Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

They know not what they do

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:33-34 While Roman soldiers were driving […]

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Ashamed no longer

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.  Mark 5:27-29  As Jesus was walking toward the […]

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Come to me

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   Long […]

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In His image

So God created mankind in his own image,     in the image of God he created them;     male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 God, as creator, made mankind into creative beings like Himself. And I wonder…did He feel like this little girl did as He made the earth and everything in it? Was He, […]

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Nonreligious gratitude?

My mental health worker told me that I should keep a gratitude journal, at the end of each day listing all the good things that have happened to me. I told her, “But I already do that. I thank God every day for what He has given me and what He has done for me.” […]

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Meeting Jesus

Jesus heard that they had thrown him out [of the synagogue], and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one […]

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Seek his face

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”     Your face, Lord, I will seek.                                                    Psalm 27:8 How much better life looks when we are able to let go of our troubles and pain and focus on Jesus! Open your heart today and tell Jesus, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Check out this beautiful […]

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He weeps with us

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.  “Where […]

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Living Room – God’s Gift

A long time ago God showed me that something needed to be done to help people with mental illness receive Christ-centered support. I took steps to make it happen by founding Living Room, the faith-based peer support ministry. But I realized that I was – or at least, felt – far too small to build […]

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Who shall we follow?

Jesus’ authority comes from a humble place of compassionate love for others. Compare that with authority from arrogant leaders like the Pharisees in their day. In their self-righteousness they lost sight of God and what His love really means. The difference is obvious: Only One is worthy of obedience. And that One is Jesus,  God’s […]

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