The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   We all like it when people recognize who we are. Think about the difference when you walk into a room of people you know verses walking into a room of people you have never met. We all have a need for people to know who we are. But what’s more important is for people to know who Jesus is. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   As we draw closer to Easter and the celebration of the resurrection it is important to understand who Jesus is and why he came. I encourage you to take some time in the next few weeks and ask yourself the same question Jesus posed to his disciples, “who do you say that I am?”

   So much of our time in racing is spent trying to establish an identity. This identity can be a number, a sponsor or even a color. When we achieve that recognition people make that association.

   Let's see if it I am right. Let's try some word association, say the first thing that comes to you mind. Number eighty-eight, number three, number twenty-four, Napa, Lowes, STP, the color red, black. Sometimes our identity is so engrained that it is tagged to something, like Petty blue.

   I remember one Sunday afternoon during a pit party at Thompson Speedway. Dan and I were talking with multi-time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik. People were milling around getting autographs and taking pictures but no one interrupted our conversation. In all the commotion we sat there and talked about everything under the sun. Why would a championship driver have so much time on his hands during an autograph session? He was missing something, his car. Mike was seated on the wall without his car to identify him. He made the comment, "I guess I am nothing without my car."

   One year at Motorsports I watched as people lined up several hours before a NSC driver was scheduled to sign autographs. They devoted hours standing on line to get that coveted signature. I thought they must really know this person they are willing to wait hours to talk briefly with him. Then came a true indicator of our identity. The driver had to walk past a large part of this line to get to the place he would be signing. I watched as he walked in plain view and within arms reach of the crowd. They didn't even notice. Why, because he was dressed in street clothes. He wasn't dressed in anything that his fans could identify him with. Some thought they recognized him, but they weren't sure if it was really him.

   Would we recognize Christ if we saw Him? Would we know beyond a shadow of a doubt it was Him? Christ asked this question of his disciples,

Matthew 16:13-17; When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
"Who do people say the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah;
and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you,
Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

   There are many who cannot identify Jesus. They would find some explanation other than the correct on. Do you know who Jesus is?

   Let's look at it this way, would people identify us with Jesus? Do they see the character of Jesus in the way we live our life? Do people see Jesus in us? I have heard it put this way, if being a Christian was a crime would there be enough evidence to convict us?

   We have to realize that we may be the only Jesus someone might see. We need to live iand represent Jesus in a way that will bring Him glory and praise. I am asking you to look at your life honestly and critique your actions. Who would others identify you with, Jesus or someone else?

   Scripture tells us what we should look like. My favorite way to remember this is to think of a donut box. Let me explain, a Christian owned Bess Eaton donuts and he printed this scripture in circles on his donut boxes. Every time I needed to remember whom I should resemble I would remember that donut box. As you might have figured out I did have to visit once in a while and get a new box and of course the boxes come full. This is the character of the Jesus,

 Galatians 5:22-23... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

   We live our lives always being compared to something or someone. We must make every effort to show the love Jesus has for us to others. I leave you with this challenge; Let others see Jesus in you. Live your life in such a way as to leave no doubt who Jesus is and who you belong to. Who do you say that I am?


   BRISTOL: ALWAYS A TREAT - There is just something about Bristol, from the bays to sitting on the hill with a blanket to the modern day Roman Coliseum; it is a special place where the race is just part of the event. That was never more evident than this past trip. Joining Dan and I was a new member of the RWJM Family, Derek Petfield.

   Derek is Dan’s nephew; his folks are Pastors and work with the children at their Church. Derek has a heart to serve God and a passion on his heart for racing. This was his first road trip with us and his first visit to Bristol.

   Derek received a royal welcome as he walked through the tunnel into the infield. The King himself, Richard Petty, was coming up, stopped, shook his hand and welcomed him. What a great ambassador for the sport and with that ever present smile Derek got his first clue that this was different than Stafford or Thompson.

   It always amazes me the access we have as part of this sport. Yes there are those who are not as approachable, but there are more that get it and understand that reaching out and being with people only serves to help make an impression that will not soon be forgotten. Reminded me of the time we were walking through the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Bill Elliot was there with his son Chase. He graciously stopped for photos and to sign autographs. He understood and welcomed the opportunity to make it a special day for a fan.

   Derek’s day was just beginning; I think the smile is still on his face! He was able to meet Travis Pastrana, who he has wanted to meet for some time. It also made a great impression on his friends. But there was also another reason for Derek to be there.

   It is no secret that Dan and I are not getting any younger or better looking. It is time to start training up the next generation of RWJM Chaplains and Derek is part of that effort. We pray that He would lead Derek to a life of service and if that involves RWJM then we want to provide that opportunity.

   Derek isn’t the only young man to come forward and express interest in learning more about this and being involved. Look for Dan to have Jason Rosarius with him when he is Pensacola at Five Flags Speedway for the Napa 150. Jason is another young man who has the desire to serve God.

   Add to that Ben Greenier who serves locally at Stafford Motor Speedway and the future looks bright. We are excited about the future on this ministry and the young people that God is calling to come alongside our experienced Chaplains to learn and serve. Please pray for them as we help them find their place of service in God’s Kingdom.

   GREENVILLE NEXT FOR K&N - This week Dan heads south to Greenville for the second race on the K&N Schedule. A track steeped in racing tradition and always puts on a great show.

   We are thankful to some folks who have stepped forward to help us with travel expenses. We are blessed to have someone pick up the cost of Dan’s motel room in Greenville by applying their reward points. If you have that option to help us offset some of our travel expenses that would be a tremendous blessing. With several trips down south for the K&N Series everything helps us meet those responsibilities.

   ARKANSAS , MISSISSIPPI AND TENNESSEE FOR THE WoO LATE MODELS - Chaplain Steve Fowler is also headed south for three nights of Dirt Late Model racing. He will be with the World of Outlaws Dirt Late Models as they make a quick swing through these southern states. Looking forward to hearing some great reports from the trip.

   WoO STP SPRINT CARS IN CALIFORNIA - Chaplain Gary Dionne was with the WoO Sprint Cars at Tulare this past weekend for a two night show. During his time there the racing community suffered some heartbreak. Gary sent this note;

This was a rough weekend at California Sprint car races. Three people died at the tracks. Friday a 49 year old crew man died of an aneurism at Tulare Thunderbowl in the pits. Saturday 14 year old Marcus Johnson cousin of driver Chase Johnson and 68 year old Dale Wandergen Jr., a car owner were tragically killed at Marysville Speedway when a Sprint car went out of control and flipped through the pit entrance and hit them. Our prayers go out to all of their family and friends.

   As you can see our reach is ever expanding and the lives we touch are many. Please keep our efforts in your prayers and if you are led to lend your support that will be greatly appreciated.

   EASTER AT MT. CARMEL CHRISTIAN - If you need a place to celebrate this Easter and you find yourself in the Connecticut area consider stopping by.

   Mount Carmel Christian Church 5100 Ridge Road (near Mt. Carmel Ave. ) North Haven , CT 06473 invites the community to a full weekend of Easter celebration events.

Everyone is welcome to join with us:

Thursday, March 28th 6:00 PM dinner, 7:00 PM movie
“The Passion of The Christ” a Mel Gibson movie

Friday, March 29th 7:30 PM Good Friday Services

Sunday, March 31st 7:30 AM Sunrise Service
Sleeping Giant State Park Pavilion

Sunday, March 31st 9:00 AM Breakfast
Mount Carmel Christian Church

Sunday, March 31st 10:30 AM Easter Worship Service
Mount Carmel Christian Church

Contact: church phone: 203-281-7320 / 860-202-3598

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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Posted: March 22, 2013

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