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A Message to the Women of God by Germaine Copeland. Germane Copeland is the founder and president of Word Ministries, Inc., and author of many books including Prayers That Avail Much. In this message, Germaine calls women of God to arise and live according to God's original plan that has been restored in Christ Jesus. To access her books and prayer ministry go to www.prayers.org

Women in the New Testament: A Middle Eastern Cultural View by Dr. Kenneth Bailey. Dr. Bailey has kindly given permission for us to offer his article, "Women in the New Testament: A Middle Eastern Cultural View." This article was written in 1995. The truth about God's view of women is not new, it has been clearly stated over and over. Dr. Bailey, a renowned theologian, shows through careful consideration of scripture that biblically there is no ground for discrimination against women. It is amazing, that in the church, the tradition remains so prevalent.

A Time Past Due by Gene Edwards. Here is Chapter 1 from Gene Edwards' new book, The Christian Woman. . . Set Free. In his highly readable style, Edwards examines the origins of the negative view of women often found in the Christian church and examines the scriptures used to support this view. GWTW highly recommends The Christian Woman Set Free as an introduction to biblical equality. A review of The Christian Woman Set Free is found in the Winter 2006 Newsletter.

Just Say 'No' To Psycho-Babble by Leslie Johnson with Gary Johnson. Here is an excellent short article encouraging the people of God to judge by the Word rather than "pop-psychology theories and mindless suppositions regarding gender tendencies." Leslie is the author of Does God Really Prefer Men.

The Lord's Tsunami by Barbara Wentroble. A tsunami takes place because of a shift in the plates of the earth. That natural shift represents a spiritual shift that is releasing men and women to work together in a full and equal partnership. This article also shows how the church has been influenced by Greek philosophy rather than scripture when it comes to its traditions on the place of women.

Empirical Data in Support of Egalitarian Marriages and A Fresh Perspective on Submission and Authority by Dennis J. Preato. Groundbreaking material that calls on the church to look at the positive data on the egalitarian marriage as opposed to the traditional male headship structure. Included is a look at the biblical meaning of the word translated submission. Don't miss this one, it's fantastic.

The Choice: Truth or Tradition, Understanding the Difference Between Biblical Womanhood and Feminism by Susan Hyatt. This article is taken from Dr. Hyatt's dissertation . It helps us see that biblical womanhood goes far beyond even standard evangelical concepts and certainly is not secular feminism.

Jesus Was A Feminist by Leonard Swidler. This article concludes that our Lord, Jesus, was a feminist. He defines feminist as "a person who is in favor of, and who promotes, the equality of women with men, a person who advocates and practices treating women primarily as human persons (as men are so treated) and willingly contravenes social customs in so acting."

Jesus Friend of Women by Dr. Susan C. Hyatt. Jesus lived in "a man's world," yet He often went against the norms of patriarchal culture by treating women as persons equal with men. In general, we miss this when we read the Gospels and we fail to grasp the radical nature of Jesus' actions. This article is from Susan's book In the Spirit We're Equal. It is available by emailing Susan at --drsuehyatt@aol.com

A Biblical Theology of Womanhood for Spirit-Oriented Believers, A Course Designed for Pentecostal Charismatic Training Contexts by Dr. Susan C. Hyatt. This doctoral dissertation is a treasury of information and research in a readable and useable format. We recommend that you look at the table of contents to see the breadth of material available in this document.

The Son Re-expressing the Father's Heart Towards Women by Dee Alei. This is Chapter 7 of her book From Bondage to Blessing. Jesus continually broke with the traditions, religious law and attitudes of the time regarding women. In this chapter we see how He continually affirmed women, honoring them, encouraging them in their faith, giving them dignity, equality, value and lifting them up to the men as positive examples. After reading this you may want to order the whole book.

God's Gals by Gerald McCray. We (Barbara, Gay and Pat of God's Word to Women) are pleased to be able to put up Chapter 11 from God's Gals by Gerald McCray. Gerald contacted us a few years ago asking permission to use our website as a resource, a real complement. He also wanted to use some of the articles by Kathryn and Richard Riss, so we put him in contact with Kathryn who wound up editing his book. We are delighted that he mentions our friendship on his acknowledgments page. The book is making an impact. God's Gals can be purchased from your local Christian bookstore or ordered from either www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com

Equality by Kathryn Riss. With all the turmoil in society caused by the radical secular feminist and homosexual activist agendas, many wonder if championing women's rights in the Gospel will compromise Biblical authority, weaken the church, or undermine Biblical family values. The question is explored in Kathryn's article.

The Glory of the Lord is Upon You by Carole Scott. This prophetic message, "Get Up Daughters, The Glory Of The Lord Is Upon You!" was birthed in that vision and is empowered with an anointing prayer for women of all ages.

Equal in Creation, Male and Female Created to Co-labor with God by Fuchsia T. Pickett. The church has long misunderstood God's divine plan for the genders. He never intended for man to rule over woman. This article is reprinted with the gracious permission of Fuchsia Pickett and the magazine Spirit Led Woman published by Strang Communications

To Be Ordained or Not to Be -- That is the Question! by Barbara Collins. The word "ordain" is definitely scriptural and usually means simply "chosen" or "selected. But does ordination become a real drawback when the designation "clergy" is a distinction that lifts one out of the true brother/sister position and puts one "over" instead of "along with" the "lay" people.

A Challenge for Proponents of Female Subordination To Prove Their Case from The Bible by Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian. Dr. Bilezikian issues a challenge to prompt Christians to grapple with biblical facts rather than to accept traditional assumptions about female roles. This article is a "must read."

Should Women Serve as Pastors? By Barbara Collins. This article explores the arguments on this controversial subject.

The Sonship of Women by Cindye Coates. Many have been hindered by the generic implication of the word, "sonship." In this article Cindye declares that the time has come for kingdom women to move from the wilderness over into their covenant place, possessing that which was already possessed for them in, through and by Jesus Christ.

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