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    Fourth Annual Bible Reading Marathon in Leesburg, Virginia
    photoLeesburg Police Chief Joseph Price kicked-off the 2010 Bible Reading Marathon by reading from the Book of Genesis. Afterward sixty people logged in at the Loudoun Awakening Tent on North King Street next to the Law Library to read on Saturday May 1, 2010. Over 275 people logged in to read the Bible during the six day and night marathon. Leesburg Councilman Ken Reid will kick-off the Bible Reading event in 2011. Patricia Phillips is facilitating the Opening Ceremony at Noon on April 30. Photo is courtesy/ Mark Gunderman.
    "All the people assembled as one man at the square...He (Erza) read from early morning until midday...and all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law" (Nehemiah 8:1-3).

    Six Day and Night-Ninety Hour Marathon Kick-off Begins With a Public Reading of the Word of God at the Loudoun County Courthouse on Saturday April 30th.

    Who: Loudoun Awakening
    What: Bible Reading Marathon in Leesburg
    Where: North King Street next to the Court House, across from Shoes Restaurant
    When: Noon April 30 through Noon May 5
    Why: Come declare the Bible as the Word of God, as recognized for over three and a half thousand years! All churches, synagogues, Christian organizations, Bible study groups, choirs, prayer groups, youth groups and their families and friends are encouraged to participate in the Opening Ceremony at the Courthouse Grounds at noon on April 30, 2011.

    Readers can sign up for BRM online or call 703-777-6502

    Opening Ceremony
    Flag Ceremony
    History / Purpose of the Bible Reading Marathon
    Music Selection – Christian School Singers
    Living Testimonies (from Annette Scheel and Gwen Armstorng)
    Reverend Dean Schultz: Scripture | Importance of the Word of God
    Processional (down brick path to the tent): Flag(s) leading the processional
    Leesburg Town Councilman, Ken Reid is to be the FIRST to read the Bible (Gen 1:1)

    Other Elected Officials scheduled to read:
    Jim Butler, Leesburg Councilman
    Mark Herring, Virginia State Senator
    Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Court
    Eugene Delgaudio, Sterling Supervisor
    Bob Wertz, Commissioner of Revenue

    photoA good size crowd came out to observe the 2010 Bible Reading Marathon Opening Ceremony on the steps of the Leesburg County Courthouse last May. The event featured the Performing Arts Ministries Children’s Ensemble led by Pastor Darryl & Paula Gilbert. Photo is courtesy/ Kristina A. Bullock.

    Bible Reading Marathon
    April 30, 2011 – May 5, 2011
    Saturday: 12 PM - Midnight
    Sunday - Wednesday: 6 AM - Midnight
    Thursday: 6 AM - 12 Noon

    National Day of Prayer May 5 at 7 PM
    The next May event will be the 60th Annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Shepherds Table at 7 PM at Prison Fellowship at 44180 Riverside Parkway, Lansdowne VA.
    The theme this year is “Rebuilding the USA” using the entire book of Nehemiah as the rebuilding strategy. The prayers spoken by pastors and layman will be specific to this subject matter. For more information, contact Reverend Jack Stagman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or telephone 703-581-4390.

    As written in the Tanach (Old Testament), this type of event traces its roots to a period in 444 B.C., where the first group of Jewish exiles returned to Israel (Palestine) from Babylonia (Iraq). This included a teacher of their law, named Ezra. The king of Persia (Iran), King Cyrus, who was a reigning leader of the vanquished Babylonia, had sanctioned this first return of exiled Israelites. Fourteen years later a second group followed from Babylonia, now under the rule of the Persian King Artaxerxes. This second group of Israelites was eager to continue the rebuilding of their Temple and under the leadership of Nehemiah, the appointed governor by King Artaxerxes, completed the task. Ezra, the scribe and a spiritual leader of this fledgling nation assembled the returned group of new citizens of the Land to hear the reading of the law, The Torah. According to the Tanach, the Book of Nehemiah, 8:1-12 records this activity. An assembly of people stood listening to the reading of the Torah (the five books of Moses) from daybreak until noon. In the New Testament churches, Paul exhorts Timothy to devote himself “to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (I Tim 4:13).

    Last year…2010
    At the 2010 Bible Reading Marathon in Leesburg (May 1 through May 6):
    More than 275 people logged in to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
    Over 65 congregations were represented from Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faiths.
    Bible Readers from 7 states were represented: Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina and Oklahoma.
    Readers ranged from 5 years to some with walkers––ageless.
    Many high school and college students logged in to read the scriptures
    The Bible was read in English, Spanish, Urdu, Korean, French and Dutch.
    The complete Bible reading finished at 9 AM on Thursday morning and after that readers selected their favorite passages to proclaim the “Good News.” At noon the group adjourned to the observance of the National Day of Prayer.
    The Loudoun Awakening tent was located on North King Street near the Law Library and although the crowds were large at times, no police officers were necessary as all knew God’s laws were in effect during this blessed, spirit filled, anointed and mighty week.
    The Sun and SON were both in abundance and shining. Hourly prayer was offered and many received prayer individually. Christian Broadcasting Network was represented by a Thursday morning reading from a Virginia Beach staff person. The banner and sandwich board aided with publicity. Many, many pedestrians and riders passed by with encouraging words of praise for the public stance of God's Word.

    Prayer Direction:
    For one another
    Favor with officials
    Sunshine during six-day event
    Different languages read with recognition from anyone passing by
    Follow-up with local churches
    Enthusiastic readers from many different churches and synagogues
    God’s protection and His Blood covering over the event, readers, facilities
    Declare over the map of Loudoun that all alien spiritual mountains be removed
    Proclaim Matthew 18: 18 - 20
    Proclaim Deuteronomy 8

    "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all" [2 COR 13:14].

    Mark Gunderman can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
    photoThe Bible Reading Marathon Leadership Team and participants in the Opening Ceremony on the steps of the old County Courthouse on Saturday May 1, 2010. We are still seeking volunteers to sign up and read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 15 minute intervals from 6 AM until 12 Midnight. Please do not miss out on this empowering and gratifying experience and bring all your children of full reading age. Lives will be changed during this six day and night-ninety hour event. Photo is courtesy/ Kristina A. Bullock.

    Note to elected officials: Jim Butler, Mark Herring, Gary Clemens, and Bob Wertz, while you may not be in uniform, it is clear from this post that you will be reading as an elected official.  You may want to reconsider whether or not you want to participate with this particular political movement.  Have any of you visited the web sites of their affiliates and sponsors?  Do you understand that you are condoning the words and actions of a far-right extremist clique?

    The Mayor may want to have a talk with Chief Price.  It appears that the Chief is endorsing a particular strain of Christian Nationalism.  If Christian Nationalism were a religion, his endorsement should be reprimanded on constitutional grounds.  But Christian Nationalism is a political movement, and he only needs to be reprimanded for engaging in politics while in uniform.

    When prayers and reading over a city of God’d word occurs, thinks begin to happen. There is an awakening ocuring in Loudoun County

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