Redemption Racing Newsletter Nanaimo
The second round of the motocross nationals was in Nanaimo, British Columbia. There were overcast skies all day, the rain held off and the temperature dropped in comparison to last weekend, being only 18 degrees Celsius. It was another great weekend for the team.
Continuing the series of life anchors. This week the first anchoring source is the bible. Are the anchors we have in our life good anchors that will hold during a storm or are they fragile and break under the stress?
The bible is a solid source to anchor to because it gives us clear explanation and direction for our life.
Romans 15:4 NIV “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
The bible is our owner’s manual for life here on earth. When we buy a new dirt bike, the best place to learn about how the bike works and proper maintenance is the owner’s manual. The bible is what God has given us to use as our owner’s manual for life.
Psalm 119:73-80 NIV
“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts.”
The author wrote this psalm to convince us to make knowing and obeying the Word of God the most important activities in our lives. He was utterly convinced that we need God’s Word for all of life. He mentions several ways the Bible is necessary in the life of his readers.
The Bible allows us to learn about ourselves. When you purchase something new- you take time to read the owner’s manual. The Bible is the owner’s manual for God’s people. It is the only book that tells the truth about where we came from, why we are here, what we must do to succeed in life, and where we are going. God made us and knows us better than we know ourselves, and He shares this knowledge in His Word. As we read the Bible, we “see ourselves” in the people and circumstances described in the Scriptures. We don’t just see “past history” but present reality! The Bible is a mirror in which we see ourselves–and do something about what we see.
Secondly, we become a blessing to others (vv. 74, 79). When we put our hope in God’s Word, the writer of this psalm believed we have joy in life, and this helps us to encourage others.
Are people happy to see us arrive or are they happier when we leave? When our friends and acquaintances face storms, do they turn to us for help, or do we add to their burdens? When we place our hope in God’s Word we will face our storms courageously and in turn we will be able to help others face their storms, too.
Thirdly, We receive God’s best in our afflictions (vv. 75-78, 80). Sometimes life is difficult. We would prefer God delivering us from the storm, but sometimes He delivers us in the storm. Too many Christians think they have missed God and lose hope because they are going through an affliction. Don’t stop looking for God in the storm, sometimes that is where He shows up the most! This is why the Psalmist said he “put his hope in the word.” It’s easy to hope when all is smooth sailing, but it’s in the middle of a storm you will have to place your hope.
The question I have for you is, where is your hope? Who are you listening to? The so called experts or God’s Word? The majority or God’s Word? Are you led by circumstances or God’s Word?
There are times in our life when circumstances persist and we lose all hope. Sometimes we think we are prepared for a storm and maybe at the beginning stages of a storm, we feel strong, anchored and good… But what happens after you keep getting knocked down and you don’t get the answer you expect and the storm goes longer than you expect, you can get to this place where hopelessness creeps in. Hope begins to fade and fear begins to rise.
My answer to you when those situations arise is to put your faith and trust in God’s word.
Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick. But a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Shawn Maffenbeier (#15):
Proved to be consistent this weekend finishing 2-2 for 2nd overall. Shawn and the leader pulled a large gap over the rest of the field this weekend- making it seem like they will be battling it out for wins this season. Shawn sits 2nd in points, 5 behind the leader.
Cade Clason (#6):
Improved his results over last weekend with 4-8 for 5th overall. Cade put in the work last week; building a better bike setup and his results proved it. His second moto had room for improvement but he is definitely moving in the right direction. He is currently 5th in points.
Eric Jeffery (#33):
If it wasn’t for his fall on the first lap Eric could have had a better first moto but his 17-16 for 18th overall proved his consistency.
Michael Thacker (#339):
Following the theme of being consistent Mike rode 23-23 for 25th overall. On Saturday night, Michael did a small devotion in our pit. Click the following link to listen to his talk https://www.spreaker.com/
Alex Jeffery (#50):
19-22 for 23rd overall.
Next weekend we are in Calgary, Alberta for the 3rd round of the series. We usually have lots of family and friends who come out to this race, so we are definitely looking forward to a great weekend of fellowship and some more awesome racing!
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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