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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   01/21/2011

WHERE DO WE STAND
by Rev. Don Rivers

   There are times in each one of our lives were we have to take a stand. It is said if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. Knowing where you stand is important, especially as it relates to God. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   The racing world is built on standings. We use them to crown our champions, to set the starting field, to determine who gets a provisional and just about everything we do in racing. Most importantly we use it to see who gets the money from the prize fund. We are always trying to figure out where we stand.

   Life is the same way; several years ago companies developed a new way to decide which workers were beneficial to the company. They rank the workers and let a predetermined percentage at the bottom go. That works great for the first time, but soon you start cutting into the good workers. It doesnít add up, especially when as workers leave they are not replaced. You end up with an overworked staff that is in danger of losing their job because they are the lowest rated among the three employees you have left. These standings do not reveal what is truly going on.

   Many times standings can be misleading. I finished in the top ten! But there were less than ten cars in the field. I finished all the races I started this year. I only competed in four of the 20+ that were run.

   Some stands we take are not beneficial. When we can get caught up in the emotion of a situation and are drawn into it; we end up standing up for something that is wrong. We need to guard against that. We need to always be aware of what we stand for.

   I have heard the statement, ďA hill on which to die.Ē What that means is there are some things worth standing up for, even if it means death. We need to know what those things are. We need to focus our efforts on such things and avoid getting caught up in things that do not matter.

   I am thankful for Jesus and his willingness to stand in my place, pay the price for my sin and give his life as a sacrifice foe me. His stand allowed me to live. His stand also allowed everyone who believes in Him to live also.

   Where we stand and what we stand for makes all the difference in the world. When we make a stand we have to do it with the right motives. We donít do it to attract attention to ourselves. We make a stand because it is the right thing to do and it will provide guidance to others. Taking the right stand involves courage and encourages to others to do what is right.

   I was reading Psalm 1 recently and it illustrates the two options we have in life to make a stand.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

   We may think there are many different stands we can take, but the truth be told, there are only two; you are either for God or against Him. Those that stand for Him have a responsibility to represent Him as his Spirit directs them. God will bless that.

   One of the things we see today is that too many are claiming to stand for God when, in fact they are really wanting to draw attention to themselves. Their motives are not right. They are selfish. Standing up for God means putting him in first place. Sometimes we get our standings confused.

   We need to ask ourselves, where do we stand? Do we stand, walk and sit with the wicked, those against God? Do we live our life in such a way that we break Godís moral law? Why?

   Or

   Do we stand by the stream of living water, replenished, refreshed, nourished by God and His Word? Do we stand up for what is right in Godís eyes, even when it is not popular? Do we fight against the presence of things that lead us away from God? Are we willing to make the sacrifice that comes with standing with God?

   It can be difficult to know where someone stands. We are not sure what some people represent. Too many times the messages are confusing. Too many times what we see does not match what we hear. This should not be.

   We need to work on where we stand. We need to make it clear to others what we stand for. We need to be ready and willing to pay the price and stand up for what is right, true and honoring to God.

   My prayer for each one of us is that we would stand up for Jesus. That we would not leave any doubt in peopleís minds about who we belong to. That our actions and words would match. That others would see the love, compassion and mercy that God has for them. That we would reach out to those who are lost and dying, doomed for destruction, and help them find the solid rock to stand on.

   Where do we stand? Who do we stand with? What do we stand for?
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   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   WATERFORD HOLDS THEIR YEAR END CELEBRATION - It was my pleasure to join the Waterford Speedbowl family this past weekend as they celebrated the accomplishments of the 2010 season. Lynda and I want to thank Terry, Tom and their entire staff for inviting us to celebrate with them.

   Let me add that of all the banquets I attend this one was the first to get things in the right order. Many times we are asked to come and ask for Godís blessing but they put it in the middle of things. Thanks to the organizers of Waterfordís Banquet they had the order of things correct. Before the salad, before the meal, before any introductions, we prayed, thanked God for a wonderful season, asked his blessing for this night and meal, and his continued blessing on 2011. Then we ate and celebrated.

   MOTORSPORTS 2011 THIS WEEK - We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia this weekend. We are always excited to meet and greet the fans, catch up with the drivers and team members. Plan on stopping by and saying hello.

   BUSY WEEKEND NEXT WEEK - Next week finds us spread out across the country. Dan and I will join Gary on the West Coast for the Toyota All-Star Showdown. Scott and Ray will be meeting and greeting folks at Frank Marattaís Auto Show in Hartford, CT and Ricky Maddox will be in Atlantic City with the indoor racers at the Boardwalk Hotel.

   We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the racing community. We are also thankful for all of you who make that possible with your prayers and contributions. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2011 racing season. Be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at www.rwjm.com. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing 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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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 20
JOHN & SANDY LEGER- This CT based LM driver and wife have their 20th anniversary.
GERG & VENETTA NARDUCCI- This FL based couple celebrates 33 years together.

January 21
ED & LINDA SANSEVERINO- This AARN/RWJM photographer and wife from Hillsborough, NC have their 36th anniversary.

January 22
IRA & KIMBERLY HARTOUGH, JR.- Long time fans of Bob Park, NASCAR Modified driver, have their 11th.

January 23
KERRY & RENE' EARNHARDT- This Kannapolis, NC ARCA/NNS driving son of the late Dale share their 13th anniversary.
BOB & LOIS MARTI- This Watertown, CT Modified Team crewman and wife have their 43rd anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

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 WMT team.
JONATHAN WAWRZONEK- Son of Fonda Speedway fans, Ron and Gloria Hanna.

January 20
KENNY BRIGHTBILL- Sinking Springs, PA legendary and active dirt Mod driver.
DONALD SMITH- NC Modified driver.
BARRY BABB- Beech Ridge Speedway LM driver.
RICHIE GALLUP- Springfield, MA Modified driver.
JERRY CATANIA- A son of CT Mod owner, Joe.
MIKE ADASKAVEG- "Speedway Illustrated" photographer.
GORDY KILLIAN- Reading, PA Sprint writer/photographer.
ROSE TEETER- Wife and NSC fan with husband Paul of Ithaca, NY.

January 21
ERNIE SAXTON- Fellow AARN columnist and Motorsports Marketing President of Langhorne, PA and president of Eastern Motorsports Press Association.
GARY "BUGS" HAIRFIELD- Chesterfield, VA LMSC driver.
BUD KUEHNE- Clinton, CT Waterford LM driver.
HARRY SOLT- NH based NASCAR KNPSE crewman.
BILLY SOLT- Lehigh Valley, PA NASCAR WMT crewman and Harry's twin.
BOB RUDNE- Brother of Norwich, CT race car letterer Alan Coulle.
LINDA BROWN- Riverhead Raceway fan.

January 22
DAVE STACY- Enon, OH former Dash Series driver.
JACK CARUSO- Former New Jersey dirt Sportsman driver and crewman, also proud dad of Micro sprint driver Angela Caruso.

January 23
HERB DRUGG- Troy,NH NASCAR KNPSE driver.
BRAD HIETALA- Ellington, CT Modified driver.

January 24
BRETT ROUBINEK- Chicago, IL born, Lakeville, CT occasional Crystal Rock Water NASCAR KNPSE driver and lead sports car driving instructor.
GARY SPENCER- Shickshinny, PA NASCAR KNPSE driver from the famous Berwick, PA racing family.
AUSTIN CAMERON- El Cajon, CA NASCAR West driver.
TINA CAMPBELL- Wife of Busch Sport Scene editor and organizer of the Annual Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Poker Run for Charity, George
JENSEN PICARDL- Riverhead Raceway crewman/ driver.
JEFF SANDT- Gainseville, GA All Pro/ UDTRA photographer and writer.
JAMES CASEY- Seekonk Speedway fan.
ALEXANDRIA TWINEM- The daughter of Brookfield, WI fans Tom and Carita.

January 25
JOE PLAZEK- Caistor Centre, Ontario D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
DALE QUARTERLY- Westfield, MA KNPSE owner, crew chief and part-time driver.
BUDDY BAKER- NASCAR Cup retired great, now race commentator.
BRIAN BOISSONNEAULT- Windham, CT ProStock team owner with brother Brad as driver.
BRIAN DANKO- Southington, CT famous AARN Modified Series columnist.
LYNDA HEDGER- Wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Official, Randy.
ROBERT BLAISDELL- Champaign, IL fan.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: January 21, 2011

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