Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: May 2021 (page 1 of 2)

Krakow – A life worth living – Part 43

Emalia KRAKOW In September 1939, the German army invaded Poland, occupying Krakow. This ancient Polish city became the seat of the German occupation administration and was home to some 60,000 Jews. The city attracted German entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on Poland’s adversities and make a fortune. Schindler was one of them. He appeared to thrive […]

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A message for the child in you

February 2017 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No […]

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Oskar Schindler, a complex man – A life worth living – Part 42

Holocaust scholar, Louis Bülow describes Schindler this way: “To 1,200 Jews a womanizing, heavy-drinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler was all that stood between them and death at the hands of the Nazis…Today there are more than 8,500 descendants of his Jews living in the U.S., Europe and Israel.” Schindler’s imperfections […]

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Because He lives

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 I awoke from a nap on Monday with the words, “The truth will set you free” on my mind. And […]

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Oskar Schindler and the Holocaust – Part 41

Now we’re going to make a big jump—from a doctor in the depths of Africa to a Nazi profiteer who saved 1,200 Jews. You will find this an interesting story.   THE HOLOCAUST In January 1933, Adolph Hitler and his Nazi regime came to power in Germany, starting a twelve year rampage against all peoples […]

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Why live?

May 2017 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7 “Why live?” was the question I had in the subject line of an email I sent someone years ago. I had asked him to remind me why I should live. It was an honest question. […]

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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 I […]

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The ministry of service – A life worth living – Part 40

As a person who had studied and meditated on Christ’s life, the following words from Philippians 2:5-7 must have helped inspire Dr. Schweitzer to become the servant of God he was: “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with […]

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Controversy & The hospital today – A life worth living – Part 39

Alas! None of us—including the great people we talk about in this book—are perfect. We are human and we all have flaws. Trouble is, when a person is famous and highly acclaimed like Albert Schweitzer was, it shows more.  It kind of dampens the good story we’d like to tell. But we must stay truthful, […]

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Reverence for life – A life worth living – Part 38

When Dr. Schweitzer was around eight years old, he experienced something one Sunday morning that helped shape his life. At the urging of a young friend, he reluctantly aimed his slingshot at several birds which, he later wrote, “sang sweetly into the morning sunshine.” Moved, he “made a silent vow to miss. At that moment, […]

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