Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: Jesus (page 1 of 7)

Losing our life for him

  Jesus said, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” Luke 9:24-25   Do those words puzzle you? What on earth did Jesus […]

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Are you hungry?

  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35   Many people would think I was daft if I said that I like the word “hungry” and that it has positive connotations for me. But […]

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And yet he was hated

  Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their […]

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His love will flow

  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I […]

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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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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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His costly gift

  “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   Jesus sacrificed his life by suffering through one of the most […]

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Red-hot anger

  When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the […]

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Jesus up close

  I Will Not Hide is now a real book. And, as so often happens when a person has completed a big creative effort, I quickly started feeling lost, not knowing what to do with myself. But soon I realized that I very much wanted to write about Jesus. As a result of the pain […]

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Come to me

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   […]

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