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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   03/18/2011

A NEW LIFE
by Rev. Don Rivers

   What an awesome weekend. I know there wasnít any racing up in the Northeast but that didnít stop it from being one of the greatest weekends of our lives. Lynda and I became Grandparents at 3:26 Saturday morning. God has blessed us with a young life to love and nurture. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   I have made the early morning trip many times, heading West on I-84 as a new day dawns. Usually the reason is a race or appearance somewhere, but this early morning trip was because of the greatest gift of all, life. As the world around us slept a new life entered this world, Madeline Ann Verrastro, our Granddaughter, a blessing from God.

   As I held her in my arms for the first time I thought of the promise this new life holds; the things that she can do, the things that she can change, the things that God has ordained for her. I thought of the steps she would walk and how God has laid those out before her.

Psalm 139:13-16;

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

   My attention then turned to Lynda and I, the role we would have in nurturing, encouraging and loving this tender life. This life has been entrusted to us to help grow. What an overwhelming responsibility. We are thankful to have God by our side to guide us and help us become the grandparents we need to be.

   As I drove back and forth to the hospital over the past few days my thoughts turned to trust. Here was this life, this baby, entrusted to this family. I thought about the level of trust we place in others.

   When we race we place a tremendous level of trust in the other competitors. We trust those who work on the car, making sure everything is right and safe. We trust the officials to make sure the race is run in a safe and fair manner. It wouldnít be out of line to say we trust our very lives to those we race with.

   To a greater extent this life has been entrusted to us. We have been given the means to love this child, to teach this child, to encourage this child to be all that God has for her. I am reminded of that passage in Proverbs;

Proverbs 22:6, Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

   As I look at the world around us, the strife, the difficulties, the natural disasters and the challenges that the future holds, I see the promise of God to give us hope and a future and I know this life can bring hope to the world.

   From the Hymn Because He Lives;

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy she gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

   Such comforting words in the days we face ahead of us. Such promise a new life holds. Join with Lynda and I, our daughter Elisabeth and husband Joey and our granddaughter Maddy as we celebrate the pride and joy this life will bring to those whose lives she touches.

   God is Good! All the Time!
 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   SOUTHERN MODS GET THINGS STARTED - The Whelen Southern Modified Tour was in action over the weekend at Caraway with a full field. The grid was dotted with a few Northern cars who escaped the melting snow to make the trip down. When the dust settled George Brunnhoelzl III took the lead and won in his return to running the Southern Tour full time. I talked with George in the off season and he will be making a few appearances up North but thought it would be best to concentrate his efforts running for the Southern Title again, he was the Champion in 2009. His season is off to a flying start.

   IRON SHARPENS IRON - This Saturday in Hartford, Connecticut Racing with Jesus Ministries will participate in a menís conference at First Cathedral. This celebration helps encourage men to stand up for what is right in the eyes of God. It teaches them to hold each other accountable to Godís moral standard. Most importantly it lets us each know we are not alone in our struggles. The encouragement it provides is a tremendous help to each of us as we lead our families through a world of challenges.

   We expect about 3,000 men to participate and hope to get the word out about the vital ministry we provide. Our hope is that God would call some in attendance to join with us as we minister at the track. Also, that God would place on some of their hearts a burden for what we do and that they would come along side us and support what we do.

   If you want to learn more about Iron Sharpens Iron check out their website, http://www.ironsharpensiron.net.

   We are looking forward to getting out and taking in some racing action soon, the snow is almost gone, the water is receding, the tracks are drying out, practice will start soon and before you know it those familiar words will ring out;

   Drivers, Start Your Engines!.

   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.
 

   Mail reaches us at Racing with Jesus Ministries, PO Box 586, Tolland, CT 06084.

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   the East Coastís largest weekly racing paper.

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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***

March 17
JEFF & JENNIFER ZUIDEMA- The North Brookfield, MA ProStock driver and wife share their 21st anniversary.
ERIC & CHERIE BEERS- The Northampton, PA Flemington and WMT driver and wife have their 19th anniversary.

March 19
HAROLD & CINDY BURDICK- This Stafford Speedway announcing team member and wife have thier 26th anniversary.

March 20
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 33rd anniversary.

March 21
JACK & BETTY DENNIS- These Appomattax, VA Jamie Tomaino fans and parents of JT fan Laura make it 51 years.

March 22
ALAN & JEANN COULL- The Norwich, CT race car paint graphics designer and nurse wife celebrate their 40th.
JIM & BERNICE GOLEMBESKI- The brother of Steve, Wall Stadium's winningest Sportsman Modified driver, and wife have their day.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

March 16
ED FERREE- Pennsylvania Motor Speedway multi-time dirt big block LM champion, proprietor of Frankland Racing Supply racing rears and Clincher Gears.
JERRY CRANMER- Semi-retired NJ asphalt Modified and ARCA driver.
SHERRY BLAKELY- San Antonio, TX driver.
DAN MESERVEY- Chatham, MA Mini Modified driver, dad of Mod/NASCAR KNPSE drivers Dan, Jr. and Doug.
BOB CASAGRANDE- Riverhead Raceway Blunderbust driver.
KATRINA SPENCER- Daughter of former NSC driver Jim and wife Pat.
BRANDON LEHMAN- A grown-up son of AARN columnist "Doc" from Smithville, OH.

March 17
DAVID BLAIN- No. Grosvenordale, CT LM driver.
KATHY ATTAYA- Wife of Tim, Producers of the Augusta, ME annual Motorsports show.

March 18
ROGER LAURENO- Ivyland,PA multi-time Bridgeport(NJ) Speedway dirt Modified champion.
GERALD CHAMBERLAIN- Birthday wishes go out from the Nagy's in Nazareth, PA.

March 19
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

March 20
MARTY MEMBRINO- Waterbury, CT ProStock driver.
TOM FERN- Westport, CT LM driver; police officer.

March 21
ROBERT HUFFMAN- NC Dash Series driver.
KENNY BRACK- Karlstadt, Sweden IRL driver.
DAVE & MIKE KIMBALL- These brothers are both Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway drivers.
LARRY McCLURE- NSC team owner.

March 22
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.


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

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