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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Researching Scripture for yourself

  THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU’LL DISCOVER!  Sharings from Marja:   Thirsty for knowledge? Having trouble understanding sermons you’ve heard at church? Want to know more? Wondering if everything you read in my posts is biblically sound?   It’s a good idea to check further on your own.  Doing so is not hard at all, nor […]

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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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Why repent?

  “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from […]

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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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