Bible Study Essentials: 5 Benefits to Knowing God's Word | alyssajhoward.com 2
Bible study is something that most Christians would agree is an important part of our faith. It is after all the Word of God, or as the apostle Paul put it, God-breathed. When I first started seminary, I’m not sure I completely understood what I had signed up for. I had studied the Bible my whole life, so this should be easy right? (Or so I thought…) The truth is that I learned a lot about the Bible and how to study it – things I had never learned before in my entire life of being a Christian. So I […]

Bible Study Essentials: 5 Benefits to Knowing God’s Word


The One Thing the World Needs Most | alyssajhoward.com 9
What the world needs most right now is not more preachers, churches, or Christians preaching judgement and hell. No. What the world really needs is the light. We need Christians who are not afraid to shine brightly in the darkest of places. Christians who aren’t ashamed to be different – to stand out.   You see, the world has a problem. And that problem goes beyond violence, crime, and hatred. The world has a darkness problem. We’ve gone so far into the dark that we can’t see what we’re doing or where we’re going. The right thing to do has […]

The One Thing the World Needs Most


5 Reasons Why Christianity Stands Alone | alyssajhoward.com 4
Christianity isn’t just another religion. It’s different. It has the ability to supernaturally transform hearts and lives. It literally is the source of life itself. While the world tells you that you have to be better in order to be worthy, Jesus saw you as worthy enough to die for… even at your worst. And while religion is typically rigid and all about rules, God simply longs to be with us. Yes indeed, Christianity stands alone. And here are 5 more reasons why:   God longs to be intimate as our Father, not some distant being in the sky. He wants […]

5 Reasons Why Christianity Stands Alone



Why I Will Never Be a Religious Person | alyssajhoward.com 9
If someone were to ask me what my religion was, I would probably respond by saying that I’m a Christian. But that wouldn’t exactly be the truth. You see, in reality I don’t consider myself to be a religious person. In fact, I hate religion. Here are just a few reasons why…   Jesus spent much of His ministry coming against “religion.” You see, the Pharisees were the religious leaders of the day. And by religious, I mean that they were all about the Law. They loved the Law so much that they added countless laws to it forcing the Jews to […]

Why I Will Never Be a Religious Person


8 Ways to Honor Our Parents as Adults | alyssajhoward.com 5
Family relationships are important to God. This is made clear all throughout His Word. I’ve always believed that our earthly relationships were put into place to demonstrate our spiritual relationships. For example: God is referred to as our Father. His role in our lives is very similar to that of parents and their children. He provides for us, protects us, guides us, nurtures us, etc. And as His children, we are called to obey Him for the same reason a child obeys their earthly father – He loves us enough to say ‘no’ when we need to hear it.   […]

8 Ways to Honor Our Parents as Adults


6 Ways We Sabotage our Role as Ambassadors for Christ | alyssajhoward.com 1
Most of us associate the word “apostle” with the New Testament disciples, but the term actually originated before Christianity. It stems from the Greek word apostolos meaning “one who is sent away” or “messenger.” You see, the Romans had a much higher goal in mind than to simply conquer the world. They desired to make the whole known world Roman, and one of their many methods of bringing Roman culture to the world included sending out an “apostolos.” Similar to our modern-day ambassadors (who are sent with a purpose), they were well-equipped and given authority by the government to demonstrate what it truly […]

6 Ways We Sabotage our Role as Ambassadors for Christ



God is Painting a Masterpiece (and that masterpiece is you!) | alyssajhoward.com 10
Have you ever struggled to stay positive? Maybe there’s a difficult circumstance in your life that keeps you awake at night. Maybe you’ve been battling a chronic illness or even depression. Or maybe you’ve been dealing with tragedy and aren’t sure how much more you can take. Regardless, we’ve all been there. We all deal with things we’d rather not have to deal with.   My mom has been battling chronic illness. In all honesty, doctors aren’t even sure what to call her “illness.” All she knows is that it is draining and painful. Not knowing the cause or the […]

God is Painting a Masterpiece (and that masterpiece is you!)


4 Reasons to Never Get Offended (even when someone offends you) | alyssajhoward.com 4
When was the last time you were offended by something or someone? Most of us don’t see a whole lot of harm in being offended. After all, it’s a natural reaction. Someone says something that is cruel or just doesn’t sit right with you. Or maybe someone you thought was a friend completely ignores you. We’ve all been offended, and I’m sure we’ve all done our fair share of offending.   But is getting offended the right way to handle things? Sure, it’s a natural reaction, but should it be our reaction as children of God?   Here are four […]

4 Reasons to Never Get Offended (even when someone offends you)


The Power of Sin (or lack thereof) | alyssajhoward.com 2
Sin is such an ugly word. Many of us live our lives believing that we will always struggle with sin – that the power of sin still has some kind of hold on us. It’s all around us, and we are constantly being tempted by the world. Did you know that not one time in the New Testament is a believer called a “sinner”? God’s Word defines a sinner as someone who still walks in their old sinful nature. They choose to live apart from God and reject His Son. We were sinners, but that is no longer the case. In […]

The Power of Sin (or lack thereof)



Honoring the Sabbath Rest | alyssajhoward.com 3
This is the final part of a series I am working on about honoring the Sabbath and what it means for believers today. Feel free to catch up by reading part 1, part 2, and part 3.   I distinctly remember learning the Ten Commandments as a little girl in Sunday school. Every one of them made sense to me except for one… honoring the Sabbath. What did that even mean anyway? Did going to church on Sunday mornings count?   As an adult, this topic only grew more confusing. In the Bible, the Sabbath was always Saturday. God rested from His work at Creation on […]

Honoring the Sabbath Rest


Did Jesus Break the Sabbath? | alyssajhoward.com
This is part 3 of a series I am working on about God’s Sabbath rest and what it means for believers today. Feel free to catch up by reading part 1 and part 2. Now to answer the question… Did Jesus break the Sabbath?   The Sabbath was a controversial issue between Jesus and the religious leaders of His day. They constantly accused Him of breaking the Law by breaking the Sabbath. But did Jesus break the Sabbath? Some would say no. Some say that He simply broke the religious (and often ridiculous) rules that the Pharisees had assigned to the day. Others say, however, that […]

Did Jesus Break the Sabbath?


The Purpose Behind God's Sabbath Rest | alyssajhoward.com 5
This is part 2 of a series I am working on about God’s Sabbath rest and what it means for believers today. You can read part 1 here.   If you’ve been around Christianity a while, then you’ve probably heard about how often Jesus spoke to the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath day. These religious leaders had taken what God had intended to be a holy day of rest, and transformed it into nothing but work, stress, and rule following. Essentially, they had missed the entire purpose behind the Sabbath.   In the Old Testament, the Sabbath was all about one thing – rest. […]

The Purpose Behind God’s Sabbath Rest



What Does It Mean to Honor the Sabbath Day? | alyssajhoward.com 12
When it comes to the Ten Commandments, eight out of ten begin with the phrase “you must not.” There are two, however, that don’t begin that way. They tell us what to do rather than what not to do. The first of those two commandments speaks of the Sabbath day.   “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This […]

What Does It Mean to Honor the Sabbath Day?


Motherhood Made Me Crazy (and why I'm okay with it) | alyssajhoward.com 1
Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of one day being a mom. I had no idea what that actually meant as a child, but I knew that I had it in me. I didn’t just play with my baby dolls… I loved them and took care of them. It wasn’t until I officially entered motherhood that I realized the gravity of taking care of another human being. It’s a lot of work!   With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my journey as a mother….   Stress – Motherhood brings with it […]

Motherhood Made Me Crazy (and why I’m okay with it)


8 Reasons to Trust God Even When Things Are Up in the Air | alyssajhoward.com 1
I’m a worrier. I’ll admit it. When faced with a problem or uncertainty, I will keep myself awake at night analyzing every detail… especially when I have no control over the issue. Why do I do this to myself? Why can’t I just trust God like I’m supposed to?   My husband and I are in the process of selling our home and buying a new one. Everything… and I mean everything is up in the air and out of our control. We found a buyer and our “dream” home, but anything can fall through at a moment’s notice. That’s a […]

8 Reasons to Trust God Even When Things Are Up in the Air