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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   03/25/2011

PUTTING THINGS IN PLACE
by Rev. Don Rivers

   Going, going, gone! Weíll at least I can see the grass now. It is time to put the final pieces together and go racing in 2011. We begin the season by putting things in place, hoping this will be a season to remember. Are we putting the same effort into our relationship with Jesus? Greetings, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Spring is here, officially it began this week. With the melting of the winter cold comes the roar of the engines and the smell of rubber. I always have the song, Here Comes the Sun, on my mind this time of year. The warmth of the suns rays melt off the long cold winter. If spring is in the air, racing cannot be far behind.

   The local tracks open up in the next few weeks for practice and racing, a time to allow us to get out there and make the final adjustments before they throw the green flag. It is always neat to see the cars in the spring, new paint, new graphics, shined up and ready to go. You always wonder if they will be as fast as they look. You always wonder which ones spent as much time making the things you donít see as good as what you do see.

   I remember a car my Uncle Al and I had when we used to cruise around, it was a sleeper. A 69 Chevelle, faded dark blue. It had a little of the white undercoat bleeding through. The vinyl top was cracked and peeling, so we removed it to reveal the tin roof in various shades of rust. This car wasnít much to look at, but man would it go.

   Many a time a better looking, seemingly faster car pulled alongside to test its metal only to face the fate of everyone that had tried before. This Chevelle flew. What it lacked in looks it made up for under the hood. You donít always know what is on the inside.

   What about you and me? Does what we have in our heart match what we show to others? Do we live according to what we believe? Are we the real deal or just window dressing?

   All good questions; at the beginning of the race season you canít really tell who the contenders are; you have to watch them run out on the track first. The same holds true with our lives, there are many of us who may talk a good story, attend the right church, dress like we should, but you really donít know until you watch how we live our lives.

   As Easter approaches I have been reading in Johnís Gospel and preaching about getting prepared for to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. But before that happens there are some things that have to take place. The first of which involves Judas, the one who betrayed Christ.

   Judas looked the part, he dressed like the other disciples, he traveled with them, he ate with them; he was one of them. Anyone, including the other eleven would not have known what was in his heart. Even when the time came for Judas to turn Christ over to the authorities, the other Disciples didnít know..

John 13:21-24; After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified,
"I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me."

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, "Ask him which one he means.".

   It is important that what we display on the outside matches what we have in our heart. We need to understand that we cannot fool God. He knows what is in our heart. Those around us may be fooled, but God isnít.

   Just like a shiny new racecar, it may look nice but it is not a racecar until it can compete on the track. Likewise, it may not look like much but it will run with the best of them. Some times people in life that look the best have the emptiest hearts and the ones that look like they have run a few laps have the most generous and gracious hearts.

   Donít judge things by their appearance; take the time to get to know what is on the inside. Put things in place so that what you have in your heart matches the grace you have received from Jesus. You can fool many people, but when you meet God face to face, and you will meet God, he will reveal to the world what is in your heart.

   I am looking forward to being out there with you this season. There is much that we need to learn together. Make a commitment, with me, that we will spend our time together letting God prepare our hearts to honor Him.
 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   CELEBRATE SHANE! - I received this note from Deb Marvuglio and wanted to share it with you. Each year people ask her what she is going to do for Shane's anniversary. She shared, ďI never have an answer right away but it comes to me and below is what I would like to share with all of you.Ē

   Put on your Shane shirts, bracelets, stickers and remember my son, your friend, NEMA driver, karter, brother, nephew, grandson, co-worker just all around good guy. If you met him, I know he touched your life some way or another; I hear it every day. So in his honor on Wed, April 6 we are asking everyone to wear their Shane Hammond Believe Foundation Shirts! If you do not have one and would like to join us in celebrating Shane's life, they are available for a small donation of $12.00. Please pop us an email and we will get them out the next day. www.shanehammond.org

   Celebrating Shane!!!!

   Wednesday, April 6 ∑ Location - Everywhere!!!

   Year 1: We Prayed

   Year 2: Balloons

   Year 3: We Honor, Celebrate his life, Remember his smile, and BELIEVE that he is watching over all of his friends old & new!!!

   Where will Shaneís shirt show up???? Post your pictures and follow the event on Facebook.

   Thanks to all of you who have helped me & my family the past 3 years and continue to support us and our efforts with the foundation.

   Remember, drivers and owners, think SAFETY first! And, as always,

   Believe!

   Deb

   GREENVILLE PICKENS - Headed south this week to kick-off the 2011 K&N Pro Series East Schedule. Based on early indications there should be many new faces to meet and teams to get to know. We are looking forward to the opportunity.

   From Greenville the season gets going in a hurry, Waterford, Thompson, South Boston and the Hits just keep on coming. We are looking forward to an exciting new season out here helping you get through the challenges of life. See you on the road..

   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***

March 24
DAVE & KYLE MICHEL- This Wall Stadium Modified stand-out and wife share their 19th lap together.

March 25
J.R. & JASLYN WILLIAMS- This Carson City, NV Midget driver and wife share their 24th anniversary.

March 29
BOBBY & DONNA LABONTE- The Corpus Christi, TX NSC driver and wife have their 19th anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

March 23
WILLIAM ALLEN- Crewman on the Jim Hawkes Wall Township Speedway Mod.
CALAB WILSON- Grandson of Wall Chaplain Bob Menschner.

March 24
MARTIN TRUEX- Mayetta, NJ NASCAR KNPSE former driver now biggest fan of both 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.

March 25
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 Speedway.
KURT SCHAFFER- Son of Gradnview Modified driver Rick and wife Donna.
AMY BROWN- A daughter of Farmingdale,NJ Dwarf Car driver Bobby and wife Carolyn.
TRACY COX- Dirt and NSCS Mark Martin fan from Boyertown, PA, wife of Rev. Pat's cousin Bob.

March 26
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.

March 27
GLEN DAVIS- This Maine based sports photographer has his special day.
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.

March 28
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.

March 29
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 driver Tom.
STEVE GEORGIADES- Crew Chief brother for brother Bobby's Stafford/Thompson Modified team.
JOE CUDNIK, JR.- Crewman on the Enfield, CT Brad Hietala Modified team.
SHAWN HOULIHAN- KNPSE NASCAR flagman, son of retired WMT driver Dick.
THE REV. BILL WAUGH- RWJM Western PA Coordinator and Chaplain, also Pastor at the Greensburg, PA Church of the Brethren.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: March 25, 2011

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