Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 25)

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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The sun still shines

   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 The world upside down Lineups gather provisions Stocking up. Meetings no longer safe. We wash till our hands are raw. Fearing hidden germs. Anxious. But… Look […]

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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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Why was Jesus crucified?

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the […]

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His other-centered life

  Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20   Jesus was explaining to this scribe that following him was not […]

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In awesome wonder

  O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made.   When a forest burned in the Chilcotin area of British Columbia a few years ago, the Lord blessed the earth with this wonderful carpet of colour two years later. Reminding passersby that he’s still here. He […]

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The heart of worship

  “…Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24   The worship that goes […]

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Leading in the name of Jesus

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7   Years ago […]

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Once for all

  Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. Hebrews 7:27   Priests used to repeatedly offer animal sacrifices. But this was only […]

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