Daily Archives: December 23, 2012


Thanks to Obama-Grinch and his “Affordable Care Act” elves, health insurance premiums are skyrocketing just in time for Christmas!


Tweets at Twitchy:

That lump of coal in your stocking? Baracka Claus built that.

Just found out my Health insurance premiums up 10% beginning 1-1-13 Thanks ObamaCare for keeping those costs down!

Just got a notice that my health insurance has gone up $3600 per year! Merry Christmas from #Obamacare! Things are MUCH better!

Merry Christmas to me from Kaiser…health insurance going up to 700 a month! Whoohoo!

Merry Christmas I get to use my Christmas bonus for medical bills because my health insurance is garbage f u Obama!

My health insurance just went up by $36/month. What happened to @BarackObama getting us all affordable health care?

I just found out my health insurance is going up $80/month starting in January. Boo!

My health insurance premium has gone up another $100 starting this month. THANK YOU President Obama!!!!

WOW! My health insurance went up $120 this month! Merry Christmas to me, I guess… #ouch

My Christmas present from Blue Cross was a $1200 increase in my healthcare premiums. YAY OBAMACARE.

Our health insurance, HSA, no prescription plan, just bumped us up to over $1700 a month. Does ANYONE have a cheaper plan? I’m just crushed.




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The Seven Churches of Revelation, part nine

If you’re new to this series, go here to catch up:

Part 8 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-eight/

Part 7 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-seven/

Part 6 and prev @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-six/

Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verses 12-17:

To the angel of the church in Pergamum, write this:

The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this:

I know that you live where Satan’s throne is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives. Yet I have a few things against you. You have some people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the Israelites: to eat food sacrificed to idols and to play the harlot. Likewise, you also have some people who hold to the teaching of [the] Nicolaitans. Therefore, repent. Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna; I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.

Finally, finishing Pergamum as a type for the church during the Early Middle Ages (roughly 313 AD to 1,000 AD) with the white amulet as a sign of Baptism.

From the earliest days of the Church, Christian worship services started with preaching, teaching and prayer open to all, but the second part at which believers shared the Lord’s Supper was restricted to baptized believers only. During the Early Middle Ages, the Church defined the doctrine of Original Sin which in turn made it necessary to define Baptism as necessary for salvation.

I want to talk briefly about “a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it” because it’s quick, which the white amulet is not. Bible readers will be familiar with what a big deal God makes about names and naming. It starts right at the beginning with God giving Adam the right to name all the creatures. Later on, God gives new names to some as a sign of a change in their status or calling. E.g., Abram-Abraham, Sarai-Sarah, Jacob-Israel. Then, there’s the huge deal with Moses wanting to know God’s name. Apparently, there was a tradition that knowing a person’s true name gave you power over them.

Infants are named at Baptism; adult converts often take a new name at Baptism. Jesus says in the letter to Pergamum that He is going to personally give victors extra heavy duty special names which only He and they will know! I love that!

About the white amulet … most of the Bible translations I checked use the word stone in this spot. A couple use pebble or counter. Only the New American Bible seems to have chosen amulet, but there’s nothing in the footnotes about why. However, the commentaries I found likened the stone/pebble to such a wide range of objects and uses that I’ve ended up thinking amulet was an inspired choice. In English, stone and pebble don’t have many referents; in the original Greek, there were a lot of meanings with broad cultural references about objects imbued with meaning (i.e., amulets).

For example, in New Testament times there was a custom in which jurors cast their votes by means of a stone. A white stone signified acquittal, a black one condemnation. In Acts 26:9-10, Paul talks about his own persecution of the Christians before his conversion:

“I imprisoned many of the holy ones with the authorization I received from the chief priests, and when they were to be put to death I cast my vote against them.”

According to http://whitestoneweb.com/index.php/archives/238, the word used for vote in this passage is the same word used for stone in the letter to Pergamum.  In other words, the victors will get Jesus’ vote for acquittal on Judgment Day. Very apropos for our Baptism reference.

Stone could also mean any of a variety of things, many that were also called tessera. In early antiquity, mosaic artwork was made from naturally-formed colored stones – i.e., pebbles. But by 200 BC, it had become common to cut marble or limestone into small cubes which were called tesserae (probably from the Greek for four, because of the corners).

Roman mosaic made from tesserae

Stone and tessera got used for all kind of small objects made from a variety of materials and in many shapes. These were used in ways we would use paper now. E.g., as tickets to the games or theater. Permission to enter … a very nice reference for Baptism, no? There was also the tessera frumentariae which were issued to the poor like food stamps or welfare checks. Another excellent reference for God’s free gift of salvation and the Baptism that allowed converts to attend the Lord’s Supper!

Tessera frumentariae

Tesserae militaris were used by Roman commanders to circulate orders and each night’s new password to the troops. The war and victor references in the passage we’re studying make this one particularly pertinent. I especially like the password “permission to enter” thing.

Tesserae militaris reproductions

Probably the most powerful of referents for our white amulets were the tesserae hospitalis which were used to seal and signify a compact of mutual friendship and hospitality between two persons. These objects and the bond they represented was one of the oldest and most sacred known among the Romans and was scrupulously observed. How beautiful is the image of Jesus giving each victor a token that guarantees entrance into eternal life!

Tesserae hospitalis lion + hands



Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity [Eerdmans Publishing, 1977]

The New Bible Dictionary [Eerdmans Publishing, 1962]

New American Bible online @ http://www.usccb.org/bible/

Tessera @ http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Tessera.html

Roman mosaic to illustrate tesserae @ http://newsroom.unl.edu/releases/2012/09/18/UNL+archaeological+team+unearths+giant+Roman+mosaic+in+southern+Turkey

Jesus photo mosaic @ http://www.picturemosaics.com/gallery/zoom.php?i=160&rows=3&page=1&term=jesus

Tessera Hospitalis @ http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/10/?event_id=5476

Tessera Hospitalis @ http://www.bible-history.com/ibh/Roman+Travel/Travelling+Customs/Tessera+Hospitalis

Various types of tesserae @ http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Tessera.html


Tessera frumentariae @ http://www.biblicalartifacts.com/items/808151/item808151biblicalartifacts.html

Tessera militaris @ http://www.romanarmytalk.com/rat/17-roman-military-history-a-archaeology/287646-tessera-militaris.html and http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Castra.html#discipline.watchword


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Posted by Pistol Pete

I wish I could send each and every one of you a personal greeting with a special message.Through the miracle of the internet I cand best wishes for peace and love to everyone.We will surely need each others’ support through the dark years.I don’t know if you can play youtubes through a bigscreen TV,but if you could,playing the first block on fullscreen in a darkened room would be awesome.There are some amazing light displays.

I am also posting some Christmas classics.Please enjoy them in the spirit which I’m offering them to you.









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Our Church Tag Baby’s Toy

I was so tickled to learn that Daddy Buzz has dubbed my favorite scrappy fabric project “Grammy Ball.” (I’m Grammy Hyphen to the wee ones.)

2012_12 23 Church Tag Baby's Grammy Ball

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Mama Buzz has a real gift for photo montages!

2012_12 21 Pics for &Y

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by | December 23, 2012 · 8:41 am

The un-Godly Silence

100 years of silence
Dear God tshirt
Tis the season Tis the reason


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Camo and Christmas

The hardest good-bye

Christmas God bless our troops
Good Dad

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