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A Familiar Bouquet

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the […]

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Living Dust

“Dust to dust, the mortal dies, both the foolish and the wise.” Psalter 136. “Where is the dust that has not been alive? From human mold we reap our daily bread.” Young. Again the eager farmer turns to plow the apparently lifeless soil. Possibly he observes a few worms and small bugs but aside from […]

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The Majestic Palm

“On the next day much peo­ple that were come to the feast when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took bran­ches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” John 12:12, 13 Palm branches have […]

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The Treasured Fleece

Centuries ago Aristotle described the anatomy and physiology of the seal. (Some species inhabit the neighboring Caspian Sea). The Greeks named a city, Phoceae, in honor of the seal. Possibly, the badger skins used in the tabernacle were actually seal skins found in the Red Sea. The seventeenth century mariners described the small whale-like creatures […]

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The Vagabond

For centuries small tribes or clans of dark-skinned, black haired people, gaudi­ly dressed, have traversed the European and American continents. Although they have no basic religion or social structure which binds them together, their habits and shiftless manner of living identifies them. According to historians they ori­ginated in India and are more commonly known as […]

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The Underground Movement

Marvels of Spring will never cease to awe and thrill mankind. The seeming “death” of plant and animal life is but a mere dormancy, for the potential being remains and that “breath of life” will never completely cease until time itself will end. The warmth of the sunshine, the re­freshment of the rain, the balm […]

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A Herbivorous Giant

In the animal kingdom the three larg­est animals are the elephant, the hippo­potamus, and the rhinoceros. Huge ani­mals, yes, but what a vast difference in brain capacity! The brilliant-minded ele­phant is admired for his cleverness and learning ability. How well they perform and how adept they become at tricks. They can be taught how to […]

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Mere Dust

Have you ever considered what an ex­tremely important part minute particles play in the lives of individuals? Are we disdainful, perhaps, of mere dust? On August 27, 1883, Krakatoa erupted throwing tons of fine volcanic ash into the sky. Winds dispersed these light dust particles to a height of fifteen miles into the atmosphere surrounding […]

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Thief of the Tree

A class of shrubs which depends upon trees for their food has been given the scientific name—Phoradendron. How applicable this appellation is, for it liter­ally means “thief of trees”. These shrubs average from two to six feet in diameter and are generally quite dense producing a willow broom-like effect. They are particularly common on the […]

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The Concealed Plant

“The very act of planting a seed in the earth has in it to me something beautiful. I always do it with a joy that is largely mixed with awe. I watch my garden beds after they are sown, and think how one of God’s exquisite miracles is going on beneath the dark earth out […]

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Cortisone

Directly above each human kidney lies a small yellowish brown organ resem­bling a miniature pancake. They are known as adrenal glands, and they be­long to the endocrine system of our body. Unlike the other organs of our body, the endocrine glands have no duct or outlet. Each adrenal gland consists of two parts—the inner core […]

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Truffles

During the winter months in South­western Europe it is not uncommon to see individuals strolling through the oak and beech woodlands with a dog or a pig on a leash. No, the leashed animal is not dejected but it is carefully sniffing the ground as it proceeds. The aged master does not ignore its action […]

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Protective Simulation

Some of you may recall a previous article entitled “Protective Coloration” in which we endeavored to show how the Creator provided many members of the animal kingdom with external cloaks to match their natural surroundings so as to protect them from their enemies. The intent of this article is to illustrate how the Great Designer […]

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The King of Birds

According to an ancient legend the aged eagle renewed its youth by flying toward the sun until its feathers were scorced and then it would fall into the sea—only to emerge completely rejuven­ated. The psalmist David in Psalm 103 also refers to the renewal of youth by a comparison with the eagle: “Who satisfieth thy […]

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Sun-Dials

A “time conscious” people are we; a “time conscious” age is ours! We are surrounded with timepieces to give us information accurately as to the time—personal watches, electric clocks in the home, large clocks on buildings, in stores and stations, and the official announce­ment over telephone and radio. It is difficult to conceive of an […]

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Raining Fish

To be an eye-witness to any un­usual phenomena is significant for the observer. Scripture is filled with many examples of miraculous events: the manna in the wilder­ness, the parting of the Red Sea, the draught of fishes, the stilling of the tempest, and many other spectacular events too numerous to mention. Isn’t it true that […]

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Growth Regulation

During the last decade there has been extensive investigation in the field of plant physiology. Age-old questions have been partially ans­wered as a result of these signifi­cant studies. Perhaps, one of the more familiar results of these experiments is the weed killer (2-4-D), which is well known for its practical significance in horti­culture. Curious investigators […]

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Coral Gardens

“From Greenland’s icy mountains From Indian’s carol strands. Redeemer, King, Creator, In bliss returns to reign!’’ According to travelers, one of the most scenic trips by steamer is the route of Australia’s “Grand Canal”. This is no inland waterway as the word canal might suggest but it is a strip of water (the Pacific Ocean) […]

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The Stately Shagbark

Do you recall those enjoyable Saturday mornings after the first autumn frosts when you searched the roadside and forest for the shagbark? Do you remember how eagerly you collected its cherry ­sized, brownish-white fruit? An accomplishment indeed, to gather a half bushel of those nuts? How they were appreciated when we gathered around a warm […]

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The Star of Wonder

“Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matt. 2:2. For centuries men have wonder­ed about the star of Bethlehem, and as we approach this Yuletide Sea­son we, too, are intrigued by this heavenly phenomenon, which took place […]

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Sericulture

One of the first things of which fallen man took cognizance in the Garden of Eden was the fact that he needed clothing, and so he pro­vided himself with an apron of fig leaves. Later he used animal skins and hair. Not until after the de­luge did it occur to him to use the delicate […]

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Our Quaking Earth

“God is our refuge and our strength, A Helper ever near us; We will not fear tho’ earth be moved, For God is nigh to cheer is.   Although the mountains quake, And earth’s foundations shake, Though angry billows roar, And break against the shore, Our mighty God will hear us.” —-Luther   The superstition […]

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Welcome Springtime

“If spring came but once in a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change!  But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity.  To most men only the […]

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Velvet Carpeting

“The tiny moss, whose silken verdure clothes The time-worn rock, and whose bright capsules rise Like fairy urns on stalks of golden sheen, Demand our admiration and our praise, As much as cedar, kissing the blue sky, Or Krubul’s giant flower.  God made them all, And what He deigns to make should ne’er be deemed […]

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Attitude Toward Science?

Another erroneous belief was regarding a bone at the end of the spine called the coccyx which was termed the “resurrection bone” because it was believed to be the nucleus for the restoration of the body.  Jews, Christians and Mohammedans believed this.  They based their belief on the fact that this bone wouldn’t soften in […]

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