take a little side road hear and talk about how God has blessed this ministry over the last few weeks. We were at Lime Rock Park last week when a Pastor from North Haven , Ray Pavkov, saw the pace cars and stopped by to ask about the ministry. We talked for a while, I gave him a ministry hat to wear and we made plans to set up a trip to Thompson up so that he could learn more.
   During our conversation I explained that we would be headed to Mansfield this weekend and he shared about his brother and others he knew in the area. He thought that they would be interested in the ministry and agreed to talk with them about it. Most times that is the end of things, but not with God.
   I received two phone calls last week, one from Jim of Bellville, Ohio who offered to help us with lodging when we were in Ohio , he owns two hotel eight miles south of the track. I also received a call from Dave, Ray's brother. He also wanted to talk about the ministry and we agreed to meet at the track on Saturday. He came and had a great time learning about racing and how we minister to the racing community. It was a blessing to have talked and met with them. The amazing thing was that God put it all in place and we just benefited from His work. God has it all in His hands we only need to trust and follow him.
   Another story from Long Island , Riverhead to be exact. Pastor Scott reports things are growing and going great at Riverhead. He is thankful for the hospitality and inviting way he has been received. He had to take a trip to California to find us here in Connecticut . It is another example of God working though people who are willing to let Him guide their lives. In his short time at Riverhead he has endeared himself to the race fans. He is part of the flag parade during the National Anthem with his Mercury. He hit the gas a little too hard to catch up to the line and the tires broke loose. The fans thought the burnout was great! I am told it is now part of the show. Scott is doing a great job out on the Island .
   Back to the race. Matt Kobyluck couldn't make it four in a row, but came back from a flat tire to finish second. Brian Ickler made short work of his first trip to the Ohio half mile. He brought home his third victory of the year to start the doubleheader. Peyton Sellers limped home third with a skipping powerplant ready to overheat at any moment.
   The Modifieds closed out the evening with their half of the show. The track at Mansfield was built for Modifieds and they put on a show. TC and Ryan Preece had the cars to beat and as I talked with Ryan after the race he shared he had one move left to try and get around TC but the green, white, checker prevented him from finishing the deal. Jimmy Blewett had other plans. As the two lap shootout developed Jimmy got under Ryan for second and the three came across the line under a blanket. TC, Blewett and Preece, what a great finish.
   On the road again, headed back east. Without any rainouts this year we have Labor Day weekend open for a little R & R. I am headed to the beach in Maine , Dan is headed to the cabin in New York and 8-Track is headed to Thunder Road . Have a great holiday.

   Be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Online Apparel Store at www.RWJM.org. Call us with your prayer and counseling needs and list all your prayer needs, no matter what part of our racing family you are in, with the Racing Family Prayer Request Page www.rwjm.org/page/prayers.php also send your prayer request by mail. Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and

   Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.

   Mail reaches us at Racing with Jesus Ministries , PO Box 586 , Tolland , CT 06084 . Check our weekly printed pages in "Area Auto Racing News", the East Coastís largest weekly racing paper" See our on-line Apparel Store for subscription information. Check our home page www.rwjm.org for past articles. We invite you to input your thoughts as you sign our Guest Book. Please remember, we can only do what we do because of your prayerful financial support.

   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

CHECKERED CHEERS

***WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES***

August 30
SONNY & HENRIETTA KOSZELLA
- The proprietor of Koszella Speed Warehouse in Coventry , RI and wife have their 50th anniversary. They are also the very proud parents of the lovely Julie Stefanik, wife of NASCAR WMT & CWES Champion Mike Stefanik.

AUGUST 31
RICK & LIND RODENBAUGH
- This NASCAR WMT couple, she with the Jake Morose Team and he Co-Crew Chief for Wade Cole share their 6th.

SEPTEMBER 1
BRUCE & SALLY SHIREY
- This Latrobe, PA couple who live just five miles from Latrobe Speedway and also enjoy road racing, have their 23rd anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

August 27
MIKE MORTIMER
- "Mighty Mike" drives the LM 14 at Riverhead Raceway.
JOHN MINE - Wall township Speedway driver.
JIMMY BAKER - Crew Chief for the Junior Miller driven Whelen Southern Modified.

August 28
KRIS SMITH
- Husband of former NHIS media room attendant and chocolate chip cookie lover Stephanie.
RANDY LaJOIE - Norwalk, CT born two time NNS champ, currently concentrating on selling his excellent race car seats.
KELLEY KING EARNHARDT - Grown-up daughter of the late Dale Earnhardt.
August 29
MARK FLEURY - NY DIRT Modified driver.

August 30
KEVIN ECKERT
- Allentown, PA based Sprint/Midget writer.
AUSTIN MARIE BRUNO - This little lady is the first child of Bomoseen , VT ACT/ CWES driver Mike and wife Alayne and turns 7.

August 31
JERRY SOLOMITO
- Riverhead Modified driver.
JOHN HEWITT - DIRT Modified driver.
GARY MOORE - Horseshoe, NC driver/owner.
HOWIE HODGE - Well liked and respected photographer from Manchester , CT.

September 1
BRETT HEARN
- Sussex, NJ top DIRT Modified driver.
LENNY FISCHER - Riverhead Raceway Modified driver.
EDDIE HOWELL - Lakeland, Fl former Dash Series driver.
LARRY BOUCHARD - Feeding Hills, MA ProStock driver.
DAVID STOKES - Son of Wall Township Speedway co-announcer Roger Stokes.
FRAN COLSON II - Son of Leominster , MA ProStock driver Fran and wife Doreen.

September 2
JIM CHAPIN
- Friend of RWJM ministries.
JACK JOHNSON - Duanesburg, NY legendary dirt Modified driver.
MARK FUSCO - DIRT Modified driver.
BLAIR AIKEN - Lakeport, CA NASCAR West driver.
STEVE GOLEMBESKI, Jr. - Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT team crewman.
CLAYLENE ADAMS - Wife of Pomfret, CT Pro Tour Truck and ProStock driver Leo.
ADAM VENEZIAN - The son of Statewide Trailer/Perth Amboy Spring owner Joe and wife Linda.

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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: August 28, 2008

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