Ingimar DeRidder

Higher

The righteousness of the Pharisees we’re told we must exceed but how can we then hope to please or dream we can succeed In pleasing such a Holy God or climb so high a hill or satisfy a law and rod that will all sinners kill? The only hope, a single one meet all of God’s commands Jesus Christ God’s only Son fulfills all God’s demands He alone our righteousness His work forever done He alone...

Conster - Nation

Last year there were hundreds of TV commercials offering products to consumers with the seductive incentive “No payments until next year.”  Well,  guess what?  It’s next year.  Home foreclosures are not only up, fiscal reality has come down like a ton of bricks.  Past due notices,  like gaping fissures in the earth are swallowing borrowers and lenders alike.  Sink holes are opening on the floor of the stock exchange and financial behemoths find th...

Keeping Christmas

Twas the night after Christmas and all through the mall All that was left -- merchants counting their haul. Out with the Old Santa, gone is Saint Nick, the Spirit of Christmas, cut to the quick. Forget about wise men, mangers and such. Here come the Accountants, asking “How much?” Instead of their asking, “What did we learn?” They push aside Jesus and ask, “What did we earn?” The world’s ‘done’ with Christmas...

Of Evil Spirits and of Exorcists - Acts 19:15

Malice and anger and revenge are as mad demoniacs set loose like wild men to tear down the very house in which they have been harbored.  After breaking free in a frenzy, they are as likely to cut the householder to ribbons as anyone who should foolishly knock upon their door.   Christ is the only Exorcist who can cleanse the temple of a troubled sin-filled heart. Christ is the only one who can face and stand down such evil things whose name is  sometimes Legion. &nbs...

Catch the Wind - Acts 2:2

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2 In the late eighteenth century, wind was oil. Before petroleum began to fill the veins of the industrial revolution, wind filled the sails of adventure and commerce, and ‘Britannia ruled the waves.’ Enormous sheets of canvas hung like the blades of a turbine in the form of topsails and topgallants on barks, frigates, and British Men of War. Steam engin...

Be-Cause - John 18:37

"To this end was I born…"  Jn 18:37  There is a place on every death certificate for the cause of death.  Some doctor we don't even know will fill in that blank for us.  He will write the name of some disease or ailment to explain our passing.   When came into the world, another doctor filled in our birth certificate.  There was a place for the date and time of birth, place of birth, and names of our parents.  There was no place in which he could f...

Warning - Hebrews 11:29

“By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned” Heb. 11:29  I remember someone doing something dangerous on TV while prefacing their performance with a warning: “Boys and Girls, don’t try this at home.”   They went on to explain that they were  a trained professional and that someone could be seriously injured attempting to imitate them.   Such a proviso should be placed on the cover of every Bible. ...

In Love - John 11:36

“Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him,”   John 11:36  While those who witnessed the sight of Jesus weeping could not possibly have understood the depth of his sadness, they arrived at a correct conclusion.   “Behold how he loved him.”   Lazarus would know the power and the magnetism of that love.   It called him out of the darkness of death back into life and the light of day.   Then love ordered his “loosed” and then love led him. &...

Hearing Aid - John 10:4

"He goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice." Jn. 10:4 Esau got the look down enough to fool a man who was nearly blind, but he had trouble with the voice. Isaac's instincts made him question the identity of the one who stood before him. He said the "voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau" Gen. 27:22.   Too bad the instinct and appetite for "savory food, such as I love" was stronger than his inclination.  Our love of venison can...

I Love the Taste of Bread - John 6:48

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." Jn. 6:48 We have all seen examples of puppy love or the uncertainty of childhood romance. "She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not," a young lover seeks some assurance about some heart-throb. Not willing to take "no" for an answer, he reaches for another flower and keeps pulling the petals until he is pleased with the result. That is how we play at loving. Man’s love is feeble. Man’s love is mixed with many ill-defined mo...
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