Rev. Don Rivers
Giving of ourselves to others is not something that comes naturally; we have
to work at it. Many times it is a difficult choice between serving ourselves
and serving others. Take a moment and think about all those who have made
the difficult choice and give thanks. Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving gives us a time to reflect on all that God has blessed
us with. We don't have to look very far before we find something we are
thankful for. Who are you thankful for? Go to them and let them know that
their sacrifice for you was appreciated.
Racing is one of the sports that depend on volunteers for a good
part of the work that goes into getting a car ready to race. Everyone
connected with racing knows what it is like to give up sleep to work on the
car. We are all familiar with seeing the inside of the garage more than the
inside of our living room. We willfully give of ourselves to go racing.
Life has similar people who give of themselves for the benefit of
others. One group that comes to my mind is our military. They offer up their
life to secure our freedom. From the birth of our country there have been
those who value our freedom and the things that America stands for so much
that they have offered there life for it.
Jesus also comes to mind. Jesus came and gave His life so that we
could have life. He paid the price with His sacrifice for our sins. God
presented it to us as a gift. We need only to receive it. Now that is
something to be thankful for. Are we thankful for the gift of eternal life?
Paul helps us to put it into perspective.
Philippians 4:4-7; Rejoice in
the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be
evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests
to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
There are many people who cross our path during the racing season
and we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. As Dan and I
reflected on the season now completed some folks came to mind.
· We are thankful for Kip Childress, Chad Little and Richard Buck for all
that they do for the ministry.
· We are thankful to NASCAR for supporting us.
· We are thankful for the readers who read the column and when they see us
let us know that they read it and use the contents.
· We are thankful for the racers, officials and team members who tell us
they enjoy chapel and apply the sermons they hear.
· We are thankful for the drivers from both series who thank us for
praying with them and appreciate us being there.
· We are thankful for all of the crewmembers from each team that support
us and appreciate us for being there.
· We are thankful for those who support our efforts. They pray for us and
encourage us to continue on serving in Jesus’ name.
What are you thankful about? Think about all the people who have
helped you get to where you are and remember to thank them. Take time this
week to give thanks for the blessings from God. Remember Jesus who gave his
life for you. Have a blessed time celebrating your thanksgiving holiday,
God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
FOUR IN A ROW - Many have won multiple championships but no one has
won four in a row. With the accomplishment Jimmy Johnson and his team are in
a class all their own. I remember reading an article recently that recalled
his first asphalt race at Georgia ’s Peach State Speedway. He spun the car
five times but managed to finish eighth. He went on that year to win the ASA
Rookie of the year. That was eleven years ago. He has come a long way from
running a straight line in the desert sand.
And what about that 50 something driver that chased him all the
way? Mark Martin proved to all who were watching that you are never too old
to drive. What a refreshing change from all those teams looking for a twenty
something driver to drive. Mark will continue to be a contender as long as
he wants to drive.
TURKEY DERBY - Rev. Dan will make the trip down to Wall Stadium on
Saturday to join Bob Menschner as he ministers to the drivers and teams who
are participating in the traditional Thanksgiving Weekend race. I am staying
home to tend to some family responsibilities. Let Dan and Bob know how much
you appreciate them.
Watch the RWJM Pace Car closely; you will see a few changes. First
the car has the commemorative hood, remembering those who have meant so much
to us. Second you will notice the light bar, courtesy of the good folks at
Whelen Engineering. Whelen has been a big supporter of what we do. Third you
will see a guest driver. Warren Kuhlthau has been given permission to drive
the car this year.
We need to keep Warren in our prayers as he has had some setbacks
in his battle with Cancer. I talked to him the other day and his spirits are
high and he expects to get to Wall this weekend. Please let him know that
you are praying for him.
A FEW MORE FRIENDS NEED OUR PRAYERS - Grace Ryan shared with me this
week that the health challenges she is facing are eluding treatment. She
also is planning on heading down to the derby. Please encourage her to keep
her spirits up and let her know that she is on your heart.
I also received word this week that a good friend of ours, MRO
Chaplain Bob Elliff went home to be with the Lord this past week. Bob is
from southern California and ministered to the Camping World West Series.
Please keep his wife Ruth and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Cards
of sympathy and condolence can be sent to The Elliff Family, 5951 Downey
Avenue , Long Beach , CA 90805
ON THE ROAD AGAIN - I know it is the off-season but over the next few
weeks I will be traveling quite a bit, first to the trade show in Indy, then
to Providence for some racing and then to Orlando for PRI. Please keep us in
your thoughts and prayers.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
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 Coast’s largest weekly racing paper" See our on-line Apparel
Store for subscription information. Check our home page
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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
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
DEAN & DEBBIE STREETER – These Jeff Malave pit crew members will be
celebrating their 31st anniversary.
MARIO & BOOTS TOMAINO - From Freehold, NJ, these two are the very
proud parents of WMT driver Jamie and have been wed 54 years.
GARY & SHARON MOORE - Horseshoe, NC driver and wife have their 37th
BOBBY & JENNIFER GADA - Niantic, CT Waterford Speedbowl Mod driver
and wife share their 15th anniversary.
ANDY & JUDY JOHNSON - The owners of Johnson Chassis in Monson, MA
have their 52nd anniversary.
RICHARD & DIANE MOORE - The parents of Scarborough, ME semi-retired
CWES driver Kelly and Grand parents of former driver Ryan have their
KEN & TIFFANY BARRY - The Manager of SPAFCO Chassis and wife share
their 8th anniversary.
MIKE GALLO - Sanford, ME NASCAR CWES driver.
JEFF STREETER - Brawley, CA NASCAR West driver.
TOM BUTLER - Stafford Speedway LM driver.
MIKE JOY - Hartford, CT based TV/Radio racing announcer.
MIKE FELTENBERGER - Grandview/ Big Diamond flagman/photographer.
TOM McCANN - Huntington, LI, NY Modified driver.
DALE JARRETT - Hickory, NC former NSC driver now TV commentator.
BILLY STANDRIDGE - Shelby, NC NSC/NNS driver/owner.
MARY BRICE - Former WMT official and wife of former WMT Chief
BRUCE WEAVER - Bethlehem, PA. Go-Fer on former Earl Steffen's
KEN WOOLEY, JR. - Howell, NJ Modified driver.
CRIS EASH - Pennsy based WoO driver.
JIM VOGT - Wall Township Speedway ProStock driver.
RICK MARTIN - Westport, MA ProStock driver.
BOBBY DILLNER - TV SpeedChannel Racing Reporter from Long Island.
CAROLYN BROWN - Wife of Farmingdale, NJ Dwarf Car owner/driver Bobby.
MATT HIRSCHMAN - The driver son of Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT driver
Tony and wife Brenda.
DAVE DION - Milton, VT Retired driver of the Berlin City Dealerships/
Continental Paving Ford and RWJM advisor.
DORIS BERGHMAN - Rehobath, MA wife of the legendary Bugs Stevens and
mom of po-stock driver Dave Berghman.
DON TOAL - Rochester, NY fan.
BENTLEY WARREN - Kennebunkport, ME SuperModified/ Silver Crown great.
RUSS WOOD - NH based ISMA SuperModified driver.
MARCO GRECO - Sao Paulo, Brazil IRL driver.
DAVE SALZARULO - CT based ProStock/Mod driver.
HARRY WYANT - Brookfield, CT Waterford Speedbowl championship
Modified team owner.
ARMADEE NADEAU - Dana/Perfect Circle Executive and CTS Team Manager.
KRISTIN ELLIOTT - A daughter of Uncasville, CT fan Jerry and wife
Jusinta is 19.
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