The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

  As we continue our look into some of the basic questions concerning our faith we must start at the top of the ladder, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Trinity. Three persons that have very defined roles in how they interact with us in our lives. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Every organization has a structure, different people with different responsibilities that when working together give structure and support. We see that at the racetrack, you have the on track officials, they answer to the director of officials then to the race/competition director and in turn to the general manager. When they work together as a team the results create a good environment to race in.

  There needs to be continuity from the top to the bottom. When there isn't then chaos reigns. There is no way to maintain order and consistency in the presence of chaos. You have heard it said, the inmates are running the asylum. It is not fun to race in that kind of environment. It is also very difficult to be confident when the target keeps moving.

  The same is true of our faith in God. What would happen if He kept changing the rules? How would we know where to place our feet. Without solid ground to build a foundation on we would always be shifting around trying to stabilize our lives.

  The Trinity is God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each one a different part of our lives. The Father is the head, within him lies the plan, the knowledge and the power to guide and direct us. The Son is God incarnate, God in physical form. He came to earth to show us the way that pleases the Father. He came to sacrifice His life so that we might be reconciled to God. The Holy Spirit is our conscience, He lives inside of us, speaking to us, helping us know the way to God. Sometimes we listen, sometimes we don't.

  It is difficult for us to get our hands around the trinity, we have trouble seeing three separate persons as one. In all our abilities as man we have struggled to accurately define the existence of God in three persons. I'm okay with that, God is so much more than I am. It would be foolish for me to think I could comprehend everything about God. After all if I could I wouldn't need faith.

  The writer of Hebrews reminds us in 11:1;

 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

  It is okay that we don't fully understand, that is part of the mystery of serving God. Isaiah reminds us in 55:8-9

 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

  If we think we have to fully understand and comprehend God then we put ourselves in His place. We are not God. We do not have the understanding he has. It is best for us to submit to His thoughts and ways for our lives. Then we will be able to see His hand as it works through our lives.

  Although we cannot fully understand the Trinity, let's try to see if we can put it in some sort of frame work that may make it easier. Let's take racing, we need few things to get the job done, car, crew and driver. We can be the driver, but where does our input come from?

  First there needs to be someone above all that has the plan and knows the strategy to complete the race that would be “God the Father”. In most cases that is the crew chief, he sets race strategy, plans the race, and keeps tabs on the others teams. He makes the necessary decisions to change the plans as the race dictates.

  Then someone needs to make the adjustments and sacrifices to service the car. The true servants of a race team are the crew, they are the ones that make the sacrifices to prepare and get the car to the finish line. They would be the “God the Son” They do all the things necessary for the driver to reach Victory Lane.

  Then the driver needs a voice in their ear. They need guidance as they run the race, where to go, when to go, when to stop, all the decisions we need to make in the race come from that voice, the spotter, “God the Spirit”. He watches out for us, sees the things we cannot and provides guidance and direction.

  Our life isn't much different than running a race, in face we refer to life as a rat race! We need someone with a plan for our life, God has that plan. He sent His son, Jesus Christ to show us, serve us and sacrifice His life for us. He also sends His Spirit to be a voice in our ear, our conscience, to help guide us through life. God exists in three persons for us to have the things we need to reach Victory. He only asks that we put our trust and faith in Him.

  There is so much more to this subject, but it is difficult to address it all here. I welcome your questions and will endeavor to help in any way we can. Take a look at your life and ask yourself, have I given God control? Have I accepted His sacrifice for me? Have I let His Spirit guide me?


MOTORSPPORTS IN THE BOOKS - It was another successful Motorsports show for us. We met many of you and received words of encouragement. You may not realize how much that helps us to continue serving the racing family.

  I want to thank all who helped make our booth a success, Keith Rocco and CJ, Johnny Cornell III, Rob Grimm Racing and the Green Flag Racing Experience. Your efforts made us look good. Thanks also to all the RWJM Chaplains and wives who were on hand to help, it made the show a success.

  I had a chance to talk with Lou Cicconi at the show, he is healing up well and looks for a late spring return to the driver's seat. It was encouraging to hear his positive attitude and how God's hand was on him throughout the process.

  ATLANTIC CITY IN THE BOOKS - I was able to be down at Boardwalk Hall for the indoor racing and had a great time visiting with many I see throughout the racing season in various places. What I have noticed is this is becoming a winter meeting of sorts, drivers from all disciplines come to see how they stack up.

  I was impressed to see all the different ideas to get to the same place. Different racers with different ideas about what will work. New cars being constructed just for the indoor events. It was great to see Dale Shaw, his wife and son DJ, they built a new TQ chassis and had two of them there to race. First time for the cars on the track was at Trenton. I spoke to DJ and he explained they were still in the shaking down process but were pleased to qualify for the show.

  RACER'S EXPO THIS WEEKEND - Bobby Seymour and his crew put together a great show up in Marlboro, MA; Racer's Expo, Friday, February 6, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM & Saturday, February 7, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with Kart Klash V at F1 Boston on Saturday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  Royal Plaza Hotel - Route 20 - Marlboro, MA - Exit 24b off I-495.

  This is a great opportunity for all those in the area to get the equipment they need for the upcoming season. It is also a good time to get together for some organizational meetings and learn what's new for the upcoming season. NEMA, VMRS, GSPSS and MRNETS will all be having their winter meetings there, you can go to http://www.theracersexpo.com for meeting times.

  I am going to try to get up there on Saturday but my schedule this week is pretty tight. Hope to see you there.

  FLORIDA HERE WE COME - Looking at the snow and sleet coming down I am anxious to head south. Our Speedweeks trip is coming together and I hope to share some exciting news about the results. I will be at several tracks while I am down there and also we will be having a training and orientation for new chaplains who have joined us over the last year. It is always an exciting time, I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

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: February 5, 2015

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