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The best investment

The best investment

Ronan Keane

Some time ago, I came across a quote that was attributed to Confucius, and it fits with this issue’s topic of investing in people and the importance of learning: “If your... »

The search for truth

The search for truth

Ronan Keane

As Jesus traveled throughout Palestine sharing His message of God’s forgiveness and love, “Follow me” was an invitation He often extended. For example, this passage in Ma... »

A different kind of wealth

A different kind of wealth

Ronan Keane

The very first person to reach the status of billionaire was business magnate John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937). He first became a millionaire when he was only 23, and he w... »

Step by step

Step by step

Ronan Keane

A well-known story tells of a man who was walking along a beach at sunset and noticed a young boy in the distance who kept bending down, picking something up, and throwin... »

A love story

A love story

Ronan Keane

In the Bible, God often uses metaphors or word pictures to describe our relationship with Him; for example, a shepherd and sheep, a father and child, a vine and branches—... »

Why suffering

Why suffering

Ronan Keane

Most people try not to think about it more than they have to, but there's no denying it: There's a lot of suffering in the world. Innocents are killed, maimed, and made h... »

The plan

The plan

Ronan Keane

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of a young man who makes a million-dollar mistake in his company and is overwhelmed with stress and worry. A few days pass, and sure enough... »

Looking back, looking ahead

Looking back, looking ahead

Ronan Keane

In years past, Activated has occasionally featured articles describing little ceremonies the contributors participated in around the turn of the New Year. For example, fr... »

The presence

The presence

Ronan Keane

Throughout the Old Testament, God’s kindness and mercy flows through the text, like this verse in the Psalms: “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abou... »

The God factor

The God factor

Ronan Keane

In God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis included an essay entitled “Answers to Questions on Christianity.” One of the questions is on which of the religions of the world gives to... »

The Master’s secret

The Master’s secret

Ronan Keane

This year, we’ve seen an unprecedented number of lives upended by the COVID-19 health crisis, and far too many are still being impacted. Those who remained on the front l... »

Soul renovation

Soul renovation

Ronan Keane

Oddly enough, whenever I’m at the dentist’s office, there always seems to be one of those home makeover shows playing on the TV in the waiting room. The sound is muted, b... »