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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   1/14/2010

FACE TO FACE
by Rev. Don Rivers

   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, Jesus Christ.

   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 restored.

   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.

   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.

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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
 


CHECKERED CHEERS

***WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES***

January 15
TONY & BRENDA HIRSCHMAN
- This Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT/CWSE GRAND NATIONAL championship driver and wife share their 32nd anniversary.

January 16
STEVE & TAMMY WOOD - This New Jerseyite, now in Mooresville, NC and wife share their 11th anniversary.

January 18
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.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

January 13
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.

January 14
SCOTT DEWARE - South Easton, MA NASCAR cwES and GT driver.
TONY DIAS, JR. - Son of Riverside, RI Seekonk ProStock driver, Tony, Sr.
JASON THOMAS - A grown-up son of Maine based "Racin' Paper" Publisher and Editor, Mark.

January 15
TIM CONNOLLY - Endwell, NY Mod Series driver.
DENNIS DOYLE - Plymouth, CT former NASCAR CWSE driver.
DAVE LAMPRON - Gorham, ME driver.

January 16
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.

January 17
ERIC BODINE - Chemung, NY Former NASCAR CWES driver.
LAKE SPEED - Kannapolis, NC retired NSC driver and unashamed Christian.
ERIN VENTH - Daughter of former Harbach X90 Modified crewman George Venth is 9.

January 18
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 is 16.
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 Doust.

January 19
BOB McCREADIE - Watertown, NY winningest ever NY dirt Modified drivers.
GARRETT EVANS - Ardenvoir, WA NASCAR West driver and NASCAR Truck team owner.
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 Hanna.

*** 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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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: January 14, 2010

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