Posts with the category “immerse”
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 6
by Angela Hastings 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...
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 5
by Angela Hastings 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...
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...
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 3
by Angela Hastings 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 ...
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...
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 1
by Angela Hastings 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...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 16
by Angela Hastings on December 8th, 2020
“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.” – Revelation 1:4b-5I was playing a game of Monopoly with my 11-year old son the other day and it came time to count up all our assets to see who had the most...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 15
by Angela Hastings on December 1st, 2020
“Please,” “Thank you,” “I’m sorry,” and “I love you;” all are words we often use as part of our daily routine. You could probably add some of your own common phrases to this list. They are as ingrained in you as breathing, and while they do have meaning, more often than not that meaning gets diminished over time. They are said in passing to strangers and during some of the most important moments w...
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...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 13, Day 64
by Angela Hastings on November 17th, 2020
I told myself I wasn’t going to write about Hebrews 11. Everyone always writes about Hebrews 11. I think I’ve written about Hebrews 11 already this year. Do any other chapters in Hebrews exist?! It’s hard to say because we hear about Hebrews 11 all the time.I was set to write about James. I love the book of James. I literally had the entire book of James memorized a few years ago. In fact, here’s ...
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...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 11, Day 51
by Angela Hastings on November 3rd, 2020
My name is Peter. Actually, my full name is Peter Stephen Ramsey. I was named after my grandfather. His name was Simon Peter Heilig. I don’t know much about him except that he liked the Dolphins and loved my grandmother. That’s where the “Peter” part of my name comes from. My middle name even has a story. When I was born, my dad was overseas serving in the army and the original plan was to spe...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 10, Day 48
by Angela Hastings on October 27th, 2020
Being the mom of three very independently minded children, I have become very adept at translating “bicker-ese” (and yes, I did just make up that word). I can usually tell when an argument has gotten past the point of no return. If you’re a sibling yourself, you’re probably just as good at recognizing this same limit. One minute they’re merely airing their grievances, and the next it’s an all-out ...
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...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 8, Day 37
by Angela Hastings on October 13th, 2020
A few weeks ago, I was wrestling in prayer about something, and I continued to feel anxious about it even after praying. It was kind of annoying. I was even losing sleep, and that was just unacceptable because this girl needs her sleep.One morning as I was praying, I had the thought, “Not worrying starts with joy.” I always couple not worrying or being anxious with prayer and specifically with tha...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 7, Day 34
by Angela Hastings on October 6th, 2020
My father-in-law, Joe Mize, worked for Sysco Foods for more years than I can remember. If I recall correctly, he started out as a route driver on a sales truck delivering food and supplies to restaurants and different customers. Over the years, based on his performance and work ethic, he moved up the leadership ladder until eventually becoming one of the vice presidents at the Jacksonville hub o...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 6, Day 28
by Angela Hastings on September 29th, 2020
Galatians 6:9 – “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith.”A few weeks ago was the anniversary of the death of one of my favorite musicians. September 19 marked the 23rd anniversary of his quick a...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 5, Day 22
by Angela Hastings on September 22nd, 2020
Some very powerful words struck me as I was going through the reading for this week’s Immerse: Messiah blog. It talks about our foundation, and not just the materials we use, but the importance of how we choose to build. We are given this warning on page 130 as we read through 1 Corinthians, “But on the judgement day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done.” It reminded me of th...
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...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 3, Day 1
by Angela Hastings on September 8th, 2020
Are we devoted to prayer like the early church was devoted to prayer? “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42 NLT).
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...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 1, Day 2
by Angela Hastings on August 28th, 2020
So, I’m reading through Luke and come across the Christmas story found in Luke 2. As I’m reading through it, I’m also recalling what I know from the account in Matthew’s gospel, and I notice something that brought a question to my mind. Here’s where it started: “When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee” (p.8, or Luke ...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 1, Day 1
by Angela Hastings on August 25th, 2020
I love a good criminal mystery. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always be a Star Wars fan, and when I grow up I want to be as cool as super spy turned normal every day guy Jason Bourne, but if I stumble across a good criminal mystery, you’ve got me hooked for the next 45 minutes.The cloudy mystery becomes ever more clear one piece at a time. I love how the story plays out and the evidence slowly begins ...
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