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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   05/10/2013


CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   The noise level around us keeps increasing. Everywhere we go there is background noise that competes for our attention. It seems that everyone wants us to notice them. The commercials on television get louder and louder. It is a wonder we can hear the voice of God through all the noise. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   One of my favorite stores is Target, let me tell you why. No, it is not that I am a fan of Juan Pablo or Ganassi Racing. The reason is it is quiet; they do not play any music. I can think straight and not get distracted!

   Everywhere we go someone is competing for our attention and the volume is getting turned up. Whether it is the tin can muffler or the 12 inch bass woofer it is even hard to drive down the street without the noise on life drowning out your thoughts.

   At the racetrack it is no different, although that is part of the attraction, the sound of a race engine. But what about the other noise, the announcer, the pit steward, the team radio, the series radio, to name a few. There are all kinds of messages competing for our attention. How do we filter them? Which ones do we listen to? Can we even hear them?

   I have been doing some studying recently on listening to God. How do we tune our attention to hearing God speak to us? Do you know that is one of the most important things we can do in our lives? We need to be tuned in to God and listen to His voice.

   As I watch a race and listen to race control I wonder if the driver is even listening. I hear the instructions and then watch as they are not followed. Maybe the driver canít hear them. Maybe the driver is ignoring them. Maybe the driver thinks he knows better and wants to do things their own way? Whatever the reason it usually takes the threat of a penalty to get the driverís attention.

   I looked at how we respond to God and found some similarities there. I think we treat listening to God the same way some drivers treat listening to race control. Can we hear God? Are we ignoring Him? Do we think our way is better?

   Maybe we need to change that. David helps us understand how we should seek out God.

Psalm 42:2, (NLV), My soul is thirsty for God, for the living God. When will I come and meet with God?

   Do we seek God out? Do we thirst for Godís guidance and direction? Can we hear Godís voice through all the noise?

   We need to develop an ear that hears the voice of God. Letís commit to learning together how we can develop that ear. Isaiah encourages us with these words.

Isaiah 58:11, (NLV), The Lord will always lead you.
He will meet the needs of your soul in the dry times and give strength to your body.
You will be like a garden that has enough water, like a well of water that never dries up.

   Over the next few weeks we will look at how we can develop a sense of hearing the voice of God. I am excited to take the journey with you.
 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   LEE USE OPENS THEIR FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE - This past Friday night Lee USA got things rolling and Bobby and Vinetta were there to bring us this report.

   Opening night at Lee USA SPEEDWAY 2013 and what a great night of racing! If you were holding out because of the cool temperatures thatís understandable, but the action was far from cool! Many new teams are entered for the 2013 season and the drivers made themselves known.

   The Lee Small Block Supers had a great car count, several new faces and a new face in a different Modified. As many fans have got to know the #21 with Wayne Helliwell behind the wheel but in 2013 Tommy Tombarello will pilot the Owner Witkum car. The reason given was Helliwell will be handling a heavy ACT race schedule this year and couldnít commit to every Friday night under the lights.

   It was great to see #33 Billy Clement Jr in his Hobby Stock back at Lee. There were several drivers still walking about the track not ready for the opener, but should have things ready to fire up in the next couple of weeks.

   It was great for Vinetta and I to once again reunite with families, talk about their very long winters and share some laughs right were we left off.

   Two announcements made at this drivers meeting, one I may be rewriting at a later date, but time will tell. It was told by Bob Watson, yes he is doing it again, calling the season short soon heading to the warm temps of Florida . I donít know who holds the record for come back retirement tours Cher or Bob Watson? With the talent Bob has had at Lee USA, and his great sense of humor certainly going to be missed at Lee. There have been many names to walk through the gates of Lee that have impacted Lee in great ways, and Bob is certainly up there with the best.

   The other announcement is Debbie and Bob Yurko of Yurko Productions will be video taping every Friday night. They will be providing DVDís for sale of the previous weeks action. Based on what they have done at Thompson and Monadnock I think their DVDís will be a popular item.

   One up and coming driver from the Ironman, #07Travis Hollins, is ready to contend for that championship! Great Job Travis taking his first checkered flag for the 2013 season.

   In the Small Block Supers it was #7 Ryan Garth taking home the checkers for the Supers.

   In the Hobby Stocks it must of felt like cruise night for #65 Jim Piaseczny, once he was out front he stayed there with many car lengths lead due to the great battle behind him.

   In the Late Model Division this was a nose to nose battle front to back. With the competition heavy, they all did a great job battling and put the fans on the edge of their seats, it was hard to stay focused on one part of the track with the action taking place.

   With several drivers still putting the final touches on their cars Lee should have an extremely large car count for the 2013 season. If you see Vinetta or I stop by say hello, you can catch us in the stands or pits all throughout the night ready to listen and pray about any concerns you may have. God Bless! See you next Friday Night under the lights.

   WATERFORD SURPRISES ONE OF THEIR OWN - What an awesome jester by the racing community at Waterford Speedbowl. They got together and built a race car for Steve Barrett who just returned from deployment in Afghanistan. To go and defend our freedom he had to give up his hobby, racing at the Bowl. Just before he left he had crashed his car and put off fixing it until he returned.

   The racers had another idea; they rebuilt the car and provided everything he needed to go racing last Saturday night! A big thank you for a job well done protecting us.

   You can imagine the emotion as his wife took the microphone and announced the surprise as the refurbished car rolled out of the pit area with his name across the windscreen.

   Great job remembering one of your own Waterford, you did racers proud.

   RACING ACROSS THE POND - I will be on vacation for the next week, headed across the pond with my bride. For the first time in many years I will be out of touch with most of the technology that keeps me in the know. I think it will be a welcome break.

   The Whelen Modified Tour will visit Monadnock and Rev.ís Dan, Ray and Scott will take care of things, thanks guys. Also we will have a rookie columnist next week as Rev. Ray Pavkov takes a shot at sharing with you. Let them all know how much you appreciate them.

   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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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: May 10, 2013

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