We all have seen the cartoon with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on
the other. I am sure we have all at one time or another been confused about
which one to follow. We know what is right and want to do the right thing,
but there is still that voice in there that tells us we can do what we want.
The internal struggle that challenges each one of us. Greetings in the name
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is no secret that many think the rules exist in racing as
guidelines. Nothing is wrong until you get caught. Many have said, “It isn't
cheating if you don't get caught.” Well that's not true. As much as we would
like to get away with something so that we have an advantage over others we
still have our own conscience to deal with. We may try to rationalize it
away but the fact remains, we know what we have done.
One of the byproducts of acting that way is a lack of peace in our
lives. We can never relax, and live. We always have to concern ourselves
with getting caught. We are always on the lookout for those who are watching
us. We live our life looking over our shoulder to see who is looking.
Our life in Christ should be one where we don't have to keep
looking behind us to see if someone saw us do something wrong. We should be
confident that our motive for everything we do is done with integrity and
honesty. Everything we do should be done in a way that would please God.
I must confess, there are some areas of my life that need some
work. When I receive an email and it starts out saying that they saw the
pace car somewhere I immediately think about how I was driving and whether I
was polite and gracious. There are many times I would like to get even with
a driver who drove in a way that offended me or put me in danger, but I must
remember that getting even isn't a fruit of the Spirit, self control is.
We have these two natures in us. The second one appears when we
accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. The first is there, in us since the
fall of Adam. We are predisposed to be selfish and we try to manipulate
every situation to our advantage. We want to satisfy ourselves without any
thought of what is best for those around us. You can see it even in young
children; we have to teach them to share, tell the truth and be nice to
When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in John's Gospel, he talked about
being born again, a spiritual birth. We all have a physical birth, but this
spiritual birth is when we acknowledge the fact that we are sinners and ask
God to forgive our sins and accept the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for
the forgiveness of our sins. We invite the Holy Spirit into our lives to
guide and direct us in the ways of God.
John 3:1-19; (New
Living Translation) There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious
leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with
Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us.
Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”
Jesus replied,“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot
see the Kingdom of God.”
“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into
his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Jesus replied,“I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without
being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life,
but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised
when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just
as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is
going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
“How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.
Jesus replied,“You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t
understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have
seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me
when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell
you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But
the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze
snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so
that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent
his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who
does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s
one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came
into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their
actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it
for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to
the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
This conversation is the basis of how we
understand the new life we have in Christ. It also helps us to understand
the battle that rages in us between good and evil. If we have accepted
Christ there are two natures, our old one of sin and our new one of the
Spirit. As I spoke last week about the how God prunes us and shapes us into
the person he created us to be, this process plays out in our lives as a
struggle between what we were and what we are in Christ.
We’ll talk a little more about that next week, for now let me ask
you, are you complete? Have you had both a physical birth and a spiritual
birth? If you have, you know the internal struggle we face. We’ll deal more
with that next time. If you haven’t there is no time like the present to ask
God for forgiveness. We are always available to help you with that decision,
call on us and we can help.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
MRS VISITS LEE SPEEDWAY - Rev. Scott was with
the MRS at Lee and filed this report.
This Friday night I made the hike up to Lee Speedway in New
Hampshire for another Modified Racing Series event. It has been great
traveling with this series this year and they have put on some great racing.
It was great to see another solid turn out of 32 cars for this event. When
you get this many cars going for 24 starting spots you know you are going to
get some exciting qualify and that we did.
The 100 lap Feature was full of excitement and we saw some cars
continuously come through the pack to the front. For the second week in a
row the series had a very long green run to the finish. Last years MRS
Champion Jon McKennedy took over from Dwight Jarvis with 27 to go and never
looked back. Whelen Modified tour regulars Andy Seuss and Rowan Pennink
fought through the pack over and over to capture top 5 finishes.
On a disappointing note Chris Pasteryak suffered a broken wrist, we
are praying for a quick recovery.
Next week we will be headed way up north to Oxford Plains.
THINGS HAPPENING AT RIVERHEAD - Pastor Scott, our chaplain
at Riverhead shared these thoughts with us about how things are going this
I’m glad I stayed on this year. This season has been the turning
point. It all turned around when a track official got hit by an out of
control car during a race. I went to visit him at the Hospital, prayed with
him and gave him a Bible and Tract. That changed everything it seemed. Guys
are coming up and asking me to pray for their pit crews, their drivers. We
are praying together. Guys are asking for Bibles, stickers and the driver’s
prayer. People are actually hanging out with us and we are getting close.
Now they are coming up to me for things. Last Saturday night a guy
came up and said; “Can I have a Bible and thanks for praying for me last
year. Things have really turned around in my life.” Had one guy win the
Charger series after he put a sticker on his car; he is sure that’s why he
one and pulled up to me after the race and reached out for a hug. I didn’t
have the heart to tell him, it wasn’t the sticker, anyway he was very
My other son is working with us now too. We also got a big sponsor
for our Comet to take care of all the gas costs for the year in exchange for
signs on the car. Our car was also in the largest paper on Long Island a few
months ago. Check out the article on our web page under Racing with Jesus
www.centereachbiblechurch.net. Now if I can only get someone to buy
me a new set of rear tires. The fans wait each Saturday for the burn out
show. Pastor Scott
If you can help Pastor Scott out with a new set of rear tires for
his Comet it would be a blessing. As some of you may know, his burn out
every week on the front stretch has become a fan favorite. Drop me a line if
you can help and we’ll work on getting him some new rubber.
I stayed pretty close to home this weekend taking in the show at
Thompson and Stafford. We’ll be back on the road next week as the Whelen
Modified Tour make it first visit to Monadnock Speedway in several years. It
will be good to see how some of the younger guns handle this classic bull
ring. Make your plans to join us.
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
KEITH AND DEBBIE KRODEL- These former Jan Leaty NASCAR WMT team members
now living in Pensacola, FL have their 17th anniversary.
MARK & STELLA BURNS- This New Hampshire SuperModified team owners have
their 26th anniversary.
RICH SENDZIK- NJ asphalt Modified driver.
BOB NORTHRUP- D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
MIKE EDDY- Veteran ASA driver.
BOBBY MASON- Former Riverhead Raceway Figure 8 driver.
WARREN KUHLTHAU- Point Pleasant Beach, NJ local racing supporter and
former Wally D crewman.
KAREN TURBUSH- Long Island Hut Stricklin fan.
BILL HUNEKE- Auto Sports columnist for the New Brunswick, NJ "Home
CAROL WEISS- Fiance of Don Szerencits, Northampton, PA AARN Field
MICHELE CONWAY- Newfoundland, PA Micro Sprint driver at Lake Moc-A-Tek
AUSTIN GLEN BREHIO- Son of NASCAR KNPSE driver Glen and wife Teri is 12.
LARRY MURDOCK- "Urkel" is a crew member on the Later Model 14 Team,
driven by Mike Mortimer, at Riverhead Raceway.
JOHN GEORGIADES, JR.- CT based ProStock driver.
CARRIE SHUBA- From Syracuse, NY, she was the 1997 Ms Miller Motorsports.
ANTHONY MARVIN- son of Sunoco Modified driver Bert Marvin.
"BOOTS" TOMAINO- The mother of WMT career driver Jamie Tomaino.
MIKE FIELDS- The Publisher/Editor of www.LONGISLANDMOTORSPORTS.com from
Long Beach, NY and close friend of the ministry has his day.
WAYNE ANDERSON- Wildwood, FL NASCAR Modified driver.
DOUG WOLCOTT- NJ asphalt Modified driver.
BRANDON ASH- Umpqua, OR NASCAR West driver.
ERNIE COPE- Spanaway, WA NASCAR West driver.
MICHAEL LEATY- Mod Tour Jan's adult son.
STEPHEN LEATY- Jan's next son.
RON CORNELL- Westport, MA AARN columnist and candle maker.
MAGGIE WOODS- The daughter of Tammy and Woody living in Mooresville, NC
PETE HAMILTON- Retired Massachusetts driver for Richard Petty won the
Daytona 500 in the 70's.
DAVE WHEELER- Lisbon, CT former LM driver.
DAVE SHIPPEE- Former writing partner of New London, CT's John Brouwer,
Sr. now retired in NH.
MIKE MONNETT- Owego, NY writer.
HAROLD K. DAUNCEY- Son of NJ asphalt Mod driver Harold and wife Barbara
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