Thoughts on Deuteronomy #11 — God they had not known

14th June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I have almost finished reading Deuteronomy. In Deuteronomy 31-32, Moses has completed his retelling of the law to the Israelites.  He warns them of the dangers of turning from the LORD God, but even now when the words of the law are fresh in the people’s minds, the LORD God tells Moses that the people » Read More

Thoughts on Deuteronomy #10 — It’s not too difficult for you.

11th June, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.” These words of Moses are an encouragement to us today as well as to his original audience, the Israelites.  Moses was speaking his last words to the people he had led for forty years. He had just finished » Read More

Central Pennsylvania Engage Conference

17th October, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

During the weekend of November 8-9, 2012, the Engage Conference is being held at the West Shore Evangelical Free Church. This conference is for anyone (pastors, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, kids’ clubs leader) who work with children from nursery age through high school. Churches leaders from all over central Pennsylvania will be attending. I » Read More

The Ten Commandments and the Covenant

14th November, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Since September I have been teaching God’s Great Covenant: Old Testament 1 to a women’s Sunday School Class. It’s been a good review for me, and each week I’ve been learning something new as well.  While preparing for the lesson on the Ten Commandments I found this quote in Michael Williams’ book As Far As » Read More

100 Prophecies

12th August, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Did you know that Jesus fulfilled over one hundred Old Testament prophecies?  We are all familiar with the words from Micah 5:2, “But you, Bethlehem … out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel.”  Prophecies about Jesus’ death from Isaish 53 and the Messiah Psalms are also well-known. What » Read More

Who were the Medes?

10th April, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

The Medes lived in Mesopotamia in around 55o BC. This people group dwelt in individual city states that formed a confederation that historians call the Median Empire. It was a large empire stretching from Asia Minor across the wideness of Mesopotamia and to the borders of India. Though the Medes controlled a great amount of » Read More

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

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

Why does God put up with us?

1st August, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

As I’ve been reading and writing about ancient history, one question keeps coming into my mind?  How did the human race make it this far? Or, to put it another way, why did God put up with the wickedness of men for so many centuries? What information we have about very ancient history is sparse » Read More

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