Ingimar DeRidder

Pardon - Micah 7:18

Who is a pardoning God like He? (Micah 7:18) All my sins are dead and buried. They died along with the thieves that died with Jesus on Calvary.  But all my sins must be nailed to Christ’s cross, and His alone.   My sins, every ugly one, from the sensual to seditious, all were there nailed to the cross.   Each one caused pain and each one caused shame as sin is always known to do, but they died with Christ and were buried with Him.  Where Moses is buried no...

Google - Jeremiah 29:13

"And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye search for me with all your heart." Jer. 29:13 Find God. The goal in life is to find God, not once, but every day. We are born lost. We are all born outside the garden. It is our job to find our way back home. Sad are those who are satisfied with where they are. The truth is, as long as we are in this world, we are not home yet. Now I am not talking about heaven. I am not talking about the "sweet bye and bye" sung about by those who think they fo...

The Power of Forgiveness - Matthew 18:21

“How often shall I forgive?” (Mt. 18:21) Forgiveness is a spiritual feat.  Forgiveness is grace.  Grace cannot be hoarded, stowed away, or home grown.  Grace has one fountain and that fountain is somewhere in the heart of God.  In forgiveness we become a channel, a riverbed, a wadi, through which the goodness of God runs down, gurgling, bubbling, and springing up with living water to irrigate parched earth.  Without forgiveness life becomes an arid desert in w...

IOU - Matthew 18:28

“…and he took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what thou owest. ” (Mt 18:28b) In Matthew 18 the Lord Jesus tells the story of two debtors and a graceful and disgraceful spirit.   One man who was forgiven an enormous debt seized another poor man by the throat for a much lesser debt owed him.   The first debt was so enormous that the consequent lack of charity displayed was outrageous.   Scholars (so to speak ) have gone over these ancient books of the transgressor a...

Train Wrecks and Loco Motives - Matthew 22:29

"Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." Matt. 22:29 Have you noticed the recent rash of train wrecks? In California, a suicidal man parked his SUV in the path of an oncoming train, and then changed his mind. He left the tracks (that’s rational), but neglected to take his vehicle with him (that’s irrational). Ten people died. There were two recent derailments, one to the south and the other to the north of us. Sometimes it takes a train wreck to get our atten...

Brothers - Matthew 23:8b

“One is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.”   Matt. 23:8b If you are born-again, you are my brother (period), no ifs, ands or buts.  I do not have fundamentalist brothers, and evangelical brothers, Presbyterian brothers, and Methodist brothers.  Oh, you can call yourself whatever you like, and it means little to me.  You may call yourself "exclusive" and not want to break bread with me, but you are still my brother.  You may insist you h...

Don't Play Games With God - Matthew 27:22

John would not play their religious games, and now Jesus would not play either.   Life is too short and death is too serious. The Jewish leaders were playing games with Pilate.   They brought Jesus into his court and demanded that he try him and condemn him.   Pilate was forced to answer the most important question of his life.   It is the same question every man must answer.   “What shall I do with Jesus?” (Mt. 27:22).     Pila...

Risen - Matthew 28:6

"He is not here.   He is Risen.   As He said." Matt. 28:6  Splitting the Atom was nothing compared to the impact these words have had on the world.   The earth rotates on its axis.   Christianity revolves on this text.   No more Cross, now the Crown. How fitting that an angel would preach this sermon.   He is not here, he is risen as he said.  He is not Here.   The LIBERATION.   Death could not keep its prey. &...

Help - Luke 1:37

"For with God nothing shall be impossible" Luke 1:37 Here is hope.   If anyone is looking for it bring them  to this grand canyon and marvel at the depth.   Bring them to the sands of this shore, study the word "nothing" and be  stunned   by the vastness and breadth of   this horizon. To look up at its height you must tilt your spiritual neck far back.  The world talks about faith.   It has taken this...

How Much? - Luke 3:2

"…the word of God came unto John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness." Lk. 3:2 Preacher, How much are you willing to pay for God's word? I was a newspaper delivery boy. Not everyone was. I used to deliver the World Telegram and Sun, a Brooklyn afternoon newspaper. Rain or shine, snow or hale I never remember delivery being cancelled. I rode my bike and when that was impossible, I walked. I was never driven. Not everyone on a street got a paper, only a few here and there who subscri...
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