“I love you but this isn’t good for you.”

9th July, 2014 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Several years ago while visiting a church in Harrisonburg, VA, I heard a short phrase of only nine words in a sermon that stuck in my mind and has been a help and encouragement to me ever since. The pastor was preaching on a particular sin that is causing confusion in the minds of people,  even Christians, » Read More

Hug them tightly and hold them loosely

6th May, 2014 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Hannah, the mother of Samuel, was a godly woman and a godly mother.  I was asked to do a brief devotional for a friend’s baby shower, and the more I thought about what I would say, I kept thinking about Hannah. Then I did some study and realized she is a godly example for young » Read More

“… And he went out.”

19th January, 2014 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

This pasrt wek I rediscovered a friend. No, it wasn’t a forgotten high friend that I haven’t talked to in years.  No, it wasn’t a church friend whose children grew up alongside mine who no longer goes to my church. This forgotten friend is a book given to me by first college roommate — a » Read More

She Met Jesus

31st December, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

When I’m not writing books or buying and inventorying medical equipment, I am counseling.  Today I was talking with a young man distressed because the young woman he had known for four years and had been engaged to for two years broke off their relationship. He relayed in details their ongoing relationship since both of » Read More

100 Verses

8th November, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Would you like to memorize 100 verses with little effort?  If so, I have just the right way to do it.  Robert J. Morgan wrote a book called 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know.   Morgan makes it easy to memorize and he does it in a systematic way as well. In the first forty-four pages » Read More

Confess with Your Mouth

4th November, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I recently joined a Discipleship Group and together we are studying the Old Testament, learning practical skills, and memorizing scripture. Last week’s verses were familiar one to me, but as I took them apart word by word and thought about what I was memorizing, I saw the verses in a fresh way. The verses for » Read More

Scarecrows in a cucumber field

20th August, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field.” (Jeremiah 10:5) These words of the LORD God through the pen of Jeremiah evokes a colorful image in my mind. What is a scarecrow and what does it do? A scarecrow is a funny-looking, hay-stuffed doll-like figure attached to a pole in the middle of a » Read More

Look at the clouds

19th August, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Look at the clouds. What do you see? What makes cloudwatching so fascinating is the way they are constantly changing. Lie on the grass and stare at the  clouds overhead and as you watch them, the shapes form and reform into patterns. Like Charley Brown, you can use your imagination to see objects in the » Read More

Paraphrasing Paul

6th August, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

One of the best ways to find out if you understand the content of a biblical passage is to paraphrase it in your own words. You must grasp the meaning of the verses in order to rewrite what you have read in simple and ordinary, yet accurate, words. This past week I wrote the first of » Read More

What Made Paul Angry

30th July, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

The Apostle Paul was a man of many emotions. He cared deeply for the people in the churches scattered throughout the Mediterranean world, and he wasn’t reluctant to write about his emotions. He writes about his love for the people, his longing to visit them, his sadness that he is separated from them, and his » Read More

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