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Creation Devotional October 11 - Christian Truth

Daily Devotional – October 11

Christian Truth

 

A recent study of beliefs in Iceland revealed that there was not a single individual under the age of 25 who believed in creation! In America, two-thirds of all church-going young people leave the church once they leave for college. Our young people are being taken captive by the “empty philosophies of this world.” How do we stop this loss of the next generation? A study on the brushing of teeth may give us some insight.

 

In a controlled study, one group of young people was told why brushing their teeth was good for them. A second group was given the same information but also warned that false reports would try to convince them that teeth-brushing was harmful to their teeth and told how to refute such lies. Then both groups were exposed to the misinformation. The results were stunning. Those that were told ONLY the benefit of brushing were far less likely to consistently brush than those who were both warned that they would be lied to about the dangers of brushing and told how to refute this misinformation.

 

Christians need to understand the implications of this simple study. For our young people to hold onto their faith and not be taken captive, they need to hear both the why the Bible is true AND to be warned about the lies the enemy will say about it. Young people need to understand the Christian worldview as well as the lies from other worldviews that attack Christian truth - such as Evolutionism, Secular Humanism, Postmodernism, Communism, and Islam. All are widespread and rapidly increasing “empty philosophies” that are prevalent in our culture today.

 

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men,

~ Colossians 2:8a

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 10 - Biology

Daily Devotional – October 10

Biology

 

There are many different kinds of ants. Some of the most amazing ants are the weaver ants; they live in trees and construct their nests by “weaving” together leaves using larval silk. The ant colony can have hundreds of these soccer-ball-sized nests spanning many tropical trees in Africa, Asia, or Australia. Although they are called weaver ants, they do not actually weave the living leaves, instead they glue them together. Where do they get the glue? From the larvae, the young ones. (An ant goes through 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult).

 

When the worker ants are building their nest, they grab one leaf and hold the edge of another leaf. During this time, another worker ant brings in a larva which is about to enter into the pupa stage of metamorphosis. Instead of the larva spinning a cocoon, the worker ant squeezes the larva just as we might squeeze a tube of toothpaste, causing sticky silk to come out. The larva is then passed from ant to ant, gluing the leaves together, and thus constructing a secure nest. Evolutionary theory says that slowly over millions of years, the weaver ants evolved this method of sticking leaves together. Question - didn’t ant nests need to be secure right from the beginning? If it did not work the first time, or millionth time, why build a nest in a tree? Weaver ants, just like all ants, work by instinct; they just know how to build a nest. When we see an instinct, we know there must be an instinct maker, and that is God.

 

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

~ Proverbs 30:24-25

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 9 - Botany

Daily Devotional – October 9

Botany

 

Have you noticed that the gooey inside of a fig bar is also crunchy? That crunch is the little seeds of the fruit. Inside the bulb of a fig are hundreds of flowers that develop into tiny fruits. In 1882, the Smyrna female fig tree was brought from Turkey to California. But many years after the fig trees were planted, no one understood why no fruit was growing on the trees until botanist George Roeding discovered that the trees were all female and needed to be pollinated by wild fig wasps.

 

So back to Turkey the California farmers went to find the wild fig trees and the wild fig wasps. The wild fig wasp is so tiny it can fit through the eye of a sewing needle. Success! Each summer, the Smyrna fig orchards of California are covered with large paper bags. Inside are the wild fig wasps dusted with pollen from the male wild fig trees. Only the wild fig wasp can pollinate the female Smryna fig tree. All these three are needed for success; the female Smryna fig tree, the male wild fig tree and the fig wasp. The fig trees need the wasp, and the wasp needs the fig trees. Any missing pieces would cause the demise of all. Here’s the problem for those who leave God out of the process. The fig wasp appears in the evolutionary timeline tens of millions of years before figs. If this were true, we would not have Smyrna figs. The biblical view tells us that God created figs on day 3 and fig wasps on day 5. So as you munch on that crunchy fig bar, thank God for the fig wasp.

 

For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;…

~ Deuteronomy 8:7-8

20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 8 - Biology

Daily Devotional – October 8

Biology

 

Chameleons are famous for their color-changing ability. Chameleons have highly structured skin. The outer layer of skin is transparent. Beneath the top layer are two layers of skin with red and yellow pigments. Below these are two more layers, one reflecting blue light and the other reflecting white light. Deeper still is a layer of dark brown pigment. The color change happens when the pigment cells at any particular layer expand or contract. For example, when a chameleon is calm, and the skin is not excited, the yellow pigments are partly contracted - letting the reflected blue light through (blue and yellow make the chameleon appear green). When a chameleon is angry, he may turn yellow because the yellow pigments expand (blocking the blue light from reflecting through).

 

Chameleons can show a dazzling display of reds, pinks, yellow, blues, greens, and browns. Their basic color pattern is camouflage green; however, they will change color due to heat, light, and mood. The brain sends a signal to the pigments to contract or expand causing the chameleon to change color in about 20 seconds. This system of changing colors is extraordinarily complex! The more we study creation, the more we find amazing complexities that point to a Master Designer!

 

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

20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 7 - History

Daily Devotional – October 7

History

 

The Ice Age had different effects around the world. In the northern latitudes, there were ice and cold with countless blizzards. In the middle latitudes, there were heavy rains. During the Ice Age, the Sahara Desert region was a well watered place with a patchwork of rivers and lakes supporting subtropical flora and fauna. The Sahara Ice Age art has literally thousands of figures etched into rocks; depictions of tropical and aquatic animals, gazelles, cattle, crocodiles and men fishing along these ancient lakes. Geologists were surprised to find bones of elephants, buffalo, antelope, rhinos, giraffes, and other animals in this area. Also found were many bones of aquatic animals such as hippos, amphibians, crocodiles, fish, and clams, showing that this desert was once well watered. Satellite ground-penetrating radar revealed an old drainage network in the Sahara; several of the channels were the size of the Nile River Valley. During the Ice Age, many places in the middle latitudes received much rain, and therefore, had a wonderfully lush environment. For example –

  • The Great Basin in the area of Nevada, USA, was also once well-watered and lush. During the Ice Age, the Great Basin area had 120 lakes. The Great Salt Lake remains from what is now called Lake Bonneville; it was six times larger and 800 feet deeper than present day Great Salt Lake. The ancient shorelines can be seen on the surrounding hills and mountainsides. Lake Bonneville was the size of Lake Michigan .
  • Eastern Pakistan and northwest India were once a beautiful grassy and forested land, as compared to the now-dried-up Sarasvati River. In fact, in Vedic literature, the Sarasvati is memorialized as a large river.
  • Eastern Turkey was quite different in the past. Sargon of Agade of Mesopotamia, the world’s first great military leader, had to put down some strife in the then-Hittite territory in Turkey. He and his army had to hack through jungles full of wild game and exotic birds. Today, no jungles are found within thousands of miles of this area; it is an arid region.
  • In South America, Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains had a port city of huge megalithic blocks, Tiahuanaco. It is now a desolate wasteland without vegetation located five miles from the receded shoreline.

 

During the Ice Age, it was rainy with lush vegetation. During the one and only Ice Age, caused by Noah’s Flood, the middle latitudes were well-watered. After the Ice Age, these places experienced a great drying out. This was the REAL climate change!

 

Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

~ Job 37:11-12

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 6 - Design

Daily Devotional – October 6

Design

 

Imagine a vase for flowers. Where did it come from? Of course, you would say that someone made it, but how do you know? Did you see someone making it? How do you know the vase had a maker? Even though you did not see someone making the vase, you can see skill and design. Even though a vase is a simple structure, it still reveals design that could not have come about by accidental change or chance over time. Someone must have made the vase. Why did she make it? Perhaps it was so she could enjoy the flowers she just received.

 

Now, let’s consider the flowers in the vase. A plant that grows flowers is unbelievably complex! A plant cell is far greater in complexity than any machine mankind has ever made. Photosynthesis alone is astonishingly complex; we are still not capable of unlocking the secrets of how it really works. How is it logical to say that a vase was made by someone but not the flowers? Flowers show so much design that they must have come from the mind of a super intelligent creator. That Creator is God!

 

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

~ Luke 12:27

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 5 - Biology

Daily Devotional – October 5

Biology

 

Whales have enormous bones. If the oceans were billions of years old and these bones did not disappear, the ocean floor would be littered with whale bones. Fortunately, the oceans are not billions of years old, and God planned ahead with an amazing trash recycling system. Deep within the ocean, there exists an amazing creature commonly known as the “Zombie Worm.” It is apparently called this because its job is to eat dead bones. Its scientific name is Osedax mucofloris, whose literal translation is “bone-eating snot flower.” This “bone-eating snot flower” attaches itself to the bones of dead whales and burrows into them, creating a root system. The remainder of its body is exposed outside the bone, covered with mucus, and looks like a flower. The Zombie worm oozes out an acid which transforms the bone material into edible proteins and collagen molecules. Then, parasites living within the Zombie worm’s body eat this food. The parasites provide a by-product, that feeds the worm. The Zombie worm needs the parasites, and the parasites need the Zombie worm!

 

Aside from the astonishing fact that an acid-producing, bone dissolving, snot-covered worm exists to dispose of whale bones, one has to ask, how did it survive before it found the parasite (or the parasite found it)? Why did it start producing acid to dissolve bones? Unless everything was in place from the beginning, neither the parasite nor the Zombie worm could have survived. Everything needed for survival of these two separate and distinct creatures had to be in place from the very moment of their creation. God, in his wisdom and creativity, produced such wonders for our amazement and appreciation!

 

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

~ Psalm 145:15

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 4 - Paleontology

Daily Devotional – October 4

Paleontology

 

Every summer, paleontologist Philip Bell searches the riverbeds of a certain area in Alberta, Canada, looking for newly exposed fossils from the spring run-off. June of 2012 proved to provide a jackpot! On the riverbed cliff a hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) with actual skin was exposed! Philip found not just an impression of skin, but actual dinosaur skin! The skin was glossy black but still contained pigment. Scientists are studying the skin’s melanosomes to determine the actual color.

 

Was this type of dinosaur grey, green or orange? The bigger question is, “How could dinosaur skin have lasted for some 65 million years?” Shouldn’t it have been totally decomposed? Since when does skin last 65 million years!? If we put on our biblical glasses, we can see how such dinosaur skin can still exist. Dinosaurs were caught and buried quickly in the Flood of Noah only about 4400 years ago. Real dinosaur skin shouts the Genesis Flood!

 

Behold now behemoth…his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

~ Job 40:15a, 16-18

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 3 - Microbiology

Daily Devotional – October 3

Microbiology

 

Off the coast of Hawaii lives a little squid about two inches long. During the day, the bobtail squid sleeps, huddled down in the sand. At night, it hunts. It swims near the surface, revealing a silhouette as viewed from below. To avoid detection, he wears an “invisibility cloak” made of glowing bacteria on his underbelly that mimics moonlight. This bioluminescent bacteria (Vibro Fischeri) is harbored in a special organ in the squid’s mantle, where the squid provides food for them. The bobtail squid then uses filters to adjust how much of the bacteria’s brightness shows so that it matches the moonlight. If it’s a full moon; it mimics the light of a full moon, with a crescent moon, it mimics the lower light level of a crescent, and if a cloud suddenly covers the Moon, no problem!

 

Each morning as the squid buries itself in the sand, it releases most of the glowing bacteria. During the day, the remaining bacteria multiply so they are ready to go by nightfall. How does the squid know which bacteria to “capture”? How did it know that it needed an “invisibility cloak” to hide its silhouette? How did it know that it needed a filter to dim or brighten the bioluminescent bacteria? All these features shout design! When we see a design, we know there must be a Designer, and that Designer is God!

 

Thou art my hiding place and my shield...

~ Psalm 119:114a

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 2 - Geology

Daily Devotional – October 2

Geology

 

Have you considered how little sediment exists on the seafloor? Every year, wind and water erode dirt off the continents, and it runs off into the oceans. Most of this dirt (sediment) stays near the continents. Scientists know how much dirt comes off the continents each year – about 20 billion tons. What is the average thickness of sediment all over the sea floor? Not even 1,300 feet. When we do the math, the amount of dirt (sediment) that has piled up at the bottom of the world’s oceans can be accounted for in less than 12 million years. Evolutionists say the Earth’s oceans are billions of years old. There should be 250 times more sediment at the bottom of the oceans if this were true. So, then, where’s the dirt? The lack of seafloor sediment shows us that the Earth is not old, but young.

 

One final thought - “12 million years-worth” of sediment in the oceans does not prove the oceans are 12 million years old. That calculation is based on today’s accumulation rate. During Noah’s Flood, only about 4400 years ago, sediment would have been flowing into the oceans millions of times faster than anything we see happening today.

 

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

~ Psalm 107:23-24

 

Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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