The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   1/29/2009

HARSH WORDS
by Rev. Don Rivers

   The next passage we take a look at may take us a few weeks to get our hands around. Many times in life words have several meanings. Sometimes we think we know what something means only to find out something was lost in the translation. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   Have you ever lost your temper? Threatened to do something to someone? Gone so far as to say you would take them out? We all lose it and overreact at times. What does it mean when we say things to others? Are words really that important?
   Out on the track things happen and when they happen to us we react. We usually do not wait and figure out what really happened before we respond. Racers in the heat of the moment have been known to do things they later regret.
   The same applies in our life, we say things and direct them at people without knowing all the facts. We use comments that we wouldnít say to their face. We direct them at them when they are not there. Why is it easier to put someone down when they are not there?
   Think about when you drive in your car. How many times do you direct comments at other drivers? How many of those comments are complimentary? It is a byproduct of the world we live in. We think we know how everyone else should be doing things.
   Take a look at this passage and letís spend some time to explore it.

   Matthew 5:21-26, "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, `Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, `You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

   "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift."

   "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny."

   If I asked you if you committed murder you would say no. But take a look at the passage. Jesus says if you even call someone a fool or Raca which means worthless, you have violated this commandment. Murder is not the same as killing. We think of killing as taking someoneís life. Jesus says murder is killing someoneís spirit.
   When we tear someone down with words we kill their spirit. We devalue them. God values each one of us the same. In Godís eyes we all are the same. When we do not value what God values we elevate ourselves above Him. We do not have that right.
   Jesus tells us that when we do not show others the same value that God does we, in effect, murder them, kill their spirit. Jesus says we do not have the right to do that.
   I know this is more far reaching than we have considered when we think about the commandment not to murder and I am sure we havenít considered the words we use as that harmful, but think about what Jesus is saying. We need to value what God values. We do not have the right to cut down what He has created.
   Think about the words we use this week. Ask God for forgiveness for the times we cut others down with words. We will explore more of this teaching next week. For now we will stop here.

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN
- The big doings this week were on the West Coast. Moving the Showdown to January was a challenging proposition. I remained behind on the East Coast for this one. I must admit I was feeling left out not being there. On Thursday I checked the flights and for a moment considered making the trip at the last minute. I figured the price would be prohibitive and that would be the end of my left out feeling. It didnít work, the flights were cheap and my desire to go was just as strong.
   It wasnít until I jumped online Friday and realized that the weather was not cooperating that I was glad I was home. I tuned in at 10:00 on Friday night to see that the day was a washout. Our West Coast contingent let us know the weather would be a challenge as January is the wettest month of the year and it would prove to be right. Fridayís qualifying and practice fell victim to the weather and the program was reshuffled and would be run on Saturday.
   I want to thank Dan and Gary for being there and ministering to the drivers and teams at Irwindale. I know it is no fun when weather interrupts the schedule and they did a great job out there.
   One of the bright spots was the number of competitors that made the trip, 56 cars showed up for 40 spots. That is an encouraging number considering what some prognosticators had predicted.
   I tried but didnít make it staying up on Saturday night and from what I understand I missed a classic short-track finish. When the dust settled the patient Matt Kobyluck came home with the victory. Matt is the first to repeat as Showdown Champion as he followed up his Championship in the Camping World East Series with a victory in the shootout. Matt closed out a great year on top.
   With the completion of the Showdown the horizon looks clear of racing for us until March. Both Dan and I have a few speaking engagements scheduled. Iíll get the dates and items to you so that if you are in the area you can stop by and lend us some support.
   We are always available to speak to your church or group, please contact us and we can schedule a time.

   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***

January 28
ROBERT & DONNA DILLNER
- On Long Island, the parents of TV's Bobby and Matt have their day.

January 30
JAMIE & CHERYL TOMAINO
- The Howell, NJ driver for the Perth Amboy Spring NASCAR WMT Team/ RWJM Tour Rep. and his best friend wife share their 30th anniversary.

February 1
GREG & VICKIE SACKS
- The Long Island native WC driver and wife have their 34th anniversary.
JAMIE & PAULA AUBE
- The Charlotte, VT three time CWES champion and wife have their anniversary.
TONY & SANDY URBINA
- This Riverhead LM driver and wife have their 18th anniversary.

February 2

JIM & GERRI RICHARDS - This former driver at the former Plainville Stadium from Ansonia , CT and wife share their 46th.

February 3
HERMIE & ANGIE SADLER
- The Emporia , VA NSC/NNS driver and wife have their 13th.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

January 28
DAVID GREEN
- Archdale, NC NSC/NNS driver.
JON CLEMENS - Pennsy Hoosier Tire dealer.
JUSTIN BOSS - Son of CT Strictly Stock/ LM driver Glen is 19.
KEVIN CLASS - Quarter midget drivers from Jersey turns 10.

January 29
SUE SANTERRE
- Wife of four-time CWES Champion and now CWES Carowner Andy and his favorite PR agent.
TOMMY HOUSTON - Hickory, NC retired NNS driver.
RICK KARPEUK - PA asphalt Mod driver.
JEFF DAVIS - Anaheim Hills, CA NASCAR West driver.
PATRICK REYNOLDS - New Milford, CR ProCup driver.
LUKE DAMIANI - One of Andy's sons of Woxall , PA and 1/4 Midget driver is 18.
SCOTT BACHAND - Williston, VT NASCAR NCWS team owner/driver.
TOM HOWARD - Waterford Speedbowl faithful.
RICKY TODD - Captain Video of Riverhead Raceway.
NICK CAPPAZOLA - Crew Chief for the Riverhead Rusty Turbush LM team.
WALT STUBBS - Blairstwon, NJ Modified AARN columnist.
LAURIE O'DONNELL - Orrinton, ME Dave Dion fan.

January 30
LLOYD GILLIE
- East Holden, ME LM driver.
RICK GIANNINO - LI based LM driver.
BOB McKEE - New Jersey based NASCAR CWES Crew Chief.
BUTCH KALBA - Riverhead Rusty Turbush LM crewman.
GERRY FILLIMON - Old Bridge , NJ noted photographer who along with brother John, make up the famous "Fillimon Brothers Racing Films and Videos."

January 31
MIKE DILLON
- Welcome, NC NNS driver, Cup Team member husband of Richard Childress' daughter Tina.
KELLY MOORE - Scarborough, ME part-time NNS/NCWES driver.
JON GAMBUTI - Montville, NJ 1998 ATQMRA 3/4 Midget champion and ISMA SuperModified driver.
ROBBIE GROFF - Northridge, CA IRL driver.
RICK WILSON - Bartow, FL NSC/NNS driver.
GARY HERRIN - Spokane , WA LM driver.
GEORGE TALLAS - Las Vegas , NV LM driver.

February 1
DAN AVERY
- Somersville, CT NASCAR WMT driver.
JANICE WOLF- Riverhead Mod driver Scott's mom.

February 2
ELIZABETH AYOTTE
- Mom of Augusta , ME writer/ Track promoter Dan.
JEAN WENZEL - Mom of Riverside Park LM driver, Chris.
JACOB MALACHI JAMES - The youngest son of Scott and his wife Lisa is 14.

February 3
TEX , "MIKE" FRENCH
- CWES former crewmember for ASM.
BOBBY GADA - Niantic, CT Waterford Speedbowl Modified driver of the multi-time Harry Wyant championship team.
MIKE TICCO - Lancaster (NY) Speedway writer.
DAVID BACHMAN - Son of Pennsy based former ARDC scorer, Jennifer Bachman. This No. 1 fan of John Marcovic and Eric Beers is 13.

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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: January 29, 2009

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