"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.
The snail lives on...
"For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch."
If you have ever traveled to a distant city on vacation, you know how much planning you have to do before you leave. And, of course, you need to know where you are going and the route you must follow to get there. But the creatures we'll be talking about today know exactly how to get where they are going. In fact, they were born with an internal GPS system to show them the way.
"For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth."
What caused dinosaurs to virtually disappear from the face of the Earth? Was it an asteroid, as scientists now tell us? According to Dr. Henry Gee, science writer for Nature, "Nobody will ever know what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs because we weren't there to watch it happen."
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."
Today's program is dedicated to all of you cat lovers out there. Now, you probably remember being told that your precious pet laps up milk by curling his tongue backwards, and he then uses his curved tongue to ladle the liquid into his mouth. Well, I'm sure you'll be happy to know that your cat is a lot more talented than that.
"Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."
In 1976, a naval research vessel working in the deep waters off Hawaii discovered a large fish that was entangled in its anchor. When the sailors hauled the fish aboard, they saw something no one had ever seen before. This fish – now considered to be one of the most important marine discoveries of the twentieth century – was over 14 feet in length and weighed 1,650 pounds.
"Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation."
One of God's most amazing and amusing creatures is the Superb Lyrebird, a bird found in the rainforests of Victoria, New South Wales and southeast Queensland, in Tasmania and along the east coast of Australia. After British naturalist and filmmaker David Attenborough turned his cameras on them, the lyrebird achieved worldwide fame for its unique ability to mimic the calls of virtually anything they hear.
"So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off."
On today's program I will give you one guess at what howler monkeys are especially good at. That's right – they howl. Or perhaps I should say, they shout. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, their shouts can be heard clearly up to three miles away, making them the loudest land animal on record.
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins."
Creation Moments has aired hundreds of programs over the years dealing with gifts God has given to His creatures so they could survive in the environment where He has placed them. But what is a poor animal going to do when it lives most of its life in one environment and then moves to a totally different environment?
"So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
Zombies are all the rage today in movies and television series. On today's broadcast, however, we will be looking at a real-life zombie, produced not by Hollywood but by a fungus. The Ophiocordyceps fungus literally turns carpenter ants into zombie slaves.
"And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."
A cable TV news commentator often poses the question – "Who's looking out for you?" – implying that he's looking out for his viewers. Well, Christians know who's really looking out for us. That would be Jesus, the One who created us, saved us and watches out over us every hour of our lives. But in His wisdom, our Creator has also given us a number of animals to watch out for us in a more earthly sense. These creatures are known as animal sentinels.
"Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."
Most bats, as you know, hang from their feet on the ceilings of caves. But not until recently did scientists know how bats switched from flying right-side-up to landing upside down in the space of a half second. Scientists assumed that bats used some kind of aerodynamic trick to pull this off. But the bats' mid-flight flip has almost nothing to do with air flow.
"His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone."
As dinosaur bones containing blood vessels and blood cells are continually being found, more and more laboratories are assigning dates to these bones in the thousands, not millions, of years. This makes evolutionists just like the patient who goes to his doctor, convinced that he is dead. After failing to convince the patient he is alive, the doctor pricks the man's finger, causing it to bleed. "See?" the doctor says. You must be alive because dead men don't bleed." And the patient replies: "Imagine that! Dead men do bleed after all!"
"The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house."
There are many incredible designs around us that are unlikely to exist if everything is the result of mindless chance. Many birds eat insects through the summer. While such high protein diets like this are good in mating and reproductive season, they do not prepare the birds to survive the cold weather of winter.
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
The southern pine beetle is a real problem in southeastern North America. They burrow into pine trees that could be harvested for lumber, often killing them. Those that aren't killed are left, stained an unattractive blue tint by a fungus they leave behind.
"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."
We are often asked why, if the Bible's account of creation is true, don't dinosaurs appear in any historical documentation. After all, according to the Bible, both the great land creatures and humans were created on day six of creation week.
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