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Today's Creation Moment

Sep
25
Fast Water, Quick Canyons
Genesis 8:3a
"And the waters returned from off the earth continually..."
Visitors to the Grand Canyon will recall the Park Rangers saying that it took millions of years for water to carve out the Canyon. We have looked at examples of rapid canyon formation in previous...
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Animals

What Coral and Humans Share

Psalm 95:6
"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker."

According to the theory of evolution, all life is related. There is claimed to be a hierarchy of rising complexity from the earliest simple organisms to man. The earliest organisms are said to include corals, sea anemones and jellyfish that thrived 500 million years ago. These early creatures eventually led to the first creatures to move onto land, and worms were among them.

Genetic Monkey Business

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Genesis 1:27
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

One commonly heralded claim to the evolution of man from the animal kingdom is the statement that humans and chimpanzees are more than 98 percent genetically identical. Many people think this claim has been proven, but it has always been an assumption made by believers in evolution.

The Social Lives of Bacteria

Genesis 11:6a
"And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do..."

About 300 years after the Genesis Flood, when all people spoke the same language, they decided to work together to build a great city. Working together for a common goal is called "social intelligence." Do animals practice social intelligence? Of course, there are the bees, the ants and the beavers, but even bacteria – among the lowliest of all creatures – also show social intelligence!

Bright Camouflage

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Psalm 146:6
"Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever..."

Most people have seen the beautiful colors of reef fish. However, all those bright colors would be expected to make them attractive to predators.

Old MacDonald Has a Shell

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Genesis 4:2b
"And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."

Until recently, it was thought that, excluding mankind, only a few insects, beetles, ants and termites actually farmed crops for their food supply. Then an amazing snail was found.

Seismic Sayings

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James 2:19
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."

Speaking, singing, writing and body language are all familiar ways of communicating. Science has now learned of another means of communication that has been going on all around us, yet we are not even aware of it.

Birds With a Memory to Envy

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Job 38:41
"Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat."

The shy bird called Clark's nutcracker collects food during the growing season and stores it for the cold winter months. In one year, a bird will store between 22,000 and 33,000 seeds in as many as 2,500 locations, which can be more than ten miles apart. But does the little bird remember where he put all those seeds?

Tickled Locusts

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Proverbs 30:27
"The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands..."

Normally, the desert locusts mentioned in the Bible are shy and reclusive and are green in color. What turns them into the multi-colored army that sweeps across the land, eating every leaf in sight?

Hornbills that Understand Monkey

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Colossians 1:28
"Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus..."

With the exception of basic messages such as aggression, communication between two entirely different species has seldom been observed among animals in the wild. We know that many animals among the same species give each other specific warnings about an impending danger. However, scientists have never noted one species recognizing the specific warning given by a second species.

The Early Bug Gets the Water

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Job 38:26
"To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man...."

How do you get the water you need in a desert in which it almost never rains? We have often looked here at how God's designs in nature show us practical designs we may never think of. The water-hoarding beetle provides us with one more such example.

Loving Snakes

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Job 26:13
"By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent."

Mention snakes or other crawly reptiles, and people usually shy away. Typically, snakes have a reputation for being dangerous or, at best, completely unable to show affection. New research shows us that in many cases this isn't true at all.

Dinosaur Bones Not Always Fully Fossilized

Genesis 1:24
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."

Most listeners to these programs will at sometime have visited a museum to see the dinosaurs. Of course, the tangible remains consist of fossil skeletons and, if one is allowed to touch the bones, they are as hard as rock. Sometimes they are actually cement or plaster since they are copies. However, we are told that over the millions of years, the original bone had been replaced by minerals.

Rube Goldberg Flukes

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Genesis 3:17b
"...cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life...."

The lancet fluke is a parasite that accomplishes its life cycle in a most complicated, Rube Goldberg, manner.

Living Fossils, Evolution's Oops

Psalm 104:30
"Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth."

Living fossils are creatures believed to be extinct and known only through the fossil record. The most famous living fossil is the Coelacanth. It is a fish, and textbooks claim it has been extinct for 70 million years according to the evolutionary timetable. Now we know that schools of them live in the Indian Ocean.

The Best Swimming Wing

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Genesis 1:21a
"And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind...."

An unusual example of a design in nature that runs counter to human common sense is found in the pectoral flippers of the humpback whale. The leading edge of these flippers, which one would intuitively expect to be smooth, actually sport evenly spaced bumps.

The Tsunami and the Animals

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Job 12:7
"But now ask the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee;"

Almost everyone in the world today knows of the terrible disaster that struck the coasts of South East Asia. The North American news media gave daily body counts, reported human tragedy and inflicted damage ... yet, as far as is known, none mentioned the animals.

Tiny Flies Inspire Big Advances in Hearing Aids

Proverbs 20:12
"The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them."

Do you know how your ears help you pinpoint the location of whatever you are hearing? Two factors come into play. First, you hear the sound louder in the ear that is closer to whatever is producing the sound. And second, the sound arrives at the closer ear a little sooner than the other.

Chicken or Egg – Which Came First?

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Genesis 1:22
"And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Well, I'm happy to report that this age-old dilemma has finally been solved. It was the chicken that came first – something that creationists have known all along. After all, the Bible tells us that God created every winged fowl and gave them the ability to reproduce after their kind.

Meet King Kong's Opposite!

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1 Samuel 17:45
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."

Probably one of my all-time-favorite movies is King Kong. I'm talking about the original black-and-white film made in 1933 and starring Faye Wray. But, of course, the real star of the movie was the "eighth wonder of the world" – the enormous and powerful King Kong.

Do Birds Take a Sabbath Rest?

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Genesis 2:3
"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

Myles Willard is an avid bird watcher, award-winning nature photographer and long-time friend of Creation Moments. Myles has given us hundreds of breathtaking nature photos, one of which accompanies the printed transcript of today's program at the Creation Moments website.

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