Thoughts on Deuteronomy #5 — The Original “You didn’t build that!”

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

Regardless of your political affliation, we all must admit that Obama’s words during the recent campaign, “You didn’t build that!” sparked lots of emotional responses. Many people were angry (and understandably so) to have their hard efforts of building new businesses and enterprises minimized. Most of us recognize that we couldn’t accomplish what we do without » Read More

The Treasure of the Heart

31st December, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Last week I saw the The Hobbit movie with my husband and my granddaughter. After seeing the movie, my interest Tolkien’s story was sparked a new and I reread the book I had read many years ago. In reading the book, one thing stuck out. The love of gold was what brought destruction to the » Read More

The Cradle is Scripture

14th December, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Recently I heard a devotional about the shepherds. In summary, the speaker said that the shepherds were ordinary men doing their ordinary work when an extraordinary event occurred. The angel told them about the baby Jesus born in a stable in Bethlehem. This announcement was followed by the extraordinary chorus of heavenly angels singing, “Glory » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #4 — Walk in the way

28th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Moses told the Israelites: “Do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the LORD your GOd has commanded you.”  (Deuteronomy 5:33) Rules and laws aren’t popular with people. Some people think they are too restrictive. “How can I have fun, enjoy life, be happy, if I » Read More

Thankful for cardboard boxes

19th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Thanksgiving is coming — a time to think about what I’m thankful for. Well, I’m thankful for cardboard boxes. Sound silly! Well,  let me explain. I’m thankful for cardboard boxes because I work in the CURE International warehouse, packing, unpacking, and repacking boxes. Of course, that’s not all I do, but it can be a » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #2 — A Wise and Great Nation

7th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

What makes a nation wise and great? In Deuteronomy 4:5-8 Moses gives us the answer to that question. “See I have taught you decrees and laws … observe them carefully for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations who will hear about these decrees and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a » Read More

“Before you were born …”

4th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

If you are like me, you are tired of television and radio ads. When the phone rings, your first thought is, “Oh, no! It’s another pollster!”  The voice mails build up and you just want the phone to stop ringing. In fact, you just want the election to be over.  At the same time, you » Read More

Fact Finder and Lying Lips

25th October, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Every day we are bombarded with political ads.  Strong words … angry words … findger-pointing at rival candidates … namecalling … and sometimes outright lies. Even the truth often gets a spin so that knowing what’s true and what’s false can boggle the mind. I understand the competition. The stakes are high. It’s the highest » Read More

Why study theology?

22nd October, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Does the idea of studying theology sound boring? What comes to your mind when you hear the word “theology?” Personally, I love theology. I love reading theology books, thinking about theology, and teaching theology to others. In fact, at the end of a long Saturday doing laundry, mopping floors, and cleaning clutter, my feet are tired, my » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #1 — God’s Grace to Edom, Moab, and Ammon

19th October, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I’ve been reading Deuteronomy in the mornings and decided to blog on some of my devotional thoughts as I read through the book. Today while reading chapter 2 I was struck once again by the greatness of God’s grace. Moses is talking to the Israelites about their final walk to the entrance of Canaan. As they » Read More

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