There are times in life when we need to step up, step up to the challenge we
face and accept the greater responsibility. The time comes when it is
necessary to own up to who we are and what we have done. Are you ready to
step up? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The opportunity comes for you to move up to a new division, faster
cars, better competition, longer races, are you ready to step up? Many times
in our racing career we have decisions to make about stepping up to the next
level. That comes many questions, am I ready, can I compete, will I be able
In the racing world today many of those decisions are being made at
a younger age. To young for many, drivers havenít had the chance to mature.
Many of those decisions are made for drivers by someone else; that adds the
pressure to live up to someone elseís expectations. In a sport that is
already full of challenging choices this is just another one to consider.
They say the first sign of maturity comes with the discovery that
the volume knob also turns to the left. That fact is lost on many who were
born in the nineties and later because of the advent of digital radios and
buttons for the volume. Suffice to say when we mature we realize that life
doesnít have to be lived at full volume, everything isnít life or death and
there are some things that are better dealt with after we have had some time
to think about it. The key to maturity is taking responsibility for your
Maturity means stepping up and accepting the consequences for your
actions. That isnít the norm these days; too many times we want to blame
things on something or someone else. When we refuse to accept the
consequences because we made a decision that affected someone else we refuse
to step up to the plate.
As we close out our Winter Bible Study and our look into Scriptures
that help us understand what happens when we meet God face to face let me
encourage you to step up and take responsibility for yourself. You and you
alone can decide to meet God face to face. No one else can do it for you.
Isaiah had such an encounter, letís take a look at how it went.
Isaiah 6:1-8; In
the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and
exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were
seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with
two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were
calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory."
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the
temple was filled with smoke.
"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I
live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the
Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he
had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said,
"See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will
go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!".
There are a few things we can
learn from Isaiah that will help us understand who God is and help us
prepare to step up.
First, Isaiah had an idea what God looked like. Would we recognize
him if we were standing before God? Do you remember the movie Bruce
Almighty? Do you remember the bum on the street corner? Do you remember that
at the end of the movie you could see who he really was? Sometimes what we
see isnít what is really there. There is a difference between looking
through Godís eyes vs our eyes, feeling with Godís heart vs our heart and
listening with Godís ears vs our ears. Would we recognize God if we saw Him?
Second, Isaiah knew he was a sinner. He knew he was not worthy
enough to be in Godís presence. Sometimes we are not honest with ourselves
and we think we are something we are not. Have you taken responsibility for
the decisions you have made in your life?
Third, Isaiah knew that sin has no place before God. We sometimes
think that we can have sin in our lives and still serve God. God is a just
and sin is not something He allows in His presence. We need to make every
effort to live lives free from sin. We need to live in a way that honors
We canít however be good enough to remove our capacity to sin. No
matter how good we are there is still that nature in us to sin against God.
We still need something to make us worthy to be in Godís presence.
Fourth, God made a provision to remove Isaiahís sin. He cleansed
him and made atonement for his sin. God also made a provision to forgive our
sin, Jesus Christ. Jesus came and gave his life to atone for our sin. He
submitted himself to death on the cross, a perfect sacrifice for our
imperfection. Through Him we can be forgiven and have a personal
relationship with God.
Fifth, Isaiah responded when God called. How many times do we come
up with excuses when God calls? We tend to look for someone else to answer,
surely he doesnít mean me. Isaiah wasnít perfect, he was willing, why? He
was willing because of the forgiveness he received from God. God did not
condemn him for his sin, he made atonement for it. The same is offered to us
as a gift from God in Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus we are then ready
to do the work God has prepared for us to do. Will we step up and accept the
challenge? Other peopleís lives depend on it.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
TUNNED UP AND READY TO
ROLL - The racing season gets started this weekend and we are ready, Dan
is headed down to Greenville Pickens for the inaugural K & N Pro Series East
race and I am headed to Waterford Speedbowl for the Bud Blast-off. We are
looking forward to getting back to the track and catching up with old
friends, meeting new ones and kicking off a new race season.
Racing with Jesus Ministries had our inaugural training retreat
this past weekend at Emmanuel Baptist Church in West Springfield, MA, just a
few short miles from the former location of Riverside Park. It would have
been great to head down there on Saturday night and take in some live racing
The event went well and those who attended were blessed with the
teaching they received. Dan and I were also blessed by the commitment of
those who desire to reach out to the racing community. Please be in prayer
for us as we head out across this land to bring the Good News of Jesus
Christ to those in the racing community.
We should have some pictures up on our website in a few days so
look for them. This was a milestone event in the development of this
ministry and we were blessed by God. We are already in the planning stages
for our next training event and will let you know when and where.
THE LOCALS ARE TUNING UP - This week sees most of the
Northeast opening in some way shape or form for practice or racing. With
springlike weather for a change we have been able to prepare for the season
outside instead of behind closed doors in the shop. It is always good to
hear the sound of those engines. Find our where the local racing is near you
and make a point of getting off the couch and take in some live racing
action. I guarantee that you will not leave the same way you came. Oh yes,
take a kid with you, theyíll love it.
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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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DAVE & KYLE MICHEL - This Wall Stadium Modified stand-out and wife
share their 18th lap together.
J.R. & JASLYN WILLIAMS - This Carson City, NV Midget driver and wife
share their 23rd anniversary.
BOBBY & DONNA LABONTE - The Corpus Christi, TX NSC driver and wife
have their 18th anniversary.
MARTIN TRUEX - Mayetta, NJ NASCAR KNPSE former driver now biggest fan
of his son's efforts with the MWR.
SCOTT PRUETT - IMSA/IRL driver.
ROGER MEARS - Bakersfield, CA NASCAR Truck Series driver.
JIMMY MAKAR - NSCS Crew Chief.
CHRIS WOODS- Mass. native, now a driver at Concord Motorsports Park.
KENNY VANASSE- Son of Pensacola, FL fans Keith and Debbie Krodel.
HEATHER AUBE- Daughter of Charlotte, VT NASCAR KNPSE driver & crew
cheif Jamie Aube and Paula Barry is 17.
KEVIN CULVER - Portland, OR NASCAR West driver.
TONY SISCONE - Hammonton,NJ retired asphalt Modified driver.
DAVID TOWNS - 3 time Sportsmen Champion 2007,2008 and 2009 at Fonda
KURT SCHAFFER - Son of Gradnview Modified driver Rick and wife Donna
AMY BROWN - A daughter of Farmingdale,NJ Dwarf Car driver Bobby and
TRACY COX - Dirt and NSCS Mark Martin fan from Boyertown, PA, wife of
Rev. Pat's cousin Bob.
JOHN MARKOVIC, JR. - Mountain Speedway and ocasional NWMT driver.
DOROTHY BEERS - Mom of Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT driver Eric.
JODI PAPALE - Wife of Meriden, CT ProStock/Modified driver Tony.
SHAYNE GEIST - Son of Wescosville, PA Mahoning Valley Speedway driver
Todd and wife Karen.
NATALEE JARRETT - One of Hickory, NC based NNC's Dale and wife
Kelley's children turns 18.
GLEN DAVIS - This Maine based sports photographer has his special
ANDY HALL - Formerly of NASCAR, now with the Indy Racing League.
CALE YARBOROUGH - Retired NSC team owner, retired champion and one of
the founders of the very first NSC ministry.
RODNEY COMBS- Lost Creek, WV NNS driver.
JEFF FULLER- Auburn, MA born NNS driver.
BOSCO LOWE- Retired Southern Virginia NNS driver.
NICKI STOUT- Neptune,NJ Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT driver and NNC's Dupont
driver Jeff Gordon fan.
MACKENZIE MICHEL- Daughter of Wall Township Speedway Modified driver Dave
and wife Kyle is 10.
BOB BREVAK - Ashalnd, WI ASA/ NASCAR Truck Series driver.
JAKE SMULLEY - Jake is the step-son of Big Diamond Former Promoter
Fritz Roehrig and son of Fritz's wife Krista. He was also Frit's right-hand
man at the track.
DOUG HEVERON - Liverpool, NY KNPS driver/spotter.
JEFF SCHMETZLE - PA Sportsman Modified driver.
JOE ROSENFIELD - Mass. ProStock driver.
RON FOX - Retired CT Modified driver, dad of Plainfield, CT Modified
STEVE GEORGIADES - Crew Chief brother for brother Bobby's
Stafford/Thompson Modified team.
JOE CUDNIK, JR. - Crewman on the Enfield, CT Brad Hietala Modified
SHAWN HOULIHAN - Former NASCAR flagman, son of retired WMT driver
THE REV. BILL WAUGH - RWJM Western PA Coordinator and Chaplain, also
Pastor at the Greensburg, PA Church of the Brethren.
MARIO ALBERTO - This AMSRA Micro Stock rookie at MVS and son of
writer Dino from Lehighton, PA.
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