The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Do you know what is going on around you? Sometimes we get tunnel vision. When we focus so much in one direction we can lose our sense of what is around us. We need to be focused but not so much so that we lose our sensitivity to our environment. What happens when loose our vision? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Have you ever gone looking for something in your shop? You know where it is supposed to be but when you look there you don't find it. Now lets be honest, some shops are more organized than others. For you guys with the not so organized shops this is not a problem; you are used to not finding things where they are supposed to be. But for the guys who have everything in its place it is very frustrating when you cannot find something.

   The search is on, where is it? First you “ask”; who didn't put it back where it belonged? Then you start to look for it only for someone to find it very close to where it belonged. You never saw it. You have proximity blindness.

   When we are looking for something that we expect to be in a certain place we fail to see what is around it. This doesn't only happen when we are looking for something but it also happens when we expect things to happen a certain way. When things don't happen the way we expect we fail to figure out what is really happening. We don't always look or see everything that is going on around us.

   In racing we have spotters to help us know what is going on around us. We can't always see everything. Wouldn't it be great to have spotters in life? To have someone who is watching what we are doing and guide us in the correct way. Many people try to tell us where to go and what to do, but not everyone has our best interest at heart. We wonder sometimes who we are letting guide the direction we are heading in life.

   This week is Holy Week, the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem , the beginning of Holy Week; we follow his journey to the cross. This is a week that would see our Savior submit and allow himself to be crucified for our sins.

   While some acknowledged him, sang and honored him as he rode in on a donkey, others didn’t think that was how God was going to send a Savior. Many expected a military ruler that would drive the Romans out. They expected a King to rule over all and exact justice for all the wrongs they had endured. But God sent Christ for such a time as this.

   Isaiah the prophet explained to us who the Messiah would be. In Isaiah 53 he explained what we needed to be looking for.

Isaiah 53, Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants?

For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

   When Jesus came not everyone recognized Him. Many thought he was a good man. Others thought he was a prophet and still others thought he was someone else. Jesus posed this question to his disciples, “But what about you, who do you say that I am?”

   What a great question. Who do we say Jesus is? Our answer goes a long way in how we respond to him. If we do not think he can heal us or forgive us than what do we think he can do? Most times we look to Jesus when we have gotten ourselves into a difficult spot that we can no longer deal with. We turn to Jesus when we have no other option. We turn to Him as a last resort instead of a first option. Is it because he is not who we are looking for? Maybe, but Christ was sent for a time such as this.

   We may be looking for someone to set things right, someone to right the wrongs that others have committed toward us. In Isaiah 53 it says that even though Jesus was falsely accused He did not open His mouth. Jesus took the false accusations. Jesus didn't argue or retaliate. He let them say what they wanted.

We may be looking for someone to overthrow the government. Jesus did not come to change the government. Jesus came as a humble servant. In fact he was asked if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar. He took a coin and asked whose picture was on it. Caesar was the reply. Jesus said; give to Caesar what is Caesar's and give to God what is God's.

   If we are not looking for the right thing we will not see the gift that God has provided. Jesus endured the cross to atone for our sin. He suffered and died so that we could be forgiven. At the hands of the Roman guards he was beaten and abused; crucified to make atonement for our sin, for a time such as this.

   In the end as he hung on the cross one Roman guard found what he was looking for. He put it this way,” Surely this was the Son of God.” I find it amazing that in all of this the guard’s heart was touched by the Holy Spirit and he came to understand what so many had missed. This was God's one and only Son who gave his life for me.

   As we celebrate Holy Week and the celebration of Easter I ask you to think of the Cross. Think of the savior God sent to save you and me. Think of the cost. Think also of what you are looking for in life. You will find it in Christ. Christ came for a time such as this.

 John 3:16-17 "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.

   This Easter season look to the Savior, look to Jesus and accept the sacrifice He made to set you free. He came for a time such as this, ready to forgive and restore our lives. He came to claim our lives for God and bridge the great chasm that separates us from God. Think about that this week.

   I will share some additional thoughts on the significance of the empty tomb next week, never has something empty help so much hope for us.


   THE PLUG WAS PULLED - With all the plans we had for racing this past weekend it was over before it got started. Early on the week the entire WoO Dirt Late Model slate for Arkansas , Mississippi and Tennessee was postponed for weather concerns.

   On the K&N side, Rev. Dan made the trip to Greenville only to arrive at the track and find it pretty much empty. The race was postponed for rain and rescheduled for April 6. That will require some juggling and schedule changing.

   I would ask for your prayers for us as these challenges and the adjustments we need to make are decided. Like the race teams we travel to the track and back whether they race or not. Having to return just adds another race to an already crowded schedule.

   PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE - A couple of local tracks will open for pre-season practice this weekend. It will be good to see some familiar faces. I wish we didn't have to decide where to go. As of this time we are undecided where we will be, but keep an eye out for us.

   A SPECIAL LADY - This past weekend Miss Ellie Seymour peacefully went home to her Lord. She was surrounded by her family and was looking forward to the journey. During her time in the hospital the staff had to make provisions for a larger room so that she could entertain all her visitors. On occasion they had to come in and tone down the celebration.

   Miss Ellie was a special lady and touched the lives of many. You didn’t have to know her long before she shared with you her thoughts on things; she was the strength behind a true racing family. In fact when the Hospital Chaplain visited her, she took the time to explain a few things to him also.

   We can say our life is better from having been touched by her spirit. We can say we are going to miss her presence here. We can cherish the memories she gave each of us. But one thing we should not do is be saddened by her leaving, she is where she longed to be, home with our Lord, her Lord.

   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Seymour family and the racing community that she touched. Calling hours will be from 2:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 26 at the John Rowe Funeral Home, 57 Main Street in Marlboro, MA. The funeral will be 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 27 at St. Bernadette’s Church 266 Main St., Northborough, MA. Cards of condolence and sympathy can be sent to the family c/o Seymour Enterprises, 500 Boston Post Road West , Marlboro , MA 01752 .

   Enjoy your Easter Weekend and remember the gift God provided to each one of us through Jesus.

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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: March 29, 2013

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