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

An Alien in a Strange World

26th June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I don’t mind sitting in waiting rooms waiting for my car to have its oil changed. A good book and a couple hours with nothing to do but read — what could be better? Except … when the waiting room has a large TV with the sound penetrating every corner in the room, and no » 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 #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

Jesus Touched the Leper

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

Tonight on our last night of vacation in Virginia we are watching the old classic film Ben Hur. One thing struck me tonight just as it struck me so many years ago when I saw the movie for the first time. In the valley of lepers, Judah Ben Hur’s mother pleads to her son not to » Read More