Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Devotionals (page 2 of 30)

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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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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