Creation Declares – Laminin

Ever feel like you’re falling apart? Regardless of how stressful or complicated juggling life’s demands can be, the good news is that the estimated 50 to 75 trillion cells in your body are stuck together. In this continuing series exploring God’s fingerprints on creation, we’ve recently taken a closer look at DNA, amino acids, hormones, and cell membranes. Each topic continued to underscore the importance of individual cells to the overall function of our body

Creation Declares – Cell Membranes

My first real memory of looking into a microscope involved a layer of onion skin stained with a drop of iodine. After turning the knob to bring the purple structures into focus, I discovered cells, those too-tiny-to-see-without-help living building blocks that make up our bodies. Yet, even with magnification, I could only see the outline of each cell and faint squiggles of interior structures such as the nucleus. I could not see the tiny openings in

Creation Declares – Endocrine System

With a teenaged daughter in the house, I find it hard to say that hormones are a good thing. But hormones and the glands of the endocrine system that produce them influence almost every cell, organ, and function in our bodies. Hormones regulate our mood, growth, development, tissue function, reproduction, and metabolism. They are the body’s chemical messengers, transfer information and instructions from one set of cells to another, and are influenced by factors such

Creation Declares – Amino Acids

Remember chemistry class in high school? Or maybe this topic only came up in advanced organic chemistry or honors biology classes. The collection of hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen atoms depicted in the image is the basic foundation of something known as an amino acid molecule. Amino acids are the building blocks that create proteins and proteins are necessary to help your body repair damage, rebuild, and get stronger. Therefore, cells, tissue, enzymes, muscles, and

Creation Declares – DNA

Imagine a code made up of only four letters. How complicated could it get? Complicated enough to hold the secrets to why some cells become part of a brain or heart while others become bones or skin or toes. A code that dictates hair and eye color and determines whether ear lobes are attached and tongues are capable of curlng. An essential-for-life code contained within the spiraling double-helix structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) found in

Creation Declares – In His Image

What is the crown jewel of creation? You are! After speaking into existence light, land, sky, the sun, moon, stars, plants, fish, birds, and countless varieties of animals, God turned His attention to a very special creation … mankind. “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the

Creation Declares – A Creative Menagerie

I enjoy visiting a zoo and seeing the wide variety of creatures that inhabit this planet. (It’s just the smells I could do without!) In this continuing series about God’s fingerprints all over creation, I’m wrapping up the focus on animals with a virtual zoo. Pretend for a moment that you are strolling the walkways between exhibits while munching on a box of popcorn. Imagine the symphony of sounds as you examine creation’s innate diversity.

Creation Declares – Symbiosis

Who would ever feel safe around a crocodile, let alone climb in its mouth? The plover bird for one. It serves as nature’s dental floss by removing morsels of food from between the African crocodile’s teeth … and eating them. It’s a win-win solution for both animals in a relationship scientists call mutualism, a type of symbiosis. Symbiosis is a close and often long-term relationship and interaction between two different species. Mutualism is when two or

Creation Declares – Koalas

There is nothing quite as cute as a fuzzy koala … or as stupid. Studies show that the koala’s brain is not only very small (less than 0.2% of its body mass) but it is smooth with hardly any folds. (Compare that to the walnut-looking human brain that weighs around three pounds!) Koalas sleep 20 out of 24 hours in a day. They don’t store fat on their bodies, so they have to conserve as

Creation Declares – Horses

From ancient times until the invention of modern tanks, horses were the measurement of the strength of an army. Thanks to movies and television, I can picture the Egyptian chariots from The Ten Commandments, Roman chariots from Ben-Hur, numerous cavalry charges across the American plains, and the more recent War Horse. Thundering hooves carried soldiers into battle and struck fear into their enemies. How’s this for an accurate description? “Do you give the horse its