Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 31)

In the midst of tragedy

  At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,     and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:20-21 […]

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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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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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At His feet

First published in May 2017   As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. Luke 10:38-39   It’s good to revisit writings […]

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Nearer My God to Thee

  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelations 3:20   A few days ago, my therapist told me to tend to my relationship with Jesus. He’s a person who […]

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Only Jesus will be Jesus

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7 Last Thursday’s devotional about following Jesus courageously might have left some of you feeling a bit […]

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Faith – from mind to heart

April 2019 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT In your mind you know there is a God. You’ve read about him and heard people tell about him. And yet you cannot truly sense his reality. There must be more. Jonathan […]

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Part of the crowd

  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8   Who hasn’t at times been drawn onto the bandwagon to join with others in what is popular? Popular things to […]

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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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