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Tommy D'Aprile joins the GSM family of Chaplains!

Tommy D’Aprile joins the GSM family of Chaplains!

ed Ministry, the Official Ministry of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), is happy to welcome two new chaplains to their ministry team. Neal Muylaert of Bowie, Az. joins God Speed Ministry (GSM) in the role of IHRA Division 7 Chaplain. Neal also serves with Racers for Christ (RFC). It is not uncommon for chaplains to be certified with both GSM and RFC.

Keeping with the theme of ‘racers ministering to racers’ Neal is no stranger to the drag strip. He loves to race his ‘mobile witnessing tool,’ a black Rambler lettered with scripture.  “I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with God Speed Ministry,” told Neal. “This feels like a good fit for me with my interest in cars. This is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to it.”

Just in time for the inaugural PDRA event, GSM welcomes PDRA racer Tommy D’Aprile to their family of chaplains. Like Neal, Tommy is also an RFC Chaplain and has years of experience behind the wheel of the Mel Bush owned Pro Modified entry. He also has been a fixture in professional eighth mile drag racing ministry, conducting services at the late American Drag Racing League events. Tommy will continue his ministry now with the PDRA series as he shares his love of God with his fellow racers and fans: “I am excited to see what God has planned and am grateful for the opportunity to work with God Speed Ministry. It’s going to be a great year!”

“God Speed Ministry is so grateful to have these two men join us as we share God’s love with the world,” expressed Renee Bingham, GSM President. “Neal and Tommy are both answers to prayer. At the Board of Directors meeting and annual conference we prayed for ‘the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His field’ and He has. Our goal is to double the number of people serving God through God Speed Ministry. The need is great as America is now the third largest mission field in the world. Other countries are sending missionaries to America.  It is time for God’s people here in the U.S. to step up just as Neal and Tommy have done.”

God Speed Ministry is always open for volunteers and chaplains. Opportunities to serve include kids and teen ministry, worship, speaking, greeting, praying, setting up for services, manning a display table, and more. If you are interested in learning more about joining the GSM team, email Pattie@GodSpeedMinistry.com or call / text 704-473-4212 to see how you can make a difference.

1My son, if you will receive my words, And lay up my commandments with you; — (take possession and lay up as one does treasure is to store up as in “out of the treasure or deposit of the heart.” God’s words are wisdom are to be deposited into us as a source from which to live. God Commandments become the gears of life. Every decision and movement is based on God’s commands. Do the “Do’s!”)
2So that you make your ear attend unto wisdom, (this is a constant ongoing process)
And your heart incline to discernment; (to incline is to lay upon. We are to lay our hearts with its purposes intents and will before God; not be proud; have no fight or objection to God)
3Yes, if you call for understanding, (We are to call aloud for understanding. With His voice God created everything that exists.)
And lift up your voice for discernment; (Raise your voice for understanding. Understanding is taking the wisdom/truth you have heard in God’s word and being able to correctly apply it to your life.)
4If you seek her as silver, (Compare this to mining for silver. It requires work and action. Silver and Wisdom are worth mining to find.)
And search for her as for hid treasures; (What would we sacrifice or do if we knew the exact location of a hidden treasure? God’s treasure is here for ANYONE who searches for it. God hides it to protect it but He readily tells us where it is and then helps us find it when we choose to seek it.)
There were 4 verses of doing. Now comes the RESULT!

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Happy April Fool’s Day!  What better way to launch April than to look at the foolishness that has invaded our lives and eliminate it!

Today we start a study of Wisdom versus a fool in the book of Proverbs.  The purpose is to see where our lives do not align with God (foolishness).  Any area that is contradictory to God’s word must change if we desire to live the Abundant Life God desires for us to live.  Repent means to change the way we think which changes the way we act.  (My notes are in italics.)

1The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

2To know wisdom and instruction;  ALL people can know skillful and Godly Wisdom and instruction.  Wisdom is from God. To comprehend the words of understanding; 

3To receive the discipline of wisdom,  We must receive instruction in wise dealing. Justice, and right, and equity;

4To give prudence to the simple,  Prudence is given to the simple.  Prudence is subtlety – insinuation craftily calculated to arouse natural curiosity.  Father give me prudence in dealing with people.  May I awaken their natural curiosity to learn and know You!  To the young man knowledge and discretion;  Youth are given knowledge, imparted from others rather than from self.  Seek wise mentors.

5That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning, The wise hear and gain information.  And the man of understanding (how to apply) may attain unto wise counsels; steer his course rightly

6To understand a proverb, and a figure;  The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.  God knows everything.  He imparts His wisdom to us.  We must apply ourselves to gaining understanding of His wisdom.  Otherwise we are fools.

7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;  Reverent and worshipful awe of the Lord is the beginning, the principal, choice part of knowledge – its starting point and its essence.   But the foolish despise wisdom and discipline.  Father show me any area where I have despised wisdom and discipline.  Where have I believed the words of the world over Yours?  Have I considered Your words old-fashioned and out of touch?

8Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the teaching of thy mother;  The wise person listens to the instruction (application for life and dealing in business and with people) of their father and the teaching of their mothers. (Mothers impart kindness and gentleness, nurturing)

9For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, And chains about thy neck.  Wisdom brings honor.  It adorns our bodies and lives.

10My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not. They entice to do evil.  We must be lured to do the things that destroy us because it goes against the image of God within us.  Only through lies and deceptions of false benefits do we forfeit our life.  The fool is lured from the pathway of life, encouraged by promise of delights until they are captured in the consequences.

11If they say: ‘Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, The life is in the blood.  Fools are obsessed with death.  They are anti-life which is anti-God.  The wise focus on life and righteousness – the ways of God.   Let us lurk for the innocent without cause;  Evil needs no reason to do evil.  It preys on innocence and weakness.

12Let us swallow them up alive as the grave, And whole, as those that go down into the pit;

13We shall find all precious substance, We shall fill our houses with spoil;

14Cast in thy lot among us; Let us all have one purse’—  Fools rob others.  They “steal, kill and destroy” like their father the devil.  (John 10:10) Fools exchange the life they were created to live by God for the lure of things of earth that rust, rot and ruin. 

15My son, walk not thou in the way with them, Restrain thy foot from their path;

16For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17For in vain the net is spread in the eyes of any bird;

18And these lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk for their own lives.

19So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof. Where do we pursue things more than God?  Are we being lured onto the path of foolishness?  Where do we lift our voice against another in judgment, condemnation or ridicule?

20Wisdom crieth aloud in the streets,  Wisdom cries out loudly.  She can be heard in the streets!  She uttereth her voice in the broad places;

21She calleth at the head of the noisy streets, At the entrances of the gates, in the city, she uttereth her words:  Wisdom is loudly crying out everywhere people gather to guide them and guard them if only we will listen.  Listen today for the wisdom of God in every place you are.  It is easily available to ALL.

22‘How long, ye thoughtless, will ye love thoughtlessness? And how long will scorners delight them in scorning,  They are self-confident, not God-confident.  And fools hate knowledge?

23Turn you at my reproof; Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.  God’s voice is always call to us.  Let us listen!

24Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man attended,

25But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof;

26I also, in your calamity, will laugh, I will mock when your dread cometh;  If there is fear or dread of evil in an area of life, it reveals contrariness to God.  We have chosen our way rather than God’s.  He is calling us onto the right path.  He extends His hand to guide and help.

27When your dread cometh as a storm, And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; When trouble and distress come upon you.

28Then will they call me, but I will not answer, They will seek me earnestly, but they shall not find me.  Wisdom was there all along.  God was trying to save us.  Foolishly we chose our way rather than listen.  Now we must bear the consequences of our choices.

29For that they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the LORD;

30They would none of my counsel, They despised all my reproof.

31Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way,  The curse can only come because we allow it and choose it.  God does everything to protect us and guide us.  He constantly calls and woos us.  Too often we choose our own ways and devices. And be filled with their own devices.

32For the waywardness of the thoughtless shall slay them, And the confidence of fools shall destroy them.

33But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet without fear of evil.’  Peace and security are the fruit of Wisdom – listening and following God’s ways.  Dear Lord, reveal any foolishness in me today.  Give me grace to turn and follow You.  I choose Wisdom.  Take my hand, Father.  Guide me.

Blessed Father,
We come to sing Your praise.
We will not be outdone by the birds.
We will shout Your praise from the mountain tops.
We will sing of Your glory in the deep dark ravines.
You are with us everywhere.
Let us lift our eyes to see You.
Let us offer the screen of our imagination and allow You fill it.
Reveal Yourself to us today O Lord,
That we may be more boisterous in our worship and praise.
Let us see You in Your glory as Isaiah did.
You are no respecter of persons.
What You did for him and for Apostle John You desire to do for us.
We would see You O Lord.
We would see You in order for our worship to be purer and higher.
Come Blessed Father,
Reveal Yourself to us today.
Let us set our minds on things of heaven.
Let us envision the heavenly realm where peace, joy and righteousness reign.
Come Blessed Father.
Be known to us today.
Selah!

 This prayer is often called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” because of those parts of it which seek God’s protection. It is also sometimes called “The Deer’s Cry” or “The Lorica”.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through the confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the Judgment Day.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of demons,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.

Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation

Redeemer God, Rescuer of Souls,
Come near today as we pray.
You see us where we are.
You know the depths of our despair.
You lift us to the heights of immense joy.
You are there if we slip into the miry pit and are consumed.
You await our call for help because You have chosen to give us CHOICE.
You long for us to ask that You may rescue.
How stubborn we are in our pride!
How deluded we are by tradition and error.
Stay, dear God. Never forsake us.
Woo us with Your love.
Enlighten us with Your glory.
Wipe the scales from our eyes.
Lift our fallen heads to gaze into Your adoring eyes.
Help us we pray.
Rescue us from the enemy of our souls.
Restore Your glory to us Your creation.
Set our feet on solid ground.
Cleanse us from the filth of sin.
Clothe us in Your righteousness.
Let Your praise resonate from deep with us.
May we praise You!
May we extol our God who Redeems.
May we exalt Your glory to all the earth.
May the world be filled with the knowledge of You, O God!
Amen.

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