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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   02/18/2011

THE LOVE OF GOD
by Rev. Don Rivers

   This past Monday was Valentines Day, I hope you guys remembered. I donít mean to pick on the guys but this is a day the ladies never seem to forget. Valentines Day, an opportunity to tell someone how much they mean to you. Why do we need a special day? Because we are not good at it, we tend to see whatís wrong, not what is right. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Racing isnít a lovey dovey sport. We donít spend a lot of time telling each other how much we love them. I am pretty sure, as Tina Turner says; we might ask ourselves ďwhatís love got to do with it?Ē It has everything to do with it.

   I am not talking about erotic love or brotherly love; I am talking about unconditional love. That is when we treat people with respect and dignity no matter who or what they are. When we give them that respect we begin to value others the way God does.

   For some reason we think we can compete with each other and not consider who is in the other car. I like to remind the drivers at the drivers meeting before I pray, look around, these are the people you will be driving against, treat each other with respect.

   Respect is only one aspect of reflecting the love that God has for each of us. Sacrifice is another important component. We read how much God loved us in the familiar verse from Johnís Gospel;

 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 him.Ē

   God did what we could not do for ourselves, even the score, pay the price for our sin. God loved us so much that He provided a sacrifice for us. It is because of that sacrifice that we can have a relationship with Him.

   What about our earthly relationships? How do we treat those around us that we care about? Many times we are guilty of taking them for granted. Many times we assume they know we love them and it isnít necessary to tell them. Let me share with you that isnít the case. Everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they are important, and that they matter.

   Genuine Love for someone isnít something that comes natural to us. We tend to be better at pointing out what is wrong with someone than what is right. We are conditioned to pick people apart. We need to turn that around and develop the technique of building people up. That is the first step toward showing others Godís love.

   Are you a person that likes to antagonize others? Pick at someone just to get a rise out of them? Not meaning anything, just for fun. Well that is destructive, it is demoralizing. It doesnít matter whether you mean it or not it is the greatest tool Satan uses to wedge his way into relationships for one sole purpose, to destroy them. Donít fall victim to this tactic. If you do, it is one of the hardest habits to break.

   Jesus says, do not call someone a fool, you have committed murder.

   Paul writes, ďDo not put out the Spirits fireĒ

   We are all guilty of this, tearing each other down just for the fun of it. This should not be. Listen to what Paul says about Godís love, the love we need to show others.

1Corinthians 12:31b; And now I will show you the most excellent way.

1Corinthians 13:4-8a; Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

   We have quite a list to tackle donít we. The point is this, Godís love is not just something that happens, it must be practiced. We donít naturally act in a way that reflects the love of God. We need to practice and learn what it means to love one another the way God loves us.

   For the world to see the hope they can have in Christ, those of us who are Christians need to start learning how to love one another. We are called to be bigger than the pettiness of selfishness. If the world doesnít see it from us, who will they be able to turn to?

   The way we act will go a long way toward bring people to welcome the love of God into their lives. When others see the love we have in our heart for them they will be drawn closer to God. You donít have to look any further than Jesus to see that.

   He came into this world to show us the love of God. He walked with us, He taught us, He guided us, He healed us, He gave His life for us, He saved us. What a wonderful example to have to follow.

   I have this Valentine message for you,

2Corinthians 13:14; May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   THE RACERíS EXPO - Bobby Seymour of The Race Depot has the 2011 version of the show ready to roll. Last years venture was a tremendous success with many quality vendors and a fantastic turnout from the racing community. This years show will be in the same place; Friday the 25th - 4 PM to 9 PM & Saturday, the 26th - 10 AM to 7 PM at the Royal Plaza Hotel - Route 20 - Marlboro, MA - Exit 24b off I-495.

    The show has expanded this year making use of the Grand Ballroom. This will give the show a large main area to work from. This also allowed for the number of exhibitors to be increased over last year providing even more opportunities to see what is new and different for the upcoming race season.

   Bobby will continue what he started at last yearís show, attendance is free to the racers and all you have to do is go to the web site, http://www.theracersexpo.com/ to register.

   One of the great things about this show is the size, it is big enough to have what you need, but intimate enough to talk directly to the people in charge. The Racerís Expo doesnít leave you lost in the crowd. I look forward to seeing you there.

   LIVE ON THE AIR - While Down in Florida next week I will do a guest appearance on Life Talk, a Christian radio show. Life Talk is a weekly radio show broadcast on WTLN am 950 to thousands of listeners in and around Central Florida. It is produced by Salem Communications, and airs every Saturday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST.

   Life Talk follows a casual fun format. Each episode includes a variety of topics on everything from Computers to Ministries to Politics. The hosts, Paul and Cindy Rosarius are everyday people with everyday lives and inject their opinions into this thought provoking show.

   This week I can tell you we will add some racing to the topics discussed so if you can, please turn in and listen to Life Talk.

   SOMETHING DIFFERENT - I also am going to do an interview with a young driver that carries the RWJM banner in central Florida, Jason Rosarius. I met Jason at PRI a few years ago and he has been developing his racing career on the short tracks of Central Florida. I though it might a good opportunity to get to know him, his testimony and his desired goals in racing. Look for this special column next week.

   AND AWAY WE GO - Off to the snowless south, weíll see if I can make the adjustment. I have been watching the proceedings down at New Smyrna and was wondering if all the cars got stuck in the snow up in the Northeast. I know that many plow as a means to help them race. Given the winter and the money to be made I can understand if some cars didnít make the trip. I hope to see a larger contingent when I get to New Smyrna. Also look for me a Volusia, I have plans to play in the dirt while I am down there also..

   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***

February 18
NED & MARTHA JARRETT- The former NSC champion and wife; proud parents of TV's Glen and NSC Dale, share their 54th anniversary.

February 20
MARK & DALE THOMAS- The Publisher of Maine based "The Racin' Paper" and wife share their 11th anniversary.
JOE & ARLEEN SUKUP- This Schodack Landing, NY retired Midget owner and wife make it 44 years.

February 21
RYAN & LORA MARKHAM- This Wayne County Speedway based, Ashalnd, Ohio Late Model driver and wife celebrate their 12th anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

February 16
BOB BALAAM- Bridgeport Sportsman driver; Stan Ploski's nephew.
JERRY "MAGEE" MILLER- Allentown, PA Mod/NASCAr Mod/Truck driver.
ANDY SCHALTZ- Whip City Mini Sprint and Riverside Mini Stock driver.
ROBERT BLACK- Hickory, NC retired former NNS Director.
STEPHANIE BALL- Daughter of NH Mod driver Rusty and wife Ann.
ARIANNA KOHLER- The daughter of Grandview/ Big Diamond NASCAR dirt Modified driver Warren.

February 17
TRACY MARCIEL MANION- Wife of crew chief and 7NY modified Kevin "Bono" Manion now living in NC.
DEVIN PEREZ- The grandson of LongislandMotorsports.com Publisher/ Editor and Raceway Media magazine columnist, Mike and wife Lori.
SHELLEY GAHAN- Daughter of NH LM/NASCAR KNPSE driver Bobby and wife Carol.
JUDY KRAMER- Riverhead, NY Rusty Wallace fan.

February 18
JIMMY KITE- Effingham, IL born, now Stockbridge, GA IRL driver.
PHILLIP DOWNS- Retired Riverhead Modified team owner.

February 19
JEFF PURVIS- Clarksville, TN NNS/ARCA driver.
JOHN PAUL, JR.- Muncie, IN born, now West Palm Beach, CA IRL driver.
PAT DAVISON- Dover, ME LM/NASCAR KNPSE driver.
JOAN MICHEL- Mom of Wall Township Speedway top Modified driver Dave and wife of former Wall Mod champion Tom.

February 20
SCOTT LAGASSE- St. Augustine, FL NASCAR Truck Series driver.
MIKE MATTHEWS- NJ asphalt Mod driver.
ARLEEN MILLER- Camp Hill, PA Susky fan; Ron's wife.

February 21
WAYNE JACKS- Las Vegas, NV NASCAR West driver.
VINCE SUDDARD- Wilmington, DE NASCAR KNPSE/LM driver.
RICHARD JORDAN- Of long-time Kelly Moore NASCAR KNPSE sponsor, Jordan Lumber.
REBECCA RESNER- Daughter of Long Island LM team owner, Richie and wife Melissa.

February 22
CHUCK BOWN- Oregon semi-retired NNS/NASCAR Truck driver.
PHIL COOK- Hickory,NC Speedway driver.
PEGGY KARBONIC- Wife of Newington, CT Modified driver Bob, forever young.
JONATHAN JORDAN- Of Kelly Moore NASCAR KNPSE sponsor Jordan Lumber.
FRANK CANNEY- Meriden, CT photographer.
AJ PAPALE- Son of CT based Mod/ProStock driver/crew cheif Tony and wife Jodi.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: February 18, 2011

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