A short, inspirational thought for today, from Angus Buchan.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 1st of December, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Look to Me and be saved,…” Isaiah 45:22What a beautiful scripture! Then we go to John 14:6, where the Lord Jesus Christ says, "I am the Way.” So simple - just look unto Jesus and He will show you the way. Not only will He show you the way but He will also show you the way to eternal life. That can begin within you today. There are so many people who are waiting for Heaven to come down, they are waiting for the second coming of Jesus, but you don't have to wait. The Lord says, “Look to me and be saved.” We need to understand that Jesus Christ doesn't live in outer space. No! He lives inside your heart, right there where you are today. I don't know what your situation is as we start the last month of this year, 2022. Maybe you are very fearful. Maybe you don't know what is going to happen next year. Maybe you are saying, “I have been searching for the Lord all my life and I still have not found Him.” Like the young man who says he is going overseas to find his bride, his wife that is going to be with him forever. He goes all over the countryside, all over the world in fact and what happens? He comes back home and marries the young girl that lives next door. The Lord is very, very close to you and me. All He says is, “Look to me and be saved.”Now I am going to pray a simple prayer for you and I would like you to say this prayer after me. Maybe you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour but maybe today you need to make a recommitment on the first day of the last month of the year. Please pray this prayer after me:Dear Lord Jesus,Today I acknowledge that I can't live this life without you. I ask you therefore to be the Lord of my life. I repent of all my sin and I acknowledge by faith that You will come in and sup with me and me with You, as Your word says so clearly in Revelation 3:20. Thank you for saving me today, for giving me new life as I continue to look to You and You alone. I love You very much.In Jesus name,Amen.Have a wonderful day.Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is the 30th of November, 2022, Wednesday morning, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”Deuteronomy 31:8“Cast your burden on the Lord,And He shall sustain you;He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22If Jesus goes before us then all is safe. All is safe, follow after Him, you have nothing whatsoever to fear in this world because He will not fail us. He goes into battle with us leading from the front. Jesus will take on the enemy and all we need to do is to follow after Him. I can hear somebody saying, “Well, I don't know the way.” Well, if you take a Kalahari bushman and you put him in Times Square in the middle of New York, USA, he will be totally and absolutely devastated and lost. I can just imagine with the trucks, the buses, the cars and the hooters, he wouldn't know where he was, but take that same Koisan Kalahari bushman and put him in the middle of the Kalahari Dessert with you and he will show you the way. He will show you where to find water. He will show you where to find food and if he wasn't with you, you would surely perish.Now Thomas said to Jesus, in John 14:5, “We don't know the way, Lord.” And in verse 6, Jesus said, “I am the Way.” I want to say to you today that you need to cast all your cares upon the Lord. He will not let you down. He has promised. He has gone ahead of us to make a place for us in Heaven, then He is coming back and He is going to take us by the hand, all the way home. Isn't that wonderful news? Maybe go and speak to somebody who is stressed today and say, “Don't worry. I know a person who knows the way. He is my best friend. He has never let me down and He will take you home." Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Tuesday morning, the 29th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“He calms the storm,So that its waves are still.”Psalm 107:29“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”Mark 4:39What storm are we facing in our lives today? Have we taken our eyes off the Master, the Master of the wind and rain, and have we maybe focused on the huge waves and storms in our lives? Many years ago, when I had just started farming, I had a small little maize planter. I had to plant a very, very large crop of corn or maize and I had not calibrated the planter correctly. When the maize started germinating, I realized we had huge gaps in the rows and a very low plant population. It was so sparse that early in the morning I could walk through the maize crop without getting any early morning dew on my clothes, and the devil told me, almost audibly every single day, “You are done. You will get no crop because you have planted no maize.” I was very worried. I even started getting quite depressed and every day I would drive around that crop in my pick-up and I just looked at these huge gaps. You see, I was looking at the waves, I was looking at the storm and I was not looking at Jesus. Then early one morning as I was driving around the crop, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to stop looking at the gaps in the rows and start looking at the cobs on the plants, I looked at them, and they were huge - huge cobs with massive weighty kernels! You see, what happened was, because of the gaps, the maize cobs were just getting bigger and bigger because the fertilizer was there. But you see, that year I didn't know and neither did anybody else, but we had a terrible drought. If I had planted the correct plant population, those plants wouldn't have produced any cobs. That year we got a very good yield in terms of weight. We get paid by weight, not by volume!I want to say to you today, take your eyes off the waves and the storm, and put your eyes on the One who calms the storm so that its waves are still. You will see the outlook will be totally different. He will not leave you, He will not forsake you. He has promised us that in Hebrews 13:5.Have a wonderful day. Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Monday morning, the 28th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” John 16:7“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.“1 Corinthians 12:27-28The Bible tells us clearly that the moon is the faithful witness in the sky. You see the moon merely reflects the sun. We are to do the same. We are to reflect our precious Lord Jesus. Maybe there is somebody this morning who feels utterly useless, worthless, of no real consequence to anyone, because we are not apostles, we are not prophets, we are not evangelists, we are not pastors and we are not teachers. What use am I in God's kingdom? Well, the Lord is reminding us this morning that one of the ministries in the Kingdom of God is the ministry of helps, behind-the-scenes workers.People talk a lot about the great evangelist, Charles Finney. Well, what people don't realise is that there was a man called Father Nash, who was helping him. He would go into a town and check into a hotel and he would pray for a week before the great revivalist came to town and the fire of God fell down. No one knew about him. Just before Charles Finney came to town, this man would check out of his hotel room and go ahead to the next one. A faithful worker - a helps ministry. Another man by the name of Fletcher was one of John Wesley's, the great revivalist's right-hand men. Fletcher used to pray so much that they say the very floorboards by his bed had grooves in them from the many hours he spent in prayer, and of course, everyone knows who John Wesley is. What about John the Baptist? He says in John 3:30: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”Today, go out and help people. That is a ministry that will be rewarded only in Heaven one day.Jesus bless you and goodbye.
A very good morning to you. It is Sunday morning. I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Today is the 27th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.Jesus says: “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.” John 14:19What a beautiful assurance. Then we go straight to 1 Corinthians 15:55: “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” O hell - where is your victory? Well, I want to say one thing to you, if you love Jesus Christ this morning and He is your Lord and Saviour, how can we, therefore, die, if He lives forever in us? We can't. We are one in Christ Jesus. So when I die, don't believe what the news states. That's what Billy Graham said. “When you read it in the newspapers, “Billy Graham has died.” Don't believe a word of it”, he said, “I will not be dead, I will simply have changed my address.” Maybe today you are mourning, you have lost a loved one and you are saying, “Will I ever see him, will I ever see her again?” I want you to know that if they loved Jesus Christ, you will definitely see them again.When I go to Israel, one of my favourite places is to go to the Garden Tomb. You can go into that tomb and the amazing thing is, nobody is lying in that tomb. It is empty. There are no bones, no! I know many religions will take you to where the remains of their leader lie, but for us the tomb is empty. Why? Because He is alive. He is not dead. Death has lost its sting and we know as believers, we live forever. Isn't that wonderful news to know in a turbulent time like this? So, if we live, we live for Jesus and if we die, we go home to be with Him forever. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”Philippians 1:21 “And because He lives,I can face tomorrow,Because He lives,All fear is gone.And because I know, yes I know,He holds the futureAnd life is worth the livingJust because He lives.”Have a wonderful Sunday,Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 26th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;They found no city to dwell in.Hungry and thirsty,Their soul fainted in them.Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,And He delivered them out of their distresses.And He led them forth by the right way,That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,And for His wonderful works to the children of men!For He satisfies the longing soul,And fills the hungry soul with goodness.”Psalm 107:4“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19Men and women are desperately searching, looking for peace of mind and the soul, but they are looking in the wrong places. They are walking in a desert of confusion and are hopelessly lost. Mark 8:36 says: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” I was definitely one of those. I thought if I could just get that farm, if I could get a farm of my own I would be content. Well, I did get the farm. I worked myself almost to death in the process and when I got those Title Deeds and the farm was finally mine, I was not content, not at all. You have heard of world-class sportsmen and women, striving to get to the top, striving to get the gold medal at the Olympic Games, striving to put on that blazer that represents their country, thinking that that would give them peace and purpose and joy, only to find when they get it, it is empty. It is totally empty! Many slide down the slippery slope which leads to depression and sometimes even suicide. But when you find Jesus Christ then you can really start to live and enjoy life to the full.It was only when I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour that I really started to farm successfully and enjoy it to the full. Today, cast your cares upon Jesus because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7), and then you will find true fulfilment.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Friday morning, the 25th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“He will not always strive with us,Nor will He keep His anger forever.”Psalm 103:9 The Lord loves you and me very, very much. When we make a mistake, all we have to do is say sorry, but, He will prune us. He will prune us hard sometimes and it is very painful because He has got those secateurs and He is cutting us right back. Why? Well, according to John 15:2, the word of God tells us very clearly, and it is so important for us to understand it, that He prunes so that it may bear more fruit. I am a farmer. The more you prune something back, the more it yields. He will pardon us because He loves us. He will not continue to discipline us but He has always loved us, remember that. Our confidence is in Jesus' sweet, unchanging love towards us. The ones that He loves, He disciplines. You know, undisciplined people have a very hard time in life. If they have not been disciplined by mom and dad they grow up to be selfish, rebellious, greedy and self-centred. Then what happens? They end up becoming social outcasts. If you love your son you have to discipline him. If he is disrespectful towards his mother or his sisters, he needs to be dealt with very firmly, so that when he grows up he will know how to respect ladies and how to protect old people. An undisciplined boy becomes a menace, even to himself. Folks, I remember like yesterday, I received a phone call from a minister who wanted to come and see me. I said, “I really don't have time.” He said, “It's so important Angus. I have to see you and I have to see you soon. I made a very special exception for him. I said, “I will see you on Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, in my office at the ministry." I was there when he arrived and he brought two little children with him. They were beautifully dressed. The little girl had a beautiful dress on, her hair was in ringlets. She had blue eyes and blonde hair. Her little brother was very beautifully dressed as well. They would have been maybe two or three years old. I opened up the ministry office and brought them in. We sat down and he told them to go and play, and as I started to listen to what he wanted to speak to me about, it sounded like there were terrorists in the office - they were running riot. They were running in front of the coffee table. They were pulling out the dried flower arrangements. Every couple of minutes they were running in and tugging their dad's shirt because they wanted to speak to him. You know folks, I am laughing but I am sad. After a couple of minutes, I said to him, “This meeting is over.” He couldn't believe it. He said, “I have driven 600km to come and see you.” I said to him, “I am sorry but I can't speak to you like this,” and I left him.I want to say to you, do not be afraid to discipline your children.Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 24th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “Blessed be the Lord God of IsraelFrom everlasting to everlasting!And let all the people say, “Amen!”Praise the Lord!”Psalm 106:48“Amen” means “so be it”. It means many other things too. It means, “we agree”, “let it happen”, and “unity amongst the folk.” It clears the air. I have read that even the devil and his demons must flee when God's people agree together on a statement which brings glory to the name of Jesus.When you hear tens of thousands of men proclaiming and agreeing that Jesus is Lord, it makes the very hair on your arms stand up. I even heard that a school rugby team had adopted “Amen!” as their war cry before they commenced their rugby match, but please, don't use the word thoughtlessly. You see, it means “Lord Jesus, I have confidence in You that what I have asked will happen.” That is why at the end of a prayer we say, “Amen.” At the Mighty Men Conference meeting that we had at Shalom farm in 2010, when over 400,000 men shouted, “Amen” they could hear the echo miles away they told us.One man, when being interviewed by a television company and asked why he had come, he answered, “I came because I wanted to hear the Mighty Men “Amen” call for myself."Go out today, tell people about Jesus and don't be afraid to say, “Amen” - So be it!God bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 23rd of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”1 Samuel 7:12“He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up;So He led them through the depths,As through the wilderness.”Psalms 106:9The Red Sea was parted and the Children of Israel went through. The psalmist is reminding us how the Lord will see us through our present difficulties. You know on the farm, Shalom, right next to the little chapel that my late dad and I built in 1980, after 10 years of God's faithfulness, we read the story of Ebenezer, all of us that were living on the farm at that time took stones and we made a cairn of stones next to the chapel, we had been there for 10 years preaching up until then. Often, even now when I walk passed that cairn of stones, it is a reminder to me how the Lord Jesus Christ has been with us for so long. We have been here now an extra 30 years but we still remember that cairn of stones.I have started to read my books for audio because I want to put them into a form that people can listen to while they are driving, or maybe a person who is blind can also hear the stories and the testimonies of how Jesus has been such a faithful friend over so many years. As I read these books I have written, maybe 30 years ago, I think back on how the Lord has been so faithful to us in the past. Do that today. Sit down quietly with a cup of tea or coffee and just contemplate, ponder, and think about the many, many times the Lord has seen you through your difficulties, and that will help you and encourage you to face tomorrow.Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Tuesday morning, it is the 22nd of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.We start with Exodus 20. I am not going to read it. You can read it yourself. It is the Ten Commandments that God has given us to live by.“Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.” Romans 7:12 …and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14What we always say is that holiness is the end product of obedience. When we become obedient children of God, then we become holy people. When we give our life to Jesus, that does not mean that we are no longer subject to obey the Ten Commandments, not at all. When you become a believer, you and I should desire to keep the laws of God, even more so. Father God did not make the law for His benefit. No, it's for our benefit and our well-being. He does not have to obey the law. He is the law.Someone might quote and say, “Well you know, Romans 10:9 says that if we confess with our mouth, Jesus Christ, and believe in our hearts that He has been raised from the dead, we shall be saved. Now, I know that scripture verse so well because I use it so often when I am evangelising. So you might say, “Well then we are exempt from the law. We don't have to worry about the law because we are children of God and we can do as we please. Jesus has paid for our sins. I am free, I am saved.” No, not at all! Jesus wants us to bear good fruit, and not for His sake but for our sake. Let me give you a good example. The Ministry of Roads and Transport make laws that we as motorists need to obey. We do it for our sake, not for the government's sake. There is a stop street light. You are supposed to stop at the stop street, not go around the corner if no one is looking. If there is a double white line on the rise, the brow of a hill, we are not supposed to overtake because there will be somebody coming from the other side, and that is how you have a head-on collision. We are supposed to obey the speed limit. Now, some people say, but how can a God of love allow such carnage on the roads? Well, it is not the Lord who is causing that. It is our disobedience and it is because we are not obeying the laws of the land. It is not the Minister of Transport's fault if we do not obey the laws of the road and we get injured. No! It is not Father God's fault that there is chaos on the earth because people do not obey what He has called us to do. Today, let us be those who are good witnesses for Jesus. We are saved by grace, no one knows that better than me but let's obey the law because it is for our sakes and our fellowman.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Monday morning, 21st November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. We go to the Book of Romans:“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 6:23God has given us a choice of life or of death. Now, unlike the cattle in the field, the Lord has created us in His own image. That's right - Genesis 1:27 says:“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”God has created us with a body, a soul and a spirit. In a week's time I will have the great honour and privilege of marrying off my grand-daughter - How time is passing by! She is a beautiful young lady, she is going to marry a very handsome man... At the wedding ceremony, I will give them a free choice of living their new lives as man and wife together - To do it God's way or their own way. They will make vows to each other in the presence of the Lord and promises - They will promise to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, to honour each other and to respect their fellow-man. In the Gospel of Matthew it says:“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”Matthew 6:24We can't serve God and then also try and be in touch with the things of this world. We need to make a choice... We need to make that choice very carefully. We need to live according to godly principles and then our marriages will go the full distance. Today we need to make some serious decisions. Stop blaming God all the time because things are going wrong. Be honest with yourself and realize God has given you the privilege of choosing life or death. Choose life today!Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you warmly in Jesus' precious name! It is Sunday morning, 20 November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“The Lord is my light and my salvation;Whom shall I fear?The Lord is the strength of my life;Of whom shall I be afraid?”Psalm 27:1What a beautiful reassurance!“The Lord is my helper;I will not fear.What can man do to me?”Hebrews 13:6And then Romans 8:31:"if Christ be for us then who can stand against us?"What a blessed assurance we have! If we live, we live for Christ, if we die, we go to Heaven - How can you frighten a Christian with Heaven! In Philippians 1:21, Paul says:“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”You can't frighten a Christian with Heaven, the only thing we need to fear is fear itself. Fear comes from satan, it comes from the pit of hell. 2 Timothy 1:7, the Lord says:“I have not given you a spirit of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind.”The devil is trying to make us afraid with his lies. He is like a little mouse running around with a loud-hailer making us scared. The devil is a thief and a deceiver - That is all he is!“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” But Jesus said, “I came to give you life, abundantly.” John 10:10I remember clearly, as a small, little boy, going to watch a huge rugby final, a rugby match with my dad. Walking into the crowded grandstands with all these huge, excited men, some drinking beer, some very raucous it was quite overwhelming for a little boy of 5 or 6 years old. Then, all of a sudden, I felt the huge powerful hand of the blacksmith gently squeeze my little hand and say, “Its okay son, don't worry, I have got you.”Maybe you are feeling afraid today with everything that is taking place in your life. Jesus says, “Don't worry, I have got you!” Have a wonderful Sunday,God bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Saturday morning, it is the 19th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Make known His deeds among the peoples!” Psalm 105:1Talk of all His wondrous works!”Psalm 105:2I had the privilege of going to a very large agricultural company where there had been some serious problems. There were a lot of accidents that had taken place, people had lost their lives and the staff were very down and depressed. I was asked to come and encourage them and pray for them which I duly did. I am talking about over a thousand people, and when I arrived there my heart was filled with compassion for these poor folk. I had two scriptures for them. One was Jeremiah 33:3 - as we all know, Jesus' telephone number - “Call unto Me and I will answer you.”The other one was 1 John 4:4: “Greater is He who is within us than he who is in the world”. I was able to sing with them, and being a Zulu speaker, I could speak to them in the language of the people. Always remember, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. I was able to converse in Zulu, having worked with the Zulu people for over forty years. I love them dearly, they are passionate people and they sing like angels. So we started by singing and we sang praises to God. Then I reminded them that the Lord in us is greater than any evil in the world. We need to pray and ask Him to help us which we did. There was such a presence of the Lord in that place, I will never forget it as long as I live. The management was there and with their blessing, they had put up a huge cross in their factory. We were able to bind the strongman and expose him as the liar, thief and bully that he is. We were able to uplift these precious folk with the word of God. We have an obligation, you and I. We cannot keep this truth to ourselves. People need to know about a living God. We have got to talk of His wondrous works. We have got to make known His deeds among the peoples. After we had finished and prayed, and sang some more hymns, the people were dismissed and went to their respective work situations, rejoicing in the Lord.Go out today and bring a word of encouragement to some person who is really hurting. Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Friday morning, it is the 18th of November, 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the Lord of hosts.”Zechariah 4:6The Holy Spirit took a shepherd boy and made him into a king, that's right - David, a sling and a stone to demolish a killing machine by the name of Goliath. The Lord Jesus specialises in making nobodies into somebodies. Remember, success is merely a failure turned inside out. It is not us but Christ in us that counts. “Christ in me, the hope of glory.”Colossians 1:27I want to tell you about a man that impacted my life hugely. When I was a young Christian, I picked up his book, “Mover of Men and Mountains.” They called him, “the Dean of Earth-moving.” Yes, I am talking about the greatest inventor of earth-moving machinery, Robert LeTourneau, with no less than 300 patents to his name. I believe he eventually sold out to Caterpillar. He was the one who said, “When you put your hand in your pocket at church to put your money in the plate, don't ask yourself the question, “How much of my money am I going to give the Lord today?” but rather say, “How much of the Lord's money am I going to keep for myself today?”. He lived on 10% of his income and he tithed 90% of his income. He was a multimillionaire. I want to tell you that Robert LeTourneau started very, very poorly. He dropped out of school at 14 years old and yet he became a businessman for God when He made the Lord his business partner and he went into partnership with Jesus. Well, as they say, the rest is just unbelievable history. He invented the Tournapull, a massive scraper that can scrape up hundreds of tons of earth and move it. He was a man who loved God. He was the first man to fly a twin-engine aeroplane in the United States of America but he was just an ordinary man who was filled with the Spirit of God. Now if we look at Romans 8:11, the Bible tells us if the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, that same Spirit that raised Christ shall quicken your mortal body.Today, put your trust, like David did, not in a sling, not in a stone, but in the Lord God Almighty of Heaven and earth. Jesus bless you and goodbye.
A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 17th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,…”Romans 5:20The Lord says to you and me:"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9“Sufficient” means “plenty of”. That's right! Sin threatens us with death but grace invites us into life. Isn't that beautiful? Just like light overcomes darkness, you walk into a dark room, you switch on the light and what happens? The darkness leaves. It has to - it cannot be where there is light and Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. Grace is free. You can't earn it, you can't work for it, you can't even study for it, you can only receive it and you see, that is why foolish pride keeps us from it. I was brought up in the old school. If you can't afford it, if you can't pay for it, then you don't take it. It was a very hard lesson for me to learn when I became a follower of Jesus Christ, that I have to receive His loving-kindness and His grace for free because I cannot pay for it.Ephesians 2:8 is a very beautiful scripture. It says that we have been saved by grace through faith and not of ourselves, for it was a gift from God. If there was ever a man who understood the meaning of grace, it was John Newton. He was a slave ship captain who wrote that beautiful hymn, Amazing Grace. You see, grace means “undeserved loving kindness.” It means, “unmerited favour.” John Newton wrote the following, “I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be. I am not what I hope to be but I thank God, I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, by the grace of God, I am what I am.”Isn't that beautiful? No more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)Go out today and thank the Lord that by grace we are saved. Jesus bless you and goodbye.
A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 16th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. We start with 2 Corinthians 5:18: “…and (He) has given us the ministry of reconciliation,…”“Blessed are the peacemakers,For they shall be called sons of God.”Matthew 5:9Reconciliation - making two people friendly again - that is what the Oxford Dictionary says. Making two people friendly again - that is what Jesus did. He reconciled us with our Heavenly Father.“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. That is what the Lord Jesus Christ came down from Heaven to do, to reconcile man to God. Our farm is called, “Shalom.” Now, “shalom” is a Hebrew word for “peace”. In Zulu, we say, “thula” and in Afrikaans, we say “vrede”. Father God has called us to become peacemakers but not peace lovers. You see, that is different because a peace lover will do anything to have peace. A peace lover will compromise his or her faith or morals for peace and of course, it never lasts as we know. I want to say to husbands and wives today, just talk to each other. Sit down, have a cup of coffee and talk it out. It might even save your marriage. We need to speak to each other. The devil doesn't want us to talk to each other, he wants us to build up resentment against each other. I have even heard some couples say, “We have got the blue room.” Isn't that ridiculous? “ That is where I go and sleep if I am not talking to my wife or I am not talking to my husband.” That is terrible! Sit down, have a cup of coffee and sort it out, okay? I can hear someone saying, “But it is not my fault.” It doesn't matter. You have hurt that person. Go and ask them to forgive you, a good starting point. That goes for employers too. Sit down with your staff and explain to them why you are having to take such a line of action and then work from there. Dad, sit down with that rebellious son and tell him why you are going to discipline him, and then discipline him firmly and then love him. He will grow into being a peacemaker. Today, we need to sow peace like never before.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Tuesday morning, the 15th of November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5Hope does not disappoint. Faith is for now, hope is for the future. Hope is faith in the future tense. Isn't that beautiful? Hope is grief's best music. That's right - don't give up. People who have hope are people who have patience. I think John Calvin said that. They are prepared to wait for their miracle. People who lose hope become very impatient, and very erratic and they do things in desperation, and then normally mess it up completely. Many years ago, I went to Underberg. It is about maybe three or four hours drive from our farm, Shalom, to purchase a beautiful Simmental bull from the late Cedric Taylor. I went with my truck to load him up. Cedric wasn't there but he had asked his staff to help me load. We got there and this magnificent bull weighed over a ton. This bull could have pushed any international rugby pack around the field with no problem at all. He was a beast of an animal but the harder the staff tried to load this bull, the angrier he became and he would not load. The staff started losing hope and so did I, and then all of a sudden I heard the pick-up arrive and old Mr Taylor got out. He was not a very big man but he had massive hands and he said, “Boys, just stand back a bit.” Quietly, with patience and lots of hope, he walked up to the bull and started quietly speaking to the bull and rubbing him on his back. Quietly and gently the bull walked straight onto the back of the truck. We closed the tailgate and we drove home.Be patient, do not lose hope. Trust in Jesus and He will do it for you!Have a wonderful day,Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name. It is Monday morning, the 14th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous,But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”Psalm 34:19And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4I have never met a man worth his salt that has not been through some fiery trial. You know, as I am relating this message to you, it is raining on my tin roof again as you can hear if you listen carefully. Now, you know they say, “One man's meat, another man's poison.” You have heard that said before. I want to tell you that this rain is very, very beautiful and gentle but we also have brothers in Christ who are trying to farm and get their crops into the ground and they are experiencing floods. Now I have been there too. Oh yes! I want to say to you today when you have been through extreme hardship and even persecution, then you are not so quick to judge others or to point fingers. It is such a comforting feeling to know in your time of tribulation - maybe you have lost a child, maybe you are experiencing financial devastation, but when a person who comes to see you who has been through the same fiery trial that you are going through and has survived it, aah - what a person to be with! That person doesn't Bible punch you, oh no, or even bring some great prophetic word. Do you know why? Because you can't hear him because the pain is so devastating.What do those people do that have been through the same trials that you are going through? They come and sit with you and put comforting arms around you and ever so gently weep with you. Then very quietly they whisper in your ear, “It is going to be okay. Jesus helped me and Jesus will help you too." Then they normally get up and go and make you a nice, hot cup of tea. Why? (I am getting emotional here), because that is what Jesus would do. Jesus loves you, He will walk with you through your time of trial and you will overcome so that you can help others.Go out today and find a hurting person and love them. Your trial won't be that bad.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Sunday morning, the 13th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.”Psalm 86:15“The Lord is merciful and gracious,Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”Psalm 103:8Wow, isn't that good to know? When people are so short-tempered and so condemning, we serve a God who is merciful, He is gracious and He is slow to anger. Merciful God, slow to anger, abounding in mercy!Jesus had mercy on Simon Peter when he had denied the Lord three times and yet He still forgave him, and He still made him the head of the early church. Jesus had mercy on Paul who killed one of His special men, Stephen. He had mercy and He was gracious to him and used him to probably be the greatest evangelist to the whole world, that's right!The Lord uses people who repent. He has got lots of patience, so do not give up on someone when you think there is no hope for them. Remember how gracious Jesus has been to you and me. I love the story I heard about the President of America, Abraham Lincoln. He was a very tall man and extremely powerful. He came from a very humble beginning. He used to split poles. In those days they didn't have barbed wire to make fences, so they put up railings with split poles and that was his job for a while. He would go to an agricultural show, take off his top hat and coattails, take an axe and beat everybody at the agricultural show in splitting wood. He was an immensely powerful man with huge hands and they say his hair was like wire when the hairdresser had to give him a haircut. There was one man in his government who hated Abraham Lincoln, so much so that he called him a gorilla. He said, “The way he walks, he lopes, he is like a gorilla!” Yet Abraham Lincoln had mercy on that man and put him in one of the key positions in his government. Abraham Lincoln was a great storyteller. He would be telling stories for the men and this guy would get up and walk out in disgust. When Abraham Lincoln died, he was assassinated. He wasn't even 60 years old when they shot him. At his funeral, that minister broke down and wept like a baby. I want to say to you today, extend compassion and grace just like Jesus has for you and me.Have a wonderful Sunday.Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Saturday morning, it is the 12th of November, 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.”Genesis 17:5“…he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”Romans 4:18I want to speak this morning about a fatherless generation. I have been in my prayer room for a long time and before I heard this word from God, I have been very anxious and also very sad about the fact that we are in a situation in our nation, and indeed the whole world, where we are faced with a fatherless generation. It concerns me a lot, and I can tell you that the devil's agenda is to break families down. If he can get rid of the father he breaks the family. The father is there to be an example to his son, to be a protector of his wife and his daughters, and if he has abdicated the family is in disarray. I really want to salute mothers this morning. Thank God for mothers, wives and daughters. Where would we be without you? But I want to address the situation. Men must take their rightful place in the home - prophet, priest and king. They must lead their family. They must direct their family. They must also be the High Priest in the home. Dad, it is no good you telling your son he must follow Jesus and you can't get out of your bed in the morning to have a quiet time, and then he must put food on the table. If you want to have respect from your family you need to feed them. You say, “I can't get a job.” I understand that - unemployment is at its height, but go and find something because you really need to feed your family. Then I just want to say to you moms and girls, daughters, pray for your dad. He is under tremendous pressure at work and in the social area of life. He has got to stand, but he needs a place to come home to where he will be loved and accepted. He doesn't have to go to the pub to find friends. His friends should be at home. I really want to pray for dads right now because there is such a lack of fathers. I am mentoring almost 500 men around the world. They have asked me to help them.Father, I pray for every man who is listening to this message. Lord, let them stand up, put their shoulders back and get back into the fight. I pray for every mother, every wife and every young girl, that they will stand with their man so that their home will be secure. In Jesus' name, amen. God bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Friday morning, the 11th of November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.”Psalm 102:27“For I am the Lord, I do not change,” Malachi 3:6He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.Hebrews 13:8The Lord never changes! He is steadfast, just like the Rock of Gibraltar. That is wonderful news, isn't it? Especially when everything else is changing daily in the world. The sun still comes up every morning and the moon faithfully every evening. Why? Well, because the Faithful One made them both. Maybe you are struggling with a situation where someone you have trusted has let you down and has been unfaithful, and you don't know where to turn. Well, I can tell you right now from experience, Jesus is trustworthy and He is absolutely dependable. Do you remember that old movie that was made years ago? It was about a man called Forest Gump. Forest Gump was a simple-minded man but he had achieved the most amazing feats in the world. He was a Vietnam war hero. He became a multi-million dollar businessman when he invested in the Big Apple. He married the wife of his youth but she died very early and all he had left in this world was a little son and they lived together on the farm. Every morning he used to put that little boy on the yellow school bus that stopped outside the farm gate and promised his little boy (makes me want to cry) that he would be waiting for him right there when the bus came back in the afternoon. Remember in the movie, he just simply sat on that bench and waited for him. I want to tell you today that Jesus is waiting for you and He is waiting for me, and you can bet your life on that!Have a wonderful day and remember, He loves you so much, He died for you.God bless you,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, 10th November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. If we go to Matthew 8 and I am reading from verse 2:“And behold, a leper came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”Are we prepared to get our hands dirty? That is the question the Lord is asking us this morning... because Jesus is. You know, I went to a men's prayer meeting and one of the men quoted this scripture that I have just read and again it challenged me deeply. There was a book written in 1896 called, In His Steps written by Charles Sheldon. A fictional book, not a true story. It has sold over 50 million copies, one of the all-time best sellers. It is the story of a homeless man who staggers into a very plush and wealthy church. He walks down the aisle and collapses in front of the pulpit. The parishioners didn't know what to do and of course, the pastor himself was challenged by their lack of participation. The theme of the book was: Love your neighbour.Now, the younger people will remember (and the older) that there was a bracelet we used to wear. On that bracelet was WWJD which stood for What would Jesus do? I wore that on my wrist for years - Maybe we need to ask ourselves that question again today. We need to get our hands dirty, we need to get involved. In the book, I remember two incidents... One was a young opera singer, she was just about to embark on a tour of Europe. This was her big moment and after being challenged by this situation, she cancelled her trip and went down to the ghetto and started singing for the poor and those that were homeless. The other was an editor of a newspaper who had just got a huge scoop about a heavyweight boxing championship of the world. In those days, of course, they boxed without gloves - It was bare-knuckle fighting. That man was convicted that Jesus wouldn't accept that and so he said, “I am not printing the story". You can imagine the pressure and the criticism he got from the company. If your faith is costing you nothing, it is worth nothing. Today, let's get our hands dirty. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, 9th November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.”James 2:23Do you know that Abraham is mentioned as the father of faith on no less than one, two, three... four different accounts - Starting in Genesis 15:6. Then going through to Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6 and of course James 2:23.God is looking for two things today from us. Number one: He wants faith and number two: He wants obedience. Those are two things that the farmer, Abraham, produced. God is looking for men and women of great faith.Abraham's title, “Friend of God,” what a title! You know, even the devil wants to be friends with God. We all want to be friends with God. No one wants to fight with God because God has never lost a fight in His life. But God looked down from Heaven to earth and He saw a farmer by the name of Abraham. Abraham did exactly what God told him to do - He left his home and his farm, he left his extended family and went to an unknown destination. When his son, whom he had waited 100 years for, was about 13 years old, the Lord tested Abraham again and He said, “I want him back.” Abraham obeyed and that's why God calls him His friend.I firmly believe that things in this sad old world of ours becoming darker and more evil - It is the time for men and women to step up to the plate. Father is not looking for eloquence, He is not looking for talent, He is not looking for strength or even charisma, no, not at all. Jesus always chose 'ordinary people'. He chose a stutterer, who was a murderer as well, to take His people out of slavery in Egypt - Yes, we are talking about Moses. He took a blaspheming fisherman, Simon Peter, to head up the church. He took a tent-maker, by the name of Paul who was part of the gang that murdered (in cold blood) Stephen, the first martyr in the New Testament. God is looking for men and women who will put their hands up and obey Him and step out in faith.God called me in 2003 to mentor young men. In a few days' time, I will be meeting with the Mighty Men Conference organizers. We are having no less than thirteen conferences in South Africa, not to mention New Zealand, Australia, the UK, the USA, Brazil, Namibia, Nigeria and Canada. Folks, God is looking for a man or a woman of faith today, who will put up their hand and say, “I will go for You, Lord.” Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Tuesday morning, it is the 8th of November 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“…and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”Romans 3:26He is the Justifier! “The just shall live by faith.”Romans 1:17“So where is the boasting then?” says Paul to the Romans. You see, we can't earn it, we can't work for it, it's for free. Jesus is the Justifier. He has done it all. You can only believe it by faith. He has done it all. We must stop striving. As I am talking to you this morning, many people are trying to earn their way to Heaven. We can't do that. We have just got to believe it and receive it. That's right!A Scottish preacher by the name of Oswald Chambers, went to Egypt with his young wife and his baby daughter, during the time of the First World War in 1914. She was a stenographer by trade. She worked in the courts in Britain and as the court case took place, she would accurately write down every word that the judge, prosecutor and the defence would say. Now Chambers preached to the soldiers in the desert, in the First World War. His wife, who he called “Biddy”, took down every word that he preached. Very sadly at the age of 43 years old, Chambers got appendicitis. He went to the hospital and died. She was very, very shattered and eventually went back to Britain with her little daughter, but she had compiled every single sermon that he had ever preached. She sat down and constructed a daily reading book, a devotional. It is probably the giant of all devotionals. It is called, “My Utmost For His Highest.” You know, I have written quite a few devotionals myself but I am just a beginner when I look at this book. Do you know that that humble woman never took any of the honours? Right in the corner of the book, she put a little “BC”. Those were her initials, Biddy Chambers. Why? Because God did it all. Don't strive today, don't try so hard. Let Jesus do it and you will be surprised what He will do through your life.Have a wonderful day.Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Monday morning, 7 November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”Romans 3:23I remember, a few years ago, going to the Pretoria Central Prison. I have been to prisons all over the world - I have been to an under-21 prison, in Scotland. I have been to a maximum security prison in New Zealand, where I have seen some of the biggest men in my life, just pumping iron all day long. I have been to prisons in Northern Ireland, going through those security gates one after another is quite daunting. Walking past the gallows where the guilty were marched to, to be hung. They tell me they would sing hymns on their way to the gallows while being marched to their end. When I went to Pretoria Maximum Security Prison, I heard a male choir sing for us before I addressed the inmates, about fifty strong. All dressed in their orange overalls, serving time for things they had done wrong. I have had the privilege of listening to some of the top music groups in the world but rarely, very rarely, have I been brought to tears by their singing like I was when I heard these inmates singing with no accompaniment of any musical instruments. It was like the Lord visited us. When I got up to speak, the Lord gave me such a love for these men who were in prison. Some for life, they had made mistakes but they were paying the price - Some had made some very bad ones, nevertheless they were in jail and serving their sentences. They looked at me with their arms crossed, some looking quite angry. I said to them, “Men, the only difference between you and me is that you have got caught, I never got caught." Straightaway they put their arms down, they relaxed and they started to identify with me. Then we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, tangibly, come down upon us .I want to say to you today that Jesus says, if you look at a man with hatred in your heart, you have committed murder. If you look at a woman with lust in your heart, you have committed adultery. Therefore, all of us are guilty - all of us have fallen short of the glory of God, so we need to extend more grace and more mercy on those who have made mistakes and who have fallen.Go out today and love people, especially the unlovely and the Lord will honour you for that. Jesus bless you and goodbye.
And a very good morning to you - greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Sunday morning, 6th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.We go straight to Proverbs 24, I am reading from verse 30:“I went by the field of the lazy man,And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;Its surface was covered with nettles;Its stone wall was broken down.When I saw it, I considered it well;I looked on it and received instruction:A little sleep, a little slumber,A little folding of the hands to rest;So shall your poverty come like a prowler,And your need like an armed man.”Then we go straight to Luke 19:13. Jesus says:“Do business till I come.”You know friends, yesterday, I looked out over our valley and on the other side there is a beautiful big field that some neighbours are hiring from the farmer and they were busy planting crops. They were planting very diligently. When the sun went down, I saw the lights of their tractors come on and they were still planting. Just before I went to bed last night, I looked out through the window and their lights were still on, and the tractors were still planting. Very early this morning when I got up to have my quiet time before the sun came up, I looked out and - that's right, the tractors were still working. Now, these neighbours, maybe some people call them workaholics. I happen to know that they are milking a herd of over a thousand dairy cows every single day, they work extremely hard! They have to feed those cows in the winter when there is no food. If they do not work hard now, in the planting season, they will have nothing to feed their cows. I can hear somebody saying, “Aah, but they are very lucky. You know, I don't have anything to work with!” Oh my dear friend, listen to the scripture. You know, I remember a young boy, a very poor child. His family lived very near to our farm. He lived in a small, little traditional Zulu thatched hut. This young boy walked to school every day, 15 kilometres. That's about 8 miles and then back in the afternoon again. An old lady, a wealthy old lady had mercy on him and she paid for his school fees. When he came home at night, he would light a candle and do his homework by candlelight and wash his clothes for the next day of school. When he graduated, he graduated with top marks. The old lady really loved him and sent him to university. He qualified at university and today he is the principal of one of the biggest schools in Northern Zululand.Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day, goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 5th of November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“When the enemy comes in like a flood,The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”Isaiah 59:19“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,And every tongue which rises against you in judgmentYou shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,And their righteousness is from Me,”Says the Lord.”Isaiah 54:17David Wilkerson was the author of the book, “The Cross and the Switchblade.” It was a very, very popular book in the 1960s. He was a skinny preacher from the country and went to the ghettos in New York to help drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and gangsters and God used him so powerfully. He said in one of his messages, “You shall have spells…” - what does that mean? You shall have moments and times of distress and pain. You shall have hardships and you don't know where they are coming from because your family is in order, your wife, or husband is happy, the business is doing well, and the children are doing well at school but all of a sudden this heaviness comes upon you. Do you know what I am speaking about my dear friend? You can't explain it. It comes from nowhere. Often it comes just after you have had a wonderful success. Maybe you have just graduated from university, maybe you've just reaped a wonderful crop of corn, maybe you have just started a new business and all of a sudden, this heaviness comes upon you. Well, I want to tell you, according to David Wilkerson (who went to be with the Lord many years ago) and I agree with him - said it is the devil, its the evil one who comes in and tells you lies.Now, this even happened to the Lord Jesus, Himself. Matthew 26:39 says: “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus sweated blood. I want to say to you that you need to stand. I can hear somebody saying, “But how do you get rid of this heaviness, this dark cloud that comes upon you out of nowhere - this depression, this fear, this anxiety?” There is only one way, and what I do is spend time with Jesus. Get into your closet, increase your quiet time, and spend time with fellow Christians. Phone them, ask them to pray with you and that heaviness will lift. It's not condemnation. You haven't done anything wrong. It is an attack from the evil one, but remember, greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world. Have a wonderful day.Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name. It is Friday morning, the 4th of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time;But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.Though it tarries, wait for it;Because it will surely come,It will not tarry.”Habakkuk 2:3“Certainly not! (the Lord says) Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.” Romans 3:4What God has said He will do, He will do. As I am recording this message to you, it is raining. If you listen carefully, the raindrops are falling on my tin roof. God's promises are yea and amen. He never makes idol promises. He will not go back on His word. He cannot be untrue to Himself, it is not in His nature. Do you know that old plumber, Smith Wigglesworth? His favourite quotation was, “God said it, I believe it and that settles it.” In the old days, when a man gave you his word with a handshake, over a business deal, it was as good as done. Unfortunately, not so these days. But with our Father in Heaven, when He promises something, we can bank on it. Excuse the pun, it's like a bank-guaranteed cheque. I looked the word “Guaranteed” up in the Oxford Dictionary, it means “a promise with certainty”. You can bank on it. So I want to say to that young lady who is waiting for the husband of her dreams and he is not coming, wait. Tarry, the Lord says, tarry because it will come to pass. I want to say to that young man who is waiting for a job opportunity. Just be patient, it will come. The Lord has promised you and He will do it. The same thing applies to that healing that you are trusting God for, or maybe a little baby that you have not been able to receive yet. Tarry, wait. If God has said it, He will do it because He does not tell lies. I want to say to you today that the Lord is the only person that we can truly trust with everything we have.So, have a wonderful day, knowing that the Lord, if He is for you, no man will ever stand against you.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 3rd of November, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13Whoever! Now, I looked up the Oxford Dictionary to find out the literal meaning of the word, “whoever”. It means “any person”, that's right, “anybody”. It means “regardless of who”. "It is used for the emphasis instead of “who” in questions like, “Who is that?” It means “who” when talking about the individual. Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord!In Luke 8:2, seven demons were cast out of Mary Magdalene. She was a woman of ill repute, she had a bad reputation and yet Jesus saved her. Why? Because she called upon Him. In Luke 19:2, you will find the story of Zacchaeus. He was a bad man, he was stealing money from his own people. He was a tax collector and what happened? Jesus saved him. Why? Because he called upon Him.What about Peter, the big fisherman? He was a blasphemer, he used to curse and swear. He was the leader of the pack. In Luke 5:8, when he realised who Jesus was, he said, “Lord, depart from me for I am a sinful man.” You might say today, “Is there any hope for me?” Of course there is! The Lord says, “Whoever”. That is why I love Him so much. He saved me. You see, Jesus is not interested in our background. He is not interested in how well-educated or how poorly educated we are. He is not interested in whether we have a good reputation or a bad one. He is not interested in whether we are successful or whether we are a failure. He said, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Everyone who says, “Help God!” gets help. Anyone who says, “Lord, please rescue me”, experiences new life. Maybe today you have been through an ugly divorce, maybe your business has gone down, you owe people money, and you can't pay them back. Maybe you have been told by the doctor there is no hope for you because you have an incurable disease. Maybe today you are in a state of depression. The Lord says, “whoever calls upon My name shall be saved.” Now, I want to pray with you. I want to pray slowly so you can pray with me. Shall we pray together?Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, through the power of your Holy Spirit, I am calling upon You today. Please save me, save me out of my situation. I am so sorry for dropping the ball. I am so sorry for letting You down but today I want to give You my life completely, with all my problems, with all my sin, I call upon You today. Please save me, a sinner, Lord Jesus. Amen.Have a wonderful day.God bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 2nd of November 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“For there is no partiality with God”. Romans 2:11Jesus has got no favourites.“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”John 8:10All He asks from us is true repentance. The woman caught in adultery deserved to die according to Jewish law. She was an adulterer, yet Jesus forgave her. Today, all we have to do is say sorry and mean it and God will use us. Isn't that a wonderful thought today? God is looking for a change of lifestyle - that is what is needed. That woman turned from her sin and God forgave her. It has got nothing to do with being lucky or saying, “That person is fortunate. Why does he always get blessed by God but I don't?” No, it's about making decisions.Remember the rich young ruler? He was given an opportunity but he refused. Jesus was offering him new life but he chose to stay the way he was. Any man or any woman who puts up their hand today and says, “Lord, I will go,” the Lord will use. William Carey was just such a man. He was a very, very ordinary person. He was a cobbler by trade and one day a person was being ugly to him and said, “I believe you are just a shoemaker by trade.” He said, “No Sir, I am not a shoemaker, I can't make shoes. I am a cobbler, I can only repair shoes.” Yet God used that man because he put his hand up. He went to India with his family and he became an incredible translator of the Bible. He translated the Bible from English into many local dialects. He even became the chief interpreter in government. Go out and live your dream today - Jesus will use you.God bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is the 1st of November, 2022 today. It is Tuesday morning and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16Not ashamed of the Gospel! As a new believer, I was thrown into the deep end, literally. They said to me, “Tell the first three people that you meet tomorrow morning that you have become a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ.” That was not easy, let me tell you. I was in the pub with the boys on Saturday night, on my knees at the altar on Sunday morning, and then Monday morning I had to go out and tell the first three people I met. I will never forget that day as long as I live, but you know what it did? It cemented my faith. In Matthew 12:30, Jesus said: He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” There is no neutral ground in the Kingdom of God. I can hear some of you saying, “But you know if I did that I would probably lose some of my worldly friends.” Don't worry, you won't have to lose them, they will lose you - it is sad, but it is true. We cannot serve two masters. I was invited to speak at a very big banquet in Jerusalem in Israel, many in that group were Orthodox Jews. They are still waiting for the Messiah to come. Before I arrived at the meeting, I was given a long list of things I was not allowed to speak about concerning Jesus Christ as being King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You see, the Jews have been persecuted by so-called Christians for centuries. Adolf Hitler himself professed to be a Christian. So they said, “Be very sensitive and do not speak about Jesus.” Well, folks, that is impossible for me, and when I stood up I looked out and I even saw the former Mayor of Jerusalem present. I stood on that podium, I looked out at that huge crowd and my heart broke for those precious souls whom Jesus loves so much and I could not help myself. I started by saying, “My best friend is a Jew. His name is Jesus Christ and He died for each one of you and me.” After that, when I had finished speaking to them in love and making no apologies, I got a standing ovation. As I was walking off the podium, this huge man, the former Mayor of Jerusalem, came forward and grabbed me. He squeezed me and said, “Tonight, I was deeply touched.” You see, it's the love of Christ in us for people that gives us the courage to speak out.Go out today, I challenge you to tell three people that you are a follower of Christ. God bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name. It is Monday morning, the 31st of October, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.He shall judge the world with righteousness,And the peoples with His truth.”Psalm 96:13And then we go to the last book of the Bible, Revelation 19 and I am reading from verse 11:“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” It goes on to say in verse 16:“And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS..” Oh, what a day that will be! I have had the privilege of meeting two earthly kings. One, the King of the Zulus and another, the King of the Swazis. We know that there is another king in Great Britain who has just been inaugurated, in fact, just a couple of days ago, there was a coronation in South Africa with a new King of the Zulus. There is a lot of protocol involved when you meet a king. I remember being given explicit instructions on how to treat and to greet a king. The King of the Zulus, they say, “Bayete Nkosi. Wena indlovu” which means, “We greet you, oh King. You are the elephant.” Because we know, in Africa, the King of the Jungle is not the lion - it is actually the elephant... There is a lot of protocol. You never, ever turn your back on a king. You walk in, greet him very humbly and then you retreat, never turning around. But I want to speak to you today about the King of Kings - He is coming! He is the King of all the earth, the heavens, the planets and the galaxies. He is the Word! He is returning soon, not riding a donkey this time but riding on a war-horse, on a majestic horse. All the armies of Heaven will follow Him on white horses. Folks, we need to be ready for the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Until that day, the greatest day that the world has ever seen, we need to be prepared. Just like you prepare when you go to a wedding or a grand occasion. Prepare your heart, your mind and prepare your life because when He comes again, He is coming as the Judge and not as the Saviour. We need to be ready to welcome Him and then everything will be put right.Until then keep your eyes fixed on the clouds because He may be coming today. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Sunday morning, 30th of October, 2022, and this is your friend Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy…”Philippians 1:3-And then we go to Romans 1:12:"that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me."Iron sharpening iron. that's right:“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”Proverbs 27:17We need each other, no man is an island. I can know a person for 20 years and not really confide in him because he is not a Christian, but I can meet a fellow believer and within 5 minutes, I can feel like I have known him all my life. Romans 8:11 is one of my favourite scriptures. If the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, that same Spirit that raised Christ shall quicken your mortal body. It is because we have the same Spirit dwelling within us. I have a friend. This dear lady is going to be 100 years old on the 1st of February, next year, she has become my friend. I have another friend who is 3 years old, maybe going on 4 and he sends me photographs of himself in his cowboy outfit with his Bible, and he says he loves me! I have been to cathedrals in Europe that are hundreds and hundreds of years old. I have sung hymns where it sounds like angels singing. I have been into a corral, where you keep cattle, with a cowboy church and all the riders on horseback are singing Country Western Gospel songs. We need each other. I have been to the land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand. I have been amongst the Maori people, I really love them. The most aggressive rugby players in the world and yet, off the field, the most gentle and most loving. I have been invited to their meeting houses called a Marae. When you go in there, you sit down and they say to you, “Bring us the Good News of Jesus Christ.” And I stand up, I take my coat off because I can't preach with a jacket on, it restricts me, and they look at each other and smile. The leader looks at me, he says: “You know our tradition?” I say, “No, what is it?” He says, “When you come into a Morae, you take your coat off to show us that you don't have any weapons concealed and that you come in peace. Why is it that it doesn't matter what culture you come from, what colour you are or what age you are but there is a love? It is because the people have decided to follow Jesus.Do you remember that old hymn?I have decided to follow JesusI have decided to follow JesusI have decided to follow JesusOh, no turning back, praise the Lord, no turning back. Have a wonderful Sunday and go and love somebody.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 29th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.”Psalms 94:18Another translation says, “The minute I said, “I am slipping, I am falling, your love God, took hold and held me fast.”Another translation says, “When I screamed out, “Lord, I am doomed!”, your fiery love was stirred and You raced to my rescue.” The Lord is always standing by. It has always fascinated me when a mother, standing in a toddler's playground talking to all the other moms, and all the little children are playing together in the playground on the swings and the slides, making a huge noise, laughing, shouting, screaming together, but when that mother's little child shouts out, “Help me, mom! I am slipping!” she hears that little voice above all the other noise, and she comes running to help her little baby. That's exactly how the Lord Jesus feels about us today. He says in Jeremiah 33:3:“Call unto Me and I will answer you”, Do you know the fireman's lift? What happens is, he takes a hold of you with his hand and you take a hold of his arm with your hand and then he pulls you up out of the fire. Sometimes you say, “I can't anymore. I can't hang on,” and you let go of his arm but he has his hand firmly on your arm and he will not let you slip. That is exactly how it is with Jesus today. So when you say, “Lord, I am slipping, my foot is slipping!” The Lord says, “Don't worry, I have got you. I have got you, just call out to me.” “The Lord is my helper;I will not fear.What can man do to me?”Hebrews 13:6Remember, if Christ is for you, you have the victory. Go out today and be assured of one thing - that when everybody else leaves you, He will never leave you and He will never forsake you!Jesus bless you and have a wonderful Saturday today!Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name. It is Friday morning. It is the 28th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 4:11“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6I heard a prominent preacher say just the other day, “Know who you are, accept who you are and be who you are.” One of the greatest freedoms that I received when becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, was the liberty I found that I did not have to please other people. I had known the Lord for three months and I started preaching the Gospel. The leadership of the church I was involved in said I had to do a lay preachers course. One of the senior preachers said, “Leave him alone. Let him be who God created him to be otherwise you will ruin him.” I don't know what he meant by that and I don't know what there was to ruin. I want to say to dad today, and to mom, let your child be. She might not be a great athlete but have you ever heard her singing? Have you ever heard her play an instrument? The famous Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh, was regarded as very peculiar, and maybe he was, but do you know that his paintings today are priceless? You cannot buy them, there is not enough money. You see, it is Jesus Christ Himself that makes us content. He takes the pressure to perform off of us. We are not hirelings. We are sons and daughters of the Living God. We are His creation. Now if He is happy with us and our conduct, that is all that counts.Jesus bless you and have a lovely day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 27th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.”Acts 28:15We must encourage one another. Paul was on his way to Rome. He was a prisoner but the brethren came and encouraged him. As believers, we have friends everywhere, all over the world, in every area - we need not despair. Romans 8:31 says - If Christ be for us then who can stand against us?I remember going up into Central Africa like yesterday, with a big 20-ton yellow seed-sower, taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. We were right up on the very Northern part of Zambia, where Tanzania and the Congo join together. We had had no contact with home for over four weeks. We were tired, we were weary, we were still pushing on and we still hadn't gotten to our ultimate destination. I will never forget it. I was trying to make contact with my family but cell phones were not in existence. The only way you could make contact was with a satellite phone and we didn't have the money to purchase one. We came into a little village and we didn't know anybody. We had no contacts at all and there were just traditional primitive little huts. As we stopped just on the edge of that village, we walked into that little town and there was a small, little office. We walked in there hoping to maybe get an email through so that we could let our family know that we were still alive. A young Zambian lady was sitting at the desk, as we walked in we saw her with a huge smile on her face. She was playing beautiful Christian music! I couldn't believe it! She was part of an overseas aid organisation. She made us so welcome. She gave us the key to her little house and asked us to please go to her house and have a nice hot bath, we hadn't had a hot bath for over four weeks. Her maid made us the most beautiful fruit salad, from local paw-paw, and we sat there and filled ourselves and we had a beautiful bath and then we were able to continue our journey.Go out today and encourage someone!Jesus bless you,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 26th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Those who are planted in the house of the LordShall flourish in the courts of our God.They shall still bear fruit in old age;They shall be fresh and flourishing,To declare that the Lord is upright;He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”Psalm 92:13“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.”Numbers 14:24We still bear fruit even in our old age. Remember, age is just a number and you are as old as you feel! It saddens me sometimes when I hear of young people, only newly married, talking about their retirement package and the cottage that they are going to live in when they retire. I still haven't got one! You are as old as you feel and I want to say to you today that you need a fresh vision. As they say, if you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it. I am sharing this story with you because I had the privilege of going to a game reserve a short while ago and I saw a sad situation. We were driving down one of the roads and there were a group of cars collected together, and straight away I said to my wife, Jill, ”There must be a lion or a leopard there.” Sure enough, there was a massive male lion, lying under a tree with a big black mane which made him look twice as big, a noble beast. I parked next to a motorcar and I asked the lady, “Where does this lion come from?”. She was a warden's wife and said, “This lion has been in a fight. His brother was killed last night. He is badly wounded because there are young lions that have come into the area and they are taking over the pride, and he probably won't make it until tomorrow." Well, I must say I was rather sad. Driving on a bit, I saw an old daka boy. Do you know what a daka boy is? Well “udaka” means mud in the Zulu language. The old buffalos that have been chased out of the herd by the young bulls stay by themselves. They go down to the river and roll in the mud, and they are called daka boys, and they just stay on their own. Then I went on a bit further and I saw an old tusker, standing underneath a tree by himself, and I thought, “Wow Lord, old age!”. But you know something? I realised they still have a role to play, each and every one of them. Without the old tusker, there is no order in the game reserve. Without those senior animals, there is no direction for the younger animals. We need to realise Moses was eighty when God called him to take His people out of Egypt. Joshua was also eighty when he took the people through the Jordan River into the Land of Milk and Honey, and Caleb was eighty-five when he said, “Give me the big mountain where the giants live.” Let's stand up today and finish the job that God has given us to do.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Tuesday morning, the 25th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today!“God is not a man, that He should lie,Nor a son of man, that He should repent.Has He said, and will He not do?Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”Numbers 23:19Isn't that beautiful? One thing about the Lord, He is not a liar. He is not a deceiver - what He says He will do, He will do. “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,…”Colossians 3:9 Christians cannot lie because it is not in the nature of God to lie. Jesus has never once lied to me, my dear friend. Everything He has promised me, He has done. You and I must also display the same fruit. We must let our “yes” be yes and our “no” be no. Now listen to this beautiful quotation, “Faith is believing God will not lie.” That is why we believe. When we tell someone a lie we break their trust in us and that is why unfaithfulness in marriage or friendship is so devastating. Who is the greatest liar of all? The devil himself. He is known as the father of lies. He is known as the deceiver of the brethren - you and I. Today, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the courage to admit our mistakes and not try and cover them up by telling lies because your lies will always find you out. So today if there is something you have done, rather ask the Lord to give you the strength and go and say sorry.My late dad came out to South Africa in his early twenties to make a life for himself. Before he left Bonnie Scotland, he fell in love with my mother and he promised her that he would come back, marry her and bring her out to the home that he was going create for them, but the Second World War broke out, and for six years, my dad would not get back to Scotland. For six years my mother waited for him because she knew he would not lie. My dad was in a prisoner of war camp and after the liberation he went back to Bonnie Scotland, the country of his origin, married my mother within two weeks, and they came back to South Africa together. That is one of the things I loved about my dad. Whatever he said he would do, he would do. Now, you and I today need to be exactly the same. Let us be honourable and not tell lies.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
A very good morning to you - It is Monday morning, the 24th of October 2022. I greet you in Jesus' precious name! This is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.Let's go to that beautiful Psalm that was written by Moses himself - the prayer of Moses - Psalm 90:12:“So teach us to number our days,That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? John 4:35We need to be so careful that we do not waste time. Time is of the essence, it is very precious. Moses says to the Lord, “Please teach us, Lord Jesus, so that we may number our days and gain a heart of wisdom.”There is no time left to waste on trivial and wasteful living. We need to ask the Lord to establish the work of our hands. If you look at verse 17 of the same Psalm, twice Moses says, “Establish the work of our hands for us.” Psalm 90:17Establish the work of our hands. Often a young man will say, “I just want to sow my wild oats first, I want to have a bit of fun and then I will get serious for the Lord.” Please don't do that because that will leave a scar on your heart. Yes, when we repent, genuinely repent - and I am one of them, God forgives us for our sins, but you know, the scar remains. When you do something wasteful, when you have a relationship that you are not serious about and you cause a problem, you ask forgiveness, you move on but the scar remains and we need to be very, very careful about the way we are living. Jesus forgives us for our sins. There is no doubt about it, but we do not have time to reinvent the wheel as they say. We need to get it right the first time because our days are numbered and we need to use each one carefully. As I am getting older I am sure there are a lot of older people listening to this message today that can say “Amen” with me. There are many things that if I had to live my life again, I never would have done, but they are behind me, God has forgiven me. It has cost me but now I am pressing on. I am pressing on and preparing myself for glory because the life to come is just around the corner. In the meantime, let us work hard, let us do what we can for Jesus and our fellowman, and let us appreciate every minute that God has given us. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful Monday,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name. It is Sunday morning, the 23rd of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“The just shall live by faith.”Romans 1:17That small little verse convicted the great reformer, Martin Luther. It also convicted the great revivalist, John Wesley, and brought them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Saviour. The just shall live by faith, the righteous shall live by faith. You see, faith is a doing word, it's a verb. It is not a noun like “a table” or “a chair”, faith is an action word. Billy Sunday, the great American baseball player who became a wonderful evangelist, said, “Don't stop telling your boy to do right, but show him also how to.” Jesus walked on the water first, then he called Peter to follow him. Dad, and this is very serious, don't tell your boy not to drink, show him by not drinking yourself. Mom, don't tell your daughter not to dress cheaply or suggestively, show her by how you dress. If there is one thing that young people cannot stomach, it's hypocrisy. People say one thing and do another. We need to be honest with our families. We really do, because that is the only way that they will change. In fact, I will go so far as to say many people do not come to church because of the double standards that they so often see. Paul, the Apostle, was very bold. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, he said, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”Now, that is a very powerful statement. The case of, “Don't do what I do, do what I tell you” never, ever works. It never worked with my children. What we've got to do is say, “Just do what I am doing”, and then, of course, follow up with action. That is exactly what Jesus did. Whenever He preached, whenever He taught, whatever He did, He did it by example. We need to be good examples, not only to our children, not only to our parents but to the unbeliever. He must see that what you say is what you mean.Have a wonderful Sunday. Jesus bless you richly,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 22nd of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“For he was wiser than all men.”1 Kings 4:31Who are we talking about? We are talking about Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived. In 1 Kings 3:5, you will see that the Lord said to Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?”In verse 9, Solomon's response to God was: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”1 Kings 3:9Wisdom is something that God gives us when we ask Him. Now, Solomon asked correctly. He didn't ask for anything for himself. He asked the Lord to give him the wisdom to be able to govern the great nation of Israel, and because God saw his generous, selfless heart, God gave him everything. He was the richest man that had ever lived, that's a fact, richer than Bill Gates or anybody else, they have worked it out in relation to the riches of those days. He was also the wisest man. Remember, two women, two prostitutes, came to Solomon with a baby that they both said was theirs. Solomon said to his servant, “Bring me a sharp sword.” He said to the two women, “Give me the baby and I will cut the baby in half and give you half each.” Of course, the real mother said, “No, no! Give the baby to the other woman.” Then the wisest man on earth said, “There is the real mother.”I want to say to you that God gives us wisdom, not to make ourselves special, but to help others. Charles Spurgeon said something very interesting. He said, “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise, no - but to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”I want to encourage you today to ask the Lord to give you wisdom so that you can remain humble and He can teach you. John Calvin was one of the greatest theologians of his time and he said, “This is our wisdom, to become learners to the end.” You never arrive. I must be honest with you, the older I am getting, the more I realise that I know very little or nothing, but wisdom comes from the Lord. Wisdom is to know when to speak and when not to speak but to listen.Remember young people, God gave us two ears and one mouth. Why? Because He wants us to listen twice as much as He wants us to speak!“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,But he who restrains his lips is wise.”Proverbs 10:19God bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
A very good morning to you! It is Friday morning, the 21st of October 2022, and I greet you in Jesus' name! This is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgement to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”Acts 24:25Life doesn't seem fair, does it? Felix knew that what Paul, the Apostle, was telling him was true but he was convicted and he said, “I will send for you again.” But do you know something? He was left in jail for two years and then Festus succeeded Felix, as the new governor. I want to say to you that the world's system is not an advantage for the believer, but Jesus warned us about this. He said, in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”In the world system, when you bend the rules and you tell a little white lie here and there, you often get a promotion. When you start doing favours for the boss which are illegal, you come up the ladder very quickly, but, it doesn't last. When you sell your soul for a mere morsel of temporary food it eventually backfires. I think of Joseph in the Bible, He was dealt a lot of bad blows, first of all by his brothers and then of course by Potiphar. Joseph would not conform and then he was put in jail. The men in jail were supposed to speak up for him and they forgot, but God was with him. Because he was a righteous, honest and godly man, he became the Prime Minister of Egypt, the most powerful country in the world. Do not compromise for any man. God will promote you!Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
And a very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, it is the 20th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.The north and the south, You have created them;Tabor (Mount Tabor) and Hermon (Mount Hermon) rejoice in Your name.”Psalms 89:11Oh folks, He created it all, He owns it all! It belongs to Him! Jesus says:“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”Matthew 7:7Then in verse 11, Jesus says: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11If all the cattle on a thousand hills belong to our Lord, all the silver and gold are His, and the very mountains belong to Him, why do we have an attitude of beggars? He is our Father and He wants to bless us! We need to change our attitude today. We need to go to our Father when we have needs, not to every Tom, Dick and Harry to borrow money that we can't pay back. Go to your Father! I heard a cute little story many years ago about two little sparrows sitting on top of a building. They were looking down and seeing all the people scurrying to and fro, running backwards and forwards. The one sparrow said to the other sparrow, “Why are these people rushing backwards and forwards all the time? They never seem to stop and rest.” The other little sparrow said, “Well, obviously they don't know who their Heavenly Father is like we do, because He supplies all our needs.”Today, go to the Lord and He will undertake for you.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 19th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV)I looked up a couple of other translations because this verse is very special to me:“If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.” Proverbs 29:18 (The Message)“When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray but when you follow the revelation of the word, Heaven's bliss fills your soul.”Proverbs 29:18 (The Passion Translation)In other words, if we aim at nothing, we are sure to hit it. That is why if we look at Habakkuk 2:2-3, the writer says:“Write the visionAnd make it plain on tablets,That he may run who reads it.For the vision is yet for an appointed time;But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.Though it tarries, wait for it;Because it will surely come,It will not tarry.”In other words, write it down, and make that vision plain so that others can run with it. It is for an appointed time but it will happen, even though it doesn't happen immediately. I had the privilege a few days ago of going down to the harbour in Durban, South Africa. I was asked to pray over a new business venture involving shipping and transport. The vision was started by a family and I met the father and the two sons. Because these men have implemented the vision of God so clearly, it has grown into a mega business venture. I spoke only to the leaders of the different groups and there must have been over fifty people there. These men and women really impressed me. They impressed me with their timekeeping. The meeting started immediately on time and finished on time. Their standard was amazing. We met in a huge warehouse but it was impeccably laid out for the event. I saw humility there, humble people that commanded a lot of respect in that harbour area. I saw humility and I saw unity. They had a vision and it was a common goal. Everybody knew what the vision was. Most of all, I saw the love and the peace of Jesus in that place. Realise your vision. It brings glory to God.Jesus bless you.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Tuesday morning, the 18th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“O Lord God of hosts,Who is mighty like You, O Lord?Your faithfulness also surrounds You.”Psalm 89:8“And they were afraid, and marvelled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” Luke 8:25What a mighty God, you and I serve and not only a mighty God but a faithful God. You know, I am a farmer, I am not very comfortable in the big seas, not at all. I like my feet on terra firm, on the ground, but I love to watch the sea and I have got the sea in my blood. My family originated from the North East of Scotland. They were fishermen. There is a place there called, Buchan, my surname, and there is a beautiful statue of a lady, a wife and her children, looking out to the North Sea, the merciless, freezing cold North Sea, where the menfolk have gone out to fish for food for their income. Many a time, those ships do not come back. They get swallowed up in the storms in the sea. The ocean is something that can be terrifying, and yet the Lord Jesus Christ stood up out of the boat on the Sea of Galilee, that beautiful lake, where a storm can start in a matter of moments. He put His hand out and the seas and winds were calm. We have nothing to fear if we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He says, “I will never leave you and I will never forsake you.”Put your hand in the hand of the Man who can still the seas and calm the storms and He will see you safely home.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name. It is Monday morning, 17th October, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today. If we go to Matthew 11:28, Jesus says:“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”Come to Me! The Lord wants to have fellowship with you. He wants to sit quietly with you, He wants to love you, He wants to direct you. He just wants to have time with you because He loves you.I remember it like yesterday, when I met my dear wife, Jill. We have been married now for just on fifty years - I remember when I was courting her. I didn't have to take her to a 5 star restaurant for a six course meal with waiters dressed in black tuxedoes. No, I didn't have the money anyway. I was a learner farmer but I would take her, in my clapped out pick-up, down to the Milky Lane to buy her an ice-cream. We'd go and sit in the park and eat our ice-cream and just sit there and look at each other. We wouldn't even talk. I know many of you are smiling as you are listening to this because you know exactly what I am speaking about... That's love!That is what Jesus wants. He wants a relationship with us. He is saying to you today, “Slow down and come unto Me”. Slow down and know that He is God. We don't only go to the Lord when we have a problem, we shouldn't - We don't only go to the Lord with a shopping list. Your loved one would be so disappointed if that was the only time you came to them, when you had a problem. Jesus created you in His own image. You know what for? To have fellowship with you, to spend time with you. He wants to talk with you and He wants you to talk with Him. He just wants you to enjoy Him and He wants to enjoy you. Do you really believe that? I do. Its been my lifestyle now for 40 years. I want to tell you that the Lord does not need us. No, He can do anything He wants by Himself but He wants us because He loves us and He wants us to have fellowship. How many times, when Jesus walked on the earth, did He not say to the disciples: “Come aside, come and rest awhile. You haven't even had time to eat today. You have been praying for the sick and taking care of the needy. Come and sit quietly with Me. I want to have quality and quantity time with you.”Start doing it today and it will change your whole outlook on life. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name on this beautiful Sunday morning, 16th October and the year 2022. This is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.A man of God said, “Answer the big question on eternity and then all the little questions of life will fall into perspective. If we go to Jeremiah 33:3, the Lord says:“‘Call unto Me, and I will answer you”So that is what we are doing this morning! We are calling unto the Lord and what does He say... Well, He says, in Matthew 6:33:“But seek first” (there's the big question) the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (other) things shall be added to you.” Isn't that beautiful? And then John 1:1:“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So who is the Word? The Word is Jesus! And so the big question is very simple... Do we believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God? Is it Jesus in print, as we always say? If you say, “Yes, I believe that”, the big question has already been answered. Then the smaller questions fall into place. If you start to question the authority of the Bible, you are in big trouble. Some people have told me, clergymen I am talking about will say, “No, we don't take the Bible literally. It is just a broad kind of line like a direction but we can't take it as gospel.” I want to tell you something, for what it is worth coming from an old farmer - This Bible, from Genesis right through to Revelation, I believe... has been written by men, under the influence of the Holy Spirit. This Bible is Jesus Christ in print and I have been following the instruction of this book and finding out the answer to the big question for no less than forty three years. Not once have I found a discrepancy. Not once have I found a mistake. I want to tell you today dear friend, if you take this book literally and live according to it, all other things troubling you (maybe a marital affair; maybe a relationship with your son or your dad; maybe a relationship at work; maybe what you are watching on television and hearing in the news), that the Word of God is accurate and never, ever makes a mistake. So seek the Lord, that's right, and the answer to the big question is in the Bible. Jesus Christ is Lord and Jesus Christ is coming back again and Jesus Christ is going to take you and me to Heaven, to be with Him forever. In the meantime, just keep your eyes fixed on Him. Have a wonderful day, Jesus bless you,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 15th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.There's a scripture that all of us know so well but we don't always read it. Do we believe it? This is what it says:“But those who wait on the LordShall renew their strength;They shall mount up with wings like eagles,They shall run and not be weary,They shall walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:31That is a beautiful scripture - to be still and to know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10.) If you are going through a time at the moment when you feel down and you are a Christian, you love Jesus, you haven't done anything wrong, you are just feeling absolutely flat, and it is like the devil himself is telling you all kinds of lies and you don't know what to do. Physically, you are healthy, the business is going well, and the family is well but you just feel flat. Do you know that feeling? Oh yes! There are many, many mighty men and women of God, preachers of the Gospel who go through these times. C.H. Spurgeon was one, the prophet, John the Baptist went through that, and Elijah the Tishbite also went through times of depression and stress and also feeling worthless. How do we handle a situation like that? Is that the time that we phone up our friends? No. Is that the time when we have to go to our Bible Study or the pastor or maybe wait for church? No. What do we do? We go into our quiet time room, that place where you sit quietly every morning and you spend time in the presence of God. It might be on top of a mountain, it might be in your tractor, or it might be when you are going for a jog. You need to get aside on your own, and then the Lord Jesus will start to remind you of all the good things that you have done. That's right, the blessing you have been to so many people, to me, to your family and to your loved ones. Then when the devil comes to try and tell you lies, you don't have to listen to him.“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,Nor have entered into the heart of manThe things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”1 Corinthians 2:9This is not the end of the road for you! This could be the beginning of the finest time in your life. It is not about your age, it is not about your qualifications. What it is actually about is spending time alone with God. He will lift you up. He will strengthen you and He will give you a new opportunity to serve Him. Do it today! Don't neglect that quality time and quantity time with the Lord.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Friday morning, the 14th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“A soft answer turns away wrath,But a harsh word stirs up anger.”Proverbs 15:1When Paul had to give an account of himself, he says in Acts 24:16: “I myself always strive to have a conscience without offence toward God and men.”Folks, we need to watch what we say. We need to be respectful to one another if we are going to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ.“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,…” 2 Timothy 2:24We really need to watch how we speak. People are so stressed out in these days in which we are living and just a loose word, not even sometimes meant intentionally, can literally destroy someone. You know, I love to go into my office in the morning, and say, “Good morning ladies, you are looking so smart,” I just love that big smile that comes over their faces. “Thank you, Uncle Angus. You are looking smart as well!”, I don't know if that is always the truth but we need to encourage one another. We need to bring a nice, gentle word in season, because if we don't it can destroy people. You know the old adage, “If you have nothing good to say about someone, then don't say anything at all!”St Augustine's said of his mother, Monica, “She would never repeat what another said unless it would help. So, if you have nothing good to say, don't say anything but rather encourage one another." I want to tell you, as a boxer in my time - not very successful of course, one thing we learnt very, very early in training is that when you get into the ring and you start the fight, the boxer who loses his temper in the ring always loses because he cannot even think straight. Boxing is a sport and it is something you need to think about. Now, when you are dealing with somebody whether it be a business deal or a personal issue in the family, do not be offensive. Rather be kind and loving and keep your words short.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 13th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”Matthew 18:20“But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”Mark 16:7That is what the Angel of the Lord told them at the tomb when Jesus had risen from the dead. “Tell the disciples -- and Peter…”. That is why I love Jesus so much. He is the God of the mountains, the sea and the great miracles but He is also the God of the individual. He is the God that is concerned about the sparrow that falls from the tree. I love Him so much! Peter had denied Jesus three times and the Lord knew, that is why He told the Angel to say to the disciples, “Go to Galilee and I will see you there.” He knew that Peter wouldn't come because Peter had disgraced himself so badly. That is why He said, “Tell the disciples — and Peter —…” I want to cry. He is such a wonderful Saviour, isn't He? He used Peter to head up His church. We need not neglect the gathering of the brethren. Jesus is always waiting and available to meet with us. I have had the privilege of being at international and national prayer meetings where we have prayed together with sometimes over a million of us at one time, and it is very special. I will never forget it. I will never forget the presence of the Holy Spirit, but when we meet on a Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock in the little chapel on our farm, Shalom, with sometimes half a dozen to a dozen people, it is so special.Do not neglect the gathering of the brethren. When we pray together, Jesus is there. Now if Jesus is there, the devil is not there. He cannot go anywhere where the Lord is, so today continue to pray together and you will sense and appreciate the presence of a very special Savior. God bless you and goodbye.
A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 12th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him”Luke 14:28-29We need to count the cost first before we commit to getting involved in anything. Don't pick up something that you can't finish. Make sure your eyes are not bigger than your stomach. It is very offensive to go out to a restaurant, receive a beautiful dish of food that you have dished up for yourself, and then are not able to finish it. Don't do that because it is very offensive. My little grandchildren all know that when they come to my house they can eat as much as they like but they need to understand one thing - everything on that plate will be eaten, and nothing will be left. Why? Probably because of the way I was brought up. There are too many hungry people around the world, so if you can't finish the food then take a smaller portion.If you can't afford to buy something young man, then don't buy it. If you can't pay for it, don't get it. That is how you get yourself into trouble. When you commit to following Jesus Christ, it is the most important decision of your entire life. It comes at a huge price. That is why I always take my time when I make an altar call at an event or rally. I am not too concerned about the soft music, the closing of the eyes and the slipping up the hand. No, because that person, when they make that commitment, has to follow through with it. They must count the cost first. It comes at a huge price. You could lose your friends, you could be mocked and criticised after you have made that commitment. But on the flip side of the coin, you will be involved in building something that will never collapse. You will be investing in something that will never crash. You will bring joy and security and peace to your life that nothing in this old world can offer. So why don't you start today and build a house that you will see the completion of in Heaven one day? Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,Goodbye.