Monday, October 3, 2011

Would you Run for a great cause? Sign Up!

Welcome to the new Run the Good Race running group!
After lots of praying time finally the format is revealed to continue my passion for Christ and my passion for running. Here it is!
Run the Good race, the small group on the run, partnered up with Team World Vision and we are now running together for a greater good. Running for a cause greater than you will help you become more disciplined, committed, purposed driven and it will also help you build endurance.
All participants will be challenged to commit to a healthier life style and to learn how to make permanent changes in diet and exercising. Once you join the group, you will be challenged to enroll for the 5K, Half Marathon 13.1miles or the Marathon 26.2 miles. We will keep the Half marathon training and run with Team World Vision Miami(60 runners!!) every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m.  Soon we might launch a group also in Ft.Lauderdale & Weston! 
Ultimately we do commit to this running & giving because we wish to honor God, if all we do is abscent of Jesus, it is all in vain. Every run will start with prayer and we will coordinate social events every 2 months.

Join our running team!
I invite you to join our team, enroll for a race, and lets truly Run the Good Race as a team for Jesus Christ. We might not change the world but we can surely make a difference! 
Julieta Reyes Flores 
Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Monday, March 14, 2011

Welcome to "Run the Good Race,  A Small Group on the Run!
We hope you join us or visit us sometime. Feel free to share your running adventures and your lessons learned in the journey of 5K's, Half Marathons and full Marathons. We would love to hear your stories and anecdotes.
Miami is a very hot place to run during all seasons, yet the panoramic views are incredible. How is like to run in your country? I pray and praise God when I am running and you? What do you think about?

Write to us, we would love to hear from you!
Run the Good Race, A Small Group on the Run
P.O.Box 330532
Miami, Florida 33233

Message in an electronic bottle!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

So at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis, they had this water fountain and still I don't have any clue about it. Was it used to provide water to those arriving in the city, was it for the people to refresh before going to worship their gods? As we walked up hill to the great ruins Annette and I were amazed how these structures have survive wars and time. These temples were erected in 450 B.C. Today they tell the story of an ancient civilization that change the life of millions of people during history as much as it influences your life and mine.
 To us visiting these ruins was like taking a virtual tour of some Bible passages. Seeing and feeling that the word of God is much alive than we can understand. We walked in Paul's shoes sort to speak, not carrying his burden but standing in place where he might have been made us focus on his dedication and his condition as man. From the Acropolis one can see and visualize the distances that Paul might have walked. In the Bible we read he went from one place to the other, but I do not believe that we think all the distances that he actually walked. In those times there were no hiking shoes or any comfort, the selection was wear shoes or not to wear.

The Apostels perished, the civilizations pass away and their customs and their
greatness is also gone. Greece is one of the poorest countries in Europe, their Empire is in ruins. All that is left from their goddess Athena Nike is a sport wear  brand. The government of Greece is trying really hard to restore the ruins, much money is spent in research and hundreds of architects work to put all the pieces together to revive the Hellenic civilization. they have spent close to a century and still they have not improve much.
God's word is precious and is still alive today, not in ruins but clear and vivid; the promises are active and prayers are heard and answered for those who believe. Our God is real. Looking at the ruins I remembered Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away". - Jesus lives!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The marketplace - Ancient Agora, Greece

Ancient Agoras, up in the hill is the Parthenon
During our visit in Athens we were amazed by the city and we tried to imagine what it was like in the days of Paul. So we looked up scripture and we explored ancient Greece!One of our trips was the Acropolis but Paul did not go directly to the high priest of the days, he went to the marketplace or what is known as Thessaloniki, the Ancient Agora.On the hill of this picture you can see the Athenian Acropolis. The building on top is the Parthenon, the temple was build to honor of their goddess Athena and was a multitasking goddess today we call that kind of woman a working woman. Athena was the goddess of war, civilization, wisdom, strength, strategy, crafts, justice and skill in Greek mythology. A huge statue was build on the hill so that the people could see her from anywhere in the city.

the ancient marketplace Agora
Acts 17:16-18
replica of the Ancient Agora
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.

The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural center, and the seat of justice. The site was occupied without interruption in all periods of the city's history. It was used as a residential and burial area as early as the Late Neolithic period (3000 B.C.). Early in the 6th century, in the time of Solon, the Agora became a public area. After a series of repairs and remodeling, it reached its final rectangular form in the 2nd century B.C. Extensive building activity occurred after the serious damage made by the Persians in 480/79 B.C., by the Romans in 89 B.C. and by the Herulae in A.D. 267 while, after the Slavic invasion in A.D. 580, It was gradually abandoned. From the Byzantine period until after 1834, when Athens became the capital of the independent Greek state, the Agora was again developed as a residential area.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Run the Good Race

Thanks to a very kind Greek reporter/photographer Nickolas Stivris who took our picture.
We have many stories to tell you, and more videos to up load for now this picture will have to speak for us. We ran the Good Race in Athens during the 28th Classic Marathon of 2010. We are most grateful to all of our small group members, Francisco, Andre, Christine, Jaime and Jennie. For our pastors, David & Milly Lema, Pastor Alex & Erin Diaz, to our families and Friends, Yin, my dear professors who hold me in prayers Prof. Mira, Prof. Wright and Prof. Medina, co-workers and all we met along this journey to Athens. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.