Have you ever stopped to think of all the different ways we communicate with
one another? We have snail mail, email, phone, texting, internet, blogs,
facebook, my space, along with many other ways. Why is then that we have so
much trouble communicating? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior,
Communication at the race track is important. The difference
between victory and defeat depends upon the ability to communicate. Can the
driver tell the crew what the car is doing? Can the spotter help the driver
avoid trouble during the race? Can the adjustments be made during the race
to secure victory?
One thing I have noticed during practice is interesting. The crew
chief and the driver talk over the radio but when the driver comes in to
make adjustments to the car, the crew chief sits on the nerf bar and talks
with the driver face to face. He not only wants to hear but he wants to see
the expressions on the driverís face.
With all the options that man has devised to communicate, face to
face is still the best way; one on one, no distractions, face to face. We
communicate much better when we communicate in person.
John shared many thoughts in writing but the desire of his heart
was to be there in person;
3 John 13-14, I have much to
write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.
I hope to see you
soon, and we will talk face to face.
If we think about it, back in Biblical times most things were
transferred verbally. How do you think we would do today if it depended on
our ability to relay things to each other by word of mouth? Face to face is
the best way to communicate with others.
What about meeting God face to face? Why is it that we fail to
communicate with God? When was the last time you really prayed? Have you
ever wondered what you Godís face would show you? You would see the love
that He has for each of us. You would see His heart.
We need to reveal our heart to God. We need to meet Him face to
face, no secrets, no hiding behind things; we need to open ourselves up
before Him. Donít think that He doesnít know who we are; He is waiting for
us to acknowledge our shortcomings before Him, face to face.
There are many stories in the Scripture that help us understand
Godís desire to meet us face to face. When we come face to face with the
living God we donít leave the same way we came. We leave forgiven and
Jesus wants to change our lives, personally, each one of us. He
wants to meet us face to face and look into our eyes and heal the hurts, fix
the pain, remove the sin.
Have we met Jesus face to face, or have we pushed him away? Do we
think He doesnít know us and somehow we can keep things from Him? He knows
us and wants to remove those things that burden us. We need to go to Him,
face to face and talk, pray.
God will meet us there and change the direction of our lives. He
will heal the hurts, fix the pain and remove the sin. Powerful prayer is
contingent on the prayer, not the prayee. God is the same yesterday, today
and tomorrow, it is you and I that need to change. This will help;
Learn to forgive.
Be still in Godís presence and listen.
Expect God to answer.
Talk to God personally and privately.
My prayer for us today is that we would hear a word from the Lord
and we would respond in humble submission to His will for our life. We would
meet God face to face and let Him change the direction of our life; that we
would leave this place healed and forgiven.
For our Winter Bible Study this year I thought we would take a look
at some of those life changing encounters between God and man. We will
examine the events and what we can learn from them. I am looking forward to
sharing them with you.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
JOHNSON NOT THE FIRST - A few weeks ago we credited Jimmy
Johnson with being the first to win four championships in a row. Well the
feat had actually been accomplished by Andy Santerre who won four Camping
World Series East Championships from 2002-2005. I donít know how that
escaped my attention but it did and I apologize to all those dedicated crew
members that helped Andy achieve such a tremendous milestone.
MOTORSPORTS 2010 - We have a few more announcements for the
show. I received confirmation the Bubba Broderick will be in the booth
signing autographs on Saturday. Bubba made a few of attempts to qualify for
the WOO events in 2009 and 2010 may hold his first chance to get in the
show. I caught up with him at World of Wheels last year. He knew he was
underpowered but wanted the experience of going through the process of
qualifying. He looks forward to 2010 and his third season competing in a
full size sprint car.
We have also received indications that Eddie MacDonald and Donny
Lia should be on hand at some point during the weekend to sign autographs. I
apologize for not being able to nail down the date and time. When you are at
the show tune in to the PA announcer for the schedule.
This year sees the show return to a three day show and a Sunday
morning Chapel service. We are looking forward to worshiping with you again.
Look for us at 10:15 on the D Hall Stage.
INDOOR RACING IN ATLANTIC CITY - The weekend after
Motorsports, January 29 & 30, the engines rev up for some racing action at
the Boardwalk Hotel. Our own Ricky Maddox will be there to carry the banner
for RWJM and begin the action with the invocation. Dan and I will be on the
West Coast for the Toyota All-Star Showdown. Let Ricky know you appreciate
him being there for us.
The new year is off and running and it is already getting busy.
2010 has the potential to be another banner year for RWJM, thanks for your
continued prayers and support.
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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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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
TONY & BRENDA HIRSCHMAN - This Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT/CWSE GRAND
NATIONAL championship driver and wife share their 32nd anniversary.
STEVE & TAMMY WOOD - This New Jerseyite, now in Mooresville, NC and
wife share their 11th anniversary.
WILL & JENNIFER POIGNONNEC - This Oakland Valley Race Park (Cuddebackville,
NY) Kart racer and wife share 7th anniversary.
GREG & DEBBIE DICKERSON - LI Mod fans enjoy their special day.
ERNIE IRVAN - Salinas, CA Sprint Cup retired driver.
TIM NOONER - Las Vegas, NV NASCAR Truck driver.
KEVIN ALLEN - of New Milford, Ct is a crew member on Lloyd Agor's
team at Stafford Speedway.
SCOTT DEWARE - South Easton, MA NASCAR cwES and GT driver.
TONY DIAS, JR. - Son of Riverside, RI Seekonk ProStock driver, Tony,
JASON THOMAS - A grown-up son of Maine based "Racin' Paper" Publisher
and Editor, Mark.
TIM CONNOLLY - Endwell, NY Mod Series driver.
DENNIS DOYLE - Plymouth, CT former NASCAR CWSE driver.
DAVE LAMPRON - Gorham, ME driver.
TIM ARRE - Toms River, NJ WMT and Wall Township Speedway driver and
past S.M.A.R.T. Modified champion.
A.J. FOYT - Houston, TX retired Indy car great turned team owner.
DAVE ROSENFIELD - Bridgewater, MA ProStock driver.
ERIC BODINE - Chemung, NY Former NASCAR CWES driver.
LAKE SPEED - Kannapolis, NC retired NSC driver and unashamed
ERIN VENTH - Daughter of former Harbach X90 Modified crewman George
Venth is 9.
VAL LeSIEUR - No. Easton, MA former Publisher of "Speedway Scene."
BEN DODGE - Vernon, CT Whelen Modified Tour Start/Finish Productions
Team owner and Thompson Speedway Special Adviser.
GINA FRANCIS - Wife of former Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT crewman Tom,
both now residing happily in Denver,NC.
NICOLE ACKERLY - Daughter of Orange County driver Ray and wife Paula
ROBERT GEIBEL - A very special friend of Laura Dennis from Brick, NJ
and a Jamie Tomaino WMT and Steve Park fan.
BRAEDEN DOUST - Marcellus, NY, son of Sportsman driver Greg
BOB McCREADIE - Watertown, NY winningest ever NY dirt Modified
GARRETT EVANS - Ardenvoir, WA NASCAR West driver and NASCAR Truck
JOE HEATH - Northridge, CA NASCAR West driver.
TOM HESLIN - Plainville, CT spotter for the Ted Christopher driven
Mod/NASCAR CWES teams.
JONATHAN WAWRZONEK - Son of Fonda Speedway fans, Ron and Gloria
*** NEW BEGINNINGS ***
JAMES McLAUGHLIN - Jim went home to be with the Lord this past week
and will be missed by many. Jim raced in many of the divisions at Wall
Stadium and was a familiar site in the pit area. Another of the hobbies Jim
enjoyed was custom cars. He was a regular at the different shows on the
custom car circuit. Cards can be sent to the Mclaughlin Family, 13B Lasatta
Ave., Englishtown, NJ 07726
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