Redemption Racing Newsletter Calgary
The third round of the series was in Calgary, Alberta. The weather was calling for rain but just enough rain fell throughout Saturday night, leaving the track in great condition for racing. This round always brings out many friends, family and fans- which were a blessing to us all weekend.
I continued the series of Life Anchors with topic number 3: Jesus as our Anchor.
Luke 8:22-25 NIV
“One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A storm came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.””
There is a common thought among many believers that God will deliver us from the storms. However, that may not always be the case. It is interesting that Jesus was the one who led them into the storm. Why would He do that? It’s simple, He was going to teach them an all important lesson. Jesus knew that the lives these men would live would be full of constant storms and trials. He wanted them to know how to anchor their hope and faith in Him.
These guys were no strangers to the sea, boats, or storms. Many of them had grown up on the water as sons of fishermen. They were professionals. And so, with this in mind we must come to the conclusion that this was no minor storm. The storm was overwhelming and they were afraid. Yet when they woke Jesus to announce their fate, Jesus didn’t acknowledge the circumstance or their fear, He simply spoke to the storm. And the storm subsided.
Then He turned to them and asked a very curious question. “Where is your faith?” He didn’t ask them why they lacked faith or why it was so small. He asked the location of their faith. I’m sure some of them might have placed their faith in the experienced sailors. All of them, for a time, had placed their faith in the boat. But both the boat and the experience and skill of the veteran sailors failed them. They were both fragile anchors.
Jesus wanted to teach his disciples that there was only one anchor on that boat that was fail proof, it was Him.
How about you? Where is your faith located? Where do you place your hope? What is your anchor? If we were to be honest, we have many things we place our hope in when the going gets tough. We might locate our faith in our bank account, investments, savings, family and in the right relationship. We might locate our faith in our talent, experience, charisma or our future hopes and dreams. All of these are good, but all of them have the ability to disappear suddenly, leaving us vulnerable and feeling hopeless.
Jesus is the only hope that never fails. His Word never fails. He is an anchor for your soul.
I challenge you to locate your hope. What if you were to lose everything? Would you survive or would it crush you?
Locate your hope and then relocate it to Jesus. He will never fail you. Nothing is impossible with Him (Matthew 19:26). In Him you can do all things because He strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). He has made you more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) and has blessed you with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). You are an overcomer because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)!
How about you? Have you discovered the secret of happiness and a deep satisfaction inside? Or are your moods and fulfillments found elsewhere, in things and pleasures that satisfy for a while but eventually leave you feeling empty and hollow, craving the next rush?
If you place your hope in Christ and in His Word you will discover a deep inner peace that gives joy in spite of the circumstances around you.
Shawn Maffenbeier (#15):
Shawn had a tough time getting around riders as the track formed into one line. He finished 2nd in his first moto, closing the gap for the lead to only 2 seconds at the finish. His second moto proved that he is a top runner as he passed his way up to 2nd from a 14th place start. 2-2 for 2nd overall.
Cade Clason (#6):
There were a lot of pluses this weekend for cade but unfortunately it never showed in his results. He just needs better starts and to keep it on two wheels. Cade went 9-9 for 9th overall.
Eric Jeffery (#33):
Eric needs to keep it on two wheels as well, as he fell first moto but put in a good ride in his second moto. 20-16 for 17th overall.
Michael Thacker (#339):
Mike has been putting in work during the week and his riding has been showing it. 26-24 for 25th overall.
Alex Jeffery (#50):
Alex finished 21-22 for 22nd overall.
This coming weekend we will be racing at Shawn’s hometown track in Regina, Saskatchewan. We look forward to having more friends and family at the track again this weekend.
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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