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“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” And so, our Route 66 journey through the Bible began.

I volunteered to write this brief article because I was blessed to be one of the 66 participants in the Route 66 class this year.

The class was not limited to this number; that fact was coincidence. It was also the largest Route 66 class size to date.

The class consisted of high school and college students, moms, preachers, counselors, seminary students, retirees, and many people with full-time jobs. People who cannot be physically present join in faithfully every day through Zoom. Our morning sessions are rapid-paced, interactive, and highly productive. The caliber of scholarship and love of teaching demonstrated by our primary and guest teachers is a delight to experience. Their preparation is evident, and they are diligent in ensuring that we approach the Word in full context as a cohesive whole.

One of my classmates shared, “I think we are living in a time where biblical literacy seems to be at an all-time low and falling. Route 66 has provided an amazing opportunity to dive into Scripture for almost 2 hours every weekday morning with amazing teachers. Deeper study and understanding of the Word leads quickly to a deeper love for the Lord and the application of the many truths learned. Route 66 has helped me feel more confident and capable as a discipler.”

You may be saying to yourself that the investment of time is considerable. I understand. It took me a year to work up the nerve to join the class. I waffled, and I waited, and I did some other things . . .while time kept on rolling. Fast forward to today, having now completed half the class, my only regret is that it took me a year to get started. And it is not any kind of sacrifice at all. It is a blessing!

If I could share one message about Route 66, it is this: Don’t miss the opportunity to dedicate this time for an amazing opportunity to grow in your knowledge of the Lord.

Another blessing you’ll receive is the people you take Route 66 alongside (live & virtual). It is such a great group that stretches across many seasons of life and time with the Lord. The discussions are rich, fun, and such a wonderful bonus.

Search your heart and see if you can find a way to make the Route 66 journey. It comes with a “no regrets” guarantee.

AUTHOR: Ann Dodd, Contributing Writer