Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 5)

A time for everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 I know. I wasn’t going to write here. Too busy writing study guides. But things come up and sometimes […]

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Is there a God?

  For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20 NLT   God is spirit, one you cannot see or touch physically. But […]

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What are you worth?

  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 Picture this little scene, one Jesus himself might have painted for us: A disabled man […]

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Such as we are

  Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons. …and he was crippled in both feet.  Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”                                                                              2 Samuel 9:11,13, 8 I see such beauty in this story’s portrayal of King David’s acceptance and […]

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Have you ever…?

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise […]

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Bring the sun out

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7  Have you ever felt there was no point to anything? Maybe you felt bored? Miserable? No longer fully alive? You might be thinking, “Is this all there is?” Maybe some of you are feeling this way today. […]

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Broken and crushed

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 Have you ever felt so bad, so ashamed about how you behaved, you find it hard to live with yourself? You couldn’t help what you did. It just happened, and you wish you could go back and undo […]

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Moving on

  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 These verses, part […]

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Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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Joining God in his work

So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only […]

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