Growing up one of my favorite teams was the New York Mets. I remember the
Miracle Mets, 1969 version; Seaver, Koosman, Agee, Kranepool, Harrelson,
Jones, Ryan, and McGraw to name a few. To a boy of nine they were bigger
than life. What stuck with me most was the line Tug McGraw coined, “Ya Gotta
Believe”. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I had the pleasure this week of being part of something special,
the Shane Race for Fun at On Track Karting in Wallingford, CT. It was a
tremendous event for a great cause; The Shane Hammond Believe Foundation,
which provides safety training and safety equipment to drivers so that they
can learn how to race safely. In the name of the foundation we find
To believe you have to have faith. Faith in something you cannot
see, something you cannot touch, but you know it when you have it. Faith is
trusting in what you know in your heart to be true. Like sending your car in
full tilt and knowing it will stick. I am reminded of the definition of
faith that we find in Hebrews.
Hebrews 11:1, Now
faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Three words that are connected
together and form the basis for everything we have in Christ, trust, faith
and belief. When we trust Christ with our lives and we put our faith in Him,
that process is called belief. Ya Gotta Believe.
Belief can change the direction of your life. I have been writing
on the subject for several weeks now, how when we come face to face with the
living God we don’t leave the same way we came. Why? Belief.
When we see God we see what He can do in our lives. We see that He
knows us. We see the life He wants to provide for us. When we place our
trust and faith in Him we are changed, we become a new creation, we are born
again. Not a physical birth, but a spiritual birth. The Holy Spirit enters
our heart. The Holy Spirit guides us, helps us decide what is right, shows
us the right way to go and many other things we need to know.
One of the benefits of belief is forgiveness, when we place our
belief in Christ and confess our sins, we are forgiven. Jesus sacrificed His
life on the cross to make our forgiveness possible. Listen to how John puts
John 3:16-17, "For
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send
his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through
Whoever believes, did you see
that in there? God explains very simply that it is a matter of belief. Will
we put our trust and faith in Him? I guess the question that comes to mind
is; who else would we put our trust and faith in? The answer is ourselves.
We think we know all the answers and can make decisions that will
guide and direct our lives. We can but they will not lead us to the most
abundant life. They will lead us down a path of destruction. Jesus said, I
am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through
I would encourage you this week to believe. Put your faith and
trust in God. Ask him to come into your life, forgive your sin and guide
your life. He will honor that request and you will be changed, you will be
saved, you will be born again. Ya gotta believe!
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME - I guess
my racing debut will have to wait. I came close though, just a couple of
tenths. Actually it was all in good fun, Jake Marosz came down to On Track
to show his support for the Shane Hammond Believe Foundation and did some
driving. I had a faster lap time than he did for most of the night and the
offer was made that if I beat him I could drive Wade Cole’s back up tour
ride. As my fortunes go Jake pulled it out on his last lap of the night and
clipped me by two tenths. I will be back down there soon to try and improve
on my time. Watch out here I come.
TUNING UP - Our retreat is this weekend and it is coming
together nicely. There is still time if you would like to join us, drop me a
line and let me know.
SEVENTY YEARS AND GOING STRONG - The race season is sneaking
up on us and soon we will hear the roar of touring mods. With the Icebreaker
Thompson Speedway enters its 70th year of racing. Wow, I am sure there is a
lot of history there. Let’s make a point of seeing that tradition continue,
get out there and support our local tracks.
NEMA AT WATERFORD - I will be heading down to Waterford
Speedbowl for the Bud Blast Off on March 27-28. It will be the first time in
a long time that NEMA has started the season without Gene Angelillo around.
I’ll be there to help them get things started right and to help remember a
friend. It is great to be considered one of the family.
GREENVILLE FOR NKNPSE - Rev. Dan will be heading down south
for the opener of the K & N Pro Series East on the same weekend as
Waterford. He will help them welcome a new sponsor and get the teams started
on the right foot.
Remember to check our schedule for updates as we go through the
season. We will post our speaking engagements also so that if you are near
by you can come out and show your support. You will find it on the “on the
road” page of our website..
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family you are in, or give us a call. Until next time, remember that God
loves you, we love you and
Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
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JEFF & JENNIFER ZUIDEMA - The North Brookfield, MA ProStock driver
and wife share their 20th anniversary.
ERIC & CHERIE BEERS - The Northampton, PA Flemington and WMT driver
and wife have their 18th anniversary.
HAROLD & CINDY BURDICK - This Stafford Speedway announcing team
member and wife have thier 25th anniversary.
DAN & LYNN POZZUTO - The VP of Operations for the Saxonburg, PA Ed
Ferree corporations including Frankland Racing Supply rears and Clincher
Gears and wife Office manager for Frankland celebrate their 32nd
JACK & BETTY DENNIS - These Appomattax, VA Jamie Tomaino fans and
parents of JT fan Laura make it 50 years.
ALAN & JEANN COULL - The Norwich, CT race car paint graphics designer
and nurse wife celebrate their 39th.
JIM & BERNICE GOLEMBESKI - The brother of Steve, Wall Stadium's
winningest Sportsman Modified driver, and wife have their day.
DAVID BLAIN - No. Grosvenordale, CT LM driver.
KATHY ATTAYA - Wife of Tim, Producers of the Augusta, ME annual
ROGER LAURENO - Ivyland,PA multi-time Bridgeport(NJ) Speedway dirt
BILL SEDGEWICK - Acton, MA NASCAR Truck team owner, neighbor of RWJM
Counselor Gary Dionne.
TONY TOSTE - Pismo Beach, CA NASCAR West driver.
HARRY RICE - Retired Waterford Speedbowl Mod driver.
RICK CERAVOLO - Crew Chief for the Dick Ceravolo owned CT Modified to
be driven at Thompson by brother Todd.
FREIDA MAGLIO - Scranton, PA fan, Sal's wife.
ELLEN DAVIS - Girl friend/crew member of Bob "Mad Dog" Barker Garden
State Stock Car Club, Staten Islamd, NY
MARTY MEMBRINO - Waterbury, CT ProStock driver.
TOM FERN - Westport, CT LM driver; police officer.
ROBERT HUFFMAN - NC Dash Series driver.
KENNY BRACK - Karlstadt, Sweden IRL driver.
DAVE & MIKE KIMBALL - These brothers are both Oxford Plains (ME)
LARRY McCLURE - NSC team owner.
EDDIE BELLINGER - ISMA SuperModified driver from NY.
MIKE CASTERLINE - Tioga/Chemung Speedway driver.
BILLY HAGAN - NSCS team owner.
JEFF GADA - Of the famous Niantic, CT racing family.
SHIRLEY DENSIESKI - Wife of Riverhead Raceway's Sonny and mom of
Riverhead Modified driver Ed.
MIKE GEER - Waterford Speedbowl announcing team member.
WILLIAM ALLEN - Crewman on the Jim Hawkes Wall Township Speedway Mod.
CALAB WILSON - Grandson of Wall Chaplain Bob Menschner.
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