(by Todd Starnes) – Army Captain Russell Rippetoe was killed on April 3, 2003 when the enemy detonated a car bomb at a military checkpoint in western Iraq. When they recovered Capt. Rippetoe’s body, they discovered that he was wearing an inspirational dog tag created by Shields of Strength, a family-owned company in Texas. The dog tag was adorned with a Bible verse from the Old Testament, Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” the verse read. […]

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