Sermon by William P Goff


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Scriptures from the KJV

Last time I spoke, we were discussing the overall condition of the church of God, and how the church is lacking; yes lacking in spiritual power in these latter days in which we are living. We were discussing how the miracles that our Lord assured us would follow those who believe (the signs that He would perform to confirm where He is working) are absent today from the roll-call (if you will) within the church of the Living God.

Where are these signs brethren? The signs that were to follow? The Powerful Spiritual gifts that God has promised would follow those who believe? Where is the casting out of devils? Where is the speaking with new tongues? Being these signs, these powerful gifts were promised to those who believe, one can only conclude, that there is a belief problem in the church of God today.

Yes, there appears to be a lack of faith, an epidemic (if you will) of unbelief that abides today in the members of the body of Christ.

Mat 17:14 please. (Unbelief is nothing new to God’s people; even the original disciples were guilty of it.)

Mat 17:14: And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

15: Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for oft times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16: And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17: Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

18: And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19: Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Is there not even one among us today brethren, in the church of God, who is in possession of even a mustard seed of faith?

It’s no wonder why nearly 2,000 years ago our Lord questioned whether He would find faith on this earth at His return. And brethren, when He posed that question (He was speaking to His elect.)

I ask Brethren, Where are these gifts, these Spiritual gifts, these signs?

Where are those hands that were to be laid on the sick, for their recovery, for their total, immediate & miraculous recovery?

Brethren, He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised, bruised beyond recognition, for our iniquities. Isaiah prophesied that our Lord & Savior’s appearance would be so disfigured, beyond that of any man, and His form marred, beyond human likeness. Our Lord & Savior went through all of that suffering. Those prophecies were fulfilled.

The chastisement
(the punishment) that was to bring us peace, was upon Him, Isiah said; and with His stripes, we were to be healed.

Brethren, did our Lord and Savior receive those stripes in vane? Has His Word lost its authority, or has His arm weakened? Has the Immeasurable Power of the Almighty God, dwindled, in these latter days?

Or is the problem not with God, but with us, His church? Is the lack of these signs, due to a chronic case of doubt, unbelief and unfaithfulness?

We need to move a mountain today brethren, we need to cast the mountain of unbelief and unfaithfulness that has been running rampant in the church of God these days, into the sea. We need to know why, yes why the church of God is currently in this condition of unbelief & lack of faith, because until we know the cause, we cannot address the cure.

The church wasn’t always like this. O, the disciples had trouble casting the devil out of that Lunatic back then because of their unbelief, but that was before the Holy Spirit was given. That was before Christ returned to the Father’s Throne.

Remember, He said: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Brethren, after the Holy Spirit was given to them on Pentecost, the miracles began flowing – Spiritual Power was in their possession, and God was confirming where He was working with signs following.

Remember, God has to be there, God has to be involved. Because “of and by ourselves, we can do nothing.”

(Mark 16:20 please. We looked at this last time.

(Mark 16. Lets start in verse 17.)

Mk 16:17: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18: They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19: So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
(Like He said earlier: greater works than these shall ye do; because I go unto my Father.”)

Now, Mk:16:20: And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

Working = The Greek:
To be a fellow worker. Co-ad-ju-tor = an associate in action, a co-worker or colleague, especially one appointed to assist in official duties, as the assistant of a bishop.

Brethren, Christ returned to heaven, and has been appointed by the Father to assist us in our official duties. That’s why He told His disciples that greater works shall ye do after I return to the Fathers Throne, (because the Father was going to appoint Christ to assist them from His Throne.) Our official duties (among other things) is to preach the Gospel to the world & feed the flock.)

>So being we don’t have this Spiritual Power, this assistance from Christ is not there, being these signs follow are not taking place at this time, we have to ask a question here, Where are you Christ?

(Rev 3:17 please.)

Sometimes, things are not what they seem to be.

You sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods.

Rev 3:17 Christ tells US, His Laodicean church: Ye sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing. Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked?

The problem in the church of God is not with Christ, the problem is with us, we have our Lord and Savior, our Chief Sheppard, locked out.

Verse 20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Brethren, there is a belief problem in the church of God today.

We need to believe Christ, in every thing that He says. We need to hear His voice, and follow His instructions.

1st, let us stop pointing the finger at others, thinking that they are the Laodiceans, because we are the laodiceans.

We don’t have that door open yet; Christ is still on the outside and knocking.

If Christ were on the inside, and supping with us, these powerful gifts would be present. Brethren, the problem is spots. The problem is blemishes. The problem is wrinkles. The crux of the problem within the church of God today, is transgressions.

Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father in His Throne. He has been instructed by the Father to assist us in our official duties.

But Christ & The Father will not dwell with sin. Their colleagues, their co-workers, their associates in action, need to be Upright!
(Acts 5:12 please.)

Solomon’s Porch is where the miracles began back in the days of the Apostles. Remember when Peter & John were walking into the Temple and they saw that cripple at the gate, asking alms? They healed him!

“Silver and gold have I none; (they said) but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

They could speak in the name of Jesus Christ back then brethren, because they were filled with the Holy Spirit, The Father & Christ were living in them, and they were given a lot of Spiritual Power.

The Apostles were Upright back then brethren, because Christ & The Father will not dwell with sin.

That gate where that miracle was performed was called “Gate Beautiful” That gate was just outside of Solomon’s Porch.

Solomon’s Porch holds the key to that Spiritual Power – those powerful gifts that are lacking in the church of God today are connected with Solomon’s porch.

Acts:5:12: And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.)

There is much significance to Solomon’s Porch, and it connects the miracles – the Spiritual Power – the Signs Follow.

Solomon’s Porch was a colonnade of Pillars, Pillars connected at the top by what is called the Entablature. The Entablature is actually another Pillar that is across the top of all the other Pillars, connecting them together.

It’s called The Head Pillar. The Entablature is Christ.

(The one we need to be connected to.) (The one who’s Every Word we need to hear, and follow.)

Brethren, in order for the pillars to be connected to the Entablature, they had to be Upright. If their not Upright, then their not connected.

We know what pillars are, their plumb, their strong, their perfectly upright.

(John 14:23 please)
Jn:14:23: Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, (How do you love God? By keeping His commandments) he will keep my words (Which words? Every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God) and my Father will love him, and we (Christ & the Father) will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Want to be a pillar in God’s church brethren? What to be the recipient of some of those Power Spiritual Gifts that our Lord wants to bestow upon us?

Want to perform some mighty good works, so our Heavenly Father can be Glorified?
Hukata Matata (No Problem) (No Worries) all we have to do to accomplish that, is to walk uprightly.

How do we walk uprightly? How do we put the brakes on to our transgressing? By utilizing a very powerful tool that our Lord and Savior gave us on the night in which He was betrayed.

The use of that powerful tool became a tradition in God’s church, back when our Lord was working with them, back when He was confirming His word with many signs & wonders.

2,000 years ago, on the Day of Pentecost, those who repented and were baptized, received God Holy Spirit.

On the first day alone, about 3,000 souls were added to God church, and they began a tradition.

(Act 2:37 please)

A very important tradition brethren, but a tradition that is no longer kept in the house of God. (It’s not even remembered in God’s church.)

Acts 2:37 please. It was the day of Pentecost, (were cutting in here) - this is where the multitude came together, and were pricked in their hearts upon realizing that it was the Christ that they had crucified.

Act 2: 37: Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39: For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call
. (That's us)

40: And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (That’s us again brethren, in need of saving ourselves from this untoward generation.)

41: Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
(And then, they began what became a tradition in the church) (Not a worldly tradition) (Not a man made tradition) (But a tradition that originated in the Scriptures.)

Verse 42: And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine (Not man’s teachings like it is today in the church, causing confusion and division from the hundreds of different men teaching their own agendas, with many following their parnescus ways) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
This breaking of bread here is said to be a particular breaking. It comes from the Greek Word KLAO meaning the breaking off of leaves, sprouts, tendrils.
In the NT used only of the breaking of bread which was made in thin cakes, not in loaves like the loaves of Mat 14:19 where Christ commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass where He gave the five loaves to physically nourish the five thousand, or Mat 15:36. where He gave the seven loaves to physically nourish the four thousand.

The breaking of this bread here, the breaking of these thin cakes applies to the body of Christ broken at the crucifixion, denoting the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. This bread is for our Spiritual nourishment.

You can read about this in many places, like in Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 10:16; Jn 13:18, and other places like in Luke 24:30, where Jesus broke bread with the two disciples who were on their way to Emmaus. When Jesus broke this bread with them, they realized who He was, and their eyes were opened.

The breaking of this bread became a tradition in the church, and it became known as feast of charity or love feasts. (The Agape Love that comes directly from the Father was flowing in God’s church at that time.)

And the gifts of the Spirit were being poured out upon the entire church by the Father, with some having a psalm, others having a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation, an interpretation, The gifts of the Spirit were flowing.

Yes, flowing amongst the brethren, not like it is today, in these latter days, where the Spirit has been quenched by the pulpits of the many false teachers and false leaders who have stepped in to take control over the brethren, stating that they have the gifts of the Spirit, as they continue to lord over the Laity.

Back to Verse 43 now, where God’s Spirit was flowing amongst all the brethren:
Acts 2: 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

This particular fear spoken of here was a good fear, it produced belief, (like it says: and many signs and wonders were done.)
This particular fear is related to godly fear – reverence. It’s the same fear that the disciples cried out with, when they saw Jesus walking on the sea that night when they were in the boat, and He approached them.

This particular fear caused Peter to walk on the water, to go to Jesus.

Notice when this fear came upon every soul?

When they began keeping the newly begun tradition.

Back to Verse 42: And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44: And all that believed were together
(not divided into 300 separate man made groups) and had all things common; 45: And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
God’s Spirit was flowing at that time brethren, there was no one Lording over them and quenching the Spirit.

46: And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Those 5 words come from only one Greek word:

SOZO it means = to save, make whole, heal.

God’s Holy Spirit was flowing back then, God’s church was of one accord. Many signs & wonders were being performed, faith & belief was being exhibited by the brethren, and the Word was being confirmed by the Almighty with signs following.

Well, what happened brethren?

We need to know what happened in God’s church, why, or how the unbelief crept back in. We need to know the cause, and see how to address the cure.

We need to understand something about TRADITIONS, because over the years, the traditions within the church of God have changed, and not for the better, but for the worse.

Funk & Wagnall’s New comprehensive international dictionary of the English Language defines Tradition as such:
1 = The transmission of knowledge, opinions, doctrines, customs, practices, etc., handed down from generation to generation, originally by word of mouth and by example.

2 = That body of Christian doctrines handed down through successive generations and held by some churches to belong to the deposit of faith, even if they may not be found in the Holy Scriptures.

What? Traditions of doctrines handed down and believed even if they are not found in the Scriptures? Could this be possible? Could there be doctrines, teachings, traditions (that are not Scriptural) being taught & practices in the church of God today, and even believed amongst the many, as Truth?
Yes, because this is the Laodicean era, where the church thinks that they are rich, increased with good, and in need of nothing.

No need to study. Some think that we just need to hold on to the traditions that have been handed down. (Not realizing that some of these traditions are not Scriptural. That's why Jude exhorts us with diligence to earnestly*contend yes, strive, fight to get back to the Faith, the Doctrines, the Truths that were once delivered to the Saints.

The “Word English Dictionary” defines Christianity itself, as a tradition, and defines it as such: = a doctrine or body of doctrines regarded as having been established by Christ or the Apostles, though not contained in the Bible.
Brethren, some traditions can be quite beneficial to the church, (If they are Scriptural) but some traditions can be quite damaging to the church (If they are not Scriptural.)

We need to be aware of which church traditions we are following & practicing (Whether they are Scriptural or not) because these unscriptural traditions have much to do with those miracles & signs & wonders, that are absent in the cog.

The early church traditions that were very beneficial to the growth and the overall faith of the church, began to be attacked, and eventfully totally removed by a Cannon that was decreed at the Council of Laodicea around 363-364 AD.

Were going to see that in a minute, but first, lets go to the book of Jude and see where these Love Feasts began to be attacked.

(Jude 1 starting in verse 3 please.) The Love Feasts began to be attacked from within the church (from the false teacher that the church was warned about over & over by the Apostles.)

Jude:1:3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Why, why is it so vitally important for us to strive & fight for the faith that was once delivered to the saints?

Verse 4: because there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Dropping down to verse 12 for lack of time)

12: These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; (We know this type brethren, we’ve seen them in action for many years, “ministers” lording over the brethren.)

Verse 16: These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

17: But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18: How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19: These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20: But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

These men who crept*in*unawares were spots (The Greek means a ledge, or reef of rocks in the sea) the very thigh that caused many shipwrecks, with a high loss of life.

Brethren, we need to use much caution here concerning the church traditions that we have been adhering to.
(2 Ths 2:15 please)

Church traditions are very important to the growth & well being of its members. (The correct church traditions will produce much Spiritual fruit.) (But the wrong church traditions will cause a shipwreck.)

We need to know how to differentiate between the good traditions and the bad traditions.

2Thes:2:15: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Yes, we need to hold on to church traditions, but only the traditions that have been taught by word (Logos in the Greek – meaning Christ’s teachings) or the traditions taught by the Apostles epistles.)

Brethren, we have to live by the Bible. We have to conduct our selves according to the Scriptures. It is the Scriptures that contain the Truth. And as we noted and addressed last time: Truth is of utmost importance to the church of God. Truth defines the church of the Living God.

The church is: The pillar and ground of The Truth

1 Tim 3:15.

Truth is what sanctifies us, sets us apart from everyone else: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth

Jn:17:17: Truth is how the Father wants us to worship Him: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Jn:4:23. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Jn:4:24My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. Jn 3:18.
We need to live by truth. We need to do things according to God’s way, follow HIS instructions. His Traditions.

We need to study the Scriptures and make sure that what we have been taught by men is in accordance with the Word of God. And if our church traditions are unbiblical – (unscriptural) then we need to stop practicing them, and get back to the correct one, the Scriptural ones, the ones that produce much good fruit, even the fruit of miracles, signs and wonders.

The traditions that began on the day of Pentecost, when God poured out His Holy Spirit in abundance, caused many to began receiving and utilizing their Powerful Spiritual Gifts.

Brethren, the church tradition of breaking bread (the breaking of the thin cakes) Those Love Feasts, were removed from the church so long ago, that there not even remembered. They were first attacked from within, by those certain ungodly men who crept into the church unawares, who were unholy men, having not the Spirit of God.Then later, at the Council of Laodicea they were formally removed and prohibited in the church.

(Lets take a look at that.)

The Council of Laodicea was a regional synod (an Ecclesiastical council) of approximately thirty clerics from Asis Minor that assembled about 363–364 AD in Laodicea. The major concerns of the Council involved regulating the conduct of church members. The Council expressed its decrees in the form of written rules or canons. Among the sixty canons decreed, several aimed at: Maintaining order among Bishops, Clerics and Laypeople. Outlawing the keeping of the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) and encouraging rest on "Lord’s Day" Sunday. And also forbade the churches for celebrating the Agape or love feast.

Lets read them (word for word as they are)

Now most of us are familiar with Cannon # 29, we’ll read that first:


CHRISTIANS must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema (an ath a ma) from Christ. (Meaning: excommunicated, banned & cursed.) Most of us are familiar with that #29 Cannon with that ruling.

But how many are aware of Cannon # 28, the Cannon that caused the Agape Feast to end. The very church tradition that increased the flow of God's Spirit amongst the brethren, which in tern brought about the working of miracles, signs & wonders, was removed, and forbiden to be practiced in the church?

CANON # 28. (Word for Word)

It is not permitted to hold love feasts, as they are called, in the Lord's Houses, or Churches, nor to eat and to spread couches in the house of God."

Brethren, that was a sad day for the church, the removing of that church tradition, brought about the weak & sickly condition in the church of God that is spoken of in 1 Cor 11:30, and has even caused many in God’s church in these end times to die, due to the lack of Spiritual Strength, of the many gifts that the Father had previously given, including the gift of healing.

The Lord Himself says in the book of John:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, eve he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your father did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever.”

When we “eat of His flesh” we are in essence receiving and digesting the WORD, since Jesus was the WORD made flesh according to the Gospel of John chapter 1, vs. 14. And IN THIS WORD IS LIFE , but in order to receive this LIFE we must first ACKNOWLEDGE the GIVER OF Life.


The commentaries have little controversy, due to the meaning of the Greek word used The comment that Jesus and the apostle Paul made was for the Christian celebration called the Lord's Supper in Scripture to be celebrated often.

The Greek words ‘hosakis ean’ used in 1 Cor 11:25 & 26 as “as often as” in the KJ, and “Whenever” in the NIV Have the same meaning.

When I say, “I will come as often as I can”, it means, “I will come whenever I can.

”The Greek word used here, sets no specific time of occurrence, but its meaning does mean frequently or often, and not yearly.

This can easily be seen with its use in Rev 11:6 where the same exact word is used.

(Lets go there please Rv 11:6) Speaking of God’s two witnesses, we read this:

Rv:11:6: These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

It’s up to their discretion brethren, surely there not going to call these plagues down in one-year intervals.

While studying this Greek word, I found this:

The Greek word HOSAKIS translated "as often as” was used by many writers, including The Greek author Homer, the writings of Lysias (5th to 4th century BC) Plato (4th century BC) and Josephus (1st century AD) as well as various papyri and inscriptions, with the uncontested meaning to be: “As often As” denoting an event of variable yet frequent occurrences.
Brethren, Jude’s exhortation for us to get back to the faith once delivered to the saints, is vital!

Wesley says this about the faith that is spoken of by Jude; he says that this particular word translated faith here by Jude, (Represents All the fundamental truths that were once delivered.)

Brethren, were talking foundation here – The trunk of the tree. This word “faith” has to do with doctrine, is has to do with the belief in Divine Truths – Biblical Truth – Sound Doctrines. >Not fables & myths of men that are not even Scriptural.

Jude is exhorting us to earnestly contend – to strive & fight, to get back to the Truths that were once delivered to the saints. The Truths that became obscured at first, and then removed, and replaced with fables and lies by the many false prophets and false teachers that entered into the church in times past (and even still remain today, deceiving and being deceived.)

Yes, even the Apostle Paul spoke often of the false apostles & deceitful workers, who transformed themselves into the apostles of Christ.

Brethren, these imposters have done so much damage, and have gotten the church so far off the track, that it’s no wonder that Jude used such exhorting words, to try and get us to return to that precious faith.

“Barnes” “notes on the Bible” states this concerning this Greek word that Jude chose to use, rendered: earnestly contend:

It’s one of those words used by the sacred writers which have allusion to the Grecian games. This word does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. It means, "to contend upon" and would be applicable to the earnest effort put forth in those games to obtain the prize, by holding fast to Truth, and maintaining it against all opposition.

Brethren, returning to the faith once delivered to the Saints, Is going to be quite a difficult feet to accomplish for many in the church of God. Especially considering that a deceived ministry occupies the majority of pulpits within the church. Now these might be bold words that I’m speaking, but think about it.
How often do you hear the pulpits in the church today state that we need to get back to the faith once delivered? They don’t brethren. O, they mention that Scripture from Jude, but they have a deceived twist to it. They say that we need to hold on to the faith once delivered to the Saints.

Brethren, how can we hold on to something that we don’t even have in our grip, yet?

We need to get back to the faith once delivered to the saints. We need to get back to the Scriptural tradition of keeping those “Agape Love Feasts” and partaking of the Bread & the Cup more often that just once a year at Passover time. But instead, As often As we can, to show the Lords death till He comes.

Let him that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Especially unto the church that is of Laodicea!)