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Today's Creation Moment

Jul
26
Abimelech the Watermelon
Judges 9:53
"And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull."
In the book of Judges we read of how "a certain woman" gave the Philistine leader Abimelech a skull fracture when she threw a millstone on him from a tower. Some biblical scholars concluded that no...
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Is It Plant or Animal?

Psalm 93:5
"Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever."

As we learn more about God's creation, we find that a number of things we learned in school aren't really true, and never were. We learned in school that plants are plants and animals are animals, and there are always distinct differences between them. We also learned that complex things like eyes are found only in higher, more evolved creatures.

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

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Psalm 72:18
"Blessed [be] the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things."

The Norfolk Island Pine Tree is an example of God's imaginative creativity.

Electric Bushes and Trees

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Job 14:7, 9
"For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. [Yet] through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant."

Is it silly to speak of plants anticipating a good watering or is it naive to think of a plant anticipating spring? Scientists are learning that although plants do not have a nervous system, they do use electrical signals to respond to their surroundings – and sometimes they respond just like human beings!

The Venus Flytrap

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Psalm 104:24a
"O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all..."

The exotic Venus flytrap is an insect-catching plant and a wonder of God's engineering. For example, these meat-eating plants usually live in mineral-poor soils, but by catching their own lunch, they actually provide their own fertilizer.

Don't Offend Your House Plants

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Psalm 1:1, 3
"Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season...."

A few years ago there was a lot of publicity about people who claimed that their house plants did better when they were talked to. Many experts thought that this was a silly idea since plants are very low, comparatively speaking, on the (imaginary) evolutionary scale. Research eventually proved that plants which were treated to music, especially classical music, did indeed seem healthier.

Mistletoe’s Special Needs Supplied

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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.”

When God designed the mistletoe, He brought the design of the plant and the feeding habits of birds together into a wonderfully designed working system. Then He made one amazing exception to the design.
 

Mystery of the Elephant Ears

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Psalm 103:15
“[As for] man, his days [are] as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.”

There are a wide variety of decorative and ornamental plants that go by the popular name “elephant ears” because of their very large leaves. Elephant ears are among the 2,500 known species of plants that generate heat in much the same way as warm-blooded animals. Some flowering elephant ears actually raise their temperatures close to human body temperatures while in bloom!

Hot Flowers

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Song of Solomon 2:11-12
“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over [and] gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land...”

At the end of winter, when so many of us become weary of winter and look forward to spring, it might seem a little early to be talking about flowers blooming. You might like to know, however, that man is not the only one of God’s creatures who would like to welcome spring a little early. There are some 2,500 species of plants that actually generate heat when they flower, and many of them are heating up beneath northern snows.

Mount St. Helens Surprises Scientists

Genesis 2:4
“These [are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens...”

In 1980, Mount St. Helens exploded with incredible force, leaving a sterile, barren scar on the face of the earth. Basing their expectations upon the slow pace of evolution, the scientific establishment said it would be generations before life would return to the area. Yet, the US Forest Service has reported that virtually every species that lived in the area before the eruption had already returned after only five years!

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