It is Sunday morning, 28th November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today.
“For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.”
Jesus is coming back like a flash of lightning. We don’t have to look all over the place. We don’t have to listen to this prophetic word or that prophetic word and this date or that date - No! When He comes back we will all see Him in an instant. But remember, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within us... You will see that in verse 21. We need to be prepared for the coming back of our Saviour. I can’t wait, I don’t know about you - Today would be fine for me!
But seriously, we need to work like He is coming back in a thousand years but we need to be prepared like He is coming back today. Peter said this in 2 Peter 3:8:
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.”
Now Peter said that because the people were mocking... They were saying, “Where is this Lord? You have been saying for ages He is coming back” - the scoffers who were mocking him. I want to tell you folks, for the Lord, a thousand years is like one day. So time is not an effort and He is no respecter of time whatsoever - He is time.
So, I can hear somebody saying, “What are we to do, how should we live?” Well, Martin Luther said: “What would you do if you knew that the Lord was coming back tomorrow?” He said, “I would plant an apple tree today.” Now, as you know, there are lots of apple trees in Germany - He would carry on living.
The asked John Wesley, “What would you do if you knew the Lord was coming back tomorrow?” He said, “Well, this morning at 9 o’clock, I have got a Bible study meeting, then I am riding on my horse over to such and such a place, and I have got another cottage meeting and then I am preaching tonight.” In other words, he would carry on as if the Lord was coming in a thousand years, but prepared for Him to come immediately.
Remember, we have said it before to you many times - If you are a follower of Jesus, you are in a win-win situation! Paul says:
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
You can’t frighten a Christian with Heaven, right? So be ready... Enjoy your life. Make plans for the future but always be ready for the coming of the Lord, because the Kingdom of God is within you.
Have a beautiful Sunday, together with your family.
God bless you and goodbye.
It is Saturday morning, 27th November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
If we go to the word of God in Exodus 20:12 we read, Commandment Number 5:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land …”
It is the first commandment out of the Ten Commandments with a promise added to it. Honour your mom and dad, so that your days may be long in the land so that you might prosper. It is a very special commandment. You see, when you honour mom and dad, you bring dignity into the home.
I just love the name: Father, Dad, Papa - In Zulu, we say, Baba. In Xhosa, we say Tata - These names of love and respect often bring tears to my eyes. When I see the way in which a young man or a young woman, respect their mom or their dad. Mother or mama, such an incredible privilege to have a mom and dad still alive in the home, isn’t it? You know I have often said, I would give a million dollars to be able to sit down and have a cup of tea with my mom and my dad, but I will have to wait until I see them again in Heaven, one day.
When I was about, I think, ten years old, I remember in Central Africa, in that little airport in Ndola, in the north of Zambia, I went to the airport with my Mom and Dad. An aeroplane came in from overseas and a very dignified minister came off that plane with all the crowd. He had a black suit with a dog collar on. A distinguished old gentleman, white hair, with his little suitcase and he was looking around to see the person who had come to collect him. And as a little boy, I just sat and I watched this - I have never forgotten it, I am talking about 60 years ago. And then this young dynamic minister, also in a black suit, with a white dog-collar on, he had come to fetch his dad from the airport.
Well, I saw a flood of tears as Dad looked at his young son, a missionary to the Congo, with such pride. They hugged each other, they loved each other and this young boy, memories must have flooded back when he saw his Dad there, what it must have been like at home. He probably hadn’t seen his dad for maybe years, I have never forgotten that picture.
I want to say to you today that family is so important to our Heavenly Father. If we go to John 19:26:
“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
Now, Jesus said that when He was hanging on the cross in excruciating pain, like none of us can even imagine and yet He had a heart for His earthly Mother and His brother. Today, love your parents and love your children. “Why, Uncle Angus?” - Because Jesus said so.
God bless you and have a wonderful day.
Zijn er afleveringen die ontbreken?
It is Friday morning, 26th November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
If we go to the 2 Chronicles 33, I am reading from verse 12:
“Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.”
Just say sorry!
Manasseh went into the far country, He abused Israel. He didn’t take after his father, in fact, he did the opposite. He broke down everything but the Lord took his hand off Manasseh’s life and Manasseh ended up in slavery.
He cried out to the Lord, said sorry, and the Lord restored him completely. Maybe today, you are feeling: “Lord, there is no hope for me, I have dropped the ball. I have messed up big time and there is no hope - No, there is hope for you. God came for the sick and not for the healthy. Do you know that the first memory verse that I learned after John 3:16, probably the most famous scripture verse in the whole Bible, was 1 John 1:9 which says:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
Just say sorry! You know, when the Prodigal Son came home, remember, he had abused everything. He had used up all the money his father gave him. He had spent it on wine, women and song. He was destitute. He was feeding the pigs actually and he thought, “I will go back to my father’s farm and at least I will get a job as a worker.” When his father saw him coming the Bible tells us that his father ran towards his son. God is more interested in forgiving our sins than we are in asking him to forgive our sins. So today, let us humble ourselves. A beautiful scripture for you this day is 2 Corinthians 7:10:
“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation,…”
Now think about it... the only difference between Peter and Judas Iscariot was the one said sorry and the other didn’t. Peter repented and Judas didn’t. What was the difference - Peter denied the Lord three times, he even blasphemed. He swore, “I don’t even know him!” Judas sold the Lord for thirty pieces of silver but Judas did not go back and say sorry to Jesus. I firmly believe the Lord would have forgiven him. What did he do? He went and he hanged himself. Peter repented and Jesus used him to head up the church.
Today, say sorry to the Lord, get on your knees and repent and start again. The Lord will help you through every trial and tribulation that you are suffering at the moment.
Have a wonderful day as you walk in humbleness before your God.
God bless you and goodbye.
It is 25th November, Thursday morning, 2021 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
Nehemiah 8:10, I think we all know that verse off by heart... The Lord says that the joy of the Lord is your strength. Are you full of joy this morning? My wife Jill reminded me of that acronym, J-O-Y:
J stands for Jesus first
O stands for others next, and
Y stands for yourselves, in that order.
First the Lord Jesus Christ and then other people, then yourself. And when you do that, you will be full of joy. I am full of joy today because everywhere I look, I see moisture - I see rain. The grass is green. Early this morning I heard a dove, the symbol of peace and the Holy Spirit. He was singing his heart out, followed up by another number and that was the rainbird. What a beautiful sound to wake up to this morning. We need to count our blessings and number them one by one! The Bible tells us that laughter is like medicine. When was the last time you had a good laugh?
I had a prayer meeting early this morning with some. You know, when men get together they tend to pull each other’s legs... that is why sometimes, the ladies are not allowed. Talking about the one brother who doesn’t have any hair and asking him if he brought his comb this morning - that’s right, just banter. But all in good spirit, all preferring your brother to yourself.
Folks, we really ought to laugh, we need to be full of joy, why? Because Jesus is coming soon. We need to count our blessings. Now, if you love the Lord Jesus, as I am sure you do, then your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Good people don’t go to heaven, remember... believers go to heaven. Today we are one day closer to the coming of the King. Isn’t that something to be joyful about? And the Lord has promised us in 1 Corinthians 10:13, that He will not allow you today to be tempted above that which you can handle. He won’t give you a burden you can’t carry, He has promised you that.
He has also promised us that today we don’t have to go out alone. He is going with us wherever we go.
“If God is for us, who can be against us.”
And what about Philippians 1:21:
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
You can’t frighten a Christian with heaven! If we live, we live for Jesus. If we die, we are going home to be with Him in heaven. It is a win-win situation. We really need to remember, it is the joy that He set before us that keeps us going. You know, I have got a very dear friend and every time I phone him, I say, “How are you today?” He says, “Angus, I am so well.” You know, I just love phoning that man.
I want to say to you today, go out and bless somebody. First Jesus, then others and then yourselves.
Have a blessed day.
God bless you, Goodbye.
It is Wednesday morning, 24th November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today!
If we go to Luke 17:5, the disciples said to Jesus, “Increase our faith.”
Now, we might ask ourselves the question, “What is faith?”
Well, Hebrews 11:1 says:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
I love what Augustine said... He said: “Faith is to believe what you cannot see, but the reward of that faith is to see what you believe.” You see,
"And without faith we cannot please Him, for he who believes must believe that He is and that He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Jesus wants us to trust Him today. He doesn’t want our good works or our efforts. He wants us to walk by faith and not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7. If the disciples asked the Lord to increase their faith, how much more should we want our faith increased? You see, Jesus says that our righteousness, our good works, are like filthy rags to him. He doesn’t want that - He wants us to trust Him. You will find that in Isaiah 64:6.
We cannot earn our way to Heaven, we cannot even work our way to Heaven - It is only by faith in God. Remember, I have told you before, one of the easiest scripture verses to memorize is found in Mark 11:22, which simply says:
"Have faith in God."
You know, George Whitefield is one of my heroes. He was a great English evangelist that lived in the 1700s and he said: “What, get to heaven on your own strength? You might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand.” That is a beautiful illustration... It is impossible! But I can hear someone saying to me now, “But Angus, how do we get that faith?” Well, we come back to the Bible.
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the word of God.”
By spending time reading your Bible every morning, by praying and speaking to Jesus, by fellowshipping with men and women of faith. Remember eagles don’t fly around with turkeys...
Today let us get aside and Jesus will increase our faith.
Have a wonderful day.
God bless you and goodbye.
It is Tuesday morning, 23rd November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
“Again, (Jesus says) the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
I want to say to you today that we need to seek that pearl of great price.
Why should someone give up a promising career to go off to a distant land and live an obscure life? I looked up obscure in the Oxford Dictionary it means: "A life not important or well-known". Well, simply because they have found something of greater value, something much more precious.
The big fisherman, Simon Peter and his friends, James and John, they found it... and Andrew. Matthew the tax collector left his desk with all his money on it and walked away because he found it. What about that short little man, Zacchaeus who climbed the wild fig tree - the sycamore tree. He too found it and he repaid all the money that he had stolen from his fellow man.
You know, C.T. Studd was England’s most eligible bachelor in the 1800s. He played cricket for England, he was a great sportsman. He rode horses in winter and played cricket in summer... He left it all and he went to Africa and died in the Congo because he had found a pearl of great price.
I have just seen and read the story of Lilias Trotter, apparently the most promising young artist in England. John Ruskin, the famous English writer and art critic said that it was a tremendous waste when Lilias left her promising art career and went to Algeria in North Africa, to be a missionary. She died there forty years later, telling people about the great pearl that she had found.
Today, we need to look at Revelation 3:20:
Jesus says, “I am knocking at your door.” He says, “and if you open the door I will come in and sup with you and you with Me.”
Stop looking for the pearl of great price in the wrong place. Open up your heart today and say:
“Jesus I need you more now than ever before.
I have realized that looking for things in the world is like chasing the wind, as Solomon said. Today, I want to find you in a very special way.”
Have a wonderful day as you find that pearl of great price.
God bless you and goodbye.
It is Monday morning, 22nd November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:2
Strong words from the Lord Jesus, a millstone weighs about five tons - The Lord is not playing games. He says, “Do not cause one of these little ones (One new Christian, one believer) to stumble.” If we do, there are severe consequences. If we do not have anything good and wholesome to say about someone, rather say nothing at all.
There is enough negative and condemning gossip around then for us to add to it. We must encourage one another. The Lord wants us to build each other up - A loving word spoken today can just make someone’s day.
You know when I go into the office in the morning, often I will say to the ladies, “You are looking very smart today,” or “That dress really suits you!” You know, they just light up - Ladies love to hear that. So often we feel that when someone is doing so well that they don’t need any affirmation. That is quite wrong. Right from the President of the country, downwards, people need to be affirmed.
When I was a very young man in my early twenties, I worked for a gentleman in Zambia. He had a big farming enterprise and he was a very colourful character. If you offered him a cigarette, he would break off the filter and eat the tobacco. He would half-smoke and half-eat his cigars.
But you know something? He was probably one of the greatest encouragements to me in my early farming career. I eventually left him and started farming on my own. He would often pop over to my farm in the middle of the day and tell me to get into his vehicle and drive around my farm, constructively criticizing anything that I was doing wrong. “Why are there weeds in that maize crop? Why were the cattle looking so thin?”
He would encourage me to start working consistently and he used to really build me up with constructive criticism.
Let us encourage young people today, those that are starting out in life, in marriage, business, family and most of all, in their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is so vital these days.
Have a wonderful Monday as you become an encourager.
God bless you and goodbye.
It is Sunday morning, 21st November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
“Does not Hezekiah persuade you to give yourselves over to die by famine and by thirst, saying, “The Lord our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria”?
2 Chronicles 32:11
One word - intimidation, intimidation is a lie from the devil himself. The Oxford Dictionary says intimidation means to frighten or to overawe someone. Are you feeling intimidated today by your circumstances?
Well, how did Jesus overcome the devil when he was tempted in the desert, after having nothing to eat or to drink for forty days and forty nights? You see, the devil is a coward and a bully. He will always attack you when you are feeling down. If we go to Luke 4:4, Jesus stood against the devil with the word of God.
Jesus said, “It is written, thy shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
“It is written man shall not live by bread alone.”
The devil is a liar, he is a thief, he is a bully - Don’t believe his lies. Stand on the Word and the promises of God. The devil is like a little mouse, running around with a big loudhailer, trying to frighten people with his lies.
Many years ago we were faced with El Niño, that horrific drought. The newspapers and the radios were telling people, “Don’t plant your fields this year because there is no rain.” Now, I went down to Kingspark Rugby Stadium. I stood on the platform in my tartan kilt and I said, “To hell with El Niño. We are going back to the farm and we are going to plant.” Now once you make a statement, you have got to follow through. I committed myself. But you know, that year we had a wonderful crop of maize and potatoes.
I want to say to you today that you need to stand up and face the devil head-on and he will back down. That is exactly what King Hezekiah said to his people: “Don’t worry about the King of Assyria. The Lord is on our side.” And if you read on you will see that the Lord sent angels to defeat the enemy. He will do it again for you and me. Let us not be intimidated by the lies of the devil.
Have a wonderful Sunday as you wait upon the Word of God.
God bless you.
It is Saturday morning, 20th November 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
“No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered (not beaten) by great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
Psalm 33 from verse 16
Listen to this, verse 18:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.”
One of my favourites is Psalm 20:7:
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Never put your trust in the arm of flesh, we must trust only in the Lord our God. In times of drought, we don’t look at the clouds, we trust in the Lord. In times of sickness, we don’t look at the arm of flesh, we keep our eyes on the Great Physician. In times of financial stress, we don’t run to and fro from this bank to that bank, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
In times of hardship, we shall not be ashamed, we will not be put down. We will not be distressed - We will stand! Ephesians 6:14. We put the armour of God on and we stand. We don’t turn and we don’t run because there is no protection in the back. The armour of God is only in the front. We look the devil in the eye and we draw a line in the sand, we say: “This far devil, no further.” Remember, Jesus will open the Red Sea before us. He did it for Moses and the Israelites and He will do it for you and me.
Stand still and see the glory of God, for the enemies you see today you will see no more forever, for the Lord will fight for you.
That Red Sea is not a pond it is an ocean. The most powerful army in the world was coming upon them, they were stuck between a rock and a hard place. Maybe you are there today - Put your trust in the Lord, He will deliver you. He has been doing it for me for as long as I have put my trust in Him - 42 years. He has never once let me down and I know He will not do it now.
God bless you as you have a wonderful Saturday and keep your focus on Jesus, not your situation. That mountain will be reduced to a mere molehill.
God bless you and goodbye.
It is Friday morning, 19th November 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death.”
2 Kings 20:1-
And then we go to verse 3, Hezekiah says:
“Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
The Lord heard his prayers because in verse 5:
“I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.”
And He added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life. If we conduct our lives according to the principles of God, we can hold the Lord to His promises but if we don’t, we have nothing to say.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
You know, when a farmer makes a plan, I know, I have done it - "n Boer maak 'n plan” (A farmer makes a plan)... not one of my plans have worked out. Today, why not bring Jesus into your game plan - Why don’t you start doing things God’s way then you will prosper: Pray with your family every morning. Pray with your staff every day before you start work. Stand up and speak up for God.
A few years back I was invited to speak, to preach the Gospel at a very prominent bull sale... That’s right! A very successful agricultural family was having their annual bull sale and they asked me to speak, so the pulpit was the auctioneer’s block... That’s right, I had a captive audience! I spoke from my heart and I prayed with the people, they responded and then they brought the animals in for sale... beautifully prepared bulls and cows. The prices went through the roof, not one of the buyers were disappointed. They had come from all over the country. That family is one of South Africa’s most prosperous agricultural enterprises.
People say: “Oh but they were just lucky.” No, no, they were not just lucky. They are not ashamed to speak up and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Lord of their enterprise.
Do it today, just like Hezekiah and see what God will do for you.
God bless you and have a wonderful day.
It is 18th November, Thursday morning, 2021 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today.
“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 6:24
Wow, that is quite straightforward, isn’t it?
We cannot serve two masters - It is either God or its Mammon, Mammon meaning worldly things. We will either despise one or the other. We will either hate the one or love the other. We cannot remain sitting on the fence. It can be very uncomfortable, especially if it is a barbed-wire fence!
The rich young ruler had to make a choice and he chose the way of Mammon. If we look at the word of God in Luke 18:23, the Bible tells us:
“But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.”
You see this young man kept all the laws, he went to church, he paid his tithe, he did everything he had to do but then Jesus tested him you see... He said, “Well then, I want you to sell all you have and distribute to the poor, and then you will have treasure in Heaven and then come and follow me.”
I think Jesus was simply testing his loyalty. I don’t believe for a moment that Jesus has any problem with a person being rich because He had many rich friends. In fact, it was a rich man that took His body off the cross, Joseph of Arimathea... but He was testing his loyalty and the man had to make a choice, he chose to follow after his riches.
You know, I believe with all my heart if that rich man had said, “Yes Lord, I will give you everything I have,” the Lord would have given it straight back to him because the Lord doesn’t need his money. But the Lord Jesus let him walk away to a lost eternity, as one teacher told me a long time ago - He believes Jesus was standing there and the tears were coursing down His cheeks as He saw the young man, walked to a lost eternity.
I want to say to you today that it doesn’t matter what it is, it might not even be riches but if anything is more important to you than the Lord Jesus Christ it becomes an idol and it must be dealt with, today. We must put Jesus Christ first and foremost in our lives.
Have a wonderful day as you serve the Master. He is a good Master, He is gentle and He is full of love.
It is Wednesday morning, 17th November, the year 2021 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
If we go to Matthew 17:20, Jesus says,
“ if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
What an incredible promise from the Lord Jesus. And then we go to 1 Corinthians 2:9:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Another beautiful promise! Something to think about all day long today.
Do you know that today is the 32nd anniversary of the time that the Lord Jesus called me in my prayer room, almost audibly, to go into the world and hire stadiums, sports fields and town halls to have campaigns and preach the Gospel and pray for the sick?
I was sitting in my prayer room, I remember it, 32 years ago... And folks I want to tell you it is the most exciting life that I could ever have dreamed of - but it doesn’t come without blood, sweat and lots of tears. I remember driving into Ladysmith, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, in my pick-up, in my farm clothes to book the town hall. The Lord asked me three questions:
Number 1: "Are you prepared to be a fool for me?”
I said, “That is easy Lord, I am a fool anyway."
Number 2: “Are you prepared for people to say all manner of evil against you for My sake?”
I swallowed hard. I said, “I think I can do that, Lord.”
And the third one: “Are you prepared to see less of your family for my sake?”
I must say the tears started to run down my cheeks because I am a farmer, I am used to coming home every single night. I said, “Lord, by Your grace.” And I felt Him say: “Well, carry on.” That was the beginning of the very first campaign that we have ever had.
I want to say to you today, if you have the faith of a mustard seed, the size of a mustard seed, that mountain will move, but you must be prepared to go through with it for Jesus sake.
Have a wonderful day, God bless you.
It is 16th November 2021, Tuesday morning and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for the day.
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” Luke 15:31
That is right, it is the story of the Prodigal Son and the oldest son being very jealous of his younger brother coming back home. I looked at the Oxford Dictionary - Jealousy means: “Envious of someone else’s possessions, achievements or advantages.”
We need to be very careful and have a good look at ourselves because, you know, jealousy can actually destroy a person’s life, it is self-destructive. Remember what Jesus said? He said:
“The first shall be last, and the last, first.” Matthew 19:30.
Have you ever looked at that magnificent painting painted by Rembrandt van Rijn, that famous Dutch painter? I have got it on your device - Have a good look at it. It is the story of the Prodigal Son. But can you see how angry and resentful the older son is?
He has got everything. His father told him, “Everything I have is yours”, and yet he is so resentful because his brother has come back home... totally distraught, lost everything: self-confidence, reputation, money, the lot. But his dad is so happy that he has come home, once he was lost and now he is found. We need to be so careful how we conduct ourselves. You see, the older son had everything anyway.
I remember so clearly, (I think about four years old) I came into the house one day and I said to my mother, that lovely Scottish lassie, I said: “Mom, who do you love the most?” (What a question!) “Dad or me?” I was the oldest in the family. She looked down at me with those beautiful eyes and said: “Angus laddie, I love you both the same but it's a different kind of love. The love I have for your father and the love I have for you are different but I love you both the same.” I said, “Thanks mom”, and ran outside to go and play in my sandpit thinking to myself, “Yip, she loves me the most!”... Not really!
I want to say to you today:
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”
1 Timothy 6:6
Just remember the fact that Jesus died for you, it's all you need to know.
God bless you and have a wonderful day.
It is Monday morning 15 November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
“And by His stripes we are healed.”
And then we go to 1 Peter 2:24, exactly the same scripture:
“…by whose stripes you were healed.”
The beating that our Lord Jesus Christ took before He was crucified, on His back, the Bible says by that bloodshed we can receive our physical, mental and spiritual healing.
The doctors can do an operation but Jesus has to do the mending... I want to clarify something, quite clearly, right at the beginning: I have no problem with doctors. A medical doctor was one of my most faithful prayer partners for many years before Jesus called him home. I love doctors, I respect them. I have even medical people in my own family but I want to tell you that Jesus Christ is ultimately our Healer.
A couple of years ago, a young lady came to the farm with her husband. She was the mother of two young children. She had been told, by the doctors, that she had stage four cancer. Her body was riddled with cancer and she was to go home and make herself comfortable. We anointed her, we prayed the prayer of faith and God has completely healed her - He is the Healer.
Now, if we look at James 5:14:
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith “ - you see there is the point - “will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
But I want to tell you I have also been in the healing line myself. In the 2009 we had a huge men's conference on this farm, Shalom. On the Saturday morning (how could I ever forget it) after I had finished preaching, I came down the steps and I was under the platform, praying for a few farmers who had come from Australia. All of a sudden, I felt light-headed and I collapsed - I had a heart attack. They brought me to the house, I had a second one in the garden.
My blood pressure went to zero... My youngest daughter Jilly is a nurse, she said to the family: “Dad, is dying.” Well, I want to tell you, they called in a helicopter. They evacuated me to Pietermaritzburg and as that helicopter was taking off, it went over the crowd and I saw tens of thousands of men, hands raised in the air praying for me. I got to the hospital, landed on the helipad and saw a heart specialist. He said, “There is something wrong Mr Buchan.” He said: “There is nothing wrong, you are completely healed!” I was preaching the next day.
Go out today and trust the Lord Jesus Christ for your healing. He is the ultimate healer.
It is Sunday morning, 14th November 2021 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
If we go to 2 Chronicles 29:3, King Hezekiah:
“In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them”
Then if we go to 1 Thessalonians in the New Testament:
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23
You know the word sanctify, means holy. It means to be free from sin and what we always say is that holiness is the end product of obedience. When we become obedient, we automatically become holy. We need to come out of hiding... We need to clean up our act, so to speak.
There are so many churches closed, we need to get them open. We need to get them open as King Hezekiah did in Jerusalem. The temple was closed, it was full of rubbish - He cleaned it out. But it needs to start with us, in our own personal lives. You see, Jesus is coming back very soon. We need to ask ourselves a question - Are we ready to receive Him? We need to get started.
I remember many years ago reading when there was trouble again in the Middle East - There was a huge city that was absolutely flattened. There were children’s homes all over the place that were broken down. Little children were running in the streets. There was nowhere for them to go. The United Nations and all the different organizations, World Vision and the children’s organizations didn’t know what to do. So they got hold of Mother Theresa from Calcutta and flew her to that city in a huge jetliner.
When she arrived at the airport, there was a red carpet put out for this small, little lady and out she walked with her womenfolk and they had a big black limousine to collect her. They whisked her off to the first orphanage and when she got out of the car, the place had been levelled to the ground - There wasn’t a building standing higher than a metre. All the experts from all over the world were there with their clipboards. They wanted to hear about the game plan that this little lady was going to implement. She walked up and she looked around and she found a broom... she took the broom and started to sweep all the debris away, in front of her. They said, “What are you doing?” She said, “I am starting.”
I want to say to you today, we need to start. We need to start getting ready. Christmas is around the corner - This might be the last Christmas we will have on this earth before Jesus comes back. But you know, the good news is:
“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24
Jesus will do it for us. We just need to open the door and let Him come in.
God bless you and have a wonderful Sunday.
It is Saturday morning, 13th November 2021 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”
Joy over one sinner who truly repents!
You know, Jesus is known by many names in the Bible. He is known as The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, The Lion of Judah, He is The Lily of the Valley and He is the bright Morning Star... But the title that I love the most is the Friend of Sinners. That is right!
If we go to Matthew 9:12, we will see Jesus says:
“I came, not for the righteous, but I came for sinners to repent.”
He came for sick like you and me, and not for the healthy. Luke 5:27, He said to the tax collector, “Follow me”, and he left his table with all the money and followed Jesus immediately. Luke 8:2: Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus delivered seven demons, and yet I tell you what, I think you will find she is the most beautiful woman in Heaven. Why? Because the Lord takes sinners and he turns them into saints. And these are the type of people that Jesus used to change the world.
I remember reading about a man by the name of Charles Colson. He was known as the Hatchet Man. He was President Nixon’s Chief Advisor in the USA. He was the most brilliant mind of his time but he was a ruthless man. They said, he would even walk over his own mother’s grave just to gain a bit of place.
But you know, Richard Nixon was caught in the Watergate scandal and he was indicted, he was impeached. They removed him from office and he should have gone to jail. But you see, they had never put a US President in jail before, so the right-hand man, Nixon’s Chief Advisor, Charles Colson (Chuck Colson) went to jail in his place. In jail there was someone looking for him, that’s right - He was the one who was looking for that one lost sheep, His name is Jesus. Charles Colson met Jesus in jail.
When he had served his sentence, his full sentence, he came out and he started the Prison Fellowship Ministry where thousands of prisoners all over the world, have come to know Jesus Christ. The Lord takes nobodies and makes them into 'somebodies'.
Today, call upon Him. You say, “Angus, I can't, I have gone too far.” No, you haven’t. The thief on the cross called out to Jesus and the Lord said, “Today, you will be with Me in Paradise.” He is waiting to hear from you this morning - Talk to Him.
God bless you and have a wonderful day.
It is Friday, 12th November 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
Well, the greatest true story ever told, summed up in one small Bible verse... a Bible that has 66 Books in it and we know that scripture so well, don’t we:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
What an incredible scripture -Pure, undiluted love And then 1 John 4 and I am going to read from verse 7:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
I don’t think there has ever been a gift given by anyone, anywhere in the world, like our Heavenly Father, gave to you and me. He gave His only begotten, precious Son, yes to a pack of wolves actually, who were going to kill him and to totally destroy Him. But He gave His Son so that you and I could be saved from eternal damnation. Do you remember that song, that beautiful song that goes like this:
“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow?” Why don’t you sing that song with me today because it is such a beautiful encouraging song, oh yes!
And because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives.
And then one day, I’ll cross that river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives
Bless you, have a wonderful day, tell the world He lives!
God bless you and goodbye.
It is Thursday morning, 11th November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
“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”
Rather don’t start if you have no intention of finishing. Remember, no one is interested in good starters. It is good finishers that folk are looking for these days.
“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.”
Jesus finished the work that His Father sent Him to do. It is 'Mission Accomplished' - He finished the job. Now maybe this morning you are listening to this message and you're wondering whether you should continue with your university studies because it is getting very tough. It is getting very steep - the mountain is getting very hard... Keep on keeping on, you will finish it.
Maybe it is a business that you have just started and you are saying: “I don’t know if I can complete this.” If God has called you to do it He will give you the strength and the courage to finish. Maybe you are struggling in your church, as a pastor, and you just wondering, “Is it going to work or not?” Keep on preaching the Gospel. I remember going to Ladysmith for the first campaign I had ever organized in 1989. That first night I thought, “Lord I am going to preach.” There was nobody in the hall, it was empty! I was down, underneath, praying and at 7 o’clock I came up and I said: “Lord, I will preach to the chairs.” I think God sent some angels because the hall was half-full and we had the most incredible meeting. By the end of the week, it was full.
Maybe it is your marriage today. Maybe you are struggling in your marriage and you say, “Angus, we just can’t get on..." You have to, you made a covenant - You made a commitment. Finish the job! Some of us don’t realize just how close we are to the finish line. Maybe it is just around the next corner.
Keep on running. Keep your eyes on the Lord, He will give you the strength to finish the job. Have a blessed day.
God bless you and goodbye.
It is Wednesday morning, 10th November, the year 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.
“Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.”
Jesus loves all people and he invites everybody to his banquet table - The poor, the rich, the weak, the strong, the old and the young. Those who have made mistakes and those who have been even written off by society. All they have to do is simply accept His invitation to come to the banquet.
“For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
You know, one of my heroes is D.L. Moody: Dwight Lyman Moody. He lived a long time ago in Chicago. He was an American. He was a shoe salesman, by trade, and came from a farming background. He got gloriously saved. That is right - He went to the banquet and Jesus saved him, he got so excited. He wanted to tell others to come to that same banquet and so when he became a Christian, he went and said, “I want to become a Sunday School teacher.” They said to him, “You have to wait. There is a waiting list of many people who want to become teachers.”
He said, “I can’t. I can’t wait.”
They said, “Well, why don’t you go down to the ghetto of Chicago and go and tell those street children, those urchins, about the Lord.’ He said yes, he would. Do you know within months, that man had a thriving Sunday School with hundreds of children in an abandoned factory! What he did was, he would take his horse and put a bag of oranges on its back and, like the Pied Piper, he would go down the street and say to the children:
“Would you like an orange?”
And he would take them into that big deserted factory and that would be his church. He would go and get a beautiful singing canary, put it in a cage and hang it up in the front and say to the children, “The first one who doesn’t miss a Sunday will get this as a gift.” He was desperate to get the children in and many, many got saved and became followers of Jesus Christ.
You and I need to do the same today. Let's go out to the highways and byways and tell people that Jesus loves them.
Have a wonderful day and God bless you.
“and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.”
2 Chronicles 26:5
That was King Uzziah. He was a wise man.
Probably every one of you knows this scripture off by heart:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (other) things shall be added to you.”
That is a very simple and straightforward statement and yet so many times we just do not seem to get it. We get many letters in the office, asking:
“Why has God done this to me?”
“Why have I never got any money?”
“Why are my children so rebellious?”
“Why has my husband run off with another woman?” and
“Why is God punishing me?”
You know, I heard that little joke the other day: The devil is sitting down on the curbside of the street, with his red outfit on and he is holding his three-pronged fork crying his eyes out. And the angel came to him and said, “Why are you crying?” He said, “I get the blame for everything that is going wrong around here!”
Folks, it is not always the devil... We must be honest with ourselves.
Some of us are too lazy to seek the Lord’s will for our lives. We seek God’s council from every Tom, Dick and Harry who just happens to be around - That is dangerous. We have got to seek the Lord.
I spoke to a progressive young farmer the other day, he told me he is tired of all these new programmes that the reps are trying to push down his throat... these new methods of farming - bigger and better and quicker. He says the problem is a lot of these programmes are not sustainable, they don’t last. We have got to start getting back to basics, we have got to start doing things God’s way. As a farmer, that is why I have got a sign on the front of my Bible - I call it my Agricultural Manual. God made it for us and He wants us to use it. And that is not just agriculture!
That is your domestic life, your principles... it is about paying income tax, it's about not overtaxing people, it's about going out with that young man until you really get to know him before you accept his hand in marriage. These are not just 'thumb-sucks', as they say, these are godly principles.
So we have got to start seeking God’s way. Stop being greedy. We have got to start taking time to make decisions. We have to start putting back into the soil, not just taking out of the soil and then God starts to prosper us.
Have a wonderful day today as you start doing things God’s way.
God bless you.