Bergsland Design shares the section of the site concerned with graphic design and book production. It’s not a legal DBA, rather a long-used pseudonym covering my graphic design work. If you’ve read my about me page, you can see it’s been a winding road to this place. This page attempts to help you sort out what I do as one part of the three basic areas: graphic design, font design, and teaching.
Bergsland Design the designer portion
Obviously I design much more than books. I’ve got designs on Zazzle—though that’s languishing for lack of attention. I design fonts, and much of my income comes from there. I design curricula and have three courses online in Udemy so far. When I’m bored I design landscapes, home interiors, and recipes.
Pages in this portion of my work
- Book production
- Book production charges
- Book publishing with InDesign CC
- Books on production & design
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The doctrinal warfare ends for good. Good riddance, that is. It was necessary for a while. But now it increasingly inhibits the believer’s life. How can I possibly say that? Because it has changed from a necessity to a blockage.
The doctrinal warfare ends for good, no longer needed
Churchians cannot even imagine the freedom of following the Lord more directly. Doctrines brought the church into feudalism. Armed fortresses with doctrines forming the outer defensive walls.
The age of doctrine is nearly completed
Doctrine is used to build a denomination. It’s necessary for a group which is breaking off from the overall church as a result of the effort to reform it. In a real way, Luther was the impetus for the beginning of the denominational wars. Don’t tell him, though. He’d be upset.
It was necessary because he was talking about a radical change in focus—something which had been lost by the church. It was basically a simple scriptural teaching. The problem was that no one had the scripture at their disposal. It was not available except to church-trained clergy. The doctrinal wars are still mostly on that level. It’s a battle between seminarians. But now they are denominational seminaries. Because of that, most of the Truth the Holy Spirit shows us has been reduced to a denominational stance.
The problem is that doing this to something important, like the necessity of being born again, renders it lifeless. Rebirth is not a doctrinal stance. It is an essential requirement to enter the Kingdom of God. But, it happens differently with every believer. The process of being reborn gives us the Holy Spirit as the Lord moves inside us. The Holy Spirit teaches us all things, so doctrine is no longer necessary—at all.
Of course, the Lord is not restricted. In the midst of all this He stepped outside the denominations and started something new to bring back the Holy Spirit into the church. In places like among the Cherokee in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then in the livery stable on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, the Lord brought the Holy Spirit back into the life of the church.
The Holy Spirit had been driven out of the church well before Constantine. He just made the church leadership too uncomfortable. The Holy Spirit was a level of power that an institutional church could not allow. Of course, the loving Lord we serve just went along and stepped outside the walls of the churches. He didn’t need the church. We needed Him.
Without the Holy Spirit the problems like what Luther dealt with were inevitable. But the church had learned. You can control the church with man made doctrines. They were like defensive walls of rigid containment.
The doctrinal stances of various denominations made it very difficult for believers to receive the teaching of the Holy Spirit within the church. Most of us have experienced the pain of rejection by the church which results from listening to the Holy Spirit. But thankfully, that is almost over forever.
Once we are pulled out, we’ll just be the Bride of the Messiah—no denominations any more. The time of denominations is almost over! Praise the Lord! They were necessary—but no longer needed… The freedom of the Kingdom of God is such a joy.
A little touch of reality to counter the media
Maja shook herself. With a large smile she replied, “The Lord just gave me a glimpse of that reality. I have seen other glimpses in my new relationship with Antonne. This new life in the Kingdom is truly amazing.”
Rachael began, “Lord Jesus, I am asking that you guide Jacob and me to give Maja and Antonne the truth, so, they can understand what you designed into marriage. Show them both what the enemy is trying to do with marriage in his world. We need all your gifts to get this done. We trust you to give them when they’ll help. Touch Maja and Antonne by your Holy Spirit.”
Maya asked, “I need a little something about the enemy and his world.”
Jacob explained, “Satan won the right to rule the world when Adam and Eve chose to follow him and sinned. He put together an incredibly evil world system designed to separate people and frustrate them to a place where he can control them easily.
“His system is what we now call Western Civilization: religion, government, entertainment, the economy, the legal system, communication, travel, and all the rest. Everything in our daily lives which doesn’t need or want Jesus.” Jacob smiled.
“However, Jesus won back the rulership of the world, by shedding his blood on the cross. He now uses Satan’s system to train and discipline us. Satan and his demons have no power over believers. In fact, they have no power over anyone unless the Lord allows it and a person gives them power by handing over control to a demon.”
Maja just fell into worship.
Have a day of wonder in the Spirit.
The Kosmos will be eliminated again and few know about it. The world in Greek is kosmos and it is described as the entire world system, including: the economic system, the legal system, government, law enforcement, politics, the health system, the educational system, the entertainment system, and all the rest. What the world calls civilization.
The kosmos is designed to make men and women frustrated, enraged, picked on, helpless, fearful, confused, and hopeless. The Enemy knows that he does not have the power to simply kill you. He has to get people to do that for him. His basic strategy is sin. If he can trap you in sin, then he has killed you—because you are going to hell.
So, as in the days of Noah…
The first time the Lord needed to get the kosmos eliminated, He sent the Flood.
Only Noah and his family were saved. He had to kill everyone else.
The only way to deal with the kosmos is war. The world system must be destroyed. That is what the Lord will do very soon, before He comes back to reign as King over the entire planet. To repeat, the first time the Lord needed to get the kosmos eliminated, He sent the Flood. Only Noah and his family were saved. He had to kill everyone else.
More than that He had to radically rebuild the entire surface of the planet. He needed a planet which could train mankind on a very deep level. Our fallen world does that very well. The same thing will happen again in the near future—resulting in a very different type of training. We know this as the Reign of the Messiah in the Millennium.
The Kosmos will be eliminated again and few know
Pray and keep your eyes open. The Lord will show you passage after passage about all of this. What follows is just one at the end of Revelation 19: NASB
“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great feast of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, both free and slaves, and small and great… And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet… these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire…
“And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.”
David Blatner defines design in his latest weekly posting on Linked-In. It seems good enough to me so I decided to share it with you. It’s not earth shaking, and has nothing to do with spiritual reality. But my hope is that you find it helpful.
David Blatner defines design
What is design? Design is not about making stuff look pretty. It’s not about making it “pop” or look cool. Design, at its core, is the practice of enhancing and improving communication. That is, you want to get a message from your head or heart to someone else’s head or heart, and design is how you package it up in order to make it transmit as smoothly and accurately as possible.
Bad design causes friction and confusion; good design leads to ease and clarity.
Bad design distracts or hides; good design focuses and reveals.
This applies to any kind of design: graphics, typography, architecture, music, video, fashion, signage, and more — each medium offers its own unique opportunities for enhancing and improving communication. A song, a painting, a business card, a presentation, a social media post, a book… these are all packages that work better when they’re designed better.
This is important because you are a designer, even if you don’t think you are.
You design how you talk about something, you design the food you prepare, you design the photos you share. So: design is easy, but good design is hard. Good design requires clear thinking, an understanding of psychology, and often a surprising amount of technical skill.
For example, take graphic design. We use graphic design to improve and enhance communication, so it encompasses accessibility (enabling that message to reach more people), color smarts (being clear how color is perceived and reproduced), data visualization (converting raw numbers to intelligible graphics), and much more.
You want your house pipes to flow better? Call a plumber. You want the electricity to flow? Call an electrician. But if you want your ideas to flow smoothly, easily, and with clarity, it’s time to [call or •ed.] become a better designer.
The Bible can help you discern this. But what terrifies the institutional church, only you [by the power of the Holy Spirit] can know what Yeshua has told you. Your task is to cough up the faith to act on what He has told you to do.
Doing what Jesus said today is the call for every day
What He said is usually in the past. Those of us who have been following Jesus for decades should know exactly what He has told us to do. For example, He has told me to write transformative spirit-filled fiction.
If you just met Him, it’s the main thing you need to be asking Him. He designed you for a purpose. You need to find out what that is.
We are all unique. No one has any idea what you were designed to be—except the Lord. You must ask Him directly. It’s the only way to hear Him accurately.
Don’t tell me that you cannot hear Him. It’s a very simple issue to solve. Ask Jesus, “Will you please, Lord, show me how to hear you accurately and truthfully.” Show me how to hear you is a question Jesus will always answer. The problem is that neither I, nor anyone else, can tell you. Only Jesus can do that. If you think you’ve heard Him tell you, that’s not good enough. Tell Him, “Sorry, Lord, but that wasn’t clear enough for me.”
You need to know what Jesus told you to do
Do not give up. Be persistent. Don’t be a nag and a shrew. Just make sure you tell Him that you seriously want to know who you are and what you’ve been told to do.
He’ll tell you. He’s trustworthy. He wants you to know. But you have to ask.
Irrational fear is demonic and you can simply get rid of it as a reborn believer who believes Jesus is the Messiah. Tell the demon to go. Bind that demon in the name of Jesus, and command it to leave, in Jesus’ name.
If you are scoffing, look at yourself and check to see that you’re truly a believer. I’ve been walking with the Lord for nearly fifty years, and I’ve never seen that prayer not work.
Irrational fear is demonic and the first indicator of enemy activity
Confusion is usually the second most common indicator. But it can be caused by bad blood sugars.
But watch and observe. You’ll discover that much of your trouble begins with irrational fear. If you get rid of the irrational fear, you can deal with the trouble rationally and clearly.
You’ll be very surprised to discover how many of your ungodly actions are triggered by an attack of irrational fear, fear that has no real reason, fear that does not make sense.
My six-decade-long depression was largely brought about by feelings of dread. An irrational fear over unnamed future events. Watching for that and getting rid of the attacker immediately has brought me to the place of being healed of my depression.
Once I realized that there was no reason for that dread. I could attack it, get rid of it, and experience the relief as the depression simply lifted off of me. Often, at the beginning, it was perceived as a miraculous delivery.
Now that I know that is the normal first shot of an enemy attack, I find that immediate deliverance is my new norm. It’s brought joy into my life.
Rational fear, of a real danger, enemy, or activity, is different. However, eliminating irrational fear will bring a new sense of freedom and liberty. It’s a major tool in spiritual warfare.
There is no death … there is only a time when your choice has been made—heaven or hell. You need to make that part of your decision-making process. That time could come now—or it might be a year or two—probably not much longer than that.
It really is that black and white. This present life we are living in the training place of mankind, where you get to choose where you will end up, is almost concluded. With God or not. The world is currently showing us what life without the Lord will be…and we are heading toward that day quickly.
There is no death … but a massive choice|•••
Do you want to be with the One who designed us and made us all, or not? Everything which is good was made by the Lord, Almighty God. The bad, ugly, nasty stuff is a distorted, twisted, destroyed perversion of the good.
The comparison is between Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Smoky Mountains, the Hudson River or the dangerous nearly abandoned warehouse district, public housing, rush hour traffic, smog. It’s between Vermont, Montana, Colorado, Oregon or the incredibly distorted, dangerous, stinky, noisy, poor districts of the cities. It’s between worship, love and fellowship or lies, hate, and war.
It seems like an easy and obvious choice to me. But the vast majority are choosing hell. If that bothers you, ask Jesus about it. Say: Jesus, I need to talk with you. I need to know the truth. He will respond and talk to you, showing you the truth by His Holy Spirit. It really is that simple. It’s all about Yeshua the Messiah—or in Greek, Jesus the Christ. Time is really running out for all of us. I pray that you make the choice of love, life, and good—our loving Father who desires to make things good for you.
I had one of my characters in my current novel post about this on her blog. Sakura is a Japanese-American who was recently radically saved. She’s being mentored in a new believing mentorship school being built in Northfield, Minnesota. Helaena is her mentor. Let’s throw in another copy of the title for the SEO. Then I’ll let you read what she wrote.
The Bible will not save you, only Jesus
“Thank you, Lord. I really need your anointing for this one. I want to keep it loving. But, I believe I know what you were saying. Am I correct? … Thanks, Lord. I need your help on this one.”
Sakura quickly found Romans 2:29, 7:4, and II Corinthians 3:6. She prayed again, and started writing.
I guess I hit a nerve with my last post about Bringing the Life of Jesus. The Lord just delivered me and got me reborn a short while ago. So, I just thought everyone could see what I see in John 5:39-40. I’ve talked with my mentor, and prayed about it some more.
But, it is still clear that Jesus was rebuking people who thought eternal life was found in the scriptures.
He said, “You need to come to me to get life.” Actually, He said, “you refuse to come to me…”
Paul wrote about the same thing in Second Corinthians three, verse six. “Our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.” He talked about the same thing in Romans 2:29 and 7:4.
This is what Jeremiah was talking about in 31:33-34. It’s God speaking, “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Remember, we need to be able to talk with Jesus directly. He’ll love to talk with you. Just ask him, how can I talk with you, Jesus?
“Helaena? Will you come here and read this before I post it?”
She wheeled her chair over, and read the post. She looked at Sakura with a large smile. “The Lord anointed you, Sakura. I agree entirely, and I can sense the Holy Spirit in it. Have you decided what to call this one?”
“I don’t know. How about, The scriptures show you truth. But Jesus IS truth. With a capital IS?”
“I think that will work well. You heard the Lord. I’ll be praying that the Holy Spirit gets through to the people who got upset.” Helaena rolled back to her desk.
A definitive statement on the suicide of America by Dr. David Reagan is a refreshing read. This is the truth as I know it, and Dr. Reagan shares it clean, clear, and to the point. It’s not popular, but it’s accurate.
As he says, this is not the time for patriotism. It’s time for massive repentance. I do not see that happening, nor does he. He lays out our position thoroughly, and clearly. He’s got it all covered, and it makes plain obvious sense as you read it.
The humanists have won this round, but their day is coming. It won’t be pretty—but it’s been a long time coming. This whole thing is what caused me to drop out in the late sixties.
The hypocrisy of the fifties is what caused the sixties. What we were taught in school had nothing to do with what was happening in church. I’m very pleased that the Lord is going to give them what they’ve been asking for.
In fact, America’s basic policy statement to Almighty God is: “You’re a myth. We’ve got nothing to worry about. The old rules are just history.” At least they’ve got arrogance covered well.
A definitive statement on the suicide of America is needed
When you listen to the caterwauling of the current news cycle, this basic statement of truth is completely missing. It doesn’t matter which side you listen to, the truth is missing regardless.
So, this is really scary, right? No. It all lines up with what scripture has told us to expect. America’s not in Revelation. Again, I believe Dr. Reagan has the best explanation. When Jesus comes to pull us out of here, it will leave such chaos behind that America will be gone.
Our job is to turn people to Jesus
He still has time to save them. But you need to be aware that after the church is gone, it will become much more difficult to turn to Jesus. I mean, the bad stuff has really not even started yet. It’s possible that a nuke will be the final blow. But just the chaos will be overwhelming.
Yes, eliminating frustration is possible and more than that, a major part of maturing in the Lord. We need to learn how, and it’s simple. I was discussing this in my latest novel this morning. I felt the Lord wanted me to share it with you. Here’s the passage:
Thomas was upset and grumpy. He had spent the entire morning trying to get a workspace set up with no success. It was very dangerous, even deadly, if he didn’t get it fixed. [ed: Thomas was a new believer. He had gotten extremely frustrated, to the place where he was non-functional. Larry was his pastor, mentoring him in the scriptures.]
Larry put a halt to it. “Let’s pray. Lord Jesus, Thomas has a real problem here. I know that if you have called him to do this, you have a solution. We ask you to reveal it to us, or lead us to a person who could build it. But, for now, I ask you to be merciful to my brother and give him your peace. I ask you for a time of refreshing for him, so we can study your scriptures. I ask for the anointing, Jesus, to be able to teach this dear man, and help him to get his focus back on you.”
Thomas grumped out an “Amen.”
“All right,” commanded Larry softly. “It’s time to get yourself under control. Your reaction can quickly lead you to a serious spiritual problem. Life is frustrating. I’ve fought my rage over things like this for my whole life. In fact, before the Lord showed me how to deal with it spiritually, my life was severely hampered by depression because of it.
“I suspect you have also. But, you need to learn how gain freedom from this wasting habitual response. First things first, are you ready to learn how to get things like this fixed? I’m not talking about stuffing your emotions. But it will take some effort on your part. Are you willing to do that? The ways of the Kingdom are different. I recognize that. But, your response is of the flesh and can end up in sin very quickly.”
Thomas was startled. “Of course. I had no idea.”
Eliminating frustration is possible and simple
“All right, just like learning to work under the anointing requires holiness, getting frustration under control requires the same level of trust. Hebrews tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. The best definition of faith I know is trusting in one who is able. You just met the only one who is able. Believe me, you are not able. You are learning that you have help in all levels of your life—including this one.
“Frustration is from two basic sources. It comes because you cannot figure out a solution to a problem. That’s understandable and I’ll show you how to deal with that.
“But, there’s a much larger problem than that. Frustration is one of Satan’s major tools. The world is designed to frustrate all of us, individually and in groups.
“In the Kingdom, the world is controlled by Satan. He gained rulership over the world when Adam and Eve sinned. But we’re not talking about the planet.
“The world in Greek is kosmos and it is described as the entire world system, including: the economic system, the legal system, government, law enforcement, politics, the health system, the educational system, the entertainment system, and all the rest. What the world calls civilization.
“The kosmos is designed to make men and women frustrated, enraged, picked on, helpless, fearful, confused, and hopeless. The Enemy knows that he does not have the power to simply kill you. He has to get people to do that for him.
His basic strategy is sin. If he can trap you in sin, then he has killed you—because you are going to hell. You will discover that this level of frustration is largely eliminated when you realize who is behind it.
“The only way to deal with the kosmos is war. The world system must be destroyed. That is what the Lord will do very soon, before He comes back to reign as King over the entire planet. The first time the Lord had to get the kosmos eliminated, He sent the Flood. Only Noah and his family were saved. He had to kill everyone else.
“More than that He had to radically rebuild the entire surface of the planet. He needed a planet which could train mankind on a very deep level. Our fallen world does that very well. The same thing will happen again in the near future, resulting in a very different type of training.
“But the frustration over your inadequacies and inabilities is completely different. Paul wrote that these temptations to sin are common to man, but the Lord will always show you the way of escape.
“Unresolved, frustration commonly leads you into rage, and that results in depression. As a believer, you have help. The Holy Spirit will show you the solution. Your personal frustration was solved by your rebirth. However, it takes a little work to make that real in your life.
“First, as usual, you need to give it over to Jesus. Talk to Him about it. Tell Him, to remind yourself, that you are trusting Him to show you the solution. It doesn’t require a lengthy explanation. He lives within you and he can see what your problems are. But as always, you need to ask for the solution. That is where faith comes in. You ask and trust.
“Then you leave the problem with Him and go about your business. Do something else, until He provides the solution. I’m pretty sure I know where you can find your solution. But you need to understand how to deal with it, first. Eventually, this will become normal to you. But turning to Jesus always, habitually, is what Paul told us in Romans twelve. We present ourselves as a living sacrifice—sacrifices are killed. The result is that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind.
That is never automatic. The enemy and our soul and flesh fight that tooth and nail. But it always works—simple, but not easy. as usual.