The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Do you know what is going on around you? Sometimes we get tunnel vision. When we focus so much in one direction we can lose our sense of what is going on around us. We need to be focused but not so much so that we lose our sensitivity to what is going on around us. What happens when you get proximity blindness? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   Have you ever gone looking for something in your shop? You know where it is supposed to be but when you look there you don't find it. Now lets be honest some shops are more organized than others. For you guys with the not so organized shops this is not a problem, you are used to not finding things where they are supposed to be. For the guys who have everything in its place, it can be very frustrating when you cannot find something. The first response is to “ask” who didn't put it back where it belonged. Then you start to look for it. After a long search someone finds it very close to where it belonged. You never saw it. You have proximity blindness.
   Let me explain. This is what happens when we are looking for something, we expect it to be in a certain place and when we look we fail to see what is around it. This doesn't only happen when we are looking for something but it also happens when we expect things to happen a certain way. When things don't happen the way we expect them to, we fail to figure out what is really happening. We don't always look and see everything going on around us.
   In racing we have spotters to help us know what is going on around us. We can't always see everything and we need someone to guide us. Wouldn't it be great to have spotters in life? We could use someone who is watching what we are doing and guide us in the correct way. There are many people who try to tell us where to go and what to do, but not everyone has our best interest at heart. Who do you trust to guide you?

   Did you find what you were looking for in the empty tomb? Did you find a reason for hope and faith? Did you find your savior?

   Isaiah the prophet explained to us who the Messiah would be. In Isaiah 53 he explained what we needed to be looking for.

   Isaiah 53, Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
   He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

   We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
   By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants?
   For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
   Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
   Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

   When Jesus came not everyone recognized Him. Many thought he was a good man. Others thought he was a prophet and still others thought he was someone else. Jesus posed this question to his disciples, “But what about you, who do you say that I am?”
   What a great question. Who do we say Jesus is? You see that goes a long way in how we respond to him. If we do not think he can heal us or forgive us than what do we think he can do? Most times we look to Jesus when we have gotten ourselves into a difficult spot, a situation that we can no longer deal with. We turn to Jesus when we have no other option. We turn to Him as a last resort instead of a first option. Is it because He is not who we are looking for? Maybe?
   We may be looking for someone to set things right; someone to right the wrongs committed toward us. In Isaiah 53 it says that even though Jesus was falsely accused He did not open His mouth. Jesus took the false accusations. Jesus didn't argue or retaliate. He let them say what they wanted.
   We may be looking for someone to over throw the government. Jesus did not come to change the government. Jesus came as a humble servant. In fact he was asked if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar. He took a coin and asked whose picture is on it. Caesar was the reply. Jesus said, give to Caesar what is Caesar's and give to God what is God's.
   If we are not looking for the right thing we will not see what God has given us. Jesus endured the cross to atone for our sin. He suffered and died so that we could be forgiven. At the hands of the Roman guards he was beaten and abused. In the end as he hung on the cross one Roman guard found what he was looking for. He put it this way,” Surely this was the Son of God.” I find it amazing that in all of this the guard’s heart was touched by the Holy Spirit and he came to understand what so many had missed. This was God's one and only son who gave his life for me.
   As you look into the empty tomb I ask you to think of the cross. Think of the Savior God sent to save you and me. Think of the cost. Think of what you are looking for in life. You will find it in Christ. Christ is the answer to any question.

   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.

   Are you looking for a Savior? Look to Jesus, accept the sacrifice He made to set you free. Find him waiting there ready to forgive. God Bless, Rev. Don


 WALL REOPENS FOR THE SEASON - Many times in life we see parallels, just like we thought Christ was dead only to have him rise from the dead, we also thought we had seen the last of Wall Stadium. That is not true, Wall Lives. Wall opened for the 2009 season last Saturday night and our man on the job, Bob Menschner was there and filed this report.

   We had a very good start to the season. The stands were 3/4 full and about the same for the pits. When I was making my "rounds" in the pits, I saw Jamie Tomaino. He had an off night and came by to help a local racer to set up his modified. Lots of drivers came by to chat. My brother and his wife are doing different "ministries" at their church and wanted to see my "track ministry" work. They have been to the track many times but not in the pits, so I had them walk my rounds with me and I let my brother pray with some of the teams. They were so impressed with the way the drivers want prayer. He is going back to his pastor to share with him how this ministry is helping the racing "community", on a local level. I was handing out lots of stickers and received some support for the ministry!!!! I will send it along.
   Also, I got to talk with Warren Kaulthau, the guy you took for a ride in the "ministry" car at Turkey Derby. He told me to tell you that he is fine and he’s been asked to do some "speaking" at different places on his recovery and how prayer has played a big part of it. He said to remind Don, that you promised him he could drive the "ministry" car at the next Turkey Derby. We had a good opening night and reached people with the ministry, handed out some stickers and shared the "word" under clear skies, so I would say we did alright.

   WEDDING ON TAP FOR SIZZLER WEEKEND - I am glad I don’t have to pay the cost for all the guest at the reception for this one, probably about 4,000. During the pit party next week at Stafford Motor Speedway look over to Victory Lane and witness the nuptials of George Jones and Allison Evans, crewmembers on the 21 Whelen Modified Team. Firesuits will be the acceptable attire, not the traditional Tux and Wedding Dress. The place is special to the couple because it is the place they met. Put on your firesuit and join us for the festivities.

   DOUBLE HEADER FOR RWJM - This weekend not only sees us kicking off the season at Stafford Motor Speedway and the race that has been dubbed the “Greatest race of the spring” it also has us at Tri-county Speedway in Hudson , NC for the Camping World East Series.
   Rev. Dan will make the trip down south with Ricky Maddox and 8-Track. He is looking forward to another successful trip and a chance to visit a new track for us.
   I have a full schedule on this end, Chapel at 9:20 on Sunday morning, Wedding at 10:30, Racing at 12:00. Can’t think of a better way to welcome in Spring.
   Make your plans to join us either here or there. See you at a track near you.

   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



April 22
- This NY ELS Sprint driver and wife have their 14th anniversary.
J.J. & KELLY MICHAELS - This Small Block Modified driver at Fulton and Utica-Rome Speedways in New York and his wonderful wife Kelly share their 10th anniversary.

April 23
- This veteran Riverhead Raceway LM driver and wife have their anniversary today.

April 26
- A crewman on the Thompson Speedway Modified driven by Sharon's brother Tom Tagg and his wife have anniversary 23.

April 27
- The family that races together stays together. This family that includes children Kim and CWES driver Scott and the entire #26 team started at Danbury Arena and have become a common sight at tracks throughout the East. They always have a smile and a laugh despite what the circumstances may be. Let us wish them a blessed anniversary as they complete 54 laps in the family camper.


April 22

- Colorado Springs, CO NASCAR West driver.

April 23
- Burlington, VT's "Tampa Tornado" retired NASCAR CWES/LM driver.
JASON KELLER - Greensville, SC NNS driver.
P.J. JONES - Rolling Hills, CA Indy car/ NASCAR Truck series driver.
CHUCK GAFRARAR - Team Penske fabricator.
AL ROBINSON - World-wide race announcer and Storyteller extraordinaire.
J.J. O'MALLEY - Al's buddy and the PR Director at Watkins Glen Speedway.
BOB PRATT - A brother of Joe Pratt, NJ Mod driver Ed and uncle of sportsman driver Richie Pratt, Jr.
MICHELLE McELEARNEY - The wife of Commack, NY Riverhead LM driver, Paul.

April 24
- Woxall, PA all-time winningest Mod driver at Grandview.
HERMIE SADLER - Emporia, VA NNS/NSC driver.
ED FLEMKE - Southington, CT NASCAR WMT Modified driver/ chassis builder.
CHERYL MARKS - Grandview Souvenir Stand Manager.
LINDA GOLDEN - Daughter of retired Midget owner Joe Sukup from Schodack Landing, NY.
WALTER NEWCOMB - Keeper of the cup, this Long Island WMT crewmember has his big day.

April 25
- Owner of a KARS Sprint team at Williams Grove.
MIKE LENMAN - Driver of Bill Henderson's KARS Sprint.
RAY MILLER - Former driver of the Henderson KARS Sprint.
JOHN MICHALOWSKI, JR. - From Riverhead, NY, now driving LMSC in NC.
CHET THOMPSON - Former Wall Township Speedway driver, now G.S.U.S.C.E. member and race fan.
CHRISTINA CASAGRANDE - Sister of Riverhead Blunderbust driver Bob.
AARON MICHAEL COX - One of Rev. Pat's cousin Bob and wife Tracy Cox' children down in Boyertown, PA is 10.
BILL DIMMICH - Slatington, PA Former Pocono 500 chief announcer and TV host.

April 26
- Birmingham, AL NNS/NW driver.
JUNIOR MILLER - Winston-Salem, NC WSMT 2005 Championship driver.
RON SHEPHERD - From NY, now in NC driving Modifieds and Concord Motorsports Park Super LMSC.
ROGER GODIN - Maine LM driver.
ALLEN MONETTE - NH ProStock driver.
RON & ED PROVOST - Oxford Plains Speedway official and son.

April 27
- The owner of Hoosier Tire East in Manchester, CT and provider of the racing rubber for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and proud dad of WMT driver Rob.
RICK KNAPP - Scotland, CT retired Waterford Speedbowl Modified driver.
AUSTIN DILLON - A son of NNS driver/spotter Mike and Tina and driver of the famed #3 Camping World Series entry.

April 28
- Thomasville, NC LMSC driver.
MARK GEER - Waterford Speedbowl former Chief Tech. Inspector.
JUDY MARTIN - Concord, NC NSC photographer.
NATHAN DIAS - Son of Westport, MA Seekonk ProStock driver Tony and wife Elizabeth is 13.


- former DIRT big-block Modified driver died on April 15. He was only 57, and had battled cancer for over a year. He competed in the big-blocks in the 1970s and 80s, driving the powder blue No. 91; and was a winner at Canandaigua, N.Y., Speedway. Later, he was a popular co-host on the racing radio show "Chasin' Racin' on N.Y.'s WFLR. Cards may be sent to: Mary Ellen Mattison, 125 Hamilton St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: April 23, 2009


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