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Rick Nelson, 61, was walking his dog near his Ontario home when a 300-pound black bear charged him. The mama bear was only defending her cub but she bit Nelson in the chest and face. Rick had been a featherweight boxer in his earlier days and he struck the beast in the teeth with a right-hand jab, following that with an uppercut to the bear’s snout. The bear retreated into the woods. Nelson commented, “I hit it hard and I hit it perfect. I’m really glad that bear walked away. And I’m really glad I did, too.”

King David had a testimony of the day he fought a bear bare handed. That mark of physical courage was a forerunner of the spiritual courage he showed in standing for God in the face of the Giant. I hope I have the physical courage of a Rick Nelson, and the spiritual courage of a King David. –--Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell.

The Week, July 22, 2016 p 14

1 Samuel 17:34–37 (HCSB) “ David answered Saul: ‘Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it down, and rescued the lamb from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it. 36 Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.’ 37 Then David said, ‘The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’ Saul said to David, ‘Go, and may the LORD be with you.’”

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