Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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I will not hide – excerpt 1

  FINDING A PURPOSE Having a mental illness can make a full life more difficult to achieve than it is for healthy individuals. So far I had only been puttering with life. Nothing I did was serious enough or fulfilling enough. I wanted to do something truly meaningful. For many years I scoured the Help […]

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When wrong-doing is allowed

  “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   Forgiveness has been a common subject lately, and for good […]

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I will not hide – the book

  Marja’s book, now in the works In 1993 I began my life as a mental heath activist. At that time the Vancouver Sun published my article, Sick, but No One Brought me Flowers. It described what it was like to be a patient at Riverview at the age of nineteen. People in the church […]

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Am I crazy?

Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:15-16 First published April 2017 When joy overwhelms you and there’s no one with whom you can share it, what do you do with it? […]

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Ashamed no longer

  When we tell the truth, a truth that needs to be known but that no one wants to hear, we’ll most likely lose friends—possibly a lot of friends. We’ll be ostracized. That’s what happened to Jesus. And that’s what happens to people who call out for Jesus’s truth to be heard today. With pain […]

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Is forgiveness unconditional?

  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17 The word “repentance” is not always understood. To repent is to feel regret or remorse. It is to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to amending one’s life. Confession and repentance are necessary parts of […]

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Fixing my eyes on Jesus

  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   At times we face unjust suffering, not as extreme as Jesus’ crucifixion, but painful, nevertheless. This calls for us to look to Jesus as our example – to fix […]

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When we hurt others

  When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23: 33-34   In this […]

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Why a book about stigma?

  A number of readers have indicated they don’t like to hear about stigma. I believe too that some are having problems with my announcement regarding the book I’m writing about the stigma held against those living with mental illness. It’s not a topic people like to hear about, though it’s a reality.  Many people […]

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Time with Jesus

  First published in December 2016 I wrote this piece during a time of emotional suffering. Extremely painful. And yet, I believe it was the best place to find Jesus.   If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any […]

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