Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Purpose for your disability?

  As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3   A […]

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Only God is perfect

   “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven….Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-45, 48   Controlled by an inner […]

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What a friend!

  When Jesus sees our pain, understands it, feels it with us – it matters not to him where it came from. He doesn’t look at who caused it or why. He never judges whether it’s worthy of compassion or healing. With love, he joins us in it. marja

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Safe with him

  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19   I believe all of us live with fears in greater or lesser degrees, though […]

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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; […]

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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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How can such pain be ignored?

  During the years at my previous church, I had been a well-regarded leader. In the greater community I was considered a pioneer, bringing attention to the needs of people with mental illness to churches. So what happened? During my time at this church, I gave my all to serving God. I… wrote my second […]

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Betrayed

  Called the crisis line – the second time today. Wanting to  put an end to something. My enemies or me. Agitated, don’t know what to do. Impatient to end the wickedness. Betrayals…so many betrayals. Friends I had once blindly loved emotionally abused me, destroyed all I’d been, forced me out. Robbed me of what […]

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Beware of false teachings

  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that he will forgive your sins. (Acts 3:19)   Those are good verses. Because if God didn’t want it that way, we […]

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When all men doubt you

  …in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11   The goal I’ve set for myself is to write devotionals that will build you up and encourage you. We all need that. However, as I sat down to write today, I realized we mustn’t overlook the realities […]

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