Daily Devotional – July 8
Not so long ago, scientists discovered that eating undercooked pork could cause an infection from a parasite called trichinosis. This parasitic worm can infest pigs and be passed on to us when we eat insufficiently cooked pork. When someone eats pork with this parasite, digestive juices dissolve the cyst, releasing the parasite larvae into the body. These larvae penetrate the small intestine walls where they grow, mate, and produce more parasites. Yuck! The adult female can produce thousands of larvae that enter the bloodstream and then burrow into the muscles and other tissues.
The best way to protect against this parasite is to kill it off before you eat pork. This can be done either by freezing the meat below 5 degrees Fahrenheit for 21 days prior to eating pork or making sure the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit when cooking. Also, today’s hog farms are meticulous, preventing the trichinosis parasite altogether. Did the Israelites know about this prevention? God knew the problems with eating undercooked pork, so He prohibited His people from eating pork in order to keep them safe. In fact, it has been found that those who followed the Israelite’s dietary rules were far healthier than other cultures that did not. God always has our best interests at heart even though we may not understand the specific reasons.
And the swine, .... it is unclean unto you : ye shall not eat of their flesh
~ Deuteronomy 14:8
Daily Devotional – July 7
Students are taught about light and dark-colored peppered moths in almost all biology textbooks. Here’s the story: prior to the Industrial Revolution, light-colored peppered moths were prevalent in England. During the Industrial Revolution, soot covered the trees, and the dark-colored peppered moths were better camouflaged. Therefore, they had an advantage and survived better than the light-colored moths. This is often called an example of “evolution in action.”
Today, England’s trees are not soot covered, and light-colored moths are as prevalent as before the Industrial Revolution. This shift in colors is not evolution in action; remember, both varieties of moths were present from the start. As the environment changed, the dark-colored moths had greater opportunity to pass on their genes for darkness than the light-colored ones. With the environment changing again, we now see the lighter ones flourishing. This is natural selection in action, not evolution. Evolution needs proof that one creature changes into another completely different kind of creature. No such proof has ever been seen.
Furthermore, these light and dark-colored peppered moths did NOT spend time on exposed tree trunks and rocks as the famous textbook pictures show. Those promoting this idea in textbooks have now admitted that they glued the moths on the tree trunks; the photographs were fakes. In reality, peppered moths are nocturnal and rest in tree tops during the day. Don’t believe everything you read in your textbooks! But do believe everything in the Bible. God, not evolution, created peppered moths from the beginning.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
~ Genesis 1:1
Daily Devotional – July 6
Have you considered our solar system? It has a nice, neat organized structure. Our planets all have stable and relatively round orbits. This structure, prevents planets from colliding with each other. In fact, this design protects Earth from being hit by another large planet. As scientists examine outer space, they are now discovering other planets orbiting other suns. They are finding that many of these exoplanet orbits are so erratic that collisions with other planets are a real possibility. How did our solar system become so organized? Evolution is about chaos and random changes – not design, organization, or systems. Our solar system shows order.
Even the name we give it, the solar “system,” shows we know it is organized. We do not call it the “solar accident,” “solar non-system” or “solar disorder”…but the solar system. Even those who believe in evolutionary processes as the explanation for everything cannot help but use words that signify design and order. Order does not happen by accident and chance. Order means there must be someone who put this into an orderly system, and that orderly solar system-maker is God.
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.
~ Isaiah 48:13
Daily Devotional – July 5
What are the “evolutionist’s tree of life” and the “creationist’s orchard”? Darwin originally proposed that all life had a common-origin ancestor and the various forms of life could be lined up into a “tree of life” showing what turned into what. “Common descent” is still the foundational principle ruling modern biology. Evolutionists believe that all of today’s species are descended from one common ancestor and that every organism we see today evolved from one simple cell.
In contrast, the creationist’s orchard has diversity occurring with time, but always within the basic body types or the Genesis “kinds.” In the beginning, God created the creatures “according to their kinds” (Gen. 1: 11- 12, 21, 24-25). Each of these kinds was created with a vast amount of information but always within limits. Written into the DNA coding of each “tree” within the biological orchard of life, is enough variety that descendants can adapt to a wide variety of environments. Creatures only breed with other creatures of their own kind. For example, dogs, wolves, and coyotes belong to the canine kind while cats, lions and tigers belong to the feline kind. There is no connection between the canine tree and the feline tree. There is no shared ancestry. We do not find “cogs” and “dats” but cats and dogs. The biblical orchard best fits what we observe in nature.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
~ Genesis 1:25
Daily Devotional – July 4
Throughout America’s Midwest are hundreds of raised mounds and earthworks. Radiocarbon dating places the age of artifacts found in these mounds around 3,000 years old. Archeologists believe an extinct race of settlers known as the Adena culture built them. In Lower Michigan, from 1850 to 1910, some of these mounds were excavated. A number of engraved plates made of slate, copper, and clay were recovered. A book published in 1910 photographically documented 40 engravings that reveal amazing knowledge of this ancient people.
One of the engravings shows a scene of people drowning during a heavy rainfall. The third panel on this engraving shows a boat and a bird flying away with a branch in its beak. The fourth panel shows the boat on shore with the animals coming off in pairs while a man and three sons raise their hands in praise. Sounds very similar to the biblical account of the Flood, doesn’t it? How did the Adena culture in America know of this event some 3,000 years ago? They or their ancestors left the tower of Babel with this knowledge. As they spread across the world, they took this knowledge of true history with them. These people knew of God and the Bible, then over time, this knowledge was not passed down to their children.
We need to make sure those following in our footsteps do not forget the God of the Bible and all that He has done for us.
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
~ Judges 2:10
Daily Devotional – July 3
Coal deposits are found on every continent - even Antarctica. The deposits range from several inches thick to hundreds of feet thick. They can cover small areas or stretch for thousands of square miles. Evolutionists believe that coal formed in swamps over millions of years. As plants and trees died, they fell and accumulated at the bottom of the swamp. Over millions of years, the pressure and heat from slowly accumulating, overlying sediment transformed the swamp peat into coal. But students are seldom exposed to the problems with this story.
Today, we do NOT find swamps turning into coal deposits. Also, scientists have been able to identify many of the plants that were transformed into coal; most grow on the sides of mountains, not in swamps. In addition, small marine animals, not land creatures, are often found in the coal. All of this evidence leads to the conclusion that the material making up coal was transported from other locations. A modern example of this happened during the 1980’s Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption. At the base of the volcano was Spirit Lake. The eruption caused an 800-foot wave to wash up the slope and drag a million logs back into the lake. These trees ended up floating in the lake. As wind blew the logs back and forth across the lake, the bark was rubbed off making a foot thick layer of bark at the bottom of the lake; this is the beginning of a peat deposit.
The Genesis Flood with its violent floodwaters and earthquakes would have ripped up all the plants and trees on the entire planet – resulting in huge floating log mats. As the log mats moved back and forth, the bark and waterlogged vegetation would have rubbed off and settled to the bottom. The violence of this Flood caused plant debris to be buried quickly and deeply - forming coal within a short time. The enormous coal beds that we find all over the world are a reminder of theF lood of Noah’s day.
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
~ Luke 17:27
Daily Devotional – July 2
The caterpillar of the tropical butterfly Heliconius sara eats nothing but the leaves of the passion vines. Problem - these leaves contain cyanide packets along with enzyme packets so that when chewed and mixed together, deadly cyanide gas is released! The result for unwary, hungry insects – death!
However, H. sara caterpillars do not die. Why? Biologists found that when these caterpillars munched on the leaves, the caterpillars released a neutralizing enzyme that changed the cyanide into a harmless chemical. Evolutionists would have us believe that these caterpillars evolved the ability to neutralize the cyanide by accident and chance. Any insect that munched on the passion vine leaf without the neutralizing enzyme would face instant death. H. sara caterpillars had to have this special enzyme from the beginning! God, the greatest Chemist, designed this neutralizing ability from the start in order for the beautiful tropical butterfly Heliconius sara to exist.
For he spake, and it was done;….
~ Psalm 33:9
Daily Devotional – July 1
Peter’s sermon on the day after Pentecost resulted in three thousand souls being saved (Acts 2). The people who heard his message were familiar with the Old Testament; they believed in the Creator God and understood sin and its penalty of death. As Peter preached to the Jews, he was able to build on their existing foundation of truth and reality.
Compare this with Paul speaking to the Greeks in Acts 17:22-34. The Greeks did not believe in a separate Creator God who held them personally accountable for their lives and actions. To them the “gods” were really just part of the universe and world around them. They did not have the same background as the Jews. So what was Paul’s approach? He began by explaining that God was not part of the universe, but the Creator of Heaven and Earth. He began with creation.
Today, our culture does not know the Bible, and people increasingly think of evolution, i.e. creation itself, as their creator. We need to begin reaching the lost in our culture by explaining that there is a God, who is the literal supernatural Creator of everything. Unlike the Acts 2 crowd, our culture does not know the Bible. Americans have become like an Acts 17 culture. Just like Paul, we need to start with the evidence for creation in order to explain the God of the Bible to them.
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, ….”
~ Acts 17: 22-24
Daily Devotional – June 30
A planet that orbits around a star that is not our Sun is called an “exoplanet.” Since the 1990s, NASA has reported the existence of more than 1000 exoplanets. These planets come in a variety of sizes and distances from their suns. None have been found to be the perfect size and distance from its sun to allow life. Should Bible-believing Christians be afraid that finding other planets revolving around stars will prove life could pop up anywhere and God is irrelevant? One should not become confused with finding an earth-sized planet with an earth-like planet. Earth is unique in that it is the perfect distance from the Sun; and has the perfect gravitational pull, the perfect atmospheric gases, and copious amounts of liquid water resulting in the perfect “habitable zone” for life. Just because other planets exist outside our solar system does not mean life is there. Examine our own solar system with its Earth-like planets Venus and Mars. They are the right size and approximately the right distance from the Sun, yet they contain absolutely no life. Our Earth is special! It was designed to be a stable, safe place for people to inhabit. Isaiah 45:18 acknowledges this, “He formed it to be inhabited.” Exoplanets just show God’s power and creativity!
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
~ Isaiah 45:18
“The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.” – Patrick Henry (1739-1799), Virginia Governor, Declaration of Independence signer, American Founding Father
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
~ 2 Timothy 3:16, 17
Daily Devotional – June 29
Much publicity has been given to feather-like structures found in amber (assumed to be 70 million years old).1 Why is this significant? If someone does not want to believe that birds were created fully-formed and fully-functional, the only other possibility is that some other animal must have evolved into a bird. Thus, it is widely taught that dinosaurs changed into birds. Since this feather-containing-amber is from the “age of dinosaurs”… it is assumed that these feathers came from feather-covered dinosaurs. But let’s look at what was actually found – some fuzzy structures and some modern-looking feathers.
According to the researchers, “We’ve got feathers that look to be little filamentous hair-like feathers, we’ve got the same filaments bound together in clumps, and then we’ve got a series that are for all intents and purposes identical to modern feathers,” McKellar said. “We’re finding some that look to be dinosaur feathers and another set that are pretty much dead ringers for modern birds.”
No bones, no skin, no pictures. In other words, bird feathers and frayed fragments of who-knows-what were preserved in amber. Ignored are fully-formed birds found in lower rock layers. Ignored are all the other creatures found in amber: well preserved insects, flowers, moss, lizards, and mammal hair. Of course, that is exactly what we would find if there was a world-wide flood as trees were ripped up and knocked against each other, releasing resin. During the raging Flood of Noah’s day, huge floating log mats would have had trees oozing resin in which feathers, insects, fuzz and other critters would have been captured. Then sediments would cover them and amber would be formed.
Dinosaurs and birds were created together during that first week of creation. Both were wiped out in vast numbers and buried during the Flood of Noah - which is when the world’s amber deposits formed. The feathers found in this amber are simply from a bird, not a dinosaur.
And God created… every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
~ Genesis 1:21