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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Worst Prediction

            Sports writer Harless Wade once wrote that perhaps the worst prediction in sports history was made by Tommy Holmes, manager of the 1952 Milwaukee Braves AAA minor league team. Having observed one of the young players in the Braves’ system, Holmes said, “The kid can't play baseball. He can't pull the ball."
            He was talking about Hank Aaron.
            The Apostle Peter admonished Christians in his second letter to remember that the Lord said he would return. Scoffers made fun of this prediction (“Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?”) However, in doing so, they were making a prediction of their own: Jesus was not coming back.
            Tommy Holmes’ prediction on Hank Aaron’s future was a bad miscalculation; however, those who predicted Jesus would never return have committed an even graver error.
            10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming (II Pet. 3:10-12a.) NIV 1984

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