Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: following Jesus

Would you dare?

  …a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside […]

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When least is expected

  The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the […]

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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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Following Jesus – courageously

  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   Do you love Jesus enough to follow him – wherever he might lead you? Do you have the courage? If we look into New Testament accounts, we’ll see that […]

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When he calls us to follow

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed […]

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Oh no! I forgot about love!

    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7   After I had sent out Monday’s devotional on FOLLOWING JESUS, I realized – to my great embarrassment – that I had missed talking about the best […]

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In company with Jesus

  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better […]

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Faith and mental health

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  72  (June 9, 2007) Studies have been done about the benefits of faith to our health, including our mental health. Most of them have found that religious people have a greater ability to cope than people without a faith. One of the top researchers in this field is Dr. Harold Koenig of […]

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Having a hard time?

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10 An encouraging thought: There’s no need to despair when things are tough. We always have Jesus. In fact, it’s at times when things are bad that we come to […]

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