Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Malala Yousafzai – A life worth living – Part 25

MALALA YOUSAFZAI (1997 – ) [1] [2] Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country’s Swat Valley. She became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child. She attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. In September 2008, after the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in […]

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Part 19 – Human rights for all

  We have talked a great deal about human rights in this A Voice of One Calling series. Human rights define what we are all entitled to—a life of equality, dignity, respect. A life that is free of discrimination. It’s how we should expect to be treated as a person. In the last story we […]

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With the nature of a servant

  Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2   In the […]

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Part 3 – A voice calling – Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809 -1865) One of America’s greatest politicians and most respected and beloved personalities, Abraham Lincoln, was the sixteenth president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. His story is a remarkable one. He was born into a humble family with illiterate parents. He had hardly any formal education, spending less than 12 […]

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…And yet, David found strength

First published in February 2017 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep….David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. …But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:4,6 […]

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Never completely stable

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  244  (July 9, 2009) Yesterday morning I was reminded of the fact that I will never be a completely stable person. I thought God had answered my prayers and the prayers of my friends, bringing me to a return of joy and – I thought – stability. However, I’ve discovered that the […]

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Walking on water

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  241  (June 19, 2009) A couple of weeks ago I told you about the Bible study Living Room would be starting today, John Ortberg’s “If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat.” It’s based on the story of Peter, leaving the boat in the midst […]

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What makes you strong?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  155  (April 25, 2008) I listened to a talk given by John Stumpo to a group of pastors at a conference. One thing he said that impressed me was this: “Your strength is not in what you do well but in what makes you strong – in what feeds you.” That’s so […]

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How faith helps

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  92  (August 18, 2007) The symptoms of bipolar disorder can be unbearable at times. But the question is, what kind of person do you become as a result? If you don’t become bitter, you become better. (I’m quoting someone here, but not sure who.) I truly believe that. If we can survive […]

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Living victoriously

  …to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” […]

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