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May 24, 2013

McFarlin launches ‘The Bible in 90 Days program

NORMAN — With this week’s tragic events in Moore, several have turned to prayer and, more specifically, the Bible to find comfort and peace.

Reading the Bible can be confusing for some and intimidating, too. So to help aid in the efforts of grasping the meaning of the Bible, McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church will launch The Bible in 90 Days on Sunday .

The program was developed by Ted Cooper Jr., a business man who attended a non-denominational church.

“He decided a man of faith, as he considered himself, should read the Bible. So he decided he was going to read it, 12 pages a day. He finished in 90 days,” Executive Program Director of McFarlin, Michael Andres, said. “As he tells it, half way through the Old Testament, he realized ‘I want to be a follower of Jesus.’ The redemptive narrative of scripture begins at the beginning and not in a manger. What Ted realized was that everything he was reading in the Old Testament led to the revelation of Jesus and the understanding of what it means to be a church and a disciple in the New Testament. At the end of it, he took it to his church leaders and said ‘I think as a church, we need to be doing this.’”

The readings will begin Sunday at McFarlin. Readings will precede Sunday sermons beginning June 2.

“Within each week’s readings, we will choose one of the main characters from the main story that they have read and give them a chance to teach and preach about what they’ve already read. They will be coming each week having read what we are about to say more about,” Randy Wade, associate pastor of LifeLine worship, said.

With 18 of 24 Sunday school classes and six other small groups participating in the program, Linda Harker, senior pastor, is pleased that the congregation has supported The Bible in 90 Days.

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