The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   At Thompson Speedway last weekend, and they started the season off with an interesting twist, best appearing car in each division competing. It is always great to see the new cars when the season starts, but looks aren’t everything. It is what is in your heart that matters. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

   The beginning of the race season is always interesting, new cars, new teams, new graphic schemes, everyone likes to roll out their best looking piece to get things going. But they say beauty is only skin deep, you’ll see who came to race when they drop the green flag.

   We all have seen it, a great looking car that runs at the tail of the field. I don’t know if they put too much time and effort in making it look pretty that they forgot about the setup or they just don’t want to get it scratched up? Either way, that is not why you build a race car. You build a race car to race and win.

   The same can be said for people, there are those of us who look the part, dress the right way, look and smell good, but when it is time to help people through the challenges of life they shrink into the background. That is one of the most difficult challenges we face, are we willing to step up to the plate and help someone when they need it.

   You hear it many times, “call if I can help” but does it really mean that? For some it does, we know the folks we can count on at 2am to come and help us. We know the ones that will walk along side when we need someone to lean on. Those are the folks that understand what it means to love unconditionally.

   Jesus showed that love to us in that when we didn’t deserve it He died for us. Now for a good man someone might dare to die, but for a sinner? We find out our true character when we run the race of life. We find out who the folks we can count on are when we are faced with situations that overwhelm us.

   I spoke at Chapel about the sheep and the goats. The passage is found in Matthew’s Gospel, 25:31- 46;

"The Son of Man will come in all his glory. All the angels will come with him.
Then he will sit on his throne in the glory of heaven. All the nations will be gathered in front of him.
He will separate the people into two groups. He will be like a shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats.
He will put the sheep to his right and the goats to his left.

“Then the King will speak to those on his right. He will say, 'My Father has blessed you.
Come and take what is yours. It is the kingdom prepared for you since the world was created.
I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink.
I was a stranger. And you invited me in. I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick.
And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me.'

"Then the people who have done what is right will answer him.
'Lord,' they will ask, 'when did we see you hungry and feed you?
When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in?
When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'What I'm about to tell you is true.
Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

"Then he will say to those on his left, 'You are cursed! Go away from me into the fire that burns forever.
It has been prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry. But you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty.
But you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger. But you did not invite me in. I needed clothes.
But you did not give me any. I was sick and in prison. But you did not take care of me.'

"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty and not help you?
When did we see you as a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and not help you?'

"He will reply, 'What I'm about to tell you is true.
Anything you didn't do for one of the least important of these, you didn't do for me.'

"Then they will go away to be punished forever.
But those who have done what is right will receive eternal life."

   Funny thing about goats, they leave a trail of destruction. They devour anything and everything. If left alone, nothing is safe. It is a reminder to us that there are only two choices, only two options. No matter how good we think we are we just may be a goat.

   There are only two true motives in this world, we can be motivated to please ourselves or we can be motivated to do what is right in the eyes of God. We only have the motive to please God if the Holy Spirit is present in our heart. It matters what is in our heart.

   Many people do good things and help others but with the wrong motives. Take a look around and see how many are motivated to do good because of the recognition they receive; because of the compliments they get. We all enjoy praise from others, but if that is our only motive for doing something our heart is in the wrong place.

   With the new season we have the opportunity to start things again; we can choose a different path. Maybe we need to recondition our heart to be in tune with Gods. Maybe it is time we let Him have control over the choices we make.

   Christ made a choice that cost him his life, not for the honor of men, but out of obedience to God. My hope and prayer is that we are willing to do the same. When the day comes and we stand before God will we be sheep or goats? What is in our heart?


   BOSTON STRONG - It has been a difficult week, another week with our attention fixed on tragic events, this time in Boston . As we reflect on the these events I am saddened by the coldness of someone’s heart that they could look someone in the eye and drop a bomb at their feet, all the while with the intent of killing them. One of the victims gave police the description of the man that dropped a backpack at his feet and left.

   Another difficult picture to digest was a photo of the white hatted man placing his backpack on the ground a few feet from the eight year old boy that lost his life. How difficult to comprehend that a young man, still a teenager, could be so cold and callus.

   As I replay the images in my head and listen to the story I am struck by the resolve, the heroism, the willingness to step into harms way for a stranger. I am reminded of the verse from John’s Gospel;

John 15:10; Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

   Innocent lives have been taken in the name of terror, with the intent of intimidating us to cower down to wishes of another. That won’t happen, especially in Boston .

   Boston is where it all started, the birthplace of this great nation, it was there that we said enough is enough and the revolution began. Maybe we are ready to fight again for what we hold near and dear to out hearts, God and County.

   I encourage you not to let this deter you from speaking out, putting God back in first place in your lives and leading this country back to honor God again.

  RACING AT MAD DOG - Spring has not been to kind to the thermometer and Saturday night there was a real concern that the number of cars for the feature would be higher that the temperature on the thermometer at feature time.

  Bobby, Scott and Vinetta were there to minister to the teams and Bobby shared this report;

  The second race for the Valenti Modified Racing Series is in the books. The weather report had the temperatures being in the high 20's by nights end and there were 27 Mods registered for the opening night for Monadnock Speedway. The question remained, which one would be higher at nights end?

  Based on the temperatures the fan base was looking good. But by the nights end every fan was doing the "Mad Dog shuffle" trying to stay warm. During the heat races the #28 of Doug Jarvis, one of the favorites to win tonight, put an end to that with a very hard hit coming out of turn 4. With the amount of damage to the car that ended any attempt to collect his first win for the 2013 season.

  When you have cold temperatures it is difficult to keep the heat in the tires for the Mods and that makes for a slippery race. The drivers held it together until lap #52, after the yellow made its appearance it would return many times. During the yellows there was always a large group of cars coming into the pits to make corrections on their setup. One car #85 Mechalides finally got the right setup making a great charge to the front and taking a 3rd place finish.

  The #25 of Pennink took home the checkers. As soon as the VMRS took the checkers it was the fans turning up the heat of their own making their way to their cars. The next race for the VMRS is at Thompson Speedway, see you there.

  DOUBLE HEADER WEEK - With the K&N running in Richmond on Thursday night and the Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford for the Sizzler on the weekend it will be a busy travel week for us. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we serve the racing community.

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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: April 26, 2013

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