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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   01/11/2013


WHATíS IN A NAME
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   Howís the New Year going so far? I thought we might take a look at living by faith. Specifically we will explore the meaning of faith and what faith looks like when we live it out. Join us for the next few weeks and I promise you will come away with a better understanding of God and the life He has for us. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   It is common in racing circles to have nicknames for people, some are complimentary, and some are not. Most times nicknames are descriptive, a physical trait. Sometimes the way we behave may earn us a nickname. Whatís in a name?

   Do you have a nickname? Is it one you donít mind being called? Jesus had a brother names James and he had a nickname. It was one he earned based on his behavior. His nickname was Camel knees.

   Most of us have never seen a camelís knees. But if you get a chance take a close look. They are not very pretty. They are kind of callused and worn because they are used often and much time is spent on them.

   Take a look at your knees. Do they resemble a camelís? They would if we spent as much time on our knees as James did. James sought out God for the understanding of who Jesus was. His life changed the day that was revealed to him.

   Let me step back a little and fill in some of the details. James was the brother of Jesus. Jamesí father was Joseph and his mother was Mary. He grew up in the same household as Jesus and watched his brother grow up and assume the mantle of Savior. None of this made much of an impression on James. In fact it probably built more animosity than anything else. I can understand that.

   How would it be if you grew up with your brother being the ďchosen oneĒ? I know some of our siblings think they are the second coming and the world should revolve around them, but the fact remains it doesnít. That was not the case with James; his brother was actually the Messiah.

   One of the things that I think about when I think about the household James grew up in is the fact that his brother never did anything wrong. James could never blame his brother when something went wrong or when the chores were not done. I donít know about you but that would be enough for me to resent my brother.

   What if Jesus was on your race team? How would you deal with the fact that he was always right; the fact that he did nothing wrong? I think it is a little hard for us to grasp but James had to live with it day in and day out. He didnít have a choice.

   As James grew older he didnít embrace his brotherís status. He didnít accept the prophecy that foretold of his sacrifice. He didnít want it to be true. In fact James didnít come to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior until after Jesusí death and resurrection. It was then that he fell to his knees and prayed for forgiveness. It was then that he accepted the sacrifice made for him and turned to God through Jesus. He spent so much time on his knees that they became calloused and ugly. They became Camel knees.

   What did he learn down on his knees? We will be talking about that over the next few weeks. The book of James is a short book when compared to the rest of the Bible, but I think it is one of the most practical. It will instruct us in the way we should live. James wrote as someone who knew, he had been there and knows that our life depends on what we do with the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

   James can be summed up in these passages;

James 1:19-22, My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen,
slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you,
which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 2:14-17, What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?
Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him,
"Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

   James points out that it is not what we say but what we do that determines our faith. James makes the point that we should demonstrate a faith that can save us. We need to go above and beyond what we think we can do. It means giving and doing things beyond our means; trusting that God will provide everything we need. It means living in a way that puts our own livelihood at the bottom of the list. James learned that our life must have the right priorities, God must be first, others second and ourselves third. He spent his life on his knees praying for the courage and strength to live that out.

   What does faith look like? James says it reaches out and provides for others without regard for itself. Do we have faith? We will try to unwrap that a little over the next few weeks. Join us for the next few weeks as we study the book of James, as he shares with us what he has learned. We will read what he was inspired by God to teach us. In the words of James, donít just know Godís word, do what it says.

   God bless, Rev. Don.
 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

    MOTORSPORTS 2013 - The next big event on our schedule. We are busy working on putting together our display and hope to have some new and different things to join some of our old standbys. We will have the Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby and his car. We also hope to have a couple other open wheel cars for you. We also are looking forward to leading Chapel Service on Sunday morning. Make your plans to attend now.

   NEW POSITION - As we ring in the New Year and all the promise it holds I would like to invite you to join me as I begin leading a new congregation. I am the new Pastor at Mount Carmel Christian Church in North Haven, CT. I will continue to serve as president of Racing with Jesus Ministries in addition to leading MCCC. I am excited about what God is doing through this congregation and for His kingdom. I look forward to serving you there, stop by and visit. http://www.mountcarmelchristian.com.

It has been good to have some time off over the Holidays, I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with family and friends. I hope you had some time to do the same.

   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
 


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: January 11, 2013

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