We celebrate Easter this week. Never has there so much hope in something so
empty, the empty tomb. Some things arenít always what they seem. Letís take
some time this week and discover that hope we have in a risen Savior.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
NIV, On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took
the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone
rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body
of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in
clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the
women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them,
"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has
risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
`The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified
and on the third day be raised again.' "Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven
and to all the others.
celebrate Easter and the resurrection of our Savior we start to understand
the road Jesus walked was a difficult one. He endured death on a cross. He
endured the mockery of a trial. He endured the ridicule. He endured the
beating. He did not speak against those who put him through the trial and
crucifixion. He accomplished what God the Father sent him to do.
Like many things in life, the celebration doesnít come without
working through some difficulties. Those are the celebrations that we
remember most, the ones with the most difficult road. Billy Graham said,
ďMountain tops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the
Jesus didnít throw a big party, he didnít have a victory parade; he
simply did what he said he would do. He told those close to him what to
expect. However, because he did something that no one had ever seen before
it was difficult for them to understand. In fact, even his closest followers
didnít understand or believe him. Listed to their reaction when the women
returned with the news:
Luke 24:11-12, NIV, But they did not believe the women, because their
words seemed to them like nonsense.
Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips
of linen lying by themselves,
and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
many of us would have believed it? How many of us believe it today? The Son
of God rose from the grave and conquered death? He has the power over the
one thing we fear most in life, death. We can find a peace in that. We can
Who do we turn to when you need to overcome our fear? We turn to
someone who has overcome it. We seek out someone who has experience in
dealing with what we are faced with. We look for support, comfort, mercy,
encouragement, and guidance. We want to be assured that we can get through
the challenges we face.
Christ assured us that we could, if we trust in him. He endured the
most difficult death we could imagine. He rose victorious from the grave. An
empty tomb is our hope. Never has something so empty been so powerful. The
empty tomb has the ability to change the direction of our lives.
In the emptiness we can find the courage to trust that Jesus is
able to overcome whatever obstacles we face. We can find the strength to
overcome even our fear of death. I encourage you today to look into the
tomb, see the scraps of linen; realize that our Savior lives and that we can
I close with the words from an old hymn that always lifts me up;
Because He Lives
God sent His son, they
called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior 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.
You too can face the challenges
ahead because the tomb is empty; HE LIVES!
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
A WILD WEATHER WEEKEND IN VIRGINIA - As many of you know the
weather over the last weekend was anything but peaceful in North Carolina
and Southern Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost the
most precious gift of all, their lives. Things can be replaced, but life is
precious and for those families who have experienced such a loss our heart
goes out to them. Please join with us as we continue to pray for the areas
of this world that have suffered great losses, Japan, Haiti, United States.
We were close to ground zero this weekend, a tornado passed across
highway 58 just ten miles east of South Boston, VA. As we drove through the
downed trees and power lines it was hard to imagine the force required to
level the landscape. The pictures out of Raleigh, NC and surrounding area
show the devastation. We are thankful that we were kept safe.
Saturdayís events were postponed to Sunday with the threat of the
violent weather. This was a case of heeding the warning and making sure no
one was put in danger. I know it is a difficult call to make and probably
was not the best financial decision, but when you consider the threat and
the potential for a catastrophe I commend to folks that made the call.
With a short schedule on Sunday the cooperation of everyone was
needed. Sunday went off great and stayed pretty close to schedule. All
involved, South Boston Speedway, NASCAR and the competitors pulled it off
and deserve kudos for a job well done.
In the end the fastest car did not take home the victory for the
K&N Pro Series, Brett Moffit took the lead and was running away when he got
tangled up with a car that had spun. His car was unable to finish and his
hope of sweeping the first two races of the season was gone. Sergio Pena was
running in second and fought off a late race restart to win his first race
in the K&N Pro Series, congratulations goes out to the entire Revolution
Racing Team for a job well done.
The Whelen Modified Southern Tour was on hand to add to the
excitement. This race would be without one of the stars of the series and
last years champion Burt Meyers. Burt was driving a Super Modified and
crashed causing some internal injuries that prevented him from competing.
There was good news though, he was checked out of the hospital on Sunday
morning and was able to watch the race from the press box. I am sure that
was little consolation for someone who would rather be on the track
competing, but considering his injuries, just being at the track was an
answer to prayer.
When the checkered flag waved a northern invader on a hot streak
would take home the glory. TC driving Joe Bradyís machine took home the top
prize. I talked with Teddy before the race and his hand is healing up
nicely, he soon will be able to use all his fingers when he waves to you.
With the day complete we headed home with the thought of
celebrating Easter this weekend with our families. Please take the time to
enjoy the holiday. Weíll be back at in couple of weeks, hope to see you at a
track near you.
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JAMES & IONEY WARNER- This Martinsville Speedway infield staffer and wife,
both close friends of Rev. pat, celebrate their 13th anniversary.
ROGER & MELISSA HORVATH- This NY ELS Sprint driver and wife have their 16th
J.J. & KELLY MICHAELS- This Small Block Modified driver at Fulton and
Utica-Rome Speedways in New York and his wonderful wife Kelly share their
PAUL & MICHELLE McELEARNEY- This veteran Riverhead Raceway LM driver and
wife have their anniversary today.
MIKE AND SHARON TALLMAN- A crewman on the Thompson Speedway Modified driven
by Sharon's brother Tom Tagg and his wife have anniversary 25.
ED SPENCER III- Berwick, PA NASCAR Cup/NNS driver Jim's nephew.
RON BARFIELD, JR.- Florence, SC NASCAR CWTS/ All Pro Series driver.
DON DesROCHERs- Retired Riverside Park Speedway driver, father os SKMod
RICH PAWLICH- Rocky Hill, CT Modified fan.
FRANCIS STODDARD- NSC Crew Chief for Boris Said.
BILL BALSER- Norton, MA veteran photographer.
KELLI BIRKBECK- Pawcatuck, CT, a huge fan of Kasey Kahne and Joey Lagano.
JIM BRODRICK- A close personal friend of Rev. Pat's from Brookfield, CT on
semi-retirement from WMT and Sk mods and concentrating on son Bobba's
RANDY GLENSKI- NY D.I.R.T. Mod driver.
STEVE BARRICK- Flemington, NJ President of Program Dynamics which produces
weekly programs for track all over the East Coast.
STEPHANIE SHAW- Mom of Center Conway, NH KNPSE driver DJ and wife of former
BOB HOWARD- Colorado Springs, CO NASCAR West driver.
ROBBIE CROUCH- Burlington, VT's "Tampa Tornado" retired NASCAR KNPSE/LM
JASON KELLER- Greensville, SC NNS driver.
P.J. JONES- Rolling Hills, CA Indy car/ NASCAR Truck series driver.
CHUCK GAFRARAR- Team Penske fabricator.
AL ROBINSON- World-wide race announcer and Storyteller extraordinaire.
J.J. O'MALLEY- Al's buddy and the PR Director at Watkins Glen Speedway.
BOB PRATT- A brother of Joe Pratt, NJ Mod driver Ed and uncle of sportsman
driver Richie Pratt, Jr.
MICHELLE McELEARNEY- The wife of Commack, NY Riverhead LM driver, Paul.
RICK SCHAFFER- Woxall, PA all-time winningest Mod driver at Grandview.
HERMIE SADLER- Emporia, VA NNS/NSC driver.
ED FLEMKE- Southington, CT NASCAR WMT Modified driver/ chassis builder.
CHERYL MARKS- Grandview Souvenier Stand Manager.
LINDA GOLDEN- Daughter of retired Midget owner Joe Sukup from Schodack
WALTER NEWCOMB- Keeper of the cup, this Long Island native is a big Modified
BOB KLUKUS- Crewmember on the WMT and at Stafford Motor Speedway.
BILL HENDERSON- Owner of a KARS Sprint team at Williams Grove.
MIKE LENMAN- Driver of Bill Henderson's KARS Sprint.
RAY MILLER- Former driver of the Henderson KARS Sprint.
JOHN MICHALOWSKI, JR.- From Riverhead, NY, now driving LMSC in NC.
CHET THOMPSON- Former Wall Township Speedway driver, now G.S.U.S.C.E. member
and race fan.
SHAWN PODZIEWSKI- KNPSE crewman.
CHRISTINA CASAGRANDE- Sister of Riverhead Blunderbust driver Bob.
AARON MICHAEL COX- One of Rev. Pat's cousin Bob and wife Tracy Cox' children
down in Boyertown, PA.
BILL DIMMICH- Slatington, PA Former Pocono 500 chief announcer and TV host.
JIMMY KITCHENS- Birmingham, AL NNS/NW driver.
JUNIOR MILLER- Winston-Salem, NC WSMT 2005 Chmpionship driver.
RON SHEPHERD- From NY, now in NC driving Modifieds and Concord Motorsports
Park Super LMSC.
ROGER GODIN- Maine LM driver.
ALLEN MONETTE- NH ProStock driver.
RON & ED PROVOST- Oxford Plains Speedway official and son.
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