The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Have you ever felt out of control? In life we strive to have a handle on things, get a grip. How does God fit into the control we want to have on our lives? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   In racing we are not quick to reveal everything. Think about the interview with a driver or crewchief after practice. It may go something like this; “the car is good, but we can still get a little more out of it.” Then ask the other competitors who has a fast car and they will tell you straight out, “so and so has the car to watch.” The art of playing the racing game, don't let them know what you have until you need to.
   This sort of thinking showed up in a tech inspection infraction against a team last year. It appeared that the Toyotas were generating a tremendous amount of horsepower and NASCAR wanted to dyno their engines against the other competitors. Without notice they announced during the race that they were going to pull several cars after the race and dyno the engines right in the car. This, they felt would give them an actual indication of what the engines produced in race trim. They needed to do it this way because if they announced it and gave the teams notice they would not be assured that no gamesmanship was taking place.
   One team thought of a way around it and put a spacer behind the gas pedal to prevent the engine from turning max rpms. They got caught and fined. This just reveals to us the great lengths we will go to control the outcome of a situation. Even the threat of penalty doesn't deter us from trying to control the outcome.
   Words that have become popular today include, spin doctor, damage control and the like. All created and practiced to control what others hear and think about a situation. They all fall into the category that our passage talks about today. We say things we don't mean, swear to them, invoke God's name all in an effort to convince others to do it our way. Look at this section of verses out of the passage we read last week.

   Matthew 5:33-37: "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem , for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your `Yes' be `Yes,' and your `No,' `No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

   Manipulating others is a harsh concept for us to admit, but it is something that we all engage in. There a very few truly honest people in this world. When we see one, we call them stupid. Why? Because they are vulnerable and they don't play the game of manipulating their words to please or protect.
   Have you seen the movie Forest Gump? Do you know what made him special? He was truly honest. His yes meant yes and his no meant no. When he had something to say he said it; he wasn't what we would refer to as tactful. Look and sounds so strange to us doesn't it.
   How about us? Have we fallen into the trap of making commitments and promises that we can't keep. Why is it that we think we can control the events of our life to the point that we commit to do so to others? Look at what Jesus says in this verse, “you cannot even make one hair white or black”. Actually I think we can make them gray by worrying about too many things, but I digress. We really do not realize how little control we have in our lives.
   Jesus councils us to simplify things, less is more. Say yes when the answer is yes and no when the answer is no. Don't spend time thinking it through and trying to over think things. When we do that we end up making promises that we cannot keep. Worse yet we have to think up another way to cover for the things we didn't do.
   In sports, gamesmanship is part of the deal. We reveal things in a way as to keep others thinking and guessing, keeping the competition off balance. Don't let that become a lifestyle. We can get so caught up in manipulation, control and orchestrating events that our lives spin out of control. We don't know what is real and what is fabricated. The burden becomes overwhelming. Jesus wants to remove that burden.
   Take steps this week not to embellish the truth, just speak as truthfully as you can. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Turn to Jesus for help in that. Your life will be simpler and your mind won't be clogged up with trying to remember who you told what. Remember God's promise;

   Matthew 7:7-8, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

   Have a great week, remember to keep things simple. Next week we'll talk about retribution and getting even. The week after that we'll look at how we treat those we don't care much for. That will close out our Winter Bible Study and we will look toward Easter, the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Have a great week, God's continued blessing.


- Dan and I made the quick trip down to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont , NC at the invitation of Charles Kepley. Charles is the force behind the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at Concord Motorsports Park in November and he is trying to put together an event to start the season like the Shootout closes the season. We were excited to be a part of something new for Modified racers.
   Orange County is a fantastic facility, wide, banking, several racing grooves, fast, the list goes on. The racing was some of the best we have seen in a long time. Absent was the foolishness of impatience. The race had just three cautions for minor spinouts and only one tow truck call. In the end patience ruled the day. Ronnie Silk, Matt Hirschman and Charlie Pasteryak ran in the top three for most of the race with George Brunnhoelzl III running with them. Side by side, bumping, rubbing, close-quarter racing that made the Mods famous. As we approached the last several laps you could see the tires go away and the top three looked as though they were hanging on till the end when Matt Hirschman found a little left in the tank. He caught and passed Ronnie and took home the checkers followed by Ronnie and Charlie. The North ruled this one but I am sure if we meet again next year the southern guys might have something to say.
   Part of the challenge of this weekend was that we couldn't be two places at one time. We made a commitment to Charles to support his event and needed to fulfill that even though it meant missing the indoor event at Providence . It would have been easier to stay home and head to Providence but as our passage said this week our yes needed to be yes.
   NEW FRIENDS - While we met with many old friends in NC we also made new ones. One of the folks we had the pleasure of getting to know this weekend was Eric Peterman of RPM Outreach. Eric is the Chaplain for the ASA Southern Modified Race Tour. He came on board with them this year and is excited about the opportunities of ministering to the ASA family. We are looking forward to seeing him along the road. It is great to add another member to the community of ministers that have a heart to reach racers. Please keep Eric and the ASA tour in your prayers.
   OLD FRIENDS - We had the pleasure of spending some time with the Dilner's as Meagan was racing in the ProCup series on the under card of the event. In addition to that Jerry Babb and Melanie were along for the ride as hauler driver and chef. We enjoyed some good food, good friends and good racing. I am always amazed at how God prepares the way for us. God is Good, All the Time!
   NO COOKIES - On a sad front when we arrived at Orange County we met many of our northern friends including our favorite cookie baker from New York State . I am sad to say that she was cookieless. We had to endure an entire race without the benefit of her chocolate chip cookies. The Icebreaker is a few short weeks away and I am assured there will be cookies there. Nothing goes better with the sound of a modified than chocolate chip cookies.
   PRAYER REQUEST - I was talking with Randy LaJoie at Orange County and he asked if we could lift his family up in prayer. They are facing some challenges in the days and weeks to come and need the prayer support of the racing family. Pray that God would surround them with His grace and mercy as they face these challenges.

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   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



March 11

- The proprietor of Ferguson Painting and Decorating and wife; fans from Howard , PA celebrate their 33rd anniversary.

March 14
- The Danbury, CT based True Value Modified Series Media Coordiantor and wife/ Claremont Modified driver (Audrey Stevens) share their 12th anniversary.

March 17
- The North Brookfield, MA ProStock driver and wife share their 19th anniversary.
ERIC & CHERIE BEERS - The Northampton, PA Flemington and WMT driver and wife have their 17th anniversary.


March 11

- NY based ISMA SuperModified driver.
HAL GOODSON - Darlington , SC All Pro driver.
BRIAN CRUNDEN - Connecticut ProStock driver.
DAVE BURNHAM - CT based LM driver.
VALARIE LeSIEUR - Daughter of former Speedway Scene Publisher, Val.
DAN BURY - Upstate NY photographer.
JOHN LANE - A son of NJ photographer Ace.
CAROL PARES - Wife of "Area Auto Racing News" NASCAR Mod Series photographer Mike of Wayne, NJ.

March 12
- Wall Township Speedway driver.
TODD MASSEY - Haw River, NC LMSC driver.

March 13
- Milford, DE URC Sprint driver.
LYN ST. JAMES - Willoughby, OH born, now Daytona Beach , FL IRL driver.
SCOTT BONNEY - Lee Speedway (NH) LM driver.
RANDY KANE - Selinsgrove and Clinton County Pit Steward.
JASON KOHLER - Fleetwood, PA MicroSprint driver.
CRYSTAL SANSEVERINO - A daughter of Hillsborough , NC photographer Ed and wife Linda.

March 14
- NH True Value Modified Promotor/driver/team owner.
PAT PUNCH - In Newton, NC, the wife of Brewco NNS Team manager, Dennis, who is the brother of TV's Dr. Jerry .
ERIN & KARRI LARSEN - The twin daughters of NASCAR Mod Tour official Joe are 17.

March 15
- Brushton , NY go-kart driver.
PAT D'ANTONIO - Tuscon,AZ NASCAR West driver.
ROBBY PAGE - A new quarter midget driver turnes 8.

March 16
- Pennsylvania Motor Speedway multi-time dirt big block LM champion, proprietor of Frankland Racing Supply racing rears and Clincher Gears.
JERRY CRANMER - Semi-retired NJ asphalt Modified and ARCA driver.
SHERRY BLAKELY - San Antonio , TX driver.
DAN MESERVEY - Chatham, MA Mini Modified driver, dad of Mod/NASCAR CWES drivers Dan, Jr. and Doug.
BOB CASAGRANDE - Riverhead Raceway Blunderbust driver.
KATRINA SPENCER - Daughter of former NSC driver Jim and wife Pat is 21.
BRANDON LEHMAN - A grown-up son of AARN columnist "Doc" from Smithville , OH .

March 17
- No. Grosvenordale, CT LM driver.
KATHY ATTAYA - Wife of Tim, Producers of the Augusta , ME annual Motorsports show.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: March 12, 2009


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