Have you ever done something wrong? Seems like a simple question with a
simple answer, but why is it we forget that when it comes time to
forgive someone else from a mistake they made. Forgiveness is something
we want to receive but many times are not as willing to give. Greetings
in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let me set the record straight, we all make mistakes. We all make
choices that seem right at the time but in retrospect they were not the
correct ones. That being said why have we become a society that has
developed a less forgiving attitude. Zero tolerance is not the right way
to deal with mistakes.
As the season winds down I can remember several occasions over the
past few months that mistakes on and off the track have been made. At
the moment when they occurred it seemed the whole season hinged on them.
After a little time passed, there significance waned and we have moved
on. Those are the ones that are easy to deal with. Other mistakes take
on a life of there own.
Some are not truly mistakes but maybe a little creative rules
interpretation. Penalties are levied and corrections are made. We move
on or at least we are supposed to. Some of us have longer memories than
Some linger because the punishment doesnít fit the crime. This is
where timing and zero tolerance collide. As the season plays itself out
the rules change. When things get out of hand we receive a warning and
the bar is raised. What would have been acceptable before is not now.
These situations really cause us the most angst.
At one time the infraction would have been overlooked but now
because of zero tolerance and the timing it draws a stiff penalty. We
are judged by one standard and extenuating circumstances are not
considered. Most times the punishment doesnít fit the crime, but because
there is no flexibility and only one penalty, everything is judged the
same. The voice of reason has no place in the discussion.
Some never seem to be dealt with so they linger and fester. These
types effect relationships and are the most destructive. No matter what
the situation was, when mistakes are made they need to be corrected. We
need to take responsibility for them and seek forgiveness. We then need
to forget about it and move on.
Forgive and forget; a familiar refrain, but one of the most
difficult things for us to do. We want to get back at the person who
wronged us. We have a need to get even. We have our rights and no one is
going to take advantage of us. We say that we forgive but we will never
forget. These are many of the comments you hear when you encourage
others to forgive. We tend to be unforgiving people when it comes to
others, but we want to be forgiven when it comes to us.
Letís take a look at what God says about this issue. Godís rules
never change and His standard is always the same. God does not accept
our mistakes. God is right and just and mistakes are not something that
God can accept. God says all mistakes are the same, big, small doesnít
matter all mistakes fall into the category of sin, missing the mark. We
all have made them and all will have to pay the penalty.
Romans 8:23; There is no difference, for all have sinned and
fall short of the glory of God.
And the penalty is the same;
Romans 6:23a; For the wages of sin is death,
But look at the rest of that verse and we start to see what God
intends for us.
Romans 6:23b; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
God said I will make a way for your mistakes to be forgiven; I will
send My Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for you.
John 3:16-18; "For God so loved the world that he gave his
one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have
eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the
world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not
condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because
he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
We have spoken at chapel about being a peacemaker. Jesus was the
ultimate peacemaker. He gave his life so that we could have peace with
God. Jesus came, suffered, died and rose again so that the penalty for
our sin would be paid in full. We can receive that payment by accepting
it. It is a gift from God.
Ephesians 2:8-9; For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not
by works, so that no one can boast.
God provided this opportunity for forgiveness and we can receive it
by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we do, we make
peace with God, we restore our relationship with Him and our sin is
forgiven, remembered no more.
As the season comes to an end, take a look back and see if there
are some people you need to forgive. We are expected to forgive as God
forgave us. That means not because we deserve it but because He loves
us. Forgive not because they deserve it, but because God forgave you.
We cannot experience the full blessing of God if we refuse to
forgive others. Our unwillingness to forgive implies that our standard
is greater than Godís. That is not correct; Godís standard is the only
one that counts. If God is willing to forgive you, there is no reason we
could have for not forgiving others. Make that commitment this week.
Commit that you will go to the people you have refused to forgive and
forgive them. Donít worry if they refuse to accept it, many have refused
to accept the forgiveness that God offers. We are not called to make
people accept our forgiveness, but to offer the gift. Offer that gift to
someone today. God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
NO SNOW - When the schedule came out and the October date at
Chemung was announced thoughts immediately turned to the prospect of a
snowout. Quite the contrary was in store, a beautiful fall day in the
mountains of New York . As long as the sun was out the temperature was
great, when the sun set however it cooled off very fast. Give credit to
all involved for moving the program along and moving the start time up,
we actually finished before we were scheduled to start. Matt Hirschman
took home the victory and cut into TCís point lead. The lead is down to
55 points and with two to go this is turning out to be a horse race.
We were joined in Chemung by Danís daughter Stephanie and her
boyfriend Kevin. It was great to have them along and share the
experience with us. I think we created a new race fan in Kevin. It was a
good day to serve the Lord at the track.
NEW SERIES FORMING? I want to be the first to announce this
so here goes, from my observations there seems to be a trend in drivers
driving Minivans. First Lou Cicconi and then Billy Pauch Jr. I am not
sure but I think I see the next big thing coming down the line, Minivan
racing. We can add some flames, a wing and who knows! Can you see it
now, a division for Soccer and Hockey moms, this should be cool. Have
you ever seen them drive in traffic? One point we need to stress, there
is no passing the pace car. Lou already committed his first rule
infraction on Route 17 somewhere on the Pennsylvania / New York line.
FALL FINAL GETS BUSY - TC will add to his challenges during
Fall Final weekend as he not only tries to nail down two championships,
SMS SK Mod and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, but will also jump in a
Camping World East entry and use that as a warm-up for the day.
Woody Pitkat gets into the act also, he will be in a Fadden Racing
prepared machine for Mike Olsen. Woody ran with the team out in
Irwindale last December and will be back to race with them at a track
where he has turned many laps. Remember the driverís seat for the Fadden
Racing entry in the Camping World Series is empty for 2009 and with some
financial support it would be great to see Woody driving it full time.
The Camping World East is getting tremendous exposure and is a great
place for a new sponsor to break in.
ITS OFFICIAL, PREECE WINS - One of these days Ryan will get
his chance to celebrate in Victory Lane, this week the decision was
handed down to remove the victory from Burt Myers and award it to second
place finisher Ryan Preece. Ryan has had one taken away at Stafford and
one awarded to him at Martinsville . One of these days he is going to
win and celebrate in victory lane on the same day. I spoke with Ryan and
he said they are trying to work something out so that he can head down
to Martinsville and take the victory lane photos with track president
Clay Campbell, Whelenís Phil Kurze and the trophy. Ryan was hoping it
might be on Cup weekend but that is the same weekend as the World Series
at Thompson. I think he will accept victory lane photos at Thompson as a
substitute. The famed #3 visited victory lane in last yearís WMT race at
Thompson on World Series weekend, maybe a repeat is in order.
MOTORSPORTS 2009 SHAPING UP - We have begun selecting cars
for our booth at next years Motorsports show in Atlantic City . We have
secured the Camping World East Championís car of Matt Kobyluck already
and we are waiting on the final standings of the WMT with hopes of
having both the Championís car and the ROTY car. We are also trying to
secure the Camping World East ROTY car and the WSMT Championís car of
Brian Loftin. Needless to say our display gets bigger and better each
year. Make your plans now to come by and show your support for Racing
with Jesus Ministries .
This week has us back at Stafford Motor Speedway for the Fall
Final. Both the Whelen Modified Tour and the Camping World East Series
will join the weekly divisions for the season ender for Stafford . Letís
hope for a great fall weekend of exciting racing action, see you there.
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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
Correction - Somewhere along the line we missed a year, Bill and
Mary Brice have been together for 47 not 46 years as previously
SCOTT & MELANIE DEWARE - This South Easton, MA NASCAR BNS GRAND
NATIONAL/SCCA couple have their 13th anniversary.
BOBBY & CAROL GAHAN - The multi-time Lee Speeway ProStock champion
with over 300 feature wins from Barrington, NH have their 38th
DALE & TERRY WAKEFIELD - This Warren, NJ AMA Expert division biker
and wife celebrate their 18th anniversary.
JOHN & LISA SHAPLEIGH - These former JBIII crew members celebrate
their first anniversary.
RICH & LORRAINE SYLVESTER - The retired proprietor of Sylvestri's
Auto Care, formerly known as the northern world center of speed, in
Canterbury, CT and lovely wife celebrate 46 wonderful years together.
Just ask Rich.
RON & CAROL MENTUS - This AARN racing writer and great Christian
witness and wife share their 47th anniversary.
BILL & JUDY ROBINSON - These Wall Township Speedway fans from
Whiting, NJ, and she the daughter of Doris Bradley, share their 24th
SUZANNE STIVASON - car owner of the modlite 116 champion at Blanket
Hill Speedway and sprintcar #4 champion at Mercer park in Western PA.
BILL ELLIOTT - Dawsonville, GA Dodge part-time NSC driver and former
WAYNE ANDERSON - Yaphank, LI, NY former NASCAR WMT champion.
HAL RESH - Pennsy asphalt Modified driver.
SHAWN MARQUIS - One of Enfield, CT NASCAR CWES/WMT driver Jerry and
wife Karen's children.
MARK SABATINE - Longtime spotter/radioman for Steve Payne and Payne
MARILYN BARKER - Mom of Bob "Mad Dog" and Billy "the Kid" Barker
Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club, Saten Island, NY.
FRANKLIN BUTLER - Chester, VA Mitchell Motorsports NASCAR CWES
RICKY ELLIOTT - D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
RON ESAU - Lakeside, CA NASCAR West driver.
VINCENZO SOSPIRI - Monte Carlo, Monaco IRL driver.
C.D. COVILLE - Retired famous Schenectady, NY dirt Mod driver.
DAN HARMON - Grottoes, VA Micro Sprint driver.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR. - A son of "the great one" and Hendrick
Motorsports NSC driver.
MONTY UTZ - CWES crewman.
DEBBIE GASTELU - Widow of the late Wall Township Speedway ProStock
driver Ray and team owner of the WTS Greg Gastelu dodge ProStock team.
JIMMY HENSLEY - Horsepasture, VA NASCAR CTS driver.
JIM SAVAGE, JR. - Ed Flemke NASCAR WMT crewman.
AARON ANTONE DIAS - The son of Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver Tony
SCOTT JAMES - Canterbury, CT RWJM freind and supporter. He spent
many years on the road with Rev. Pat and in service to this ministry.
HEATHER FRANTZ - The wife of Mountain Speedway RWJM Chaplain and
winning driver, Paul.
NED JARRETT - From Hickory, NC, one of racing's great Christian
examples and retired NSC champion.
SMOKEY WARREN - Popular Grandview/ Big Diamond NASCAR Sportsman
MARK DISMORE - Greenfield, IN Midget and IRL driver.
MORGAN SHEPHERD - Conover, NC NSC/NNS/CTS driver of the Racing with
HAROLD DAUNCEY III - NJ asphalt Modified driver.
DANNY BAGWELL - Birmingham, AL NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
ERNIE GAHAN - Retired NH National NASCAR Sportsman champion and 300
plus ProStock feature winner Bobby's dad.
JACK DENNIS - Laura's dad and Appomattax, VA Jamie Tomaino NASCAR
CAITLIN BROWN - A daughter of Farmingdale, NJ Dwarf Car driver Bobby and
JASON JARRETT - Hickory, NC NNS/ARCA driving grandson of Ned and son
of NSC's Dale.
JOE VENEZIAN - Proprietor of Perth Amboy Springs (NJ) and
JERRY GLANVILLE - Roswell, GA occasional ARCA/NNS driver, former NFL
coach and TV commentator.
ANGELINA STUART - Preston, CT wife of JDM Chaasis builder/ LM
PATRICK MANNING - Sheldonville, MA Carl Pasteryak NASCAR WMT fan.
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