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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   09/06/2013


HERE, THERE AND BACK AGAIN
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   As I spoke last week about the journeys we take in life the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of blessings and challenges. Godís hand has been on our journeys and we have seen His touch on our lives. How about you? Can you see the presence of God as you look back at the road you traveled? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   At times life seems to be a blur, even when you have some down time it can seem that things are moving way too fast. A few weeks back we were in Bristol , TN and Danville , VA for the WMT and K&N. In between we had a few days to spend with some good friends and supporters of this ministry. That time was all too short and all too long at the same time.

   Balance is a difficult thing to achieve in life. As I thought about the contrast of Bristol and VIR I was reminded of the challenges each track presented in setting up a race car. Bristol , The Worlds Fastest Half-Mile and VIR a 2+ mile left and right road course. The cars look the same but the setup was totally different.

   The K&N ran Bristol earlier this year and not one of the cars used in that race competed on Saturday at VIR. They wouldnít be competitive because the things that are important at Bristol are not important at VIR. Balance is the most important word on a road course; the ability to turn left and right with the same degree of control.

   How about our lives, from the outside we still look the same but on the inside we have to have the ability to make adjustments depending on the situation. Bristol , The Last Colosseum, full contact, tight, move you out of the way racing. VIR, America ís Motorsports Resort, a country club for racers, a kinder gentler form of competition. We need the ability to adapt and be able to reach out no matter what environment we find ourselves in. Listen to the words of Paul;

1Corinthians 9:19-23; Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from Godís law but am under Christís law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

   Paul adjusts his approach the way we adjust our race cars, no one setup is good for every track we run on. Likewise, no one approach will reach all the people we come in contact with for the Gospel. This past week we experienced the extremes in the different race tracks we go to. We also need to adjust our approach depending on the environment we find ourself in.

   God has called us to go, here there and everywhere. Are we prepared to make the adjustments necessary to be effective in bringing the Good News to the ends of the Earth? Jesus gave us this charge; I encourage you to have the faith to take it up.

Matthew 28:18-20; Then Jesus came to them and said, ďAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.Ē


THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   TAKE A DEEP BREATH - After several weeks of back to back races this week was a refreshing break. With many of the touring divisions taking the week off it gave many of us time to relax a little, take in some local action and catch up with some chores around the house.

   I was able to attend Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday and catch up with many of the teams I hadnít seen in a while. It is good to go home again. Let me ask you, where was the place you saw your first race? Is it still running? Make your way back there and relive the first memories you have of racing.

   Friday night at Stafford I had the opportunity to see it through the eyes of a four year old. A local Pastor, Zach, came to Stafford for the first time and brought his young son Malachi. The minute the cars came out for the heat races his eyes lit up. His attention was focused on the track. The intensity of his stare told you he was hooked. This was something that excited him and demanded his full attention.

   Funny thing was that when there was a break in the action his dad told me he wanted to sample everything in the concession stand! Now there is a budding race fan. Zach is exploring the option of coming on board to help out. Please keep his decision in your thoughts and prayers.

   HEALING NEEDED - While our troops continue to heal there are still needs for prayers. Rev. Scott continues to be bothered by something, not sure what, but they are doing test to identify it. Please keep him in your prayers.

   Bobby Somers continues to make great progress as he recovers from a stroke. He visited the doctor last week and was told everything is coming along great.

   Rev. Dan is almost back to full strength from his tick bite. He still gets a little tired and needs to rest more than in the past, but he is doing well.

   RIVERHEAD KICKS OFF THE FALL RUN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP - This week we head to the Island for the second race at Riverhead for the Whelen Modified Tour. From there we are off to NHMS and follow that up with trips to Stafford and Thompson.

   For the K&N Series we head to NHMS, Dover , Road Atlanta, and Rockingham.

   In between we have some WOO races on the schedule and a few trips around the local scene. We hope to see you along the road.ed.

   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: September 6, 2013

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