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Immerse: Beginnings, Week 11
on April 13th, 2021
Have you ever wanted something so badly you’d be willing to do almost anything for it? Hold on…. Not anything illegal or illicit, but maybe to fulfill a dream or a long time desire you’ve had to own something or do something – like visit a particular location or own a particular car or have a particular type of home.For me, it was a MINI Cooper. I first fell in love with that tiny little car when ...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 10
on April 6th, 2021
My family is from a very small town in southwest Virginia, just over the state line of eastern Tennessee. Everyone from that neck of the woods has a very distinct southern accent. Whenever I hear someone with a particular drawl, I immediately know they’re one of “my people.” Surprisingly though, most people I meet would never guess where I was born. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but over ...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 9
on March 30th, 2021
“I’ll just skip to the end.”How many times have you said this about something you’ve read, watched, or listened to? The very first time I read through Harry Potter, I made it only to the beginning of the 5th book, then had my sister tell me the ending because I didn’t want to read the rest of it. Sometimes, when I read a blog, I’ll just read through the main points, and ignore the rest of the cont...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 8
on March 23rd, 2021
Once upon a time, I applied for a job in a chiropractic office. I showed up for the “interview,” only to find out it was a group interview. There were probably twenty people there, all for the same job. At one point, we had to introduce ourselves in front of the group and tell a couple of things about ourselves – probably our strengths and why we should be hired.Let’s just say I froze (but at leas...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 7
on March 16th, 2021
Does anyone else dislike tedious work? I am not a huge fan of a job that is tedious. Painting? Not a fan, especially when the trim needs to be cut in. That job to me is extremely tedious. Cutting in the trim is one of those things after several minutes, you are not much further than when you first started. I would much rather have someone cut the trim in for me, and then I roll the big portion of ...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 6
on March 9th, 2021
Have you ever been helpless?  Have you ever been in a circumstance in which you were completely dependent upon someone else helping you or providing aid, advice or physical assistance? It may have been as simple as dropping your keys while carrying two arms full of grocery bags and a two-year-old (did I say simple?!?!) or maybe more complex like the time you tried to move the couch by yourself dow...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 5
on March 2nd, 2021
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received as a parent is that many of your everyday struggles can be avoided by giving your child an opportunity to choose. Kids like to feel like they have some kind of control over their lives, and by presenting two options you’re able to give them that, while also making sure the choices are appropriate. This parenting trick led to one of those “stories...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings – Week 4
on February 23rd, 2021
Deceit, manipulation, jealousy, regret, fear, confession, repentance, reconciliation, atrocity, betrayal, false accusations, imprisonment, changes of heart.Every one of these things are dealt with and experienced in the portion of Genesis we’re studying this week. In a book which deals with so many generations of God’s people, it certainly covers a multitude of situations… and most of them are det...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 3
on February 16th, 2021
Several years ago, I participated in a Bible study on the Pentateuch taught by a Messianic Jew, Dr. Stephen Blender. Actually, he was not only Jewish, but also was a rabbi and had even written books for high school and college students about how NOT to become a Christian when going to college. However, one day while staying in a hotel, he cracked open the New Testament from his bedside table, and ...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 2
on February 9th, 2021
Have you ever been in a situation or experienced a circumstance where all you could do was just sit back and laugh because of what was going on? Personally, I have been in these types of situations multiple times.Once was when Julie and I found out we were having twins. We went to the first ultrasound appointment and saw on the screen two little peanuts. Even before the doctor said anything, we kn...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 1
on February 2nd, 2021
“This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” - Immerse: Beginnings, page 22.When my family and I moved into our home a few years ago, I was a bit concerned over the fact there was an HOA (Home Owners Association) with dues to pay each year, and meetings to attend and other potential obligations. I have never been very fond of HOAs or “com...  Read More
on January 26th, 2021
I’ve been thinking about habits this month. There are some habits, rituals and routines I have implemented in my life which are obviously good. For example, brushing my teeth – obviously good not only for myself, but also for those who come in close contact with me. A new habit (thank you COVID-19) is wiping down high-touch items in the church office every morning. Additionally, each January for a...  Read More