Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: July 2019 (page 1 of 2)

When we hurt others

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   In this Scripture, […]

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Never give up

    The word of the Lord came to me saying,                “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,                 before you were born, I set you apart;                 I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, I do not know how to speak, I […]

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Most amazing!

I want to tell you about something amazing we saw on a recent trip to the Chilcotin of British Columbia. The area is known for its many forest fires. We passed a burned-out forest and could not believe the colourful gardens growing beneath the charred tree trunks. I’m not going to share any deep philosophical […]

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When he calls us to follow

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed […]

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Making bread out of stones

   In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; Hebrews 5:7-8   When we think of […]

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Those who know

  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 the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:12-13   Haven’t you […]

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Rebuilding

  They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” Nehemiah 1:3   What happens when you’ve been away for a while and return only to find that […]

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Effectiveness of peer support

  Five theoretical frameworks have been used in attempts to explain the effectiveness of self-help groups. Solomon, Phyllis (2004). “Peer support/peer provided services underlying processes, benefits, and critical ingredients”. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Social support: Having a community of people to give physical and emotional comfort, people who love and care, is a moderating factor in […]

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Appeal for Christian peer support

  In 2006 I founded the Living Room group support ministry. As time went on, and especially after being featured on the TV show 100 Huntley Street, enthusiasm grew. The number of groups increased steadily. After four and a half years the ministry had grown to thirteen groups and there were reports that more were […]

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Leading in the name of Jesus

  by Marja Bergen   Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7 […]

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