The Difference Between Truth and Theology (and why it matters)

Growing up, I learned a lot about God’s truth. I also learned that the Bible is filled with His truth and can be trusted fully. In my mind, “truth” was anything pertaining to my faith in God. Then I went to seminary to study theology, and what I learned was a bit life-shaking. Some of the biblical “truths” I had come to rely on weren’t as firmly planted in Scripture as I thought. Now before I get ahead of myself, I should make one thing clear. The Bible is fully true. I believe that with all of my heart.

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Truth vs Reality: Understanding Your Place in Christ

The Bible has a lot to say about us as children of God. We are new creations, royal priests, set free from sin, partakers of Christ’s divine nature, and co-heirs with Christ. It even tells us that we are currently seated with Christ in heavenly places! But when we look around at this world, it can be difficult to claim this truth. We see ourselves still struggling with sin, and we face tragedies and hardships. We don’t feel like new creations. Many things still feel old.

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3 Lies We Believe About Repentance | alyssajhoward.com

3 Lies We Believe About Repentance

I’m honored to have this post featured at First and Second Blog! Feel free to click here to read more about the lies the enemy tries to convince us of regarding sin and repentance. 

 

Repentance is a big part of being a Christian.

Lately, I’ve been trying to teach my preschoolers about what it means to say “I’m sorry,” but I’m still not sure they completely understand the concept. They sometimes say it to avoid getting into trouble. (Didn’t we all as young children?) Or better yet, they will say it and go right back to doing what they were apologizing for in the first place. Continue Reading

Spiritual Battles: More Common Lies of the Enemy | alyssajhoward.com

Spiritual Battles: More Common Lies of the Enemy

The enemy is called the Father of Lies, and as I pointed out in a previous post, one of his favorite tactics to use in spiritual battles is to take the truth and distort it. Why? Because half-truths sound like the truth. They seem like truth on the surface so we buy into them easily not realizing that we’re being deceived. This is why it is so important for us to understand the whole truth of God’s Word. It’s the only way we’ll be able to recognize these half-truths the enemy tries to use against us. Continue Reading

Rethinking Spiritual Warfare: Understanding Our Battle | alyssajhoward.com

Rethinking Spiritual Warfare: Understanding Our Battle

Spiritual warfare is a common phrase in most Christian circles. It’s used to describe the battle between the enemy and the people of God. We often think in terms of Satan’s “fiery darts,” putting on our spiritual armor, and coming against the enemy with the truth of God’s Word just like Jesus did when He was tempted in the wilderness for forty days. It’s the understanding that there is a spiritual battle and we, as Christians, are soldiers in this war. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses for When You’re Emotionally Drained

Have you ever been emotionally drained or tired? As the mom of two preschoolers, I’ve been there. (And if I’m being honest, the phrase “emotionally tired” is often a serious understatement!) Going to God for strength is something I need to do on a daily basis. But if I have learned anything, it’s that He is ALWAYS faithful! I am so thankful to serve a God who will exchange my weaknesses for His strength.

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Teaching Our Children to Love God for Who He Is

Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing my absolute best as a mother. I want my girls to grow up knowing right from wrong – to be smart and to dream big. I want God’s best for them, and I desire that they succeed in all that they set out to do.

As parents, we have an amazing responsibility to our young ones. We do all that we can to raise them well. We teach them to share, to be loving and kind, and to stand up for what they believe in. But is this enough? Is it enough to be educated and successful? Is it enough to be a good person with integrity? In all of our efforts to raise well-rounded children, are we really teaching our children anything that matters in the end?

 

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Armor of God: The Belt of Truth | alyssajhoward.com

Armor of God: The Belt of Truth

Paul tells believers in Ephesians 6 to wear the belt of truth. In our culture, however, truth is relative. Your truth and my truth can completely contradict one another. Not only is this type of thinking considered okay, it is actually encouraged. Our culture even has a polite, socially acceptable word for it – tolerance.

 

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