in his steps
Sometimes we have to get in a quagmire before we look up. George Bush, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and I were born in the same year, 1946. Some of us became famous, but not all of us. We were part of a tumultuous generation called the Baby Boomers. Like every generation, we were a generation of Seekers. Many set out, to “find themselves,” but never came home. I, like the Prodigal Son, learned some things the hard way and found myself in a “far country.” In 1966, at the ripe old age of twenty, I found myself in the middle of a war zone where I was a MACV combat photographer. The truth is, we all lost our way. At least that’s what the Bible says. Vietnam was bloody and a muddy mess. God used that experience to help me, like the Prodigal, come to my senses. No one comes to God until they first come to themself. Reading the Bible, I came to see that my problem and the world’s problem were related. We both had a sin problem. We were both at war with God. Now, that’s a war no one can win. The good news I heard was that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save me from sin and to lift me out of the miry clay and set my feet upon the solid rock. I knelt by an army bunk bed and basically waved a white flag of surrender to God. From that moment the war was over, (at least in my heart) and there was peace.
For fifty years I have simply tried to share the message of Jesus Christ with other seekers. I have tried to explain to every seeker that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is still the hope of the world. The materials found here are things I have learned along the way. Today, a new restless generation is seeking their own identity (ID), and trying to change the world. My prayer is that something I have said will help someone find peace in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee" Isa.26:3
Ingimar DeRidder aka -id
"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God..." Ps. 40:2-3
Infantry soldier in the mire 1966