Loudoun Bible Church
Ordinary People Serving Our Extraordinary God.
Almost everyone has heard the story about the Baltimore mother, Ms. Toya Graham, who pulled her son from the riots a few weeks ago. She will be sharing her testimony this Sunday, May 24 at The Zoe Center during Loudoun Bible Church's 8:30 and 10am Services.
Toya Graham, made headlines after she caught her 16-year-old son, participating in the recent Baltimore riots. “When the cameras are not there and it’s just me and my son and I’m trying to show him right from wrong, and then you get to a situation like that and you see him doing wrong you just react, because you teach him better than that,” Graham said.
Graham is a single mother of six, and when she received a phone call that local schools were closing early she went to the protests, where she saw rioters throwing bricks at police. That’s when she spotted her oldest son and attempted to get him out of harms way. Toya said she was trying to not only protect her young son, she has 5 other children who also need to be protected.
Graham's tale is a doleful reminder of the frustrations many single mothers feel when dealing with challenges associated with the care, survival and success of their young sons. Her story galvanized a national debate over how we define our heroes and promote the positive side effects of establishing a strong mentoring relationship: healthy social engagement, effective communication skills, improved academic performance and lifelong community service.
Toya Graham's controversial stand to eject her son from a volatile situation may have spared his life. But there are other young men in the line of fire looking for more than a lifeline. They're counting on the love and sacrifice of mentors to inspire and help lift them over life's ever present hurdles.
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38 missionaries have received scholarships for short-term mission trips totaling over $16,000
Originally established by Purcellville Baptist Church, the Loudoun Missions Foundation (LMF) is now an independent nonprofit organization focused on providing funds in the form of scholarships to individuals who desire to participate in short-term mission trips with local churches, and grants for special mission projects.
So far this year, the LMF has helped 38 missionaries with scholarships for short-term mission trips totaling over $16,000. The scholarship recipients are affiliated with 8 different churches, and scholarships were awarded for 12 different short-term mission trips. All of the recipients are from or affiliated with a church in Loudoun County, which is one of the criteria for applying.
The scholarship recipients will be serving people around the world in Hungary, Romania, Bahamas, Guatemala, Haiti, Maine and a Lummi Indian tribe in Washington State. In each of these places they will share the word of God and assist with home repairs and service projects and teaching children about the Bible.
The purpose of the LMF is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world by supporting mission trips and missionaries-in-training from Christian churches and organizations in Loudoun County. By providing scholarships and other resources, the foundation helps equip those willing to serve for the work God has prepared for them.
LMF has also established the Loudoun Missions Roundtable, which meets three times per year so that Loudoun County churches can collaborate and learn from each other. Each church shares the short-term mission trips and local missions activities in which they are involved and may choose to publish these on the LMF website, which serves as a clearinghouse for mission trips.
To learn more about the Loudoun Missions Foundation, visit loudounmissions.org/
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The following churches and organizations have participated in the Loudoun Missions Roundtable:
Christian Fellowship Church | http://www.cfellowshipc.org
Reston Bible Church | http://www.restonbible.org
Leesburg Church of The Nazarene | http://www.leesburgnazarene.com
Leesburg Church of The Nazarene, Hispanic | http://www.leesburgnazarene.com
Destiny Church | http://www.destinychurch.info
McLean Bible Church | http://www.mbcloudoun.org
Rising Church | http://www.therising.cc
Catoctin Valley Community Church | http://www.catoctinvalley.org
Evergreen United Methodist Church | evergreenchurch.net
Leesburg Community Church | http://www.leesburgcc.org
North Fork Baptist Church | http://www.northforkbaptist.com
Bethany United Methodist Church | http://www.bethumc.org/
Blue Ridge Bible Church | http://www.brbible.org/
Hamilton Baptist Church | http://www.hamiltonbaptist.com
Loudoun Missions Foundation | http://www.loudounmissions.org
Patrick Henry College | http://www.phc.edu
Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church | http://www.potomachills.org
Purcellville Baptist Church | http://www.purbap.org
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church | http://www.stpetes.net
Harmony United Methodist | http://www.harmonychurchva.org
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" - Matthew 7:24.
A Judeo-Christian Event
Loudoun Awakening hosts the 8th annual Bible Reading Marathon (BRM) on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It will begin Saturday at noon, May 2, 2015, 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 7th, 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 many 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.
“The influence of the Bible is worldwide,” wrote Arthur Pink, the English Christian evangelist (1 April 1886 – 15 July 1952). “Its mighty power has affected every department of human activity. The contents of the Scriptures have supplied themes for the greatest poets, artists and musicians which the world has yet produced, and have been the mightiest factor of all in shaping the moral progress of the race.”
BRM Coordinator Gwen Armstrong agrees. “The word of God is sharper than a double-edged sword,” she said. “The word is alive - it comes alive in you as you read it. It changes people. How can you not read the scriptures and just fall in love with what God is telling you?”
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.
Bible Reading Marathon Coordinator
Bible Reading Marathon Schedule:
Saturday, May 2 - 12 p.m. (noon) - 12 a.m.
Sunday, May 3 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Monday, May 4 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Tuesday, May 5 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Wednesday, May 6 - 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Thursday, May 7 - 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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