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You don’t have to journey to some far away place to find animal marvels — or even see wildlife programmes on the BBC. All you need do is watch some of the creatures we see almost every day.

Imagine if we offered the chance to see a bird whose life force burned with such fury that it had a pulse rate of nearly a thousand beats a minute! Just look at the nearest sparrow in our garden. In all our common little birds, the pulse of life pounds along at that almost impossible rate.

How about an animal whose eye is so constructed that it can see, not only ahead of it and out to the sides, but at the same time keep watch on what is happening behind its back? Look no farther than the rabbit you can spot in the field or at the side of the road. His eyes are built with such a sweeping convexity that it can see a full circle around him. Or, again, the dragonfly buzzing around our rabbit in the summer. That everyday insect’s eyes are faceted — each eye is compounded of a cluster of “little eyes,” each of which gives its owner a separate view of a piece of the world. You and I see one view. That dragonfly sees twenty-five thousand views!

The woodpecker hammering away at the tree to find insects. His head-bashing is at a rate of fifteen to sixteen times a second — a rate of fire twice the speed of a machine gun, the bird’s head travelling at twice the speed of a bullet! And his tongue: so long that it can extract the insects. Yet, how can its tongue be stored? The answer is, instead of being rooted in the woodpecker’s gullet, it actually runs back over the bird’s brain and is anchored in front of its skull! The butterfly flitting from one blossoming flower to another is using a taste faculty so fantastically subtle. It can detect the presence of sugar in a mixture of one part to three hundred thousand! The toad is another example of split second speed. It catches insects by thrusting out its long sticky tongue and seizing them. The whole operation—flinging the tongue out, taking the prey, and hauling the titbit back inside the mouth—takes place in no more than a fifteenth of a second!

Read books on natural history, watch such programmes on the television, or study science subjects at college, and all will tell you that these creatures “evolved” their characteristics. It was all a matter of chance, random processes. The theory of evolution cannot be scientifically proven, and yet we are bombarded with propaganda that claims it is scientific fact. Common sense alone will tell you that it takes more faith to believe that these animal marvels just “evolved” than that an all-wise Creator designed and made them that way in the beginning.

“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches” (Psalm 104:24).

Shouldn’t we then, worship Him, and find out why He has made us? Come and join us on Sunday at 10.30am or 6.30pm at Holywell Evangelical Church. Our services are not for entertainment — you can get that anywhere. They are for worshipping God, and for hearing God’s Word, the Bible, preached. If you come along, we promise you a warm welcome. And it will be our privilege to share with you what it means to know this great and wonderful Creator personally — as our heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ.

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