Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Mental Health and Faith (page 1 of 38)

The message of Christ’s healing power, lost

FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” […]

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How great our need

A NEED FOR JESUS – MY STORY I have lived with bipolar disorder as a person who didn’t believe in God. And I’ve lived with bipolar illness as someone who learned to have faith in Jesus Christ. And, though my faith did not “heal” me, I have become a stronger person because of it. Trusting […]

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A vision for faith-based support emerges

GIVING BIRTH TO LIVING ROOM One day in early 2006, I was attending a Mood Disorders Association meeting (MDA-BC) when the facilitator went around the circle asking each of us to tell what their best way is to cope with symptoms. I knew that my best way was to go to God, to trust him, […]

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No one brought me flowers

COMING OUT – MY STORY In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Psalm 25:1-3 […]

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At a New Age boutique

FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH Part 9 of my story  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy […]

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“Feed my sheep”

FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH Part 8 of my story January 25, 2024   The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” […]

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Meeting God, my Father

FAITH Part 6 of my story “. . . We’re all different and the way in which we need God in our life will differ somewhat from the needs others might have.” Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 Around […]

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Inside the booklet

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Healing the Effects of Stigma will help friends of those living with the effects of stigma learn how they can bring relief to the pain they live with. What is the pain that people with mental health challenges live with? This is what they would tell us. We are looked down […]

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Spirituality, theology, and our health

HAROLD G. KOENIG, M.D. AND HIS PASSION In 2004, at a time when I had started raising mental health awareness in the Church, Harold G. Koenig, M.D. published, New Light on Depression, a book he had co-authored with David Biebel, D.Min. I read the book and was much inspired. It was just two years later, […]

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Through His love we are healed

IN THE NAME OF JESUS I was disturbed a short time ago when I was at a church service that spent part of worship time singing a song focused on Jesus as One who could loosen our chains of depression and anxiety. Although it was about Jesus, “the light of the world,” I felt that […]

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