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Region 8 church has "The Story" to tell

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ in Paragould is participating in an eight-month test study for one of the biggest Christian Publishers Zondervan Publishing Company. The material is taking one of the oldest books in the world and delivering like a novel. It's not only peaking interest in the community, but bring the congregation closer together.

A new bible study is making the bible more approachable. It's call "The Story", and it's delivering the bible in a narrative form.

"It's a story that has a really good flow to it. You can follow the characters as God has placed them in the Bible. You don't lose track," says church member Terry Grey.

Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ is a beta test church for the new material. The entire church, young and old, is reading the bible from beginning to ending. "Everyone in the congregation, little ones to big ones, are on the same page," says Grey.

But the study doesn't just include the reading material, the Pastor Larry McFadden says the church is taking advantage of different social media outlets. "There is a generation that is a little bit younger that really depends on blogging and twitter, and facebook. This will draw them in and give them something to relate to," says McFadden.

The facebook page sparks discussion on the lessons and reading material. Church members, like 10 year old Houston Grey, are even blogging from week-to-week. "I'll write a blog sometimes with my family my dad, mom and my little sister," says church member Houston Grey.

"I think it's going to reach out to people of all ages. It's very simple. It's very easy for people to access. You can access it at any time, and all of this technology just makes it that much greater," says Terry Grey.

And while it's only been a few weeks, the congregation has already seen an impact.

"It will help you learn more than if you're a child reading a big bible and you don't understand most of it," says Houston Grey.

"You can kind of see yourself there. You can put yourself in their place and you can see that God is alive and working in your own life," say church member Sue McFadden

Pastor McFadden says they already have nearly 1,200 followers on Facebook, and 700 people who have obtained copies of the book. Once the test study is complete, Zondervan hopes to make the complete study available to the public later in the fall.

For more information on the "The Story", just go to the church's website at http://www.7thandmueller.com/

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