The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  This weekend we celebrate the declaration of our independence. The Freedom we enjoy comes with a cost and a responsibility. Have we taken the time and remembered those who made the sacrifice for our freedom? Have we stopped and thought about what our responsibility is in maintaining the freedom we enjoy? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  I was thinking the other day what would this country look like if we weren’t free? Would there even be racing; as we know it? On any given weekend I can choose where I go to watch a race. You have the same choice. We can choose where to race, where to watch or even stay home. If you don’t like going to a certain track you can choose another. We have the freedom of choice. We have the independence to do as we choose. 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 don’t have the same option. The difference is freedom. The founders of our country decided to build it on the foundation of God’s moral standard and freedom of choice. That doesn’t come without a fight as we have fought for over 200 years to maintain that. But not only for us but also for other nations and peoples of the world.

  God also gives us the freedom to choose. He makes available for us a life of abundance and freedom. We can choose if we are going to accept that life. Jesus said…

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 Galatians…

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 fought and are still fighting for our country’s 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 doesn’t matter; to be able to race someone pays. Someone’s hard work earns the money we receive to pay the cost of preparing your car and team to race. We experience the freedom to race because someone else paid the price. The situation is the same whether it is our hard work or someone else’s hard work, to race someone pays. Racing isn’t free.

  Our responsibility is to maintain the freedom we have been given. We need to prevent it from being eroded and taken away. Whatever it takes, we must be ready to step up and pay the price. For us to have freedom as a country many men and women made a sacrifice, some paid with their lives. They made that sacrifice for the good of others. Some still suffer from the remnants of the battle, afflicted and disabled. Funny thing is they could they would go back in a moment to continue the fight. Our responsibility is to be ready to do the same.

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.”

  Those lives given for us secured our freedom. Jesus Christ gave His life 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.

  Our declaration of independence cost someone, something. Be thankful there are those who are willing to pay the price for our freedom, remember them. Remember the offer of freedom Jesus offers, accept it.


  On the first leg of my early summer marathon I took a step back in time and headed east on the Island, Riverhead. My favorite part about Riverhead is the family atmosphere, there just isn’t any place like it. It is small and personal, tucked in between the encroachment of the Big Box Stores. I liken it to a famous bar in Boston where everyone knows your name. I am welcomed home like the long lost traveler, with open arms and provision. Riverhead is family.

  When we catch up with family you always have to hear what’s been going on since you were last there. You hear of the good times and the bad, the colorful and the awful. But that’s family right? No matter what we look like or where we’ve been they welcome us in. I consider it an honor to be part of the family.

  As I visited with family I was excited about what tomorrow holds. Chuck Steuer’s boy Dillon was racing with the big boys and winning. Howie Brode’s son was driving a legend car. Generations were handing down to generations the sport they loved. Racing will survive on the Island, it is in their blood.

  Also with family there are the members that have gone home. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of William Bonsignore and Mike DeBello. Family needs to be there for family and in this close knit community our lives touch the lives of each other. These men will soon not be forgotten.

  The race was one of the most entertaining I have witnessed at the Head; drama, contact, position changes and you wouldn’t know who was up or down without a score sheet! In the end a homegrown talent took the checkers, Timmy Solomito. The odds were greater that a Long Islander would win as over half the field had Long Island running through their veins.

  Already looking forward to returning. I may not even wait for a tour show. Be prepared Riverhead the Rev. may roll into town at any moment, lol. Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

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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: June 30, 2017

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