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Texas mayor issues official proclamation declaring 2014 ‘Year of the Bible’ for town

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A North Texas mayor has proclaimed 2014 the “Year of the Bible” in an effort to encourage the community to read through the entire Bible “and not be ashamed to talk about it.”

Tom HaydenOn December 16, 2013, Tom Hayden stood with church leaders throughout the Town of Flower Mound and issued the official proclamation during a council meeting.

“Today our country, our Town, is faced with many challenges, challenges that are beyond our own abilities and require wisdom, grace and compassion from God…I ask that you join with me, Tom Hayden, mayor of the Town of Flower Mound, Texas, in proclaiming 2014 to be the “Year of the Bible” in Flower Mound, Texas and encourage all residents, in their own way, to examine the principles and teachings found in the Bible,” he said.

Hayden said he had the idea “in his heart” for two years, but was “scared” to do it.

However, he told the assembled residents, he came to the “revelation” that he really needed to issue the declaration because “God puts people in certain places to use them and if you don’t, He takes things away.”

“The Year of the Bible has two parts: the genesis of Hayden’s proclamation borrows heavily from former President Reagan’s almost identical proclamation in 1983, and quotes various presidents while pointing out America’s founding documents are Biblically-based. The second part is a Bible-based website: thebible2014.com,” in collaboration with Calvary Chapel of Flower Mound, according to a report from KDFW Fox 4 News.

According to the website:

On December 16, 2013, Mayor Tom Hayden of Flower Mound made a proclamation declaring 2014 “The Year of the Bible” for the Town of Flower Mound. His desire was bring our town back to a Biblical foundation which our country was founded and built upon. His vision is that as a Town, as many as wanted to participate, would as a community read through the entire Bible in a year together.  With much prayer going into this endeavor we are excited to launch this website as a connecting point to fulfill the Mayor’s vision.

Using the “One Year Bible” program, which divides the Bible into 362 daily readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Psalms and Proverbs in sequential order, the participant will read through the whole Bible in a year by spending about 15 to 20 minutes a day on their daily reading. The website will have each day’s reading posted on the site along with links to the “One Year Bible” itself.

Although the proclamation is “not law, not voted on by the Flower Mound City Council and not an official town action,” the Fox 4 report noted, Hayden said, “The morality that helped build our country is based on the values that are found in the Bible. And as we look at problems, maybe we’re getting away from those values. And in my little small way, I want to encourage people to get back into those values.”

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