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Today's Creation Moment

Aug
22
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Romans 1:20
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;...
You may never see a troop of monkeys traveling from city to city to perform Shakespeare, but some researchers now believe that monkeys do, indeed, develop culture. This unexpected discovery does not...
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The Tool-Using Bird

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Genesis 3:23
“Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”

School textbooks continue to claim that man is the only animal to use tools. Of course, speaking this way not only identifies man as merely another animal but also completely ignores the fact that man was made in the image of God and, thus, has moral responsibilities. However, using this “man the tool-user” argument to support evolution has been quietly shot down as science continues to discover a growing number of animal tool-users.

The Giraffe’s “Wonder Net”

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Job 9:10
“Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.”

Did you ever stand up a little too quickly and get dizzy? It can happen because by standing, you may have temporarily lowered the blood pressure in your brain. Can you imagine what might happen when the giraffe swings its head from the ground to a treetop?

Peru’s Marvellous Hummingbird

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Isaiah 28:5
“In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.”

In 1835, when scientists first saw Peru’s most unusual hummingbird, they were so overcome with its beauty that they gave it the name “Marvellous”.

The Shaggy Wasp

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Genesis 3:21
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make tunics of skins, and clothed them.”

The fiery red and black shaggy coat of the so-called velvet “ant” does more than warn the unsuspecting that it packs a powerful sting. However, it is that shaggy coat that protects it from the heat of its desert home.

Moths That Think They Are Hummingbirds

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Psalm 92:5-6
“O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.”

There seems to be no end to the variety and wisdom of design in the creation. Most interesting are those creatures that share important traits and yet are nothing like each other. The whale is one example; it is constructed like a fish but is really a mammal.

The Cap-Throwing Fungus

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Genesis 1:11
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”

While we may speak of “simple” forms of life, the more we learn about living things, the more clearly we can see that no form of life is “simple.” 

The Woodpecker’s Amazing Tongue

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Deuteronomy 4:28
"And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell."

The beautiful creation in which we live is not only filled with testimonies to the wisdom of God, it is also filled with special designs that deny the possibility of mindless evolution.

Coming: A Robot Dancing Bee

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Zechariah 7:9-11
“Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgement, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.”

Most listeners to Creation Moments know that honey bees communicate with each other through a complex dance. These dances are used by bee scouts who communicate the location, direction and distance of a new food source to other bees. Researchers have now learned that there is more to this communication than simply dance.

Earthworms

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

There are certain things in creation that people seldom talk about, including earthworms.

The Insect without Children

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Jeremiah 51:15
“He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.”

Did you know that there is a creature that can have a huge number of offspring, yet never have any children? That unusual creature is the aphid. The first aphid of spring is a female, has no wings, and hatches from an egg early in the season. After about 10 days, she will give live birth to another fully formed Aphid giving birth to live youngadult female aphid. There have been no males around.

Bee Environmental Engineers

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Genesis 1:25
“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

We all like to live at a comfortable temperature. Excavations from the most ancient human sites show that homes and entire cities were often positioned to catch the prevailing winds in the summer or to avoid cold blasts in the winter.

Aphid’s Clever Defenses

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Job 39:26
“Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?”

Aphids are tiny creatures that are often tended – even protected – by ants. Like many creatures, aphids provide a wonderful testimony to God’s ability to create endless variations on a theme.

God’s Joy of Creating

Romans 11:33
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out!”

We all know that it takes time to plan even simple projects. But did you ever think about the planning that God had to do when He created all the different kinds of living things? How many plans did He make? A billion? A billion times a billion?

Wasps Command Aphids

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Matthew 13:39
“The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”

The ability to control someone else’s will is the stuff of classic horror movies. Thankfully, science has never devised a way whereby one person can take over another person’s will and control their every action. But there is a certain parasitic wasp that may, in fact, be able to control the actions of the aphid that it uses.

Solitary Bees

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Proverbs 17:17
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Creation Moments has often talked about the social activities of bees, and we tend to think that all bees live together in large colonies or hives. In fact, not all of them do. Like people, bees can actually be found in a variety of social relationships, including those who live most of their lives alone.

The Adder Actor

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Matthew 10:16
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

Some animals use quite a bag of tricks to make their living or protect themselves. The puff adder is one example of a “wise serpent.” The puff adder is harmless, and if you try to grab him he will coil himself up so that you will have to reach past his head. Then he puffs his head up just like a cobra. No one wants to grab North American eastern hognose snake is also known as a puff addera cobra!

Non-Reproducible Reproduction

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Genesis 1:31
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Many of us can remember how, in biology class, we had to learn how different animals reproduce. Some give birth to live young while others lay eggs. But the thrip does it both ways! The thrip is a gnat-like bug that lives within decaying leaves and helps to break them down. The thrip has another surprise: it reproduces Thrip shown on a finger for scaletwice a year.

Bees Outsmart Scientists

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Psalm 19: 9, l0b
“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether...sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”

Scientists have long recognized that bees are intelligent creatures. At the same time, they believe that this intelligence is the product of millions of years of natural selection. The extremely fast learning ability of the bee either puts in doubt the millions of years or shows the hand of the Creator.

Ant Mathematics

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Luke 14:28-30
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”

Can ants count? It seems so! When a scout ant finds an item of food too big to carry, but especially good, the scout will return to the nest to get help. Scientists have discovered that ants apparently size up the task ahead so that they can return with just sufficient help.

How to Speak Bee

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Psalm 26:6-7
“I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, 0 LORD: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

One might expect that the ape would turn out to be the best animal communicator. But evolution’s expectations about language, and a link between man and apes, proves to be wrong.

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