4 Ways the Grace of God Makes You a Superhero

What comes to mind when you think of the grace of God? Grace is often defined as “unmerited favor.” And while this is an entirely accurate definition of the Greek word charis (the word from which “grace” is translated in the New Testament), it may not be the full definition of God’s grace. You see, Jesus was described as being full of God’s grace (charis), and the words that flowed from His mouth were described using the same Greek term. (Luke 2:40 and 4:22) Jesus certainly deserved God’s favor. So while grace is freely bestowed upon us by God even though we don’t deserve it, its definition seems to be much greater than simply His unmerited favor. Continue Reading

How to Reconcile God's Law and the Grace of the Cross | alyssajhoward.com

How to Reconcile God’s Law and the Grace of the Cross

Many Christians today struggle with the concept of law vs grace; and in many ways, I used to be one of them. Some teach that we are “under grace” and no longer have to obey God’s Law… unfortunately, this view leads many Christians to claim Jesus as Lord while still living lives filled with sin.

But on the opposite side of the debate, we have those who teach that we are still called to obey the Law (apart from the animal sacrifices of course). However, this viewpoint can lead to religious obedience and rule-following rather than a personal, loving relationship with our heavenly Father.

So which is it? Do we still have laws to obey even though we are now under grace? Continue Reading

4 Characteristics That Define the Grace of God | alyssajhoward.com

4 Characteristics That Define the Grace of God

I was a ballet dancer and instructor for over 15 years. Throughout my time in the dance world, I learned a lot about what it means to be “graceful.” I can tell you from experience that grace is far more than beauty and refinement. To be a graceful dancer means to be driven by both elegance and self-control. Ballet dancers long to be magnificent and polished in their abilities. Their movements are defined by strength; yet to those watching, it appears to be effortless. Continue Reading