Ingimar DeRidder

Jonah - The Reluctant Prophet

Everyone has heard of Jonah and the whale. If Jonah were to ask the New Testament question, Who do men say that I am? He would be told he is a myth, a legend, and a fairy tale by many. His story is one of the most unusual in all the Bible. Some have found it harder to swallow than if Jonah had been asked to swallow the whale. First of all, there was no whale. The story tells of Jonah being swallowed by a "great fish." ...

Micah - The Poor Man's Prophet

Micah had little love for the cities (1:5; 5:11; 6:9). He was a country boy who saw the dangers associated with big city life. He had nothing but contempt for religious professionals who earned their living telling people what they wanted to hear instead what they needed to hear. False prophets enjoyed a livelihood by selling lies (Mic. 3:5). Flattery is the stock and trade of all false teachers. Because ...

Nahum - The Singer

The book of Nahum is one of the most beautiful examples of Hebrew poetry in all the Bible. Almost nothing is known about the prophet. Like most other prophets, he is just a "voice." But what a beautiful voice it is. This voice is not crying in the wilderness, rather it is singing. This is his song. Nineveh will be destroyed. The fall of Nineveh was so complete that the site of this once most powerful city ...

Minor Prophets - Conclusion

These twelve men were as different as snowflakes, yet they were one in spirit. They were God’s special messengers and their work is timeless. They were the preachers of God. Although they were of the Old Testament, their sermons still echo and bounce off the steep canyon walls of the human conscience. Their lessons are for all who will listen, Jew or Gentile alike. They warned of the folly of sin and ...

Malachi - The Last Prophet

Malachi has the last word. Malachi is the final prophet that shall introduce a prolonged silence of over four hundred years. His name means "Messenger" or "One who has a message." The description of conditions in his world seem to date his ministry to a period shortly after Nehemiah, although this is in no wise certain. Little did his contemporaries realize that they were about to witness the conclusion...

Haggai - Prophet on Duty

We all need a Haggai in our Christian lives. The spirit of his message was simple: "continue." It is the secret of success. Many start, but are like the seeds in the parable of the sower which for one reason or another came to nothing. Many start, few finish. Paul admonished Timothy to "continue in the things [he] had learned." The early Christian believers had this testimony: "They continued steadfastly in the Ap...

Zephaniah - Seer of the Apocalypse

Nahum’s prophecy had not yet been fulfilled when Zephaniah was awakened by God’s call. Nineveh had not yet fallen. As God had used Hosea and Amos in the last days of Israel, now God would use Zephaniah to give the final words of warning before destruction would come to Judah. Zephaniah is the author of an Old Testament Apocalypse. He wrote of the culmination of history and the fall of all ...

Habakkuk - The Thinker

Nineveh had fallen and once again, God’s people had quickly forgotten God. How dense and dull is the natural man. Habakkuk had something on his mind. It is called a "burden." He was troubled when He compared what he knew about God with what was going on around him. Why was God allowing evil to run rampant? Why was not God doing something about sin? Why were sinners getting aw...

Zechariah - Who God Remembers

The Prophecy of Zechariah is the longest and most complex among the minor prophets. His name means "God remembers." Just as our dreams are sometimes a swirling of images, without regard for time and sequence, this work is a kaleidoscope of visions. Among the predictions about Jerusalem are precious messianic promises that find their fulfillment in Christ. Two months after...

Homeless

     He was Homeless.  It is hard for most of us to imagine being homeless. The idea of being homeless never crosses our minds, until we see that person living in a cardboard box, or that family living in a station wagon, or those people under an overpass warming themselves by a fire. When we see them we might have pity or we might think of them “losers.” Rather than a “loser,” I believe Jesus would rather we see them as “lost....
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