You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (Luke 12:56 NRSV)

For nine seasons, "Seinfeld" was the top-rated comedy on the air. It dominated the Thursday night television line-up. But the show almost didn't make it to the airwaves in the first place. The first few episodes didn't test well with audiences. Audience members had a number of discouraging things to say about it. The character of Jerry received a "lukewarm reaction," and was considered by the test audiences to be "dense and naive." The character of George was labeled a "wimp." The whole thing was rated as "average in humor."

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." Thus read a Western Union internal memo, 1876.

Time and time people have been wrong particularly about the future. Jesus said to the multitudes, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, straightway you say, 'There comes a shower,' and it comes to pass. When you see a south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be a scorching heat' and it comes to pass. You hypocrites," he continued, "You know how to interpret the weather; why can't you interpret the times in which you live?" (Paraphrase)

We still cannot predict the future, but it will be secure with Christ filling our souls.

Lord Jesus, fill my soul with your love everyday, and help me to share your great blessings. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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