Mark Altrogge

  • 8 Questions to Help Guard Your Heart

    We must pay attention to what is going into and coming out of our hearts. We must watch what we’re thinking. Here are eight questions we can ask ourselves to see how we are keeping our hearts.
    Mark Altrogge
    September 16,2014
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  • Really? ALL THINGS Without Grumbling? Really?

    Why does God give us this command? Isn’t it enough to be morally pure? Isn’t it enough not to curse and punch holes in the wall when required to do something unpleasant? What’s so bad about complaining or grumbling a little bit? Everybody does it.
    Mark Altrogge
    September 9,2014
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  • 12 Benefits of Afflictions

    God is the great artist who produces the ultimate masterpieces – sons and daughters in the likeness of his Son Jesus Christ. So he makes every stroke of the Master’s brush, every tap of the Sculptor’s chisel count.
    Mark Altrogge
    September 2,2014
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  • What the Arrows of Affliction Prepare Us For

    When someone’s been through something it makes their sympathy that much more powerful. When someone who’s never experienced a hard time like the one I’m in offers comfort, I appreciate it, but if someone who’s been through a similar experience encourages me it means so much more.
    Mark Altrogge
    August 26,2014
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  • Ever Wish You Could Grow Wings and Just Fly Away?

    There have been times I’ve felt like that. I’ve wished I could sprout wings and fly far away. But there’s really no escaping sadness and pain in this life.
    Mark Altrogge
    August 19,2014
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  • 5 Things Forgiveness Doesn’t Mean

    Forgiving others is clearly commanded by God, and deep down most believers want to, but it isn’t always easy, and lots of questions arise. So, here are five things that forgiveness doesn’t mean.
    Mark Altrogge
    August 12,2014
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  • 6 Critical Truths to Understand about Anger

    It’s very easy to slide into sinful anger, hatred, and bitterness. Here are some Biblical truths and principles that God has used to help me make progress in conquering my own sinful anger.
    Mark Altrogge
    August 5,2014
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  • 8 Ways to Beat Temptation

    We all face temptations of many kinds. God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory.
    Mark Altrogge
    July 29,2014
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  • 6 Questions to Ask Ourselves in Conflict

    Sometimes we can overlook others’ sins. At other times we must address them. Here are 6 questions I have found helpful to ask myself when I find myself in conflict...
    Mark Altrogge
    July 22,2014
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  • 2 Mistakes to Avoid When Facing Temptation

    There are two mistakes we can make when facing temptation. Sometimes we can fall off the horse on one side; at other times we can fall off the other side. God’s word keeps us in the saddle.
    Mark Altrogge
    July 15,2014
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  • 4 of the Best Pieces of Marital Advice I’ve Ever Heard

    I’ve been doing a good bit of premarital counseling lately, and I’ve married quite a few folks over the years. There’s lots of great advice in the Bible and other books, but here are 4 pieces of advice that have really helped me throughout my marriage.
    Mark Altrogge
    July 8,2014
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  • Blessed to Not be Blessed

    What I mean by “not to be blessed” is not blessed in the way we think we should be. Or the way we want to be. God is so wise that sometimes he withholds blessings from us because he knows we couldn’t handle them.
    Mark Altrogge
    July 1,2014
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  • The Rhythm of Thanks and Prayer

    It is so good to remind myself that God has already blessed me in a myriad of ways. I believe thankfulness expresses humility and is a good reminder that all I have is a gift from him. But God also wants us to ask him for things.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 24,2014
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  • 2 Keys to Overcoming Temptation

    God spares us much temptation we’ll never even know about. But when we are tempted, God doesn’t automatically remove it; we must actively fight it. Paul gives us 2 keys for battling temptation.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 17,2014
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  • 7 Benefits of Going Through Hard Times

    Everything God does in our lives is for our benefit, including suffering. Though they never seem pleasant at the time, hard times produce wonderful benefits in our lives.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 10,2014
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  • Is God Holding out on You?

    Satan can’t force us to sin. So he tries the next best thing – to get us to doubt God’s word and character.
    Mark Altrogge
    June 3,2014
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  • A Simple Habit to Set the Tone for Your Day

    What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? The thoughts we start the day with can set the tone for our day.
    Mark Altrogge
    May 27,2014
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  • What to Do When You’re Engulfed by Darkness

    When we’re in the darkness of affliction, our temptation is to circle the wagons and turn inward. We’re tempted to self-pity and self-focus. To withdraw. We don’t feel like being around others. But God tells us to do the opposite.
    Mark Altrogge
    May 20,2014
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  • 15 Things to Recall the Next Time You’re Criticized

    Criticism is tough to take, but often necessary. So, how can we become more quick to hear? Next time someone corrects, criticizes, or points out a failure or sin to you, try these tips.
    Mark Altrogge
    May 13,2014
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  • What Do You Think You Need to be Satisfied?

    If God is our source of happiness, then nothing can take our happiness from us. If we look to anything else in this world to satisfy us, eventually we will be disappointed, for nothing in this world lasts.
    Mark Altrogge
    May 6,2014
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