Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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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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Joining God in his work

So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only […]

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Are you hurting?

   “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 Friends, […]

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Be a child? Really?

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and […]

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Article re marja’s ministry

  On Thursday, Church for Vancouver posted this article about my newly released gift books and other things in the works: http://churchforvancouver.ca/devotionals-offer-hope-to-those-with-mental-illness/ The writer mentions something new I’m working on with the help of a few others. It’s a home-style small group I call Fellowship with God. We’re hoping that following this study will help […]

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Our need for each other

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night. God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help […]

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For no apparent reason

  You turned my wailing into dancing;   you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.   O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30: 11-12 Isn’t it strange and amazing how the greatest joy a person can have […]

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I’m launching three gift books

Hello everyone. I’m pleased to announce the publication of three new gift books filled with my devotionals and photographs. I am finding they make great gifts for the people in my life who need encouragement, friends who are not doing well for a variety of reasons – especially friends in hospital. I hope some of […]

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Shame

This morning I awoke not wanting to get up, which is hugely unlike me. I was literally moaning with bad feelings – ashamed of having this illness that far too often make me act unnaturally. I’m not ashamed of the illness, but about what it makes me do at times. And I feel such pain […]

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The magic of a smile

              “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a […]

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