Ingimar DeRidder

Good Liar - Genesis 3:5b

"ye shall be as gods" Gen. 3:5b  That’s a lie.  Satan is a liar and the father of lies.  I am sad to say that he is also a “good” liar.  By that I mean, no one is better at lying than him.  He is has honed lying into a craft and is supreme in the art of lying.  A good liar must win your trust.  He must convince you that you can trust him.  Is not this ironic?  God is the one who deserves our trust.  Faith is simply trusting God. ...

American Idols - Genesis 3:5

There is no shortage of people who aspire to be as “gods” these days.  Thousands line up in hopes of becoming the next or latest American idol.  There is even a junior idol contest where ambitious parents offer their children as sacrifices to the celebrity “gods” on the altars of amusement.  We sing, we dance; we play our way through this world (or watch those who do) never pausing to realize that the devil has gotten the whole world dancing in a graveyard.  Satan...

Good - Genesis 1:4

“And God saw the light, that it was good…” Gen. 1:4  People talk about the “good ole days.”   Well, here it is, the original good old day.   On the first day, when God made the light, the Bible certifies that “it was good.”   As a matter of fact, the second, third and each day of creation was also pronounced as being good.   Then on the sixth day God made the animals and lastly he made man, and God announced “it was very good.”  ...

Goliath's Sword - 1 Samuel 21:9

"There is none like that" 1Sam 21:9 Perhaps it was an attempt to lay his hands on the memory of a better day.  Perhaps it was a reaching for an old testimony from the past when none was near today.   Perhaps it was just the glint of steel.  David's fear took charge of faith when he reached for  the Giant's sword, forged in a Philistine furnace. Who among us, in moments of fear and in attempts to "defend" ourselves, has not reached for baser and more carnal weapons? ...

Can You Hear Me? - 1 Samuel 28:6

“The LORD answered him not.” (1Sam. 28:6)  Saul was trying to reach God and nothing worked.  I cannot think of anything more horrible.  If God is the Word, nothing in this life is more serious than silence.  The first time the astronauts circled the moon controllers had to endure a awful period of silence and a black-out of radio transmission.  The moon itself came between those men and all that were on earth.  Thankfully, the silence was broken and communica...

Recovered - Psalms 32:1

I’ve got you covered.  That is what you want to hear if you are in a fire fight, and you need to make a mad dash in front of an enemy position.  “I’ve got you covered” is what you want to hear when you call your insurance broker after an accident or a hurricane.  “I’ve got you covered,” is what you want to hear when an emergency has called you away from important work that must continue, and someone steps in for you.  These words are words of encouragement. ...

Straight Face - Proverbs 17:22

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”  Prov. 17:22  There are three theories about what makes us laugh.  There is the superiority theory suggested by Plato, the incongruity theory, and the relief theory suggested by Freud.  Laughter is a mystery.  Laughter is an emotional and psychological reflex that God has downloaded with our original software.  Animals don’t laugh.  They might screech, or yelp or even jump up and down in their cage while they ...

Fire and Ice - Psalm 148:8

Everything was made for God’s pleasure.  Everything was made to praise the LORD.  This is one of the first things we learn when we come to faith.  A song bubbles up from somewhere deep within us and explodes with praise when it breaks the surface.  God inhabits praise.  We alone of things on earth have the ability to withhold our praise and when we do we choke the very reason for our being.  Psalm 148 is a call to praise.  More sacred than Mid-Eastern...

Secret Place - Psalm 91:1

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps. 91:1    If there is such a “place” I want to find it, this “secret place of the Most High.”  I want to know its longitude and its latitude.  Job once lamented that he could not find it (Job. 23:3).  One moment it is at Bethel that we find the “gates of heaven, but like the manna of the wilderness, when we come back again it is no longer there...

Graduate with Honors - Psalms 49:20

“Man that is in honor, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.”  Ps. 49:20 We are here to think, to understand, and hopefully, to learn.   The “honor” mentioned here is artificial and temporary.  It is conferred in and for time, but not for eternity.  The  honor here is the one that is mounted on the wall in your office and received at the college commencement ceremony.  People call you “doctor.”  The honor here is the tra...
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