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Today's Creation Moment

Jul
25
Evolution – A Matter of Faith
John 1:3-4
"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
Does the name Harold Clayton Urey ring a bell? Urey was an American physical chemist who did pioneering work on isotopes, earning him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the element...
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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."

The Fastest Flower in the Forest

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Matthew 6:28
"And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin..."

The peace and serenity of North America's spruce forests is occasionally broken by little other than the rustle of a deer passing by. At least that's what most people think. In truth, there are things going on which would cause us profound wonder.

Hot Fungicide

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Exodus 37:29
"And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary."

Plant seeds are distributed by a number of ingenious methods, including wind, water, mammals and birds. Plants that rely upon these creatures to distribute their seeds often attract them with tasty fruit surrounding the seed. However, tasty fruit contains sugar and other substances that many other creatures also find inviting. Yes, the problem is, everybody likes sugar and that includes insects, molds and fungi, all of which are useless as seed distributors. Some plants make up for this problem by producing large amounts of fruit, just to ensure that some are reproduced.

The Lotus Effect

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1 John 1:9
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Perhaps you have a self-cleaning oven in your kitchen, and if you have small children in your house, you've probably wished for self-cleaning walls. Self-cleaning clothes would be nice, too!

Stressed Plants Tell Us About It

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Ezekiel 47:12b
"...and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."

When they have a headache or perhaps a toothache, many people take an aspirin. It turns out that many plants do almost the same thing when they are under stress.

Smart Slime

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Ecclesiastes 4:9
"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour."

We all know that there is strength in numbers. Many animals have even discovered this and, for example, migrate in large herds. However, one would never expect bacteria to have discovered this or know enough to organize themselves collectively.

Delicate Beauty

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Revelation 21:4
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Bacteria and fungi form biofilms on just about every wet surface, like that bowl of water you left out last night! In this biofilm state, bacteria cause 70 percent of all human bacterial infections. On underwater pipelines, biofilms cause corrosion. Such biofilms even form on seaweed. That is, except for the seaweed called Delicate Beauty.

Eau de Whale Guts

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2 Corinthians 2:15
"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:"

As one perfume expert puts it, "It's beyond comprehension how beautiful it is. It's transformative. Its like an olfactory gemstone."

Coffee – Brimming with Health Benefits

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Genesis 1:12
"And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but after hearing about its many health benefits, I just might make coffee my drink of choice.

"Leaves of Three, Let Them Be"

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1 John 1:7
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

"Leaves of three, let them be." "One, two, three … don't touch me." Do you know what I'm talking about? I'm talking about poison ivy, a plant with three leaves connected closely together on each stem.

Beautiful But Deadly Woman

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Esther 1:11
"To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on."

In Italian, its name means beautiful woman. The belladonna plant first received this name because it was used to make eye-drops for women in ancient Rome. Belladonna made the women appear more seductive by dilating the pupils of their eyes.

This Plant Calls Out to Bats!

Leviticus 11:19
"And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat."

Imagine this – you're a carnivorous pitcher plant with no scent to attract insects. Even worse, though most pitcher plants are designed to kill insects in their pool of digestive fluids, you don't have enough fluid to do the job. What's a poor pitcher plant to do?

"Superb," "Splendid" and "Lovely"

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Psalm 50:11
"I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine."

There are 13 species of a brightly plumed little songbird known as the fairy wren. The birds are found in Australia and New Guinea. So colorful are their feathers that the various species go by names like "superb," "splendid" and "lovely." However, even more noteworthy is the birds' unusual behavior.

Coat of Many Colors

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Genesis 37:3
"Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours."

The rainbow eucalyptus tree is undoubtedly the most beautiful tree ever. Its bark looks like it was painted by an artist using a palette full of pastel pigments. Surprisingly, this tree's coat of many colors actually comes from the way its bark peels off the tree.

The Living Corkscrew

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Matthew 13:4
"And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:"

If you have never opened a bottle of wine, let me give you a little instruction on how to use a corkscrew. First, you puncture the cork with the corkscrew's tip. Then you turn the handle, forcing the metal screw deeper and deeper into the cork. Finally, when it is deep inside the cork, you pull on the handle of the corkscrew, removing the cork from the bottle and spilling wine all over your white shirt!

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