Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: Erwin McManus

He was despised

  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.  Isaiah 53:3 Most of us have had experience with rejection—some more than others. But look at the Scripture above, describing what […]


His relentless pursuit

  And as we live with Christ, our love grows more perfect and complete; so we will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the day of judgment, but can face him with confidence and joy because he loves us and we love him too. We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; […]


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 […]


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 […]


“Having purpose” as a Living Room topic

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  181  (July 26, 2008) At Living Room yesterday we talked about a topic that was prompted by Erwin Raphael McManus’s new book Wide Awake. We talked about what God made us to do. What happened to the dreams we had when we were young? I was a bit worried about bringing up […]


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