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THE COST OF FREEDOM
by Rev. Don Rivers

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  This weekend we celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day. Will we take time and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom? Will we stop and reflect that our life has been given to us because someone gave their life for us. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 Freedom Isnít Free is the title of a poem written to recall the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the giving of their lives. Their willingness to give secures for us freedom. Freedom to do whatever we enjoy doing. For many of us that means the pursuit of racing.

  Have you ever thought what would this country look like of we werenít free? Would there even be racing, as we know it? On any given weekend we can choose where we go to watch a race. We can choose where we race. If you donít like going to a certain track you can choose another. We have the freedom of choice. That is not something to take lightly.

  Stop and think of all the choices we can make in our life and then think of some of the other nations in the world who donít have the same options. The difference is freedom. The founders of our country decided to organize on the foundation of God and freedom of choice. We have fought for over 200 years to maintain that, not only for us but also for other nations and peoples of the world.

  It was set in place with these words;

 ďWe the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.Ē

  Look at the list that spells our freedom, Justice, Peace, Defense, Life, Liberty and Posterity. These freedoms defended for us by those willing to lay down their lives. We enjoy that freedom every day.

  God also offers us freedom. He made a life available for us of abundance and freedom. We can choose if we are going to accept that life. Jesus saidÖ

 John 10:10; The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

  Paul adds in GalatiansÖ

 Galatians 5:1; It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Jesus came and gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could know the abundant and free life that God has offered us. Not unlike those who have fought for our countyís freedom so that we can enjoy an abundant and free life. For us to experience freedom it cost someone something.

Think of a race team. Some are funded well and some are run on a shoestring. It doesnít matter; to be able to race someone pays. Someoneís hard work earns the money we receive to pay the cost of preparing our car and team to race. We are able to race because someone else paid the price. The situation is the same whether it is our hard work or someone elseís hard work, to race someone pays. Freedom isnít free either.

  For us to have freedom as a country many men and women paid with their lives. They made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of others. They gave their lives. Likewise Jesus gave His life so that we might have life.

 John 3:16-17; "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

  The lives that were given for us secured our freedom. Jesus Christ gave His life for us to save us from death and destruction. Let me ask a question, do you enjoy your freedom as an American? If you do take the time to say thank you to those who have made it possible.

  Let me ask another, do you want to experience an abundant and free life that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior? He gave His life to give you that opportunity, accept it and free yourself from the burden of sin.

  Freedom isnít free. It cost someone, something. Be thankful there are those who are willing to pay the price for our freedom. Thank them.

 John 15:13; There is no greater love than to lay down oneís life for oneís friends.
 

  THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

 
 THE LONG ROAD HOME - Rev. Dan spent a few hours on the road this past weekend traveling to Iowa and back. He didnít have to drive but still spending the 16 hours each way in a vehicle is a challenge. Sometimes you need a little heavenly intervention.

  On the way home the hose connected to the fuel filter popped off. Of course until you find it all you know is the vehicle stopped running. After an hour or so the problem was identified and a quick fix got them back on the road.

  A little while later the vehicle stopped, this time the diagnosis was easy but how can we fix it. Prayer. If we only had a piece of rubber and a paperclip, yeah that would do it. Well as the Spirit led them they found what they needed, made a more permanent repair and headed home. God held the hose on and they made it home safely. Thank you Lord for taking good care of Dan and the Grimm Construction guys as they helped us get to Iowa.

  LINCOLN, WILLIAMS GROVE AND LEE - Rev. Scott joined the WOO Sprints as they renewed the battle with the PA Posse, and then headed to Lee to help Bobby Somers for the first of four Tri-Track open Modified Shows. With the rainout Saturday night Scott got a little more sleep than he expected. I hope he rests up as he will join me down at New Egypt on Tuesday night for the WOO visit.

  NEW LONDON-WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL - We have been welcomed in to the NLW Speedbowl and I canít say enough about how the management team has made us feel a vital part of the team. We have been closing the driverís meeting in prayer and the track has made sure to have an invocation before each racing program. We have also received a warm reception from the drivers, they have welcomed prayer before they go out for their features. It is a tremendous encouragement. Thank You Shawn and Bruce for letting us be such an important part of things.

  ARMED FORCES DAY - With our remembrance on Memorial Day we would be remiss for not mentioning Armed Forces Day, May 16, was this past week. Rev. Pat was a veteran and never wanted us to forget that every day there are countless people sacrificing in the Armed Forces to protect and defend us. Please donít take each day for granted, thank a member of the Armed Forces for their service.

  OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND - We received word that another touring division would welcome a Chaplain to travel with them throughout New England. God continues to open doors and allow us to share with more people in more places. We neehought d your help! If you know of someone who is interested in coming on board have them contact me. We will talk with them and see where God leads us. Also, if the Lord leads you partner with us and support what we do, that would be more than welcomed.

  My daughter asked what time the picnic was this Sunday. I answered ďAfter the checker at Indy until the green at Charlotte.Ē She just shook her head. Doesnít everyone tell time that way? Have a wonderful Holiday this weekend.

 
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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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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: May 22, 2015

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