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   Last week I talked about how we relate to others. I said we would take a closer look at the subject this week. As we get started take a look around. Who do you have relationships with? Why? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   You are at the racetrack and you need a part for your car, who do you go ask? You go to someone you know. You go to someone who you know will help you out. How do you know? You know because you have a relationship with them.
   In our day to day lives we meet people and interact with them. Some we decide to get to know better than others. Who we choose and why is an interesting process. Did you know that guys generally choose who to be friends with based on what others have. Let me explain.
   If Joe has a truck and you don’t, you may choose to become friends with Joe because you may need a truck someday. Think about it, if you doubt it, go by a truck and see how many friends you suddenly have.
   That is not the only way we choose our friends. We have many different things that draw us to others. Stop for a moment and think about why you hang around with the people you do. Think about what attracts you to someone else.
   Just like we have many people we have relationships with, there are many different kinds of relationships. Some are close and some are social. No matter the relationship there are a few things that are true about each one of them. Close relationships are built on trust, communication, time, honesty and faith.
   Without these components close relationships cannot exist. We can pretend, but when times get tuff and they will, only relationships that are built on this solid foundation will be able to stand.
   The keys to secure, close relationships come directly from our relationship with God through Jesus. The relationship that God desires to have with each one of us involves each of these. Lets break it down a little.
   Trust, it is difficult to be close with someone you cannot trust. Think about how difficult it would be to share your most intimate thoughts if you didn’t feel you could trust someone. You wouldn’t and the relationship would not be as close as it should be. Think about the relationships you have, are the trusting ones?
   Communication is another vital component. How close can you be if you don’t talk with someone? Communication can also be done without talking, our body language can indicate our true feelings. Communicating with each other helps develop the trust required in any close relationship. It also helps us recognize each other, “that doesn’t sound like….”
   Time is another necessity, time spent together and time spent thinking about one another. How much time have you spent on the relationships you are in? Sometimes we think others will understand our absence but it takes it toll. There is no substitute for being there.
   Honesty is a given. No relationship stands a chance if honesty is absence. Trust is built on being trustworthy. We are trustworthy when we are honest with each other. When we are not honest we deceive not only the other person but ourselves. There is tremendous pressure on a relationship when it is built on lies.
   When these components are present they produce faith. When we can depend on someone to fulfill their responsibilities in a relationship it is a freeing feeling. We are at peace. It puts the finishing touches on what it means to be in a close personal relationship.
   Let me transfer this to the personal relationship we need to have with God through Jesus. You see Jesus opened the door so that we could seek out God and have a close personal relationship with Him.
   Seek Him out by reading His word and getting to know Him. Spend some time talking with Him and asking Him some questions. You will find Him trustworthy and Honest. You will find Him worthy of placing your faith in. I am reminded of the passage that Jesus spoke at the end of His sermon on the mount. He talked about two men who had heard His words. One chose to listen, one chose to ignore them. The lived their life and challenges came. One was able to put his trust and faith in God. The other had only himself to depend on. One was able to stand. The other life crumbled and crashed.

   Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

   Who do you think we need to have a relationship with? Life is difficult at best. We cannot make it through alone. We need the companionship of others. God made us that way. Take some time and work on the relationships in your life. Make every effort to build them on the rock that is the teaching of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Learn how having these close relationships can make life worth living. Build a relationship with God today.


- I was the guest of the Arute’s last Friday night at their Champion’s Banquet. It was good to see everyone again. Every notice how different people look out of their racing cloths? For the most part it was your standard fair, awards, photos, speeches. Then it happened, I had a little heads up from Mark Arute but I wasn’t the only one in the room shocked. The recipient himself wasn’t sure if this was just a joke. After the announcement he was speechless. Pay close attention to this one, The only driver who could pin the boo meter was voted by the fans as the Most Popular Drivers in the SKMod division. None other than Ted Christopher, he couldn’t believe it. He walked to the podium turning wondering if he really heard that right, You sure you counted the votes right?” That was one award that TC had written off and never expected to win. Our Stafford Chaplain, Rev. Rick Satkowski, told TC that he must be rubbing off on him.
   It was a great time and we are looking forward to 2009.

   TURKEY DERBY PRACTICE A FULL HOUSE - Received a report from Wall, the pits are full! The Turkey Derby preparations are in full swing. Wall is alive with the sound of race cars! Wall Lives! You could hear the excitement in Bob’s voice, like a long lost friend was found. Like something so special was lost and now was found. Bob was walking on air as he ministered in the pits he had called home for over 25 years. He was thrilled.

   Sponsor a lap and help promote the event. Racing with Jesus has gotten into the act. You will find our name on lap 80, because it was in 1980 that this ministry was started by Rev. Pat. We are thankful for his vision and his effort to open doors. Thanks Pat!

   MODIFIED DRIVER SHOWS UP IN GREENWICH - The Royal Rangers (A scouting organization backed by the Assembly of God church) from Harvest Time Church International in Greenwich , CT are in the midst of building their cars for the annual pinewood derby. Glen Reen Rookie of the Year on the Whelen Modified Tour gave them a little incentive to keep on going when he bought his NASCAR Modified to the church parking lot. After the evening’s opening ceremonies, the boys came outside to take a look at a real race car. The majority of them have never seen a race car up close before. Each boy was able to sit in it, put Glen's helmet on and dream about what it would be like to drive one of these. Glen bought along some glow sticks and chocolate candy bars in the shape of a race car for each boy. They enjoyed these while waiting in line to get in the car. After each boy had a chance to get in, they all stood back and Glen fired up the modified and revved up the motor for all to hear. He peaked the interest of a lot of kids about racing - and the grown-ups as well. I heard many comments such as "Wow, I never heard anything like that before - it's shaking me up inside" or "I am definitely going to a race next season and bring my boys to see these on the track". Many from the church Youth Group and others from evening's service came out to take a look. Afterwards, we gave the boys and commanders an opportunity to ask questions and each one got an autograph on one of Glen's hero cards. Many of the boys were really interested in racing and want to come to the track and watch a race. They also received the encouragement they needed to continue working on their pinewood derby cars. Thank you Glen, and God bless you for taking the time to come down and showing your car and giving the boys something to talk about for a long time.

   We have now entered the off season. A couple of car shows, some speaking engagements and the banquet circuit on the agenda. Keep in mind we are available to come and speak to your group or church. Give us a call.

   Be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Online Apparel Store at 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 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 Coast’s largest weekly racing paper" See our on-line Apparel Store for subscription information. Check our home page 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



November 20
- This upstate NY NSS writer and wife share their anniversary.
KRISTOFER & STEPHANIE SMITH - He a former CWES crewmember and She a former media center worker at NHIS were married this day in 2004.

November 21
- The Lakeland, FL Bell South NSC driver and wife have their 14th anniversary.
WALT & MARSHA DYER - The owners of the Lance Dewease driven Pennsy Sprint No. 461 have their 55th anniversary.

November 22
- This retired Modified champion of Rehoboth, MA; parents of current Prostock driver Dave Berghman, have their 48th anniversary.
DICK & NANCY CLARK - The veteran Long Island NASCAR WMT driver and wife have their special day.
MICHAEL & CAROL PARES - This "Area Auto Racing News" NASCAR Whelen Mod Series photographer and wife from Wayne, NJ share their 28th anniversary.

November 23
- This Pomfret, CT Pro Tour Truck driver and wife have their 31st anniversary.
JASON & STACEY KOHLER - This Fleetwood, PA Micro Sprint driver and wife have their special day.


November 19
- Phoenix, AZ NASCAR West driver.

November 20
- West Pittston, PA NASCAR Mod driver, son of engine builder Lou.
ANDY BELMONT - ARCA driver/ New Egypt co-promoter.
ACE LANE, JR. - Legendary New Jersey photographer.

November 21
- Franklin, NY DIRT Mod driver.
TOBY PORTER - Greenville, SC NASCAR driver.
TRAVIS CARTER - Veteran NNC team owner.
JIMMY MILO - Southington, CT AARN columnist and head of Stafford Motor Speedway's Safety Team.
AIMEE BARKER - Daughter and Team Crew member on dad Bob "Mad Dog" Barker's 8NY Legend out of Staten Island.Billy "The Kid" Barker- Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club, Staten Island, NY.

November 22
- The wife of Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT driver Tony.
LUCY CHRISTOPHER - Plainville, CT Bill's wife and mom of famous racing twins Ted and Mike.
DR. CHRIS WIBBELSMAN - Eldest son of Gainesville, FL RWJM Advisor Dick and wife Judy, living in Dayton, OH.
DOREENE EMHOFF - Wife of Bill and mother of Matt, both crew members on Art Barry's #21 WMt team.
MAYNARD TROYER - Rochester, NY chassis builder and retired Modified driving great.
J.C. "SUITCASE" ELDER - Veteran NSC Crew Chief.
TOMMY GAVINE - Proprietor of Stafford Springs, CT Fyne Lyne Fabrication.

November 23
- E. Smithfield, PA NASCAR CWES driver.
RON BOUCHARD - Fitchburg, MA retired NSC driver.
PATRICK O'BRIEN - A son of Tammy Longacre in Boyertwon, PA is 9.
KEVIN OKULA - Son of Wayne, Team manager for the #28 King Racing Modified and Charger Driver for #67 - Riverhead Raceway & Sharon.

November 24
- Chatham, MA NASCAR CWES/NASCAR WMT driver.
DAN WALKER - Beech Ridge Motor Speedway PR Director.
ADAM HEDGER - NASCAR Cup official son of Williamson, NY Mod driver Randy and wife Lynda.

November 25
- Sanford, ME NASCAR CWES driver.
JEFF STREETER - Brawley, CA NASCAR West driver.
TOM BUTLER - Stafford Speedway LM driver.
MIKE JOY - Hartford, CT based TV/Radio racing announcer.
MIKE FELTENBERGER - Grandview/ Big Diamond flagman/photographer.


- Forner ARDC Midget driver , died of cancer, on Oct. 16 at age 56. Dave competed with the ARDC with his self-owned light blue roadster No. 27 beginning in the mid-1980s past 2000; and was also a board member of the ARDC as secretary for several years. He originally drove dirt Modifieds and Late Models in Pa. Cards may go to his fiancé Sandy Moll, at 101 North Penn St., Palmyra, PA 17078.

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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: November 20, 2008

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