Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 17)

Wrong-doing allowed?

  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4   I wrote on this topic of forgiveness not long ago, […]

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When wrong-doing is allowed

  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4   Forgiveness has been a common subject lately, and for good […]

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I will not hide – the book

  Marja’s book, now in the works In 1993 I began my life as a mental heath activist. At that time the Vancouver Sun published my article, Sick, but No One Brought me Flowers. It described what it was like to be a patient at Riverview at the age of nineteen. People in the church […]

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Is forgiveness unconditional?

  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17 The word “repentance” is not always understood. To repent is to feel regret or remorse. It is to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to amending one’s life. Confession and repentance are necessary parts of […]

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Fixing my eyes on Jesus

  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21   At times we face unjust suffering, not as extreme as Jesus’ crucifixion, but painful, nevertheless. This calls for us to look to Jesus as our example – to fix […]

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Why a book about stigma?

  A number of readers have indicated they don’t like to hear about stigma. I believe too that some are having problems with my announcement regarding the book I’m writing about the stigma held against those living with mental illness. It’s not a topic people like to hear about, though it’s a reality.  Many people […]

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What happened?

  I had been an innovative leader in 2006, with the help of God doing much to help people with mental health problems. But a few years ago I left the church, shunned by people who used to be friends. I’ve been reviewing my old journals and blog posts, trying to make sense of what […]

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Representing God

  (first published on May 4, 2011) A few days ago someone told me about a friend with a mental illness who had lost her faith in God because she had been rejected at church. How that upset and angered me! How sad that is! Why would Christians be so unloving? Don’t they remember that […]

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Living room support shut down

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7   Dear friends, Today I want to share with you my […]

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Only God is perfect

   “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven….Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-45, 48   Controlled by an inner […]

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