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Dec
04
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Psalm 77:14
"Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people."
The long, cold winters of Scandinavia not only freeze the lakes, but pile so much snow on the lake ice that no light can penetrate to the cold, unfrozen water beneath. This means that the creatures...
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Plants Add More Greenhouse Gas

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Genesis 8:22
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Those who fear global warming blame any climate changes upon man's activity, including the raising of cattle for food. The digestive system of all ruminants, including cows, produce methane gas as part of the digestive process. Methane is considered one of the greenhouse gases that change the Earth's climate. Some have even suggested ways of limiting the methane produced by cows.

Plants with Perches for Pollinator Birds

Psalm 148:7, 10
"Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps ... Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl..."

Could a plant devise a special growth for itself so that it becomes inviting to its only pollinator? If evolution were true, how could such a plant survive until it could learn enough about its pollinator, and about genetics, to evolve a special growth just for that pollinator.

Some Moms Are Green

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Luke 13:34
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem ... how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!"

Chickens aren't the brightest creatures in the animal world, but the mother hen knows to protect her eggs and keep them warm. Many species of snakes also care for their young. Amazingly, scientists have learnt that even some plants have been designed with "motherly" instincts.

The Fastest Flower in the West

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Psalm 105:5
"Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth..."

Can you imagine a plant that moves so fast that science didn't know what it was doing until recently? The plant is a forest wild flower found in North America and called the Bunchberry dogwood.

A Cage of Light

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Psalm 27:1
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

Ask any evolutionist, and he will tell you that the Venus Flower Basket is one of the least-evolved animals. This animal is actually a sponge that is made up of a colony of creatures, and it does some amazing things.

Busy Mushrooms

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Joel 1:17
"The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered."

If it weren't for mushrooms, there would be so many un-decayed dead trees that there would be no room on Earth for anything else to grow. But mushrooms don't just recycle dead trees. They help make the trees grow in the first place.

New Glue from Ivy

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Romans 8:39
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

All of us have seen ivy clinging to the sides of houses and trees, but did you know that these climbing plants can withstand the force of hurricane and tornado-force winds? What gives them such sticking power? Well, an article at the Engineering360 website points out that scientists are now learning that ivy "might hold the key to manufacturing stronger adhesives, more durable paints and even cosmetics with better staying power."

Waters Shall Be Turned to Blood

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Exodus 7:17
"Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood."

If you're listening to today's broadcast on the radio, let me suggest that you go to the Creation Moments website and do a search on the title of today's program: "Waters Shall Be Turned to Blood." You will see an incredible satellite photograph showing Lake Urnia in Iran looking like it's filled with blood rather than the green waters just a few months earlier.

Did Dinosaurs Stop to Smell the Roses?

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Isaiah 40:8
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."

For years, evolutionists have told the public that during the time of the dinosaurs, plants were only of the non-flowering kind. According to these experts – including the most famous evolutionist of his time, Carl Sagan – flowering plants had not evolved yet. Dinosaurs only saw non-flowering cone trees and cycads.

Brain Food

Song of Solomon 4:14
"Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:"

On our previous Creation Moments broadcast, we had good news for coffee drinkers – specifically, that the caffeine in coffee does not make a person dehydrated. The long-held myth that coffee is a diuretic was the product of 90-years-old bad science. Well, today we've got even more good news about something you might already be consuming at breakfast. Once you hear how feeding it to laboratory mice improved their learning ability, you might want to make it a regular part of your family's breakfast.

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!

The Dead-Horse Arum

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Isaiah 40:8
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."

A flower called the dead-horse arum has a problem. The individual flowers are able to receive pollen for only one day. To make matters worse, its male parts are not mature that day. The next day, the male parts of the flower produce pollen, but the female parts of the flower have shriveled up and cannot receive it.

Plants Have Immune Systems

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Malachi 4:2a
"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings..."

People and mammals have a multi-pronged immune system. When a bacterial infection is detected, cells begin to release nitric oxide, which kills bacteria, and they begin a cascade of other defense strategies. Ultimately, antibodies that directly attack any invader are produced.

Smart Leaves

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Job 36:5
"Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom."

As science learns more about the universe, some are suggesting that they see basic mathematical principles that underlie everything. This principle, which one scientist has called "cellular automata", might be at the root of everything from astronomy to zoology.

The "One-and-a-Half-Feet" Orchid

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Isaiah 40:7-8
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."

The star orchid is an amazing flower that really shouldn't even exist. You see, its pollen is located at the bottom of a long and narrow spike – or spur – that extends behind the flower. That's also where the nectar is. So how long is that spur? The last part of the orchid's scientific name gives us the answer – a whopping one and a half feet!

Changing Minestrone Soup into Garlic Bread

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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."

Creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design don't agree on several matters, but we do share the same views on the utter impossibility of evolution to account for the existence of all living things. Recently we came across a wonderful explanation of how plants got here by way of evolution. It's from the book Billions of Missing Links, and it's so good, I just had to share it with you today.

Bacteria That Move Like "Spider-Man"

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Psalm 40:5
"Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered."

On a previous Creation Moments broadcast, we told you about the microscopic flagellar motor that some bacteria use to move from place to place – much like an outboard motor propels a speedboat along the surface of a lake. Today, I'm going to tell you about a different kind of nanomachine that some bacteria use to get around.

Gossiping Plants

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Isaiah 40:8
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."

The venus flytrap senses a fly and, in less than a second, its trap springs shut. It will eat today. A new area of science is plant behavior. Plant behaviorists point out that plants, like the venus flytrap that interact with animals, have to move on an animal scale. We have traditionally thought of plants Gossiping Plantsas inactive living things that just sit there.

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.

Evolutionists Find Their Conclusions Flawed

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Genesis 8:17
"Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh ... that they may breed abundantly in the earth…"

A surprising number of living things mimic other living things. We have done a number of programs on these wonders of God's creativity. However, evolutionary biologists discount such mimicry as any sort of wonder because in many cases the mimicry is imperfect. The biological term is "flawed mimicry."

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