Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Grace: is it cheap or costly?

    For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3   The meaning of the word “grace” puzzled me for a […]

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More than anything, I need respect

  So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12   One of the most important things for me, as a person with mental health issues, is to have respect. That word keeps coming back to me as something […]

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Would you dare?

  …a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside […]

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Love for a fellow believer

  Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks […]

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He keeps me going

  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition […]

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What a beautiful name

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 […]

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He overcame injustice with love

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17 The radical changes Jesus brought into the world could only have been possible through his great love. In fact, generally speaking, probably the greater the love, the greater will be the […]

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With the Nature of a Servant

  Dear readers, This is the third of a series I’m writing about Jesus. When I think about Jesus and all he was, I see so much that could inspire and motivate, making us want be like him—to do what de does and say the kinds of things he said. I’m eager to write about […]

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I’m sorry – one more thing

  I do want to say one more thing about I Will Not Hide (http://marjabergen.com/books) because I believe it’s the most important book I’ve written, and probably the last one to address problems faced by people with mental health issues What I share with you here, are some bits and pieces from the Introduction of […]

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Jesus up close

  I Will Not Hide is now a real book. And, as so often happens when a person has completed a big creative effort, I quickly started feeling lost, not knowing what to do with myself. But soon I realized that I very much wanted to write about Jesus. As a result of the pain […]

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