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Posts with the category “immerse”

Immerse: Poets - Week 16
by Angela Hastings on May 12th, 2022
The Lord speaks…Chapters 38-41 of Job stand out as one of the most powerful testimonies of the sovereignty of God. These chapters contain the Lord’s response to the previous 30+ chapters of babbling from Job and his “friends.” (Hint: If you ever come across someone named Bildad and they say they’ve got some advice for you – RUN!!).This long, detailed description of the power and glory and dominion...  Read More
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 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 13
by Angela Hastings on May 4th, 2022
For someone who did reasonably well at school, I’m really bad at tasks which involve memorization. That’s not to say I can’t remember things; I just can’t remember certain things consistently. When I was in school, it meant figuring out a lot of workarounds if I was going to be successful. One of those tricks was becoming a master at mnemonics. A lot of teachers would use acronyms to help us learn...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 12
by Angela Hastings on April 14th, 2022
Heather and I recently went out to dinner for some sushi - the fully-cooked kind for me, thank you – and when our dinner plates arrived, they each had a small side of wasabi. Wasabi is Japanese horseradish, which basically means – IT’S NOT GUACAMOLE! (Translate – don’t scoop it up and eat it off your spoon all at once). It only takes a very small bit of Wasabi to add the “heat” or flavor you need ...  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 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 9
by Angela Hastings on March 28th, 2022
Perhaps you’ve noticed by now, Proverbs is full of wisdom about leaning on the insight and life experience of others. The theme continues during week 9 of Immerse: Poets. However, sometimes I don’t necessarily like the insight others offer, either in person or through the Word. I don’t know about you, but when the word “criticism” gets thrown in the mix, I get a little testy and defensive. Okay, o...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 8
by Angela Hastings on March 21st, 2022
Choose the VegetablesEach weeknight our family has a fun little thing we do. Once we’ve all sat down and started eating, we ask Alexa to play Jeopardy on the Echo device which sits on our table. Every weeknight there are 6 new questions we work together to answer. We really get into it, especially when we get them all right, and there’s always fist bumps and high fives when one of us answers a par...  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 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
Immerse: Poets - Week 4
by Angela Hastings on February 21st, 2022
I know I’ve mentioned before how emotionally raw the psalms are. David and others wrote them at their highest highs and lowest lows. In them we are finding prayers of vindication, prayers of praise, and prayers of desperation. In my opinion, the psalms express and warrant vulnerability like no other book of the Bible.As I read through week 4 of Immerse: Poets (page 70), I couldn’t help but pause a...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 3
by Angela Hastings on February 15th, 2022
I never had what you would call a “childhood home.” When my mom left Virginia, she made the drive to Florida with a few essentials and her 4 year old daughter. It was the first of many moves we’d make together over the next few years. I gained a few siblings along the way, but just like that first move, there were others which had us getting out with not much more than what she could throw in the ...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 2
by Angela Hastings on February 10th, 2022
“If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” (Psalm 40, Immerse: Poets, page 43) Recently my wife and I have been binge watching the show, “Alone.” The premise is to take ten individuals and drop them in the wilderness – with ten personally selected survival items, a safety pack, 40 pounds of audio/visual equipment and a satellite phone in case of emergen...  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
Immerse: Chronicles Week 8
by Angela Hastings on December 6th, 2021
After this week’s reading for Immerse: Chronicles, I realized something. I had never read the book of Daniel from start to finish. Sure, I’ve read all the stories on their own, but somehow, I had never actually taken the time to read it as one cohesive book. My knowledge of Daniel as a person of faith read more like a kid’s story Bible instead of an Encyclopedia Britannica of Bible history. So whe...  Read More
Immerse: Chronicles Week 7
by Angela Hastings on November 29th, 2021
There are many things in life that are not exactly as they seem.  For example, the phrase “fast food” comes to mind because it is often neither fast nor food by the time you get it.Some might consider the phrase “congressional action” to be a huge misnomer, as well.  That’s all I have to say about that.Or maybe you have fallen prey to the commercial retail phrase of “buy today and save $100!!”  La...  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 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: Chronicles Week 4
by Angela Hastings on November 8th, 2021
Does anyone else want to groan when reading these stories in Immerse: Chronicles? Sometimes a king is on such a great run, and then he makes a bad turn and everything comes crashing down. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s like watching the Jags play (except for the game on November 7 - that was a good game). One minute, you think we could be headed towards a win. The next, we’re facing yet another los...  Read More
Immerse: Chronicles Week 3
by Angela Hastings on November 1st, 2021
Anyone that knows me, knows I love reading, which is why it should come as no surprise one of my favorite classes in school was English. I loved analyzing the literature and learning about different ways the author would communicate with the reader.  One day we were reading short stories and discussing examples of foreshadowing. Wikipedia defines it as, “…a literary device in which a writer gives ...  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: Chronicles Week 1
by Angela Hastings on October 18th, 2021
Do you have an old family recipe that is your “go-to” recipe for special events?  Maybe it’s a secret way your mom taught you to make chocolate chip cookies that melt in your mouth. Or maybe it’s a meat loaf from your grandma on your father’s side. Or maybe it’s a homemade spice rub for ribs you learned from your Uncle Kenny.Whichever it is, it has likely become popular within your family and mayb...  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 7
by Angela Hastings on October 4th, 2021
Epic. Awesome. Entertaining. I could be describing the latest Marvel movie, but instead, these are words I’d use to describe this week’s reading for Immerse: Kingdoms. Even if you haven’t been reading along with us, I encourage you to pick up a book or Bible or follow along on a podcast and read through 1 Kings 17 through 2 Kings 10. In my opinion it’s some of the most exciting and entertaining re...  Read More
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 6
by Angela Hastings on September 27th, 2021
When I was in third grade, my teacher introduced us to a series of books called Choose Your Own Adventure. I wasn’t that happy about it, because I never really enjoyed listening to other people read books. I didn’t have the patience for it. But this book was different. It’s whole purpose was to draw the reader into the action. You see, at various places in the story you were required to make a cho...  Read More
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 5
by Angela Hastings on September 20th, 2021
For a baseball fan, the month of September brings a higher sense of anticipation, especially if your team is still in the hunt for the World Series. The All Star game is a long forgotten memory. The “dog days” of August, with its heat and humidity, have just ended. The trade deadline has passed and all the competitive teams have added various pieces and parts to upgrade all of their potential shor...  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
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
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 2
by Angela Hastings on August 31st, 2021
Buckle up, friends. This week’s Immerse reading is rough. Reading through Judges is not a happy experience. It conveys a sad and dark time in Israel’s history and an account of their cyclically sinful behavior. If you’ve lived a somewhat moral life, and you’ve never read through the book of Judges, be prepared to be shocked. I’ve read through it several times through the years, but this go around,...  Read More
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 1
by Angela Hastings on August 24th, 2021
Lists. We all make them. Grocery lists, “honey-do” lists, chore lists, Christmas lists, home repair lists, school supply lists and more!  Some are fun – who doesn’t love watching a child make out a Christmas list to give to their grandparents each year??  Some, ..well, let’s just say I’ve never met someone get excited and happy about making a list of their monthly bills!The book of Joshua tells us...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 15
by Angela Hastings on May 10th, 2021
Many of our favorite movies have a conflict that revolves around a major choice the protagonist must make. In the Disney version of Hercules, the main character had to decide between being mortal vs. immortal. In the Little Rascals Alfalfa had to decide between his fellow “he man woman haters” and Darla. But one of the most famous of them all is the battle between the dark and light side which alm...  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 13
by Angela Hastings on April 27th, 2021
As we come to the end of the book of Numbers, there are so many stories and topics we could potentially focus on. The Israelites are nearing the Promised Land (again), and the generation who experienced the Egyptian plagues and the parting of the Red Sea have all passed away. In fact, “Not one of them survived except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun” (Immerse: Beginnings, page 253).Thr...  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 11
by Angela Hastings 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
by Angela Hastings 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
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 8
by Angela Hastings 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
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


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