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Mark Altrogge

  • 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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  • How to Receive Mercy

    When we sow mercy we’ll reap it: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 11,2013
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  • Blessed Are Those Who Are Gentle

    God gives the meek everything they need. Those who are meek find deep contentment and joy.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 4,2013
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  • Happy Are the Mourners

    What does Jesus mean? Why is someone blessed when they grieve? Why mourn just to be comforted? Why not skip both?
    Mark Altrogge
    May 28,2013
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  • How to Escape the Snares of Money Love and Fear

    Contentment helps us escape this powerful temptation: “Keep your life free from love of money and be content with what you have. But how can we be content with what we have if we don’t have much?
    Mark Altrogge
    May 21,2013
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  • The Name I Never Knew Him By

    Christianity involves gigantic, eternity-shaping truth – but this truth is meant to bring us into a relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. A family relationship.
    Mark Altrogge
    April 25,2013
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  • If You Want To Get To Me You’ll Have To Go Through…

    When Jesus saved me, I was amazed, grateful and relieved that he would forgive my sins. But I could never have fathomed the depths of the relationship he had brought me into.
    Mark Altrogge
    April 23,2013
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  • That Thing We Don’t Like to Think About

    We get uncomfortable when we think about it. Oh, we know it’s coming sometime, a long, long time from now. There’ll be time to think about it later.
    Mark Altrogge
    April 16,2013
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  • If God Doesn’t Need Anything, Then Why Does He Command Us to Serve Him?

    God doesn’t need anything. He doesn’t need our worship, our work or our money. So why does God command us to worship, serve, and give our money to him?
    Mark Altrogge
    April 9,2013
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  • The Two Different Outcomes of Affliction

    In fact, Christians are promised afflictions, and plenty of them. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” But the outcome of afflictions is different for believers and unbelievers.
    Mark Altrogge
    April 2,2013
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  • It’s Better To Be Faithful Than Gifted

    We may “crave” to grow spiritually, but it won’t happen without diligent effort. It is the diligent person – the one who keeps on plodding day after day, faithfully reading her Bible, praying, fellowshipping, listening to messages – who will have her soul richly supplied.
    Mark Altrogge
    March 26,2013
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  • His Last Friday Was His Best

    Even while dying on the cross, Jesus performed an 11th-hour miracle. He transformed the heart of a hardened criminal.
    Mark Altrogge
    March 19,2013
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  • We’re Talking Power Here. Real. Life-changing. Power.

    Christianity isn’t about how to be spiritual, achieve your goals or have your best life now. Christianity isn’t about philosophy. It’s not about talk. Christianity is about power.
    Mark Altrogge
    March 5,2013
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  • Trapped. Hemmed in. And Nowhere To Run

    Israel wasn’t even thinking the Red Sea might split open. That wasn’t one of their options. Nobody was saying, “Wait a minute, don’t panic. God might make a channel through the water and take us through on dry ground.” No. God has answers we can’t even imagine.
    Mark Altrogge
    February 26,2013
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  • Sip Your Americano, Then Pick Up Your Sword

    Ted and his wife were regular fixtures in my office at the time. He was a serious slave of sin. He’d turned to Christ a couple years before and seemed to truly despise his sin, but kept sliding back into it.
    Mark Altrogge
    February 19,2013
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  • I’m So Glad Paul Used This Word…

    There is a word in the Bible that I’m so glad is there. I’ve come back to it again and again over the years. I have said many times, “Yeah! That’s the word for it. That’s what I’m feeling right now.”
    Mark Altrogge
    February 12,2013
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