LOVE YOUR ENEMY
by Rev. Don Rivers
We all have people we enjoy spending time with. We all have people we are
comfortable being around. Then there are the folks that donít sit well with
us, the people that we really donít care to be around. What do we do with
them? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
At the track we have those folks we love to hang out with. With the
Icebreaker a few weeks away you can see the evidence of this. Take a ride
out to the track and look around the parking lot. You will see campsites
marked off with various different methods. Not just one camp site, several
areas big enough for several campers. Folks they want to hang out with and
enjoy the weekend.
When you need some advice on setup and you need to talk it over
with someone, you go to someone you like. You donít go to the guy who put
you in the wall last week. You seek out a friend, not an enemy. We want to
be around folks that we enjoy being around.
This helps explain why we donít think to highly of our enemies. We
would rather see something bad happen to them. We would like to see them get
what they deserve. What goes around comes around; it couldnít happen to a
nicer guy. We like it when our enemies have misfortune.
That is not the way Christ expects us to act. He expects more from
us, more than we sometimes are willing to give. Take a look at this passage
and see if we start to understand what Jesus is talking about.
Matthew 5:43-48; "You have heard
that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you:
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons
of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the
good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those
who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors
doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more
than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your
heavenly Father is perfect.
You see we are called to be different. We are called to love not
only those we like, but those we donít care for. You might ask why. The
answer is simple, God values each person the same. Our performance doesnít
affect our value to God. Though it does affect our usefulness to God.
What sets Christians apart from the rest of creation is that we
care about our enemies as much as we do our friends. To do this requires
that we look past their shortcomings, forgive them when they need to be and
reach out to them when they need help. Not easy things for us to do, but
they are the things that Christ expects from us.
What needs to be changed in our lives to allow us to reach out to
those we donít see eye to eye with? What do we need to do to show the love
of Christ to those we do not really care for? Only you can answer that
question. Take a look at your life, the people close to you, the people you
donít care for and try to change the way you view them. Try to change the
way you see people. Remember that God values each one of us the same.
Remember that Christ died for each of us.
Perfection is a high standard but it is one that God expects us to
strive for. We canít get there if we donít try one relationship at a time.
Make every effort this week to reach out to someone who you donít care for.
Let them see that Christ rules in your life, not your personal feelings.
Next week we will close out our Winter Bible Study. I know it is
springtime already, but I think the extra time was worth it. Take a moment
and review the lessons we have studied and see what the Lord is saying to
you. After next week we will get into the racing season with our first
service at the Icebreaker in Thompson. That will be a special day as we
celebrate Palm Sunday. If you are going to be at the track make your plans
to join us.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
ICEBREAKER ON THE HORIZON - This past weekend Thompson
International Speedway opened for practice. The open practice day is the
prelude to the season opener for the Whelen Modified Tour the first weekend
in April. There will be another open practice next week, but the tour cars
will be absent due to the 7 day rule. It is good to see the start of another
BUD NATIONALS AT WATERFORD - As
of this writing Waterford plans to open under the NASCAR banner with the
traditional open SKMod show. While the off-season has seen many more
chapters written in the soap opera that has become Waterford the plans are
in place to start a new season. Terry is back at the helm and a new board is
in place. The court has given them a reprieve from foreclosure. Letís hope
that stability is the future. This track can be the place for some exciting
IMPACT RECALL - This week
Impact racing issued a recall for several safety items with SFI
IMPACT RACING PRODUCT RECALL
Any and all driver suits, pants, jackets, shoes and boots
manufactured by Impact Racing pursuant to SFI Specifications 3.2A/15,
3.2A/20, 3.3/15 and 3.3/20 at any time during the year 2008 have been
decertified by SFI Foundation, Inc. and must be immediately returned to
Impact Racing offices or an Impact representative. Impact Racing has reason
to believe that these products do not fully comply with the stated SFI
Specifications and therefore do not meet SFI manufacturer certification
requirements. This recall applies to all such products whether or not they
have been updated, rebadged, or recertified by Impact Racing. This recall
applies even if the product now has a 2009 SFI patch or label affixed to the
product. All applicable sanctioning bodies have been notified of this
In my investigation it appears that most of this recall is limited
to the drag racing items but be safe, go to their website, check out the
recall and make sure everything you have is safe.
WHELEN MODIFIED SOUTHERN TOUR GOES GREEN
- After rain postponed last weeks race at Caraway the tour got things going
at a familiar place, Concord Motorsports Park . The place that was made
famous by the John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout proved to be
familiar territory for the Northern invaders. Burt Myers won his record 18
pole but was passed on lap one by TC and TC never looked back winning wire
to wire. TC was followed home by a young driver who is coming into his own,
Rowan Pennink. Rowan continues to build on his Turkey Derby victory as he
prepares for the Whelen Modified Tour up north. Donít be surprised to see
Rowan in victory lane this year. Another northerner turned southerner turned
in probably the best ride of the day coming from the rear of the field after
engine trouble to finish third, George Brunnhoelzl III. Myers came home
forth followed by Erick Rudolph. Ace Speedway is up next for the WSMT next
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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
J.R. & JASLYN WILLIAMS - This Carson City, NV Midget driver and wife
share their 22nd anniversary.
BOBBY & DONNA LABONTE - The Corpus Christi, TX NSC driver and wife have
their 17th anniversary.
CALAB WILSON - Grandson of Wall Chaplain Bob Menschner.
KEVIN CULVER - Portland, OR NASCAR West driver.
TONY SISCONE - Hammonton, NJ retired asphalt Modified driver.
DAVID TOWNS - Sportsman division Champion for 2007 at Fonda Speedway.
KURT SCHAFFER - Son of Grandview Modified driver Rick and wife Donna
AMY BROWN - A daughter of Farmingdale, NJ Dwarf Car driver Bobby and
TRACY COX - Dirt and NSCS Mark Martin fan from Boyertown, PA, wife of
Rev. Pat's cousin Bob.
JOHN MARKOVIC, JR. - Mountain Speedway and ocasional NWMT driver.
DOROTHY BEERS - Mom of Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT driver Eric.
JODI PAPALE - Wife of Meriden, CT ProStock/Modified driver Tony.
SHAYNE GEIST - Son of Wescosville, PA Mahoning Valley Speedway driver
Todd and wife Karen is 19.
NATALEE JARRETT - One of Hickory, NC based NNC's Dale and wife
Kelley's children turns 17.
GLEN DAVIS - This Maine based sports photographer has his special day.
ANDY HALL - Formerly of NASCAR, now with the Indy Racing League.
CALE YARBOROUGH - Retired NNC team owner, retired champion and one of
the founders of the very first NNC ministry.
RODNEY COMBS - Lost Creek, WV NNS driver.
JEFF FULLER - Auburn, MA born NNS driver.
BOSCO LOWE - Retired Southern Virginia NNS driver.
NICKI STOUT - Neptune,NJ Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT driver and NNC's
Dupont driver Jeff Gordon fan is 20.
MACKENZIE MICHEL - Daughter of Wall Township Speedway Modified driver
Dave and wife Kyle is 9.
BOB BREVAK - Ashalnd, WI ASA/ NASCAR Truck Series driver.
JAKE SMULLEY - Jake is the step-son of Big Diamond Former Promoter
Fritz Roehrig and son of Fritz's wife Krista. He was also Frit's right-hand
man at the track.
DOUG HEVERON - Liverpool, NY BGN driver/spotter.
JEFF SCHMETZLE - PA Sportsman Modified driver.
JOE ROSENFIELD - Mass. ProStock driver.
RON FOX - Retired CT Modified driver, dad of Plainfield, CT Modified
STEVE GEORGIADES - Crew Chief brother for brother Bobby's
Stafford/Thompson Modified team.
JOE CUDNIK, JR. - Crewman on the Enfield, CT Brad Hietala Modified
SHAWN HOULIHAN - CWES Flagman, NASCAR official, SMS and TIS Flagman,
son of retired WMT driver Dick.
THE REV. BILL WAUGH - RWJM Western PA Coordinator and Chaplain, also
Pastor at the Greensburg, PA Church of the Brethren.
MARIO ALBERTO - This AMSRA Micro Stock rookie at MVS and son of writer
Dino from Lehighton, PA.
RON SMOKER - Upstate, NY D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
S.J. EVONSION - East Hartland, CT Whelen Modified tour driver/Crew
Chief for son.
FRED SCHIELE IV - Son of Riverhead Raceway regular Fred III.
WILLIE CHARETTE - Retired Riverside Park Speedway Modified driver.
MARYANN GRECO - Widow of the late Stafford Modified driver George.
BRENDAN JONES - Manchester, CT Brad Hietala Modified fan.
BETTY DENNIS - The mom of Laura Dennis from Appomattox, VA a Jamie
Tomaino WMT fan.
*** NEW BEGINNINGS ***
STANLEY ďSTUBĒ FADDEN - Stub went home to be with the Lord on
March 11, 2009. He was the patriarch of Fadden Racing and raced throughout
the Northeast for six decades running his last a few years ago at
Thunderroad in Barre Vermont. Stub ran many races in his life and touched
the hearts of many.. One of his greatest joys was racing with his grandson,
Two-time CWES Champion Mike Olsen. He also loved going to the track and
cheering on his other children and grandchildren. Stub had a tremendous
influence in the racing careers of so many drivers. We will miss that
smiling face greeting us when we return to the pits. Sympathy cards can be
directed to his wife Charlotte Fadden, at P.O. Box 427, North Haverhill,
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