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2016 Bible Reading Marathon Leesburg

04/09/2016 - Loudoun Awakening hosts the 9th annual Bible Reading Marathon (BRM) on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It will begin Saturday at noon, April 30, 2016, at the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library patio. The readings will proceed until midnight each evening and renew at 6:00 AM each morning until Thursday, May 5th, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the Leesburg National Day of Prayer.

The BRM is seeking volunteers to participate by signing up in advance to read. Area pastors are the featured Scripture readers for the first hour. Each church, synagogue, civic organization, bible study group, choir, prayer group, youth group and ministry are encouraged to sign up to read the scripture for 1 hour. It is recommended that a least four people and as many as eight or ten plan to read during the hour.

The call is to read the Bible from cover to cover (Genesis to Revelation) over the week-long event. During the six day-five night 90 hour readings, participating Marathoner's will come from many countries and read the Bible in numerous languages. This is an awesome opportunity for the body of Christ to come together, proclaiming and declaring the Word of the Lord for our community. This Bible reading event provides folks the opportunity to pray and worship with people and families while accomplishing their business in downtown Leesburg. So please come out and experience this blessed, spirit filled, anointed and mighty week. For more information or to sign up to read, visit http://www.loudounawakening.org.

The public reading of the scriptures from 6 am to midnight, Saturday through Thursday is a public proclamation that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” 2 Timothy 3.

The Bible is a book like no other. Even if you’ve never read the Bible, its stories and psalms, phrases and proverbs have trickled into our everyday lives. It is the book that has influenced Western culture more than any other. The sacred text has been judged the most influential book ever published.

BRM Coordinator Gwen Armstrong believes that a unified public reading is about God speaking to us through the Scriptures and that gets our minds eager to understand what the Bible says to us and enables our hearts to become more open. Therefore Scripture is worth more than all this world can ever offer.

“I have been recently hearing in my spirit the Lord saying, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son....." John 3:16 and 'Love your neighbor as yourself...’ Mark 12:31, she said. “I'm believing for God to do great things this year through the BRM. The BRM Team is asking God to bless the reading of His Word and our community. We are praying to God for the Body to come together in one accord so we can all be in total unity and agree on the reading of the scriptures. I am personally requesting for His loving kindness to be poured out upon all of us in Loudoun County,” Armstrong said.

We’re reading the Bible publicly, not to draw attention to ourselves, but to draw attention to God and what God says to us in the Bible, which we believe to be His Word.

Our reading from Psalm 19 says that the Word of God written in the Bible is more desirable than gold, sweeter than honey; it brings joy to the heart, enlightenment to the mind, and new life to the soul.

People have asked about the value of a public reading of the Word of God. There is great Old Testament precedent for the recognition in that great book-centered worship service reported in Nehemiah 8:8, “They [the priests] read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave it sense so that the people understood the reading.”

Our earnest desire is to reveal to our community the powerful Word of God. The Bibles transforming power is guaranteed. Jesus Christ set the example of how important the Word was to Him and should be to us. When tempted by Satan, Jesus quoted the Word. “Man does not live by bread alone; but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” – Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3.

Gwen Armstrong
Bible Reading Marathon Coordinator
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BRMThe Loudoun Awakening tent is positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library patio.

Bible Reading Marathon Schedule:

Saturday, April 30 from 12 p.m. (noon) - 12 a.m.
Sunday, May 1 from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Monday, May 2 from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Tuesday, May 3 from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Wednesday, May 4 from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Thursday, May 5 from 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

A final thought:

The Bible is the set of writings understood by Christians to be God's Word, revealing his nature and his will for mankind. The word "Bible" is simply a transliteration of the Greek "biblion" which means "book" and by capitalizing it, the Bible is understood to be the preeminent book, the revelation of God.

The Bible is a collection of 66 different manuscripts called "books" which describe the two Covenants between God and man. The Old Testament is the first 39 books, describing the Old Covenant, God's covenant with man through the nation of Israel. It was a covenant which met the needs of the people until the time that Jesus came into the world. Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah (or Christ), revealed the New Covenant which is recorded in the New Testament, the latter 27 books of the Bible. The New Covenant is an addition to the Old Covenant and describes the relationship that God desires to have with man, enabled by the work of his Son, Jesus.

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