The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   We have heard the story. We probably know it better than most stories in the Bible. And it may be safe to say many who are not Christians know the story also. It is such a familiar story, but yet one that is hard to comprehend. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Racing is full of stories and story tellers. The older we get the bigger the story gets. Sometimes it grows to legend status. Do you remember the timeÖ.?

   I remember the joy and smiles I see on the faces of those who tell the stories of the ďGlory DaysĒ of racing. It is interesting how every story has a happy ending. I guess we forget the one that donít end so well.

   Do you remember the time the car was so smashed we didnít know if we could straighten it out? We brought it back to the shop, cut, welded, measured and got it close. Then we took that thirteen year old chassis out and won at Oxford Plains! I guess we got it right! I can still see the smile on Dave Dionís face as he tells the story, I guess we showed them!

   What separates truth from fiction? What do we believe and what do we discount as fable? Sometimes things are not what they seem; the story seems too far fetched to believe. How can we understand something we have never seen, let alone believe it?

   How many of us have seen someone raised from the dead? How hard would it be for us to believe it?

   Think of the Disciples; Christ gave them an example with Lazarus, as John records for us in his Gospel, yet, they still found it hard to believe.

   The evidence is overwhelming; Christ appeared to over five hundred people after his resurrection over forty days. Many times the crowds included those who were against him and didnít want to acknowledge His resurrection. If we listened for just 15 minutes to each person Christ appeared to after his resurrection it would take over five days. Five days of eyewitness testimony, 120 hours!

   The fact remains, the tomb is empty; Heís not here. Why do we look for the living in the place of the dead?

   Such an interesting question the Angels posed to the women that came to the tomb. Why do we look for life in things that will only lead to death?

   Many times in our lives we focus on attaining something. We are taught to set goals and we focus on attaining those goals. But I wonder, how much life do we sacrifice on our way to getting someplace? How much do we miss because our focus is in the wrong place?

Luke 24:13-15; Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;

   That same day, Jesus was walking along with two of His disciples, yet they did not recognize Him. They were so focused on the disappointment of watching Him die they failed to understand that He would rise up and have victory over death.

   I donít think it is because they hadnít seen it before; they were there when Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb after four days. I think it was just human nature, when we are disappointed we go into this shell of self pity, what are we going to do now?

   Christ not only revealed himself to them but to others, is that enough for us to believe? Or maybe we are like Thomas.

John 20:26-29; A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them.
Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.
Stop doubting and believe."

Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

   Some of us need to see to believe. Some of us do not believe anything we cannot reach out and touch. Let me share with you the presence of God in your life is life changing. If you need proof, ask someone who has received forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ.

   As we walk down the road of life we need someone by our side. Jesus is willing to walk alongside and guide us along the right path. But He wonít do it without our asking. He is waiting for us to seek Him out and ask Him to reveal the truth to us. There is no doubt that this story is true.

   Christ revealed Himself to us in His resurrected form. He wanted to make sure we knew He had victory over death. He spoke with us, ate with us, let us inspect his wounds. He made sure there were no questions, He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!


   WATERFORD BLASTS OFF - We returned to the track in force, not only the race teams but our contingent of chaplains. With two touring series on the race card and the regular contenders we had a full complement of folks there to serve their needs. Bobby Somers was joined by Scott Martin to minister to the VMRS gang and he sent in this report.

   The 10th anniversary for the Valenti Modified Racing Series began with heavy hearts. As the teams assembled at Waterford Speedbowl news of the untimely loss of popular car owner Chuck Montville spread through the pits. Chuck fielded the #06 entry for best friend/driver Les Hinckley. As many tried to come to grips with the news, stories abounded about Chuck and the impact He made on many people in racing. His presence will be missed.

   There were 32 cars on hand for 26 spots in Sundayís feature. The last race run during the weekend had the faithful bundled up against the cold chill in the air. It was cold but the fans gave a warm welcome to every driver and showed that they were once again ready for some great Modified racing.

   As they rolled to green the pole was left empty in honor of Chuck. Steve Masse took home the win followed by Todd Annarummo and Anthony Nocella. The series gets back in action Saturday night, April 20 at the Mad Dog in Winchester , NH . Hope to see you there.

   NEMA was also at the track and Chaplain Tara Stoehr added these comments; the date of this event fell on the anniversary of Shane Hammondís accident at Thompson. Shaneís mom, Deb, spoke to the teams in attendance sharing heartfelt, very moving words and Scripture verses that God laid on her heart. She credits God for giving her the words to say and helping her through each day. We could definitely see Godís hand on the racing, only a few yellows and a really good save by Andy Barrows. Thankfully Lites driver, Danny Cuginni walked away after his car came into contact with the wall in the 4th turn.

   Great first race of the season, On the Lites side Keith Rocco won the Lites, only to be disqualified, for Tech infractions. The win was awarded to Randy Cabral, 2nd was Carl Medieros 3rd was Jake Stergios. Todd Bertrand won the midget race in his new car! Anthony ďBugĒ Marvuglio 2nd and Randy Cabral 3rd.

   Great to be back with everybody!

   Rev. Ray coordinated the effort in my absence and wished to thank the entire team at Waterford Speedbowl for their hospitality and welcoming spirit. Ray shared; the calendar said it is Spring, but ol' man Winter wanted to hang on a little longer. Along with cold temperatures, the wind was a steady constant. But it didn't take long for the temperatures to heat up in the "hello, how are you" Fender Bender Division. Many new acquaintances were made and old relationships renewed. At the end of the "Blast Off" weekend it was agreed everyone would return to race another week. Thanks again to the folks at Waterford and all the division competitors for making this a memorable two days. It was good to hear the sounds of racing again.

   ICEBREAKER ON TAP - This week the Mighty Modifieds of the Whelen Modified Tour roll into Thompson Speedway for to kick off the 2013 season. I will be looking for your there.

   The K&N Boys head to the Sunshine State for a visit to Five Flags in Pensacola for a Saturday night tilt. Rev. Dan will be joined by our Central Florida Representative Jason Rosarius.

   We are hoping for good things from Jason as his driving career continues to develop, he is meeting this week with JGR about potential development opportunities and recently participated in a NASCAR round table as one of the top fifty up and coming drivers in the nation. Keep those opportunities in your prayers.

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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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Posted: April 12, 2013

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