Ingimar DeRidder

"What a Word is This?" - Luke 4:36

” (Lk. 4:36).     People in   Capernaum were surprised by the authority with which Jesus spoke.   “What a word is this?” they wondered out loud.   The Hebrew children said something similar when they came upon the manna for the very first time.   The said “what is this?” which is what manna means.   We hold in our hands the words of Christ, and what a word it is!   His words are eternal.   His words are spirit and are truth. &n...

Check the Flow - Luke 8:44

"Stanched" in   Luke 8:44  If the life of the flesh is in the blood, the woman pushing through the throng was dying with every step.  For twelve years she had carried this heavy burden.   Her health was spent and the Scripture tells us that so was any wealth she might have had, which she gave to physicians.   None could heal her.   She did her best to draw close to Jesus.   Then with one "trembling" touch she touched him.  In the Subways...

Through and Through - Isaiah 43:2

Things will get better.  As a believer, I am sure of it.  No matter how bad things are, or how bad thing may become, I have God’s word on it that things are going to get better.  Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you.”  I believe Him.  Jesus spoke of the “Father’s house.”   Yes, things are going to get better.  Even if in this world I become homeless, I know that I am just not home yet.  One day I will step up on the front porch of e...

Treasure - Isaiah 33:6

"The fear of the LORD is his treasure." (Isa. 33:6) Gold is no substitute for God. Isaiah writes of the righteous, "the fear of the LORD is his treasure." This fear is simply the other side of genuine faith. The early church understood what real riches were. The early church understood the economics of eternal things, and traded in the currency of consecrated stocks and bonds. Those stocks were often in prisons and the bonds in persecution, but they found God’s grace sufficient. The apo...

Foot - Isaiah 60:13

I will make the place of my feet glorious. (Isa. 60:13).   Jesus is the head, and this is Headship.    However,   we show that we understand headship by finding a place at his feet.   “I will make the place of my feet glorious.”   Too many times we want to push our way into the boardroom of God’s corporation wanting to find out what God plans to do.   We want to sit at the conference table more than at the communion table.   In the ...

Da Kingdumb - 1 Samuel 8:5

There is a big difference between a Kingdom and a Kingdumb.  Saul was the head of a Kingdumb.  The Prophet Samuel could not persuade Israel that having a mortal King was not in their best interests.  God would gladly be their King, but they were not interested.  They needed to hear what Jesus told Nicodemus, “that which is flesh is flesh, and that which is spirit is spirit.”  There is a spiritual “Kingdom,” and then there is a “Kingdumb.”  “now make us...

Cry Baby - Exodus 14:15

 "And the LORD said unto Moses, wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward" Ex. 14:15 Don’t be a cry baby. Not often does God scold us for praying. But He does warn us about vain repetition which should be avoided at all cost (Matt. 6:7). It is a failure of faith that fails to go forward when God has given us marching orders. A friend summed up a victorious Christian life this way, when asked why he carried his Bible to the church meeting...

Impasse - Exodus 14:2

After leaving Goshen Israel was instructed to camp by the sea.   They were not happy campers.   They complained, they murmured, they grumbled.   While they were saved by grace (that was God’s part) they were not very graceful in that grace.   They told Moses that he should have “left them alone.”   Were they not better off as slaves in Egypt?   I think that if there was ever an example of not being saved “by” faith but rather “through” fai...

Leave Me Alone! - Exodus 14:12

“Leave us alone.”   Ex.14:12  Most people think they   want to be “left alone.”   That is the way the Hebrews felt when they were slaves in Egypt.   People can get used to anything.   Even believers like things pretty much as they are. We want to be comfortable.   We don’t want to be bothered.   Well, the job of a good preacher is to refuse to “leave people alone.”   “Woe unto them,” said Amos “who ar...

Hard Questions - Genesis 4:9

"Where is Abel thy brother?" (Gen. 4:9) God has a way with questions. Sometimes, He will cut through all our religious pretensions and get right to the point. This was a difficult one for Cain to answer. I am sure there were a hundred other questions he would have preferred. This question is never on the comprehensive exam they give in seminary. This is a "brethren question." It is a good question for "brethren" to answer. "Where is your brother?" There are a hundred other "brethren q...
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