"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Though it must surely be one of the most disgusting creatures in God's creation, the bird dung spider is yet another beautiful example of God's design.
Not only does the bird dung spider have a body covered with unattractive warts, the spider often produces a white thread and sits on it, looking almost exactly like bird poop that has fallen on a leaf.
"There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow:"
What makes owls so good at catching prey as they fly through the night sky? Part of the credit obviously goes to their amazing eyes that are able to see with such clarity in low-light conditions. But owls also have another design feature that allows them to sneak up on their prey without being noticed. Owls, you see, were designed to fly in virtual silence.
"He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."
Why in the world would engineers at Mercedes-Benz and DaimlerChrysler turn to a fish built like a box for inspiration on automotive design? After all, automakers want their vehicles to travel just as efficiently through air as sharks swim through water. But the boxfish is anything but streamlined.
"He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?"
We love it when one of our listeners brings something of interest to our attention that we can pass along to other listeners. A listener sent us a link to an article at the National Geographic website on little-known facts about the eyes of animals. Since National Geographic treats evolution as fact, no mention was made that God created the eyes of these animals. But we are sure that our listeners will be quick to give credit where credit is due!
"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:"
The foundation of evolution is so weak, the flight feather of a bird can send it crumbling to the ground. Perhaps no one is better equipped to speak on the amazing design of flight feathers than Dr. Stuart Burgess, the engineer who designed the solar array deployment system on the European Space Agency's earth observation satellite. In addition to his engineering work at Bristol University, he is the author of Hallmarks of Design: Evidence of Purposeful Design and Beauty in Nature.
"And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain."
It's a sunny, sweltering summer day, and you're looking for a place to park your car. Since you know you'll be gone for several hours, you look for a nice shaded spot so your car will be more comfortable when you return. Or it's a blustery winter day with sub-zero temperatures. This time you park your car where there's as much sunlight as possible so that the sunlight streaming through your windows will heat your car's interior while you're gone.
"And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle."
When the South American false-eyed frog is approached by a predator, it behaves in a way that evolution is powerless to explain. It turns its back on the predator.
So how is this a good strategy? In the time it takes to spin around, the frog's back is changing color to look like a pair of large, menacing eyes, complete with black pupils surrounded by blue irises. And it accomplishes this in only one second.
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life…"
The long and skinny shrimpfish must surely be one of the strangest sea creatures to come from the hand of a Creator who never ceases to amaze us with His wonders. Of course, evolutionists claim that the shrimpfish is a product of millions of years of evolution. Let's take a close look at this remarkable creature and see for ourselves which view holds water.
"Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word."
It has long been known that electric eels are able to immobilize prey with a jolt of electricity. But new research, reported in the journal Science, has shown that eels also use their electric organs to make fish come out of hiding. A researcher from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, found that the electric discharges from eels caused the muscles of their prey to twitch, making them easier to capture by revealing their whereabouts.
"We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."
What do a butterfly's shimmering wings, a fish's opalescent scales, and a peacock's brilliant feathers have in common? None of the colors come from pigments. As an article at the Gizmodo website rightly points out, "All of their beautifully iridescent colors are produced by the physical interaction of light with sophisticated nanoscale architecture that we are only just beginning to understand."
"In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion."
Some sports figures have practically made an art of trash-talking. Perhaps the most famous of them all is Muhammad Ali. His taunts-filled trash-talk – both before and during the bouts – worked so well, it helped him become heavyweight boxing champion.
"And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard."
A few days ago, a light bulb on my ceiling fan exploded, showering my room with thousands of large, small, and tiny pieces of glass. I breathed a sigh of relief because I hadn't been hit by any flying glass. But there's another reason I was grateful.
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
Welcome to Australia! This delightful continent is home to many of the world's most poisonous snakes and spiders, not to mention deadly sea creatures like the box jellyfish, salt water crocodiles, and everybody's favorite – the great white shark. Today, however, we're going to talk about another creature you don't want to meet on your next trip down under. It's called the jumper ant because it can jump as high as two inches into the air. But most people call it the bulldog ant, and with good reason.
"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
Though we are aware of no confirmed reports of meatballs falling from the sky during a rainstorm, there have been hundreds of reports of strange things falling from the clouds during strong storms. And sometimes, this even includes living animals.
"And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great."
Behold the giant oarfish – a creature of which legends are made. With its snake-like body that can grow up to fifty-six feet in length, the longest bony fish in existence has inspired countless legends about sea serpents.
"For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
Most evolutionists today hold to the belief that modern-day birds evolved from dinosaurs. In fact, they now feel that large, carnivorous theropods like T. Rex rapidly shrank over a period of 50 million years until they evolved into our fine feathered friends.
"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
"That's a knotty problem!" This figure of speech is used to describe a problem that's complex and difficult to solve – filled with knots, so to speak. Today, we're going to talk about a knotty solution that God has given to a fish that's been called the most disgusting creature in the sea.
"And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
Parents, wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to deal with dirty diapers during the early years of your child's life? And think of the money you would save! Too bad your little angel isn't more like a little robin.
"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
Have you ever gone outside on a bright, sunny day and been almost blinded by the light? Then imagine what it must be like for penguins to go about their lives with the intense glare of polar sunlight reflecting off a snowy or watery landscape.
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
It looks like H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man has just come closer to becoming a reality. A group of Caltech researchers recently announced they have succeeded in making a mouse transparent. The researchers said that their new scientific technique – called Perfusion-assisted Agent Release in Situ, or PARS for short – will help scientists study organs and tissues in the lab, and could even help diagnose illnesses in humans.
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