Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 5)

Better than gold

  FAME, FORTUNE, OR GOD?  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23   What do you do with a gift when God has given you one – a gift you love to use. Use it to seek fame or fortune? And, […]

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To be a child

  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God […]

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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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