3 Reasons Why Jesus is Called the Prince of Peace | alyssajhoward.com

3 Reasons Why Jesus is Called the Prince of Peace

Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah spoke of Him. Wonderful Counselor. Might God. Eternal Father. And Prince of Peace. In this series, we have been discovering what it truly means to abide in God’s peace beyond understanding. And I simply couldn’t ignore the fact that Jesus is referred to as our Prince of Peace. What does this title mean exactly? And why is it important for us today? Continue Reading

7 Ways That Jesus Meets All of Our Needs | alyssajhoward.com

7 Ways That Jesus Meets All of Our Needs

Have you ever found yourself in need of a shoulder to cry on? What about guidance for an upcoming decision? Or perhaps you’ve needed help overcoming a difficult situation. When you are in need, Jesus is there. As cliché as that may sound, it’s the truth. I can’t tell you how many times in my life that I’ve tried to handle things on my own when God desperately wanted to be there for me. And He longs to be there for you too. Will you allow Him to be your strength?

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The Atonement: How Jesus Made a Way to Save the World

The entire foundation of Christianity is Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus atoned for man’s sin on the cross making it possible for us to be made righteous and inherit eternal life. In all honesty, atonement is simply a fancy word for reconciliation between two parties. To atone for one’s mistakes means that we make things right again. All is well, and we are united once again. And this is exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross. Continue Reading

Proof of the Messiah: 4 Ways That Jesus Fulfilled the Old Testament | alyssajhoward.com

Proof of the Messiah: 4 Ways That Jesus Fulfilled the Old Testament

My children are growing up in a culture when information is readily available to them at their fingertips. But this wasn’t always the case. I remember doing a research paper for my sixth grade class on the space program. And do you want to know where most of my information came from? Books. Yes, you read that right. Books. I had to go to the library and rely on old newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedias.

But everything is different now. Continue Reading

Why Did God Create Man? (and how Jesus was the plan all along) | alyssajhoward.com

Why Did God Create Man? (and how Jesus was the plan all along)

In the beginning, God created… The Bible gives us a small glimpse into creation, but not a lot of details. We know that God created the earth and everything in it, including us. But why? For what purpose did God create Adam and Eve, put them in a beautiful and perfect garden, only to have them disobey His only command bringing sin and death into the world? While we don’t find a lot of answers in the book of Genesis regarding why God created man in the first place, the Scriptures in their entirety share God’s amazing plan for us… a plan He put into motion before time itself began. Continue Reading

Jesus and the Man Born Blind: How to See With Your Spiritual Eyes | alyssajhoward.com

Jesus and the Man Born Blind: How to See With Your Spiritual Eyes

A man is healed by Jesus who was born blind. It was not only the Sabbath day but since the man was blind from birth, the Jewish people believed that he was blind because of sin. At some point, his parents must have sinned to cause such a great handicap in their son’s life – right? This miracle was astounding, to say the least, and it caused quite the controversy. I have to wonder… would we respond today the way this man’s friends and family responded? Would we doubt and question what really happened or would we be able to see the truth through spiritual eyes? Continue Reading

Peace on Earth: 3 Ways to Choose Peace This Holiday Season | alyssajhoward.com

Peace on Earth: 3 Ways to Choose Peace This Holiday Season

I absolutely love the holiday season. We get to celebrate, drink hot chocolate, decorate, shop ’til we drop, and spend time with family and friends. And did I mention Christmas carols? With so much to enjoy, it’s easy to take it all for granted. This season can be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but it can also be the most stressful. Peace on earth, goodwill to men. I was thinking about this common phrase we sing around Christmas time, and I couldn’t shake it from my mind. Continue Reading

When You Want to be Angry: How Jesus Defined Righteous Anger | alyssajhoward.com

When You Want to be Angry: How Jesus Defined Righteous Anger

Have you ever been so angry that you didn’t know how to handle yourself? I’d like to say that I always keep my cool – that I never lose my temper. But that would be a lie. To say that this week has been a test of my “self-control abilities” would be an understatement. Without discussing all of the details, I had every reason to be mad. Most would probably tell me that my anger was justified and that raising my voice in disapproval would have been appropriate in my circumstance. So why do I feel so badly about it all? Continue Reading

Humility vs Self-Defeat: Lessons from Our Savior | alyssajhoward.com

Humility vs Self-Defeat: Lessons from Our Savior

Let me ask you a question: Was Jesus humble? Did He exhibit pride in any of His behavior? I think we can all agree that Jesus is our perfect example of true humility. Paul certainly agreed in his letter to the Philippians. He described Jesus as being humble and obedient “to the point of death.” Since we are called to follow Him, what can we learn about Jesus’ humility that we can apply to our lives today? 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

5 Reasons Why Christianity Is Unique from Other Religions | alyssajhoward.com

5 Reasons Why Christianity Is Unique from Other Religions

Christianity isn’t just another religion. It’s different. It has the ability to supernaturally transform hearts and lives. It literally is the source of life itself.

While the world tells you that you have to be better in order to be worthy, Jesus saw you as worthy enough to die for… even at your worst. And while religion is typically rigid and all about rules, God simply longs to be with us.

Yes indeed, Christianity stands alone. Continue Reading

What Does Honoring the Sabbath Look Like Under the New Covenant? | alyssajhoward.com

What Does Honoring the Sabbath Look Like Under the New Covenant?

This is the final part of a series I am working on about honoring the Sabbath and what it means for believers today. Feel free to catch up by reading part 1part 2, and part 3.

 

I distinctly remember learning the Ten Commandments as a little girl in Sunday school. Every one of them made sense to me except for one… honoring the Sabbath. What did that even mean anyway? Did going to church on Sunday mornings count? Continue Reading

Did Jesus Break the Sabbath Day? | alyssajhoward.com

Did Jesus Break the Sabbath Day?

This is part 3 of a series about God’s Sabbath rest and what it means for believers today. Feel free to catch up by reading part 1 and part 2. Now to answer the question… Did Jesus break the Sabbath?

 

The Sabbath was a controversial issue between Jesus and the religious leaders of His day. They constantly accused Him of breaking the Law by breaking the Sabbath. But did Jesus break the Sabbath? Some would say no. Some say that He simply broke the religious (and often ridiculous) rules that the Pharisees had assigned to the day. Others say, however, that Jesus did break the Sabbath. He not only healed on the Sabbath, but He was constantly creating a stir regarding the issue. Continue Reading

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? Continue Reading