The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Memorial Day, celebrating the unofficial beginning of spring. Did we take time and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom? Did we stop and reflect that our very own life has been given to us because someone gave their life for us. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Freedom Isn’t Free is the title of a poem written to recall the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the giving of their lives. Their willingness to give secures to this day our freedom; freedom to do what we enjoy, racing.

   I was thinking the other day what would this country look like of we weren’t free? Would there even be racing, as we know it? On any given weekend I can choose where I go to watch a race. You can choose where to race. If you don’t like going to a certain track you can choose another. We have the freedom of choice. That is not something to take lightly.

   Stop and think of all the choices we can make in our life and then think of some of the other nations in the world who don’t have the same option. The difference is freedom. The founders of our country decided to build it on the foundation of God and free will. We have fought for over 200 years to maintain that, not only for us but also for other nations and peoples of the world.

   God also gives us the freedom to choose. He makes available for us a life of abundance and freedom. We can choose if we are going to accept that life. Jesus said…

John 10:10; The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

   Paul adds in Galations…

Galatians 5:1; It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then,
and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

   Jesus came and gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could know the abundant and free life that God has offered us. Not unlike those who have fought and gave their lives for our county’s freedom so that we can enjoy an abundant and free life. For us to experience freedom it cost someone something.

   Think of a race team. Some are funded well and some are run on a shoestring. It doesn’t matter; to be able to race someone pays. Someone’s hard work earns the money we receive to pay the cost of preparing the car and team to race. We experience the freedom to race because someone else paid the price. The situation is the same whether it is our hard work or someone else’s hard work, to race someone pays. Freedom isn’t free either.

   For us to have freedom as a country many men and women paid with their very own lives. They made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of others. They gave their lives. Likewise Jesus gave His life so that we might have life.

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.”

   Those lives that were given for us secured our freedom. Jesus Christ gave His life for us to save us from death and destruction. Let me ask a question, do you enjoy your freedom as an American? If you do take the time to say thank you to those who have made it possible.

   Let me ask another, do you want to experience an abundant and free life that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior? He gave His life to give you that opportunity, accept it and free yourself from the burden of sin.

   Freedom isn’t free. It cost someone, something. Be thankful there are those who are willing to pay the price for our freedom. Thank them.



   BOWMAN GRAY STILL PACKS THEM IN - Rev’s Ray and Dan sent in this report from the Stadium.

   Saturday night, the roar of engines and the smell of rubber could mean only one thing; something was about to happen at Bowman Gray Stadium. This time it was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East turn to challenge the famed stadium in Winston-Salem , NC , which did not disappoint a wall to wall sellout crowd and continued to live up to it’s name, “the Madhouse”.

   When the blistering challenge ended, congratulations went to Ben Kennedy of Daytona Beach , FL for winning his second race of this young season. Dylan Kwasniewski of LasVegas , NV and Brandon Gdovic, Yorktown , VA followed Ben to the finish line.

   The “hard luck” award had to go to Brett Moffitt, who after leading the most laps, encountered mechanical issues in the final laps and finished out of the lead lap.

   The “courageous award” surely would have gone to Kenzie Rouston. Upon arriving at the track, Kenzie learned that her extended family and many close friends had just lost their homes to a devastating tornado, which touched down in El Reno , OK . We were able to offer words of comfort and prayed with Kenzie to help her focus on the challenging race at hand. After sliding through the grassy infield a couple times, she was able to work her way up through the crowded field in each turn to a top five finish. May God’s continued peace and hope surround Kenzie and her family as they dig out and rebuild their lives.

   We are always grateful to the Lord when He allows RWJM to help encourage the drivers and teams through some of the rough times in their lives. God is a good God, who only wants the best for every one of us. We simply need to reach out to His loving open arms. Rev. Dan Petfield and Ray Pavkov.

   IOWA HERE WE COME - Thanks to the generosity of a ministry supporter who offered to cover the expenses for the trip to Iowa we are trying to put plans in place to be there. It has always been a constant challenge to find the necessary resources to keep this ministry at the track. It is a blessing to have faithful supporters that give generously to provide us that opportunity. If God is leading you to come on board as a ministry supporter that would be an answer to prayer and help tremendously, please consider it. Also, please continue to lift us up in prayer as we reach out to the racing community.

   STAFFORD WILL GIVE IT ANOTHER SHOT - SMS will take another shot at getting in the race postponed from Memorial Day Weekend this Friday night for the Whelen Modified Tour. If you were out of town on vacation then make a point to get out there and support the tour. This is the first of three events this month within driving distance for most of us, Stafford, Waterford and Riverhead.

   SBM 125 CONTINUES TO GROW - Again this year we will be supporting the SBM 125 Open Modified Show at Star Spedway on June 15. This race brings together some of the best Modifieds from around the Northeast to compete for bragging rights, no points just win! We are looking forward to this ever growing event that Kevin Rice created. Hope to see you there.

   LEE USA SAYS GOODBYE - Tonight was a very special evening at Lee USA Speedway to remember and honor two very special people. I have to admit it was difficult driving to Lee USA Speedway Friday night, not because of traffic or the high temperatures here in New England. We have been very blessed to have met and know both Jay Merryfield (push truck driver) who succumbed to cancer and Race Director Bob Watson whose final evening was Friday night, he’s retiring, heading to Florida .

   When a race track calls themselves a Family Track, Lee USA Speedway is family in every sense. We shared many hours chatting with Jay for the past 3 years from Spiritual things to just everyday things going on to an occasional tear. He was a friend anyone would want to have and it was certainly echoed among everyone who worked at Lee USA. All the drivers tonight lined the front straightaway as Jay’s son Kevin drove the push truck and pushed #61 Mike Spurling small block super to the start finish line.

   No matter how much pain Jay may have been going through he was there every Friday night to provide a push to the Small Block Supers. He loved what he did and his calling to be a part of the racing community was a true testament Jay’s faith, he loved Christ.

   Tonight’s dedication put together for Jay was another testament of how great Christ has worked in some ones life and blessed them in every way, Bob Watson. This was Bob Watson final evening as Race Director as he heads south to be with his family and word has it you may see him a lot at New Smyrna. His granddaughter will be racing there in an open wheel competition.

   I don’t know if there is a plaque large enough to put all his accomplishments at Lee USA Speedway, he is certainly going to be missed. We stayed around after all the racing was done and sat in the stands chatting with Bob listening to some of his great memories. Lee USA is family!

   We have back to back racing coming up this weekend with Lee USA Friday night and Valenti Modified Racing Series at Seekonk Saturday. Don’t forget to check out the new VMRS website with some incredible updates, news and stats.

   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: June 7, 2013

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