Redemption Racing Newsletter Kamloops 2016
Another race season is under way and we are very excited about the 2016 season as we have a very good team of people working together. There are a few new team members as well as sponsors that all have the same vision for ministry and racing. We were in Kamloops for the opening round and was clear skies and hot weather in 35 degree heat.
I talked about the things we have in our life as anchors when the storms of life come. I was inspired to share this 6 part topic after listening to them on podcast.
An anchor is a heavy device used to connect a boat or ship to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. It’s purpose is to keep a ship safe and secure at a desired location or to help control the ship during bad weather.
A wise captain does not keep the anchor stored on the ship, ready to be lowered only if a storm should approach. No, he anchors the vessel as a preventive measure to protect the ship from moving into unsafe waters or slowly drifting aground.
As human beings we have a tendency to attach anchors to all sorts of unreliable sources of hope to keep us safe as we navigate the storms of life. We look to our investments and bank accounts. We look to our health, families, friends, careers, intellect and much more as our sources of hope. But all of these things are fleeting and can disappear as quickly as they appear. We need a hope that will not break down under whatever pressure bears upon it.
Job was a very successful man that had everything taken away from him as a test by God.
Job 8:11-15 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? 12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass. 13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. 14 What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider’s web. 15 They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.
Job is talking about the type of hope that comes from God. A hope that never fails and dose not give way under pressure. We may look at a circumstance and believe that it was God that let us down but if we are to view the situation with wisdom we will see that it was not God failing us but that it was the actions of ourselves that lead to our failure.
Another verse in the bible that talks about being anchored:
Hebrews 6:18-19 We who have fled to God for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before us. Now we have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, it cannot slip or break down under pressure.
The writer of Hebrews makes a claim that “this hope” acts as an anchor for our souls, an anchor that will not break.
Adversity can come as a great storm to blow us off course, but sometimes we are also in danger when everything appears to be safe. In fact, we can be in the greatest danger when we are drifting and movement is so slight that we don’t notice it. Either way, we need an anchor to successfully chart the course of life.
A lot is happening in our world today that can create a sense of anxiety and unsettledness. You don’t have to look very far to find hopelessness. Despite all of our advances as a human race, we have never witnessed more fear, depression, stress, and loneliness as we do today. People are grasping for hope, looking at all types of sources to discover it. Yet, what they lean on is often fragile and eventually gives way, leaving them empty and hopeless.
The question is: in those storms what are you putting your hope in? What are you relying on?
It’s easy to say God is my anchor but in the midst of a storm how much do we really trust? Because if we look at each other, some have gone through a lot less of a storm and ended up ship wrecked. People have given up on God, relationships and their life who have endured much less than others. What they are trusting in is fragile but there is something you can trust in that will never break. This hope is something you can lean on and will not break no matter how much pressure it takes, and to not be driven by circumstance but driven by hope that will never fail.
Next week I will be talking about anchor number 1 which is the word of God the bible
Shawn Maffenbeier (#15):
Shawn is a new member to the team this year in the MX2 class and he proved his worth this weekend to everyone. Shawn qualified first which set the stage for his motos. First moto he damaged his front brake line passing for the lead on the 3rd lap. Shawn extended his lead during the moto but was chased down on the last lap and got passed after missing a rut finishing 2nd. Second moto the lead was taken away by a different rider as the extreme heat had got to shawn, finishing 2nd. 2-2 moto finishes gave Shawn 1st overall.
Cade Clason (#6):
Cade didn’t have the day he wanted. With some set up issues and problems being comfortable on the bike he said that he was stuggling to find the speed. He plans on doing a big week of testing and riding to improve his 9-8 moto scores which gave him 8th overall, so he can be ready to be up front this coming weekend in Nanaimo.
Eric Jeffery (#33):
First moto he slid out the front end on the second lap leving him in last. He was able to work his way back to 22 by the end of the moto. Second moto he got a much better start and was riding in 15th but the heat got to him and fell back to 18th and finished 20th overall.
Michael Thacker (#339)
Mike came out swinging showing signs of his hard work prepairing for the season but the heat took its toll on him finishing 32-28 for 31st overall
Alex Jeffery (#50):
Alex was involved in a first turn crash but rode back to 26th in the first moto and put in a good ride the second moto finishing 16th. 26-16 finish’s gave him 23rd oveall.
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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