Mark Altrogge

  • 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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  • How to Grow Strong in Your Faith

    In Romans 4, Paul tells us Abraham “grew strong in his faith” and urges us to walk in Abraham’s footsteps. To believe like he believed. How do we do this?
    Mark Altrogge
    April 29,2014
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  • Wasting away in Old-Manville

    Hopefully I have a little more wisdom than I did at age 23, but I don’t feel “old” in my mind. Then I look in the mirror in the morning.
    Mark Altrogge
    April 24,2014
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  • God Prepares Our Works, Motivates Us, Then Rewards Us. What’s Up with That?

    When he saves us, God makes us new creations. The great worker of good makes us his workmanship, and creates us in Christ Jesus, the one who went about doing good. God creates us for good works.
    Mark Altrogge
    April 15,2014
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  • What Do You Want People to Say at Your Funeral?

    I’ve recently done two funerals. It’s had me thinking about a question someone said we should ask ourselves: What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?
    Mark Altrogge
    April 8,2014
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  • Why We Should Keep Waiting For God

    Are you waiting on God for something? Praying and praying yet the answer seems to not be coming? God has a perfect timing.
    Mark Altrogge
    April 1,2014
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  • The Joy of Fear

    We tend to think of fear as bad thing. But the fear of the Lord is to delight in God’s awesomeness.
    Mark Altrogge
    March 25,2014
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  • 12 Things to Thank God for in the Midst of Affliction

    Giving thanks helps us focus on God in our affliction, steers us away from complaining, strengthens our faith, and brings glory to Jesus. There are many things we can give thanks for when we suffer, but here are 12 that I try to remember.
    Mark Altrogge
    March 18,2014
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  • How Much Power Does Satan Really Have?

    Satan afflicts believers. Don’t underestimate him. He’s not an imp in red tights with a pitchfork. But don’t give him more credit than he’s due.
    Mark Altrogge
    March 11,2014
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