Sing the Psalms

19th January, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

How well do you memorize Scripture? Do the words “memorize Scripture” seem like being asked to do something impossible? Once upon a time, a very long time ago, memorizing Scripture was easy for me.My desire is still there, but it’s not as easy. A couple years ago I found a way to help me learn and » 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

Help! Rescue Me!

20th October, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Why did Jesus die for your sin? If you answer, “so I can be forgiven and be with God in heaven eternally,” your answer is correct, but it’s not Paul’s response in Galatians 1:3. In his introduction to the Epistle of Galaitans Paul  wrote that Jesus gave Himself for our sins “to rescue us from » 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

Holiness — An Attitude of the Heart

6th June, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

The Lord calls us to be holy. As the teacher’s notes in GGC:OT2, Chapter 1 says, holiness is primarily an attitude of the heart, not a way to behave. When we become believers, something  strange happens to us. God changes our hearts. Over time we begin to think differently and have different values. What we desire » Read More

The God Who Sees

4th June, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“You are the God who sees me. I have now seen the One who sees me.” Hagar spoke these words after she had run away from her mistress Sarai (Genesis 16). What put Hagar in this desert place was sin. Hagar had despised Sarai because she (Hagar) had become pregnant to Sarai’s husband Abram when » Read More

The Happiest People on Earth

3rd May, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

Who are the happiest people on earth? People who study such things say that the United States is first in the world in regards to wealth. Where do you think the United States ranks in terms of happiness?  Well, it’s not first.  In fact, the United States isn’t even in the top ten. Americans rank » Read More

What’s Wrong with God?

16th November, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I bought a new English Standard Version Bible over the weekend, and this morning I began reading in Jeremiah.  A verse in Jeremiah 2 caught my attention: “Thus says the LORD, ‘What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness and became worthless’” (Jeremiah 2:5). It’s » Read More

Just an Ordinary Person — Part 2

12th August, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I was reading Jesus on Trial by James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken in preparation for writing Unit IV of GGC:NT1 and got a thought-provoking insight on “the ordinary person.” The author was discussing who actually killed Jesus. The Jewish religious leaders killed Jesus because they falsely accused him of blasphemy and condemned Him » Read More

Just an Ordinary Person!

9th August, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

“She’s just an ordinary person.” That what the speaker said this morning during the worship service. He was talking about his sister, a linquist (or in other words, a missionary) working in China. The speaker showed some slides of his sister as a teenager, and emphasized the point that his sister was ordinary, just like all » Read More

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