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  • A very good morning to you. I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 6th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
    Galatians 6:9

    We must not grow weary. We have got to keep on keeping on. Another translation says, 

    “Don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest that you have planted, is coming.” 

    verse 10 says: 

    “Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others, especially to our brothers and sisters in the family of God.” 

    And another translation says: 

    “So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we do not give up or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us, in the community of faith.”

    In other words, don’t give up. I farmed actively for more than forty years. My sons are farming now and I want to tell you, the farmer that makes it is not the farmer who goes all or nothing, going for the jackpot, six or nix! Oh no, he is not the one who makes it! The farmer who makes it is the one who faithfully continues to plant good seed year in, year out, whether it rains or doesn’t rain. He is the one who eventually reaps a wonderful crop. We need to go for it, in the good times and in the bad times.

    The great reformer, Martin Luther, was once asked what he would do if he knew that Jesus was coming back tomorrow. He said, “I would plant an apple tree today!” Now, in Germany, there are many apple trees. In other words, he would keep on keeping on. They asked another revivalist by the name of John Wesley, the same question: “If you knew Jesus was coming back tomorrow, what would you do today?” He said, “Well, tomorrow, I have got a Bible study with a group of people, tonight I am preaching in such and such a village.” In other words, he would keep on keeping on.

    Today, just do whatever you can and leave the rest to the Lord and you will be very pleasantly surprised how things will turn out for you.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day, 
    Goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 5th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
    John 12:32

    C.H. Spurgeon, the great English preacher, refers to Jesus as a Mighty Magnet! Indeed, He is the greatest drawcard that has ever lived! No one has ever been as famous or as well-known on the face of the earth, as Jesus Christ. Everybody knows that name. He is worshipped, He is revered, but unfortunately, He is also cursed and even used as a swear word sadly. 

    When I first met Jesus, my life was transformed forever. We don’t have to market or advertise that name. If Jesus drew us to Himself, He will also draw all men. All we have to do is lift Him up and He will do the rest. Jesus is an attractive force, isn’t that beautiful? When we meet Jesus, we have peace, love, understanding and forgiveness in our hearts. People are looking for it everywhere. Just lift Jesus up. They will find it.  

    It is actually Christ in us that draws people to Him. Colossians 1:27 says Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is Jesus living through us! Andrew, the fisherman, ran to his brother and said, “We have found the Messiah!” (John 1:41) and that changed Simon Peter’s life forever.

     Today, go out and lift Him up and He will draw all men to Himself.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

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  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is a beautiful morning, Tuesday the 4th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven,…”
    Matthew 7:21

    'Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.'
    Acts 22:22

    It can be very disheartening to tell someone about your new-found faith, only to have the door slammed shut in your face. That happened to one of the greatest preachers of all time - Paul, the Apostle. When the Lord Jesus spoke to him and said, “Get out of Jerusalem because they will not receive your testimony”, then we must understand something - telling people about Jesus Christ is not for the faint-hearted, its not for the fearful and not for sissies!  

    We need to understand that no one can persuade a person to become a Christian. It is a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit alone, and of course, that takes tremendous pressure off us. So what can we do? I can hear some people saying, “My family needs to hear about Christ. What can we do about it? They won’t listen to me. I have tried to speak to them.” The first thing you can do is to continue to pray because the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man or woman avails much (James 5:16). Then, we can love them, just love them but do not compromise your stand for Jesus Christ, not for anyone. 

    In Luke 18:18 we hear the account of a certain ruler who came to Jesus and asked Him a question, “What shall I do in order to inherit eternal life?”. Jesus told him what to do but he did not receive it. He walked away. I remember a minister telling me years ago, Jesus did not run after him and say, “Let's talk about this.” He stood there and the tears must have been running down His face as that ruler was on his way to a lost eternity. We have a responsibility and that is to tell people about the Lord but we cannot do anything more than that.

    As a new believer, I was so excited to have met Jesus. My next-door neighbour and I were going to buy some cattle at a stock sale. I had been in the pub with him on Saturday night and on Sunday morning, I met Jesus. As we were driving down the road, I said to him, “You won’t believe what happened yesterday, I gave my life to Christ.” His face went grey and he said, “Oh, I am very pleased for you.” I said, “What about you?” he said, “No, it is not for me.” Two years afterwards, that young man phoned me and said, “I need to talk to you. I need Jesus in my life", and I had the privilege of leading him to Christ.

    Do not stop. Just keep on!

    God bless you and have a wonderful day.
    Goodbye.

  • Good morning to you, it is Monday morning, 3rd of October, 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent…”

    Acts 18:9

    Then we go straight to Acts 23:11:

    “But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, [b]“Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”

    A very important directive. The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus Himself, spoke directly to Paul at night in a dream - a vision. He did not send an angel because of the importance of this commandment. By the way, this is the very scripture, Acts 18:9, with which the Lord Jesus called me to go out and testify, to speak up and preach the Good News to a dying world.

    On the 17th of November 1989, while spending time in my prayer-room, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke to me clearly. Not audibly but in my heart and told me not to be afraid but to speak and not hold my peace. From that moment onwards, I started to go out and hire halls, stadiums and open spaces - to speak the Gospel to the 'whosevers'.

    I just want to clarify something, its not easy, it takes a lot of faith to stand up in a public place and to declare, sometimes to a hostile crowd, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that there is no other God. It is becoming progressively more difficult these days to preach the Word of God openly. There is a big call for political correctness. You can’t just say this and that... I want to tell you that there are some nations, if you preach from the text found in John 14:6, where Jesus says: 

    “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” 

    That scripture verse would be enough for someone to be arrested and put in jail. It is a calling. Do you know something? We are all called to tell people about Jesus Christ.  

    Many years ago, I was invited to a little town to preach. From the first night, it started on a Friday night, I could sense in my spirit that it was going to be a tough one. First of all we were invited to a hotel, then the food was late and people were drinking heavily. By the time the food came, the people were half-sleeping and some were under the weather. Then I had to stand up in an open place and speak - I preached my heart out. I made an altar call and no-one responded, I will never, ever forget it. That night I couldn’t sleep, I tossed and turned and I said, “Lord, I have got a farm, I am a successful farmer, I don’t need to do this!” And then the next day I said, “But I will carry on, Lord.” And then we had the breakthrough.

    Sometimes it looks like nothing is going to happen and then you have an incredible breakthrough. Keep telling people about Jesus.

    God bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Sunday morning. I greet you in Jesus’ precious name. It is the 2nd of October, 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    Acts 23:1 in the New Testament says:

    “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”

    I looked up the Oxford Dictionary to find out the meaning of the word conscience - It is a person’s moral sense of right and wrong. It keeps standards, values, beliefs and principles. A good conscience earns the right to be respected. Remember, we always say, people don’t have to like us but they must respect us. Folk who have a clear conscience are people like Paul. He was fearless in front of the Sanhedrin and the High Priest because he walked in truth, he had nothing to hide. That is how we need to be today. You see, the Lord Jesus said in the Gospel of John:

    “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

    John 17:17

    The Bible is our gauge concerning having a good conscience. If we live according to the words that are written in the Bible, then we will have a clear conscience. When you have no conscience then you have nothing left in this life. If we look at Matthew 26:15, we see a man who threw away his conscience for a mere thirty pieces of silver. Yes, I am talking about one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, his name was Judas Iscariot. He threw away his conscience for thirty pieces of silver and you know what happened? That's right, he was tormented. So much so, that he even took the thirty pieces of silver back to the High Priest and the Council and gave it to them and then he went out and he still had no peace. He took a rope and tied it around his neck. He tied the rope to the tree and he jumped off, he committed suicide. He killed himself because he could not find any peace. You see, he forfeited his peace, his authority and his very life, for thirty pieces of silver - Don’t do it!

    I want to pray for you today. I really feel some people need to get a clear conscience. It is muddied at the moment and you need to wash your hands and say, “Lord, please forgive me.” Pray this prayer after me:

    Dear Lord Jesus, today, I am convicted that my conscience has been muddied and I want it to be cleansed. Please forgive me.

    I renounce anything in my life that has kept me from walking in truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    God bless you and have a wonderful Sunday.

    Goodbye.

  • A very good day to you. It is the 1st of October 2022, it is Saturday morning, and I greet you in Jesus’ precious name.

    “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
    I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
    Psalms 84:10

    A doorkeeper is a servant and if we want to learn anything, we need to start serving. Joshua served Moses for 40 years before he took the mantle. Elisha would not leave Elijah even when Elijah told him to leave, furthermore, he wanted a double portion of the anointing that God had given Him! The greatest example of all is the disciples and our Lord Jesus. For three solid years, day and night, 24 hours a day, the disciples served the Master. He commissioned them and then they went out and performed signs and wonders and miracles. Why? Because they had been observing the Lord.

    All I want to be is a doorkeeper in the House of the Lord. Can you imagine sitting and looking at the magnificence and the beauty of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, when we get to Heaven? 

    I remember hearing a story about a professional horse trainer who came out from overseas to teach us how to handle and train our horses. One would pay quite a large amount of money and that is fair enough because the man is very experienced. The horse trainer sits on a barstool in the ring and you get on your horse, and he teaches you for an hour, and then you pay him.

    As the story goes, one young cowboy came in and spent a solid hour telling the horse trainer everything that he could do and everything that his horse can do. The old horse trainer being a wise man, put his hand out, took his money and said, “Well done, son.” The young man went off and never learned a thing.

    Let's not be like that today. Let us be doorkeepers in the House of the Lord. Let's get mentors we can learn from and let us sit, listen and watch and learn.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful Saturday.
    Goodbye.  

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Friday morning, the 30th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
    They will still be praising You.”

    Psalm 84:4

    “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” 

    Mark 8:36

    You and I need to stop chasing the wind and start building a real home. Even the swallow has a nest and the sparrow has found a home. Of course, we are not talking about bricks and mortar here, we are talking about relationships that make a home real.  

    After having left Zambia, 46 years ago, my greatest desire was to have my own farm once more, to build a home for my family. I thought having my own farm again would bring us joy, stability and security, but I was totally misled - It did the opposite. It caused immense stress and it put pressure on the whole family, especially my dear wife Jill. I was working 18 hours a day, telling the children and my family I was doing it for them - of course, I wasn’t, was I? No, I was trying to build my ego, but then we found our real home! Let's go back to that Scripture again:

    “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
    They will still be praising You.”

    Psalm 84:4

    Yes, we found Jesus. We found a church. We found caring, loving folks that nurtured us and built us and we are still in the home that lasts forever, and that is having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and His people.

    Today, set your sights on eternity and don’t spend so much time on things that are going to burn up and disappear. 

    Jesus bless you as you work on your family and your family relationships.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ precious name. It is Thursday morning, the 29th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” 
    Acts 22:15

    “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
    Mark 16:15

    That is exactly what Paul the Apostle did when he was born again on the road to Damascus. Remember, he was not a preacher, he was not a minister, he was a tent-maker, a tradesman, but he had had an experience with Jesus Christ.

    You don’t have to go to Bible College first, just tell the world what Jesus means to you. It is the so-called little stories that move the hearts of the men in the streets. It is wonderful to read about the parting of the Red Sea and an entire nation going through the sea on dry land. It is wonderful to hear about Lazarus getting raised from the dead but many folks, ordinary folk like you and I cannot always identify with those huge miracles. But I want to tell you about a little miracle which I think was a huge miracle. It happened on Saturday at the Speak Jesus Prayer Meeting.  

    I received the message yesterday. One of the ushers who was very busy showing people back to their cars after the meeting was given a set of Mercedes Benz keys that had been picked up by somebody on the road and he put the keys in his pocket. He meant to get onto the loud-hailer to tell people that he had the keys but he got so busy. It was about 40 minutes later when he was directing people to their cars that he got a tap on his shoulder. He turned around and a young man was there and said, “Sir, have you found any Mercedes Benz keys?”. He put his hand in his pocket and asked the man what they looked like. The man told him exactly what they looked like and he knew that this was the owner of the keys. He gave the man his keys amid a multitude of people walking toward their cars. This man got very emotional, he said, “I have just given my life to Jesus at this meeting and I was so excited. When I was leaving I lost my keys and walking through this huge crowd of people, I said to the Lord, “Lord, if You are real, the first person that I touch and ask for my keys, they will have them.” And he did! He touched this usher and the usher gave him his keys back.

    I want to tell you that man will never, ever be in any doubt about who the Son of God is.

    Go and tell the world about your miracle today.
    Jesus bless you!

    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 28th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.

    “Thus says the Lord: “Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”
    Jeremiah 22:3

    “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
    Matthew 25:40

    The best investment that anyone can make is to be generous and kind to the poor, to the old, to those who have no form of self-defence, and to the needy. We make the best investment that we can ever make when we help them. You know, to be poor is not a sin. Always remember that. I am talking particularly to young people. When you see an old man walking down the street don’t despise him because he is poor. You don’t know what he has lost in this life. To be poor is not a sin. To be lazy is a sin. A lazy man doesn’t deserve to eat the Bible tells us. Many folks just need a break, so don’t judge a book by its cover.  

    We see a tramp sitting all alone on a bench at the seaside. He is tattered, he is unkempt and unshaven and we tend to judge him by his appearance. That man might have lost his family in a car crash and he just cannot come to terms with it. That man might have been through some devastating event in his life, and he just cannot pull himself together, but a loving arm around him, some money in his pocket to buy a nice hot meal and maybe a nice new jacket might be just what he needs to turn him around again. We need to show much more love, compassion and mercy. Jesus says, “When you do that you have done it to Me”. 

    Let us not be so quick to be mean today. Give that waitress a good tip, that car guard a handsome tip because he is trying his best.  

    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 27th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.” 
    Exodus 3:2

    That was Moses when he was called by God to go to Pharaoh to tell him to let the children of Israel go. He spoke to him through a burning bush.

    “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
    Acts 22:6

    That was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to Paul the Apostle, probably the greatest of all the Apostles in the Bible. The power of personal testimony is huge. With a testimony, you can either believe it or reject it, but you can’t argue with it because you weren’t there. People always ask the question, especially unbelievers, “How did you meet Jesus?” What a wonderful opportunity for you and me. What an opening to be able to share the good news with the lost.

    Two giants of the Bible, Moses in the Old Testament and Paul in the New Testament, had massive testimonies. Pharaoh heard Moses’ testimony, the Pharisees heard Paul’s testimony and what they did with their accounts was entirely up to them. We have an obligation and that is to tell people what Jesus Christ has done for us. We can’t force people to become Christians. We can only share our testimony and allow the Holy Spirit to move in their lives.

    Demos Shakarian was a dairy farmer in America, he started the Full Gospel Businessman’s Fellowship. He would hire a very nice restaurant or a hotel and then invite famous people, astronauts, bull-riders, sportsmen, and scientists and all they would do is tell the story of how Jesus Christ impacted their lives. That movement went right around the world and many, many people came to Christ through those testimonies.

    Go out today and tell people about how Jesus has impacted your life and you will be surprised how many will listen to you.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ precious name. It is Monday morning, the 26th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
    James 1:6

    “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”
    Matthew 12:30

    We cannot live this life undecided. Jesus makes it very clear in Revelation 3:15. He says:

    “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

    Now, those are strong words and they are coming from the Master, Himself. We have got to start becoming a people that are decided. A faint heart never gained a fair maiden. Now for the younger people, it means if you do not become single-minded, you will never win a beautiful girl to be your wife. We must start becoming more intentional. If we want to succeed in this life, we must let our “yes” be yes and our “no” be no.

    I remember taking some young boys up the mighty Drakensberg Mountains many years ago. We were carrying all our kit with us because we were sleeping on top of the mountain. Some of the boys were focused, but some were fooling around, I remember one young boy, his name was Spider, he was probably the smallest and the lightest of all of them. He knew in his heart that the only way he was going to get to the top of this huge mountain was to stick close behind me and conserve his energy and remain focused.

    Needless to say, those fooling around started falling apart when we were nearing the summit. When the oxygen was getting a bit less and it was getting extremely tight and steep, they needed help with their backpacks, etc. but not Spider. No, no, Spider was getting stronger. Why? Because he was focused and because he had his mind fixed on what he was doing.

    Make up your mind today who you are going to serve before it is too late.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day. 
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you. It is Sunday morning, the 25th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman, or boy or girl) availeth much,” the Lord says.
    James 5:16 (parenthesis added)

    We need to start to thank Jesus today for what He is about to do. We have just completed a national prayer meeting and now I can hear you saying, “Whereto from here?” Well, we have just got to say thank You.  

    We have got to work by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7.) Remember, the Lord’s ear is not thick so that He cannot hear. (Isaiah 59:1). We ask Him, which we have done, and then we start to thank Him for what He is going to do. 

    “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” 
    Matthew 7:7

    It is by raw undiluted faith that we thank Him for what He is going to do. Now, some of you maybe don’t know the Lord Jesus’ telephone number. It is found in Jeremiah 33:3: 

    “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

    By faith, we are called unto the Lord as a nation. We have prayed prayers of repentance, recommitment, and deliverance from addiction, sicknesses, depression and broken spirits and in Jesus’ name, we are now thanking Him for the revival that is on its way.

    “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” 
    Galatians 6:9

    May Jesus bless you as you continue by faith to pray for the nation, your household, your family, and for this world that is so desperate to meet the Man from Galilee, Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

    God bless you and have a wonderful Sunday,
    Goodbye.

  • It is Saturday morning, the 24th of September 2022. I want to greet you in the precious name of Jesus Christ, this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    Well, today is a very, very important day for us in South Africa and it's a very important day in my own life.

    “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The New King James Version says: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”
    Proverbs 29:18

    What does that mean? It means if you aim at nothing then you are sure to hit it. It means that if your vision doesn’t scare you, then it is not big enough. I am in a state of absolute fear at the moment, fear and trembling and excitement, all together. You know if you cannot do it humanly speaking, then you must know that you have to have the faith to do it. Now, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

    Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith you cannot please God, and he who believes must believe that He is and that He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. You see, Moses said to God, in Exodus:33:15, “If You do not go with us, we are not going.” That is what the scripture says, and here at Shalom we have a very famous saying that goes like this,

    “You must attempt something so big that if it is not of God it is doomed to fail.”

    Why? Because when it works, Jesus gets all the honour and the glory, because people will say, ”Well, they could never have done that in their own strength.” Even as I am sitting patiently in the tunnel as it were, waiting for the big game, waiting for the whistle to blow and to run onto that field, I know that my Redeemer lives, and I know that He is with me. I would ask you to pray for us today wherever you might be. Pray for us in South Africa, pray for us as we hold a national prayer meeting in Krugersdorp, just outside Johannesburg. The city has a name that it has been given, which is very sad. They call it “devils-dorp” and we are going there today to change that name into “Jesus-dorp.” The people are coming by faith, and by faith, God is going to heal the sick, deliver those who are oppressed by demons and increase faith for those who are in depression and have lost hope.

    Today is going to be a milestone in the history of our beloved South Africa. Please pray for us as we go out and speak JESUS to a dying world.

    God bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ precious name. It is Friday morning, 23rd of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
    Acts 21:13

    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” 
    Philippians 1:21

    You can’t frighten a Christian with Heaven. Oh folks, the safest place to be is right in the perfect will of God. Just like the Apostle Paul, we need to find out what the will is of God for our lives and then simply obey Jesus’ call. 1 Timothy 6:6 says godliness with contentment is great gain. Paul’s friends loved him so much and they knew what was going to happen to him. He was going to die for his faith in Jesus Christ, but I want to tell you Paul was single-minded. He knew exactly what he had to do. 

    No more regrets for us today.  “Oh, if only I had done that”, or “if only I had been bolder”, “if only I had taken that step in faith.” I want to tell you it is better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.
    Jeremiah said:

    “There is a fire in my bones, I could not hold back, I had to preach.” Jeremiah 20:9. 

    As I am sitting in my prayer room today and tomorrow I am going to a national prayer meeting in Krugersdorp, just outside of Johannesburg. I am having a battle, right in my prayer room. The devil is saying to me, “You are going to make a fool of yourself because nothing is going to happen, no one is coming. The weather is going to be against you. People will not be healed, delivered or set free, the government will not change, and you will have egg on your face!”

    But you know something my dear friend, I have to go, and I have to go unconditionally because, like Paul, for me, there is no Plan B. You know the good news, He will not fail me and He will not fail you, and I hope to see you there if it is possible. But in the meantime, follow through with the work and the vision Jesus has given you!

    God bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Thursday morning, 22nd September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
    Ephesians 2:8

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
    2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    So when I am weak, then I am strong. I want to ask you a question, have you ever made an honest mistake? Have you ever done something that you didn’t mean to do because you didn’t know the truth? Of course, we all have. Romans 3:23 says for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. No one in the whole Bible knew that better than Paul, the Apostle of God. He made a terrible honest mistake. He actually thought he was helping God by killing and hunting down Jesus’ friends, the Christians. That is until he was arrested by Jesus Himself when he was knocked off his horse and a voice came out of Heaven on the road to Damascus.

    “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
    And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
    Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus”
    Acts 9:4

    Our sin persecutes Jesus. Jesus died so that we could be rescued and saved from our sinful lives. Have you ever heard the term, “friendly fire?”. I heard a testimony of a Jew who had become a Christian, and while he was sharing the testimony, tears were running down his face. He said, “We have persecuted Christians, not knowing that we were doing it.” He spoke about the war zone, right on the border of Lebanon, a column of trucks full of soldiers were parked on the side of the road. The pilot in a warplane came down and pressed a couple of buttons and wiped out the whole regiment in a few seconds. He returned to the airbase only to find out, horrified, that they were his friends. They were Israeli soldiers. It was an honest mistake. You and I have made many of them.  

    We need to rely on the grace of God. Grace means undeserved loving kindness and unmerited favour. Jesus died so that we can have eternal life. 
    Let us not persecute Him anymore by our sinful lives.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Wednesday morning, it is the 21st of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?”
    Isaiah 7:13

    Why is it that we weary our beloved Jesus so much? The Oxford Dictionary defines the word “weary” as causing tiredness or making someone exhausted. Why do we do it? Why do we push Jesus to the very limit with our rebellion, our lack of gratitude and lack of thankfulness? What He has done for us is so great, but we still do it, time and time again. There comes a time in our lives when tough love has to kick in so that we might be saved from ourselves. People have often said to me, “Why is God punishing me? Where is this God of love that you are always speaking about?”. He has never left you, he has never left me. He is still with us. 

    “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 
    Hebrews 13:5

    We need to make the call. Are we going to allow Him to help us, or not?

    Years ago, there was a beautiful movie made called “Ordinary People.” It was made by one of South Africa’s best film-makers, F.C. Hamman and it was financed by Peter Scott. It was a true story about the Mighty Men Movement, a story of three men who changed from doing things their way and started doing things God’s way. The first man was a hijacker! He was going to hijack a bakkie that was bringing two men to the Mighty Men Conference. The two men overwhelmed him, took the revolver from him, handcuffed him to the inside of the bakkie and brought him to the Mighty Men Conference. He got saved and became a preacher after that. Oh, what a mighty God! 

    The second man had many family problems. He came here and got saved and he allowed the Lord to change his life. On his way back home he phoned his family and said, “Get the family together. I am coming home. I am a new man.” He had an accident and was killed when he fell off his motorbike, but his family came together.

    The third man was a young man who was drinking and partying. His father pleaded with him, “You are making me weary!”. After writing off car after car, he came to the Mighty Men Conference, got saved and his life was transformed.

    Let us not weary God anymore today. Let us start doing things His way and start being full of gratitude for what He has done in our lives.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you - I greet you in Jesus’ name! It is Tuesday morning, the 20th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
    Hebrews 3:19

    “But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.”
    Jude 5

    Unbelief hurts God more than anything else. When He has done so much for us and we still don’t acknowledge Him as Lord of all, it is so sad. We have such short memories, don’t we? 

    “But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him.” 
    John 12:37

    When we doubt the Lord Jesus Christ, we virtually tie His hands and He can’t do anything. This attitude of I will believe it when I see it is not faith, and that does not glorify the name of the Lord. Even the disciples asked the Lord Jesus in Luke 17:5, “Please increase our faith.”

    I have seen too many miracles. I have seen the Worker of miracles in action too many times to doubt Him. Like the old farmer Job said in Job 19:25: 

    “I know that my Redeemer lives.”

    Many years ago I was preaching in a big church in Durban and it was a packed-out service. It was beautiful and the Lord was moving powerfully. There were a few thousand people there, but a lady had come as visitor to the church, and she had said to the Lord that morning in her quiet time, “Lord, if You don’t speak to me personally, I am throwing the towel in, I am giving up.” She was sitting in the crowd somewhere and as the service was coming to an end she got up and tried to slip out the back. I saw her and I shouted in front of the whole crowd, “Madam, where are you going? Can you please come up here?” She came up onto the platform. I asked her what her name was. She told me her name and I acknowledged her personally in front of the whole crowd. She went home and wrote me an email a few days later and she said, “I know for sure that Jesus Christ is alive.”

    I have seen the big miracles - I have seen the weather changing, but it is those little ones that touch me so deeply. “Lord, speak to me today in the crowd,” and He did. Don’t doubt the promises of God. Don’t tie His hands.  

    Go out and believe Him and He will do it for you too!
    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.

    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you, I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Monday morning, 19th of September, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. If we go to the first Book in the Bible, Genesis, and the last chapter:

    “Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”

    Genesis 50:19

    I can hear you sitting there this morning listening to what Joseph, the son of Jacob, said to his brothers when they had sold him out - sold him into slavery, and I can hear you saying, “But it is not fair.... I was sold-out as well. My business partner let me down. My wife, was unfaithful to me or I was falsely accused at work for something I never did - Where are You, Lord Jesus? Well, to me, Joseph was one of the most amazing role models in the whole Bible. He was sold into slavery as a young boy by his own flesh and blood, his brothers. His brothers cheated him, they even went back and told their father that wild animals had killed him... But God was with Joseph. When he finally got an opportunity for revenge, what did he do? He forgave them and acted kindly towards them.

    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

    Romans 8:28

    That is a powerful scripture. You see, because of Joseph’s heart - kind, forgiving and an understanding heart, God promoted him and made him second only to Pharaoh, who at that time, was the most powerful man in the known world. Do not allow that unfair incident to muddy or poison your heart. Give it to Jesus and move along, it is He who will justify you.

    God bless you and have a wonderful Monday.
    Goodbye.

  • It is Sunday morning. I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is the 18th of September, 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. Tell them the old, old story! Let us go straight to Psalm 78:4:

    “We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.” 

    It is vital in the growth and the fabric of a young child, that his mother and father sit down and tell him the old, old story. You know, basically that is what the Feast of Tabernacles, in Israel, is all about. It is a national holiday for a week and the people, the families get together in the evenings. They sit under make-shift shelters and tell their children how their Heavenly Father took them out of slavery and provided for them, through a barren desert, for forty years.

    It disturbs me to see young parents that are so busy they do not have time to sit with their children and tell them about Jesus and about the principles of life. I often see a young mother, and I am not blaming her, so busy, she gives the child a cellphone and let's them amuse themselves with computer games... just to keep them quiet. It's dangerous because there is no interaction - We need to talk to our children and we need to warn them. We need to instruct them. Acts 20:31, Paul says to the children of Israel, before he leaves, he says:

    “Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” 

    He goes on to talk about savage wolves that are coming in to try and break down the children of God. We have to speak to one another. You know, that is one thing I thank God for... My mother was a wonderful storyteller. She would sit for hours with me and my siblings telling us about her life - How she grew up in Scotland, what happened to her during the Second World War when she was in the air force, and how she managed to overcome things in her life. What it did was prepare us for when we went out into the world. Sit down and talk to your children, talk to your loved ones - Grand-dads talk to your grandchildren, they want to know the real story of how Jesus Christ has impacted your life.

    Have a wonderful day and enjoy this Sunday, sit together and talk about the goodness of God.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Saturday morning. I greet you in Jesus’ precious name. It is the 17th of September 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which
    he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.”
    Acts 20:37

    That was a sad time. They loved Paul so much. They knew they would never see him again in this world because he was on his way to Rome and there he would die for his faith. Many times, we only realise how much we love someone when they are no longer there. G K Chesterton said, “The way to love anything is to realise that it may be lost.” That is quite a powerful word. In other words, do not take that friendship or that relationship for granted.

    Visit that person while you can, phone that person, or write to them because you don’t know if they will be there tomorrow. We need to appreciate the time spent together. Do not waste time arguing or bickering about trivial things which do not matter in the long term.

    I went to New Zealand to preach the Gospel. I took my wife, Jill, with me and we went for 6 weeks. It was a very, very tiring trip. I was preaching almost every single day. Jill came with me for the first 3 weeks and then she went back home because the children were still at school. I remember I was very tired. I had been so busy with a hectic itinerary. I took her to the little airport and the plane taxied up to the top of the runway, turned around to take off and then there was a mechanical problem so it taxied back to the terminal and all the passengers got off the plane again. I was able to spend an extra 2 hours with my wife and I want to tell you, I have never forgotten how precious those 2 hours were.

    Don’t waste time. Today visit, phone, go and be with that person who you love so much.
    Don’t forget to spend time with Jesus.

    God bless you and goodbye.