Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: July 2020 (page 1 of 2)

Blessed are the poor in spirit

  Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Matthew 5:1-2   …he began teaching the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus spoke directly to the disciples with him, but crowds of people surrounded them, listening in. Jesus […]

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When you’re judged

  “But take heed to yourselves; for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them.” Mark 13:9   I find it interesting that Jesus told his disciples of the opportunities that could evolve […]

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To whom shall we go?

   From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:66-68   Many years ago I left Jesus. Something […]

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Untouchable

  When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his […]

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Part 13 – A father and a mother

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective […]

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Part 12 – Part of the family

  Come in, come in and sit down, you are a part of the family. We are lost and we are found, and we are a part of the family. From a hymn by James K. Manley   This song began every Sunday morning service at the church where I attended for many years. The […]

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Part 11 – I give in to Him

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   […]

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What a friend!

  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:13-14   Before the troubles came upon us, I had been focusing my writings on Jesus. But then I changed direction, feeling called to write encouragements, to help […]

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And yet he was hated

  Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their […]

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Part 10 – Everything changed

  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17   There came a time when three events magically occurred, all pretty well together. I’ve always marvelled how it happened this way—all around my fortieth year. Important changes came into my life, […]

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