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Immerse: Poets - Week 14
by Angela Hastings on May 4th, 2022
Most nights, when I go to bed, the TV has to be on in order for me to fall asleep. My mind races at night and for some reason it helps shut my mind off. One thing I will not do is watch a tv show I have never seen. I always go through the series of shows I have already seen. I’ll start with season 1 of the show and go all the way through. Whenever I am finished with the final season of that show, ...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 10
by Angela Hastings on April 5th, 2022
Is anyone reading this a huge fan of the beach? So much so you would be at the beach 24/7 if work and life didn’t get in the way? If you are like that, then I ask you this question, “What in the world is wrong with you?” I’m just messing around, but me and the beach are not friends at all. The sand is the worst part. I cannot stand the sand at all. It gets stuck to me and doesn’t come off. And whe...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 5
by Angela Hastings on March 1st, 2022
Last week on Facebook and Instagram I posed this question, “What is the world’s best love song?” Some of the replies I received were “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks, “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers, and “Moon River” by Andy Williams. Although these songs are very iconic and are great love songs, personally I do not think they can compare to the best love song of all time, “...  Read More
Christmas Potpourri
by Angela Hastings on December 21st, 2021
Last weekend I had the honor and privilege of performing the wedding ceremony for our Englewood family members, Peter and Shelby Chrusch. It was wonderful standing up there and seeing the love between two people who have walked through more together in their young relationship than most couples do in a lifetime. Celebrating their love during this Christmas season was especially meaningful.  I have...  Read More
Immerse: Chronicles Week 5
by Angela Hastings on November 16th, 2021
Have you ever interacted with or met someone who you knew was “bad to the bone?” It’s like, when you meet them you know not to mess with them or get on their bad side because they have the potential to do some bad things if provoked. My wife Julie told me about friend she had several years ago who was strong enough to roll up a frying pan like a burrito and rip a full-size phone book in half (if y...  Read More
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 8
by Angela Hastings on October 11th, 2021
I was thrilled to turn fifteen, because I knew six months after my birthday I would be able to get my learner’s permit. In Virginia, fifteen years and six months is the proper age students are able to get their permit. Then, nine months after getting the permit and taking a driver’s education course, teens are able to get their driver’s license. I was extremely excited to get my license as soon as...  Read More
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 3
by Angela Hastings on September 7th, 2021
My father-in-law is an intimidating man when one meets him. I remember him scaring me the very first time I met him. My wife, Julie, and I had just started dating and I went to church with her one Sunday. As I was standing in the lobby of the church, I felt this large hand placed on my shoulder. When I turned around, I looked up, and there he was, a 6’3” monster standing behind me. He put his hand...  Read More
Go to Camp!
by Angela Hastings on July 20th, 2021
“Camp is not all it’s cracked up to be.” I spoke these words about camp before I moved here to Jacksonville. Growing up I went to camp, maybe once or twice during middle school. Camp was not something I was interested in; it didn’t hurt my feelings if I missed a week of camp. This attitude I had about camp continued when I became a youth minister in Indiana. I was never forced to push camp on stud...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 12
by Angela Hastings on April 20th, 2021
Do you ever catch yourself looking back at your life pre-Jesus and wanting to go back to that life? You know your life now is not horrible, but there was just something easier back when you weren’t having to live a life different than the world; back when you didn’t have to live a life where you had to be Jesus to everyone. I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we have done that a time or two, a...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 7
by Angela Hastings 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 2
by Angela Hastings 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
Do Good
by Angela Hastings on December 15th, 2020
Recently my wife and I re-watched the entire series of Boy Meets World for at least the tenth time. Growing up in the 90s, I thought this was one of the best shows on television and now watching it as an adult, I know for a fact it is one of the best, if not the best, show. There are several reasons why this is such an amazing show: the content of the show was great, the life lessons in each episo...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah - Week 12, Day 56
by Angela Hastings on November 10th, 2020
“His intentions were pure.”“His heart was in the right place.”“He meant well.”These are some of the phrases I have heard many times throughout my life, and I’m sure many of you reading this have heard these phrases or have even spoken them about someone at one time or another. We usually say them to our kids, or someone else’s kids because they were trying to help, but really were making things si...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah, Week 2, Day 7
by Angela Hastings on September 1st, 2020
The majority of us reading this know the story of "The Prodigal Son." We know the younger son was greedy, wanted his inheritance, took said inheritance, wasted it all, had nothing, went back to his father, father had a party. Now, most of us stop there because a story is supposed to have a happy ending. The older brother in this parable is generally not talked about in detail, but when you look at...  Read More


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