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Repeat Warnings

Caution, the moving walkway is ending. Caution, the moving walkway is ending.” If you’ve ever used an automated walkway at an airport, you’ve heard this kind of announcement repeatedly.

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Medieval Meal

A while ago I attended a conference on the Middle Ages. In one seminar we actually prepared several foods that would have been common in medieval times. We used pestle and mortar to grind cinnamon and fruit to make jam. We cut orange rinds and broiled them with honey and ginger to produce a sweet snack. We crushed almonds with water and other ingredients to create almond milk. And, finally, we prepared a whole chicken to serve as a main dish with rice. As we sampled these dishes, we enjoyed a tasty culinary experience.

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On Being Known

One of the most difficult inner conflicts we have is our desire to be known versus our fear of being known. As beings created in the image of God we are made to be known—known by God and also by others. Yet due to our fallen nature, all of us have sins and weaknesses that we don’t want others to know about. We use the phrase “dark side” to refer to aspects of our lives that we keep hidden. And we use slogans like “put your best foot forward” to encourage others to show their best side.

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Love To Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

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Giving It To God

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

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A Heart For Prayer

While traveling on an airplane with her 4- and 2-year-old daughters, a young mom worked at keeping them busy so they wouldn’t disturb others. When the pilot’s voice came over the intercom for an announcement, Catherine, the younger girl, paused from her activities and put her head down. When the pilot finished, she whispered, “Amen.” Perhaps because there had been a recent natural disaster, she thought the pilot was praying.

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The Blame Game

When Jenny’s husband left her for another woman, she vowed that she would never meet his new wife. But when she realized that her bitterness was damaging her children’s relationship with their father, she asked for God’s help to take the first steps toward overcoming bitterness in a situation she couldn’t change.

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Gentle Jesus

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) was a Methodist evangelist who wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. Some, like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” are great, soaring hymns of praise. But his poem “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild,” first published in 1742, is a child’s quiet prayer that captures the essence of how all of us should seek the Lord in sincere, simple faith.

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Think Of Them No More

My early years as a believer in Christ were laden with foreboding. I had the impression that when Jesus comes back, all my sins will be portrayed on a giant screen for everyone to see.

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Born To Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of disaster.

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23 thoughts on “Born To Rescue

  1. guineafoot says:

    Thank you Lord for rescuing me when you did. Give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in my abilities to serve others today as You intended me to. In Jesus name, Amen.

  2. dete90020 says:

    Amen

  3. winnermustache1104 says:

    I’m new. What do I do?

  4. eternallyhis says:

    God reveals His love, compassion, beauty, mercy, etc. through His creation, which includes animals, of course. Just thinking of the heroic nature of these dogs warms my heart and gives me even more assurance of God’s love and saving power. To God be the glory and I pray He blesses each and every one of the faithful writers of ODB that He so aptly uses to teach, comfort and encourage so many people.

  5. tammibarner says:

    Amen to those that The Lord has given the secrets to his kingdom. And those they can’t relate I pray that he gives an ear, and a heart to receive.

    Be bless

  6. sandy229 says:

    It was just an analogy. There is no comparison. Don’t read more into it.

  7. josy says:

    I have to admit that I was a bit put off as well. But then I don’t really like that simplistic formula that ODB writers often use. It gets a bit weird sometimes like this did. I know the intentions are good.

  8. ronrev says:

    Don’t get entangled or lost in translation.
    Jesus saves! To the utmost, Jesus saves!
    Hallelujah!

  9. abolis1 says:

    It is unacceptable and non-respectable to compare between the dogs’ work and Jesus’s work. We can not simplify the most important fact in our lives like that.

    1. jay nesbitt says:

      We’ll the dog’s job is to save …..and Jesus’ earthly mission was to save…….

      He was also the Lamb of God

      And the Lion of Judah

      All our earthly analogies have validity if they are useful…..and all have limits….

      God Bless You!!!

      1. eternallyhis says:

        Amen

      2. josy says:

        The best lesson from this is to acknowledge others’ feelings and viewpoints and if someone finds that something is a stumbling block, then understand rather than attacking. I believe ODB writers are big girls and boys and can take constructive lessons from how some of us feel, right? In showing love for the writer, don’t nip at the rest of us. Love and peace.

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