A Love Story

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, …  »

Why suffering

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 …  »

The plan

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of a young man who makes a million-dollar mistake in his company and …  »

Looking back, looking ahead

In years past, Activated has occasionally featured articles describing little ceremonies the contrib …  »

The presence

Throughout the Old Testament, God’s kindness and mercy flows through the text, like this verse in th …  »

The God factor

In God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis included an essay entitled “Answers to Questions on Christianity.” On …  »

Squirrel power

“Miserable!” That was the only way to describe how I was feeling that day. My husband had had to travel—again!—And there I was alone with our four chi …  »

The many roles of Jesus in my life

When I was a little child, Jesus was like Santa Claus to me. I knew He could see if I was naughty or nice. If I wanted something, I could ask Him for …  »

Miracles from the maestro

It is said that there are three artists that give us music: God, who gives us magical wood to make t …  »

Only He knows

As a child, I often heard the saying, “Prayer is not the least you can do, but the most you can do.” …  »

The atheist and the bible

My good friends Frank and Lisa were manning a stall with various gospel books on display. They were …  »

Finding faith

One day, while browsing in a bookshop, I came across an encyclopedia with a section of Bible-related …  »

Why is it important to spend time alone with God?

All relationships take time. A relationship with God, while unlike other relationships in many ways, still follows the rules of other relationships. T …  »

Being with God

If there is anything that Easter reminds us, it is that “salvation”—God’s wonderful gift of peace with Him in this life and in the life to come—is not …  »

Arms around me

Happiness is made up of many things: it is a smile of a child, the golden glows of a sunrise, the wa …  »

One of the listening crowd

Again [Jesus] began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got i …  »

The final straw

Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! … I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for G …  »

In need of a makeover?

There are countless people whose lives have been changed by an encounter with Jesus, both within and …  »

Meet Me in the morning

You do well to take time with Me first thing in the morning, for without Me, you wouldn’t go far. I am wisdom, I am strength, and I am love. As I told …  »

The sanctuary

I see your struggles and hear your calls for help. When you feel all alone, I am with you. I feel your heartaches, and wait for you to draw near to Me …  »

Fullness of joy

I want you to be filled with My joy, which will be your strength. I want you to rest in My love and …  »

The difference

Picture a forest—lush, deep, inviting. You enter and look around, expecting that rush of wonder that …  »

My gift to you

Love—this is My special gift for you. Love that knows no boundaries. Love that does not judge you by …  »

Strength in joy

You have heard that the joy of the Lord is your strength.[[See Nehemiah 8:10.]] How do you get this …  »