A Pilgrim God

18th November, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“The God of Israel is a pilgrim God, who is not restricted to any one place.” (John Stott). In summarizing the  primary thesis in Stephen’s sermon in Acts 7, John Stott makes the point that the Most High God doesn’t live in houses made by men. He is everywhere ,and no place of worship can confine » Read More

Divine Initiative

17th November, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I was studying Acts 7 this morning and the commentator, John Stott, reminded me of an important theological, yet very personal truth. In Stephen’s sermon to the Sanhedrin after his arrest, he emphasized God’s initiative in people’s lives. As Stott wrote, “It was God who appeared, spoke, sent, promised, punished and rescued.” Looking at God’s relationship » Read More

Long Story Short

15th November, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

What’s the “Long Story?” It’s the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. God’s story of the covenant extends over thousands of years and many pages of written script. What makes it “short?” The long story is short when it’s broken up into 10-minute devotional bits. A new book just published by New Growth Press entitled Long » Read More

Last King in Jerusalem

5th November, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Here’s a trivia question … who was the last king crowned in Jerusalem? All you Old Testament scholars … all you who have finished God’s Great Covenant: Old Testament 2 … if you answered, Zedekiah, would you be correct? Yes, Zedekiah was the last king of Judah before Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians. But, Zedekiah » Read More

A Time for Everything

29th October, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Solomon, the wise Teacher, said that there is a time for everything, and after making this declaration, he sets forth a long lists of comparisons. A time to be born … a time to die.   A time to plant … a time to uproot.  Here’s an exercise for you and your children.  Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 » Read More

Solitude and silence

19th October, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“I will meditate on Thy precepts.” (Psalm 119:15) “There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech.”  These words by Charles Spurpeon introduce the devotional thoughts on Psalm 119:15 in the book Morning By Morning.  The well-known Charles Spurgeon then goes on to say that it’s by musing on the » Read More

Why study history?

2nd September, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Today I spent hours immersed in Assyrian and Babylonian history. Like two brothers vying for attention and control, these two empires fought against each other for centuries. Understanding the flow of events that happened so long ago when historical records were few and written in dialects of ancient Sumerian langugages is challenging. At some point » Read More

Don’t be a sky scanner!

28th August, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

What’s a sky scanner? When Jesus ascended into heaven, the apostles were left staring into the sky. Two men dressed in white told them, “”Why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken into heaven will come back again.” This event, of course, is called Jesus’ ascension, » Read More

Got Questions???

6th May, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Do you have a question about the Bible or theology that needs an answer?  I found the website www.GotQuestions.org. The site has answers for over 220,000 questions submitted from readers. Put a key word into the  search field see if there’s already an answer. If not, go to the “ask a question” page and write » Read More

Things Never Change

30th November, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Although the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the people of Judah between the years 609 BC and the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC, he could be speaking to the church in Harrisburg where I live or to any church throughout this country. Buried in the middle of the Old Testament (Jeremiah 5:30:31) is a warning that » Read More

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