To the Church in Sardis
1"To the angel[a] of the church in Sardis write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[b]of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To the Church in Philadelphia
7"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Dead or Alive
Someone remembers everyday,
that child that died and went away.
Those ignorant pricks and bastards too,
who claim to be the holy Jews,
The chosen folks of God Most High,
but in their hearts they know they lie.
With many words they praise The Name,
and then go out and defile the same.
Inside the assembly, not hot or cold,
they think themselves to shine as gold.
Though God prepared a feast for them,
I doubt He’ll even let them in.
They will not eat the Word or write;
they will not take a single bite.
They’re too consumed with pleasure and wealth,
to focus on their spiritual health.
If they would turn and just come back,
there’s nothing in this life they’d lack.
That child that died, could that be you?
Then listen to a word that’s true:
Your Father loves you very much!
Come back to Him and feel His touch.
The life He offers will never end,
when Jesus Christ calls you His friend.
But not so for the synagogue of Satan,
whose lives are marked by lying and hating.
Their fiery deaths are just and right,
trapped now by darkness, they’ll have no light.
To the Church in Laodicea
14"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
Jesus Christ said forgive them Father, they no not what they do. After they pierced His hands and feet.
The Random House Dictionary of the English Language
Second Edition Unabridged
Defines pricks as 12. To pierce with a sharp point; puncture.
Read more articles by Richard Groff or search for articles on the same topic or others.