by Rev. Don Rivers
We have reached the end of our Winter Bible Study for 2009. We have covered
the middle section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesusí first public teaching
of his disciples. We have learned many things but this weekís lesson hits us
right at home, donít be something you are not. Greetings in the name of our
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We have heard this word and even used this word but have we really
explored the meaning? Hypocrite- 1) a person who puts on a false appearance
of virtue or religion 2) a person who acts in contradiction to his or her
stated beliefs or feelings.
We all have said or done things that donít reflect how we truly
feel. We all feel we have justified reasons to act that way. The fact is we
should be honest and truthful. Our actions should agree with our words.
People should be able to expect that we, as Christians, will give them the
Racing doesnít corner the market on misleading statements and
actions. You see it every year around silly season. That is why it has that
name, people saying and doing things that just donít add up. We really donít
know what is going on until the dust settles and the decisions and contracts
are signed. That is all part of the game.
Well it shouldnít be when it comes to God. People shouldnít wonder
if what they are seeing and hearing is the real thing. They should be able
to trust that someone who claims to know God and represent Him is doing just
I cringe when I see some of the stuff on television that is passed
off as religion or Christianity. There are people that have no interest in
representing God, just lining their pockets with cash from people who have
trusted them. It happens across all walks of life, the con men who extract
peopleís hard earned money with a slick sounding story. When it happens and
God is the reason used it irks me to the core of my being. It is challenging
enough to help people through life and show them what God has for them
without these hypocrites muddying up the water.
I have to say though this is not a problem that developed with the
television age. Jesus had the same issue with the same type of people. He
used terms like ďbrood of vipersĒ and ďden of thievesĒ. He overturned the
tables in the temple that had made a mockery of the Temple . It was the one
thing that Scripture reveals made him truly angry.
How do you feel when someone takes advantage of you? How do you
feel when you cannot trust someone? We all have been on the receiving end of
deceit. Some of us have been on the giving end. Our last lesson teaches us
that we have to honor God and be true to Him, not our own wants and desires.
Matthew 6:1-3; "Be careful
not to do your `acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If
you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by
men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when
you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand
is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees
what is done in secret, will reward you."
Jesus helps us understand an important principle, God Knows! We
think we can hide things from God and we will be alright. Not going to
happen, God knows. We think we can but the fact is that nothing is hidden
from God. We need to learn that because in each one of our lives there are
things we would rather God didnít know. They are called sin, missing the
mark. Let me help you, go to God right now and ask for forgiveness. Let God
remove the burden of your sin and restore your usefulness to him. Then make
every effort to live in a way that will honor God.
We find it comforting and encouraging hearing others tell us haw
good we are. We like it when people recognize what we have said and done. We
need a certain bit of that, but we cannot let it become the motivation for
what we do. Too many times we tell people what they want to hear or at least
what we think they want to hear, instead of the truth because we want the
positive and affirming reaction. The root of this teaching again resides in
our heart, what motivates us?
Jesus said donít b motivated by what man says or how they respond.
If you are you will receive your reward from them. Instead be motivated to
please God and then your reward will come from heaven.
Let me ask you, who can give greater gifts, man or God? I think we
all would agree that the creator of the universe, the one who knitted you
together in your motherís womb. The one who set the stars in place, the one
who has the hairs on your head counted, has greater gifts to give. Then why
do we settle for second best? Instant gratification; we want it now. Trust
me in this; Godís timing is not our timing.
We need to remember who we serve. We need to remember who paid the
price for our salvation. We need to remember whose blood bought us out of
Satanís hand. We need to rememberÖ
John 3:16-17; "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."
Thank you for letting me spend some time with you exploring this
passage of Scripture. Believe me when I say we have only scratched the
surface. We need to spend much more time in Godís Word and with each other
learning more and more. I encourage you to find a place where you can do
that. Find a Bible Study group, a church, someplace where you can sit with
other Christians and get to know God better.
We have covered many topics over the last few weeks and I am sure
there are some questions. If you have questions let me know and I will
address them. If they would benefit everyone Iíll share them here, without
names, if you prefer. That way we can learn from each other.
Next week we will look at the most amazing weekend in the history
of the World; Easter. What does it mean and how can we respond to what
Christ has done for us?
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WET WATERFORD - First event first postponement,
Waterford ís Bid Nationals day two falls victim to the weather. Keith Rocco
set the fast time on Saturday but will have to wait to get things going. The
reschedule date has not been set. Letís hope it isnít on Easter Weekend. The
qualifying was close, here are the top five.
SK Modified Time Trial Results at Waterford
1. Keith Rocco, Wallingford , 14.138 seconds
2. Frank Ruocco, Cheshire , 14.195
3. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill, 14.225
4. Jeffrey Paul, Ledyard, 14.227
5. Ron Yuhas Jr., Groton , 14.284
WALL STADIUM IS BACK - I for
one had the most difficulty with the name change from the historic Wall
Stadium to Wall Township Speedway. Well I wonít have that difficulty
anymore, The Stadium name has been returned to the top of the sign by Jim
Morton. Thank you Jim! I am looking forward to the racing as it returns
along with the name at Wall Stadium!
ICEBREAKER IS HERE - After a
long, cold, snowy winter the ground pounders return to the famed 5/8 mile
high banked oval. The Whelen Modified Tour will kick off their season this
Sunday at Thompson Speedway. It will be good to get back with folks, do some
catching up, see who is where and turn some laps. We will have our Palm
Sunday Service directly following the Driverís meeting on Sunday morning at
the NASCAR Tech Trailer. Rev. Dan and I will be joined by Rev. Rickís son
Phillip. We are going to miss having Rick with us, but we are thrilled to
have Phillip there.
With the new season comes the pursuit of another championship. Last
yearís champion, TC, had a great winter with wins at Atlantic City ,
Providence and New Smyrna. He is the defending champion and according to the
media pole is the favorite for 2009. After so many years without one could
we see back to back championships? I wouldnít look past the proven team of
Bob Garbarino and Donny Lia. There are others lurking, Ronnie Silk, Ryan
Preece and if he can get a deal put together, Matt Hirschman. Donít count
out Mike Stefanik either, I know the Flamingo team has done some updating
and hit the track with some new equipment. Word on the street is that Jamie
Tomaino finally has a good deal with a new owner and horsepower to spare.
Fact is we will be able to tell the pretenders from the contenders
starting next weekend. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
PRAYER REQUESTS - We need to
keep the Camping World West family and the family of Doug Beeler in our
prayers. Doug went home to be with the Lord while at the NASCAR Camping
World West race at Kyle , Texas . Doug, an official in the NASCAR Camping
World Series West, had a heart attack. He was 71. Doug, of Marysville ,
Calif. , served as an inspector and truck driver for the series.
"Doug was a very dedicated NASCAR official who will be sadly
missed,Ē said NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter.
ďOur thoughts and prayers are with his family."
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Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and
Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
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Please remember, we can only do what we do because of your prayerful
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
DON & MARILYN TOAL - This ROC Rep. and her husband celebrate 50 years
MARK & LINDA GEER - The former Waterford Speedbowl Mod Inspector and
Speedbowl Office Manager wife have their 39th anniversary.
HARRY & PEGGY SOLT - This NH based NASCAR CWES GRAND NATIONAL crewman
and wife share their 36th anniversary.
RED & MARGIE RAYNOR - The former Long Island Freeport Speedway driver
and wife from Deer Park, LI have their 40th.
April 1 NO APRIL FOOLS
JIMMY PHELPS - This driver of the 99J New York dirt Modified from
Baldwinsville, NY celebrates.
JARRETT SENG - Orefield, PA Micro Sprint driver. Recognize the car by
Bible verse Hebrews 12: 1-2 on it.
SCOTT HOUSTON - NNS Crew Chief from Hickory, NC; a son of retired NNS
FRANKLIN HIETALA - Dad of Enfield, CT Modified driver Brad.
MARTY NOLL - Scranton, PA NASCAR CWES driver.
GEORGE MAYLOTT, JR. - Jim Spencer fan.
JOHN SWANSON - Concord, MA NASCAR CWES driver/Crew Chief.
DAN PARDUS - Daytona Beach, FL NASCAR driver.
ED WATSON - Mt. Vernon, WA NASCAR West driver.
JOHN R. JANISITIS - The son of the late Waterford and Seekonk Public
Relation Director in the 70's and 80's, John Janisitis and wife Ruth.
JOE BUSCH - Norwich, CT Tri-State 4 cyl. Kart driver.
MIKE HURLBERT - Lynden, WA NASCAR West driver.
MIKE KOST - New Jersey born and raised Sprint Cup team member.
LISA RAINONE - Wife of NASCAR CWES driver Anthony.
TIARA BUSCH - Kart driver Joe and wife Fran's daughter is 18.
SHANE CONNOLLY - Son of Endicott, NY NASCAR WMT driver Tim.
TOM PECK - McConnelsburg, PA CWS and Dirt Big Block LM driver.
BOB BAKER - Sharon, VT ProStock driver.
HEATH TOMAR - Son of Greensboro, NC track GM Larry.
CINDY SAVLUK - Wife of Lisbon, CT's Roger at Savluk Service Center.
DONNA HANKS - Wife of Somers, CT LM driver Scott.
ED PERRY III - Seekonk Speedway Prostock driver.
SIERRA JESANIS - niece of RWJM President Rev. Don will be 13.
KATIE STANDLEY - proprietor of Lady Eagleware and the wife and number
one partner of James, proprietor of the famous Design 500 in Seattle, WA,
and maker of the RWJM Chaplain Uniforms and Driver Uniforms in partnership
with ASI Racewear, also the Ministry Northwest Coordinators and board
members, has her special day. Praise the Lord!
MIKE BLISS - Milwaukee, OR USAC Midget and NASCAR NSC/NNS/Truck
DAVE ASHLEY - Riverside, CA LM driver.
MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER, JR. - The son of Plainville, CT Modified driver
Mike and wife Jennifer is 9.
ROSE FRYE - The wife of Ferrell,NJ Team owner Warren "Jeep" and
grandmother of Glenn, JR. DAVE PETFIELD - Brother of Dan and treasurer of Racing with Jesus
AFFONSO GIAFFONE - Sao Paulo, Brazil IRL driver.
KEVIN REX - Pennsy asphalt Modified driver.
WAYNE PATTERSON - Richmond, VA LMSC driver.
KEN BOUCHARD - Fitchburg, MA NASCAR CWES/WMT driver, and proprietor
of the Thompson Speedway based Modified driving school.
FRED ROSNER - Agawam, MA ProStock/NASCAR CWES fabricator.
DAVE ST. JOHN - The military career son of Henry St. John, proprietor
of Jewett City Service.
JORDYN ROSE BENNETT - The daughter of Stamford, CT born CWES/CTS
driver Brad and wife Diane is 8.
LOY ALLEN, JR - former NSC driver.
VINNIE GREEN - Wall Township Speedway retired Modified driver.
WENDELL LEE MINTER - Ridgeway, VA host of the "Uncle Wendell's Gospel
Music Show aired daily on Martinsville's WODY.
LISA ERM - New Jersey based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Head Scorer.
JOHN SZERENCITS - Whitehall, PA dad of AARN subscription salesman
JOSEPH ROBERT COX - Rev. Pat's third-cousin son of Bob and Tracy Cox
in Boyertown, PA is 12.
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