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Immerse: Poets - Week 15
by Angela Hastings on May 5th, 2022
Type your new text here. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the tale of three children whoseparents suddenly passed away in a fire. The children were placed in the custody of asinister relative, Count Olaf, who repeatedly attempts to steal their inheritance by causing“unfortunate” things to happen to them.The life of Job seems like one more-than-unfortunate event after another. ...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 11
by Angela Hastings on April 8th, 2022
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” -Ecclesiastes 1:9 There is nothing new under the sun. Everything is meaningless. Woe is me! My life has no purpose and no meaning. I have no value. Nothing I do in this life will ever be worth anything. What IS the point?If you are living and breathing, you have struggled with thoughts like th...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 6
by Angela Hastings on March 7th, 2022
Sometimes, it’s easy to trust God. Over things we can control, over things in our own power we can fix with our own two hands, it is beyond simple to put our faith in God. If faith was as simple as that, I have a feeling many more of us would have greater longevity in our beliefs and personal devotion to God. But life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, and far too often we find ourselves smack...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 1
by Angela Hastings on January 31st, 2022
At the end of Return of the King, the third movie in The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gamgee says that famous line, “I can’t carry it for you, but I CAN carry you!” It’s one of my favorite moments in cinema, because that ten-second clip embodies a huge part of living out the gospel: bearing one another’s burdens. Frodo has carried this enormous responsibility of destroying the wicked Ring of Power, ...  Read More
(Not Christmas) Potpourri
by Angela Hastings on December 28th, 2021
Yep. I said it. Someone had to. It’s the week before New Year’s. School’s out, maybe you have the week off of work, and maybe you have some coveted time all to yourself and your family that you’ve been waiting for months to have.Don’t be tempted.When we see empty time in the schedule, we have a terrible tendency to fill it up. DISCLAIMER: some seasons of life are unavoidably busy… trust me, I get ...  Read More
Immerse: Chronicles Week 6
by Angela Hastings on November 23rd, 2021
Rebuilding something takes a whole lot of work. Rebuilding something after it’s been destroyed is even more work. We read in Ezra and Nehemiah how the Israelites returned to Jerusalem after being uprooted in exile. They go to rebuild their lives as they were supposed to be. They rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, they re-establish the temple, and they restore their hearts to God. But rebuilding a spi...  Read More
Immerse: Chronicles Week 2
by Angela Hastings on October 25th, 2021
The ark was the representation of God’s holiness. It was the closest humans would ever get to the glory of God until Jesus remedied that through His blood shed on the cross. The latest reports from our Chronicles reading repeated and summarized the event of Uzzah’s death when he moved the ark on David’s command. We learned in Kings the reason he died was because he mishandled the ark and ignored G...  Read More
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 4
by Angela Hastings on September 13th, 2021
It’s a strange time to honor God in our relationships. Everywhere I look there are disagreements infecting our community like the very issues (dare I say, VIRUS) we are disagreeing about. The very issues which are meant to inspire unity among all people are driving us apart. The world, simultaneously separated by a virus and unified by technology, and the tools we have had placed in our hands whic...  Read More
For the Love of the Grow
by Angela Hastings on July 27th, 2021
I’m on a gardening kick, which all started with my love of food and cooking. I started by learning to grow the fresh herbs I always found myself buying such as Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, and Rosemary. A few failed attempts, some trial and error, and a little advice from other gardeners helped me sustain a consistent herb garden. I’ve since moved forward and added some vegetables and fruits th...  Read More
Forgiveness, Healing, and the Power of Praise
by Angela Hastings on June 1st, 2021
It’s finally summer! For all you school teachers and students, the time of rest and recouperation is HERE! Even for those of us not in school anymore, the start of summer can be a time of resetting our lives, cleaning and introducing new habits. We find the time to engage in the things we’ve neglected in our busy seasons: we work out more, eat better, read our favorite books, spend time being crea...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 14
by Angela Hastings on May 4th, 2021
Deuteronomy. Duderonomy. Dootermonomy…. AHHH!I’m sure you’re like me – you’ve known about this oddly-named book of the Bible (and mis-pronounced it on more than one occasion), but haven’t read it much. Kind of like Leviticus and Numbers, right? Applicable to their times, not to ours! Wrong. I am convicted time and time again of how shamefully I have pushed aside some of the most foundational books...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 9
by Angela Hastings 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 4
by Angela Hastings 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
Having Peace in the Kingdom
by Angela Hastings on December 30th, 2020
Peace. What a simple word with such complicated undertones. When I think of peace, I’m thinking “peace and quiet;” no noise, no to-do list, no yelling, no fighting, no urgency, and absolutely no chaos whatsoever.When you think of peace, what comes to mind?I was listening to a podcast this morning and was reminded of the popular passage in Isaiah 9 concerning the Christmas story: “For to us a child...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah - Week 14, Day 66
by Angela Hastings on November 24th, 2020
Do I write about Thanksgiving or Christmas? This time of year is great because topic choices are so easy! But this week’s blog is on the gospel of John – which doesn’t have a) a lot of thankfulness or b) a Christmas story! So… no easy topics here. In fact, the gospel of John presents a very difficult-to-grasp kind of Gospel. Don’t get me wrong – it’s the same gospel message as the rest, but rather...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah - Week 9, Day 42
by Angela Hastings on October 20th, 2020
When I first saw The Greatest Showman in theaters, I ended up missing a critical portion of the movie because I had to go to the bathroom. Being so focused on the excitement of seeing a movie I really wanted to see for such a long time, I forgot to go before the movie started. Because I was so ignorant of what I needed in that moment, I missed the most pivotal part of the movie!Jesus’ disciples we...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah, Week 4, Day 19
by Angela Hastings on September 15th, 2020
Home. Made. Fudge.No statement may make your mouth water like your grandmother’s closely-guarded fudge recipe (one which – even when you make it exactly to measurements still doesn’t taste quite right).Whetstone Chocolates, based in St. Augustine, began their business by making one recipe – homemade fudge. Their focus since 1967 has been to make the best chocolate around, and it all started with f...  Read More
Core 52 Chapter 22 - Justice Served
by Angela Hastings on February 4th, 2020
In the movie The Princess Bride, one of the film’s McGuffins is a phrase spoken by Inigo Montoya – a phrase by which the initial story is driven forward. Inigo is on a desperate journey to right the wrong of his father’s murder by a mysterious man with six fingers on his left hand. Inigo’s approach to righting this wrong is to hunt down the six-fingered man who killed his father and return to the ...  Read More


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