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by Rev. Don Rivers

  You have heard the saying; “We’ve always done it that way.” How many times do we fall back on tradition, what is comfortable and what we know and think we are moving forward? Let me say this, moving forward has little to do with where we have been and what we know than we think. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Recently we stayed in a cabin by a creek. As I sat there in the hammock relaxing I remembered the quote from Greek Philosopher Heraclitus, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” We are ever changing along with everything around us. We are never in the same place twice.

  Think about the race track, we visit the same tracks, we race the same distances but the conditions, track and weather are constantly changing. This especially came clear at dirt track, during the racing the track condition is ever changing, figuring out what the conditions will be come feature time is the goal.

  We all have setup notes about what we did in the past, what worked and that is a good place to start, but that cannot be the end. We adjust from there based on the feedback we get from the driver, car and conditions. If we refuse to make adjustments we will lose the race.

  That became clear to me one year when I talked with the Championship Crew Chief; he said that during the last few races they kept a setup they knew and didn’t work on anything new. They wanted to make sure they didn’t mess up the chance to win the championship.

  What they lost was clear the next year; while they were being conservative the other teams were working on advancing their knowledge. The championship was won but they were far behind the other teams when the new season started. They had to play catch-up.

  What happens when we fail to change to the situation around us? I have heard it said many times; “This was good enough for us, it is good enough for them.” That type of thinking only guarantees you will be left behind. When we look at the future and decide to stay in the past we assure ourselves of failure.

  There will always be a group that is comfortable and secure in the way they always have done things, but you can see how that type of vision limits our ability to embrace and understand new opportunities.

  As I have been teaching in the Book of Acts I have noticed the friction that was taking place between the traditionalist and the progressives. Let me say this, God is progressive, He doesn’t sit still, He is constantly building on the foundation He set to build our lives into lives that reflect His character. If we refuse to allow God to change us, we relegate our life to less than what God wants it to be.

Acts 15:1; Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers:
"Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."

  These men didn’t want things to change. They wanted everything to be as it was. Why is it that we struggle to rely on the Holy Spirit? Why is it that we need to create a set of rules that we feel comfortable with to determine the motives of someone’s heart? We struggle with allowing God to do what He wants with who He wants.

  Religious behavior is just that, doing the same thing over and over religiously. We can be religious about anything. How does that help us? It doesn’t. To live in a way that honors God we need to have trust and faith. We need to let Him guide and direct us, lead us out of our comfort zone.

  Looking back at the first disciples it occurred to me that we would have had trouble listening to a bunch of fisherman and such proclaiming the Good News. We would have looked upon them with some doubt. What would it take for us to believe? The Holy Spirit!

  Do we trust God? Do we have faith that He knows what He is doing? You see faith isn’t just about what is happening in our lives, it is also about what God is doing in the lives of others and through the group of believers we call the Church.

  It is not that God is changing His moral standard; it is that He is revealing it to others in ways we couldn’t imagine years ago. Look at this message, in print and on the web, never could that be considered in the time of Christ. Our methods of communicating the Good News must be reflect the times. As Paul said;

1Corinthians 9:22b; Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.

  If we rely on tradition to determine the work of God we will miss the work of the Holy Spirit. Just because that is the way we have always done it doesn’t mean that is the only way God works. Let us break from tradition and let God lead us through His Spirit. Let’s commit to letting the Holy Spirit lead us!

  Peter said;

Acts 15:11; We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”


  FINALLY! We got it in! The TSI Harley Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway was finally run this past Friday night. After three tries and the challenges of the weather the race was run and Doug Coby came out on top. It didn’t take long for the #2 WMT team to put together a winning run on the Tour, something I know was the goal from the moment changes were announced. Although winning in Daytona was great, that wasn’t a points event. With the win the momentum has been regained and they are looking for more. With the next Tour race at Waterford Speedbowl, a track Coby is very familiar with, the potential for another victory is there.

  SEEKONK GRAND PRIX RAISE THE ROOF - A great turn out for the Hinckley Family Fundraiser raised over $5,000.00 and Wayne Darling is matching that total and then some. What a great show of support from the VMRS community for Les and his family. I don’t have the figures from the other fundraiser at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT but when I receive them I’ll pass it along.

  MASSE BREAKS THROUGH - Five different races, five different winners, this time it was Steve Masse that broke through at the Seekonk Bullring. The most consistent driver in the series has been former WMT Champion Todd Szegedy, who holds a twenty point lead over former 2-tim3 champion Chris Pasteryak and a twenty-three point lead over 2013 champion Rowan Pennink. Next up is Stafford for the VMRS, hope to see you there.

  OFF TO FIVE FLAGS - I head out this week to the Sunshine State for the K&N East drivers. It will be my first visit to Five Flags in Pensacola and I am looking forward to visiting this famed Late-model track. My travel plans are a bit convoluted but when all is said and done I will be able to cover a few bases. Wally World here I come!

  PRAYERS NEEDED - Please keep the DuPont family in your thoughts and prayers as Jim’s son suffered severe injuries in an accident at work. The DuPont's, Jim and Denise are regulars on the Mod Touring scene.

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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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Posted: June 9, 2014

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