Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Forgiveness in our personal lives – A life worth living, Part 12

  Wilberforce wrote the following about those who were not able to see the sinfulness—the inhumanity of the Slave Trade: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” Let’s look at what dealing with sin looks like in our personal lives. Years ago, when […]

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Will God forgive? – A life worth living, Part 11

On May 25, 2020, an African American man named George Floyd was brutally killed during an arrest after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis. One of four police officers who arrived on the scene, had knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period, initially reported to be 8 minutes […]

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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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Part 14 – Mandela forgiveness and reconciliation

  When he was finally released from prison in 1990, Mandela did not succumb to bitterness. All he could think about was the healing of his country and to bring old enemies—the blacks and the whites—together to rebuild in a common cause. Mandela will be remembered to have lived and died, loving and forgiving. Instead […]

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Brokenhearted

  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17   We all do things that are wrong at times. And how we regret it! It’s hard to find the words to express how badly we feel. I’ve found that reading Psalm 51 helps. […]

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What if Jesus didn’t forgive?

  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   It would have been so healing if I could have been forgiven for who I am—a person with mental illness. Wouldn’t the attitude towards me have been kinder? […]

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Not for myself alone – part 7

I had been told I’d been too demanding. Relying too much on friends. Constantly needing to email and talk. I’ve told before about how I felt guilty about this behavior and how I tried to change. A few times I asked for boundaries, thinking I needed firm guidelines, but was told I was always welcome […]

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Once for all

  Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. Hebrews 7:27   Priests used to repeatedly offer animal sacrifices. But this was only […]

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Amazing grace

  For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. Romans 5:2 TLB   First published March 2018 Do you ever feel that there’s […]

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Imagine

  God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9   I hope you don’t mind, but with this I continue a topic similar to what I spoke of last week, but much different. Have you ever wondered how it might have been to be […]

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