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David Brandt Berg

David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) was the son of well-known American evangelist Virginia Brandt Berg. In 1968, David and his wife and teenage children pioneered a ministry to the counterculture youth of Huntington Beach, California. This ministry grew into an international Christian missionary movement known today as the Family International (TFI)(Articles by David Brandt Berg used in Activated are adapted.)

Our Anchor Holds

Published in Faith

Change is one thing that drives us closer to God. “Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”1 All things change, but Jesus never. He’s the only thing that remains constant.

God’s Surprises

Published in Guidance

The things we need to know, God tells us, and sometimes the things we want to know, He tells us; but often He throws a veil over the future so that it is known only to Him. In any case, regardless of what we know or don’t know, He’s promised to never leave nor forsake us. “I am with you always,” He says, “even to the end of the age.”1 And He’s given us the torch of His Word to show us where our path is going. We can always throw the light of God’s Word on the path ahead.2

The Wise and Unwise Leader

Published in In the Workplace

A good executive is not a boss—he is a servant! Jesus wasn’t just trying to teach His disciples humility when He said, “Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”1 A good executive simply is not a dictator. He listens to his employees. When the top people don’t communicate with those under them, then of course they don’t understand them or their problems. When that happens, they’re headed for trouble!

Soul Food

Published in The Bible

The Word of God is the most powerful truth on earth.—Words that contain the very spirit and life of God Himself.1 The Word is the spiritual spark of God that ignites us with His life, light, and power. Reading, absorbing, and following God’s Word is one of the most important things you can do to build your relationship with Him. It’s what keeps you in tune with God and helps you to keep going God’s way. When you listen to God and His Word and obey His truth, you’ll be happy and fruitful.2

Talents and Gifts, Strengths and Weaknesses

Published in Perspective

Most of us don’t consider ourselves particularly strong or capable, and we feel we lack certain strengths or abilities that we wish we had. That’s when it helps to remember that God specializes in using people who aren’t great in themselves.

The apostle Paul wrote, “You see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:26–29).

Feel Like Nothing…?

Published in Self Worth

If you sometimes feel like nothing, cheer up! God can use you. Little is much if God is in it. In fact, God doesn’t have to have anything to begin with. He made the world out of nothing (Hebrews 11:3). Pretty good old world, isn’t it? He hung it on nothing (Job 26:7). Hangs pretty good, doesn’t it? And He can make something out of nothing—even you—if you will let Him.

God doesn’t go very much for greatness after the manner of this world. In fact, He specializes in using people who seem most likely not to succeed; yet by the miraculous power and grace of God they become shining lights to others. God only makes great people out of little people, to show His greatness (1 Corinthians 1:26–29).

Hallelujah for Happiness!

Published in Gratitude

In some Christian denominations, as well as in some other religions, the more the devotees suffer and the sadder they are, the more religious they are considered to be.  But for the born-again Christian, it’s supposed to be just the opposite! One measure of Christians’ spirituality or religiosity is whether they’re truly happy, both inwardly and outwardly.

Ten Keys to Successful Parenting

Published in Parents

The secret to raising happy, well-behaved, and well-adjusted children is actually quite simple—love. It’s knowing how to apply that love that isn’t always so straightforward or easy. Here are ten tips that are sure to help.


Lead your children to receive Jesus. There will be times when the natural love God has given you for your children won’t be enough to satisfy your child’s needs. Your children need their own connection with the source of all love, God Himself, and they make that connection by receiving Jesus.

Love in Action

Published in Caring

If we have real love, we won’t face a needy situation without doing something about it. We won’t just pass by the poor man on the road to Jericho. We will take action like the Samaritan did.

Many people today, when faced with the suffering of others, say, “Oh, I’m so sorry, how sad!” But compassion must be put into action. That’s the difference between pity and compassion: Pity just feels sorry; compassion does something about it.

Healing Is for You

Published in Healing

The day of miracles is not past! God is still alive, well, and working just as powerfully as ever amongst those who trust in Him. He says, “I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6), and Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

To heal is a small thing for the God of all creation. If He created the body, He can certainly fix it! He says, “I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).

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