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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   08/17/2012

RESTORED
by Rev. Don Rivers

   I was thinking the other day about the lives we lead, the challenges we face and the bumps and bruises we encounter along the way. Sometimes the thought crosses our mind that it would be great to start over. Knowing what we know now, we might do things differently. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   When I was on Long Island a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting an old race car collector. He had one car completely restored, looked brand new, everything in its place. On the rear deck were photographs that documented the carís history, the driverís exploits and the history of its racing career.

   Out back he had anther car, sitting under a tarp, a coupe, the way it came off the track. It didnít need a book of photos, its history was written all over it. You could see where it rubbed another competitor, you could see the decals, the history, this car wrote its own story.

   Each car had its place and each one has its attraction. Each one has run the race, challenged for the lead and took home the prize. I enjoyed looking at the both cars; each told a story. They restored a little of the history we like to reminisce about.

   As much as it is enjoyable to relive the good ole days of racing it is a challenge sometimes to relive some of our past and the decisions we have made. There seems to be a contrast, when we see a restored race car we remember the good times, but when we reflect on our own lives we tend to remember our mistakes.

   It is those mistakes that lead us to a place that isnít healthy for us. We have trouble forgiving ourselves for the choices that didnít benefit our lives. Thatís when we need to turn to God and allow Him to restore us, to forgive our transgressions and remember them no more. Then we need to forget them also and move forward in our lives.

   That is the challenge; letting God restore us, pull us out of the valley; the dry, hot barren valley that we reside in when we donít think we have lived the right kind of life. We do not feel worthy of Godís forgiveness and restoration. Nothing could be further from the truth.

   I was reading in the book of Ezekiel about the valley of dry bones and the question God asked him.

Ezekiel 37: 1-3a; The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD
and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them,
and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me,
"Son of man, can these bones live?"

   An interesting question, the fact remains that apart from God we are dead in our transgressions, there is no hope for our life. Apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ we cannot do anything to change our destiny. Apart from God there is certain death, a valley of dry bones.

   Can these bones live?

   Yes, they can when the breath of life is breathed into them, when the living water of the Holy Spirit fills them. Yes, when we turn from our ways and receive the grace and forgiveness that only God can offer.

   If you have been to the races recently and attended chapel you saw me illustrate this with a water bottle. When we are full of living water we have integrity and the ability to resist the pressures of life. But when we are empty, the world crushes us and we crumble into a twisted mess, a poor reflection of the life we were created to live.

   I demonstrated how God can breathe into us the breath of life and restore our life to its previous form and fill us again. We can be restored and God is willing to do the restoring. Turn to him and ask for his restoration. Ask him to breathe into you the breath of life and fill you with the living water that will quench your every thirst.

   Jesus makes this offer recorded in Matthewís Gospel.

Matthew 11:28-30; "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

   For those of us who have been restored and know the presence of God in our lives we have work to do. We have the restorative powers of God to proclaim. We have lives to live that show how God is willing and able to use anyone to demonstrate His power and glory, even us.

   I remember John the Baptist and how he spent his life proclaiming the one who would come after him that was able to forgive sins. The prophet Isaiah tells us of the task at hand.

Isaiah 40:3-5;

A voice of one calling:
"In the desert prepare
the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.

And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

   God is in the restoration business. He desires that every one of us would receive the restoration he offers. He desires that those who have been restored would proclaim the change that God has accomplished in their lives.

   I encourage you to allow God to restore meaning and purpose to the life you are living. Let Him fill you with Living Water and breathe the breath of life into your tired and weary body. Let Him lead you to those who need to know the gift of grace that comes from our God in Heaven.

 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

    THOMPSON MAKES IT IN BEFORE THE STORM - Last week looked to be a great week of racing; Thompson, Stafford, Waterford but the weather again created difficulties completing the schedule; time to juggle things again.

   The Whelen Modified Tour did manage to get their annual Thursday night visit to Thompson in without weather issues. It looked like there were storms coming but they dried up before reaching the track.

   We saw the race for the championship tighten up as Donny Lia coming from a lap down, as the result of difficulties on a pit stop, to Victory Lane. Twenty seven points separate second through fifth as they chase Coby who continued to lead the way.

   Lia was followed home by Silk and Coby with TC and Mighty Mike closing out the top five. It looks to be an interesting race shaping up for Bristol and then back here at Thompson to kick off a four race stretch in September that will go a long way to determining who comes out on top.

   We did have some difficulties in the under card at Thompson, Limited Late Model competitor, Jason Dean, crashed hard into the turn two wall and needed the cage cut to extricate him from the car. He was transported to the local hospital and then up to UMASS in Worcester to make sure he received the proper treatment of his injuries. He is doing well and the healing process has begun. Please keep his recovery in your prayers and lift up his family as they get through this difficult time.

   WATERFORD WINGS GOES TO THIS SATURDAY - We will be back at the Speedbowl this Saturday night minus the Valenti Modified Racing Series who will be at Seekonk. NEMA and ISMA will join the SKLites and SKs for an opened wheel show with wings. Keep in mind this is the Shane Hammond Memorial for NEMA, please make an effort to get there and show your support as we honor this young man who gave us so much encouragement.

   SAFETY HAS TO BE YOUR PRIORITY - In the wake of the events at Thompson on Thursday I would like to remind every competitor that safety is not a place to save money. It only takes one accident to change your life and you cannot go back and undo what is done. We are available to connect you with the resources in the industry to help you make your car and you as safe as you can be. It is difficult to see drivers not make the investment in equipment that is available to make racing safer. Many donít think it will happen to them. I ask the question, ďhow much is your life worth?Ē Please take the time and have your equipment checked out, spend your money wisely, in a place that can and will save your life.

   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***

August 15
JOHN & DENISE DURLING- This Grandview Speedway Late Model driver and wife from Reading. PA share their 10th anniversary.

August 20
ANDY & BARBARA HALL- This former NASCAR PR director, now Indy Racing League official, and wife have their 23rd anniversary.
DAN & LAURIE WALKER- The Public Relations Director at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and wife share their 27th.

August 21
JERRY & LESLIE BURCHETTE- This Super Pro IHRA driver and wife share their 19th anniversary.
STEVE & BONNIE MILLER- This NASCAR KNPSE couple from Waterford, NJ have their 39th anniversary.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

August 15
JOHN DURLING- Reading, PA championship Grandview Speedway Late Model driver.
A.J. ROMANO- Johnstown, NY dirt Modified driver.
SAM SCHMIDT- Las Vegas, NV part-time IRL driver.
MARIO FIORE- The famous Agawam, MA NASCAR Modified Team owner and BIG Tommy Barrett fan.
DICK CLARK- Long Island occasional NASCAR WMT driver.
MARCEL DUSSEAULT- Somerswoth, NH former NASCAR KNPSE Marc Motorsports team owner.
GEORGE FOSSETT- Gray, ME fan.
KENNY HOLLIS- No. Easton, MA AARN race fan.
ADAM LEE O'BRIEN- Kyle Petty's biggest fan and son of Tammy from Boyertown, PA.

August 16
DR. JERRY PUNCH- Cornelius, NC much loved ESPN/ABC racing announcer, but most importantly, Joni's husband.
ERIC BEERS- Northampton, PA WMT Modified driver.
LOU PRIOR- CT former ProStock driver.
BILL KISER- Concord, NC NNS writer.
MARK BOURCIER- CT based veteran racing writer.
DAWN SANSEVERINO- A daughter of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed and wife Linda.
MICHAEL JIVANELLI- A son of Hampton Bays, NY Riverhead Raceway driver Dan.

August 17
PHIL RONDEAU- Baltic, CT Hooters Cup/LM driver.
JIM MAVLOUGANES- CT based LAte Model driver.
JIM ROSENFIELD- MA ProStock driver.
JIM TERWILLIGER- Bloomingburg, NY 1956 Sprint URC Rookie of the Year, now retired.
CHRIS ROMANO- AARN's "Midget Magic" columnist, now down south.
SHERIL PERRY- She writes about Seekonk Speedway from Rehoboth, MA.
ARLENE HARD- Wife of Vill, race car fan since 1958 from Clifton, NJ.
RON HANNA- Amsterdam, NY Fonda Speedway fan.

August 18
DAVEY JOHNSON- Imperial, PA S.T.A.R.S. Late Model driver.
DOUG DIDERO- Oswego Speedway/ISMA SuperModified driver.
SAM STERN- MA ProStock driver.
BETH SEMINARA- Originally from Brewster, NY now Mt. Holly, NC, wife of "Area Auto RAcing News" Cup photographer Ted.
AMANDA VECCHIO- The daughter of Syracuse, NY former NASCAR KNPSE team owners Tony and Debbie.
BOB BURKET- Former NJ dirt modified owner.

August 19
MIKE ROWE- One of Maine's legendary NASCAR KNPSE/LM drivers and very proud dad of Turner, Maine KNPSE/LM driver Benji.
PAUL SPENCER- Berwick, PA brother of Verses commentator JIm.
TIM BENDER- Colden, NY NASCAR KNPSE driver.
FRAN COLSON- Leominster, MA ProStock driver.
JIM KEEKER- USAC Midget driver.
LINDA SANSEVERINO- Wife of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed.
JULIE POTTER- Preston, CT Modified fan.

August 20
JOHN LESNIAK- Wallingford, CT NASCAR KNPSE driver
CHARLIE KREMER- NJ asphalt Modified driver.
STEVE MILLER- Waterford, NJ KNPSE team part-owner.
DENNIS PUNCH- PR man for the Brewco NNS Team. Dennis is also Dr. Jerry's brother.

August 21
NEAL FEOLA- He really isn't "Nasty Neal" and is a Blunderbust driver at Riverhead Raceway.
TIM ATTAYA- Promoter of the Augusta, ME civic Center Motorsports Show in January and Maine TV personality.
RENE LaLUMIERE- Jefferson, NH retired LM driver.
KAREN MARQUIS- Enfield, CT wife of semi-retired NASCAR WMT and KNPSE driver Jerry.
BILL SANSEVERINO- Son of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed and wife Linda.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: August 17, 2012

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