The Bible Reading Marathon, May 2-7, 2020: Has been postponed due to health restrictions at this time. We have requested September 19 to 24 for the Bible Reading Marathon, to coincide with the National See You at the Pole event for schools. Once we have final confirmation, we will update the website, Facebook, and app.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2019 Bible Reading!
- Saturday, April 27 12:00 Noon to Midnight – Pastor’s open 12 – 4 pm
- Sunday, April 28 6:00 AM to Midnight
- Monday, April 29 6:00 AM to 11:59 PM & YOUTH NIGHT 5 PM- Midnight
- Tuesday, April 30 6:00 AM to Midnight & INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 6:00- 10 PM
- Wednesday, May 1 6:00 AM to Midnight
- Thursday, May 2 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Mark your calendars now for the 13th annual Bible Reading Marathon in Leesburg, Saturday, May 2 – Thursday, May 7, 2020. The community will be invited again to be a part of a tradition that is thousands of years old! “The word of God” – the books that now comprise the Old Testament were collected by the Israelites and revered as divinely inspired by God for hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. In fact, the Old Testament recorded events where God’s people gathered and stood for hours, listening to the scriptures being read aloud. At that time, of course, there were just a few copies of the sacred texts, and the only way that people could learn God’s Word was to hear it read aloud.
In that tradition, Loudoun Awakening hosts the 13th annual Bible Reading Marathon on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It will begin at noon on May 2nd, 2021, on the marathon site at the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library. The readings will proceed until midnight each evening and renew at 6:00 AM each morning until Thursday, May 2nd, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the National Day of Prayer.
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).
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.
The Bible is truth. It is the truth. It has the power to touch and change our lives. The Bible enables us to know the will of God and to live a life pleasing to Him, because the Bible, all of it, is the Word of God.
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 Bible’s 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.