Happy New Year! It seems like just a short time ago we were concerned with
Y2K. Some were so concerned they created hysteria and stockpiled basic
necessities waiting for the world to collapse. It didnít happen. Now ten
years later we sit and wonder what tomorrow holds for us. Greetings in the
name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
New Yearís resolutions have been the butt of many a jokes
throughout the years. It seems we have difficulty keeping them. So much so
we have been known to have contests about how long we will go before we
fail. Our resolutions are well intended enough but we just donít seen to
have what it takes to follow through. Maybe we need to be visited by a few
ghosts before we are sufficiently motivated to change?
Charles Dickens wrote a story about a man given a second chance to
get things right, ďA Christmas CarolĒ. This story is credited with returning
Christmas to a holiday of merriment and festivity. Have we failed to see the
blessing of Christmas? Have we failed to see the chance we have to begin
Scrooge awoke from his nightmare to find out he hadnít missed
Christmas after all. He had a chance to begin again, to change the way
others perceived him and use the life that he was given to make a difference
in the lives of others. Follow along the words to his song.
I'll begin again, I will build my life
I will live to know, I fulfilled my life
I'll begin today, Throw away the past
And the future I build, Will be something that will last
I will take the time, That I have left to live
And I'll give it all, That I have left to give
I will live my days, For my fellow men
I will start anew, I will make amends
And I will make quite certain, That the story ends
On a note of hope, On a strong amen
And I'll thank the world, And remember when
I was able to begin again.
Are you ready to begin again?
Are you ready to leave yesterday behind and focus on living today? Dickensís
story is biblically based. Paul helps us see the same point. Listen to
Philippians 3:13-14; Brothers, I
do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do:
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on
toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in
He tells us two important things about beginning again. First,
forget the past. What happened yesterday is done. No matter how hard we try
we cannot change it. Donít get caught up trying to change things you cannot
change. Ask for forgiveness and move forward. Commit to do things in a way
that honors God.
Second, persevere. Donít let yourself get caught up in self pity.
Donít let yourself get caught in the trap of holding grudges against other.
You only imprison yourself. Instead forgive and forget, move on and make
every effort to let Christ reign in your life.
Make every effort to live life focused on the circumstances at
hand. Do not look behind, but persevere through the challenges of today. If
you make a mistake, ask for forgiveness, learn from your mistake and move
on. Your eternity is secure in that Christ gave his life for you. Press on
toward that goal.
I hope your new year brings you the opportunity to put the things
of the past behind you. I hope it gives you the opportunity to begin again,
to live a life blessed by our Lord and Savior. God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
MOTORSPORTS 2010 - A few short weeks and we will see each
other down in Philly. Our lineup for cars is coming together. We should have
the Championship car from both the Camping World East and Whelen Modified
Tour along with the second place car from the Camping World East. Our Pace
Car with the competitive hood will also be on display. We should also have a
TQ midget to round things out.
We have Ryan Preece lined up to do an autograph session on
Saturday. We have some others we are trying to get in place and when we get
those nailed down you will be the first to know.
Make your plans now to join us at the show.
It has been a wonderful holiday season. I have enjoyed some quality
time with friends and family. I hope your holidays were as meaningful as
mine. We are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this
week. Have a great week.
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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
ROBBY NIEUWENHUIS JR. - From Plainwell, MI, Crew Chief on brother
Steve's Late Model also Tammy's husband and father to daughter Erin and
three sons Colt, Carson and Kendall.
CHERYL BRODERICK - The oldest of the Brookfield, CT Mod driver Jim.
STEVE PAINE - "Hurricane", Waterloo, NY dirt Mod driver.
MARTY HOUSTON - Hickory, NC NASCAR Truck Series driver.
LANCE WADE - Victoria, British Columbia NASCAR West driver.
LINDA LARSEN - Official at Riverhead.
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR - NASCAR NNS/CTS/CWSE driver.
JIM COURAGE - Fair Oaks, CA NASCAR West driver.
BETTY JO YARBOROUGH - Wife the NSC former great Cale.
DEBBIE HAYES - Norwich, CT Waterford Speedbowl fan
MARK MARTIN - Batesville, AK Viagra NSC driver.
SCOTT BOULEY - Thomaston, CT NASCAR CWSE driver.
CHRIS WHITEHEAD - NY D.I.R.T. Mod driver.
ROBERT HENDRICKSON - NJ asphalt Mod driver.
MELISSA DIONNE - Street Stock driver; Daughter of RWJM's Gary and
Debbie in Acton, CA.
JANICE BRICE - Wife of Bill III.
FREDERICK, BRANDON & FRANCESCA RAHMER - The triplets of PA Sprint
driver Fred and Debbie are 13.
HARRY GANT - Statesville, NC retired NSC great.
EDDIE CHEEVER - Phoenix, AZ born, now Tampa, FL IRL driver.
JOHN WINTER - S. Salem, NY retired to Palm Coast, FL Lebanon Valley
TRUDY CHARETTE - The wife of Linwood, MA carpenter fan Walter.
BRETT BODINE - Chemung, NY former cup driver now in R&D for NASCAR.
PETE SILVA - Leicester, NC LMSC driver, a former Maine hotshoe.
BOB RANDALL - Maine LM driver.
GAVIN WILLIAM STAKEY - The son of Stafford LM driver Cliff and wife
Lorna is 10.
ERIC LONGACRE - Against All Odds Racing's Tammy's son.
BOBBY DRAGON - Milton, VT CWSE driver.
KERRY TEAGUE - Concord, NC NSC/NNS driver.
MATTHEW KOCHER - This Quarter Midget driver at Blue Mountain QMRA is
Berlinsville, PA, and son of Kerri Sue and Eric Kocher, Mahoning Valley Mod
driver, turns 12.
RUSH LIMBAUGH - New York, NY Indy car fan; radio host.
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