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Today's Creation Moment

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Learning About Catastrophe
2 Peter 2:4-5
"For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement, and did not...
The great Flood at the time of Noah was more than simply the world's biggest rainstorm. Scripture paints the picture of an upheaval across the face of the Earth that combined floods, landslides,...
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Bigmouth!

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Jonah 1:17
"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.

The Bird You Must Hear to Believe

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1 Chronicles 16:23
"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.

Make Noise, Not War

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Ezra 3:13
"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.

God's Special Gift to Salmon

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Acts 26:18a
"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?

Night of the Living Zombie Ant!

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Romans 7:25b
"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.

Who's Looking Out for You?

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Genesis 28:15
"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.

How Do Bats Land Upside Down?

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Psalm 40:4
"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.

Young Blood

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Job 41:24
"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 Ants' Road Department

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Psalm 5:8
"Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face."

You're driving down the road and all of a sudden traffic slows to a crawl. Finally, you get to the cause of the slowdown – a big pothole in the road that causes people to slow down and drive around.

An Elegant Quilt of Relationships

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Psalm 104:16-17
"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.

Meet the Horror Frog!

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Psalm 20:1b
"The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee..."

Did you know that there are salamanders that can grow spines? They do this by forcing their ribs to grow through their skin. But a frog nicknamed the "horror frog" is even stranger.

Beetle Produces Fungicide to Protect Young

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Psalm 51:7
"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.

What the Cat Knew

Proverbs 16:23
"The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips."

While modern computers can do increasingly amazing things, they would not compete well on even a simple task with an animal.

Unknown Treasures Still Being Discovered

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Proverbs 31:22
"She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple."

Many types of insects make silk. Among them, they make many types of silk. But many of the multitude of species of the caddisfly make a very unique silk even among silk-makers.

The Adder that Tells Time

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

Australia has many unique creatures that people find fascinating. One example is the floodplain death adder and its habit of eating dangerous frogs.

What Did History Do with the Dinosaurs?

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."

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.

Barreleyes

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Jeremiah 32:27
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?"

Almost all sighted animals that aren't insects see with eyeballs. But that is not true of a fish named barreleyes, and that's for a good reason.

The Fastest Jaws in the World

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Psalm 46:7
"The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

If an octopus thinks you have found him in his lair, he will squirt ink in your face and hope, in your surprise, you don't see him fleeing. On the other hand, challenge a bull, and you will have more fight on your hands than you want. Other creatures will evaluate the situation to determine whether fight or flight is the best response.

The Buzz About Chance

Acts 1:26
"And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles."

With the early morning dew on the leaves, a vegetable garden may seem a very peaceful place. Actually, though, it's a war zone.

Chameleon Changes in Unexpected Way

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Psalm 7:1b
"O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me..."

Evolutionary naturalists have predicted that a given creature should have pretty much the same strategy for dealing with any of the predators that seek it out. As our knowledge of the animal world grows, they are beginning to realize that they may have to reexamine their prediction.

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