Tag Archives: Editor’s Introduction

  • The character builder

    The great American evangelist Dwight L. Moody had a pithy phrase to describe character: Character is what you are in the dark. As Christians, we all want to grow in spiritual maturity and Christlikeness. We want to become all we can be with Christ’s help, to put aside sin and who we are in our […]

  • The answer

    Have you ever wondered why it seems that some prayers aren’t answered? Have you even ever, like me, wondered why it seems that it’s your prayers, specifically, that aren’t answered? Having been a believer all my life, I’ve prayed for many, many things, and I’ve also often experienced the disappointment of my prayers not being […]

  • Night vision

    In one of his psalms, King David wrote, speaking to God, “To you, the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.”[[Psalm 139:12 NLT]] I’ve always found that to be a beautiful description of God’s ability to be everywhere and see everything. In the context of the psalm, this verse […]

  • “Who’ll take the Son?”

    I recently reread the touching story of a wealthy man and his son who loved to collect works of art. (The story appears in several sermons and books, but the original author is unknown.) It goes like this: When war broke out, the son went to fight and died while rescuing another soldier. Not long […]

  • The quest for success

    We may not all have the same definition of success, but who doesn’t want to be successful? And rightly so. The desire for comfort and security and the yearning for meaning and fulfillment in life are inborn and universal. Why then do so many people seem to settle for less? Why don’t they pursue their […]

  • The treasure

    God only knows why He put so many of this world’s most precious commodities in such hard-to-get-at places. If it was to test our wills—to see to what lengths we would be willing to go and what price we would be willing to pay to get to them—it worked. Whether probing for oil beneath the […]

  • Happy birthday, Activated!

    This introduction page has traditionally served to present the issue’s topics, highlight an article or sometimes to share an anecdote or personal reflection. In keeping with the calendar, this month’s issue is primarily focused on the challenges and possibilities of the New Year. But I’d like to also take a moment to let you in […]

  • Keeping Christmas

    Another Christmas is almost here, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably so busy with all that goes into Christmas that you haven’t yet found much time to stop and think about “the reason for the season.” Well, here’s your chance! This issue of Activated is all about putting the meaning and joy back […]

  • The miracle berry

    You may have heard about the miracle berry, which is an amazing little red berry found in West Africa that causes sour foods, like citrus fruit or hot sauce, to taste sweet. One woman who tried the miracle berry wrote, “Sinking my teeth into the lemon, I braced myself to wince at the sour, citric […]

  • A life well lived

    The Bible has a lot to say on the topic of what our purpose in life should be. King Solomon, described in the Bible as the wisest man of his time,1 discovered the futility of living only for this world. He gives these concluding remarks in the book of Ecclesiastes: “Respect and obey God! This […]

  • The best things

    You may have seen the quote by American syndicated humorist Art Buchwald,1 “The best things in life aren’t things.” It has a way of popping up in my mind whenever I’m about to buy a new gadget that I’ve seen advertised or exchange a household appliance for the latest model. Sometimes I give in anyway, […]

  • The cork and the steel bar 

    The Bible tells us that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”1 But most of us have probably wondered if our prayers really make a difference, especially if we’ve been praying long and hard for a certain situation but haven’t seen the desired result. When putting together this issue, I came across […]