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Mark Altrogge

  • Who Died and Made Me Judge?

    Much of the time anger involves making a judgment: What that person did to me was wrong and I have a right to be angry about it. Yet only God is capable of perfectly righteous anger, because God is the perfectly righteous judge.
    Mark Altrogge
    October 29,2013
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  • Be Sloooooooooooow to Anger

    Anger usually feels like it erupts instantaneously from nowhere, like Mt. St. Helens. Yet the Bible says we should be slow to anger.
    Mark Altrogge
    October 22,2013
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  • Guarding Our Eyes in a Visual Culture

    When God tells us, “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you,” he is telling us to guard our hearts by watching what we expose ourselves to.
    Mark Altrogge
    October 15,2013
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  • Thoughts Arising out of Nowhere, Like Moths...

    Have you ever wondered where our thoughts come from? Have you ever said Now where did that thought come from when some bizarre thought popped into your head? Sometimes it seems they arise out of nowhere, like my moths.
    Mark Altrogge
    October 8,2013
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  • Who Do You Trust?

    We put our trust in experts all the time. Yet how hard it is to trust the Lord at times. We can worry and fret and try to figure things out on our own. We can easily become downcast when life gets hard. We can wonder if God really hears our prayers.
    Stephen Altrogge
    October 1,2013
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  • The Lord of Hosts Who Conquers Through Pots of Clay

    Years ago, miserable in my slavery to sin, I cried out, “God please change me.” I didn’t ask him to save me, I just knew I needed help. Little did I know magnitude of my request.
    Mark Altrogge
    September 24,2013
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  • How to Achieve Ultimate Success

    Turn on the TV and you’ll see all kinds of gurus telling you how to be successful and fulfilled. But what does God have to say?
    Mark Altrogge
    September 17,2013
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  • Murphy’s Law or God’s Law?

    Waiting is an act of faith. Because in waiting for the Lord, we are saying, Lord I trust in you. Faith waits confidently for the Lord to fulfill his promises.
    Mark Altrogge
    September 10,2013
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  • What Are You Willing to Risk?

    Jesus risked it all for us – not only did he risk it all, he gave it all. We should be willing to take risks for him.
    Mark Altrogge
    September 3,2013
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  • Faith Is War

    It’s a fight. A battle. Faith is hard. It’s a fight to trust God when you can’t see him. It’s a fight to believe God is in control when all around us screams life has derailed.
    Mark Altrogge
    August 27,2013
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  • She Just Happened to Go There and Just Happened to Meet Him…

    How many times in our lives do we just “happen” to go somewhere or meet someone and later find out it was God’s wonderful providence?
    Mark Altrogge
    August 20,2013
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  • So Who You Gonna Trust?

    We may shake our heads at Judah’s foolishness, but so often we do the same thing. Rather than trusting in God, we trust our own wits.
    Mark Altrogge
    August 13,2013
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  • God’s Shovel Is Bigger than Mine

    When we give generously, we reflect God’s own lavish nature. God so loved the world he GAVE – his only begotten SON for our salvation. And Jesus emptied himself and became poor to make us rich.
    Mark Altrogge
    August 6,2013
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  • The Surprising Blessings That Overtake The Generous

    The God who promised we won’t lose our reward for giving a cup of cold water to a disciple won’t fail to bless us when we bless others.
    Mark Altrogge
    July 30,2013
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  • An Incredible Promise of Guidance

    Are you at a major crossroads? Need God’s guidance for a challenging child or teen? Facing a big decision and don’t know the right way to choose? This promise is for you…
    Mark Altrogge
    July 23,2013
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  • When My Hair Looks Like a Van Gogh Sunflower

    This escapade reminded me of a truth I heard years ago – we all have “blind spots.” Blind spots are things about ourselves we are unaware of or don’t perceive accurately.
    Mark Altrogge
    July 16,2013
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  • Communion with God: It’s Not a Chore. It’s Sweet.

    Communion is a good old Puritan word that means hanging out with God. Spending time with him. Getting to know him. Abiding in his word. Meditating on it. Talking with Jesus – thanking him, praying, casting our cares on him.
    Mark Altrogge
    July 9,2013
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  • Hey, Turn Out That Light!

    When people huddle in a dark room doing wicked things they’re fine, till someone flips on a blazing light. Then they scream, “Hey, turn out the light!”
    Mark Altrogge
    July 2,2013
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  • Blessed Are the Ambassadors of Peace

    The peace Jesus is talking about isn’t world peace, inner peace, or even peace between people (though this peace leads to peace between people). He’s talking about the peace with God he bought on the cross.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 27,2013
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  • Does Your Inside Match Your Outside?

    Outwardly they honored God. But they had no love for God. Their hearts – their inner persons – were impure – they acted religious to be noticed by men, not to please God.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 18,2013
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