Faith that does not move you will not move God. Faith, true faith, always moves a person to take action. It may be internal – a resolution of belief that now governs all your decisions and actions. It may be external – a decision to take a particular job, share your testimony, start a summer day camp, or call that person that “pops” into your thoughts out of the blue even though it has been years since you’ve spoken.
Faith without corresponding action is useless/worthless. James the brother of Jesus said: “Are you willing to know, O empty man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:10 Strong’s Concordance gives this meaning of empty: destitute of spiritual wealth, of one who boasts of his faith as a transcendent possession, yet is without the fruits of faith. James goes on to say: “Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” James 2:26
A fellow believer and I were talking recently when this subject came up. We discussed how faith moves us to take action on that conviction. That’s how God Speed began a one week day camp for kids in our rural community. Last year we expanded to 2 weeks. Seven of the eight children in week 2 made professions of faith. The older youth of the first week camp were mentored in prophesying and laying hands on the sick or hurting. They spoke words of prophesy which ministered to others in the group. They laid hands on broken bones and saw them healed. They moved with actions that corresponded to their faith. Their lives were forever changed. Now they are poised to change their world.
What action will you take to change the world? How will you make your corner of it better?
Maybe you’re afraid of failing. But Christians ‘practice’ Christianity just like doctors ‘practice medicine.’ We grow in our faith and our abilities as we put our faith into action. And just like a child who is learning to walk, we will fail and fall. But we have to try it again, fall, get up and DO IT again until we OWN IT.
If you’ve been reading our monthly letters this year we’ve tried to mentor you in the process of change step by step. (Those letters are available upon request if you missed them. Contact us at the info at the bottom of the letter.) But let’s review.
1. CHANGE! What pressure point in your life needs to change? Identify the area. See the picture of your current life situation. Whatever you take in will produce a picture in your mind and ultimately create the reality of your life. The picture comes from God’s word or the world’s word. God’s word can root out the world’s vision and replace it with His life giving vision.
2. SEE IT! State your complaint or need, position yourself before God, get quiet, listen & watch for His answer to your issue.
Steps to Change:
A. Ask God for a new picture. Be transformed by the entire renewal of your mind.
* God pictures usually ‘pop’ into our minds – we don’t manufacture them.
* They show a new reality.
* They address the ‘why’ behind our current way of doing in order to free us.
* They change the emotions from death (stress, fear, stymied, negative) to life (peace, joy, excitement, love, positive).
* They energize.
* They give hope and direction.
B. Write the Vision ….Habbukkuk – Write it down! The enemy will come to steal the truth of it, destroy your hope of achieving and finally kill it. Write it down. God wrote out his vision (the Bible). We do well to follow His lead. Also Jesus rebuked the devil’s 3 temptations by stating, “It is written.” Since the devil is a legalist he likes to ‘see’ proof. Write it down and date it. Remember I said God gave a vision on January 5, 2005. I wrote it down and dated it. I still have it.
C. Own it! Take possession of it and use it. Do it!
Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in California said, “The church does not need more teachers. The church needs more mentors. We need to put into practice the word we’ve heard.”
I agree. I look for people who are ahead of me in an area of life I want to improve or grow. I can be mentored by them in person, by their videos, classes, books or cd’s. But then I still have to DO It! I have to put it into action. And just like a child who is learning to walk, I fail and fall. But I have to try, fall, get up and DO IT again until I OWN IT.
So how will you change the world?
What thing has God given you to do, that only you can do, that will meet His purpose at this point in time? Will you OWN IT? Will you DO IT till you complete it? To quote the shoe maker: JUST DO IT!
MIAMI, Fla. – IHRA Pro Stock racer Cale Aronson, of Chillicothe, MO., is on the road to recovery following a high-speed accident which left him critically injured on April 25, 2015. Aronson lost control of his Mustang during final eliminations at the IHRA Palm Beach Nationals, crossing the centerline before striking the retaining wall and flipping. His car slid to a stop in the Palm Beach International Raceway shutdown area.
Aronson was transported via helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Palm Beach, Fla, where he underwent surgery on April 28 to repair damage when he sustained a C-5 compressed vertebra. He is expected to make a full recovery following a lengthy rehab process.
“Basically I had a bruised spine,” Aronson explained. “I still have some difficulty with my upper body movement, but everything has a tingling sensation. I have feeling throughout my body.”
Once Aronson was stabilized following the surgery, he was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, and placed under the care of renowned spinal cord injury specialist Dr. Barth Green. Instrumental in the transfer was the Gwynn Family, whose son Darrell, suffered a spinal cord injury during a racing accident in April 1990.
Aronson admits he’s experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in the days following his accident.
“My focus hasn’t changed much in wanting to get busy in rehab and move forward,” Aronson said. “The most important thing to me is taking care of my family. The inability to do that is enough to frighten anybody. At the same time, I always felt this was a condition I’d be able to recover from. Plus I try to never try to think negatively like that.
“I’m not saying I didn’t have negative thoughts, but I try to focus more on the how to make the best of any situation. The hardest part is the lack of being able to bond, to wrap my arms around and hug my wife.”
Aronson credits wife Tinzy with her unwavering support as an inspiration throughout the ordeal. He also credits the legions of fellow racers and race fans as inspiration.
“Your support was a large part of what inspired me to fight through this time,” Aronson said. “Some of those who stepped up to show support, you helped Tinzy and myself so much. It’s overwhelming when you are a small family team like we are. We do this because we love it. It’s important to see what we do is appreciated. It’s done a lot for my family.”
Godspeed Ministry, the official chaplain for the IHRA, has set up a Bridge the Gap fundraiser for the Aronson Family to help defray medical expenses.
Care packages and letters may be sent to
Bupa International Patient Services Center DTC Building, Ground Floor Central 152 for patient Cale Aronson
1080 NW 19th Street
Miami, FL 33136
Article by Competition Plus.com
Today is the National Day of Prayer. Today we confess (or ‘say the same thing God says’) this prayer from God’s Word. By praying God’s Word we come into agreement with His will and desires. This is a prayer we can pray confidently, knowing it is God’s heart for America and the nations of the world. Be blessed. Renee Bingham
Praying For The Nations
Let the nations be awakened! (Joel 3:12)
Let the earth hear the voice of the Lord! (Isaiah 1:2)
Judge the nations in Your sight, Father, and put them to fear,
that they might know themselves to be but men. (Psalms 9:20)
Father, the whole creation groans and labors
to be delivered from the bondage of corruption,
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:21-22)
Send forth Your Spirit of Truth to bear witness of You, (John 15:26)
and to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8)
Cause them to repent and to turn from their idols. (Ezekiel 14:6)
Shake the nations, so they will come to the Desire of All Nations(Jesus). (Haggai 2:7)
Father, cause Your people to rise up. (Numbers 23:24)
Gather Your mighty ones to prepare for war. (Joel 3:11)
Bring the multitudes into the valley of decision. (Joel 3:14)
Send Your ambassadors into all the nations. (Jeremiah 49:14)
Open to them a door for the Word, to speak the mystery of Christ, (Colossians 4:3)
that the gospel of the kingdom may be preached in all the world. (Matthew 24:14)
You have declared to Your people the power of Your works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations. (Psalms 111:6)
Let every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord! (Philippians 2:10)
Cause righteousness and praise to spring forth. (Isaiah 61:11)
Let the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory
of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
Father, gather the nations together, (Isaiah 43:9)
that they may worship Thee, (Psalms 22:27)
and exult Thee in all the earth. (Psalms 46:10)
Let all the nations be blessed through Your people, (Galatians 3:8)
and let the wealth of the heathen be gathered together (Zechariah 14:14)
and be delivered into the hands of Your people for the work of the Lord. (2 Kings 22:5)
Send forth Your salvation to the ends of the earth, (Isaiah 49:6)
and make Your enemies to be Your footstool. (Mark 12:36)
(From http://www.prayingscriptures.com/nations.shtml )
God Speed Ministry’s “Bridge the Gap” Fund is an ongoing fund designed to help racers and others in the racing community through difficult circumstances that set them back financially. Donations to this fund “Bridge the Gap” until the individual or family’s circumstances and/or health are restored to normal.
Pro Stock racer Cale Aronson suffered a high speed crash at the IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals. He is currently undergoing therapy and treatment in Miami, Florida, far from his Missouri home. To help “Bridge the Gap” until Cale is 100% donate here:
All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your kindness to the Aronson family.
God Speed Ministry operates solely on the donations and partnerships of individuals and companies. In late 2013 we formed a partnership with Strange Engineering that began with the production of our unique, functional and beautiful new uniforms! Now, Strange Engineering has produced the wonderful video below highlighting several of our chaplains and giving a brief overview of what we do. Thank you Strange!
Also, check out this article about our partnership at StrangeEngineering.com.
The 3rd Annual Motorsports Ministry Prayer Summit will be held on Friday, December 12th at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN from 8am to 10am in the main dining room.
All are welcome to join the summit. “The Motorsports Ministry Prayer Summit will be two hours of encouragement and praying for one another, for God to equip us spiritually, mentally and physically,” said Renee Bingham of God Speed Ministry. “It is also a time to pray for God’s will and provision in the venues where He sends us. It is a time to pray for souls, greater opportunities of ministry and greater impact of our message in the world of motorsports and at large.
“We encourage you to attend if at all possible. Last year chaplains from RFC, MRO, IRL, CORE and GSM were in attendance. Also several individuals who just wanted to pray participated. God brought us together in a very powerful way. If you cannot attend this year, we encourage you to submit prayer requests for the Prayer Summit.”
Submit your prayer requests to Summit co-chairs Joey Keith (RFC & CORE) email@example.com or Renee Bingham (GSM) firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also submit requests to join the Facebook group Motorsports Ministry Prayer Summit. This page is an ongoing way to motorsports chaplains to pray for and encourage each other throughout the year.
Mark the date & time on your calendar. Pray wherever you are. Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 8—10 a.m.
To RSVP for the events contact Renee or Joey:
Renee Bingham email@example.com 704-692-2452
Joey Keith firstname.lastname@example.org 918-809-8603
A non-denominational chapel service will also be held at the PRI Show on Saturday morning (12/13), 8-8:30am in Room 237. This is also open to all PRI Show attendees. Message will be provided by Chaplain Joey Keith. Please come enjoy this wonderful time for motorsports-enthused Christians to join together in celebrating Christ.
At the 2014 Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, two longtime IHRA officials were injured in accidents. Marc Kinton, head of safety and rescue for IHRA, had to be airlifted to University Hospital with head and shoulder injuries. Soon after, Thomas Czaplicki was rushed to the same hospital after he wrecked his scooter in responding to an on-track accident.
While Marc was released from the hospital and cleared to fly home on schedule, Thomas’ injuries were worse than originally thought. He had to remain in the hospital in Edmonton for several days before being transported to a hospital closer to his Virginia home.
While thankfully both Marc and Thomas are on the mend, they are still out of work. While pay checks have ceased the living expenses and medical bills continue. They are now dealing with the stress of finances when they need to be focused on healing.
God Speed Ministry has set up a fund to help alleviate some of the financial pressure. All money donated to this fund will go directly to Marc and Thomas. As one racer said to Renee Bingham after Marc’s accident, “These are the guys who help us when we need help. Now it is our privilege to be able to help them.” Here’s how you can help.
For Online Donations Click on the Donate Button below.
Mail Checks To:
God Speed Ministry
141 EA Bingham Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
**Please write Man Down Fund on the memo line.
God Speed Ministry will also be accepting donations at the IHRA World Finals in Memphis TN.
All donations will be split equally between Marc and Thomas. Thank you in advance for supporting these two wonderful men who always do their best to support the racers, fans and staff at the IHRA events.