This is a special time of the year when many come together and set aside things to slow down and give thanks. That is a good thing for us to do. There is much to be thankful for as we are surely given an easy life here in America compared to other places on earth. Most of the problems we have we bring on to ourselves, and usually because of sin on our part.
I need to extend a couple of thanks from the end of the season racing events. I try not to talk too much about how the racing ministry is financed but several times in the last couple of weeks of racing I was asked directly about just how the ministry is funded.
We are blessed to have a home church that gives a small monthly gift to us. Most of our funding is self funding. Like what we see in the epistle of Paul, we are “tent makers”, in other words we self fund but there are those that come along side of us and help. Several times in the last few weekends of this season we were blessed by others. You know who you are – THANK YOU!!! It was unexpected but so useful. We are a shoe string ministry so the gift of any size adds up to bless and keep us going.
You may ask what needs we have. As many of you know, one of the commitments we made was that we were going to do the ministry as a family which means taking the seven on the road. We are allowed to have an older RV to take to many of the races but there are still hotel costs at some. We have meal cost and ticket cost. We also try to have materials available too. The LORD has used many to bless us and keep the ministry at the race and traveling with different series.
As we come to Thanksgiving this year I want us to think about a couple of verses. Let’s read them. Matthew 28:9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him. (from NIV) and now from the KJV And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying,All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Now let’s read Mark 15:18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”
In Mark we see those mocking and making fun of Jesus. Unfortunately, far too often there are those who mock Jesus today. Instead we are to be like those in Matthew that proclaim, “All hail to Thee, Jesus!” This is a bold statement of faith and truth in Jesus. It is a statement that has consequences. These people were taking a stand for Jesus as their LORD and proclaiming that He is due their worship. They recognize that He alone is due praise and thanks for setting them free from sin and moving them from an eternity in hell to an eternity in heaven. They knew that even though things are going to be tough on earth they are blessed and have so much to look forward to. THEY ARE THANKFILLED AND THANKFUL.
There is so much for each one of us to be thankful for. I hope you pause and give thanks to others and most of all that you thank the LORD for all He has done and is doing. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
The season is over but lesson continue and I hope we think about them and go back to them. Here is one that was so clear I just have to share it with you. Please take some time and really think and consider the following lesson.
At Oktoberfest there is at least one drivers meeting each day and at each one there is a guy that is in charge of the first staging area. He reminds everyone that they must, MUST, have a sticker from the track that is from the current year that is Oktoberfest. It makes it clear that without that sticker in view you will NOT be allowed on the track. This year I was watching guys going through the first staging area and I noticed one driver stopped. It happened to be a guy that has and is in a NASCAR series currently. He was stopped for quite a long time. I told him that it was good that he enforced the rule that is laid down as I see it too often that there is a rule but it is not held to, there is no accountability. I think that is one of the problems with today’s America. The next day he emphasized that he did not care what your name is or who you are or where you have been or are, if you don’t have the current sticker you are not getting on the track.
This is a tremendous clear picture from racing to life eternal! Just like at LaCrosse and getting on the track and the exclusiveness so is it with God, heaven and salvation. Let’s let God do the talking through His Word. Please take your time even if you have these verse memorized. I know I can just glance over things and not slow and let the LORD speak through His Spirit and Word.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
1 Peter 1:21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
1 John 2:23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
See the clarity? There is but ONE way to God and heaven. It is in Jesus Christ. Then if we look at Romans 6:231 and Romans 10:9,102 we see that it is tied to understand that Jesus is the LORD. We are not going to see Him as LORD until we see ourselves as sinners3. Do you see your need? Is today the day you are going to surrender your life over to God and let Him call the shots. Is today the day you are going to escape the flames of hell and the bondage of your sin? Please, I plead with you to reach out to the LORD wherever you are.
Think about this. Why would we be so stubborn? At Oktoberfest you just have to register and get the sticker when you and the team sign in. With salvation you just have to honestly and earnestly call out on Jesus as LORD4.
Know that I have a deep burden to see many of you take this step in life. the step that takes you from an eternity in hell, separated from God to an eternity with God in heaven.
Take the step!
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine
1Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2Romans 10:8-10 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved
3 Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
4Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
God left no doubt that He looks after us the other day and I want to share it with you. Many of you know that we have an RV we use for the race ministry. It has been a great blessing and help to the family and the ministry. We are able to travel together and save some cost in lodging. Plus we are more available at the track being right on site.
As the family finished preparing to go to Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Speedway Cindy dropped her phone. She was upset with herself but it was part of the sovereignty of the LORD. She looked over and saw there was a tire that had a bulge. This is on the day we were to suppose to leave so she was not too happy to see that. She took it over to the local automotive shop and they said it needed to be replaced right away and not to make the trip. They were surprised it lasted this long. We had been down and back from Rockford the weekend before so God had protected us a bunch of miles.
They did not have a tire but they did check at another place in town. The second place did not have one either but called around and found one close by and they said if she brought it over right away they could do it.
That is God in control and putting things in place at just the right time. We could trace the Hand of God moving. If we stop and look around we can see God moving often and His sovereignty over our lives.
Stop and read these three verses.
Deuteronomy 10:14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.
Nehemiah 9:6 You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
Joshua 4:24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.
Read Joshua 4:24 again. Now stop and think about where God has worked in your life. This should help us to fear the LORD and to share with others how great and awesome He is and His kindness to us and how He has been good to us. Can you see times where God’s hand has moved in your life?
Let me remind you that God is looking out for you. He wants you to obey Him and follow Him. He wants to bless you. Be ready.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
The other day I decided to go up the interstate and set the cruise at 65. That felt really weird. First, most people came flying up. Next, they would slow a little. I am not sure if they thought a State Trooper was near-by or curious who was going so slow. Several stayed at that slow speed for a mile or so before speeding off. It felt very strange to be going that the speed limit for several reasons including that I kind of felt in the way.
I came home and asked God to give me a lesson from this. He brought several of you to mind to share with and here are some of my thoughts.
One, following God’s laws and commands is going to feel strange because we are strangers. Listen to 1 Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world,… who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Peter reminds us we will be odd; different; or strangers when looked at in the eyes of those around us and of this world. We should look different. If we are following the LORD and His ways we should not be involved in the same things the world is involved in. Sadly, even in the church, we don’t always look different. Our words and actions should be different. Our families should be different. How we work should be different. Our motives should be different. What happens at and on the track should look different. We could talk a lot about what should be different and we could have a year or more of studying on this but why don’t you just think about that this week and do some digging. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal some things to you.
Next, there were those that slowed down. I don’t know what their motive was but here is what I took from if it. There will be those that will see our example and wonder what is up. Timothy speaks of it this way: 1 Timothy 4:15-16 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. And 1 Timothy 1:16-17 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. So what is the example we are going to set? Say they slowed down to check me out and they saw me doing things I should not be doing. Not a good example. It is the same in life. We should be setting that solid, Christ-like, Biblical example.
Peter give us a direct order, 1 Peter 1:17 live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. We should have an awe, a reverent fear for the LORD.
I also thought that I could have sped up and blended into traffic. We have choices to be made every day. Are we going to follow the LORD or are we going to blend into society? Listen to the council of the LORD wrote down by Peter 1 Peter 2:11-12 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. See, we are to be peculiar, different from the world and give them an example of what it is to be a follower of Jesus. Surrender to His LORDship.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
DO you feel like something is missing? Is there a void in your life? Can you SEE that YOU have SINNED and don’t know a way out? DO you recognize that even the smallest of sins buys a one way ticket to hell? There is hope right now, right where you are. TURN, REPENT, to God. Lay your life before Him and ASK to be forgiven. ACKNOWLEDGE that you have sinned and only Jesus can save you from your own sin and CALL out to Jesus as LORD, your LORD.
If today is the day of your salvation I would like to pray for you and would like to help you get started. Please get a message to me that you have called out to Jesus as your LORD.
Today another evil was committed in America. Lives were lost and all we can do in cry out to the LORD for His mercy, His grace, and His comfort. May we lift up the families affected by this shooting. We lose life in this country and around the world to the choices of men and women that are blinded by evil.
Psalm 55:17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
LORD we cry out to You. Would you bring revival upon us? Would we be broken before You and humbly submit and surrender to You.
As we come to the anniversary of one of if not the most tragic day in American history let us not forget what lead up to, what happened on 9 11, and what has happened after this historical day.
May we remember the families that have lost loved ones and the thousands that have served in this war against terrorism.
Please stop and pray for this country as we are also far from a godly nation, and in desperate need of revival.
Have a great day in the SONshine and see you at a track soon,