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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   01/31/2014


GIVING HOPE
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   Do you have hope that tomorrow will be better than today? Yes, we all do, to some degree, we look forward to tomorrow. We are able to do that because of hope. Some of us have more hope than others. What about those in despair? How do they look forward? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   We have been looking at the word hope for the last few weeks. It is a simple word to understand but sometimes difficult to grasp. Think about what we look forward to. Think about what carries us through the difficulties we all face.

   I was struck by some of the posts I read from the Atlantic City Indoor Races this past weekend. There are a couple of teams that had engine problems. Those problems knocked them out of the race. Their response; see you in Trenton . They were already looking forward to the next opportunity to race.

   Racers for the most part are eternal optimists. As a group they tend to see past the disappointment and focus on the next opportunity to get back on the track. I canít put my finger on why that is but they donít spend a lot of time focusing on things they cannot change.

   I am reminded of the serenity prayer. The purpose of the prayer is to give us peace within the situation we are currently in. Peace is the first step on the road to hope. This prayer also reminds us there are things we cannot change. How much of our despair is caused by trying to change things that we cannot?

O God and Heavenly Father, Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed;
courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

   Hope comes from peace in our innermost being. We cannot have hope without peace. We receive this peace from God. Knowing that no matter what we are facing God has the power, authority and desire to help us through. We donít always understand it, but it is a blessing God offers us to help us through this life.

Philippians 4:6-7,nlt; Donít worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience Godís peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

   Peace comes from within, but hope comes from those around us. When we see that those around us want what is best for us, we are hopeful. Conversely, when those around us are in despair and downtrodden hope is difficult to find. Hope is a product of our environment. The things we surround ourselves with are the things that influence our outlook. That includes God.

   Think about how much one hopeful person can change how others view things. Think about how much influence one hopeful person has in a crowd. We need to ask ourselves, ďAre we the voice of hope?Ē

   It is easy to get caught up in the negativity that surrounds us. It seems that everyone is complaining about something. So much so when someone actually says something positive, something encouraging, and something compassionate or kind we look at them funny.

   That is a sad commentary on how far we have slipped in this country. There was a time when hope was the order of the day. Now, it seems, negativity, distrust, and contempt rule the day. That can change.

   We can change it if we are willing to make the effort. Yes, giving hope to others requires work. We have to sacrifice something. We have to intentionally decide to put the needs of others above our needs. We need to act like Jesus.

   Paul figured that out. He realized that he needed to change in order to give otherís hope.

1Corinthians 9:19-23; Though I am free and belong to no man, I make 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 God's law but am under Christ's 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 men 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.

   What choice have we made? What have we decided to do? Our choice will affect the lives of others. We hold the future of others in our hands. The decision is ours. Do we go, in the name of God and give others hope?

   Next week we will take a look at a passage from Isaiah which is also found in all four Gospels. It talks about the activities we need to be about if we are in the hope business. Please come back and join us as we continue to look at Giving Hope!

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   GAMBLERíS CLASSIC GOES TO SESLY, AGAIN - Talk about a dominating performance, Anthony Sesly put to rest any talk that 2013 was a fluke. He dominated the 2014 Gamblerís Classic winning everything he competed for except his match race with TC. Trenton should provide a great opportunity for someone to challenge him for the Indoor title.

   I wasnít able to make the trip, still fighting some chest congestion, thank you for your prayers. I am glad we had a backup plan and Bob Menschner was there to step in and cover the invocation duties; be there for the racers and represent RWJM. Thanks Bob, great job.

   Bob did call and fill me in on some of the action; we need to keep Mike Tidaback, former ATQRM Champion, in our prayers as he heals from the thumb injury he suffered. Bob is looking forward to being with everyone again in Trenton .

   BOBBY VARIN IN NEED OF ENCOURAGEMENT - As many may know Bobby, Big Block Modified Driver was in a skiing accident last week and broke his neck. He is dealing with some intense pain but the prognosis is good. He has 4-6 weeks of recovery to look forward to and if all goes well he should be fine. If you would like to send a card of encouragement and hope it can be sent to, Supply Wagon Rentals c/o Bobby Varin 2348 State Highway 30A Johnstown, N.Y. 12095

   THE RACERíS EXPO - February 7 & 8 The Race Depot will hold itís annual gathering of racers, products and seminars at the Royal Plaza Hotel. The only hardcore racing trade show in the Northeast. All forms of Motorsports will be represented from circle track, drag, and road racing to karting and more. World class exhibitors will be displaying the latest equipment and innovative technology that this industry has to offer. Sanctioning bodies and tracks will be available to inform competitors about the coming season. Don't miss this opportunity to get a fast start on 2014! Your competition won't!

   Please Register by Email for the Expo: FREE IF YOU PRE-REGISTER VIA EMAIL ($5 donation at the door if not registered)
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   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: January 31, 2014

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