Looking back, looking ahead

In years past, Activated has occasionally featured articles describing little ceremonies the contributors participated in around the turn of the New Y …  »

The presence

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, …  »

The God factor

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

The Master’s secret

This year, we’ve seen an unprecedented number of lives upended by the COVID-19 health crisis, and fa …  »

Soul renovation

Oddly enough, whenever I’m at the dentist’s office, there always seems to be one of those home makeo …  »

Love conquers all

In John 13:35, Jesus says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my discip …  »

Life’s editing

I had struggled with and overcome the demons of self-doubt and fear of failure, launched out into the deep, put pen to paper, and written my first sho …  »

The need for love

“In the world of pain there is a need for love, a real, real need for love… Love your brother… a need of love, a need of heart.” These words, translat …  »

Quarantining my soul

I didn’t realize how busy I was until I stopped. I didn’t really think about how important it was fo …  »

Stepping into the new

Have you ever thought of taking up a new sport, learning to play a musical instrument or just steppi …  »

A change from within

To one degree or another, just about all of us are unsatisfied with ourselves—but that’s not necessa …  »

Making resolutions realities

Here are some tips to turning your New Year's resolutions into lasting changes in your life: Make a …  »

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 …  »

The difference

Picture a forest—lush, deep, inviting. You enter and look around, expecting that rush of wonder that you’ve experienced before in nature, but this tim …  »

My gift to you

Love—this is My special gift for you. Love that knows no boundaries. Love that does not judge you by the color of your skin, the way you look, or how …  »

Strength in joy

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

Positive perks

When life gets to be too much, when everything around you seems to be falling apart, when you feel t …  »

Unfailing love

When you are troubled, when you are perplexed or confused, come to Me. Lay your head on My shoulder. …  »

My Father sent Me

As My Father sent Me, so send I you. I send you out into a world of hurt and loss, pain and sufferin …  »