Redemption Racing Gopher Dunes
After a weekend off, we returned to racing at one of Canada’s most physically demanding tracks- Gopher dunes in Courtland, Ontario. The weather was hot and humid, proving who was in the best shape… This weekend also brought large crowds of spectators, fans, friends and family.
So far, we have learned of three different anchors of hope. The first anchor is the Word of God – It is a more sure anchor than the experts, the majority, or circumstances. The second anchor is Jesus- He is a sure anchor, who never leaves me nor forsakes me and promised He would be with us to the end of the age. The third anchor is the promise of eternity and heaven- This anchor is guaranteed because of the event of Christ’s resurrection. It is a hope we can lean on.
The 4th anchor is the Holy Spirit, which is not only an anchor, but also the chain or rope that attaches us to the anchor.
There is no such thing as a wireless anchor. Hope has a rope: the Holy Spirit. Paul told the Roman church “we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit.”
Galatians 5:16-17 NIV “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
We are to live by the spirit. We can try our best to will ourselves to change or to have self control to great lengths. But eventually trusting in ourselves, an anchor will fail.
When we live by the Holy Spirit and trust and lean on the anchor of the Holy Spirit, it is more trustworthy. The result of trusting in the Holy Spirit is the fruit of the spirit.
What’s the fruit of an apple tree? Apples. The apples are a result of the apple tree. The fruit of someone putting their trust in the anchor of the Holy Spirit is this:
Galatians: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
In other words, we can will ourselves all we want and say I should be a more patient driver. I should be more self controlled. I should be more kind. We can try will ourselves all we want, or we can trust the Holy Spirit and as a result of doing so, is you will be more kind, more loving, more gentle, more joyful, have more self control. The result of trusting the Holy Spirit is everything you wanted to be anyway. The fruit of the spirit is everything we were meant to be.
How do we get the Holy Spirit? The moment you confess your faith in Jesus and welcome Him into your life, the Holy Spirit is given to you as a gift—proof that God loves you.
Luke 11:10-13 NLT “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
Saturday night bible study
Listen to Michael Thacker’s pod cast from Redemption Racing’s pit
Shawn Maffenbeier (#15):
After a first turn pile up and a few mistakes trying to work his way through the pack, he finished 5th in the first moto. During the second moto he lead for the majority of the race but was passed two laps to go finishing 2nd. 5-2 fro 4thoverall.
Cade Clason (#6):
Cade put in two solid motos on a very demanding track. In the second moto, his knee dislocated but went back in, and he continued to ride and finished the moto. With 7-8 moto finishes, he finished 8th overall.
Eric Jeffery (#33):
In the first moto, Eric got an amazing 6th place start and ran in 10th place for the entire moto until with 2 laps to go, 2 riders passed him and finished his season best in 12th. For the second moto, Eric recovered from a bad start finishing 18th. 12-18 for 16th overall.
Michael Thacker (#339):
Michael did not have the weekend he hoped for… Falling 3 times in the first moto, getting stuck under his bike, losing all his tear-offs and riding with no goggles- left him finishing 31-31 for 31st overall.
Alex Jeffery (#50):
Alex showed that he can run the pace of the top 15 riders, with his best ever pro career finish and overall 15-16 for 15th overall.
Our ministry, and race team would not be possible without the tremendous generosity, and support of our growing sponsors. Our primary goal is to share Christ’s love on, and off the track, and to provide a compassionate ear, and heart for those who are lost and hurting. The truth of Jesus never fails to provide hope during despairing times. Thanks again to all those people who provide their time, money, and prayers as we travel across this beautiful country- Canada that we call home. Have a great week!
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