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Tama County Bible Reading Marathon completed

July 21, 2019
By Phyllis Dunlap - Bible Marathon Tama County Chair , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County completed the Vision of the Iowa Bible Reading Marathon Sunday, July 14, at 7:14 a.m.. The vision for 2018 and 2019 was taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14. (opt) " If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.") As all 99 Counties read a section of the Bible, God's Word, the whole Bible was read over the State of Iowa from Genesis to Revelation.

A group gathered on the lawn of the Tama County Courthouse from different cultures and different churches for the reading.

The service opened with prayer and the blowing of the shofar. Opt. (Numbers 10:8-9 tells us "The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets/shofar. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord you God and rescued from your enemies."

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Pastor Kenny Mervin, Meskwaki Friends Assembly of God Church, Tama, offers a prayer during the Tama County portion of the Iowa Bible Reading Marathon on Sunday morning, July 14, on the Tama County?Courthouse lawn in Toledo.
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/John Speer

The blowing of the shofar especially in the Old Testament was for many reasons. It was blown when receiving the tablets of the Law, Rosh Hashanah, commitment to God, seek repentance, call for spiritual awakening, call to gather for worship, usher in the presence of the Lord, symbolize freedom and liberty, sound the alarm for war, battle, spiritual battle and even the return of the Messiah and the Rapture of Jesus Bride, the church.)

Blowing the shofar at the courthouse gathering were Andres Mejia Perez and John H. Martinez Soicho.

The Tama County section that was read was Psalms 123 to 134. After completing the reading of the Word, prayers were offered up for the church, county, the state of Iowa, the nation, and the world. The time was ended with the singing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic , God Bless America lead by Carter Spore. and the shofar again.

Opt. All 50 states and 267 nations were invited to read for this vision. Iowa had confirmation that 12 nations and 14 states were involved. Iowa in sort of in the heart of the nation. We are working to bring this country back to its original founding's.

This event helps to fulfill the scripture in Hebrews 4:12. "For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart." We are in a spiritual battle, rise up and fight with the truths of the Word and prayer.

To God Be the Glory, To God be the Power, For Great Things He Hath Done. (My thoughts for the Morning)

-Phyllis Dunlap



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