Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 12)

Weary and burdened? “Come to me”

  “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   Do you […]

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The other Jesus

  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1: 4-5   I’ve been close to Jesus for a long time. He was the person I could always go to on those many occasions I was […]

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Open to God

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,     even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:9-10   It’s quite amazing how God can lead us. To many it must sound like a mysterious process. They […]

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Beyond routine

  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 […]

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Take my life – living with borderline

  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1   Strange: Only yesterday I emailed one of our worship leaders with a wish to sing a favourite hymn. It was […]

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Meaningless! meaningless!

  “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” “ I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 and 14   What on earth could Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, have meant when he said this? Were you […]

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A God shaped void

  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8   The other night I had a most uncomfortable feeling, one I’ve frequently experienced in the […]

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No shame here

  As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3   […]

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Are you hungry?

  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6   Have you ever seen something so wrong that you say, “Somebody’s going to have to do something?” And have you ever gone a step further and wondered what could be done? …and could you help do it? Many […]

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Becoming a child again – a fresh look

  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I have had to take a different look  – a more complete one I believe – of what it means to be the child Jesus asks us to be. What is […]

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