Ingimar DeRidder

Do Me a Favor - Psalm 44:3

Who has not used these four words?  Everyone understands them.  It is the voice of humility. We must humble ourselves in order to ask for a favor.  It is the other side of grace.  Do me a favor.  Grace is not something deserved, earned, or merited.  It is a favor.  The Psalmist says it this way:  “For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them:  but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of ...

Panting - Psalm 42:1

The word is the water that fills the spiritual wells from which faith must drink. I almost said "may" drink, but that would suggest that faith had a choice. It does not. "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." It cannot survive without this special water. If the hart does not find water, it will die.   The just shall live by faith and faith cannot live without this most important element, the Word.   As the hart pants after the brook, the heart must pant aft...

Watch Your Step Please - Psalm 37:23

 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way."  God files the flight plan.   God sets the course.   God knows the way.   God knows the best way. When Israel left Egypt God chose the route.   It was "Not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near…" Ex. 13:17.   When we catch up to God's people again in chapter 14 they are afraid.   They said to Moses, in effect, "this is ...

When Good Came Down - Psalms 36:5-7

  "Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.   Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.   How excellent is thy loving - kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings." Ps 36:5,6,7)  God's mercy is as great as the heavens.   God's mercy is as large as man's longing eye can s...

Hollow-een

America’s Children will play with evil again this Halloween.  They will be encouraged by their parents to dress up as devils, demons, ghouls, and ghosts.  They will play with evil. They will come home with shopping bags full of candy taken from strangers.  I played the game.  I had more loot gathered for Brooklyn apartment houses in 1950 than Blackbeard had gold.  Playing with evil may seem innocent, and non-habit forming, but take m...

Joel - Prophet of Pentecost

decisions Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision. That is where we all live, in the valley of decision. We are living between the mountains of today and tomorrow. Where we will spend eternity is decided in this valley. Joel spoke of the "day of the Lord." Today is the day of man. It is the day of sin, and suffering, and sorrow. We would do well to remember that when we look around at world conditi...

Obadiah - Prophet of Poetic Justice

Childbirth is always a painful experience. Jacob’s birth was no exception. Jacob was a twin who struggled in the womb and, but for an unfortunate placement would have been before his brother Esau. Jacob seemed to "grasp" the heel of his companion and thus began life with a tarnished testimony. Jacob and Esau were different in appearance and temperament. One seemed to be of the earth, the o...

Minor Prophets - Introduction

God’s Voice The prophets were the voice of God. While the priesthood was governed by genetics and genealogies, prophetism was pure grace. A man could become an officer in the temple by being a descendant of Levi or a son of Aaron, but to be a prophet required a personal call. What made a man a false prophet was simply this: they were not called. Jeremiah spoke of false prophets "The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I sent the...

Amos - Prophet of Justice

"Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream." Every prophet has a burden in his heart. A religion that is confined to rites and rituals and incense burns the eyes of the Almighty if they are not offered on the altars of compassion and translated into acts of charity on those around us. Injustice had so contaminated the land that Amos (which means "burdened") could remain silent no more. ...

Hosea - Prophet of Love

The Pharisees had only self-righteous contempt for Jesus when they observed the company he kept. Jesus was most often found in the midst of the common people. He was also a magnet to the most desperate of humanity and the most needy. "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners," they asked his disciples. They had a distorted view of God which resulted in an aloofness, self-righteousness, and a disdai...
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