­čîłElohim is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the very first sentence of the bible. When we pray to Elohim, we remember that he is the one who began it all, creating heavens and the earth and separating light from darkness, water from dry land, night from day.  Elohim, the plural form of El, is used not to indicate a belief in many gods but to emphasize the majesty of the one true God.  This ancient name of God contains the idea of God's authority and sovereignty.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Gen. 1:1

What do you think it means to be created in "the image of God"?  How would your life change if you lived with the constant awareness that he created you to bear his image?
- Ann Spangler


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