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I came across an email from an Australian pastor who is working with Christian refugees in Indonesia. In the email, he described how Islamic extremists had declared jihad on island of Maluku, and slaughtered more than 10,000 men, women, and children. Almost half a million people fled from their homes.

The email described the incredible suffering Christians had experienced.

Then, he says….

We have heard on several occasions from different sources the story of jihad warriors attempting to land their boat in order to attack another Christian village. A mysterious figure dressed in white, with a beard, and riding a white horse, repels the attackers. There is total confusion, and in the confusion, a number of Muslims are killed. This is without Christians firing a shot.

The Christians did not know this was happening until they started being visited by the military that was looking for the man who was fighting for the the Christians. They send out investigative teams to look for this warrior. When the believers heard what the warrior looked like, they responded, “That’s not just a man. That is the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The pastor concluded…

I’ve heard it from enough credible sources to believe it is not an urban myth.

Well, I don’t think it is an urban myth either. I believe a rider on a white horse went riding through an Indonesian village, and the Christians recognized him – because they knew the book of Revelation.

When He rides through the Memphis area, I want all of us to recognize him, too. That is one reason we’re launching the Orchard Fellowship by walking through Revelation.

There are two things you can do to enrich your study of this amazing book:

1. Memorize and meditate on a verse or two from the passage we’re studying. Write the verse on a small card you can carry with you, review it throughout the day – and you will memorize it. Meditation is like worry – you dwell on the verse, take it apart in your mind, think of what it means.

Today, I’m memorizing Rev 1:5-6 To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

2. Invest in someone’s life and invite them to join you at church. This Sunday would be a great day to do that.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday morning – 10:45, St. Georges School on Poplar, in Germantown.

Pastor Sam



  1. Can someone tell me where I can get a copy of the picture?? I would love to place it on my wall.

    • Hi Carol,

      I got it off the internet. Lost the website though.

      Love to Jerry.


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