The Reward of Faith

October 2021 | Published in Overcoming

“Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” Elisha’s servant asked.

The king of Aram (present-day Syria) was at war with ancient Israel and had sent an entire army to the city of Dothan to capture the prophet Elisha. They came by night, so when Elisha’s servant woke and went out early in the morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city.

Repainting the Angel

December 2014 | Published in Christmas

The statuette of an angel holding the hand of a little boy had been placed on a neglected back shelf in an antique shop. It was covered with soot and dust, lost amidst the clutter of jars, dishes, and ornaments. A man browsing through the shop discovered the figurine and had an inspiration: He would rescue it from oblivion, restore it, and give it a place of honor among his Christmas decorations. 

Angels in the Christmas Story

December 2011 | Published in Christmas

God sends a prophet to prepare the way.

An angel appears to the priest Zacharias and tells him that his wife, Elizabeth, will have a baby boy, even though she is long past childbearing age, and that they are to name the baby John. The angel also explains that the baby has been sent by God to prepare the way for the Messiah. The baby grows up to become John the Baptist. (Luke 1:5–25)


April 2011 | Published in Bible Studies

Angels are mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments, in a variety of settings and with diverse roles. Here are answers from the Bible to some of the most frequently asked questions about angels.

Divine Intervention

October 2009 | Published in Miracles and Mysteries

Every so often we read or hear about some happening that defies reason, like this personal account by Activated correspondent Misty Kay in Taiwan:

About thirty concrete steps led down to the parking garage under the apartment complex in Taipei where my husband Andy and I were living with our four small children. I had taught the kids to be very careful when negotiating that stairway, and was especially concerned about Chalsey, who was still a wobbly toddler. A fall down those stairs could be fatal.

The Whispering Nurse

September 2007 | Published in Miracles and Mysteries

In the eighteenth week of my ninth pregnancy, I started to bleed a little. I went for some tests, and that’s when my doctor discovered that I had a tumor. He said it would be a miracle if the baby survived.

I prayed and asked Jesus to let me keep the baby because I felt that this was going to be my last pregnancy, and the Lord did a miracle and brought the baby to full term, in spite of a lot of pain in my back and uterus. She was delivered by cesarean section—beautiful, big, and healthy!

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