Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: Jesus (page 2 of 6)

Staying safe

  Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the […]

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Beware

    “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15   Beware of the person who looks good, appears to be loving, appears to be humble – but is none of these…Not really. The devil is alive, even now. Ready to devour all […]

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My peace I give you

  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:2   “Peace I leave with you.” I can’t think of anything more comforting and calming than these words from Jesus […]

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Did Jesus feel loved?

   I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11   I wondered to myself: As Jesus hung on the cross, did he feel compassion from anyone? Did anyone […]

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“Come and have breakfast”

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many […]

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Good came from bad

Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers. Romans 8:28-29 (PHILLIPS)   […]

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He came for the lost

  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Luke 19:5-6   The Bible tells us that Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector. Wealthy – almost certainly because he had […]

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Being different for God

  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them […]

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Beyond memories: creating a new reality

  (Written in January 2017) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22   Jesus knew all about forgiving. He came to do a […]

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Broken and contrite (2019)

I may have hurt the person I talked about in the last post, but I think I myself hurt almost as much when I realized what I had done. I love King David’s words from Psalm 51, knowing very well what a “broken and contrite heart” feels like. The person who I’d hurt must have […]

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