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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   11/22/2013


THANKFULNESS
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   Giving of ourselves to others is not something that comes naturally; we have to work at it. Many times it is a difficult choice between serving ourselves and serving others. Take a moment and think about all those who have made the difficult choice and give thanks. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Thanksgiving gives us a time to reflect on all that God has blessed us with. We donít have to look very far before we find something we are thankful for. Who are you thankful for? Go to them and let them know that their sacrifice for you was appreciated.

   Racing is one of the sports that depend on volunteers for a good part of the work that goes into getting a car ready to race. Everyone connected with racing knows what it is like to give up sleep to work on the car. We are all familiar with seeing the inside of the garage more than the inside of your living room. We willfully give of ourselves to go racing.

   Life has similar people who give of themselves for the benefit of others. One group that comes to my mind is our military. They offer up their life to secure our freedom. From the birth of our country there have been those who value our freedom and the things that America stands for so much that they have offered there life for it.

   Jesus came and gave His life so that we could have life. He paid the price with His sacrifice for our sins. God presented it to us as a gift. We need only to receive it. Now that is something to be thankful for. Are we thankful for the gift of eternal life? Paul helps us to put it into perspective.

Philippians 4:4-7; Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

   There are many people who cross our path during the racing season and we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. As we reflect on the season now completed some folks came to mind.

   We are thankful for all the folks connected with the touring series we serve. To NASCAR, The World Racing Group, Valenti Modified Racing Series, NEMA and the many local tracks for supporting us.

   We are thankful for the readers who read the column and when they see us let us know that they read it and use the contents.

   We are thankful for the racers, officials and team members who tell us they enjoy chapel and apply the sermons they hear.

   We are thankful for the drivers who thank us for praying with them and appreciate us being there.

   We are thankful for all of the crewmembers from each team that support us and appreciate us for being there.

   We are thankful for all the fans, families and Churches that partner with us and make what we do possible.

   What are you thankful about? Think about all the people who have helped you get to where you are and remember to thank them. Take time to recognize the men and women that have given so much for the freedom we enjoy. Take time to give thanks for the blessings from God. Remember Jesus who gave his life for you.

Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving thanks.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

   Have a blessed time celebrating and being thankful during this time of year.


THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   THAT TIME OF YEAR - We come to the slow season, racing takes a break and we wind down a little. It felt good to be off the road for a few days. Although there isnít that much going on in the racing world we are still here. I would like to invite you to join me on a Sunday morning at Mount Carmel Christian Church in North Haven , Ct. We gather at 9:30 am for coffee and refreshments, Worship is at 10:00 and we have time after service to relax and talk. Hope you will take me up on the offer.

   SCHEDULE AHEAD - As we look ahead to the off-season there are already some events on the schedule. There will be many opportunities to stop by and say hello. This week I am headed to the Banquet for Stafford Motor Speedway. We follow that up with Turkey Derby at Wall. Then we head to Charlotte for the NASCAR Banquets. We follow that up with Motorsports 2014 in Philadelphia and the indoor racing schedule. I guess calling it the off-season is really not accurate. Hope to see you around.

   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.
 

   Mail reaches us at Racing with Jesus Ministries, PO Box 586, Tolland, CT 06084.

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   the East Coastís largest weekly racing paper.

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   Please remember, we can only do what we do because of your prayerful financial support.

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: November 22, 2013

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