Why God Had to Put on Flesh

Author:  Colin Rieke
With the advent/Christmas season coming and going, the humanity of Jesus Christ is brought to the forefront arguably more than any other time of year.
A virgin-birth. Baby Jesus in a manger. The nativity scene. The wise men worshipping a baby Christ. People all over the world recognized a newborn human born in Bethlehem was the Son of God the Christ. Their Lord was a baby. Mary did you know?
It’s still sometimes hard to believe “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory…” (John 1:14a). Even more incomprehensible is how the second person of the trinity could be born fully human, and not lose any divinity. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,” (Luke 2:11). God was born.
I like that the Christmas season reminds us of who Jesus is: 100% God and 100% human. Two distinct natures unified into one person – along with His redeeming sacrificial mission — is what made Jesus the Messiah. Just as important as His divinity is His humanity. Read more…

A Faithful Friend

Author:  Beverly Hahn
I have a lovely coffee mug that was given to me that says, “Jesus is a friend in the storm.” Of course, this is a beautiful and true statement. I am so thankful Jesus is always with me. But what kind of friend would He be if He just rode in the boat with me, having the power to still the waves and save me from drowning, and did nothing about it? What kind of love would that be? More and more, I want to experience the answer to my prayers. To see and touch His deliverance, to know salvation in every area of my life–spirit, soul, and body. Read more…

Joyful Surrender

Author:  Beverly Hahn
I surrender all, I surrender all, all to Thee my Blessed Savior, I surrender all!  I can’t count the times I’ve sung this song with a scrunched up face, almost in pain, struggling to mean the words.  I wanted it to be heartfelt, true, and a beautiful sacrifice to Jesus.  But I felt like I was lying.  I really hadn’t surrendered all, and I knew it.  As I looked around at others in the congregation, I saw a lot of tears, frowns, and almost fist clenching as my dear brothers and sisters try to surrender. Read more…

The Stones Will Cry Out

Author: Rachelle Rieke
Have you ever watched snow melt? . . . just squatted down next to a dirty patch under a clean and clear winter sun, hung with the suggestion of spring, and watched the snow melt? The tiny crystals, as they transform into liquid water, each hang suspended over the lacey lattice that forms as they fall. Transformed into prismatic pearls, each one holds its own rainbow – thousands of rainbow pearls – holding the light and refracting it in an exultation of the promise of God.
I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13 Read more…

“Because it isn’t me…”

Author:  Rachelle Rieke
…a thought for why a beautiful landscape remains startling and wondrous each time it is seen, for why it is always new. Why does the Grand Canyon never cease to incite awe? Notably, its vastness only plays a part in this awe, not all, as the smallest blooming flower or a newly laid robin’s egg contains the same awe. They contain their own vastness – a robin’s egg holds the sky.
This reason, “because it isn’t me,” for the enduring surprise in Read more…

Learning to Walk

Author:  Beverly Hahn
“I wish I were more spiritual!” How many times have I heard that or cried it myself. The fact is, you are as spiritual as you’re ever going to get. The Bible says we are filled with the Holy Ghost. Filled! The hard part is to yield to, or walk in Him.
To me, learning to walk in the Spirit is very comparable to learning to walk naturally. A toddler has to think about what he’s doing at first. Can you picture it? Read more…

Cardinal Devotions

Author:  Rachelle Rieke
Yesterday I was grateful for the sun. I am still grateful for it. I am grateful for the way it pools up on the rooftops, splashes on the streets, and drips off the fragile icicles hanging from house eaves as if poured out from heaven. It’s like God’s own cup of glory tipped out over the earth. Though too bright to behold directly, the rim of the cup is yet perceptible as His own hand suspends it unfailing in the sky. My skin tastes joy. Read more…


Author:  Beverly Hahn
Rescue.  I consider this one of the most beautiful words in the English language. I know this isn’t a word most people would consider beautiful, but I do.  I was reading Romans 10:10 which says, “For with the heart a man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  Although I’ve done this many times before, I decided to look up that word salvation in the Greek:  rescue or safety were the first two words listed.  I like what the dictionary says rescue means: save someone from a dangerous or distressing situation; to recover by force. Read more…

God Loves to Hear You Laugh

Author: Beverly Hahn
One day my daughter was playing with her little tiny dolls (with miniscule rubber shoes that would bounce under the couch when you dropped them, never to be found again until they plugged up the vacuum cleaner. But I digress…) She was singing some silly song, giggling at the lyrics. Just HAPPY! She wasn’t getting her PhD. She wasn’t applying at Harvard to be a brain surgeon. She was happy and laughing. I couldn’t have been prouder or more pleased with her. My heart truly swelled with love for her. All I wanted for all her life was for her to be as happy as she was right at that moment.

The Other Garden

Author:  Rachelle Rieke
It all began in a garden.
Sometimes I like to close my eyes and try to imagine the splendor of Eden, the pinnacle of God’s creation aside from man himself.
Until it ended 
and the second beginning happened within another garden, Gethsemane, where Jesus began his journey of suffering in order to restore us back to our garden: Read more…