Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Living Room (page 1 of 37)

Keeping the focus on Jesus

MENTAL HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY SPEECH DELIVERED TO NEW LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH,  JANUARY 29, 2023: In 1993, I answered God’s call to do all I could to build mental health awareness—a few years later focusing on the Church. I thought that if anyone could show the love of Christ, members of his Church could. They just […]

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He heals us with his love

CHRIST’S LOVE   Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 […]

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Leading from a place of brokenness

THE BEAUTY OF LIVING ROOM My first meeting of leading Living Room during this season of my life will be happening early next month. Yesterday, I met with the chaplain from the community where I’ll be volunteering. I felt I needed to warn him that I’m not the person I used to be—the person who […]

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What is your Goliath?

    THE EVIL OF DECEPTION November 2019  “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47 When I was founding the Living Room ministry in 2006, […]

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What is God’s will for you?

PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE November 2018, revised   I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13   I’ve been reviewing an old blog which was active from 2006 to 2014. 2006 was the year Living Room started. Today http://marjabergen.blogspot.com/ can still be viewed, so many years after the fact. It’s amazing […]

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Becoming victors again

MENTAL HEALTH AND PEER SUPPORT   [Some men] said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days […]

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Hope for recovery

FAITH-BASED PEER SUPPORT AND HUMILITY When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you […]

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Breaking ground – A true story

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS IN THE CHURCH In 1993 the Vancouver Sun published Sick, But No One Brought Me Flowers. This article marked the coming out of a woman who—starting at the beginning of the next century—was to introduce mental health awareness to the Christian Church. She was determined to reduce the stigma affecting people with […]

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My greatest joy

  The greatest joy I’ve ever experienced was during the nine years I led my Living Room support group for people living with mental health challenges. During that time, I also carried out the exciting work of pioneering mental health awareness in the church. The world is a much different place now. And yet, it […]

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Why another book?

  The Living Room Story—just out—shows my experiences as I obeyed God, building the Living Room ministry, and helping those with lived experience be accepted by the church. It shows how God helped me serve for nine years until symptoms of ageing got the better of me. I wrote this book to help me remember […]

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