• And a very good morning to you!

    It is Wednesday morning, the 19th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.”
    Esther 2:10

    “Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.”
    Esther 2:20

    “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”
    1 Samuel 15:22

    To obey is much easier and less painful than to keep saying sorry. Esther was obedient to her uncle Mordecai and this action saved her life. She was an orphan, her mom and dad had died and her uncle had to raise her - he had raised her correctly. He had disciplined her when she was a little girl and so she listened to what her uncle said. The King of Persia was captivated by Esther’s beauty. She was a very beautiful Jewish young maiden but her uncle said “Do not tell them at this stage that you are Jewish.”

    Now, when we disobey God there are always consequences for our actions. Discipline is so very important in these days in which we are living, where people don’t know what to do - especially young people. Discipline your children when they are young and when they grow up they will not depart from the ways of the Lord. It is for the sake of the child and for the protection of that little girl, that Mom and Dad, you need to discipline her and she needs to obey you.

    Hebrews 12:11 is a hard verse but it is for our own good:

    This is what the word says: “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless afterwards, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

    That is why Esther was protected - she listened to what she had been taught when she was a little girl.

    When we make a mistake in life, and let's be honest, we all have made mistakes, ask me about it! But if we repent, God forgives us but of course, the scar always remains.

    Just the other day we moved a herd of cattle from one field right up the road to another field, maybe five or ten kilometres away. It was a big herd of cattle but when the cattle had been in that new paddock for a day, a mother was calling for its calf. The calf had been left behind, a newly born calf. Do you know, the stockman took that cow back to the original paddock and there was the little calf, lying exactly where the mother left her. That calf did not move until the mother came back for her. That is discipline. If the calf had, the jackals would have got that calf.

    We need to obey the word of God, it brings us safety and security.

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • And a very good morning to you!

    It is Tuesday morning, 18th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Be still, and know that I am God”

    Psalm 46:10

    And then we go to the New Testament, Mark 6 and I am reading from verse 30:

    “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.”

    A few years ago the Lord spoke to me almost audibly and do you know what He said? He said: “Your busyness is making Me tired.” I tell you what folks, it was a wake-up call. God is not impressed by our busyness - He wants you to Himself. It is only the world that is impressed - “I am going here, I am going there, I am doing this, I am doing that!”

    Even the disciples did not have time to eat. They were telling Jesus of all the miracles and the healings that had taken place, and Jesus said, “Come aside and rest a while.”

    You know I ride my horse Snowy, I love that Appaloosa and he talks to me probably more than a lot of people. If I am in a rush and I just want to have a quick ride before I have to go and do something, that horse of mine becomes very agitated. He becomes naughty sometimes. He doesn’t listen to what I am saying because he thinks that there is trouble, he thinks that Angus is too uptight. We need to relax and we need to be still and know that the Lord Jesus Christ, He is God.

    The Lord always makes people feel important. Remember the woman at the well? She wasn’t even a Jew, she was a Samaritan. Jesus had time to speak to her and tell her her whole life story. I am talking about God Himself. What about the little people? They came to Jesus, the disciples tried to chase them away. He said:

    “Suffer the little ones to come unto Me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of God.”

    These days, nobody wants to listen anymore... We really need to take time out. My old friend, Alan, who was my neighbour on the farm next door, we used to stand at that barbed wire fence, early in the morning, waiting for our staff to come to work. I am talking about before 5 o’clock.

    We used to chat to each other, and he always used to say to me, “Angus, take time out to smell the roses!” Alan, I am trying - I am trying!

    Go out today and smell the roses.

    Jesus bless you.

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  • And a very good morning to you!

    It is Monday morning, 17th January, the year 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”

    1 Timothy 6:6

    Then we go to Philippians 4:11, the Apostle Paul says:

    “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.”

    That was a man who had been to the two extremes of life. I looked up the Oxford Dictionary to find out the definition of the word, contentment. It means: “A state of peaceful happiness or satisfaction.”

    Now, King David - he had everything. He had money and he was a very, very handsome man. He could do whatever he wanted. He had the most beautiful women in the world, he had fame and power but then he said in Psalm 27:4:

    “One thing I have desired of the Lord,
    That will I seek:
    That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    All the days of my life,
    To behold the beauty of the Lord,…”

    How are you feeling today, are you content with your lot in life?

    I remember the story of a little boy who was always complaining to his mom that he wanted another new pair of shoes until he was walking down the street with his mom one day and he saw another little boy, being wheeled up the street in a pram because he didn’t have any feet.

    You and I need to be content and we need to be satisfied with what God has given us. Today I walked out of my house and Jill has got a little window-box made out of brick and cement. She had the most beautiful display of pansies, please look at the picture... Then we had that terrible hailstorm and it wiped out every single flower that she had in the whole garden.

    But I walked out this morning and I looked at this little window-box and growing out of the wall, out of the side of the window-box, that’s right the brick and the cement was the most beautiful, content, happy, smiling pansy! And the Lord just said to me, in my heart, “You see Angus, that little Pansy is so content.”

    Well, the wisest man that ever lived, Solomon, he said:

    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, and that is:
    “Fear God and keep His commandments,
    For this is man’s all.”

    Ecclesiastes 12:13

    Have a good day,
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Sunday morning, 16th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.”

    Esther 1:12

    And then straight across to Ephesians 5:22 & 25

    “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.”

    “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her”

    I want to say there is nothing more humiliating for a man when his wife publicly disobeys him. That is what happened in the Book of Esther. She was the most beautiful woman. The king called for her, he wanted to show her in front of all his nobles but she refused. It brings tremendous insecurity to everyone when the wife refuses to submit to her husband.

    I am thinking particularly of children, little children - they get so upset when mom and dad just will not get on, and the husband loses respect among his colleagues at work and in the social structure. It breaks down a marriage quicker than anything else. We need to clearly understand here today that the marriage institution, the covenant between a man and a woman is not a good idea - it is God’s commandment, and it is for the benefit of the whole family.

    Disobedience causes division, rebellion and complete breakdown - that is the devil’s plan. He wants to destroy the family because he knows how much it hurts the Heart of God.

    But husbands do not make it hard for your wife to submit to you. If you are a lazy man who cannot get out of your bed in the morning or put food on the table for your family, if there is no discipline in the home or if you are completely selfish, it is extremely hard for her to submit to you. Love her by looking after her, protecting her, looking after the children, making sure they respect mom and all of a sudden things will change completely. It is a beautiful snowball effect.

    You see the more you love and cherish her, the more she will willfully submit to you, and most importantly, the children in the home will flourish.

    Jesus bless you.

  • It is Saturday morning, 15th January, the year 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him, and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

    Luke 24:31-32

    That first encounter with the Saviour of the world - Oh, let us cherish it. Let us never forget it! It was just like the moment you first fell in love with your wife, with your husband. Never, ever lose that memory. Never lose that time. Do not allow the business of this world to rob you. Do not waste precious times because of the mediocre, mundane and wasteful things that this life has to offer.

    My good friend, Michael Cassidy the Founder of African Enterprise, told me a story. He said when he was studying at the university, either Oxford or Cambridge I cannot remember, he said, the author C S Lewis (probably one of the most famous Christian writers of all time he wrote books like

    “Surprised by Joy”, “Reflections on the Psalms”, “The Four Loves”, “The Business of Heaven” and many others) used to ride past that place where this man was lecturing. He was a tutor. He said he could have gone in and had a cup of tea with him but he didn’t do it and he regrets that time. I want to tell you don’t miss an opportunity to meet with the Living Christ.

    I remember going to Jerusalem, to the Old City, one of the first times I had ever been to Israel. And I walked with Jill, my wife, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I walked into that huge church, sat down and all of a sudden I had an encounter. I cannot explain it to you correctly, an encounter with the living Christ. You know, I broke down and I wept, I wept my heart out.

    I remember my dear wife putting her arms around me, wondering, “What is wrong with you, Angus?” It was like an encounter I had with The Man from Galilee, the Carpenter’s Son, Jesus Christ. I will never forget that time.

    Now, these two men were walking down the road, weren’t they? They were on their way to Emmaus and they had an encounter with Jesus. What about you today? In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says:

    “I stand at the door and knock, and if you open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you with Me.”

    Now, remember, the handle of the door is on the inside. Why don’t you do it today - Have an encounter with the Living Christ.

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Friday morning, 14th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (other) things shall be added to you.”

    Matthew 6:33

    I believe today, we need to speak about priorities. Now I looked up the Oxford Dictionary and the meaning of the word, priority: “A thing regarded as more important than others.” What is your priority today, what is my priority today?

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

    Mark 8:36

    And in this rat race of life that we are living in at the moment, we have got to get back to basics. Now, this is how it works...

    God first; secondly, your wife or your husband; thirdly, your children and your extended family; Fourthly, your career, your ministry, your vision and whatever.

    We have to be so careful that we get it in the right order. How many times have you heard of a couple, as soon as the children leave home, they get divorced! Why did they wait so long? “No, we did it for the children.” It is not acceptable. First your wife or your husband, and then the children, that is after God.

    Be careful that the work (I am talking now to pastors) of the Lord does not become more important than the Lord of the work - Do you understand what that means? First your relationship with God before anything else.

    You know, President Barack Obama, of the United States of America, he wrote in a book. He visited his old granny in Kenya in East Africa and she sat there this rural woman, and she was talking to her grandson. The president of the most powerful nation on earth and she said to him, “If everyone is your family, you have got no family.” Quite something isn’t it, quite profound! If everybody is your family, you have got no family. We have got to have priorities.

    Yes, we have got to be friendly to everyone. We have got to take care of as many people as we can but not at the cost of your family. Now listen, don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Make that phone call, have that cup of tea, spend that visit.

    You know often they used to look for Jesus, they could never find Him. “Where were You, Lord? The crowd is waiting for You.” He says, “I am with My Father, I am up the mountain and I am hearing from Him and I am spending time with Him.”

    Spend time today and get your priorities in order.
    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Thursday morning, 13th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today!

    “And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.”
    Luke 24:11

    Now that is when the women came back and told the disciples that the tomb was empty. Then we go to Luke 17:5, where the disciples said to Jesus:

    “Lord, please increase our faith.”

    You see, without faith we are not going to make it. We need childlike faith, not childish faith but childlike faith. That is the only way that we are going to complete this race here on earth.

    You know, my little boy... Well, he is not little now, he has boys of his own. But my young son, Fergie, when he was very small, if I would take him out in an evening and show him a big full moon, bright yellow, and if I was to say to him, “Fergie, that moon is made out of cheddar cheese" and then if he was to meet Neil Armstrong, and he would say, “Fergie, the moon is not made of cheddar cheese. I have walked on the moon. It is made out of rock and dust.” He would say, “No sir, my dad said it is made out of cheddar cheese.” God wants us to be positive.

    Now, if we look at John 20:25, we will see that Thomas did not believe. He said:

    “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

    And then of course you know what happened, the Lord just stood straight in front of him. He didn’t knock on the door, He didn’t open the door, He just appeared. And Thomas fell to his knees and he says:

    “My Lord and my God!”
    John 20:28

    And then the Lord said to him,

    “Yes Thomas, you say well because you have seen Me but blessed are those who have not seen Me and yet believe.”
    John 20:29

    I want to say to you today that we need to have simple faith, simple believing faith. Without faith, we can’t please God.

    You know, there was a Scottish preacher, his name was Peter Marshall. He went over to America and he eventually became the Personal Chaplain of the United States Senate, the Government. He had an incredible ability to speak, he was an accomplished orator. And he said one day to his people:

    ”You must have faith, you must have simple faith. You must have faith that you can touch, faith that you can taste, faith like….faith like potatoes.”

    We need faith like potatoes! Remember, we wrote a book called, “Faith Like Potatoes.” We made a movie in 2006 called Faith Like Potatoes!

    Go out today and believe what God has told you and it will change your life.
    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Wednesday morning, 12th January 2022, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!’

    Luke 24:5-6

    He is not dead, He is alive - I am talking about Jesus, that’s right! Our Lord is not a historical figure, some famous person who used to live on the earth and is now dead. I can take you to Jerusalem and the Old City, I can take you to the grave of King David, probably the most famous man in Jerusalem apart from Jesus, and I can show you where his bones are buried, but I cannot show you Jesus’ bones. No, because He is still very much alive! In fact, this very morning, a couple of hours ago I was having a hot cup of tea with Him... having a chat with Him in my prayer room and that is not a joke - That is the absolute truth. I can honestly say it and mean it, Jesus Christ is not a figment of my imagination.

    By the way, He also wants to be your friend today.
    The many times He has been so close to me are not when I have seen Him move in great signs, wonders and miracles, but rather when I have been going through my deepest, darkest valleys. Times when I thought, I am going to lose this farm, through drought, floods, disease or due to the economy. In times when I have had a personal tragedy, He has been there holding my hand, calming me down.

    I can hear somebody saying, “Have you ever seen Him?” Oh yes, many times. I see Him in the face of a baby... I just love children so much as I am getting older. I see Him in the morning sunrise, I am an early morning man. I see Him after a shower of rain on a hot dry field when the steam is rising, that scent that is incomparable. I see Him in a young couple who has fallen in love - Jesus is all around us, we simply have to open our eyes and our ears.

    Please speak with Him today, He is waiting to hear from you!

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.

  • It is Tuesday morning, 11th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “And Adam called his wife's name Eve because she was the mother of all living.”
    Genesis 3:20

    Then we go to the John 19:27:

    “Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”

    A newborn’s conversation with God:
    A baby asked God, “They tell me You are sending me to earth tomorrow but how am I going to live there, being so small and helpless?” And God said, “Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.” The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in Heaven, I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile and be happy.”

    God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you and you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.”

    Again, the small child asked, “And how will I be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t understand the language?” And God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

    “And what am I going to do when I want to talk to You?” And God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.” “And who will protect me?” And God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.” “But I will be sad because I will not see You anymore.” And God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and teach you the way so come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.”

    At that moment, there was much peace in Heaven but voices from earth could be heard, and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I have to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.” And God said, “You will simply call her, “Mom’.

    Isn’t that beautiful, hey? I had an angel, my mom! I can’t wait to see her in Heaven one day. I want to say to you today, boys and girls, moms and dads, look after mom! She is so precious!

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day!

  • It is Monday morning, 10th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go to Malachi the last Book in the Old Testament:

    “Will a man rob God?
    Yet you have robbed Me!
    But you say,
    ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
    In tithes and offerings.”

    Malachi 3:8

    Remember, the tithe belongs to the Lord, the full 10%, offerings and gifts come after that. We will never be able to 'out-bless' the Lord. He is a giver by nature - He gave His very life for us.

    “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

    John 15:13

    Now I can hear you saying, “But where do we tithe?” Well, you tithe to the place where you receive your spiritual food and remember, God loves a cheerful giver. We must never give anything to God reluctantly. You will find that in 2 Corinthians 9:7. We are not just speaking here about finances only, not at all but also time given to God each day.

    How much time are we giving to the Lord each morning? How much time are we giving to our family? Yesterday, I went with my son and my grandson to look at some horses we were thinking of purchasing. We spent a full day together and enjoyed it immensely. We didn’t even buy the horses in the end but we spent time together.

    What about time given to helping widows and the orphans, they need us to help them. And what about time given to yourself, do you spend a bit of time on your own? What am I talking about - I am talking about sport, about exercise, I am talking about maybe gardening.

    William Carey, the founder of the Baptist Outreach Union to India, loved gardening - He had a rose garden. He said that is where he found a lot of peace and tranquillity every day - The man who translated the Bible into all the Indian languages. I love to ride my horse, Snowy. I discipline myself and I ride that horse, I have to. If I don’t ride him regularly, he gets out of hand. We need to spend time. Give God the first fruits of everything that you have, let us not give it to Jesus as our leftovers. Put Jesus first and then everything else will fall into line.

    “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (other) things shall be added to you.”

    Matthew 6:33.

    Have a wonderful day as you continue to give to the Lord and to your fellow man.

    Jesus bless you,

  • It is Sunday morning, 9th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Nevertheless in Your great mercy
    You did not utterly consume them nor forsake them;
    For You are God, gracious and merciful.”

    Nehemiah 9:31

    Many times the Israelites sinned against the Lord, forgot Him and turned their back on Him, but He constantly forgave them and was merciful towards them. Then we go to the New Testament:

    “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

    Matthew 18:21

    Folks, that is a lot of forgiveness... I looked up the word forgive, in the Oxford Dictionary, this is the definition: "To excuse an offense, a flaw or a mistake.” It is actually for our own sake that the Lord says we must forgive. You know if we carry an offence, in an attitude of unforgiveness, it will eventually eat us up and completely destroy us. Many times, the person you are hateful towards is not aware of it and it doesn’t even affect them. Unforgiveness wears us down - It is like carrying a 50 kg bag of cement on your back, wherever you go. Eventually, it will completely wear you out... Rather lay it down today at the foot of the cross and leave it. Revenge belongs to the Lord, let Him deal with it.

    Jesus, when He was on the cross, was an innocent man and what did He say?

    “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

    Luke 23:34

    Today, this Sunday, let us forgive. Let us carry on and leave the results to Jesus, you will have a much easier, happier and more fruitful life.

    Jesus bless you today.

  • It is Saturday morning, 8th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.”

    Luke 23:8

    Without a doubt, Jesus Christ is the most popular man that has ever lived on Planet Earth... You and I, my dear friend, have an obligation to tell this dying world about Him.

    Many years ago, with our little children’s home (That closed many years ago) just across the road, we had a little boy and his name was Thoko. He was about five or six years old, we weren’t sure because we got him when he was just a baby and he had been ravaged by some terminal disease. His little body looked like he was only about 2 or 3 years old.

    My dear wife Jill used to read him Bible stories, his favourites were always about Heaven and what it was going to be like when he went home. I used to take my horse Snowy over to the children’s home often and I used to give little Thoko rides. He would sit just in front of me on the saddle with his little emaciated body. Towards the end, he was so thin that we would have to put a pillow on the saddle for him to sit on because the jolting made him so sore. One day he told me that his friend, Jesus, was going to come on His big white horse and take him home to Heaven. Shortly afterwards, that is exactly what happened. Jesus came and took Thoko home.

    I want to ask you today, do you know Him as Thoko does - Is He real to you? Herod was so excited when he knew that he was going to meet with the Son of God. I want to close and I want to introduce you to Him, if you have never met Him before. Maybe, just like Thoko knew Him - personally.

    If you would like to, please just pray this little prayer after me:

    Lord Jesus,
    I have read about You in books,
    I have seen You depicted in movies,
    I have heard people talk about You,
    I have seen people sing hymns to You but I have never personally met You.
    Today I want to meet You as a Friend, just like You were a Friend to little Thoko.
    I ask You to come into my life.
    I repent of my sin and Lord, I look forward to very soon shaking You by the hand when You come to fetch us, all of us, on that snow-white steed riding on those clouds.
    I ask this in Jesus’s Name.

    God bless you and have a wonderful day. Tell somebody about your newly-found Friend today.

  • It is Friday morning, 7th January 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    Job 8:7, sent to me by a very dear friend from Canada, goes like this:

    “Though your beginning was small,
    Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.”

    Job was successful, why? Because he never wavered. If we look at Job 42:10 right at the end of the book, Job lived to 140 years old. The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had at the beginning - You will find that in verse 10. And then verse 16:

    “After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. So Job died, old and full of days.”

    Successful people are not superstars. No, they are not... Not 'here today, gone tomorrow', those are not the people who make the difference. The people that make the difference are those who carry on through thick and thin. Matthew 7:21, Jesus said:

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

    We really need to believe the vision God has given to us. Don’t listen to 'Job’s comforters' - the ones who say: “Well, maybe there is sin in your life and that is why you are not succeeding. Maybe you haven’t heard correctly from God.” Don’t listen to them.

    I remember going to Ladysmith, the first campaign I ever organized. I said goodbye to Jill and the kids in the morning got in my pick-up with my flask of coffee and in my farm clothes, off I went to that town. I went to the first church and knocked on the door. The man said, “You can come here if you want but this place is as hard as the rocks and the thorn trees that surround it.” I went to the second guy and he said, “This place has been over-evangelized.” He was so hefty, he could hardly get out of his chair, smoking his pipe. I went to the third guy, I thought, “I will get a bit of support here.” He said: “Maybe God sent you here to bend you a little bit."

    I went and parked underneath a thorn tree, just like Elijah, and I said, “Lord, what am I doing here? I am a successful farmer, I don’t have to do this.” And I felt the Lord saying, “Are you going to go through with it or not?” And like Job, I persevered. But you know, I went to one minister’s house, he wasn’t there, can you believe it? I left my card underneath his door... The next morning he phoned me and he said, “Angus, we are waiting for you. We have been praying for revival in this town for six months.” And that was the first campaign we ever had and probably the one I will never forget. Probably the smallest one but it was incredibly successful. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

    Get out there today, like Job, and keep on keeping on for Him!

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Thursday morning, 6th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go straight to Job 22:29, the Lord says He will save the humble person. 1 Peter 5:5 is the same scripture and James 4:6 says, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. He will save the humble person - Always remember, pride comes before a fall. How many times have we seen an arrogant person brought low because of pride?

    The mighty Titanic, the ship they said it was unsinkable... Never say anything like that to anybody and not to the Lord. On its maiden voyage it sunk, like a stone, to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. But God gives grace to the humble - That is why God loved Moses so much, Moses was a man who was so humble. Remember, humility is controlled strength. Moses was the humblest man that lived, yet he was not weak by any means.

    Many years ago, I was preaching in Scotland. I was in a little country village, in the Community Hall. It was a midweek meeting early in the morning, maybe 9 or 10 o’clock and it was full of lovely folk, country folk. We were having tea and cucumber sandwiches when the organizer introduced me to a middle-aged man. He looked very fit, straight back and dressed in gumboots, a tweed jacket and wearing a deer-stalker, I asked him, “Sir, what do you do for a living?” He said, “I am a part-time farmer and I am a soldier.” He said, “By the way Angus, I have been looking forward to meeting you but at the end of this meeting, I have to go because I have another meeting after this.” I said, “No problem.”

    He said, “I will sit at the back so I don’t interfere with the meeting.”

    Well, I started preaching and sure enough, just towards the end of the meeting, he stood up, gave me a big wave and slipped out the back of the hall. After the meeting, the organizer came to me and said, “That gentleman that you were having tea with, do you know who he is?”
    I said, “Yes, he said he was a soldier.” He said he is the Commander General for the Nato Forces for the whole of Europe, answerable personally to Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, herself.” A soldier indeed!

    Humility is a wonderful thing, go out today and be humble and God will raise you up.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Wednesday morning, 5th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.”

    Exodus 13:21

    And then, one of our favourite scriptures, Hebrews 13:5, Jesus says:

    “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    God never abandoned the Israelites in the wilderness and He is not about to abandon you or me, in these critical times. Now that desert, that wilderness, I have seen it. The heat during the day goes up to plus 50ºC and in the evenings, I believe it goes down to freezing... Now that cloud kept them from the heat, by day, and by night when it got freezing cold, there was a pillar of fire to keep them warm. The Lord thinks of everything, doesn’t He? But of course, the main reason was for direction.

    We need direction and we really need to follow the cloud like never before. You know, in East Africa, in the great plains of the Masai Mara, there are herds of antelope, tens of thousands of them, that follow the rain clouds at the end of the dry season, as the wet season begins. They watch the clouds, the thunder and the lightning because they know that those clouds are full of rain... and where the rain falls, the grass will grow very quickly. Now, if the animals knew that, what about you and I?

    We really need to follow and to watch the clouds - I am a cloud-watcher by the way! Every morning I get up and I say, “Lord Jesus, are You coming in the clouds today?” Because that is what He told us - He is coming back in the clouds, I can’t wait.

    You know, Philippians 2:10-11 says: Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Now, if every knee on earth is going to do it, you will see Him coming in the clouds, so let us now get ready for the coming of the Lord because this rain that we are speaking about it is not only physical rain, it is spiritual rain.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,

  • It is Tuesday morning, 4th January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “But the just (the righteous) shall live by his faith.
    Habakkuk 2:4

    And the same scripture in Romans 1:17:

    “The just shall live by faith.”

    Now I can hear somebody say: “How do you get faith?” Well, Romans 10:17 says:

    “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” -

    By reading your Bible!
    I heard a beautiful quote just yesterday written in the 1800s by an American reformer by the name of Horace Greeley. He said, and I am going to read it slowly:

    “It is impossible to socially or mentally enslave a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”

    Isn’t that beautiful? So if you are full of fear this morning, then go to 2 Timothy 1:7, Jesus says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” You might be full of sin and saying, "I don’t know how to get rid of this sin in my life. I have made some terrible mistakes over this Christmas period. How do I deal with it?"

    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
    John 1:9

    Do you see how the Bible is the key to setting us free? Maybe you are full of hatred. You have got anger in your heart and it is eating you up - How do I get rid of it? By love! The opposite of hatred is love.

    “He who does not love does not know God”
    1 John 4:8

    But then if you want freedom like Horace Greeley was speaking about, freedom comes through the Bible.

    “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
    John 8:36

    And now there might be some man who is going to put on his boots today, put on his jacket and go and look for a job, you are unemployed - Success comes through the Word of God.

    “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (other) things shall be added to you.”
    Matthew 6:33

    I want to say to you that when I was actively farming (my boys are farming now) I would always say: "Boys, buy the best seed you can afford. It doesn’t matter how hard things are because when you put good seed into well-prepared soil, it is a winner.” When they go and buy a bull for their herd of beef cattle, I always say, “Buy a good bull. He is half the herd, don’t skimp."

    Now, I want to say to you in closing, this year let us use the Word of God and that will keep us successful and at peace.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day!

  • It is Monday morning, 3rd January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Pray without ceasing.”

    1 Thessalonians 5:17

    For this year, and indeed for every year, this must become part of our very lives. Like we put on our clothes every morning when we get up, we should be praying. We have to become a praying people.

    What was Jesus doing at the most critical time in His life when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane? He was praying, not running, not making a plan but praying. Prayer was the focal part of Jesus’s life and remains so, to this day. In fact, He is interceding, in Heaven, right now on our behalf.

    If we look at Luke 22:40, Jesus says:

    “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

    Remember when the five thousand people had nothing to eat and the disciples came to the Lord and said, “What must we do?” The Lord prayed over two small fish and five barley loaves of bread and the Lord fed five thousand men, and that is not even numbering the women and the children that were there. Mathew 14:17

    I looked, up the Oxford Dictionary, to find out the definition of the word prayer and this is what it says: “A solemn request for help or expression of thanks, addressed to God.”

    That is what prayer is. I remember praying, as a brand-new Christian, I prayed because I was in a crisis situation. There was a fire on our farm. There was a huge wind blowing and the fire was about to jump into the neighbour’s pine plantation. It would have meant absolute disaster and destruction, for me and my young family. The wind was blowing furiously, my neighbours were trying to help me stop the fire from jumping. Eventually, they had to go because they had to pay their staff, it was the end of the month.

    I got on my knees, in front of everybody, in the dust and I prayed because I didn’t know what else to do. I can tell you now, God is my witness, the wind from the north dropped. A cool wind came up from the south and gentle rain fell on that fire and put the fire out.

    This year let us become a praying people. Remember the old adage: “When men work, they work, but when men pray, God works.”

    God bless you and have a wonderful day.

  • It is Sunday morning, 2nd January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

    Psalm 119:105

    Then we go to the New Testament, Mark 13:31, Jesus says:

    “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

    Do you know that God’s ancient people, the Israelites, are also known as the People of the Book? That is right! Do you know the Bible is the book that comforts us? It is our mediator in family squabbles. It is also the joy of our heart, in fact, it is our hope for this year, 2022.

    I don’t really believe in New Years' resolutions because none of mine has ever worked! I looked up, in the Oxford Dictionary, the word: resolution... It means, a firm decision. But I want to encourage you to make one good New Years' resolution. I want to encourage you because I am going to do it as well - To make the Book, that’s right, the Bible, the centre of your decision-making for the year 2022. We will be pleasantly surprised at how wise and successful we shall become.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

    John 1:1

    If somebody says to you, “Show me this Jesus you are always talking about”, give them a Bible.” But I can hear somebody saying: “But how do we read it because there are 66 books in the Bible.” Well, first of all, you must read it every single day, first thing in the morning and it will set you up for the day. Then, go to the Old Testament. Start in the Book of Psalms, they are so beautiful. Then read a portion and get yourself a little diary or little devotional book - a book that you can write in, and write down what the Lord has told you.

    Then go to the New Testament and start in the Gospel of John. That is a beautiful book to start in and then of course you just keep reading it progressively - from book to book as you continue. Write it down and also read it in the first person - What does that mean? Well, “The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want”. You read it, “The Lord is John’s Shepherd”, “The Lord is Mary’s Shepherd, she shall not want.” Write it in the first person and then read a nice devotional and then spend time in prayer.

    And I want to tell you, it will see you through the year. I have been doing it for over 40 years and God speaks to me daily through the Good Book.

    May the Lord bless you and have a wonderful day!

    Jesus bless you!

  • A very good morning and a very happy New Year to you!

    Today is 1st January, the year 2022, and it is Saturday morning, this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day!

    "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."

    1 Corinthians 2:9

    And then 2 Corinthians 5:7... We are going to walk by faith and not by sight this year!

    Luke 22:32, Jesus says to us in this New Year, He says: “I am praying for you, that your faith should not fail.” Jesus is as a standing guarantee for us in 2022 - He is backing us all the way.

    Now remember, we always say if you aim at nothing then you are sure to hit it. I hope you have got something that you are aiming at this year.

    Proverbs 29:18:

    Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    We really need to aim and at a vision that we ask God to give us. Habakkuk 2:2-3:

    “Write the vision
    And make it plain on tablets,
    That he may run who reads it.
    For the vision is yet for an appointed time; (2022!)
    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.”

    Remember, if your vision doesn’t scare you, it is not big enough. I am firmly believing for the greatest revival that this world has ever seen, that is about to explode on this earth. Can you imagine families praying together, Bibles being read in schools, universities, government institutions and parliament. Companies dedicated to sowing finances into God’s Kingdom, Widows and orphans being taken care of, Bible translators being supported so that the word of God can be available in every language on earth? This is the vision for 2022 - God is more than able!

    I want to close with a quotation from John Wesley. I think it is so beautiful, this is how it goes:

    “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, and all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

    Jesus bless you this year. Keep your eyes fixed on Him.

    We love you very much. Happy New Year!
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Friday morning, 31st December, the last day of the year, 2021, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today!

    “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

    Luke 9:62

    We are about to face a brand-new year and we need to implement the ploughing principle. I was taught to plough in bonnie Scotland when I was a young man of nineteen years old. It is critical that the first furrow is dead straight -That is the most important aspect of ploughing.

    We are starting a new year tomorrow and we need to look forward. Depending on how you execute the first cut in that field with that plough will influence the rest of the field. As we are about to start the new year the same principle applies.

    "he who ploughs should plough in hope…”

    1 Corinthians 9:10

    We are looking forward, we are not looking behind us. You get on that tractor, you put that tractor in the correct gear, you set the plough correctly - each plough shear going into the ground at the same depth.

    Then, we pick a point on the horizon, a church steeple, a large tree or a building and we line that up with the nose of the tractor. Now listen to this, then by faith, we start ploughing... We do not look behind us. That is a fatal mistake. As soon as you do that you will pull the steering wheel, put a kink in the first furrow and that will be exaggerated every time you come down the next line. By the time you finish that large field, it will look terrible, crooked lines like a snake.

    We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith - Hebrews 12:2. Put the past behind you, 2021 is almost over and you are looking at a brand new field with a brand new plough and a brand new tractor. Let’s start ploughing for Jesus.

    Let’s look forward because He is coming back very soon.

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.