Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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With the nature of a servant

  Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2   In the […]

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Part 7 – A voice calling – Mother Teresa

MOTHER TERESA (1910 – 1997) Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia to a family of Albanian descent. When Agnes was eight years old, her father died suddenly. She subsequently became very close to her mother, a woman who had a deep commitment to charity. Although not well off, her mother often […]

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Part 6 – Whose voice is this?

“I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.” John 1:23   In Scripture, John the Baptist calls out to prepare for the coming of Jesus. But whose voice have I been talking about in these writings? You must be a bit puzzled by now. The voice […]

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Part 5 – A voice calling – Gandhi, cont’d

Upon his return to India, Gandhi found work hard to come by. In 1893 he accepted work from an Indian firm in South Africa. Although the contract was for a year, he ended up staying for twenty-one years. On one occasion, while travelling first class on a train, he was thrown off after a white […]

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Part 4 – A voice calling – Gandhi

MAHATMA GANDHI (1869 – 1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, later named “Mahatma”, meaning Great Soul, was born in the princely state of Porbandar, India. His father served as a government official. He was very shy as a child and used to return home as soon as school ended to avoid talking to anyone. When Gandhi was […]

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Part 3 – A voice calling – Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809 -1865) One of America’s greatest politicians and most respected and beloved personalities, Abraham Lincoln, was the sixteenth president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. His story is a remarkable one. He was born into a humble family with illiterate parents. He had hardly any formal education, spending less than 12 […]

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Part 2 – Human rights for people with mental illness

  A VOICE OF ONE CALLING   A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3 There are many human rights movements active today. But attention to equal rights for people with mental illness is greatly lacking. It’s time to […]

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A voice of one calling – Part 1

  John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” John 1:23   John the Baptist had been testifying about Jesus and he was questioned by Jewish priests and Levites, puzzled by what he was proclaiming. “Who are […]

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Brokenhearted

  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17   We all do things that are wrong at times. And how we regret it! It’s hard to find the words to express how badly we feel. I’ve found that reading Psalm 51 helps. […]

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He pursues you with his love

  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear […]

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