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Today's Creation Moment

Mar
03
Are We as Good as It Gets?
Proverbs 16:18
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
Are we, as human beings, as good as it gets? According to several influential evolutionary scientists, human beings are as good as it gets, and evolution has stopped for us. Some dispute this, saying...
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Yeast Enters Electronics Production

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Exodus 12:15
“Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.”

Probably the first thing that comes to your mind when yeast is mentioned is its use in making bread. Even three and a half thousand years ago, when Israel left Egypt, yeast was in common use.

Plant Mathematics

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Romans 1:20
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse.”

Many plants, including the elm or linden trees, grow their leaves, twigs and branches placed exactly half way around the stem from each other.

Nature Is the Best Chemist

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2 Chronicles 16:12
“And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great; yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.”

Aristotle is quoted as saying that the main job of the physician is to amuse the patient while nature heals him. Well, medicine has come a long way since Aristotle, but modern physicians can learn from the medicine man.

What Anemones Hear

Genesis 1:21a, 22a
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind…And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas…”

While it’s pretty easy to find an elephant’s ear, it’s not at all easy to find a frog’s ear. But how would you like to be one of the scientists who had to look for a sea anemone’s ear!
 
Early scientists described their work as “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.” Those of us who believe in the Creator would agree and leave the evolutionists to try to fit all living things into their simple-to-complex scheme.

The Sound Smells Right

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Psalm 4:1b
“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”

Insects offer some novel designs. For example, they can have ears on their stomachs, wings or legs. Now, scientists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland have discovered an even more novel arrangement in the fruit fly.

The Biggest Flower You Wouldn’t Want

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Song of Solomon 2:12
“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....”

The largest flower in the world is a bright red-orange color and, according to its DNA, is related to the poinsettia. That relationship might make you suspect that the world’s largest flower would be beautiful. But you probably wouldn’t want the flower, called the rafflesia, growing in your garden.

The Latest on What Plants Are Saying

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Psalm 33:20
“Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.”

In past Creation Moments we have told how certain plants release aromatics known as pheromones when attacked. By this means they communicate to others of its species or even to animals. These discoveries led more researchers to enter this field, and a great deal is now known about what can only be called plant communication.

Plant Sniffs Out Prey

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Psalm 104:14
“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth....”

The dodder is a very unusual plant and is known as one of the ten worst weeds found in the United States. A newly sprouted dodder seed does not bother to grow roots. Rather, it sprouts a tendril that grows out, looking for other plants. It has, at most, a week to find a plant from which to steal water and nutrients.

Photosynthesis in the Dark

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Psalm 136:4
“To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

A new bacterium that grows at depths of over 8,000 feet below the ocean’s surface has been discovered. This discovery wouldn’t normally be very noteworthy except for the fact that none of the sun’s light reaches that depth, yet the bacterium makes its living through photosynthesis.

The Worm Turns on Plants

Psalm 59:17
“Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy.”

Regular listeners to Creation Moments are familiar with the many examples we have described of plants protecting themselves from insects. 

Ants Go Homeless for Cheating

2 Corinthians 8:21
“Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”

Many plants give ants special protection and, in return, the ants protect these plants from other insects. In itself, this widespread arrangement offers evidence of design. However, sometimes these arrangements are even more complex than they at first appear.

Natural Fire Insurance

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Job 12:7-9
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?”

The 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park were the worst ever recorded there. But researchers who studied the fires and their effects now say that it is normal for such huge fires to occur every couple of centuries in Yellowstone. And while fires burned about 20 percent of the park, less than 1 percent was so devastated by 10 years after the 1988 Yellowstone firesfire that the soil was made lifeless.

The Solar-Powered Pump

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Psalm 104:16
“The trees of the LORD are full [of sap]; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted...”

When you look at a tall tree with good green leaves on the topmost branches and it hasn’t rained in a week, did you ever wonder how those leaves get their water in order to stay green?

Mechanical Excellence Under Stress

Psalm 148:7-8
“Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word...”

God created this world, but He did not then stand back and let it and all life on it spin off into space. No, He supervises this world, and He is concerned with every day-to-day detail.

What Are Your Trees Saying?

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Psalm 96:12-13a
“Let the field be joyful, and all that [is] therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.”

Can trees communicate with each other? Psalm 96 speaks about the “trees of the woods rejoicing”, and Isaiah 55 speaks about the trees “clapping their hands.” Is this just figurative language or can trees really have emotions and even praise God?

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.

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