4 Reasons for God's Sabbath Rest in the Old Testament | alyssajhoward.com

4 Reasons for God’s Sabbath Rest in the Old Testament

This is part 2 of a series I am working on about God’s Sabbath rest and what it means for believers today. Click here to read part 1… What Does It Mean to Honor the Sabbath Day?   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.

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What's in a Name {There is Power in the Name of Jesus} | alyssajhoward.com

What’s in a Name? {There is Power in the Name of Jesus}

I’ve heard it said that people don’t mind talking about God but the name of Jesus makes them uneasy. And honestly, I have found this to be true. Many claim to believe in a distant “God” or creator, but there’s a significant difference between believing in God and bowing the knee to Jesus. Time and time again, the New Testament tells us to place our trust in the name of Jesus. But why tell us to put our trust in His name? Why not just tell us to trust Jesus?

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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?

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What's in a Name {How Our Names Shape Our Identity} | alyssajhoward.com

What’s in a Name? {How Our Names Shape Our Identity}

The moment I found out that I was pregnant, it began – the name game. It took a while for me and my husband to agree on names (for both our girls); but once we gave them their names, that was it. They became their names. We talked about them and to them by name before they were born. Even during labor, my midwife would call my daughters by their names. Names are important. If they weren’t, parents wouldn’t spend so much time agonizing over the perfect names for their children. They will be called by that name for their entire existence.

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God is Faithful in Pursuing Those Who Are His | alyssajhoward.com

God is Faithful in Pursuing Those Who Are His

In the midst of a trial, what sustains you? Are you able to stay calm in difficult circumstances? Are you able to give God your complete reliance? I will admit this is an area where I struggle. When I’m stressed out, nervous, or afraid, it’s easy to rely on my own strength or the strength of those around me. It’s hard to give the reigns completely over to God. It’s difficult for me to remember that God is faithful… even in the little things.

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Learning to Speak Life: Do Your Words Build or Destroy? | alyssajhoward.com

Learning to Speak Life: Do Your Words Build or Destroy?

Our words hold more power than we realize. Words can heal. They can restore. They can breathe life. But they can also destroy. They can make us feel unnecessary guilt or pain. They can destroy a person’s confidence and sometimes even their faith. The Bible tells us that our words hold the power of life and death. So are we building up? Or are we tearing down?

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Love as Jesus Loved: The Prayer of Christ

Easter is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s resurrection day! For believers, it’s not just about bunnies, eggs, and chocolate; we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Jesus loved us so much that He died on a cross. He conquered the grave and defeated death making it possible for us to inherit eternal life and to be transformed into new creations. Greater love has no one than this…

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