Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: April 2019 (page 1 of 3)

Silence in the face of evil

  Christians do not have the option of remaining neutral and thus choosing the side of evil.  Jesus has not given us that option.  Jesus has told us, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33.  When we stay silent and refuse to […]

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Choosing for the abuser

As author Herman notes, there is no neutrality in the trauma of abuse.  The bystander — that’s you and me — cannot merely by-stand.  To do so is to choose, and the choice is for the abuser.  Evil only asks that we remain quiet and still.  Divert our eye and go on about our business. […]

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A victim’s plight

  Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him [Jesus]. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders. John 7:12-13   I invite you to read what author Judith Lewis Herman says about this kind […]

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Faith – from mind to heart

  Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT   In your mind you know there is a God. You’ve read about him and heard people tell about him. And yet you cannot truly sense his reality. There must be more. Jonathan […]

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Collaborating with God

  I’ve always wanted to live in God’s presence – aware of Him moment by moment. But the world’s many distractions make it hard. The devotional I’ve been reading in the morning has some neat thoughts about this. Living in God’s presence is like collaborating with Him. The work we do becomes infused with His […]

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Compassion like Jesus’

  Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.  As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.  When […]

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But…

  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6   Good thoughts always follow bad. At least, I’ve found it so. And, in that we find God’s goodness. Again, and again. Though life is not always […]

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Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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God’s gift of creativity

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 I’m a creative person and it’s mysterious to me how ideas and inspiration come. I’m often in awe of what God has helped me produce. Not that I’m such a wonderful […]

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Intimacy with God

  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17   A long time ago, as I was reading Traveling Light by Max Lucado, I noted how he said […]

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