“… 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

How We Spend Our Days

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

“How I spend my days is how I spend my life.” This is a simple but profound thought.  A life is made up of days — one day at a time. My life happens in the present moment — what I am doing, what choices I make. Each activity makes up part of one day, » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #8 — Remember how you provoked the LORD

2nd April, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

The Bible exhorts us to remember many things. We are to remember God’s goodness to us and thank Him. We are to remember the lilies and birds and stop fretting that God will take care of us. Every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we are to remember that Jesus’ died for us. This » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #7: Forty Days and Forty Nights

28th March, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

What do you think of when you hear the words “forty days and forty nights?”  Before this morning, my thought would have been, that’s how long Jesus fasted in the wildeerness after His baptism (Matthew 4).   Today I learned that Moses, too, fasted for forty days and forty nights (Deuteronomy 9:18). When Moses came down » 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

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

Is Anyone Listening?

9th October, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Does God really hear you when you pray?  When you pray do you ever feel like your prayers go no further than the ceiling?  That’s a common question that most of us have asked at some time in our life. As part of my job working parttime at CURE International, I have to request pricing » Read More

The Manna Principle

27th September, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

The answer to all our daily problems is simple: trust God!  Yes, it’s simple, but what does it mean and how do we do it?  In his book Running Scared Ed Welch talks about “the manna principle.”  This principle is an effective way to teach your children what it means to trust God. In the Sinai » Read More

Prayer of Faith

21st March, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Prayer and faith are undeniably connected, but what does that connection look like? The “prayer of faith” is a Biblical idea that many misunderstand. If you pray the “prayer of faith”  with absolute confidence, is God obligated to answer your prayer? Do our prayers have some executive power to summon the power of God and » Read More

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