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Male and Female: Eve vs. Artemis

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The discussion so far: 1) In the Beginning
2) A Suitable Helper 3) Partners in Sin 4) Women in the Old Testament, part 1
5) Women in the Old Testament, part 2 6) Creation 2.0 7) Rockstar Women of the Early Church 8) Was Paul Sexist? 9) 99 Problems, the church in Corinth .......
I think after nine parts to this series a little recap is in order. I’ll try to make it quick. If you’re one of those “SKIP RECAP” people on Netflix, feel free to scroll down a bit. But if you haven't read parts 1, 2, and 3 yet - do that now before continuing. Those posts will be referenced quite a bit.
In the beginning God created male and female in his image as equals. They were partners in bearing his image to the rest of creation. The relationship between man and woman was to reflect the divine, loving community within God’s own being. In Genesis 2, it was not good for the man to be alone, so woman was created as the man’s “helper,” a word which was nearly exclusively used for God himself. In other words, man w…

Mountians

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What is it about mountains? Have you ever wondered why humans have stood in awe of these geological wonders since the beginning of time? In my experience, there has been nothing else in nature that can take my breath away like a beautiful, powerful mountain range rising miles above the surroundings. Nothing else in nature has made my jaw drop, heart race, or head spin like one of these magnificent giants.

It is interesting that for most peoples of the world mountains have been regarded as sacred, holy, divine, mysterious, and have been customary places of worship, meditation, or other religious ceremonies and rituals. I don't believe this is a coincidence. I think God intentionally set mountains up as places upon which we can feel close to him and feel his incredible power.

It was upon a mountain that God place the ark and showed Noah the rainbow.

It was upon a mountain that God tested Abraham's faith in offering his son, Isaac.

It was upon a mountain that God called out to Moses …

Quick Letter from God (from Psalm 139)

My dearest child, I have searched your heart, and I know you. I know when you sit down and when you stand back up. I understand your thoughts even though you may feel like I am too far above you. I care about the paths you choose in life, and I want you to know that it is OK to rest every once in a while. I know you better than you know yourself, and I know what you need. Even before you speak I know what you are going to say. I know everything that is on your heart, and you don't have to be afraid to say it. Stop worrying about where you are going in life because I'm watching your back and leading you by the hand. You can't possibly comprehend everything I have in store for you, and that's OK because I know what I'm doing. Trust me. I just want to reassure you that I AM here for you. There is nowhere you can go that my Spirit is not. You cannot outrun me or leave my presence. I AM always with you. If you go up into the sky, even outer space, I AM he…