There are times in our lives when we need to stop and prepare for a coming
event. Last week we had to prepare for a pending storm that affected most of
the East Coast. How well have we prepared for the storms of life? Have you
put things in order so that when they come we will be able to stand?
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Each race we enter requires preparation, we need to be prepared or
we cannot run to win. The car needs the right setup. The crew needs to be
ready and available. The spare parts and tools need to assembled and packed.
We need to get everything to the track. Then we need to get through practice
before we are prepared to race.
We can look at a life like a race, we can just let it happen or we
can make preparations so that when events come we will be prepared to make
adjustments. To live we need to prepare and be ready for whatever might come
our way. To be able to stand strong and make it through.
We read in Matthew’s Gospel about the wise and foolish builders;
each had the opportunity to prepare and live life in a way that would enable
them to withstand the coming storms. One chose to follow Christ, one chose
not to. When the storms came, the one who chose to build on a solid
foundation, Christ; was able to withstand the storm. The other one’s life
came crashing down and the storms of life overwhelmed him.
The lesson for us; make preparations while there is still time
before the storms come and overwhelm us. The best way to be prepared is to
choose to follow Christ. He promises to guide us, teach us, council us, help
us along the right path.
It is all too easy to procrastinate, wait until the pending storm
is on the horizon and then start scurrying around, making last minute
preparations, hoping to have enough time before we are overwhelmed. It is a
common thought process, many people have tried it and lost. Take God at His
word, He is worthy of your trust,
But now, this is what the LORD says--
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
God created us and formed us and
wants to be a part of our lives. We need to seek him our while he still can
be found. Today is the day, now is the time for salvation. None of us know
what tomorrow holds. None of us can speak with certainty about what lies
ahead. There is a way for us to be confident we can withstand whatever comes
our way, we need to trust our lives to God.
Look at the promise we find in those verses from Isaiah, “When you
pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the
rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you
will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
God will give us the strength and courage we need to withstand the
storm. We need to prepare before the storm comes, we need to prepare while
there is still time. Follow the encouragement of Paul and prepare to win the
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the
Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games
goes into strict training.
They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown
that will last forever.
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a
man beating the air.
Hebrews 12:1-3; Therefore, since we are
surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our
eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him
endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who
endured such opposition from sinful men,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
for the challenges Life has for us, turn your life over to Christ, He is
worthy of our Trust and Faith. God Bless
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
BRISTOL AND BEYOND - With a full car; Dan, Gary Dionne and
Rick Riduca, we headed south for the WMT race at Bristol. For Gary and Rick
it was the first time and like many say, until you have seen it in person
you don't realize how awesome this place is.
We had some special guests with us this week; we were joined by
John Sines Jr, who along with Patrick provided special music at Chapel. We
are excited about this relationship and where God will lead it. John is
looking forward to partnering with us to provide some additional outreach.
We met Joe Louis, a package of dynamite, who was filling in for
Southern Tour Chaplain Kyle Froman. Our best wishes go out to Kyle and his
wife as they await the arrival of their second child.
Bristol was a great trip, albeit short, and I have much to share
but at this point the battery is getting low, the power is out and I am at
McDonald's using their wifi. Blessings to you and maybe next week we'll back
at full power to get you updated.
PARES FAMILY NEEDS OUR PRAYERS - We need to keep the Pares
family in our prayers, they lost their house to flood and fire during the
storm, everyone made it out alright but the challenge ahead will be
difficult. I'll have more details next week how we can help them out.
Suffice to say it has been a challenging weekend making
preparations for the storm and the aftermath.
Until next time, be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and
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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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RICK & LIND RODENBAUGH- This NASCAR WMT couple, she with the Jake Morose
Team and he Co-Crew Chief for Wade Cole share their 9th.
BRUCE & SALLY SHIREY- This Latrobe, PA couple who live just five miles from
Latrobe Speedway and also enjoy road racing, have their 26th anniversary.
WILLIS & LOIS MERRILL- Kennebunk, ME NASCAR KNPSE fans celebrate their
DAVID & COLLEEN BENNETT- Officials with the old Busch North now David with
Sprint Cup celebrate their 25th lap together.
JERRY SOLOMITO- Riverhead Modified driver.
JOHN HEWITT- DIRT Modified driver.
GARY MOORE- Horseshoe, NC driver/owner.
HOWIE HODGE- Well liked and respected photographer from Manchester, CT.
BRIANNA CHILDRESS- Daughter of Kip, KNPSE Race Director and wife Jenny.
BRETT HEARN- Sussex, NJ top DIRT Modified driver.
LENNY FISCHER- Riverhead Raceway Modified driver.
EDDIE HOWELL- Lakeland, Fl former Dash Series driver.
LARRY BOUCHARD- Feeding Hills, MA ProStock driver.
DAVID STOKES- Son of Wall Township Speedway co-announcer Roger Stokes.
FRAN COLSON III- Son of Leominster, MA ProStock driver Fran and wife Doreen.
JIM CHAPIN- Friend of RWJM ministries.
JACK JOHNSON- Duanesburg, NY legendary dirt Modified driver.
MARK FUSCO- DIRT Modified driver.
BLAIR AIKEN- Lakeport, CA NASCAR West driver.
STEVE GOLEMBESKI, Jr.- Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT team crewman.
CLAYLENE ADAMS- Wife of Pomfret, CT Pro Tour Truck and ProStock driver Leo.
ADAM VENEZIAN- The son of Statewide Trailer/Perth Amboy Spring owner Joe and
JACK PENNINGTON- Augusta, GA LMSC driver.
CARLTON P. MERRILL- From Newton, MA, Carl is the GM at Monadncok Speedway
near Keene, NH.
NORM McINTOSH- Crewman on the NH based Mike Weeden LM.
RANDY LEE JOHNSTON-A New Waterford Speedbowl fan.
BOB JENKINS- Renowned as racing's premier pass-by-pass action TV announcer,
this Indianapolis, IN resident is also with Linger Productions who produces
great race coverage and the voice of the Indy 500 Radio Network.
JOE BUBBICO- This former CT based Modified driver now at Orange Show
Speedway and Perris Speedway now makes his home in Winchester, CA.
JEFF FEHR- Mahoning Valley Speedway driver.
BRANDON BUTLER- Richmond, VA NASCAR CWTS driver.
FRED STODDARD- Brother-in-Law of Stafford Late Model driver Tom Fearn.
BILL EMHOFF- York Maine crew member on the #2 MRS.
DICK HOULIHAN- Massachusetts ProStock/ WMT driver.
BILL TANNER- Newtown, PA Bridgeport Modified driver.
KELLY TANNER- Woodinville, WA NASCAR West driver. (no relation to Bill)
JEFF GREEN- Owensboro, KY NNS driver.
KENNY BERNSTEIN- NHRA Funny Car driver.
DOROTHY "PETE" BLACKADAR- West Danville, VT NASCAR Registra.
DONNA WEARING- Wife of Western PA dirt big block LM driver Bob, Jr.
DAN AYOTTE- Waterville, ME racing writer.
GREG GODEK- Windsor Locks, CT Mini Sprint driver at Whip City and brother in
JULIE STEFANIK- The Manager of Koszella Speed Warehouse in Rhode Island and
the supportive wife of past NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Modified
Tour champion, Mike.
RAY PAVKOV- RWJM Chaplain and Clock fixer extraordinaire.
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