No Longer United: How to Have Peace in the Body of Christ | alyssajhoward.com

No Longer United: How to Have Peace in the Body of Christ

Scrolling through my newsfeed, it’s pretty clear that we are far from united. And I’m not just talking about our country… I’m speaking of the church. This division isn’t new. Our church has always faced divisiveness; so much so that Jesus prayed for our unity shortly before His death and resurrection. He KNEW that we would struggle to be united. The good news is that peace in the body of Christ is possible through the Holy Spirit. We need to be united in Him. But how do we do that when we all have our varying theologies and ideals? How on earth are we supposed to get along? Continue Reading

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Church

We all have different methods of finding a local church to attend. Some of us go where we have the most friends. Others pick churches for their amazing worship team or inspiring sermons. Some of us like a more traditional feel, while others prefer a more contemporary vibe. Truth be told, many of us will attend several different churches throughout our lifetime. Our personal preferences change, we move to new cities, we get married, etc. We all have our reasons for attending a new church. So is there a “right” way to go about choosing a church to attend? Continue Reading

When You Don't Have a Church Home | alyssajhoward.com

When You Don’t Have a Church Home {Why Bother With Church}

I grew up in the church, and I never once questioned the benefits of attending. In my mind, it was simply something Christians were supposed to do. We worship together, give offerings, hear a sermon, and recharge for the week ahead. I always loved church. Perhaps it was my time spent on the worship team or the fact that I’ve always loved to study and learn. Regardless, I looked forward to Sunday mornings.

 

About four years ago, my husband experienced a major disappointment at our church home. He was a major part of the worship team, words were said, feelings were hurt, and it felt as if things were crumbling beneath us. The church itself crumbled as well. Nearly every person we knew left to attend elsewhere. It was a mess.

Deeply wounded, my husband asked if we could take a break. He was extremely burned out and wondered if and how he would ever feel “at home” again in a church. Continue Reading

The Church is Full of Hypocrites (and I am one of them) | alyssajhoward.com

The Church is Full of Hypocrites (and I am one of them)

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian.” This was a phrase I heard a lot growing up. I was taught that it’s about the choices you make – how you live your life.

The church is full of hypocrites – people who claim God as their Savior but never their Lord. We want to be rescued. We want to be saved. But don’t tell us what to do or how to live our lives.

The church is full of hypocrites. And I am one of them.

 

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Church... Do I Really Need to Go Every Week? | alyssajhoward.com

Church… Do I Really Need to Go Every Week?

This question is becoming more and more common in today’s culture. I grew up in church my whole life, and as a believer, attending church simply came with the territory. I never questioned going because I believed that it was something Christians were fundamentally called to do…much like prayer and reading the Bible. It wasn’t until I started attending public school (and left the comfort of my Christian private school) that I started meeting people who claimed Christianity but didn’t see the need to attend a weekly church service. This threw me for a loop. Honestly, I knew that going to church didn’t make you a Christian. I just didn’t understand why someone would not want to go. Continue Reading