All posts by Roger Stratton

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The Bible

In the 6th century AD, over 500 years after the death of Christ, Emperor Constantine, was the first Christian emperor of Rome. Constantine was having trouble with the different religious factions in his kingdom. There was much squabbling and infighting over various points of Christian

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Seven Wonders of the World

A friend recently sent me an article about a group of students that was asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” There was some disagreement, but the majority results were fairly predictable: Egypt’s Great Pyramids, the Grand Canyon,

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The Danger of Judging Sinners

Love the sinner, hate the sin? Not! Is there biblical support for this position? Sure! Just like there is biblical support for stoning unfaithful spouses, killing doctors who perform abortions, racism, and unicorns. Anyone who chooses to can find biblical support for just about any

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Jesus Wasn’t a Christian

“Who do you say that I am?” I imagine that Jesus wanted to see how he was coming across to the world, especially to those closest to him. He wanted some idea of how well his mission was being fulfilled. Obviously there are many ways

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Believing Is a State of Mind

What does it mean to believe? “Whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” I always took issue with the position that believing in Jesus, accepting him as your personal savior, which I assume means acknowledging that he is who he says

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Bless Them

Bless your persecutors. As Jesus also said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” The world is full of people… all different, all having had different life

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Standing Firm — Faith

Persecution is as old as recorded history. Being right has nothing to do with being popular or accepted. You know what you know. The approval and disapproval of others, both subtly and blatantly is to be expected no matter what path our life takes. The

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Overcoming Our Fear

  “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.” — 1 John 4:18   Several years ago I read a book titled “God’s Best for