Finalists for the Name the Class contest

JP: These are the finalist name suggestions for the “Name the Class” contest.

We intend to vote on these (a weighted ballot where class attendees will be able to vote on multiple names) on Sunday January 29th.

  • Armorbearers
  • Bereans
  • Bible Explorers
  • Connections
  • Conquerors
  • Grace Proclaimers
  • Overcomers
  • Sojourners
  • Swordbearers
  • Tentmakers
  • Truth Seekers

Will Varner: “What is the ultimate message of the Psalms?”

JP: A good read by Will Varner

What is the ultimate message of the Psalms?

There are more prophecies and allusions and types of the Messiah in the Psalms than in any other book of the Old Testament! Some of these, as we shall see, are so very detailed and precise that they appear to be the descriptions of those actually viewing the events instead of foretelling them hundreds of years before. Below is a suggested list, although I do not intend it to be exhaustive.

Psalms Reference — New Testament Fulfillment:

Ps. 2:7 God declares Him to be His Son. Matthew 3:17
Ps. 8:6 All things will be put under His feet. Hebrews 2:8
Ps. 16:10 He will be resurrected from the dead. Mark 16:6, 7
Ps. 22:1 God will forsake Him in His hour of need. Matthew 27:46
Ps. 22:7, 8 He will be scorned and mocked. Luke 23:35
Ps. 22:16 His hands and feet will be pierced. John 20:25, 27
Ps. 22:18 Others will gamble for His clothes. Matthew 27:35, 36
Ps. 34:20 Not one of His bones will be broken. John 19:32, 33, 36
Ps. 35:11 He will be accused by false witnesses. Mark 14:57
Ps. 35:19 He will be hated without a cause. John 15:25
Ps. 40:7, 8 He will come to do God’s will. Hebrews 10:7
Ps. 41:9 He will be betrayed by a friend. Luke 22:47
Ps. 45:6 His throne will be forever. Hebrews 1:8
Ps. 68:18 He will ascend to God’s right hand. Mark 16:19
Ps. 69:9 Zeal for God’s house will consume Him. John 2:17
Ps. 69:21 He will be given vinegar and gall to drink. Matthew 27:34
Ps. 72:1–19 He will be a worldwide king. Revelation 19:11–20:6
Ps. 109:4 He will pray for His enemies. Luke 23:34
Ps. 109:8 His betrayer’s place will be filled by another. Acts 1:20
Ps. 110:1 His enemies will be made subject to Him. Matthew 22:44
Ps. 110:4 He will be a priest like Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:6
Ps. 118:22 He will be the chief cornerstone. Matthew 21:42
Ps. 118:26 He will come in the name of the Lord. Matthew 21:91

The Throne Room of Heaven and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

JP: There are many examples of art associated with the book of Revelation. Below are two that I found interesting:

The Four and Twenty Elders Casting their Crowns before the Divine Throne

William Blake – The Four and Twenty Elders Casting their Crowns before the Divine Throne

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov. Painted in 1887

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov. Painted in 1887

My notes for Revelation 4-7 are below:

Shifting Scenes of Revelation

Shifting Scenes of Revelation

JP: Helpful chart from Revelation, John Walvoord, p 121

Update on the Name the Class initiative

JP: Brief update on the Name the Class initiative: List of names submitted:

We all know who submitted “Occupy Plymouth”. She will be dealt with! 🙂 Two people suggested “Truth Seekers”. We may need to have some sort of tie-breaker process put in place.

Enter your name suggestion here

Our Lord’s incarnation makes Christmas Merry

JP: The above antique Christmas card is from my sister-in-law’s collection. She comments on it here:

Some of you know that I collect vintage postcards. By far, the best selection is found on Ebay. I no longer collect them at anything near the rate I did when I first started a few years ago, though I did buy a nice one yesterday that I’ll look to scan for you soon. I found a postcard selection displayed in a wooden sewing machine drawer in an antique shop and saw that it was a perfect fit, so that’s how I keep mine now. Christmas being a favorite holiday, I love to pull them out and look at them. A couple of years ago, I found a large lot of religiously themed postcards on Ebay, more than 60 of them. Most people prefer vintage Santa postcards, which can be pricey, so I got the lot at a wonderful price. I noticed when I got them that they all mentioned a certain girl and that’s where the mystery comes in.

All the postcards have to do with a girl named Doris Ridgway, have a religious theme, and all are sent from European countries in December of [date unclear], though to a few different addresses. Some are sent to Doris at her address in Ridgway, Virginia. Some are sent to “Radio Luxembourg” and annotated, “pour Dorothee”. The two scans are typical of all 60 some postcards. I love the script in the second scan from a little Belgian girl. It’s been awhile since I studied French but I think this is an accurate translation: “I am a little girl your age. I am Belgian. I think well of you.” So sweet. You’ll notice that it is addressed to “dise millions d’auditeurs”, which I’m thinking is “ten million listeners” or some such thing. I’ve googled all kinds of things with no luck, exploring Dorothy Ridgway… Hardy, Virginia…Radio Luxemboerg with no luck. Thoughts that have crossed my mind is that maybe little Doris was ill and it was a postcard writing campaign, or maybe there was some type of contest to get the most postcards or collect the most signatures as several of the postcards are signed by more than one person. In any case, I’ve now inherited this collection written to little Doris and I treasure them all, though the story is unknown to me. If any of you are so inclined, have the time and are amateur sleuths, I’d love it if you could tell me the story of this collection.

Chuck Bumgardner has a very helpful blog post entitled Observations on the Incarnation through Church History. Below are links to his blog posts (a veritable feast for the mind and soul!):

Charles Hodge is one of my favorite theologians. Here he offers The Scriptural Facts concerning the Person of Christ.

Brief excerpt only … select the above link for detail:

The proof of this doctrine includes three distinct classes of passages of Scripture, or may be presented in three different forms. First, the proof of the several elements of the doctrine separately. Secondly, the current language of the Scriptures which speak of Christ, from beginning to end, sometimes as man and sometimes as God; and combine the two modes of statement, or pass from the one to the other as naturally and as easily as they do where speaking of man as mortal and immortal, or as corporeal and as spiritual. Thirdly, there are certain passages of Scripture in which the doctrine of the incarnation is formally presented and dogmatically asserted

The Seven Churches of Revelation – Part 2

JP: The lesson for Sunday December 18th will be from Revelation 3 where we will dicuss the churches of Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.

In Revelation 3:20 we encounter the familiar verse:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

I’m sure readers are familiar with the image of Christ knocking at the door.

Christ at Heart’s Door.

The painter of “Christ at Heart’s Door” was Warner Sallman who also is known for the familiar “Head of Christ

The Head of Christ

William Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World preceded Sallman’s work by nearly a century.

My notes for this Sunday are here: