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Aug

Creation Devotional August 26 - Geology

Daily Devotional – August 26

Geology

 

A brand new island was “born” off the coast of Iceland in 1963. This new island, named Surtsey, was created by an erupting undersea volcano. Within a few months of its formation, this sterile, volcanic rock island was already being transformed into a “mature” island. Wide sandy beaches, gravel banks, impressive cliffs, gullies, channels, and boulders were all being worn by the relentlessly pounding surf. Had no-one been around to see the island form recently, one might say it looks millions of years old.

 

Iceland’s chief geologist Sigurdur Thorarinsson, was amazed at how old the island looked only months after its formation. Biologists, too, were surprised; the island was colonized by plants quickly. Birds started having chicks there in 1970 (7 years later) - bringing in seeds with their excrement. Growing plants supported insects, that attracted birds, that in turn brought in more plants, and the cycle continued. There is now a fully functioning ecosystem on Surtsey. What happened on Surtsey provides insight into what happened after the Flood of Noah’s day – the rapid redistribution of plants and animals around the world. Surtsey continues to teach us more, for it is also rapidly eroding - about 2.5 acres a year. Within a few centuries, Surtsey could be gone! Surtsey has been full of surprises - teaching us that mature landscapes can form rapidly, biological diversity can develop quickly, and erosion can transform landscapes swiftly.

 

The waters wear the stones:

~ Job 14:19a

 

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

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22
Aug

Creation Devotional August 21 - Geology

Daily Devotional – August 21

Geology

 

If there was a worldwide flood, would not sediments have been transported vast distances? As the Flood waters swept over the continents, they would have deposited sedimentary layers. Let’s look at just one example.

 

The Grand Canyon has a bright white layer of sandstone near the top lip commonly called “the bathtub ring.” This Coconino sandstone layer consists of pure quartz sand averaging 315 feet thick and covering some 200,000 square miles, containing at least 10,000 cubic miles of sand. Where did all this sand come from? Within the Coconino sandstone are sloping sand “waves” pointing southward, indicating that the water flowed from the north. It has been postulated that the source of this sand was northern Utah or Wyoming.

 

Higher in the strata sequence above the rim of the Grand Canyon is the Navaho Sandstone. It can be seen in Zion National Park, just north of the Grand Canyon. This sandstone also consists of very pure quartz sand, giving it its brilliant white color, and it also has sand “waves” indicating that the sand came from the northeast. Within this sandstone is the mineral zircon, which is easily traced to its source material. It has been postulated that these sand grains in the Navajo Sandstone could have come from the Appalachians of Pennsylvania and New York and farther north into Canada. These sand grains were transported about 1,250 miles across North America. If there was a world-wide flood, sediments would have been transported vast distances, and that is what we are now discovering. This speaks of a global Flood some 4400 years ago.

 

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

~ 2 Peter 3:6b

 

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

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12
Aug

Creation Devotional August 1 - Geology

Daily Devotional – August 1

Geology

 

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

 

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

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31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 29 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 29

Geology

 

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

 

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

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31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 23 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 23

Geology

 

Imagine the world-covering flood event with fast-moving churning waters….

  1. As the fountains of the great deep were broken up, many plate tectonic movements generated numerous earthquakes, resulting in an immense number of tsunamis.
  2. As the ocean floor plates pushed apart, molten rock emerged, creating a new ocean floor. The new ocean floor was less dense and rose, pushing up the sea level and caused a surge of ocean water onto the continents.
  3. Super-storms were generated in the atmosphere as a result of the supersonic steam jets at the crustal fracture zones, catapulting ocean waters aloft before they fell back to Earth as torrential rainfall (Genesis 7:11). It has been estimated that such super-storms and their winds drove water currents at speeds of 100 mph or more.
  4. Twice-daily tides. The earth being covered with water, these tidal surges would have experienced no shorelines; thus the tidal surges would have moved across the submerged continents, causing much churning of water and redistribution of pulverized sediments.

 

Powerful, fast-moving currents and surges ripped up rocks and laid them down, producing the sedimentary layers that we see today on all the continents of the world. The Flood of Noah’s day was truly catastrophic!

 

that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

~ Amos 9:6b

 

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

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31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 10 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 10

Geology

 

One of the most significant confirmations of the Earth’s recent creation has been the measurement of carbon-14 (14C) within diamonds.1 Why is this so significant? There should not be a single atom of 14C left within diamonds!

 

Almost all sources of carbon contain a small amount of an unstable 14C. 14C has a half-life of 5730 years. This means one-half of any remaining 14C disappears every 5730 years. Modern measurement equipment is so accurate that you’d have to divide the starting amount of 14C in half 18 times before it could no longer detect the presence of any remaining 14C.

 

Diamonds are made of carbon and also contain minute amounts of 14C that had to have been present at their very formation. Since diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to mankind, it is impossible that any modern carbon contamination could have worked its way inside of a diamond. There is also no known way that 14C could magically be generated deep inside an already formed diamond. Thus, any 14C within diamonds essentially proves that diamonds are far younger than 100,000 years. Evidence indicates that diamonds formed deep within the Earth. Therefore, because the Earth is believed to be billions of years old, it is routinely taught that diamonds are also billions of years old. Yet, if this were true, there would not be a single atom of 14C left within their structure. It is a fact of science that diamonds contain levels of 14C more than a hundred times greater than the equipment detection limit.2 Thus, both diamonds, and the rock layers deep within the Earth are thousands, not billions, of years old.

 

The next time you see someone wearing a glittering bit of carbon (a diamond), remember, this is one of the strongest evidences that God recently created this Earth for our amazement and enjoyment.

 

...upholding all things by the word of his power...

~ Hebrews 1:3b

 

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

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8
Jul

Creation Devotional July 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – July 3

Geology

 

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

 

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

10
Jun

Creation Devotional June 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional – June 3

Geology

 

Scientists believe they have discovered three times more water deep within the Earth’s mantle than in all the oceans of the world. But before you grab your bathing suit and surfboard and book a trip to where the Sun doesn’t shine, consider that this vast reservoir of water is located 420 miles below the earth’s surface (50 times lower than the deepest oil well). It is also locked up as hydrated molecules within the Earth’s magma and rock crystal structure.

 

What makes this discovery so significant is the fact that scientists cannot even explain where all the water that fills our current oceans came from, let alone more water locked deep within the Earth. This water is a total mystery to scientists studying the Earth from an evolutionary, old-age perspective. All naturalistic models for the Earth’s formation require enormous amounts of heat as materials slowly coalesced to form our planet - billions of years ago. These processes would have driven water out of the Earth’s core and left little on the surface. So, speculation has proposed that our oceans came from vast numbers of comets hitting the Earth and depositing their water. This also does not work because water contained in comets has been shown to have a very different composition of isotopes than water found on Earth.

 

The Bible states that the Earth was recently created “out of water” (2 Peter 3:5 NKJV) and made for mankind’s benefit (Psalm 115:16). Finding oceans filled with water (and even more water deep below the surface) is neither surprising nor a mystery.

 

Towards the end of the Flood of Noah’s day, the mountains rose up, and the waters rushed off the continents into the oceans. This is where the waters that flooded the Earth now reside. Much of this water may have originally come from sources deep within the Earth when “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up” (Genesis 7:11 NKJV) approximately 4,350 years ago.

 

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

~ 2 Peter 3:5-6

 

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

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10
Jun

Creation Devotional May 25 - Geology

Daily Devotional – May 25

Geology

 

Worldwide, we find bent and folded sedimentary layers. This observation provides strong evidence for a worldwide flood. During the year-long Flood of Noah’s day, many sedimentary layers were laid down in rapid succession. As the mountains rose, these flat layers were bent and folded. For rock layers to fold, they must still be soft and pliable. During the Flood, sediments would be deposited by water into layers, and some water would be trapped. The pressure of the other sedimentary layers on top would have squeezed the particles closer together, forcing much of the water out. The removal of excess water caused the remaining chemicals in the water to turn into natural cement. This cement changed the once soft and wet sedimentary layers into hard, brittle, rock layers. This process is called diagenesis and can happen quickly--within hours, days, or months.

 

Bent and folded rock layers show that all the bending and folding had to happen when the layers were still soft and pliable, in order to be folded without fracturing. Conventional thinking assumes heat and pressure could have caused these bent and folded layers; however, we do not find metamorphic rocks that would have resulted had high pressure and heat been involved. Bent and folded sedimentary layers are very common in mountainous regions and show us that these layers were laid down in rapid succession during the Flood of Noah’s day, not over millions of years.

 

They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

~ Psalm 104:8

 

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

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18
May

Creation Devotional May 19 - Geology

Daily Devotional – May 19

Geology

 

Sedimentary rock covers almost 75% of the earth’s surface. Have you ever wondered how sedimentary rock layers were made? Let’s find out. Fill a pint jar with ¼ cup pebbles, ¼ cup of white sand (easier to see with white sand but any sand will do) and ¼ cup of ground-up kitty litter with no additives (kitty litter is bentonite clay). Add water until almost full. Place lid on the jar and shake vigorously to mix. Let the jar stand until all the materials are settled and the water becomes somewhat clear. You should see some results of layering in 15 minutes. It will take several hours for the water to become clear (clay particles settle slowly). Moving water has the ability to separate sediments into layers.

 

During the Flood of Noah’s day, rocks were ground up in the cataclysmic flood, then transported and laid down. Evolutionists believe that sedimentary layers took millions of years to form, but with your “flood jar,” we observe layers being formed quickly. Sedimentary rock layers are not a monument to time; the rock layers are a monument to the Genesis Flood.

 

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

~ Luke 19:40

 

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

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