Daily Devotional – August 7
Have you ever heard of a bird that sews its nest? This bird, which lives in Southeast Asia, is aptly named the “tailor bird.” The tailor bird starts with large, green tree leaves and pokes holes with its sharp beak along the edges of the leaves. Then, it uses spider webs or grasses to sew the leaves into a cylinder shape. Now the bird builds its nest inside of this cylinder. When the chicks hatch, they are hidden away behind a green curtain of leaves.
How does the tailor bird know how to sew? Did the young, female birds go to sewing classes at bird school? No, these birds are born with this ability programmed in their brains. Scientists call this programming “instinct,” but have never really been able to explain from where these instincts come from. It is as if a program was written in the hard drive of their brain. When we see a program, we know there must be a programmer, and this programmer is God.
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power….
~ Job 37:23
Daily Devotional – August 6
Step outside on a clear, dark night when there is no moon and see a sweeping band of white across the night sky; it’s the Milky Way galaxy. It looks like someone spilled a bottle of milk as the hazy white area glows, but in reality, it is the light from a vast number of stars.
The night sky is filled with hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with millions to trillions of stars with each star varying in color, size, temperature and brightness; we also find neutron stars, pulsars, and novas (star explosions) along with nebulae in all their splendor. The more we study the universe, the more we are amazed by its immensity, complexity, and beauty.
In the same way, the more we study the Creator God, the more amazing He becomes to us. His power and divine nature are displayed through the things He has made (Romans 1:20). And the things we can observe are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! (Job 26:14).
We should not be surprised at all the incredible things we find in the universe!
By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens….
~ Job 26:13a
Daily Devotional – August 5
Tree frogs live in trees, sticking firmly to branches and leaves – even walking upside down on these surfaces. How do they keep from falling off? It’s all in the feet. Close inspection of a tree frog’s foot reveals pads with cracks and crevices from which mucus oozes. This mucus first cleans the dust and dirt off the surface to which the frog wants to cling. Then more mucus oozes out - creating a thin layer of “adhesive” to grip the surface. These tree frogs have feet that both clean and stick. Did these sticky feet happen by accident and chance? How many tree frogs fell to their death before they got it right? Who created sticky feet for the tree frogs? God only had to speak, and it came into existence.
Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God….
~ Psalm 147:1
Daily Devotional – August 4
How does a honeybee, a cold-blooded insect, survive the winter? Bees like to keep their hive at 95oF. But how do they do this? As the temperature becomes cooler, the honeybees form a cluster. Those inside the ball of bees are kept warm, and they rotate with the bees on the outside of the ball so that all have a chance to remain warm. As the temperature continues to cool, the bees will move their flight muscles without flying; you could say the bees are “shivering.” This generates heat, warming the bee cluster further.
What if the hive gets too hot in the summer? Some of the bees act as cooling fans, standing at the entrance of the hive and beating their wings creating a breeze. If this does not reduce the hive’s temperature, other bees leave the hive and bring back water that they spread out on the walls of the hive. Now the fanning of the bees causes the water to evaporate and cool the hive.
Bees appear to be smart engineers, but they are just programmed to do this. The really smart engineer is the One who programmed this within them, and that is God.
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
~ 1 Chronicles 29:11
Daily Devotional – August 3
Honeybees are cold-blooded, but by moving their flight muscles in a way reminiscent of our shivering, they can generate heat. This ability does more than keep the hive warm on a cold winter day; it protects the hive from predators. Sometimes the hive is threatened with chalkboard fungus. When this happened, researchers have noticed that bees raise the temperature of the hive to kill the fungus. Researchers also found that when the hive is attacked by a giant hornet, the bees swarm the hornet, surround it, and then begin to “shiver,” raising the hive’s temperature to 116oF. The honeybees are unable to sting through the hornet’s tough armor, so they kill it by heat! Amazingly, if they would increase the temperature just one more degree, to 117 degrees Fahrenheit, the bees themselves would die from the heat. How do the bees know this? How do they know what the temperature is in the hive? Remember, they are all working independently to generate this heat. God has given his creatures the ability to stay healthy and protect themselves.
They compassed me about like bees.…
~ Psalm 118:12a
Daily Devotional – August 2
The ancient Chinese possessed an unusual knowledge of Bible history that’s they incorporated into their written pictograph language. The most ancient of Chinese writings are called oracle bones in which the pictographs are inscribed on bones and tortoise shells. The inventor of the original Chinese characters obviously had knowledge of the Genesis account. For example, the word for desire or covet is made up of two characters, trees and woman:
Woman + Trees = Desire, Covet
There were two trees in the Garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (the forbidden tree) and the tree of life. In the Genesis account, Eve saw the fruit of a forbidden tree and desired it.
The word difficulty, trouble is made up of tree and garden
Trees + (Garden) Enclosure = Difficulty, Trouble
When Adam and Eve ate of that forbidden fruit in the garden, difficulty resulted. Now there would be thorns and thistles and difficulty during childbirth.
Not only was the Earth cursed, but now death would enter in. The character meaning, to die, perish is:
Hands + Trees = Mulberry Tree + Mouths = To Die, Perish
Note how the two mouths (Adam and Eve) indicating eating fruit from the forbidden tree produced death.
These are just a few examples of how the knowledge of the first eleven chapters of Genesis is imbedded in the Chinese pictograph language. When witnessing to the Chinese, you can show them that Christianity is not just a Western religion but that their ancient fathers knew and believed in the One true God of the Bible. The Chinese language is a silent witness to the knowledge of Genesis 1-11.
“The tree of life [was] also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil…And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired [covetable]… she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
~ Genesis 2:9, 3:6
Daily Devotional – August 1
Chalk is a sedimentary rock made up of a collection of the skeletons of phytoplankton. The White Cliffs of Dover, in southern England, is a picture of this massive graveyard. The cliffs are 350 feet high at the English Channel, while across much of England the beds are 1300 feet thick.
Evolutionists believe that such thick chalk deposits require millions of years to accumulate. Under catastrophic conditions caused by the biblical Flood, about 4400 years ago, explosive blooms of tiny organisms produced chalk beds, however, in a short period of time. The oceans during the Flood were warmer with massive nutrient loading from the dead plant and animal life. This caused plankton to multiply enormously. The warm, turbulent seawaters caused these tiny skeletons to amass, die, and settle rapidly to the bottom as pure chalk. This cycle continued until the floodwaters were drained from the continents. The unimaginable scale of these blooms was driven by the availability of nutrients and carbon dioxide from dead creatures, and volcanic activity associated with Noah’s Flood.
The purity of chalk deposits is one point of evidence supporting their catastrophic origin. If they formed over millions of years, we should find a wide variety of other marine creatures and sedimentary debris within the deposits. Yet, we do not. A second point of supporting evidence is the occasional discovery of large animal fossils found within these deposits. Both dinosaurs and 6-foot long clams have been found fossilized within the chalk. If large animals were not buried very quickly, they would have rotted away. Chalk beds cover 25% of the Earth’s surface, and it is the purity of these beds, along with the large fossils found within them, that shout “catastrophe deposits”! This is exactly what would be expected from Noah’s Flood.
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
~ Psalm 25:4,5
Daily Devotional – July 31
America is exactly paralleling the downward moral slide explained in Romans 1:18-32.
This passage expresses God’s displeasure at any who “suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18 NKJV) about His existence and character. It states that it is creation that testifies to these things in an absolutely obvious way. In other words, creation can never be explained without our Creator. Yet, mankind accelerated down the path of trying to explain the origin of the universe and life without God about 200 years ago. In order to maintain this fantasy, only Darwin’s evolutionary view of origins is shown to students while the evidence for creation is suppressed.
The second stage of downward deterioration began after the Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925 as evolution moved toward becoming the only explanation for life being taught in our schools. Over several generations, this idea became the only framework through which teachers filtered their thinking about all of reality. The foolishness of believing that everything could make itself (without God) became accepted by the majority, “their foolish hearts were darkened…and professing to be wise they became fools” (Romans 1:21, 22 NKJV). God has defined foolishness in Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God....” Our education system is literally filled with people professing to be wise, yet they seem incapable of seeing the obvious - that life has a designer.
The third stage of deterioration occurred in the 1960s. Humans were created to worship, and once they reject the worship of their Creator, the creation itself becomes the center of their adoration. The radical environmental movement, starting in the 1960s, has at its core a spirit of “creation worship.” Symptoms abound inside and outside the Christian community: valuing eagle eggs and African lions far above aborted human babies and unfounded hysteria over global climate change. “[People] exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.” (Romans 1:25 NIV)
The fourth stage is actually a judgment of God upon our willful rebellion as he withdraws restraint upon our sinful nature. Whether a human is male or female is locked into every single one of the billions of cells that make up our bodies, and no amount of cross-dressing, hormone treatment, or surgery can change that reality. The ultimate fist-waving in the face of God is to believe that He will determine nothing about our lives, even our sexuality. Yet, “abandoned natural relations… [men and women] were inflamed with lust for one another....” (Romans 1:26, 27 NIV). Over the last several decades, many countries in the western world have placed homosexual “marriage” on equal footing with Biblical marriage.
During the final stage of rebellion, God gives the culture over to a “depraved mind” and “every kind of wickedness” as people “not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-29, 32 NIV). As we look at the list in Romans1:29-31 - envy, murder, deceit, malice, gossip, arrogance, and so on – all are on the rise in America today. Just as in Sodom and Gomorrah, anyone standing against such evil will be persecuted, and ultimately, such a society will be destroyed – either from within or from without.
Notice that the downward slide started with the denial of a Creator. What is the solution? Perhaps part of the answer is sharing with others the evidence for a Creator to whom we are accountable.
that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them…being understood by the things that are made...
~ Romans 1:19, 20
If you love me, keep my commandments.
~ John 14:15
“If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilized morality to savage morality or Christian morality to Nazi morality.”
~ C.S. Lewis, chair of Medieval and Renaissance
Literature at Cambridge University
Daily Devotional – July 30
Snakes alive! A snake that was longer than a school bus (48 feet long) and weighing more than a ton was found in Columbia! It’s twice as long as the largest living Anaconda, but don’t worry, it’s long dead. This fossilized snake was dug out of a coal pit mine along with other giant fossils – turtles with shells twice the size of manhole covers, crocodiles more than 12 feet long, seven-foot long lungfish (2-3 times longer than today), exotic leaves and plants. The fossilized snake, named Titanoboa cerrejonensis is the largest snake ever found. They even dug up the snake’s fragile skull!
Snakes are cold-blooded - meaning their body temperature changes with the outside temperature. Scientists believe such a large snake had to have lived in a rainforest climate to grow so large. The fossil record reveals that before the Flood of Noah’s day creatures could grow quite large and the environment was very different. Grew much larger. Paleontologists have great fun digging up this lost world.
There were giants in the earth in those days....
~ Genesis 6:4
Daily Devotional – July 29
The Heart Mountain slide is a famous rock layer known to every geology student. Yet, how this happened is a total mystery to secular geologists!
Near the end of Noah’s Flood, an enormous area of sediment broke away from the east side of a volcano near Yellowstone National Park. This one-third mile thick layer of sediment, over 1300 square miles in area, slid across an almost flat surface at an estimated speed of 100 miles per hour! It broke into dozens of huge chunks and settled on top of overlying rock layers (which are assumed to be much “younger”). Thus an extremely “old” layer of rock ended up on top of “younger” rocks. In reality, these layers are all essentially the same age - just laid down and pushed around in different ways and at different times during the flood of Noah’s day.
This massive rock slide is not a mystery when we put on our biblical glasses. During the Flood of Noah, rapidly deposited sedimentary layers were filled with water, and the weight of these sediments squeezed water out between the layers. Water resistant minerals, such as gypsum, prevented this liquid from rapidly escaping, thus forming a lubricated surface between layers of rock – similar to water trapped between two sheets of Plexiglas. Eventually, the pressure became so great that a slight jiggle from an earthquake caused the entire side of the mountain to slide across the landscape, relocating itself over 30 miles away without disturbing the sequence of layers laid down by the Flood. In addition, the friction caused by the slide generated a super-critical layer of carbon dioxide, a condition where gas gets so hot it acts like a fluid to literally “float” massive blocks of stone, resulting in the rock layers sliding even further.
Events such as this are a logical consequence of water-filled sediment that was laid down rapidly during the Flood of Noah’s time. The Heart Mountain landslide is a mystery to secular geologists who believe in evolution, but not to those who believe the truth of the Bible. The Heart Mountain slide is clearly a result of the Flood.
[God] removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
~ Job 9:5