Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: February 2020 (page 1 of 2)

He turned the world upside down

  Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 1 John 2:6 ESV   When we decide to follow Jesus, we are called to be like him. To do what he would do. To say the kinds of things he would say. To love as he […]

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You matter to him

  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the […]

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Red-hot anger

  When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the […]

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Away from me!

  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your […]

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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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