Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 11)

Humble before God

  Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.   Philippians […]

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In the light

  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7   The Bible uses light as a metaphor for honesty because you can truly see and examine things in the […]

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Flowers amid the pain

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8   Uh oh! Just realized while editing this, that I’m on the same old topic again – my old hurts. I’m very sorry. […]

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The awe and wonder of God

  Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25 ​The words awe, and wonder are magical words. When I reflect on them, my mind immediately goes to young children. They must be the […]

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Meeting God in honesty and truth

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust […]

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Righteous indignation

    David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down […]

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It came from God

  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent […]

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Returning home

  “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him… But the father said to his servants, `Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on […]

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Like an outcast

  And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” Mark 1:40-41 (RSV)   At the time Jesus lived, touching an outcast with contagious […]

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Man of sorrows; man of compassion

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9   Why did Isaiah refer to Jesus as a “man of sorrows?” (Isaiah 53:3) There are many […]

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