Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 1 of 29)

Once and for all?

  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9   Have you ever heard a statement in church saying that once […]

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Do you have the courage?

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you […]

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Whose voice do you hear?

On behalf of the unaccepted among us:   “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Mark 4:24-25   I’ve been reading about William […]

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I’m sorry, God

   If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   I’ve been writing about the Atlantic Slave Trade and the efforts last year to have those who were responsible apologize for those great sins. William Wilberforce, the abolitionist, wrote the […]

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Discover Peace

Adapted from a 2014 Living Room interactive devotional You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 ESV We hear a lot about finding peace in God. But how can we live in peace in the lives we live today? All of us are longing […]

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A time to be still

  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:17-19   On December 4th, 2007, I wrote the […]

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Give it all to him

  Adapted from a March 2010 interactive Living Room devotional.   Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39   This was Christ’s prayer at […]

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Will you forget us forever?

  Adapted from a Living Room interactive devotional How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, […]

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Coping with our pain

Adapted from 2010 Living Room interactive devotional. To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift […]

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God’s mercies – new every morning

  Adapted from a 2013 Living Room interactive devotional I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Lamentations 3:19-20 Lamentations is a collection of laments, believed to have been written by Jeremiah after the fall of Jerusalem and the burning […]

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