Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pray with TEAM 413 before the Little Rock Marathon

Members of TEAM 413 will gather to pray before the early start and again before the regular start. We'll gather about 5:40 AM near the entrance to the pavilion to pray for all those stepping off at 6, then we'll gather there again about 7:15 for runners taking the regular start at 8.

TEAM 413 is the largest and best known ministry associated with endurance events and is dedicated to sharing the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ with those we encounter along the way.

You've probably seen the shirts before, the shirts with TEAM 413 emblazoned across the front and a Bible verse on the back. Not just any Bible verse though, but Philippians 4:13.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."--Philippians 4:13

It was two years ago at Little Rock, when I was running my first half marathon, that I first noticed one of the shirts. It was just past mile 2 when I passed a girl with the now-so-familiar verse on the back of her shirt. I didn't say anything to her then, but I thought to myself, "I want a shirt with that verse on it."

And now I have several. For the past year or so, I've worn that verse on the back of my shirt in every race. I can't tell you how many people have commented on it. Most say something to the effect of "That's just what I needed right now." Some haven't spoken at all, but pat the back of my shirt as they go by.

How many there are like me, like I was that first time I saw one, who are inspired but never give any indication, I don't know. I would imagine there are quite a few. It's certain, though, that TEAM 413 makes an impact!

So join us on Sunday, before the early start or before the regular start, as we pray for God's grace to cover the runners, volunteers, and staff at the Little Rock Marathon.

If you'd like to join TEAM 413, just visit their website and order your shirt. It's that easy! Once you have the shirt, you're a member of TEAM 413!

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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