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Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century. When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?”

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A Ukrainian Christmas

The people of Ukraine include many wonderful elements in their observance of Christmas. Sometimes wisps of hay are placed on the dinner table as a reminder of the Bethlehem manger. Another portion of their celebration echoes the events of the night when the Savior entered the world. A Christmas prayer is offered and then the father in the household offers the greeting, “Christ is born!” The family then responds, “Let us glorify Him!”

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Our Life Is A Primer

The New England Primer was published in the late 1600s. Throughout the colonies that would later become the United States, the book became a widely used resource.

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Stones Cry Out

Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.

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Pink Sheep

While traveling on a road from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland, I was enjoying the beautiful, pastoral countryside when a rather humorous sight captured my attention. There, on a small hilltop, was a rather large flock of pink sheep.

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In The Storm

A storm was brewing—not just on the horizon but also in a friend’s home. “When I was in Hong Kong,” she shared, “the local meteorological service announced that there was a superstorm approaching. But more than the storm that was looming outside my window, there was a storm brewing at home. While my dad was in the hospital, family members were trying to balance their home and work responsibilities while also traveling to and from the hospital. They were so tired that patience was wearing thin, and the situation at home was tense.”

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A Fresh Start

In many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to extract the individual components of metal, fabric, and foam in old mattresses for recycling. But that’s only part of the story. Journalist Bill Vogrin wrote, “Of all the items Keenan recycles . . . it’s the people that may be his biggest success” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). Keenan hires men from halfway houses and homeless shelters, giving them a job and a second chance. He says, “We take guys nobody else wants.”

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Rooted

Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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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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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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