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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   04/13/2012

A CLEAN SLATE
by Rev. Don Rivers

   A new season brings with it new opportunities; a chance to take our lives in a different direction, a better direction. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. We continue to make the same decisions and wonder why things donít change. With every new season is a chance to with a clean slate. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Ah, a clean slate, no bones to pick, no scores to settle, so axes to grind, sound too good to be true? It isnít, we hold the key. We can decide how we move forward in life. We can decide how long our memory is. We can decide what burdens we will let weigh us down.

   A new race season presents the perfect opportunity to wipe the slate clean. It presents the opportunity to turn over a new leaf, to handle things in a better way. It is a goal but one that can be difficult to achieve without some help.

   We are creatures of habit and return to the comfort of the way we have always done things. Changing is something we consider and even proclaim, but the real test comes in the heat of battle. Are we able to follow through on the words that come out of our mouth?

   History has a way of repeating itself; our history to be exact. I have heard many a driver proclaim how this season will be different, how they are going to run everyone clean and let the chips fall where they will. Then temptation comes, that little hole on the bottom heading into the turn. You know you can only get in there so far before you wash up. Decision time, did you really mean what you said?

   Short sighted thinking and our ability to rationalize everything has a way of getting us into situations that we shouldnít be in. Oh, I am sure I have heard every explanation for moving someone out of the way. Funny thing is none of them hold water when compared to the respect we should have for each other.

   I was reading this week about driver respect and remembered the words of Bugsy Stevens about the code of ethics for position, if they have the position and you couldnít pass clean you didnít make the move. You didnít like it, but you lived to race another day and over time things would balance out.

   The opportunity to change our perspective on things not only applies to racing but to our lives also. We can use the opportunity of a new season to change the direction our life is going. We can seek out God, accept His invitation of forgiveness and begin living to please Him.

   God provides an opportunity for us to start with a clean slate. I remember Paul, before he accepted Christ his name was Saul, he was a persecutor of Christians. In fact he had the final say as to whether they lived or died, many he sentenced to death. Then one day on the road to Damascus he had the opportunity to wipe the slate clean.

Acts 9:1-6; Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples.
He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there
who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.

"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
"Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

Acts 9:17-22; Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said,
"Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here - has sent me so
that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes,
and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that
Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc
in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?"
Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

   Paulís life was changed by meeting God on the road that day. He turned his life around and lived to serve God. We too can start with that clean slate. Paul shares from later in his walk with Christ.

Philippians 3:13-14; Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

   Paul tells us two important things about beginning with a clean slate. First, forget the past. What happened yesterday is done. No matter how hard we try we cannot change it. Donít get caught up trying to change things you cannot change. Ask for forgiveness and move forward. Commit to do things in a way that honors God.

   Second, persevere. Donít let yourself get caught up in self pity. Donít let yourself get caught in the trap of holding grudges against other. You only imprison yourself. Instead forgive and forget, move on and make every effort to let the peace of Christ reign in your life.

   We need to live a life focused on the honoring God. Do not look behind, but persevere through the challenges of today. If you make a mistake, ask for forgiveness, learn from your mistake and move on. Your eternity is secure in that Christ gave his life for you. Press on toward that goal.

   If you havenít made the choice yet, you can do that today. Today can be the day that you decide to start with a clean slate.

Romans 8:23, There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

   And the penalty is the same;

Romans 6:23a, For the wages of sin is death,

   But look at the rest of that verse and we start to see what God intends for us.

Romans 6:23b, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

   God said I will give you the opportunity to start with a clean slate; I will send My Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for you.

John 3:16-18, "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.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already
because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

   God provided this opportunity for forgiveness and we can receive it by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we do, we make peace with God, we restore our relationship with Him, and our sins are forgiven, remembered no more. We start with a clean slate!
 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

    LONG TRIP TO SAY GOODBYE - I thought I traveled great distances but I was reading this week about someone who has me beat. Pete Britton, driver of the #21A Big Block Modified, A native of Brisbane, Queensland, in Australia, traveled 9,455 miles to New York to race last Saturday night in the Jan Corcoran Memorial.

   He has made the trip before but this one was the most difficult. Last month he lost his biggest supporter, his father, Paul. I canít imagine how difficult that must be, being so far away, having to make that trip and also being separated from the family that includes his brothers, Kevin and Daniel, and his mother, Jane. His father was a popular figure in Australian modified racing, and he was Peter's biggest fan.

   "It is a huge effort to get back and forth and all that stuff, and it's a lot harder now that dad's not around," said Britten, 24. "I obviously wanted to keep going and keep improving, keep pushing myself, but he was always there in my corner, helping me get there. It's definitely going to be pretty hard without him, but all we can do is keep going and try to make him proud. I'll be doing what I can, that's for sure."

   We lift Peter and his family up in prayer, not only for their loss but for the miles that separate them.

   GEORGE SUMMERS - George has been hospitalized with pneumonia. Please keep Maggie and George in your thoughts and prayers. Cards can be sent to them at P.O. Box 8001, Upton, Ma. 01568

   ICEBREAKER WEEKEND - Well, there isnít exactly ice to break this year, but none the less the Whelen Modified Tour roars into action this weekend at the big ďTĒ. There have been a few changes, some returning champions and always the perennial contenders. I am excited to see what the 2012 version of the tour will look like. Look for chapel to begin around 11:15, right after the driverís meeting on Sunday. Hope to see you there.

   Until next time, be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at http://www.rwjm.com/store. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. 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***

April 11
TONY & DEBBIE VECCHIO- This NASCAR KNPSE team owner couple from have their 25th anniversary.

April 13
TED & BETH SEMINARA- The Brewster, NY, now in Mt. Holly, NC proprietor of TS Racing Photo and Sprint Cup "AARN" photographer and lively wife share their 21st anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

April 11
MIKE EWANITSKO- North Babylon, NY WMT driver.
DON LaHUE- White Mountain Motorsports Park (VT) driver.
RUSSELL WOOD- Son of Pelham, MA ISMA SuperModified driver Russ and wife Lisa.
ED D'HONDT, JR- Son of Long Island, now in Mooresville, NC, NSC Team Manager Ed, Sr.
KARSYN JARRETT- NSC's Dale and wife Kelley's youngest.
AIMEE FERREE- A daughter of Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Big Block LM driver Ed and wife Gayle.

April 12
JIM HAILEY- Manager of the Richard Childress Show Car Teams out of Welcome, NC.
DAVE MICHEL- Wall Township Speedway star Modified driver.
TIM DWIGGINS- NC Modified driver.
BOB STRAIT- Mokena, IL ASA/ARCA driver.
TOMMY FOX- Plainfield, CT Former NASCAR WMT/NASCAR KNPSE driver and fabricator.
ELAINE FEBRIELLO- Wife of retired Waterbury, CT Modified team owner, Woody.
MARK FEBRIELLO- Elaine and Woody's son.

April 13
RUSS HERSEY, JR.- Keene, NH NASCAR KNPSE driver.
CHRIS AMAN- NC based, Interlaken NY Mod Series/NASCAR KNPSE driver.
MITCH GIBBS- Norwich, NY dirt Modified driver.
DARRYL CARL- Voorheesville, NY occasional NASCAR KNPSE driver.
JAY STUART- Preston, CT proprietor of JDM Chassis and accomplished LM driver.
KEITH WHITE- Higginsville, MO All Pro Series driver.
KEN DIPPEL- Upstate NY photographer.
MARK GEER, JR.- A son of former Waterford Mod Tech Inspector Mark and Office Manager wife Linda.
JEAN SMERIGLIO- Brookfield, CT wife of retired Danbury driver Dave.
DEAN DeBOIS- El Monte, CA dad of Pam Krause, wife of AARN's Ass't to the Editor, Earl.

April 14
JOHNNY RUMLEY- Winston-Salem, NC NNS driver.
JEFF ANDRETTI- Bethlehem, PA Indy Car/NSC/NNS driver; Mario's youngest son.
PAUL SACKS- Son of NSC driver Greg.
DICK FEARN- Feeding Hills, MA dad of ProStock driver Tom.

April 15 TAX FILING DEADLINE
BOBBY HUTCHENS- NC Modified driver.
JIM RAYMOND- Earlville, NY crewman on the Mitch Gobbs dirt Mod.

April 16
JERRY HIGBIE- Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway Modified driver.
ROCKY DeMATO- Brookfield, CT Mod crewman.

April 17
JOHN FLACH- Lebanon Valley based Mod driver.
MIKE CHASE- Concord, NC NASCAR West 1994 champion/ NASCAR Truck and LMSC driver.
RICH DeLONG- North Hills, Ca NASCAR West driver.
JOEY KOURAFAS- Retired Mass. NASCAR KNPSE driver.
TONY GLOVER- Sprint Cup Crew Chief.
DANIELLE HEDGER- NY based NASCAR KNPSE Brown Racing Crew Chief Ray's wife.
HOWARD & CAROL LARSON- This Stafford Springs, CT NASCAR WMT couple share the same birthday.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: April 13, 2012

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