Read big. Read real. Read together.

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The Jackson County Ministerial Alliance has launched a campaign to encourage Altus to read the Bible.

The plan is a for a 40-day reading schedule during the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, April 4. It will take place during what is traditionally known as the season of Lent, which this year is Feb. 17 to April 3.

The study plan will cover the four Gospels of the New Testament and will require about 10 minutes a day.

During Lent, many Christians will choose to give up something, to grow closer to God. Organizers are encouraging people to pick up something this year - the Bible.

A reading schedule and a free link to an online Bible can be found at www.altusreads.org/Bible. While visiting the site, please register as a participant in the Altus Bible Reading Campaign.

Adults who use the Bible daily account for 14% of the total adult population; followed by 13%, several times a week; 8%, once a week; 6%, about once a month; and 8% who use it three to four times a year.

66% of adults say they are interested in what the Bible has to say.

What if we increased the number of people reading the Bible in our churches? What if un-churched people in our community started reading the Bible? Would that change our community? We believe so.

For more community information, visit the website at www.altusreads.

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