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8
Jan

Creation Devotional January 8 - Microbiology

Daily Devotional - January 8

Microbiology

 

Imagine finding a very large bullfrog hopping through your backyard. Biochemists tell us that this frog contains hundreds of thousands of complex chemicals. Thus all the parts needed for life are contained within its body. So what will happen if we drop the bullfrog into a kitchen blender and add lots of energy by blending it? Will a new form of life develop since all the parts are present? We may create a frog smoothie, but we will never create a new form of life. Even if you take the frog smoothie and add other forms of energy (by microwaving, baking, or electrocuting) you are only going to end up with a frog smoothie – not some new form of life. We could continue adding various forms of energy for millions of years – still no new form of life will ever develop.

 

It is not enough to have the correct parts for life; these parts must also be arranged in a perfect sequence – all in the correct place. Yet life is more than just having the correct sequence. What makes life? Science textbooks can describe the mechanisms of how life operates but not how life came about. If our bullfrog was dead, how would it become alive again? All the parts are present, but life is missing! Life is not within our grasp to understand. We cannot restore life to the dead bullfrog, let alone create life in a blender. The Bible tells us that God created life; He is the source of all life!

 

Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created...

~ Psalm 104:30a

 

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

8
Jan

Creation Devotional January 7 - Biology

Daily Devotional - January 7

Biology

 

Have you heard of “buzz pollination”? About 8% of flowering plants have their pollen so tightly locked away that most pollinating insects cannot reach it. With these flowers, only a loud sound of a certain frequency will release a shower of pollen.

The Virginia Meadow Beauty is one of these flowers; it will not release its pollen unless “buzzed” by a bumblebee. A honeybee can crawl around the flower all day and never get any pollen. Only the correct buzzing sound releases the pollen! In America, bumblebees are required for proper tomato flower pollination. These bumblebees make a buzzing sound at exactly middle C (261.63 Hz). No other frequency causes the pollen to be released from the tomato flower! Honeybees work in silence; therefore, no pollen is released for them. Dr. Sarah Smith Greenleaf demonstrated this process using a tuning fork. When she struck a middle C and placed the tuning fork near the tomato flower, a cloud of yellow pollen appeared. Only bumblebees buzz at the correct frequency to unlock the pollen.

How did buzz pollination come about? What advantage would this be for the flower - to lock pollen from a pollinator? Why would the bumblebee develop the right frequency to unlock the pollen when he could get pollen from other plants that do not require buzz unlocking? We are observing design in this process, and God is that Designer.

 

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

~ John 1:3

 

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

8
Jan

Creation Devotional January 6 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional - January 6

Cosmology

 

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Jeremiah compared the future descendants of Israel, “… as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore” (Jeremiah 33:22). Jeremiah was explaining that Jews would become so widely dispersed around the earth that no census could count them, just as all the stars in the universe or grains of sand upon the earth could never be counted. Yet in his day, all the visible stars could be counted. At that time, 600 B.C., early astronomers counted about 3,000 stars in the night sky. It was not until the 20th century that astronomy affirmed that the stars were indeed countless by humans.

 

The Hubble telescope captured a long time-lapsed image in a seemingly dark part of the universe near the Big Dipper. The area they photographed would be equivalent to our standing on earth and holding a grain of sand at arm’s length. When this image was compiled, this completely dark region was found to contain more than 10,000 galaxies, with each galaxy containing an estimated 100 billion stars (Hubble Ultra-Deep Field). Now imagine grains of sand covering the night sky and behind each grain being more than 10,000 galaxies, each containing 100 billion stars! What an immense number of stars. Truly the numbers of stars are as countless as the sands on the seashore! Our minds can hardly grasp the multitude of stars! Today it is estimated that there are roughly 1024 (10 followed by 24 zeros) stars. And the Jewish descendants are indeed scattered around the globe in numbers so large that no census can count them all. When God speaks on science, what he has to say is absolutely accurate. Should that be any surprise? After all, He’s the one who made science!

 

The heavens declare the Glory of God.

~ Psalm 19:1a

 

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

8
Jan

Creation Devotional January 5 - Biology

January 5

Biology

 

What ant-sized crustacean resembles a bright iridescent blue jewel but disappears in the blink of an eye? It is the sea sapphire, which lives in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. This amazing creature can appear and disappear before our very eyes because of the cell structure on its back. A sea sapphire has microscopic layers of honeycomb-shaped crystal plates embedded in its skin cells. The crystal plates are all the same thickness, but the spacing between the stack of plates determines the wavelength of light (color) that is reflected back. The space between these plates is four ten-thousandths of a millimeter, about the same distance as a wavelength of blue light, so blue light is reflected back. If the angle of viewing changes to 45 degrees, the reflected light shifts from the visible light range to the invisible ultra-violet range, making it disappear before our very eyes. How intricate and precise! Our Creator loves to delight us with the smallest details - even beautiful, disappearing crustaceans aptly named sea sapphires.

 

And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone

~ Ezekiel 1:26

 

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

8
Jan

Creation Devotional January 4 - History

Daily Devotional - January 4

History

 

When we hear the word “cavemen,” we often think of primitive people wearing bear skin clothing and carrying wooden clubs. In fact, people have lived in caves throughout history; some even live in caves today. In the Yellow River region of China, some 20 million people are still living in caves. These caves are carved out of silty soil and are packed so hard that they do not need support. The caves usually measure 10 feet by 13 feet and extend 20 to 25 feet into the hillside. They are warm in the winter and cool during the hot summer. They have many modern comforts such as plumbing, electricity, and even cable television. Caves are a great place to live, to which 20 million Chinese can attest. Are these people primitive? Hardly! Based purely on evolutionary ideas, people assume that humans who lived in caves were primitive brutes. In chapter 10 of Genesis we find the account of the tower of Babel. As people migrated across the earth, some sought shelter in caves as they built more permanent homes. Today we often find their archeological remains in caves. Neanderthal man is one such example. The fact that they lived in caves did not make them primitive; it is just another housing choice.

 

Then he came there to a cave and lodged there…

~ 1 Kings 19:9

 

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

8
Jan

Creation Devotional January 3 - Geology

Daily Devotional - January 3

Geology

 

Imagine that you drive into a deserted town and happen to stop at a closed restaurant. You go around to the back of the building and peer in the window, and there on the kitchen counter is a stack of food-encrusted plates. By looking at the plates, you really cannot know how long they have been there nor can you know how much time passed between the placing of the first plate at the bottom of the stack and the plate located at the top of the stack. It could have been mere seconds from the placing of the first plate until the placing of the last plate. Or perhaps the stack was made on a weekend or the dishwasher had a day off and days passed between the placement of the plate at the bottom of the stack and the placement of the final plate at the top of the stack. The stack itself reveals nothing about the time frame – only that the bottom plate was deposited first and the top plate was deposited last.

 

In a similar way, the geologic layers of the earth, in no way, prove an enormous age for the earth. The sedimentary layers are very much like this stack of plates. They simply reveal which plates (layers) were laid down first during the worldwide flood of Noah and which plates (layers) were laid down during the final stages. The geological column is the record of what was laid down during the year-long Flood of Noah’s time, not how old the layers are.

 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~ Proverbs 1:7

 

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

8
Jan

Creation Devotional January 2 - Biology

Daily Devotional - January 2

Biology

 

Imagine an ant hill made out of pine needles seven feet high! That’s what you can find in Northern Europe and cold Siberia. These wood ants don’t build ant hills out of sand but collect massive amounts of pine needles and pile them on tree stumps. The rotting vegetation causes heat, providing warmth during the winter, and during the summer, the pine needle pile is full of holes and tunnels for ventilation and air conditioning. It is steep-sided to shed water. To prevent fungal or bacterial infections, the ants apply pine resin to their bodies as a disinfectant. These wood ants know what to do; they do it because of instinct. Instinct is what God has built into these wood ants, so they know how to build their pine needle nest, how to ventilate it and how not to get infections. All this is provided by a God who takes care of every detail. If He cares this much for a wood ant, how much more does He care for you?

 

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly
Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
~ Matthew 6:32

 

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

7
Jan

Creation Devotional January 1 - Christian Truth

Daily Devotional - January 1

Christian Truth

 

We forget our past at peril to our future.

 

Almost every university in America was started as a Bible college in order to train future leaders in various areas of biblical knowledge. The central purpose of our centers of knowledge and training (universities) was to link knowledge to biblical truth. Yet today in many universities, morality has become relative, sin is no longer even acknowledged as real, there is no unifying source of truth, and the Bible is ignored or ridiculed. But God’s Word remains the foundation of all truth whether acknowledged or not. For instance:
• Almost all LAWS are based on some view of limiting “bad” behavior and enforcing “good” behavior. Yet with no basis outside of humanity to determine right from wrong (such as the Bible), the persuasive, powerful, or majority simply define right and wrong to suit themselves while laws become numerous, arbitrary, and twisted. Society deteriorates. That is exactly what is happening in America today.
• There are only two possible explanations for our existence – either distinctly different types of animals were created or simple organisms (such as bacteria) turned into more complicated things (such as people). Once the biblical account of life’s origins is rejected, much of BIOLOGY is simply misinterpreted.
• ECONOMICS is a biblical concept based on the stewardship of creation in order to develop the resources of the earth in a way that respects people as having been made in God’s image and pleases God. With the rejection of a Creator, economics has no ultimate purpose.
• Rejection of the reality of a Biblical world-covering flood means that most of GEOLOGY and the time frame of history get distorted and misinterpreted.
• Even the study of THEOLOGY becomes distorted. Theism acknowledges God as being ultimately in control (The Creator is God). Atheism assumes God does not exist, so the human intellect is supreme (I am God). Pantheism believes that creation itself is all that there is and therefore worships creation (Everything is God). Since a biblical God is left out of a students’ thinking throughout our public school system, the behavior of many students reflects some blend of atheism and pantheism. We ignore the foundational purpose of our universities (one truth) at peril to our future.

 

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
~ Romans 1:22

 

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

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