The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   7/2/2009

TRUST AND FAITH
by Rev. Don Rivers

   Who do we place our trust in? Who do we have faith in? In our lives we put our trust and faith in many things. Sometimes we are not aware of how much we trust others. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   In racing we put our trust in many people, our crew, other drivers, track safety workers, officials. We sometimes trust so much we put ourselves at risk without even knowing it. We need to take a look at the things we trust in life and racing.
   I was thinking the other day as I waited at a stop sign, does that person look like they are going to stop or should I wait? It hit me that everyday we put our trust in the hands of others. People we donít even know are entrusted with our lives. We take so much for granted. When you stop and think about the level of trust we put in others we are overwhelmed. Whose hands have you entrusted your life with?
   Some people say that to trust in Jesus is foolish, you canít see him, and how do you know he exists? Some say that to trust in Jesus means you are weak and cannot stand on your own. Others say it is silly to have faith in something that you canít talk to, touch or feel. Why is it that we are willing to trust so many things in our life that will eventually fail, but we are unwilling to trust the one person in all the world that will never fail?
   The writer of Hebrews explains the meaning of faith for us;

   Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

   God has plans for our life. He has planned out everything. David Scott puts it this way;

From: God
To: you@earth.com
RE: today

   Today may seem like an accident. But, believe it or not, I actually know what is going on, and I have everything under controlÖ.Really. So, donít freak out. It was my idea. It seems crazy, I know. Iíll explain later. Just do what you can and Iíll take care of the rest.

   God

   P.S. If you have any questions, Iíll be here if you need me.


   Are we ready to put our trust and faith in the only person worthy of trust, Jesus Christ? Are we ready to take direction from God and live our life in a way that honors Him? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves. These are things we need to consider before we put our faith in someone else.
   What keeps us from putting our trust and faith in God? The writer of Hebrews again helps us with some things to consider.

   Hebrews 12:1, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

   There are three words in this verse that we need to look at, hinder, entangle and perseverance. These three let us know that the road to putting your faith and trust in God has some obstacles. Hindrances come from our own mind; decisions we make that donít honor God. They create circumstances that we were not meant to experience. They distract us from finding God.
   Entanglements take the hindrances to there natural conclusion. This happens when we try to fix things ourselves. We canít. We end up sinning. Sin separates us from God.
   That leaves perseverance, we need to work through the obstacles we face and not give up. God has a plan for us, a good plan, but that doesnít mean there wonít be tests and trials. Perseverance means we make it through and we put our trust and faith in God.

   Letís make a commitment to put our faith in God through Jesus. Let God lead us through our lives. Have a great week.


THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   FOUR RACES IN THREE DAYS
- A busy weekend it was and for the most part the weather cooperated. Both finishes in the supporting series had the fans standing on there feet. The Camping World East Series featured a last lap duel between Ryan Truex and Matt DiBenedetto. Truex took the lead on a late race restart. Matt waited until the white flag to make his move. There was contact down the back stretch and Ryan got loose. Matt took advantage and made the willing pass. The contact reminiscent of the last lap pass that Truex made to get his first win at Watkins Glen. The fans loved it.
   The Whelen Modified Tour would not be out done. Donny Lia took the victory with a last turn pass of white flag lap leader Ted Christopher. Actually Lia survived the four wide battle coming to the checker. Todd Szegedy and Ed Flemke were also involved in the battle. Contact between TC and Todd led them into the outside wall and sliding across the finish line, both salvaging top tens. Todd had the dominate car leading the most laps but when he tried to pas TC for the lead the whole closed up and the room ran out. When the dust settled, everyone was alright and the race was in the history books as another barn burner.
   Doug Coby had a terrific weekend claiming Pole honors and finishing in the sixth place. Doug drew the last attempt to qualify and it proved to be an advantage. Doug didnít waste it, he put it to good use. Congratulations go out to Doug.
   Camping World East alumni also had a great weekend. Joey Logano finished second in the Nationwide event to teammate Kyle Busch and then welcomed the rain on Sunday to win his first Sprint Cup race. Great job Joey.
   It was great to have West Coast Coordinator Gary Dionne with us to help out. It was good to have him around to lighten the load.
   Out thoughts and prayer go out to the Pardo family after the death of Carlos in a crash on the track in Mexico. Talking with Troy Williams his brother Rueben is taking it hard. Please keep the entire Pardo family and the team in your prayers.
   I have a few additional things to share, but I hold them for next week. We are doing a wedding Thursday night at Thompson Speedway. Join us as Tim and Robyn join their lives in victory lane.

   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***

July 1

RENE & ELAINE LaLUMIERE
- From Jefferson, NH, this former ACT LM driver and wife; faithful Ministry helpers, have their 20th anniversary.

July 3
THE REV. BILL & DAWN WAUGH
- Pastor of the Greesburg, PA Church of the Brethren/ RWJM PA/Ohio Coordinator and Challenger Raceway RWJM Track Chaplain and very supportive wife share their 26th anniversary.
GEORGE & SANDRA MARTIN - This Wernersville, PA writer and wife have their 40th anniversary.

July 4
GARY & DEBBIE DIONNE
- This RWJM West Coast Coordinator/former Dion Bros. Racing crewman and wife from NH, now in Acton, CA and a Hollywood stunt driver, share their 17th anniversary.

July 5
PAUL & FRANCES HINTON
- The proprietor of New England Heirlooms; supplier of many beautiful auto racing trophies and plaques and much more in Norwich, CT and wife share their 7th.
RON & ARLEEN MILLER - These Susquehanna and Silver Spring fans from Camp Hill, PA have their 22nd anniversary.

July 6
JERRY & JEANNE MARTEL
- These Lee/Star Speedways Late Model team owners turn their 40th lap together.
PHIL AND JOANNE KURZE - Phil dropped me a line asking me to say thank you to his lovely wife JoAnne for sticking with him through all the long hours and crazy travel schedule for 35 years. Phil is the face behind the Whelen sponsorship for the Modifieds and the All-American Racing Series. Our prayer is that you two would have many more wonderful years together.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

July 1

GREG ZYLA
- Shamokin, PA Editor/writer.
JOAN NICKEL - The wife of Thompson Speedway photographer Scott.
CHRIS LOMASTRO - She is a Stafford Herb Bennett LM driver and Lebanon Valley Billy Decker Modified fan.
SALLY CAVALLERO - This Cup and Wall Township race fan, wife of Tom, mother of Emily, Bobby and Joey, daughter of Doris Bradley. Sally's brother-in-law Woody works for Ray Evernham in North Carolina.

July 2
RICHARD PETTY
- Randleman, NC owner of Petty Enterprises, all-time winningest Cup driver, a founding-father of ministry in auto racing.
JOHNNY LEACH - Lumbertown, NJ dirt Modified driver.
TOM FLINN - Former Star Speedway (NH) Chief Tech Inspector.
GARY NEGRI - Danbury, CT Cup/Mod fan.
SCOTT ROBERTSON - Goodyear tire tech frequently with the CWES and a pretty good bagpipe player.

July 3
JAMIE TOMAINO
- Popular Howell, NJ NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Team #99 and Racing with Jesus Ministries supporter.
JIMMY HORTON - Whitehouse Station, NJ top dirt Modified driver.
CHARLIE DONK - NY D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
DON TIRPAK - Mt. Arlington, NJ Street Stock and Micro Stock driver.
RON JACKS - NASCAR West Series driver of Las Vegas, NV.
LINDA GEER - Waterford Speedbowl former Office Manager.
RICH PAWLICH - Rocky Hill, CT Modified fan.

July 4 *INDEPENDENCE DAY*
UNTIED STATES OF AMERICA - Our Great Nation Blessed by God turns lap 232.
BOB BARRON - Ontario, NY driver of the Spencer Speedway No. 28 asphalt Modified.
JOHN LOBO, JR. - CT based ProStock driver.

July 5
GIL TEGG, JR.
- D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
MARK BURNS - NH SuperModified team owner.
ROB HODGKINS - Retired RWJM "Lieutenant," now a CT State Correctional Officer from Canterbury.
CHERYL MORGAN - Daughter of Betty Evans.

July 6
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
- Former President of the Untied States of America.
EDDIE MacDONALD - From Newbury, MA, this Camping World East Series driving son of LEE USA Speedway owner Red and Judy Macdonald.
BOB POTTER - Still winning, Occum, CT multi-time Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Speedway and Stafford Speedway Modified champion and Waterford's all-time winner.
GARY SMITH - Malahat, British Columbia NASCAR West driver.
RICK JOHNSON - Encinitas, CA LM driver.
MELISSA ROWE - The lovely wife of driver Ben.
SANDY URBINA - Wife of Riverhead Raceway driver Tony.
MEGHAN DILLNER - A daughter of racing TV Reporter Bobby and wife Meredith is 15.
TYLER EDMONDS - The son of WMT crewman Tommy Edmonds and wife Sue is 9.
CARITA TWINEM - Brookfield, Wisconsin fan.

July 7
RICK FORD
- BRS Modified driver at Wall township Speedway.
TOM TWINEM - Brookfield, WI fan; Carita's husband.

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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: July 2, 2009

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