The Gospel of Peace: God’s Plan to Save the World

If you were to ask someone what their greatest wish was for mankind, “world peace” would probably be near the top of their wish list. We crave peace in our lives, in our homes, and in our communities. Yet, for some reason, many of us have resigned ourselves to the fact that we may never see such peace in our lifetimes. This world is simply a chaotic, crazy place with evil people in it. Even nature itself seems to be in on the chaos… hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters threaten our peace continually. So when the Bible speaks of peace, we often push it forward in time. We tell ourselves that peace is for the future, not for the here and now. We will have peace someday… right? Continue Reading

Health, Wealth, and Happiness: An Honest Look at the Prosperity Message | alyssajhoward.com

Health, Wealth, and Happiness: An Honest Look at the Prosperity Message

Did Jesus die for our health, wealth, and happiness? Some would say no. They would say that Jesus died for our sins, but He never promised us an easy life. If you were to ask someone who believed in the prosperity message, however, they would say yes. Jesus did in fact die for our sins, but He also died so that we could find healing, prosperity, and true happiness in this life (not just in eternity). So which view is right? Continue Reading

Is It Okay to Spread an Attractive Gospel? | alyssajhoward.com

Is It Okay to Spread an Attractive Gospel?

I recently read an article about the dangers of trying to share an attractive gospel. The writer claimed that we spend too much time as Christians today “dressing up” a message that doesn’t need to be dressed up… so much so that the meaning behind the message has been lost. And while he certainly made a few valid points, I wasn’t sure how to feel about it all. So I looked to God’s Word and Jesus’ ministry for answers. Continue Reading

4 Christian Terms That Are Often Misunderstood: The Gospel of Christ | alyssajhoward.com

4 Christian Terms That Are Often Misunderstood: The Gospel of Christ

“Christianese” is a term often used to describe words that are commonly understood among Christians, but not so much outside the church. Unfortunately, we hear some of these Christian terms and phrases so much that they lose their meaning and significance. Today’s post looks at two of these common phrases and how their definitions have evolved over the course of 2000+ years. (We’ll look at two more in upcoming posts.) Continue Reading

God Changes Hearts: Leading Our Loved Ones to Jesus | alyssajhoward.com

God Changes Hearts: Leading Our Loved Ones to Jesus

As Christians, we are called to spread the Gospel. Before ascending into heaven, Jesus gives us the famous great commission calling us to share the Good News with all who would hear. Preachers, evangelists, and pastors all do their part to share the message of salvation with the world; but where does that leave the rest of us? We all have loved ones who are in desperate need of Jesus’ love. His intention was for all of us to be a part sharing the truth. Continue Reading