7 Biblical Reasons to Exercise

I came across this inspiring article written by a gentleman called Fritz Chery. Have a read. Comrades will be a mere pup for you after this (ha, ha)! I especially like no.6.

It is always good to exercise to be prepared for anything that God calls us to do, but Christians must be careful.

While there are many biblical and health reasons for exercising, always watch out for vanity because if you are not careful exercising can be a huge idol in a believers life, especially when it comes to bodybuilding and weightlifting.

Are there benefits to exercising and can Christians do it? Yes, but should that be a believers main focus? Of course not because godliness and spiritual training is more important than physical training.

1. We honor God by taking care of our bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 10:31. So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Romans 12:1. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

2. It is valuable, but of course it is not more valuable than godliness.

1 Timothy 4:8. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

3. Our bodies are members of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:15. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!

4. To discipline yourself.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Proverbs 25:28. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

5. It will help with gluttony.

Philippians 3:19. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

Proverbs 25:16. If you find honey, eat just enough too much of it, and you will vomit.

Proverbs 23:2. And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.

6. It will help with laziness.

Ecclesiastes 10:18. Laziness leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house.

Proverbs 12:24. Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

Proverbs 10:4. Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 10:5. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

7. You will be healthy.

3 John 1:2. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Other benefits of exercising

You will be a positive example for your kids in this slothful generation.
To be physically healthy for doing God’s will.
It helps you sleep better.
Exercise reduces stress and fatigue.
To stay attractive for your spouse.
It helps with high blood pressure.

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Comrades entries now Closed!

You will not believe it but the Comrades entries are Closed. We notice on the Comrades web that the sale of the entries this year was unprecedented.

In the history of the Comrades Marathon, entries have never been snapped up as quickly as they are going for next year’s Up Run.”

  Read more here

So S4J team, we do hope you have secured your number.

Comrades and the whole experience has been so good to the S4J brand in the years gone by. We have been able to do so much good for the people of Sudan:

  • We have been able to fund the drilling of a borehole in Nimule, Southern South Sudan
  • We have sent 100 000 Sudanese dialect Bibles to the refugee camp in Kakuma in July of last year
  • We were able to assist our Children’s Fund partners with funds for their upliftment work in the Nuba Mountains
  • And this year we will be able to assist the Beja People of North Eastern Sudan with Social Upliftment Programs.

This season is going to be super exciting as we are planning three recruitment drives at races and we are extending our presence into the corporate world as well.

We wish all our friends at S4J a safe and injury-free training program up to Comrades. We promise you…we will see you on the road.

Warm Regards – Eddie

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S4J – love of running for a greater cause

The S4J (Sudan4Jesus) has just released a short video to share the story of how elite runner, Renier Grobler combines his love for Jesus and running for a greater cause. Renier is part of the S4J team of athletes and buddies to raise funds to help the people of Sudan and South Sudan.

Renier in top gear at the Comrades Marathon. He is part of the S4J team that runs for a greater cause.

Renier is an elite athlete. In the past four years he achieved two top 20 positions in the Comrades Marathon and two top 10 positions in the Om die Dam 50 km marathon.

To WATCH the S4J video, click on this link.

To view the various projects the S4J is involved with, click on this link.

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The INSPIRING STORY of Lorinda – a beacon of hope at S4J at Triple Challenge

Actually how God used every person in this story was inspirational. Yet when it REALLY mattered, this woman’s courageous heart encouraged a remarkable breakthrough on an amazing journey.

The THREE men, Shane van Dam, Louis Malan and Gavin Pansegrouw at the start to run THREE marathons in 30 hours at THREE different venues.

Last year Gavin Pansegrouw contacted Norman at the S4J office with the idea of doing the Triple Challenge as a fundraiser for S4J. By now it is HISTORY…the S4J at Triple Challenge happened and exceeded expectations as a fundraiser for the Water for Sudan project that forms part of the S4J.

The S4J at Triple Challenge consisted of a TEAM of athletes, running THREE marathons at THREE different venues, in 30 hours. These marathons were 1) Wonderpark Akasia Marathon on the Saturday morning 2) Ottosdal Nite Race (marathon) on the Saturday afternoon / evening, and 3) Johnson Crane Hire Marathon on the Sunday morning.

There were THREE athletes that signed up for the THREE marathons, i.e. Gavin Pansegrouw, Louis Malan and Shane van Dam. The rest of the team consisted of Gavin’s parents Jake (driver for the journey) and Christine, Lorinda Engelbrecht (Gavin’s girl-friend), Vanessa Malan and Norman Johnson (from the S4J office).

The team gathered at Gavin’s residence in Randfontein on the Friday, ready to get up at 2:00 on the Saturday morning to travel to the Wonderpark Akasia Marathon on the Saturday morning. The race had a huge attendance and was exciting to experience as the FIRST leg of the S4J at Triple Challenge.

After the Wonderpark Akasia Marathon: the group consisted of Shane van Dam, Louis & Vanessa Malan, Norman Johnson, Jake and Christine Pansegouw, Gavin Pansegrouw and Lorinda Engelbrecht.

After the race, the team moved on to Ottosdal Nite Race. We arrived on a lovely sunny afternoon, meeting up with quite a number of other S4J athletes, friends and acquaintances. Shortly after the marathon started, an incredible storm brewed with strong winds, rain and thunder. Afterwards Gavin shared that at times he was really concerned for their safety.

S4J at Triple Challange team seeting up camp at the venue at Ottosdal.
Group foto withLorinda Engelbrect, Jan & Benita Coetzee from Warden, Gavin Pansegrouw, Jaco de Jager, Norman Johnson, Shane van Dam and Louis Malan.

Lorinda also joined the S4J at Triple challenge team during this race. The support team waited for the athletes in soaking rain.

It was amazing to await Gavin and Lorinda at the finish line. For Lorinda to have finished this marathon in these harsh conditions with a personal best time, was just phenomenal.

Lorinda completing the Ottosdal Nite race in a personal best time for her for a marathon.
Gavin and Lorinda extremely happy about having a wonderful run in extreme conditions.

Right then, things turned to the DRAMATIC side. What seemed like hours, with everybody now EXHAUSTED, we were driving through non stop rain. The alternator of the kombi were giving problems resulting that we could not drive this almost 300 km journey faster than 60 km per hour.

This seemed like a disaster. Where the whole team we’re supposed to move straight to Benoni for the Johnson Crane Hire Marathon, the proverbial wheels seemed to have come off. It seemed that we had to travel all the way back to Gavin’s residence in Randfontein and that the THIRD of the marathons of the S4J at Triple Challenge were just NOT going to happen.

It was right then that Lorinda about 2 am in the morning made this BOLD statement. “We SAID that we would do ALL THREE marathons…therefor we WILL run all three marathons!” By the time we got to Gavin’s residence, a DECISION had to be made. It  was this: THREE of the team: Gavin, Lorinda and Norman got into Gavin’s car, head of to Benoni and were in time for the Johnson Crane Marathon.

The LAST man standing…

 

Gavin ran and completed the marathon. What bravery of these two love-birds (Gavin and Lorinda) to have seen out the journey. What an amazing privilege to have been with them ALL the way.

Lorinda still tired the next morning after having ran the Ottosdal Marathon the previous evening and then during right through the night to the Johnson Crane Marathon. Yet her loyalty to Gavin and the S4J just beyond description.
We did it! Praise you Jesus. Gavin and Lorinda in high spirits after the S4J at Triple Challenge was successfully completed.

One other S4J athlete, Jaco de Jager, al ran all three of the marathons that formed part of the S4J at Triple Challenge, but that story needs to be told in another article.

The S4J at Triple Challenge fundraiser for Water for Sudan.

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Gavin’s quest for the S4J at Triple Challenge

 

Gavin Pansegouw is an athlete, part of the S4J team of athletes, aiming to bless the people of Sudan and South Sudan through the Triple Challenge weekend of 27 -28 January 2018. Gavin is using the Triple Challenge as a fundraiser through the S4J and invites friends to join him in this.

Below is a note he posted on his Facebook page, giving more detail on how to become involved.

“Hi Friends

After the Broken collarbone, the triple challenge has become slightly more daunting…But it will be done.

As this is a Charity event, the idea is to raise funds for S4J. I would like to ask that each runner attempting the triple pay an entrance fee of R250, directly on to the Page below. 

I am trying to get a decent long sleeve training shirt donated for your efforts, which will be given on completion of this event (Completion means each run needs to be done in under 5 hours, so if you run 03H00; 03H00 and 05H01 that equals failure )

https://www.backabuddy.co.za/gavins-triple-challenge-for-s4…

Here are the plans

Friday evening the 26th , we gather at my place in Randfontein! have a braai and meet our Drivers Jake & Christine

Saturday 27th 03H30 …leave for Akasia…
Saturday 27th 06H00 … Race Starts
Saturday 27th 11H30 …Leave for Ottosdal

Saturday 27th 17H00…Race Starts
Saturday 27th 23H00…Leave For Johnsons Crane

Sunday 28th 06H00..Race Starts
Sunday 28th 11H30…Braai at finish with S4J Team (Norman to confirm)
Sunday 28th 15H00..return to my house in Randfontein

I have a 8 seater Bus, and a trailer available for this, please can you let me know who is in for the trip so i know if i have enough transportation for this event

Bus Seats taken
1) Jake Pansegrouw – Driver
2) Christine Pansegrouw – Co – Driver
3) Lorinda – Host and Ottosdal runner
4) Gavin – Triple participant
5) Louis Malan – Triple Participant
6) Shane van Dam – Triple Participant
7) Hazel Moller – Triple Participant
8) Justin Sher – Triple Participant
9) Lindsay Van Aswegen – Triple Participant

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