We may not all be wealthy by the world’s standards, but we are all immensely rich because we are heirs of everlasting life in heaven.

BibleGateway: Revelation 2:8-11

ESV Text: Revelation 2:8-11

Revelation 2:8-11 (Listen)

To the Church in Smyrna

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.

“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’ (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 97:
Let us all with Gladsome Voice

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Let us all with gladsome voice 
Praise the God of heaven, 
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice, 
His own Son hath given. 

2. To this vale of tears He comes, 
Here to serve in sadness, 
That with Him in heaven’s fair homes 
We may reign in gladness. 

3. We are rich, for He was poor; 
Is not this a wonder? 
Therefore praise God evermore 
Here on earth and yonder. 

4. O Lord Christ, our Savior dear, 
Be Thou ever near us. 
Grant us now a glad new year. 
Amen, Jesus, hear us! 


Hymn: LSB 806 Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
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