Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 16)

Grace is amazing, but not cheap

  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   Through God’s grace we receive forgiveness for our sins. It’s a comfort to know that. But we should realize that it’s not as simple as some make it […]

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Awesome wonder

            For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Colossians 1:16   Have you ever observed tulips when they’re pretty well finished blooming? Have you seen how awesome the flowers become? Don’t throw them away when they start wilting and dying. Don’t […]

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Staying safe

  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the […]

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My peace I give you

  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:2   “Peace I leave with you.” I can’t think of anything more comforting and calming than these words from Jesus […]

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God pursues you

​​ In his book Soul Cravings, Erwin McManus talks about how awful it feels when we love someone but our love is not returned. “…if God’s love is immeasurable and unending, as the Hebrews describe Him, how deep and profound must be His sense of sorrow and rejection. If anyone knows the pain of a […]

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Faith – from mind to heart

  Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT   In your mind you know there is a God. You’ve read about him and heard people tell about him. And yet you cannot truly sense his reality. There must be more. Jonathan […]

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Collaborating with God

  I’ve always wanted to live in God’s presence – aware of Him moment by moment. But the world’s many distractions make it hard. The devotional I’ve been reading in the morning has some neat thoughts about this. Living in God’s presence is like collaborating with Him. The work we do becomes infused with His […]

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Compassion like Jesus’

  Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.  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 […]

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But…

  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6   Good thoughts always follow bad. At least, I’ve found it so. And, in that we find God’s goodness. Again, and again. Though life is not always […]

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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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