In one of best ever Parkruns this year (73.2% age-graded Age Grade explained), I did the 5K (3 miles) in 22mins 42 secs– just down on my best this year and less than a minute down on pre-hip replacement. It was down to prayer for God’s enabling, quality training, a good night’s sleep, rest day from running yesterday, light racing shoes and pushing myself as hard as I could even though I was in “no man’s land” with no runners ahead to chase or behind to keep ahead of. Thankful. Citius-Altius-Fortius…Faster-Higher-Stronger even at my age!


Another video



Race over the Glens

This is a very tough, seriously up and down trail race along the sides of Antrim’s deepest, glacially produced, glens namely Glenariff. It is 6.5 miles. It usually takes place on January 1st annually, but this year because New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the race was moved to January 2nd. The car park was full to overflowing as 366 runners plus families and other support, arrived. It was cold, and there were many icy patches. Although it is tough, the uphill sections so steep that you must walk, I always enjoy this race. I actually enjoy letting myself go on the downhill sections taking the brakes off most of the time, catching up many competitors. I beat a fair number of much younger folk and finished fourth male over 60, in just over 53 minutes (winner was 36!) The medal was pretty, using the flyer motif with picture of the glen. See below. Mark Kelly of Ballymena Runners produced an excellent video which can be viewed below…




Excess belly fat! Unhealthy!


No need to spend money on a new fad exercise regime although the intro here is all true. The ONLY way to get off the fat is to burn more calories than you eat hence-eat less (more fruit and veg and less stodge) AND do regular aerobic exercise outside or inside-cycling, swimming, elliptical trainer or rower. And it will take time! A few pounds lost per week can add up to a stone in a month!


New Testament teaching on food, drink, other habits.


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New Testament on food laws.

Sung Psalm 119:17-24

Read   Mark 7:1-23

Modern arguments for keeping the OT food laws might include:

  1. Christ as our example who kept them.
  2. The idea that all God’s truth and commands are eternal.
  3. The idea Christ in passages like the above addresses traditions, not commandments.

But Christ clearly teaches that no food, per se, defiles (v15), rather it is our total depravity that defiles us, issuing in wicked thoughts, words and actions. The Pharisees were majoring on hand-washing, which of course is hygienic, but which had become traditional legalism.

The Pharisees and their successors today (Anabaptists, cultists and some fundamentalist denominations) are guilty of adding man-made traditions to their rule of life which usually displace God’s commands (Matthew 23:26). The danger is of making food “fads” real religious scruples (Romans 14) and forgetting much more important matters (Matthew 23:23). Legalism will either distract or even damn the works-righteous person! We discussed, at some length, eating, exercising, smoking and other habits that affect our bodies and there is no doubt that two principles ought to underlie all we do namely, that we reap what we sow (Gal.6:7-8) and we are called to wise stewardship of our bodies (I Cor.6:20, Heidelberg Cat L.D.40).