Very good morning to you, I greet you in Jesus' precious name - It is Monday morning the 6th of February, 2023 and this is your friend Angus Buchan with a thought for today. If we start in Psalm 136:1-26, you can read it yourself but, I want to just tell you one thing: The Lord loves you so much that in this 1 song, no less than 26 times he says: "His mercy endures forever..."
Isn't that a beautiful assurance for you today as you start this brand-new week? Then the other scripture, which is probably the saddest scripture in the Holy Bible, is found in Jeremiah 8:20:
"The harvest is past the summer is ended and we are not saved."
Our Lord Jesus does not want one soul to perish - He wants every single one to be saved. John 3:16 is a verse we know by heart:
"For God so loved the world (That's you and me), that he gave his only begotten son (Jesus Christ) that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life."
I can hear somebody saying today but saved from what? Well, sir - Saved from going to a lost eternity, saved from some terrible addiction that is slowly but surely destroying your life, saved from fear itself, depression, anxiety and hopelessness. Yes, Jesus' mercy endures forever!
I looked up the word mercy, it means kindness, it means compassion and generosity. The only one who is qualified to forgive because He paid the full price is our Lord. He died so that we can live again - Remember when He forgives, He forgets.
Today, why don't you say sorry, why don't you just repent and say: Lord I've messed up, please give me another chance." Well, I've just read it for you - no less than 26 times in one song, He says my mercy endures forever. Throw those sins of yours into a deep pond and the Lord will put up a big sign: No fishing. When the Lord Forgives, He forgets!
Pray this prayer with me today if you will:
Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ,
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
please forgive me for dropping the ball,
for messing up my life.
Lord, please help me, I know that the harvest is past, the summer is ended and I'm still not saved.
Lord, I don't know when you coming back again but
Lord, I need you today,
please forgive me and set me free.
Have a wonderful day, goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name. It is Sunday morning the 5th of February, 2023 and this is your friend Angus Buchan with a thought for today. If we start in James 1 and I'm reading verse 22:
"But be doers of the word and not hearers only,
Then we go to Luke 9 and I'm reading from verse 16:
"Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to Heaven,
he blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to sit before
the multitude. So they all ate and were filled.
Jesus was a doer and not just a talker. We mustn't just tell folk that we love them we must show them that we love them. 1 Kings 17:15-16 is the account of the poor widow who had one little boy and she had run out of food - there was a terrible drought. The prophet Elijah tested her and asked her to give him part of their last meal... You know after that, her bin of flour never run out and her jar of oil never dried up! You can't outgive the Lord.
I remember years ago, in the big Seed Sower, that big yellow truck we were taking the gospel into central Africa... We weren't here right in the heart of Tanzania taking the gospel to an unreached people group. There was a group of filmmakers that were following us hard from behind, in pickups but they had many breakdowns in the thick bush. Finally, one night they arrived at our camp, we'd been on the road for over 3 weeks! Early in the morning, we took the filmmakers a nice hot cup of strong, sweet coffee, we didn't have much left ourselves at that time, they were deeply grateful and touched. You know over the years, from time to time, we bump into each other and the amazing thing is they never speak about the miracles and the signs and wonders that took place on that tour - they only talk about that cup of coffee, early in the morning.
You know washing the dishes touches my dear wife's heart more than a bouquet of beautiful flowers - Go out today and be Jesus to some poor soul. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful Sunday.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Saturday morning, it is the 4th of February, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’
“Your name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.”
His name is remembered forever from the very beginning of time. Now I looked up the Oxford Dictionary to find out the literal meaning of the word, “fame”. It means the state of being famous, it means a celebrity, prominence and distinction. A famous person is known only for a season, for example, a famous football star, a rugby star, a tennis star, a film star, maybe a famous politician or a famous artist - but their fame and their impact on the world is very short-lived. When I speak to my grandchildren and mention famous icons from as recently as ten years ago, they tell me, “Never heard of them, Khulu!”.
“Have you never heard of George Best?”
“Have you never heard of Richy McCall?”
But the name that everyone knows, and is more popular and more famous than even when he walked upon the earth - that’s right, Jesus, the Christ!
In Mark 8:29, Jesus asked Peter:
“But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered,, “You are the Christ.”
The most famous person who has ever lived, the most loved and the soon-coming King. Get to know this famous person today because He is waiting to speak with you.
Have a wonderful Saturday,
Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Friday morning, it is the 3rd of February, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel.”
1 Corinthians 4:15
Not many fathers in the faith - the problem in the world today in a fatherless generation. You know, I just want to clarify, right at the beginning, we thank God for our moms, for our women-folk, for the homemakers, for the single moms. We really do. What would we do without you actually? But we desperately need dads in the home. Many men in the home are not taking their role as a father figure in the home. They are abdicating. We need to stand up gentlemen, and we need to take our position as prophet, priest and king in the home.
The disciples asked the Lord Jesus to teach them how to pray, and in Matthew 6:9 He said, when you pray, pray like this:
“Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Fathers have a role to play in the home, and they have a role to play in society. Unfortunately, fathers at the moment are taking a terrible beating when it comes to society. Some young fathers don’t know how to be a father anymore because they are getting so broken down. I want to say to you, gentlemen, stand up and be counted. We need you desperately. A dad must lead from the front. He must love his wife, he must love his children so that he brings order to the home. Have you ever seen that big male African lion in the bush? Have you seen him? He is in charge of the pride. He doesn’t mix with all the females. He will sit a little bit aside, maybe under a tree and he will watch them and the young cubs playing with their mothers, but he is looking after the pride. He is protecting the pride from predators. He has a role to play in his pride.
You and I have a role to play in society. We need to be a father of the fatherless. I want to tell you with honour and great pride that I am mentoring approximately 500 men, right around the world. What do I do? I am just there for them they need to ask me, and I pray for them every day. I write them a letter every month and I meet with them every year. That is all I can do. We need fathers. Fathers, you need to take your position in the home and in the nation.
I want to tell you a little story. My wife came home the other day and she said she went to a swimming gala and my grandson was swimming. His dad was standing on the side of the pool and the young boy was coming first, but then all of a sudden another swimmer was going to overtake him. Then the big bellowing voice of the father said, “Step it up, boy!” And with that, he won the race.
Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 2nd of February, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
I have just come back from a very intimate prayer meeting with a group of men and the leader of the group started by saying, “Lord, we need unity in the Body of Christ.” How true is that? The Lord tells us very clearly in Psalm 133 that He commands a blessing when there is unity. I just love to travel around the world and meet different people. I have the privilege of staying in their homes very often, and as I walk in through the front door, I can sense if there is unity in the family. When mom and dad are pulling together, when the children are happy and disciplined, they are listening to instructions from their parents, and there is love and unity which is so special. It's like a well-oiled machine. It's like a rugby team that pulls together. You know, often you get a team full of superstars. They don’t win much because every man is on his own mission and everyone is trying to prove their point, but when you get men pulling together, and women, boys and girls, you see unity demonstrated and that is always a winning team.
I want to say to you today, don’t be shy to say sorry. I can hear some man saying, “But it is not my fault.” That is not the point. The point is it takes two to tango on the dance floor, it takes two to have an argument. If you say, “Listen, I am sorry for my part in it”, it breaks that tension and there is reconciliation. That's what Jesus did. Jesus went to the Cross, not because He was guilty, not because He deserved to die, He went there to die to pay for your sins and my sins. Now, we need to do likewise.
We need to put our selfish pride in our pockets, we need to strive for unity in the home, in the workplace and the nation. Remember, charity starts at home and no man living in a glass house throws stones. We need to work together. Let's pray for unity in the home today.
Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name!
It is Wednesday morning, the 1st of February, 2023 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
Psalm 131 1-2
“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
No pride or arrogance today but rather a calm and quieted spirit. Let us quietly trust in the Lord Jesus today. You know folks, a little baby who is suckling from his mother’s breast is not concerned about the great and the marvellous things. No, he is just content to be held in his mother’s loving arms. I love to see a little calf in a field with a big herd of cattle. When that calf has lost his mother and he starts bellowing, his mother hears him in the herd and calls back to him and he runs flat out towards her. When he finds his mother he goes straight to the udder and starts to drink that beautiful warm milk. Sometimes it looks like a big frothy milkshake! But he is not concerned about anything else. He is safe. He is in his mother’s presence.
Even though many things are not going well in the world at the moment - people write to me and ask me difficult questions, “How can God allow this? What is happening?” - I don’t know, I want to say to you today, let's be like that little suckling baby, okay? Let's not be so concerned about the big story. Let's rather just concentrate on our little story like the calf suckling its mother’s udder.
You know, I respect an old lady named Corrie Ten Boom. She has gone to be with the Lord now. She was Dutch, and she and her sister, Betsy and her old dad were hiding Jews in the attic of their little watchmaker's shop in Holland during the Second World War. The Nazis found out, arrested them and put them in a concentration camp with the Jews.
Betsy, who was Corrie’s sister, was very sick and was dying. Corrie was lying there trying to muse her sister in amongst all the carnage and the horror of the holocaust when Corrie cried out, “Lord, what is happening?”. She heard the quiet voice of her sister Betsy saying, “Corrie, if you know Him, you don’t have to ask why.”
Today, just concentrate on quietly trusting Jesus and He will take care of the rest.
Have a wonderful day.
God bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Tuesday morning, the 31st of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
You know, just the other night I listened to a beautiful testimony on the television, spoken by Joni Eareckson Tada, the lady who has been paralysed for most of her life. Remember, she dived off a rowing boat into a lake and hit her head on a rock and is completely paralysed from the neck down. She was saying that the Lord does all the sorting out of our characters and our lives here on earth, not in Heaven. She related the story of when they built the temple. The Lord said there would be no fashioning, no cutting, no shaping, and no banging to be done at the site of the temple. It all had to be done at the quarry, so when those big granite blocks were brought up to the temple for the building, they were already perfectly fashioned. They were sized up at the quarry. All the rough edges were taken off before they reached the temple site. Joni Earekson was saying that she believes that all the fashioning is going to be done here on earth so when we get to Heaven, there will be no stone masons there, there will be no need for them. There will be no pain, no tribulation, no sorting out when we get home to be with Jesus, there will be bliss, love, peace and patience and no more tears.
Today you might feel you are going through such a rough time. Yesterday I spent time with a family that lost their beautiful daughter, a university student when she and her boyfriend had a car crash. The car landed in a quarry full of water and they drowned. We were able to reassure one another that she is in the presence of the Lord now with her boyfriend because they both love Jesus. The time of pain and suffering will finish here on earth. When we get to Heaven it will only be love, peace, patience and joy.
So today, remember it doesn’t matter what you are going through, the Lord is going through it with you. He is going through the fire with you and you are getting ready for home time and what a day that will be.
Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day!
It is Monday morning, I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is the 30th of January,2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. We start off in the Book of Proverbs 8:14, the Lord says:
“Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.”
And then we go to Ecclesiastes 7:19:
“Wisdom strengthens the wise,
More than ten rulers of the city.”
And then the last one is 1 Corinthians 3:19:
‘For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness;…”
Now I looked up the Oxford Dictionary the word, wisdom: Wisdom is common-sense, that’s right, it is logic and it is experience. If you look at our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, He never made a hurried decision, did he? Remember the woman caught in adultery and the Pharisees who tried to catch him? He just carried on writing in the sand, then He stood up and said: “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” And they all left her, He said to the woman: “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more.”
When Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, he asked Him to speak up - Jesus said nothing. That’s wise. I know, my biggest problem in life is that I speak too quickly and I get myself into trouble. When an old man is slow to speak, its not because he is physically tired or maybe overwhelmed by modern society, no - its because he has walked the road of life. He has been to the school of hard knocks. He has made many mistakes in his life. He is slow to speak but quick to listen. Some of the greatest lessons I have learnt have not been in the classroom but rather in the field. There is a big difference between theory and the practical.
At agricultural college, we did our lectures in the morning and we did our practicals in the afternoon. I learnt more from the farm-workers and they weren’t well educated men... The cattle-men, shepherds, tractor drivers, mechanics and the horsemen, than I ever learned from a lecturer. We need to seek godly instruction, practical instruction about life from people who have already been there.
Today, seek your wisdom from the Lord, for He knows all things. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Sunday morning, the 29th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you.”
1 Corinthians 3:16
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (fleshly) but might in God for the pulling down of strongholds.”
2 Corinthians 10:4
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We really need to look after them. You know, everywhere I go I see gyms, physical fitness centres and that is wonderful. I also am very keen on keeping fit. I am trying to keep myself physically fit all the time, but there is an area where we are slack and that is in our minds. You see, it is no good having an exterior that looks like a Formula 1 racing car but inside the engine is like a 2-stroke lawnmower. We must discipline the whole person, inside and outside.
Folks, seriously, the Holy Spirit will not dwell in a dirty, polluted house. You know, very sadly, I remember reading about a very famous young actor. He was playing a major role in a movie as a virtual demon in the movie, and then he was found in his bed, dead - he had taken an overdose of drugs and he left a message behind, “I just can’t sleep.” It is time for you and me to clean out our temples. What are we talking about? We are talking about things like unforgiveness, hatred, envy, jealousy, bitterness, and anger. We need to clean it out of our homes and we need to fill our temples with love and joy, peace, patience and loving-kindness. Yes, I am talking about the fruit of the Spirit.
Father, I want to pray for my friends that are listening to this message right now.
I pray Lord, that You will help them to discipline themselves, they will discipline themselves on what they watch and what they read, we are talking about things like pornography, the filth of the world. Lord, that they will cast it aside and start to concentrate on eternal things and mostly the love of Christ.
I ask this in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Jesus bless you and have a wonderful Sunday.
I greet you in Jesus' precious Name. It is Saturday morning, the 28th of January, 2023, and this is your friend Angus Buchan with a thought for today.
2 Corinthians 5:7, the Word says:
"For we walk by Faith, not by sight".
Then we go just down a bit further to verse 9:
"Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him".
You see you can't please the Lord without faith.
"Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him".
If ever we needed more faith! I think you'll agree with me, we need it in these days in which we are living. You know, faith is contagious. Faith begets faith. So you need to be spending time with people who have got faith. Remember eagles do not fly around with flocks of turkeys. No! Eagles spend time with the Lord in the high places. Faith begets faith. Augustine said:
"Faith is to believe what you cannot see, but the reward of that faith is to see what you believe".
I've just come off a radio program and I was sharing a story with them. They wanted me to speak about a supernatural sighting and I said, I remember like yesterday the night when my wife and small children were in our little wattle and daub house and there was a huge storm and we had a knocking on the window. There were some Zulu ladies outside who were screaming and shouting that one of their friends had been struck down by lightning and was dead, that's what they told me. We jumped into the pickup and shot up there. I walked into that traditional hut. It was very smokey, I couldn't see too clearly and there was a body lying there with blankets covering it. They said there she is. I said to bring the body to the pickup and we will take it to the mortuary. They said no, no, no, you've been telling us and preaching for weeks in the fields every day that Jesus is a Miracle Worker. We want you to pray that Jesus will raise this woman. Well I was put on the spot, wasn't I? But I will never forget it. I walked up, I laid my hands up on that body and I prayed, please Lord, raise her up so that these people can know that You are a miracle-working God. Nothing happened. I stood back, again I didn't know what to do. The Holy Spirit impressed upon me, do it again. I went and I prayed a second time. Then I felt the Lord say, take her by the wrists and pick her up to her feet, I was a young man then, I was a strong man. I picked that woman right off the ground, I stood her up and I felt the Lord say let her go. I said she's maybe going to fall..."Let her go!" I let her go and she remained standing. I want to tell you those women have never ever forgotten that miracle. We've got to do it by faith.
Have a wonderful Saturday and remember Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Friday morning, the 27th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.”
`And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Maybe there is a mother today who has been weeping over a prodigal son, maybe there is a father who has been weeping over a prodigal daughter, praying and weeping for them to come home, to come back home to Jesus, and you are not seeing anything at the moment. Keep on.
Dr David Livingstone sowed many tears over Africa. He said there would be those who came after him who would reap in joy. He died in the heart of Africa. The locals called him, “the good man.” He died near Chief Chitambo’s’ village, right in the heart of Zambia. He died on his knees praying in a little grass hut that they had constructed for him. Not one member of his family was near him. If he had died on the moon, it wouldn’t be further away from his beloved Scotland. He had not succeeded in abolishing the hellish slave trade. He had not succeeded in finding the source of the Nile River that he thought would bring commerce and industry into Africa and stop the buying and selling of human flesh.
It all looked like his life had been such a waste. But, the people loved him so much when he died that they cut out his heart and they buried it under a tree. In my prayer room, I have a sprig of that tree and it is framed. They embalmed this godly man’s body and carried it to Zanzibar, something like 1500 km, maybe more, and took it back to Britain. After his death, the hellish slave trade was abolished, the source of the Nile was discovered and the Gospel and commerce and industry were brought to Africa.
I want to say to you today, don’t stop sowing good seed, don’t stop weeping for your loved ones. The Lord has heard your prayers and He will turn the situation around.
Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 26th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
Well, as you can probably hear, there is beautiful life-giving rain, falling on my tin roof yet again. In this particular area, we have had a tremendous heat wave and our crops have been taking a lot of strain, but this gentle, beautiful rain from Jesus is resurrecting them as I talk to you now. How are you feeling today in your heart? Are you feeling lonely? Are you feeling fearful? Are you feeling deserted?
Well, I want to do something for you. I want to read to you probably the most famous psalm in the whole Bible. Yes, it's a prayer and it is written by a man who walked so close with God and yet so often failed Him but this man knew how to repent, he knew how to say sorry and God forgave him.
We are reading Psalm 23, a psalm of David.
“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Jesus bless you today as you put your hand in the hand of the Shepherd who has promised that He will never leave you, that He will never forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
God bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 25th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers,
The same is broken, and we have escaped.”
To be caught in a snare is the most terrible thing. Again, we see how the Pharisees tried to set a snare for our Lord Jesus Christ.
“But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marvelled at His answer and kept silent.”
A snare is set by a poacher - I looked it up in the Oxford Dictionary, the word poacher means: “Illegally hunting or catching game or fish on land that does not belong to you, that is not your own.” Now, who is the one who sets a snare? Its the devil himself, and how does he operate? He operates at night, he doesn’t do it during the day - He does it when no one is looking, so we can’t see where the snare is. He is an extremely dishonest thief.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
He is the absolute poacher of all. He sets a snare for us and sometimes he will even parade as an angel of light. He is an excellent liar. He may say to you: “Have an affair with that woman, no one will know.” He is the one who says: “Steal that money,no one will see.” He is the very one who says: “Cheat on that exam paper and no one will ever know.” He is the one who says: “Don’t pay your income tax because you don’t believe in the government.”
He is the one who tells you to tell a little white lie. Once he does that, he has caught you in his snare and you are now his. You belong to him, every time you try to get out of that snare by yourself, it gets tighter and tighter. Only Jesus Christ can set you free!
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Folks, don’t fall for the lies of the devil. I was jogging down a farm road some years ago and I heard the most heart-rendering crying. It was a little gazelle caught in a snare by its back leg. He was crying and bleating in the forest. It was overwhelming to listen to, I must be honest with you. I bent down, I had to be careful - his hooves are so sharp. I held him gently and took that horrible, ugly snare off his back leg. As I let go, he bolted off and he raced into the forest. I never saw him again.
Don’t let the devil catch you with his snare today. Look to Jesus and He will walk with you right through that path.
God bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Tuesday morning the 24th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today.
“For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.”
I love that,” …who acts for the one who waits for Him.”
“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
You know Romans 8:19 says that all creation, that’s the world, is waiting with expectation, on tiptoes, for the manifestation of the sons of God. The world does not know what to do anymore. They are waiting to see what the sons and daughters are going to do about it. The question is, ”What are you and I doing about it?” The Lord has prepared some amazing things for us but with faith we’ve got to step out and take it.
One of my heroes is a man by the name of Dwight Lyman Moody, an American evangelist that lived in the 1800’s. He was known as D.L. Moody. He had a very, very bad start in life. He came from a very big family, his father died before he even remembered him. His mother was very poor but she brought up 8 or 9 children. D. L. Moody was a man who took God’s word literally. He said, ”The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him, and by God’s help I aim to be that man.” Wow, and he sure was!
Folks, that man was a shoe salesman, that’s all he was. He was known as the greatest layman. He had no education whatsoever, he had a Grade 4 education and yet that man took God’s word literally and he began the massive Moody Bible Institute which is still going on today. He also started two publishing houses. He was a great evangelist as well. When he went to Great Britain for a campaign, literally trains of people would follow him from city to city. He’s the one who said, ”Give your life to God because He can do more with it than you can.” He said, ”If God is your partner, make your plans big.”
Have a wonderful day today.
Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Monday morning the 23rd of January, 2023 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today. If we start in the book of Jeremiah:
“But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these, I delight,” says the Lord.”
And then we go to the New Testament to Philippians 3:10 where Paul says:
“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death…”
That I may know him... What is it that Jesus expects from me and you today? Well, Micah 6:8 says it very plainly. The Lord wants us, today, to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.
You see, being a Christian is not a case of following a set of rules. It’s not learning a whole lot of scripture verses, a parrot can do that - probably better than you or I. It is to know Him intimately as a person. You see, you can know the Bible inside-out but if you have never met the author, it just makes you a history teacher, doesn’t it? It’s spending time with someone that helps you understand them.
My wife Jill knows what my favourite food is, she knows what my favourite colours are. I know the thing that makes Jill happy - it’s not buying her a bunch of flowers. No, it’s fixing a dripping tap and changing a fused light bulb. Those are the things that make my wife happy because I understand her - because I spend time with her.
Duncan Campbell was a Scottish evangelist. In the 1950’s he was invited to hold an outreach campaign on the islands on the west coast of Scotland. When he arrived with his little ship, probably expected to stay there for a couple of weeks, he was met with two old sisters waiting for him at the harbour. One was blind and the other was bent in two with arthritis. They asked him one question: "Mr Campbell, do you know God?" He answered: "I sincerely hope so ladies." They had been praying for revival for years on the west coast of Scotland and Jesus answered their prayers because they knew Him and they understood Him. A revival started in those islands that lasted for, I think, over a year, maybe two... People came from all over the world to see and hear what God was doing.
Today, spend time learning to understand the heart of God.
Jesus bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name. It is Sunday morning, 22nd January, 2023 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. Psalm 121 - I am reading verse 1 and 2:
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.”
Looking at our situation from God’s perspective, not from ours... Jesus is saying to us today, “Come up higher, then you can see the big picture.”
Some of us are so involved in the storms of our lives at the moment that we can’t even see the wood for the trees, so they say. Maybe it is a turbulent marriage that you are involved with at the moment. Maybe there is a management situation at work that you need to deal with and it is getting on top of you. Maybe, it is a financial crisis, you just don’t have the money or maybe it is a sick member in your family that you are concerned about. The Lord is telling us today to lift up our eyes, to look at our tests through God’s eyes and not ours.
As a young man I used to love going up into the mighty Drakensberg Mountains to fast and pray. Many times, I would leave early in the morning from my campsite and walk high up into the mountains. I would just have a pair of tackies, a t-shirt and a pair of shorts on... and my Bible. Sometimes I would get caught up there at midday, and as you know, there are many thunderstorms, quite vicious ones in the summertime but I would sit on top of a rock and watch the fierce storm happening beneath me. Lightening, thunder, wind, rain, and I would be sitting there with the sun shining down on me, spending time with the Lord, looking at the world from His perspective. And when the storm finished, I would take a slow walk back down to my campsite. There would be little rivulets running down the contour paths. The grass would have been beautifully washed and the birds were singing.
I want to say to you today, I believe the Lord does not want you and I to get caught up in the middle of the storm of life. Let it pass by you and then walk down safely with Jesus, He will give you the right direction. He will let you see your situation through His eyes and it won’t be anything as bad as what you thought.
Keep your eyes on the Lord!
Jesus bless you and have a beautiful Sunday,
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 21st of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
1 Corinthians 1:27-29
And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Folks, the Lord chooses the nobodies of this world to do His bidding because He will not share His glory with any man. Philip was telling Nathaniel that they had found Jesus, the Son of God. Where does He live? He lives in Nazareth and of course, Nathaniel said, “Can anything good come out of that little dusty town called Nazareth?”. Well, the Prince of Peace came out of that little town, and what was He? Was He a doctor of philosophy? Was He a professor at the universities? No, He was a simple country carpenter, but He was God made flesh, Emanuel, God with us.
I want to say to you today, do not despise your situation. One thing the Lord has taught me is that He is no respecter of persons. He will use any man, any woman, any boy, any girl that will put up their hand and say, “Lord, I will go for you.” The Lord chose twelve disciples. They were uneducated. They were country fishermen. The Lord chose the Father of the nations, Abraham. He was a farmer. The Lord chose a beautiful, young Jewish maiden to be the mother of His Son, to carry God in her womb for nine months, and then give birth to Him and bring Him up and look after Him. She was uneducated but she had a heart after God.
I want to say to you today, do not despise yourself. Make yourself available to the Lord and He will use you more than you could have ever dreamed.
“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
This is our time. This is the time to stand up and say, “To God be all the glory!”
Jesus bless you and have a wonderful Saturday,
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Friday morning, the 20th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18
What a beautiful scripture - the power of the Cross! Do you remember that old hymn? Oh friends, what a beautiful hymn, written by that famous hymn writer, Isaac Watts. It goes something like this:
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
The power of the Cross defeats death, it defeats sin. The Cross - it cleanses us, purifies us, makes us new, and gets us rid of self.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
What a promise! The old man is dead, the new man is born.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
What a beautiful experience! The weight has been lifted off my back. That 50kg bag of condemnation and guilt has been taken off my back. I am not carrying it anymore. Worry and uncertainty are gone. The responsibility belongs to Jesus. As a young man, I used to worry so much about that crop of maize which was our sole income - a young man, with a big family of five children to look after. One day walking through that green crop of maize, worrying about the hail, the Lord reminded me, “It's my crop, Angus. I will look after it, you just serve Me.” I have never forgotten that experience. The penny dropped. It is not about me. It is all about Him.
Have a wonderful day today.
Jesus bless you and goodbye!
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 19th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:9
He chose us, we did not choose Him. He is the faithful One. He will ensure that we make it to the end, blameless on the great and wonderful day of His second coming. Many people are afraid. They are afraid when they wake up in the morning thinking how are we going to face this day? Many people are afraid when they go to sleep in the evening, but if Jesus has chosen us and called us, He shall never abandon us. He gives us the strength to live and He gives us the strength to die. Do you remember that beautiful little story, “Footprints in the Sand?”
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that It also happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way, but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand that when I needed You most, you would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My son, my precious child, I love you. I would never leave you. During the times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
Jesus bless you and remember He chose you. You didn’t choose Him and He will take you home.
God bless you and goodbye.
I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 18th of January, 2023, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, …”
The emphasis here is on God, who is able to keep us from falling. The emphasis is not on us, it is on God, and this is the point we want to really focus on this morning. He is the one who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or even think. He is The One, not us. We need to understand this principle. The emphasis is not on ourselves. That is what makes us depressed, fearful and anxious, but it is Christ in us who is going to do it. (Colossians 1:27).
This particular verse, Ephesians 3:20, kept me through one of the biggest tests in my life up until that point. Two young farmers from Middelburg in Mpumalanga came to see me. They told me that God spoke to them in a dream. He said they must book Loftus Versfeld Rugby Stadium in Pretoria. Now, that is a Mecca of Rugby, one of the most famous rugby stadiums in the whole world, “and we are going to have a Christian gathering there.” These two young men, Piet and Paul, looked very anxious, in fact, one of them was in tears when he shared his vision with me. When they had finished sharing their dream, they said, “There is no doubt about it,” but they wanted to ask me a question, “What did I feel about it?” I said, like I always would, “Go for it boys!” They were so excited. “Oh by the way,” they said just as they finished, “You are to be the speaker.” Ah, yes! Well, I had committed myself, hadn’t I?
But I want to tell you seriously, that that little verse, Ephesians 3:20 carried me right through for the next few months and then with our carnal eyes, we saw the dream those boys had, manifest in that afternoon which I will never forget as long as I live, when waves, like a tsunami of people, came into that stadium and lifted up the name of Jesus Christ!
God is able! Have a wonderful day!
Jesus bless you and goodbye.