Weíve gotten to the halfway point of our Winter Bible Study and a good point
to recap where we have been. We are traveling down the road that will lead
us to a deeper faith in Jesus by learning how to trust God. We are
discussing what faith looks like and how we need to show others who we place
our faith in. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We have covered four topics so far and it seems like a good time to
review. Many times we forget to look back and see where we have been. We
forget to recognize the progress we have made. Our life today should be
different, closer to God, because of where we have been.
As we follow the events leading up to the Daytona 500 I thought
about the first subject we covered, following directions. I am not sure what
it is about racers, but at times it seems that the rules are meant for
someone else. What are people thinking? It seems winning is more important
than integrity. Winning is worthless if it is earned by bending or breaking
the rules. James tells us that it doesnít matter if we know the rules we
need to follow them. What good are they if we ignore them and do what we
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it
We need to remember that following
Godís Word demonstrates our faith. Think of it this way; you need advice and
you ask someone you trust. You receive instructions. You now have a choice.
Do we follow the advice or do we decide to do it our way?
The choice we make will indicate who you put your faith in. We show
people we have faith in God when we follow His directions. We show a lack of
faith when we decide to follow something else.
The next step in our study taught us about playing favorites. An
interesting note about the relationships we build is that sometimes we form
relationships for what we can gain from them. We are not there to add
something but to subtract.
In racing many of the relationships are formed based on what each
party brings to the table. When we form relationships based on what we feel
we can gain we show a lack of faith in Godís provision. We think we know
what we need and we think we know how to get it. We need to put our faith in
God and let Him provide for our needs.
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as
you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted
by the law as lawbreakers.
tells us it is a sin to show favoritism. Specifically he told us when we
base that decision on what someone has versus what someone doesnít have we
are making a wrong decision. That is to say, I choose to be friends with
Johnny because he has more stuff than Steve. Faith in God means not playing
As we learned the first steps in our walk of faith we realized that
we have some challenges facing us. Showing others that we have faith in God
requires us to rethink the way we do things.
The next step on our journey leads us to look at what we do. James
tells us that faith is not a passive activity. He tells us that if we claim
to have faith we will act like we do. The converse is true, if we donít
demonstrate our faith by our actions than we donít have true faith.
James 2:14, 18,
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no
Can such faith save him?
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
action would be the theme that guided James life. He wasnít about to be like
the religious leaders he saw, he knew God was more hands on. God wanted to
be a part of our daily lives. God wanted us to touch the lives of others
When we reach out to others without any other motive than to help
we demonstrate our faith in God. When we are tempted to take the easy way
out instead of doing what honors God our actions will indicate who our faith
The past few months have given us many opportunities to step out on
faith and get into action, Storm Sandy, Sandy Hook , The Blizzard of 2013.
Our friends and neighbors need to see the hand of God reaching out to help
them. Have we extended that hand to them?
Our next lesson asked us to pay attention to the words that come
out of our mouths. We say a lot of things that donít need to be said. We
share our opinion without being asked and without thinking about the impact
it will have. James warned us about the words we speak and the effect they
will have on others.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men,
who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and
cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
We need to watch what we say and
think before we speak. Why is it that we put our mouth in motion many times
before we put our mind in gear? Think before we speak is good advice. It
also is good to remember that whoever we speak to is a child of God. God
created them and each one has the same value to Him. We need to watch what
we say and understand who you are saying it to.
So that covers where we have been. Has it made a difference in your
life? Have you chosen to walk is a different way? Please share that with us;
let us know how these columns guide you.
We have three lessons to cover to complete our winter study. Feel
free to email me if you have any questions or need to get together and talk.
Have a great week. Blessings, Rev. Don.
FROM THE ROAD
SPEEDWEEKS IN FULL SWING - We have made to Florida and have been making
the rounds. We have already had some blessings on the way. I look forward to
sharing some of those with you.
BUBBA RACEWAY PARK - A funny thing happened on the way to
the track; God showed up and prepared the way. Steve Fowler headed to
Florida from Montana not sure what was in store for him. He agreed to lead
the effort to reach the WoO Dirt Late Models and putting things in place for
the beginning of the season was proving to be more challenging than
One of the realities of this ministry is that we go even when we
canít see the road the journey will take us. Steve had no idea the welcome
he would receive from the teams and track. He was welcomed with open arms.
Not only were the teams asking for prayers, the track asked him do the
invocation each night and conduct a chapel service on Sunday morning. Over
20 attended that service.
But the most important blessing was yet to come. Bubba Speedway
Park opened their doors to many homeless veterans, they provided them with
pit passes and hoped that this might be the beginning of taking steps to
honor them for their service and help them get their lives moving in a
Steve and Hank, a Vietnam veteran himself, were able to minister to
the vets and begin the process of connecting them with caring people in the
community. The hope is to develop a support network that these vets can draw
on. It is exciting to see God move in our lives and open doors to help us
minister to those in need.
TWO MORE TRACKS - After starting the week with a focus
on Volusia and the WoO Sprint cars it is time to turn my attention to
asphalt from dirt. This week I will be joined by Rev. Dan and we will focus
on Daytona for the Battle at the Beach. From there I will head to the
Modified races at New Smyrna.
Steve Fowler will join Finish Line Chaplain Ed Harkins at Volusia
to continue our efforts there to the WoO Dirt Late Models, Dirt Modifieds
and the Big Block Modifieds. Thanks for all your prayer for us as we go our
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