Bible marathon planned over 3 days

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By Mary Alford

News Enterprise

Hardin County is about to take part in a marathon, but instead of running 26.2 miles, participants will read the 66 books of the Bible.

The 2018 Kentucky 120 United Bible-Reading Mara­thon is a statewide event inviting Kentuckians to join and read the Bible. In Har­din County, the event kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1 at Elizabethtown Police Department, 300 S. Mulberry St. The goal is to read the Bible out loud in three and a half days.

“It’s 90 hours of straight reading,” state and Hardin County coordinator Michelle Smith said.

Eliza­bethtown City Council presented a proclamation Mon­­day designating the week of Jan. 1-8 as Bible Reading Week.

The proclamation said 2018 marks the third year Kentucky has “led the nation in celebra­ting the Bible’s significant impact on Kentucky and Amer­ican institutions and culture by leaders in each county taking shifts to read through the entire Bible.”

Hardin County also participated in the statewide event in 2017.

The Bible marathon originated from pastor Mark Har­rell of Victory Christian Fellow­ship in Somerset. The first Bible marathon was in 2016.

“We began this two years ago as a vision to share the word of God out loud in its entirety as a declaration that the Bible is the final authority,” Harrell said in a statement. “We were just going to host the marathon with local pastors and their churches, but we felt the Lord say, ‘Expand it to the whole state.’ We want to see God move in Kentucky. I believe reading the word of God in unison over our state can help make that happen.”

For more information, contact Smith at 502-645-8922 or ky120bible@gmail.com or go to the event’s website, Ky120bible.com.