Eliud Kipchoge breaks his own world record to win Berlin Marathon

Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has set a new world record at 2:01:09 on his way to winning the Berlin Marathon for the fourth time. Kipchoge slashed 30 seconds from his previous world record of 2:01:39.

The 37-year old experienced marathoner employed a different strategy to that which propelled him to victory in 2018, where he run at a steady pace in the first half of the race. In contrast, he run the first 22km in under 59:51 minutes keeping him on track to beat the two-hour mark barrier.

From the 30Km mark, Kipchoge run all by himself with Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu as the closest opponent.

His pace dropped in the second half of the race, making the two-hour mark barrier impossible to beat but he was able to set a new world record.

He previously won in 2015, 2017, and 2018 editions of the Berlin marathon and placed second in the 2013 edition.

Kipchoge returned to the Berlin Marathon, where he set the previous world record of 2:01:39 in September 2018. He broke Dennis Kimeto’s world record set in 2014 slashing  1:18 minutes.

In 2019, Kipchoge became the first person to run the marathon in under two hours, with an unofficial time of 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria.

Kipchoge has 19 marathon starts and recorded 76 wins with just two losses at the 2013 Berlin Marathon (he finished second to Wilson Kipsang, who set a then-world record) and the 2020 London Marathon (he was eighth).

He has won four world marathon majors (London, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo) with course records at London, Berlin, and Tokyo and two  Olympic titles (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020).

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The great Eliud Kipchoge shattered his own world record to win the 2022 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in an astonishing 2:01:09.
The Kenyan set a searing pace in the first half of the race, clocking 59:51 at halfway to put him on course for an improbable sub-two-hour time in an official race.
His final pacemaker departed at 25km and it was left to the double Olympic champion to keep the speed as high as possible as he chased another slice of history on the streets of the German capital.
Staying on course to break two hours was never likely, but as the kilometers ticked by it was becoming increasingly evident that Kipchoge’s existing record of 2:01:39 was about to be consigned to the trash can.
It was only in the final 5km that the chances of sub 2:01 began to fade, but when he stopped the clock in a barely believable 2:01:09, the crowd erupted on the side of the road having witnessed the greatest marathon runner of all time axe 30 seconds off the record.
“I am so happy to break the world record in Berlin,” said the 37-year-old. “I planned to go out fast in the first half and I always said I would be happy to run a course record. If that translated to a world record, so be it.”
Mark Korir took second place in 2:05:58 with Tadu Abate third in 2:06:28.
The records were not finished with either.

A blistering women’s elite race ended with Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa shattering the Berlin course record with a time of 2:15:37 to run the third fastest time in the history of women’s marathon running.
Her previous best over the distance was 2:34:01 set in Riyadh in March of this year.
Assefa was trailed home by Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru in 2:18:00 – also under the old course record, and Ethiopian, Tigist Abayechew in 2:18:03.
“I wasn’t afraid of my rivals, even thought they had faster times than me,” said Assefa, who takes her place on the all-time list behind Brigid Kosgei and Paula Radcliffe.
Kipchoge repeated his mantra that he will “only chase one rabbit at a time” following this history-making run, but has already declared his desire to become the first man to win all six Abbott World Marathon Majors races.
On this evidence, that is an entirely realistic prospect.


Where Our Focus Should Be

So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?
Acts 1:6
After His resurrection, Jesus said to His disciples, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8 NLT). This statement was prompted by the following question from the disciples: Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom? (verse 6 NLT). The disciples thought that the Messiah, Jesus, had come to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth. This was why it seemed like a mistake when He was crucified.

But as the Scriptures foretold, the Messiah would come first to suffer and die for the sins of the world. Then He would return to Earth and establish His Kingdom therein.

Jesus told them, The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know (verse 7 NLT). In other words, Guys, will you get over this already? I’m not going to establish My earthly kingdom right now. That will come later. Stop focusing on when I’ll return and instead focus on what you are to do until I return.

Today, there are still people asking when Jesus is coming back. And an occasional misguided person will say they know the date of Christ’s return. But Jesus said, No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36 NLT).

Our focus, therefore, should be on what we’re supposed to do while we await Christ’s return. The early Church had a job to do, and so do we. Jesus’s words in Acts 1 were not only for the first-century believers. He is still calling us to tell people everywhere about Him

Northern Cape BWD Rally, Theme:Missional Woman, The just Shall leave by faith, Habakkuk2:4, Venue: Batley West,Date:29-30 October 2022

Northern Cape BWD Rally, Theme:Missional Woman, The just Shall leave by faith, Habakkuk2:4, Venue: Batley West,Date:29-30 October 2022
Northern Cape BWD Rally, Theme:Missional Woman, The just Shall leave by faith, Habakkuk2:4, Venue: Batley West,Date:29-30 October 2022

Northern Cape BWD Rally, Theme:Missional Woman, The just Shall leave by faith, Habakkuk2:4, Venue: Batley West, Date:29-30 October 2022


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God’s Secrets

Certainly the LORD God does nothing unless He reveals His secret plan to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The LORD God has spoken! Who can do anything but prophesy? Amos 3:7-8 NASB

God’s prophets had a special calling. Their assignment was to be His servants, delivering the messages He gave them. They needed special sensitivity to know when God was speaking and to understand what they were to do and say.

This required having a special relationship with Him, one of intimacy and trust. Amos was one of those people. He spoke only in designated moments when he felt compelled to speak the message God gave him to deliver.

God even entrusted secrets to servants like Amos. These were private things not readily apparent to others, things known only to God and those to whom He chose to reveal them.

We can see why God was so pleased with Amos. He was trustworthy, faithful, and committed to Him. Amos was sensitive to God’s voice and the leading of His Spirit, ready to serve Him, regardless of consequences or circumstances.

Who are God’s servants today? They are people who develop an intimate relationship with Him, listen to Him, fill their minds with His Word, are sensitive to His voice, and are ready to do what He asks. These are people to whom God reveals His secrets. These are His trusted servants.

Seek to develop a more intimate relationship with God. Be committed to serving Him. Listen to His voice. Be ready to hear and sensitive to His Spirit. As He speaks to you, be faithful to do what He asks.

Praying to Our Sovereign God

God gives us the privilege of participating in His work here on earth.
James 5:13-18

Prayer is the heartbeat of the believer’s walk with God, and He commands us to pray about everything (Phil. 4:6). But we sometimes wonder what kind of influence our conversations with the Lord really have, and we find ourselves asking the following two questions:

If God controls all things, why does He want us to pray? He’s self-sufficient and needs no help to accomplish His purposes, so what could any of us possibly contribute?
Would God’s plans fail if we chose not to pray? The Lord isn’t subservient to us. His plans are contingent only upon Himself. He works all things according to the counsel of His will, not necessarily on the basis of our prayers.
These truths reveal the Lord’s grace toward believers. He doesn’t need us, yet He’s chosen to include us in His eternal purposes by letting us participate in His work through prayer. Though we may not understand the influence our prayers have, we know God chooses to use them in achieving His purposes.

So keep praying. Being consistent in prayer helps maintain a sense of humble dependence upon the Lord. And answered prayer produces increasing trust in Him, along with greater gratitude for His sovereign care and protection.


Remember The Lord’s Mercy Never Ceases

Yahweh is merciful and does not treat us as we deserve but spares and rescues us from judgment, harm, danger, and trouble. His angels rescue and shield us from death, destruction, and accidents. Although we might notice, many times preoccupation with our immediate concerns blinds us to the car that narrowly missed hitting us, the disease that passed by, the thwarted thief, and the gun that misfired. The love of Yahweh preserves and rescues with incredible mercy!

Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
(Lamentations 3:21-23 NLT)


Serving Two Masters

Luke 16:1-13 (16:13)

Lots of people in this modern day know the rules of money in this world today. Money tells us to get all we can, no matter who gets hurt. Money tells us to measure people’s value by how much money they have or how much they make. Money always wants “more, more, more!” And of course, “those with all the money make the rules.”

Isn’t that the way things so often work, in our world today? How about in your neighborhood? How about in your group of acquaintances? What about in your workplace or with the politicians in your town? Aren’t the rules of money the most important thing in the world, for so many people? 

How different are the practices of the Kingdom of God! This is another in the series of sermons we have about the Topsy Turvy Teachings of Jesus! Here again, the Rabbi Jesus tells a parable that absolutely turns the worldly teachings about money upside down. And of course, the ideas of how justice works in God’s Kingdom are very different from the way things work in this fallen world. Talk about Topsy Turvy Teachings of Jesus!

When Jesus talks about money, people often feel weird. I mean, everyone has a close relationship with money, don’t we? At some time or other, who hasn’t worried about how much money we have, or where the money is coming from, where money is going, or how much money we will need for the future? Seriously, all those questions have crossed my mind, and I am sure they have crossed the minds of many people listening to these words!

            I reflected about the parables of Jesus where He refers to money. Overwhelmingly, it is the attitude people have towards money that concerns Jesus! This reminds me of a children’s Christian video series called Veggie Tales, with anthropomorphized vegetables and fruits. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber were two of the stars of this series. One particular video showed Madame Blueberry who loved buying things. Sure, she bought lots of lovely things, and lots of clothes, and lots of furniture; everything of every kind that made a home an attractive place to be. But, her crammed-full home had a whole lot of stuff in it.

            And then, one day, a brand-new super store opened just blocks from her house. The super store was called Stuff-Mart. Madame Blueberry couldn’t wait to go shopping, yet again! I suspect we all can guess what happened. Madame Blueberry bought so much more stuff at “Stuff-Mart” that her cartoon house finally blew up because she brought so many more bags and more boxes and more furniture into it.

            What kind of relationship do you and I have with more money? What kind of relationship do you and I have with more stuff? You know, the stuff money can buy, whether it is smart phones, or the latest style of shoes or clothing, or the fancy cars or up-to-the-minute laptops or video screens. Or swank houses, or fancy vacations, or the prettiest, shiniest jewelry.

            It’s not that any of this stuff is bad, in and of itself. Some of it is pretty, and functional, and sometimes really cool. But, as Bible commentator Carolyn Brown says, Jesus tells us is that how we use our stuff is important. We can be selfish with our stuff, [and with our money] not sharing with others. We can spend all our time thinking about and messing with our stuff [and with our money], never taking time to see what people around us may want and need from us. We can forget that who we are is more important than what we wear and what we have.

            I realize that in this society we live in today, we need at least some money to survive. Money is the means by which we purchase food, clothing, housing, and transportation. We cannot exist – at least here, without some way of getting money.

            Two thousand years ago, in Palestine, society was not too much different. Money can do a lot of good, and money can do a lot of harm. Our Lord Jesus spends a large percentage of His time in the Gospels talking about money, preaching parables about money, and discussing how His followers are to relate to money, finances and possessions.  

            Jesus closes today’s parable with some sobering words: No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Money is something we think we need, and most of our lives revolve around money. We have built systems where we rely on money (and our ability to earn it) as opposed to relying on other people and bartering for goods and services. So how can we, as Christians, have a healthy relationship with money?
Two thousand years later, this parable is still challenging us. We are still faced with important questions about the place of money – and stuff – and finances – in our lives today. Like the manager in the parable today, our relationship with wealth is complicated.

Serving  two masters

            Jesus’s parables explain how things work in the Kingdom of God. Carolyn Brown says “The child’s version of Jesus saying is who you are and what you do are more important than what you have. That is our Lord’s way of ending this particular parable.

We want to have our cake and eat it, too. As our Prayer of Confession today reminds us, we so often want to be a friend of the world, and still be friends of God, too.

Perhaps this parable is calling us to self-examination and repentance? We can see Jesus clearly tells us: No one can serve two masters.

We strive to seek God’s blessed, topsy-turvy kingdom! And remember: the best relationship we can possibly have is the one with God – not with money, and not of this world. Not with stuff. Jesus wants each of us to have a closer relationship with God, our heavenly Parent! And, that will set our feet toward God’s Kingdom, for sure.