Every Hardship

Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work of a beetle. In the early 1900s, this boll weevil made its way from Mexico to the southern US. Within a few years it had destroyed entire crops of cotton, the primary source of revenue. In desperation, farmers started growing another crop—peanuts. Realizing they had been dependent on one crop for too long, they credited the beetle with forcing them to diversify, which led to increased prosperity.

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The Ultimate Reunion

I’ll never forget the vigil of sitting by my dad’s bed as he spent his last few days with us before slipping into eternity. To this day the moment of his passing continues to have a profound effect on me. My dad was always there for me. I could call him whenever I needed counsel. I have great memories of our days fishing together; we would talk about God and the Bible, and I would prompt him to tell those fun stories from his youth on the farm.

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The Language Of Whistling

On La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, a language that sounds like a bird song is being revived. In a land of deep valleys and steep ravines, schoolchildren and tourists are learning how whistling was once used to communicate for distances up to 2 miles. One goat herder who is using this ancient language once again to communicate with his flock said, “They recognize my whistle as they recognize my voice.”

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An Emergency Of The Spirit

In March 2011, a devastating tsunami struck Japan, taking nearly 16,000 lives as it obliterated towns and villages along the coast. Writer and poet Gretel Erlich visited Japan to witness and document the destruction. When she felt inadequate to report what she was seeing, she wrote a poem about it. In a PBS NewsHour interview she said, “My old friend William Stafford, a poet now gone, said, ‘A poem is an emergency of the spirit.’”

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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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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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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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The Small Giant

The towering enemy strides into the Valley of Elah. He stands 9 feet tall, and his coat of armor, made of many small bronze plates, glimmers in the sunlight. The shaft of his spear is wrapped with cords so it can spin through the air and be thrown with greater distance and accuracy. Goliath looks invincible.

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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:


  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!

  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!!!

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      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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