Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: May 2019 (page 1 of 2)

Crucified again

  It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age  and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss […]

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Grace is amazing, but not cheap

  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   Through God’s grace we receive forgiveness for our sins. It’s a comfort to know that. But we should realize that it’s not as simple as some make it […]

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Awesome wonder

            For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Colossians 1:16   Have you ever observed tulips when they’re pretty well finished blooming? Have you seen how awesome the flowers become? Don’t throw them away when they start wilting and dying. Don’t […]

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Still here after all

  I had thought I’d been emotionally destroyed. Not the “nice” girl I used to be.  All goodness gone. Forever gone…I had thought. I thought my personality had left me. The person who had shown kindness and love…joy. I thought who I had always been would be no more. But today – amazingly – I […]

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The devil’s work

  It happened again. I cried in my sleep. Loudly, like a child, though sounding like an old woman. Why? Because I remember the goodness I had all my life. I remember how it was taken from me. Cruelly wrenched from my soul. It could only be the work of the devil, he who feels […]

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Staying safe

  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the […]

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In the face of persecution

  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven Matthew 5: 10-12a   In fact, […]

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Pretended faith

  The more I think of it, the more I know. I would much rather have friends who don’t believe in God than friends who pretend they do. marja

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Beware

    “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15   Beware of the person who looks good, appears to be loving, appears to be humble – but is none of these…Not really. The devil is alive, even now. Ready to devour all […]

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My peace I give you

  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:2   “Peace I leave with you.” I can’t think of anything more comforting and calming than these words from Jesus […]

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