Seeking God through Fasting

For most people, fasting is something done before a medical procedure or by hyper-religious people. But fasting is a vital spiritual practice that has made a huge impact in my life, helping me to discern at critical points and grow closer to God. Growing up, I...

The Adventure of Prayer

As someone who has grown up in and now works in the church, I have found prayer to be surprisingly challenging. On its face, prayer seems so simple, but life-creating, life-changing prayer takes a level of vulnerability with which I’ve only recently become...

Filling Our Souls with Scripture

Can you think of a time in your life when you were the busiest? Maybe it was your first year of marriage. Maybe it was after your first child was born. Maybe it was in college. Maybe it’s right now! As human beings, it seems as if we tend to stay pretty busy. Being...

Acts 2 UMC Blog

Recent Posts from the Acts 2 Team

Find Your Place

When I was going into my junior year of college, I transferred from a very small university with an on-campus student population of about 400 to a larger university with more than 2,000. At the time, the only person I knew on campus was my husband Andy. We were dating...

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Reflecting and Resolving

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year. After the rush of Christmas, as Courtney and I take off work to spend time with family, I love to look back on the last year, dream about possibilities, and make resolutions for the...

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A New Christmas Pattern

By Chantelle Foster The women in my life went all out for Christmas. Their houses were transformed with Christmas decorations. The breadth of Christmas décor didn’t stop with trees, stockings and wreaths. It extended to every type of surface in our homes including the...

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A Radical Thanksgiving

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,  for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  Hebrew 13:2 When I was about 11 years old I shared Thanksgiving with a brother and sister who were essentially homeless, and though their presence...

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Protecting Priorities

When I was twelve, my dad bought what seemed to me an old, run-down car after selling the SUV he’d bought brand new just a few years earlier. At the time, I was embarrassed. Now, when I reflect on that decision, I realize that he was modeling love, sacrifice, and...

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