Ingimar DeRidder

Living Proof - John 6:6

And this he said to prove him, for he himself knew what he would do." Jn. 6:6  Sometimes the teacher writes a hard problem on the blackboard.   He calls us to the front of the class and hands the chalk.   We are abut to be tested.   What have we learned? What had Philip learned from all those days and nights with Jesus?   What had he learned at the Pool of Bethesda or by the well at Sychar.   What had he learned at the wedding at Cana when the water ...

ABC'S of Life - John 3:2

“We know that thou art a teacher come from God”  Jn. 3:2. Imagine a living alphabet.  Imagine each letter as a living breathing thing.  Imagine the “A” or the “I” taking a walk together or forming a partnership.  Imagine the Greek Iota scampering beneath the skirts of the Omicron or Omega.  Such an idea is not beyond belief when we study what is called the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) or chemical helix of life.  Scientists have discovered what they ca...

What's the Matter? - 1 Corinthians 6:1

This is a question Paul could have asked   when he visited the church in Corinth.   He said, “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?”   Spiritual discernment is found in knowing what matters and what doesn’t matter.   The unsaved individual has everything mixed up.   The things that don’t matter, he thinks are important, while the things that really matter he thinks are not.  ...

The Simplicity of Won and One - 2 Corinthians 11:3

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”   2Cor. 11:3  I cannot help but think that the same Satan that beguiled Eve in the garden to destroy paradise comes closer to us than we like to imagine. He is subtle, but not simple.  He would corrupt the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus.  This evil one has his questions still.   “Hath God said…?” s...

Twice Broken - Romans 2

In chapter one of Romans the human heart was described as a dark place and dark thing: “their foolish heart was darkened.”  After laying the human heart wide open under the brilliant light of truth in chapter one, and exposing all the carnal corruptions hiding therein, Paul turns to us sitting in the gallery of the operating room (to those of us who are disgusted at the sight of all the blood and gore of sin) and with all the authority of a chief resident and spiritual cardio-vascul...

A Man of Substance - Hebrews 11:1

How’s your faith doing these days? While faith is not something you can put in a box or something you can see, the Bible teaches that if it is real it will have substance and evidence. Lot’s of people say they have faith, but there is no substance to it, and there is precious little evidence.  I once knew a child who had an imaginary friend. They used to play together and as far as I could tell,they were together a lot. But I never saw any evidence, and from what I could tell, there...

Crude Oil - 1 John 2:15

There was a time when Saudi Arabia was a barren sea of sand and dust storms.   There was a time when Arabia was “somewhere, far away,” only to be visited in our imaginations as we heard of Ali Baba and the forty thieves.   Islam was a strange and exotic religion that had little to do us.   Then we became addicted to oil. This black blood became the blood pumping through the veins of the industrial revolution.   Like children being hooked on sugar we could not stay awa...

The Kind Kind - Ephesians 4:32

"Kill your enemies." (vs.?) What Bible is that in? I cannot seem to find the chapter and verse in mine. The verse that comes closest is in fact the opposite. Jesus said, "Love your enemies." Killing your enemies is easy. Loving your enemies, now that is something else. It is something else. It is real Christianity. What kind of Christianity is real? It is the kind that is found in Christ. It is the place where truth and mercy meet. (Psalm 85:5). I believe the real kind of Christianity is...

Dwelling - Ephesians 3:17

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith…"  Eph. 3:17 How can the God that made the universe fit within this tiny sphere of the human heart?   How can the Lord of all, of Heaven and earth, and things under the earth, dwell in such a little space you ask?   The answer is, by faith.    Faith does not make God smaller, it makes us bigger.   Large is the soul that would welcome such a guest.   Small is the person and the life that turns him...

Perfect - Ephesians 2:8-9

“For the perfecting of the saints…”   It seems some “saints” are not yet perfect   (Eph. 4:12).   I belong to this imperfect group.  God is light and absolute moral perfection.   Only God is perfect.  No sin or sinner can approach this altogether Holy One and survive.   As certain germs are destroyed by their very exposure to the sun, so a sinner (because of the nature of sin) cannot approach, let alone survive   in God’s holy...
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