The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   How’s the ride going? Are we headed in the right direction or are we on the edge of being out of control? Drifting through life sounds great but it is not the way to experience life in its fullness. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Sometime it seems race teams are just going through the motions. They run in the same place every week. From the outside there doesn’t seem to be much direction. For some just being on the track is their reward, but there are others that want to move up the standings. For them the challenge of getting things in place never is accomplished.

   Leadership is the opposite of drifting. Without direction and a commitment to follow that direction there can be no fulfillment, we are just drifters. Listen to what Proverbs tells us;

Proverbs 14:15-16, (NLT); Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
The prudent carefully consider their steps.
The wise are cautious and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

   The first step to moving forward in life is knowing the truth. Too many times we are led astray by fine sounding ideas. Too often we impulsively join in on an activity that doesn’t lead us in the right direction. We have all been there.

   I remember in my younger days one of guys I hung out with had the habit of getting us into fights. It only took a few times having to back out of places before I said enough. We have to be wise and avoid things that put us in danger.

   Knowing the truth helps. If we have no idea what is good, what is honorable, what is right then we run the risk of drifting through life without fulfillment or satisfaction. Drifting sounds good but when you realize it you may have drifted so far away from where the truth is. The mountain may seem too big to climb.

   We will find the truth when we turn to God and ask Him to reveal it to us. If we refuse to seek out the truth we will face the consequences for choosing the wrong direction.

Hebrews 2:1-3, (NLT), A Warning against Drifting Away;
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.
For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm,
and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished.
So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced
by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?

   Every choice in life has consequences. Some happen immediately, some happen over time. Either way if we think we can deal with the consequences of our poor choices we are fooling ourselves. The truth has a way of finding its way out. So why do we try to hide it and deceive others? Because we think we know better than God.

   Let me encourage you to throw out an anchor and stop drifting through life. Make sure that anchor is the truth of God, His Word. He knows us better than anyone and will be there to guide and direct us through the storms of life. When you have found that solid rock to stand on, share it with others.

Hebrews 3:12-13, (NLT); Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters.
Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.
You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,”
so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.


   DOWN FOR THE COUNT - It has been a difficult couple of weeks for some of our Chaplains and I would like to ask for prayer for them. Rev. Dan has been fighting a severe tick borne illness that has left him weak and feverish. Bobby Somers is having some medical issues and is at UMass Medical Center for testing. Rev. Scott has been battling an on again off again disorder, but has been able to manage it so for. And I’m sure there are more that I could list. I just ask that you would lift our Chaplains up in prayer and that we would not grow weary and faint.

   YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE - Sometimes faith has a way of blessing us beyond our wildest dreams. A couple weeks ago I talked with Bug, Anthony Marvuglio, about his season and the difficulty he has had with losing a motor in his NEMA Midget. You could see the disappointment on his face as he shared that he didn’t have a ride for the upcoming Shane Hammond Memorial race in honor of his brother, a race he had won for his first NEMA victory last year. God had other plans. NEMA Chaplain Tara Stoehr fills us in on what transpired at Waterford Speedbowl.

   Many times I have witnessed a kind gesture in NEMA. Many times a driver has given up his ride for another or freely lent parts to others, even motors. It happened again last Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl.

   Last Saturday night along with the North Eastern Midget Association we celebrated, honored and remembered a young life lost in a racing accident, Shane Hammond. We are grateful to God for his mom, Deb his brother, Anthony, his grandfather, Uncle and many family and friends that continue to honor, memorialize and keep his legacy alive. We are grateful to God that Shane did Believe in the only ONE that gives everlasting life, Jesus Christ.

   The situation was set up by the rescheduled Whelen Modified Tour race from May. WMT Champion Doug Coby drove the Bertrand’s #74 at Seekonk the week before and also to victory earlier this year in The Boston Louie at Seekonk. He was scheduled to drive it at Waterford . When Doug had to fulfill his tour commitment Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway the seat was empty.

   And so it was very fitting that Shane's brother, Anthony "bug" Marvuglio won the Shane Hammond memorial race, in Tim Bertrand's potent Drinan Volkswagen #74. The ride offered to him at 7:00 the night before the race! What a fitting exclamation point to cap off the always emotional Hammond event!

   Anthony also won the Shane Hammond race last year. Avery Stoehr won the NEMA Lites race last night, also second Shane Hammond race win in a row!.

   MODS AT MADDOG - Sometimes a short track can lead to a caution parade, that wasn’t the case Saturday night at Monadnock. The fans saw over 150 laps of green flag racing in what has to be one of the best mod shows at this quarter-mile bull ring in New Hampshire .

   The Long Island connection was evident as Monadnock most resembles Riverhead. The top four qualifiers were from Long Island, Eric Goodale took the Pole followed by Justin Bonsignore, Bryon Chew and Donny Lia.

   While the lead only changed once the side-by-side racing was plentiful. Many positions changed back and forth with each lap. It was a great show for some great fans. It is always a pleasure to head to Monadnock, the fans are great and the track always rolls out the red carpet for us. Thanks to a great group of officials for making us feel part of the family.

   MOD DOUBLE HEADER - Friday has the WMT at Stafford Motor Speedway for their annual summer Friday night visit and then Saturday night the VMRS makes the trek north to Beech Ridge! Join us as we take in some live modified action!

   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: August 2, 2013

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