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Topic: New Year (05/09/05)
By Brad Paulson
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There were some great predictions in the 90's such as;
Actor Jim Carey was supposed to win an Oscar after his face froze in a twisted expression
O.J. Simpson attorney Johnny Cochran was supposed to be hailed as the new Bill Cosby when a sitcom he was to star in became a smash hit.
Susan Lucci was finally going to win an Oscar only to drop it on her foot and break her toe.
Rush Limbaugh was going to quit talk radio and star in a remake of ‘Jake and the Fat Man’.
Popular Chicago ‘psychic’ Irene Hughes predicted that Vanna White and her husband would buy a haunted Hollywood mansion and flee in terror the following week.
Clarissa Barnhardt, a well known earthquake predictor in Southern California sensed that Tammy Faye Bakker and Imelda Marcos were going to open a nation wide chain of clothing and shoe boutiques.
As 1999 came to a close and everyone was in fear of the havoc that the Y2K bug might wreak, a number of psychics were predicting events that would shake our world far more than any bug could:
Wynonna Judd was slated to give up country music and become a women’s wrestler.
Marijuana was supposed to replace petroleum as the nation’s chief source of energy.
The cast of 60 Minutes was to be replaced with Candice Bergen, Mary Tyler Moore and Margot Kidder.
With all the failed predictions I have witnessed over the years it would be easy to become cynical and draw the conclusion that nobody knows the future. It would seem unlikely that I would be so bold as to attempt to make my own forecast as to what the coming year might bring. But the truth is, there are some things I can guarantee. At the close of this new year, when you’re out shopping for your new calendar or day-timer, God will still love you. He will still desire your heart and long to draw you into a closer relationship. Best of all, His promise of eternal life for those who confess Him as their Lord and Savior will still ring true.
In an unpredictable world, God can be very predictable.
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