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  • A very good morning to you! It is Monday morning, 23rd May, 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we start with the Book of Psalms:

    “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me”
    Psalm 138:7

    Oh Lord, we really need our souls to be revived today. And then we go to the Gospel of Matthew, this was the last thing that Jesus said before He went to Heaven:

    “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
    Matthew 28:20

    Oh, so we don’t need to be afraid, no! We don’t need to be afraid of trouble. If I look back on my Christian walk, my fondest memories have been when I have been in my greatest times of turmoil and trouble because those have been the times when I felt Jesus pressing in the closest to me. Therefore, we need not be afraid or fearful of hard times, it is in times like these when we can truly be changed for the better. I don’t remember the good times so much. I really remember those times when I was struggling - Times of drought, floods, times of personal tragedy. Those are the times that He was the closest to me.

    You know, I would rather be in a small dinghy with Jesus at the helm, going around Cape Horn, South America, facing huge waves that are so big, they literally blank out the sun, than to be in an ocean-going ship, a luxury liner on a calm lake without any waves, without Him. Today, we need to face our storms, we need to face our troubles. All we need to do is to make very sure that the Lord Jesus Christ is at the helm of our boat. Don’t be afraid of trouble. Embrace trouble, knowing that the Lord said that He will be with us even to the very end of the age.

    I really believe that we are so close to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. So be strong today - Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord and He will take you right through that storm that you are experiencing.

    God bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Sunday morning, 22nd May 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought of today.

    If we go to Joshua - and we know this one so well, don’t we? Joshua says:

    “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

    Joshua 24:15

    You know, life is full of choices... You can choose this day life or death, by simply obeying the statutes and the commandments of God - this will bring life. I want to say today, that we need to do things, not in our selfish ways because that is what brings death.

    You know, I heard the story of a man who walked out of the courthouse after having divorced his sixth wife, consecutively, and the remark he made was, “She tried so hard to make me happy.” How selfish and self-centred could that be? Marriage is not a 50/50 commitment. No, marriage is a 100% commitment and covenant from both sides. There is no such thing as the perfect marriage or the perfect family.

    Remember that comment we heard from that wonderful lady, the wife of the great evangelist, Dr Billy Graham? They asked her a question, “Have you ever thought of divorcing him?”

    She said,“Divorce never, murder often!” I can see all the ladies smiling. By the grace of God and our own decision, we have to work on our marriages and our family relationships.

    Just one more scripture I really need to leave with you today, it is a beautiful scripture. It is found in the Book of Ecclesiastes: Ecclesiastes 4 and I am reading from verse 9:

    Two are better than one,

    Because they have a good reward for their labour.

    For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.

    But woe to him who is alone when he falls,

    For he has no one to help him up.

    Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;

    But how can one be warm alone?

    Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.

    And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

    Have a wonderful Sunday as you work on your marriage and your family. Jesus bless you, Goodbye.

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  • A very good morning to you! It is Saturday morning, the 21st of May 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go to Luke 1:37:

    “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

    What a beautiful promise from God. And then we go to the Gospel of John 21:11:

    “Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.”

    Wow! Well, I tell you what, we serve a miracle-working God and we need to remember that. Nothing is too hard for the Lord, and nothing is impossible for Jesus - If ever we needed to remember that, it is in these times in which we are living. Therefore, let us press onward on the road that the Lord Jesus has appointed for us and always, remember that He has gone ahead of us. You see, it is not for us to question or to try and reason but simply to keep going forward and He will do the rest.

    Do you know that that net was designed for maybe half a dozen fish? And yet 153 large (they call them St Peter’s fish, like a tilapia or a big bream) were pulled up onto the shore and the net never broke. He is a miracle-working God. It is God’s work and so He will see that it shall not fail. All we have to do is to believe in a miracle-working God. We cannot do it in our strength therefore it is not for you and me to reason, we must not doubt, just let Jesus do it. And you know something? He wants to do it as well.

    I remember so clearly as a new believer, I was still a young farmer, we were growing seed maize on the farm. That’s all we had. We didn’t have any cattle or any other form of agriculture. Every afternoon at about 4 pm, big clouds used to come rolling over Shalom, I used to get so nervous because one hail storm would ruin us. But you know, one day I was walking through the maize and I realized, “Lord, you are a miracle-working God and this is Your farm. I have committed it to You, I have committed my life to You, I have committed my family to You, so Lord, whatever happens, it's in Your hands.” You know, I will never forget, it was like a 50kg bag of cement fell off my back. I could think more clearly, I could work better and you know something? The Lord protected that maize crop.

    Have a wonderful day and remember you serve a miracle-working God.
    Jesus bless you,
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Friday morning, 20th May 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go to the Old Testament:

    “For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,
    But His secret counsel is with the upright.”

    Proverbs 3:32

    And then we go to Psalm 25:14:

    “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
    And He will show them His covenant.”

    God will not share His close, personal issues with a devious person. He will not allow us to enter into that private place with Him. His intimate relationship He only shares with those of an upright spirit. Secret counsel is found between God and His people. His personal friendship He shares with only those who love and respect Him and those people who are straight forward. Have you noticed that when you are involved with something you know is wrong, God seems so far away from you - doesn’t He?

    God's guidance, blessing and friendship are only with those who love and honour Him. When we are invited by friends, to a questionable place, maybe to some nightclub or some place that is borderline, we need to ask ourselves a question. Could I take the Lord into this place with me? If the answer is: “No, I would be embarrassed to take the Lord there”, then you need to leave immediately.

    Many years ago, I was invited to a huge gathering in a major city in South Africa. They asked me to be one of the speakers, we were going to pray for the nation. When I arrived, straight away, I felt uneasy, they took me up onto the platform in front of multitudes of people. I looked around and I saw people on the platform with me from different faiths, worshipping different gods - Straight away I felt the Holy Spirit saying to me, “What are you doing here?” Well, I had a choice to make... I was most embarrassed but I stood up and walked straight off the platform, through the crowd to the carpark, got in my car and drove away. I was so relieved.

    Please don’t compromise your special relationship with Jesus just to make other people happy. Have a wonderful day.

    God bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Thursday morning, the 19th of May 2022, And this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
    Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.”

    Psalm 25:11

    And then we go to Romans 5:20:

    “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more”

    You know, one of the hardest things for a sinner to do is to forgive himself when all we need to do is to go to the Lord and say: “Sorry Lord” because He says, “My grace is sufficient for you.” I looked in the Oxford Dictionary, to find out the literal meaning of the word grace, this is what it says: "The free and unearned favour of God" or "undeserved loving-kindness." Another one is unmerited favour.

    You see, we have to accept God’s forgiveness and it is one of the hardest things for people to do. “Lord, You cannot forgive me. I am such a great sinner.” John Newton who wrote Amazing Grace... Remember the slave ship captain? When he realized the enormity of his sin, he was overwhelmed and he wrote that beautiful hymn - "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound in a sinner’s ear.” Apparently, when he was dying, he was whispering something, a man put his ear right to John Newton’s mouth and John Newton was quoted as saying, “What a great sinner I am but what a great Saviour Jesus is.”

    We have to accept that the Lord has paid, in full, for our sin. Peter said to the Lord when He wanted to wash His feet: “You will never wash my feet” (John 13:8) and Jesus says, “I will have no part of you if you will not accept it.” I was also brought up in 'the old school' if you can’t pay for it, then you don’t take it. But we need to understand something - sometimes when we won’t take it as a gift, we offend somebody.

    A young man told my son a few months ago that he wanted to give me his horse... Not just a horse but his best horse, as a gift. This horse is worth a lot of money and it is fully trained - You can shoot off its back, you can crack a whip, you can do anything on that horse... but he wants to give it to me as a gift. And another young man wants to make me a handmade, custom-made saddle. Initially, I said, “I can’t take it from these boys. It is also part of their livelihood.” My son said to me, “Dad, if you don’t take it, you will hurt them.” And so reluctantly and graciously I have accepted this gift which has touched me a lot. Now, Jesus paid a tremendous price for you. All you have to do is to say, “Lord, thank you for dying for me on a cross.”

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Wednesday morning, the 18th of May 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go straight to John 20, I am reading verse 25:

    “The other disciples therefore said to him (Thomas), “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “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.”

    Well, what can we say? There are none so blind as those who do not want to see... Isn’t that how the old saying goes? Seeing is believing, the proof of the pudding is in the eating? But those are all worldly terms. They are not terms that come out of the mouth of a Christian. Augustine said, “Faith is to believe what you cannot see but the reward of that faith is to see what you believe.”

    You see, Hebrews 11:6 says, without faith it is impossible to please God. We have to start walking more by faith and not by sight. Even the disciples said to Jesus in Luke 17:5:

    “Please Lord, increase our faith.”

    We are living in perilous times, all over the world, and I want to say to you my dear friend, if you are suffering from depression, anxiety and stress or fear, you have got to start to believe the promises of God. You have got to start to believe the word of God and you have got to stop listening to the lies of the devil. You have got to be really careful about who you are spending time with because there are so many people who are in a desperate situation at the moment in the world. You see, without faith, you cannot even be a Christian. Because if you say, “Well, I am a Christian”, can you believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin? Can you believe that Mary never even knew a man and she was impregnated by the Holy Spirit? That takes faith.

    Can you believe that a man was raised from the dead like Jesus was? Can you believe that He is coming again, in the clouds? Well, that takes faith. One of my heroes in the Bible is Caleb, in Numbers 14:24, this is what the Lord says:

    “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit (What kind of spirit? A spirit of faith.) in him and has followed Me fully, (obeyed me) I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.”

    There were only two men from an entire generation that went into the promised land, into Israel. One was Caleb and the other was Joshua. When Caleb was 85 years old, are you listening up boys? Eighty five years old, Joshua said, “You can have any part of Israel that you want because you have been a faithful servant.”

    He said, “Give me the big mountains where the big mountains live.” I love that spirit. Today, let us walk by faith and not by sight.

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • It is Tuesday morning, 17th of May and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for the day.

    If we go to the Gospel of Matthew, the word of God says:

    “Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.”

    Matthew Chapter 5:9

    Not blessed are the peace-lovers, no - Blessed are the peacemakers.

    And then we go to John 20:21:

    “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

    Jesus was sent down to earth by His Father to be a peacemaker. Today, he sends you and I out into the world as peacemakers, not troublemakers. There are more than enough troublemakers in this world, aren’t there? Remember, it takes two to fight. God has called us to bring peace in the home, not strife but peace. It takes a much stronger person to turn the other cheek.

    But I can hear you saying, “I have my rights as well.” Well, actually, we don’t have any rights do we? We gave them up the day we said we were going to follow Jesus. To be a peacemaker you have to be at peace with yourself. An angry, bitter, hurting person can never display the fruit of peace, the peace that Jesus is asking us to produce today. We need to forgive just as we have been forgiven. We need to love, just as we have been loved.

    Our farm is called Peace, that’s right - it is just spelt in Hebrew: Shalom. Whenever Jesus came into a home, the first thing he said was, “Shalom,” which means “Peace be in this home”. But you know, you can’t earn peace, you can’t do a course in peace, you can’t get a degree in peace, no! You have to let peace come into your heart. Jesus says:

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

    Revelation 3:20

    Remember, the handle of the door is only on the inside... We need to invite Him in.

    Many years ago, when we had those massive men's conferences on the farm, Shalom, I remember a beautiful story.... There were three or four young guys who were going to come down to the Mighty Men Conference, they had a friend who was taking a lot of strain. I don’t know what it was - He was so uptight, so intense and they invited him. He didn’t want to come. They actually conned him into it, saying they were going on a fishing trip. He got in with his fishing rods and tackle and off they drove. When they came to the farm, Shalom, this man got out of the pick-up and asked, “Where are we?” As his feet touched the ground he started to cry, uncontrollably, as peace started to enter his heart. Now, that peace didn’t come from the ground or the surroundings. It came from tens of thousands of men who had peace in their hearts and the Lord Jesus Christ was there, in all His Glory.

    Today, be a peacemaker. Jesus bless you!
    Goodbye.

  • It is the 16th of May, Monday morning - the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go to, probably the most famous of all Psalms in the Bible, Psalm 23:

    “The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.”

    And then we go straight to Philippians, in the New Testament:

    “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

    Philippians 4:19

    I just feel, in my heart, that you need to join me and we need to repeat the 23rd Psalm together because if ever this world needs comfort and reassurance, it is in these days... Would you like to read it after me, please?

    “The Lord is my shepherd;” Come on, say it!
    “I shall not want.
    He makes me to lie down in 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
    Forever.”

    What comforting words to read! I want to give you some homework, I really do. I want to tell you that it is worth memorizing this Psalm and say it often because it is like the balm of Gilead. It is like that cream that you put on a 'roastie' when it is hurting so much. Remember, He is my supplier. That is right! He restores my soul, even though I am living in dangerous times, literally, in the shadow of death. He has promised me that I shall not be left alone. Jesus’ rod and His staff, they comfort me. The rod to discipline me and the staff to protect me. He feeds us and He comforts us amid our enemies and there is nothing that they can do about it. His goodness and His mercy follow us all the days of our lives.

    And best of all, what a future we have to look forward to, to dwell in God’s house forever.
    Jesus bless you, have a wonderful day!
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Sunday morning, 15th of May 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today.

    “Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
    Bind them around your neck,
    Write them on the tablet of your heart,
    And so find favor and high esteem
    In the sight of God and man.”

    Proverbs 3:3

    And then we go straight to the New Testament, to the Second Book of Corinthians, Paul says:

    “…clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

    2 Corinthians 3:3

    As Christians, we are to display mercy and truth and to wear it around our necks like a necklace of fine jewels. It should be written on our hearts, not with ink but by the Holy Spirit of the Living God. We should be an epistle, a letter of Christ, a living letter so that people can see the love and mercy of Jesus through us. Don’t tell people that you love them, show them that you love them! Remember, actions speak much louder than words... And that is what Jesus did.

    When the disciples were all sitting around the supper table He took a basin, He took a towel, He filled the basin with water and He washed their feet. John 13:5 - the King of Kings washing His servant’s feet. Now, you know, that physical act spoke louder than any number of seminars or conferences. The world is starving for love, kindness, mercy and truth. Let’s you and I be a band of foot-washers today.

    Do you remember the story of the missionary who was marooned on a desert island in the South Pacific? The islanders found him. They said he could stay with them but he must never preach about Jesus because they had their own gods. The man lived with them and he died and they buried him. A hundred years later, another group of missionaries arrived on a sailing ship. On the island, they sat all the islanders down and started to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were surprised because these islanders looked like they had heard the Gospel preached before. They asked, “Have you heard the Gospel preached before?” They said, “No.”
    They said, “Well, how do you know the story?”
    The islanders said, “Because the man you are talking about used to live here amongst us!” And then they went and showed the missionary’s grave, where he had been buried.

    Action speaks louder than words. Go out today and be a living epistle of Jesus Christ. God bless you and have a wonderful Sunday.

    Goodbye.

  • It is Saturday the 14th of May 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “I will declare Your name to My brethren;
    In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”

    Hebrews 2:12

    Speak up for Jesus even as He speaks up for us before His Heavenly Father. Then we go to Luke 9:26, Jesus says:

    “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed…”

    Wow - Strong words! This is not a time for us to hold back. We must speak up about our faith in God. Remember, that beautiful easy memory verse Mark 11:22:

    “Have faith in God.”

    An easy one to remember! The very first night I had the privilege of preaching the Gospel in the little local church in Greytown, I was in the vestry at the back of the church... All the elders were praying for me. An old man said to me, “Son, I have done my bit. It is your turn now, get out there and preach.” I must say, even as a brand-new Christian, it didn’t sit well with me. We can never do enough for Jesus because He went the whole way for you and me - He died so that we might live. Then, a few weeks afterwards, on the first Sunday morning, I had the privilege of addressing the whole congregation, the main congregation.

    I was so very nervous. I had prepared the message for about six weeks - fifteen pages... the poor people! I got into the pulpit and opened my Bible, took out page number one which was the introduction to welcome all the people. I turned the page over and there was page fifteen, the benediction... 13 pages missing! Well, I tell you what, I was absolutely shocked. I looked up and Jill, my wife, was sitting at the back of the church, I looked at her and you know when you have been married a long time you don’t have to speak. She shot out the back of the church, went to the pick-up, had a look and came back. She stood in the back of the church, put her hands up and said, “They are not there.”

    Well, now was decision time. Am I going to declare the name of the Lord to the brethren or not? We had a little band from our local coffee bar that we used to run, Jill and I, and they had just sung a song, “Here comes Jesus, walking on the water.” The Holy Spirit, just about audibly, said to me, “Are you going to walk on the water, or not? Are you going to speak up for Jesus, or not?” I said, “Lord, I am going to do it.” And I have never stopped since.

    Go out today and tell people that Jesus loves you and that He is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Have a wonderful day, Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Friday morning the 13th of May 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go straight to the Old Testament to Isaiah 26, I am reading from verse 3:

    “You will keep him in perfect peace,
    Whose mind is stayed on You,
    Because he trusts in You.
    Trust in the Lord forever,
    For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

    And then John 14:27, one of my favourite verses, the Lord Jesus says:

    “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

    We can only trust someone that we know and we can only know someone by spending time with them. Then, when you really know someone, you will obey them. Just a couple of weeks ago I was privileged to speak to a large group of students at one of South Africa’s prestigious universities. It was an evening service and it was packed out, shoulder to shoulder and people standing outside. The praise and worship was amazing, I knew that I was speaking to Christians. And then I asked them a question. I said, “How many of you had a quiet time this morning? How many of you this morning spent time reading your Bible, praying and spending time in the presence of Jesus?” The place went quiet. I said, “I want you to be honest with me.” That is why I love students so much, they are so soft and so open. They want to learn and they are so honest.

    “If you did not have a time with Jesus this morning, can you please put up your hand” Oh folks, my heart broke - Over 80% of those students had not had a quiet time that morning. I said, “How can you trust God for revival if you don’t spend time with Him?” Well, the pastor told me, one of my spiritual sons - he said his daughter is also at the residence and she said the next morning she couldn’t find a place where she could have a quiet time because everybody was up, spending time with Jesus.

    I have got a picture for you. A little girl, maybe three or four years old, in her swimming suit... She is so proud, she is at the swimming pool with her big, strong dad. He is in the deep end, in the water, and she is standing at the edge. He has got his big strong arms out and he says to this little thing, “Come on darling, just jump and I will catch you.” She is jumping up and down, “Oh dad, I am so scared. I am so scared!”

    “Come on. You can do it!” And then she closes her eyes, as all girls do, and she just runs into the pool. Her dad catches her in his big, strong arms and pulls her into his ample bosom and just loves her - He was so proud of her! That is what Jesus wants you and I to do today.

    Do you remember that beautiful old hymn, Trust and Obey?

    And when we walk with the Lord
    In the light of his word,
    What a glory he sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will,
    He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.
    Oh, trust and obey, for there's no other way
    To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

    So as you go out today, trust and obey, because there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey!

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Thursday morning, 12th of May, the year 2022. And this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go straight to the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament:

    “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
    And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
    Who have been upheld by Me from birth,
    Who have been carried from the womb:
    Even to your old age, I am He,
    And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
    I have made, and I will bear;
    Even I will carry, and will deliver you.”

    Isaiah 46:3-4

    Oh, what a beautiful promise! Then we go straight to Philippians 1:21, Paul says:

    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

    We are, therefore, in a win-win situation. If we live, we live for Christ and if we die, we go home to be with Christ in Heaven forever... You can’t frighten a Christian with Heaven, so what are you afraid of?

    “I have been young, and now am old;
    Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
    Nor his descendants begging bread.”

    Psalm 37:25

    A beautiful promise from God for all the young moms and dads today. You know, I can hear some people saying, “But I need Him now. Where has He been?” Remember the old story of the footsteps in the sand? The man says, “But every time I was going through a tough time, there were only one set of footprints in the sand, where did You go?” “Oh,” God says, “That was when I was carrying you.” Yes, the Lord has never, ever forsaken us. Those of us with grey hair can testify to that fact. People, remember one thing, Jesus will never, ever forsake you, He loves you so much!

    A lot of young people write to me from overseas, they have had to go overseas to find employment and start a new life but their old folks are still here, at home. They write and ask, “Please, could you take care of them, we are worried about them." I want to say to you today, that you have nothing to worry about. Just trust the one who has looked after them from birth, Jesus will still look after them in their old age. What a beautiful promise - So today, remember, if Christ is for you, there is no man that will ever stand against you.

    Have a blessed day,
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Tuesday morning, 10th of May 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go to the Old Testament, to Ezekiel 33:11:

    “I (says the Lord) have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

    And then Ezekiel 18:32, again the Lord says:

    “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”

    You know, many of us are dead. We are walking around, our hearts are pumping blood but we are dead in our spirits and the Gospel of Luke says:

    “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

    Luke 15:7

    Jesus came for sinners, just like me and just like you. You know He is known by many titles but the title I love the most is the “Friend of sinners.” Some of the greatest sinners have become God’s greatest ambassadors. Therefore, we must never give up on a lost sheep... on a lost soul. One of them was Saul of Tarsus, that’s right! Remember he became Paul the apostle when he was knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus while he was seeking to murder Christians. And the Lord Jesus said to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” “Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus.”

    You know, after that conversion he went on, Paul the Apostle, to write almost two-thirds of the New Testament. He took the Gospel all over the world. Another lost sheep who found Jesus, was a man who wrote probably, the most famous of all hymns, Amazing Grace:

    Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch; like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now I see.

    That’s right - his name was John Newton. What about Charles Carson, one of the most brilliant minds in the world. He was President (of the United States of America) Richard Nixon’s right-hand man. He was an evil man. They called him 'The Hatchet Man'. They said he would walk on his own mother’s grave to get to the top. Well, he was found out. He was sent to prison and there he met Jesus and he started The Prison Fellowship, where tens of thousands of prisoners all over the world came to Christ. Remember, good people don’t go to Heaven, believers go to Heaven.

    “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
    Romans 10:9

    “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
    Romans 10:13

    Jesus bless you today and have a wonderful day!
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Tuesday morning, 10th of May 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go to the Old Testament, to Ezekiel 33:11:

    “I (says the Lord) have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

    And then Ezekiel 18:32, again the Lord says:

    “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”

    You know, many of us are dead. We are walking around, our hearts are pumping blood but we are dead in our spirits and the Gospel of Luke says:

    “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

    Luke 15:7

    Jesus came for sinners, just like me and just like you. You know He is known by many titles but the title I love the most is the “Friend of sinners.” Some of the greatest sinners have become God’s greatest ambassadors. Therefore, we must never give up on a lost sheep... on a lost soul. One of them was Saul of Tarsus, that’s right! Remember he became Paul the apostle when he was knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus while he was seeking to murder Christians. And the Lord Jesus said to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” “Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus.”

    You know, after that conversion he went on, Paul the Apostle, to write almost two-thirds of the New Testament. He took the Gospel all over the world. Another lost sheep who found Jesus, was a man who wrote probably, the most famous of all hymns, Amazing Grace:

    Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch; like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now I see.

    That’s right - his name was John Newton. What about Charles Carson, one of the most brilliant minds in the world. He was President (of the United States of America) Richard Nixon’s right-hand man. He was an evil man. They called him 'The Hatchet Man'. They said he would walk on his own mother’s grave to get to the top. Well, he was found out. He was sent to prison and there he met Jesus and he started The Prison Fellowship, where tens of thousands of prisoners all over the world came to Christ. Remember, good people don’t go to Heaven, believers go to Heaven.

    “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
    Romans 10:9

    “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
    Romans 10:13

    Jesus bless you today and have a wonderful day!
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Monday morning, the 9th of May 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go straight to Matthew 27 and I am reading from verse 55:

    “And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.”

    And then we go straight to John 19 and I am reading from verse 26:

    “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”

    We must never ever take our mothers for granted. We have just celebrated Mother’s Day... Never forget that Father God chose a woman to nurture, grow up, teach and to protect His only Son Jesus, when He came down from Heaven to Earth, in the form of a defenceless baby. He could have come amongst us as a mighty warrior, just as He will do the second time He comes, which could be any moment now - I can’t wait!

    You know, I would give a million dollars to be able to sit down and have a cup of tea with my mom, that old Scottish lassie. Oh, I really am looking forward to seeing her in Heaven. I want to say to the young men and women, don’t waste valuable opportunities to be close to your mom. She won’t be with you forever. Give her a phone call, tell her you love her because she is the one who is responsible for bringing you up.

    John Wesley the great revivalist said that his mother, Susannah, taught him more about God than all the great theologians of his time. Listen to mom. Remember, she has been there before and she will give you good, godly advice.

    Jesus bless you and have a lovely day!
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Sunday morning, the 8th of May 2022. And this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
    May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;”

    Psalm 20:1

    And then we go to verse 7, its a verse we all know so well:

    “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
    But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”

    Who can we put our trust in, in these troubled days? Can we put our trust and our faith in education? We thank God for education but I know many young people who are well educated who can’t get a job. Can we put our trust in the economy? One day it's up and the next it is down. Take the price of fuel for example. Can you put your trust in your health? Folks, I am a man who exercises. I ride my horse, I ride my mountain bike, I do press-ups but I can’t put my trust in my health. Can I put my trust in politics? Definitely not. One day we get promised this and the next day we get promised that - There is only One who will never, ever fail us and His name is Jesus Christ. He is totally trustworthy, He has promised us in Hebrews 13:5:

    “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    His word is dependable and sure. You can stake your life on it and indeed, the lives of your loved ones. You see, Jesus has got an unblemished track record - He has never failed. Everything that He has promised us He has given us. His track record goes right back to the beginning of time itself. Your investments might fail you, they may fail overnight. Men may let you down with empty promises but Jesus, never! What He said He will do, He has done. Jesus said it, I believe it and that settles it. That was said by a Yorkshire plumber named Smith Wigglesworth. Jesus said:

    “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”

    John 14:1

    I never had the privilege of going to Bible College. I would have loved to but I went to a different college - I went to the School of Life. I have been involved in agriculture for 55 years. I have planted good seed, year after year, after year and then sat down and watched Jesus make it grow. He will do the same for you today! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, trusting God, and watch what He will do for you.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.
    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Saturday, the 7th of May 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    Psalm 19:14 - it has become a very special and dear scripture verse for me. It says:

    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer”

    What a beautiful scripture! Remember - if it is not inside, it is not coming out! We have got to think before we speak. We have to adhere to this statement and obey it. If we do, we shall make very much fewer mistakes in life. The Lord Jesus Christ impressed this beautiful scripture upon me many, many years ago. The Lord Himself only spoke when He had to. He stood before Pontius Pilate and Pontius Pilate said, “Have You got nothing to say?” He spoke when the Lord God, His Father, gave Him the words to speak. In Proverbs 10:19, it says very clearly:

    “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
    But he who restrains his lips is wise.”

    In other words, only speak when the Lord gives you the words to speak. Now maybe some of you know that before I speak at a big meeting, wherever it might be, what I do is get on my knees and humble myself before God and before the people. I was always taught, as a young man, you preach up to people... You never preach down to people. Always perceive people to be better than what you are. And then I proceed to quote this very scripture:

    “The words of my mouth, the meditation of my heart, Lord,
    Let it be acceptable in Your sight, my Strength and my Redeemer.”

    And then my spirit is quietened to focus on what I need to be speaking about. It prevents me from speaking about irrelevant things. Often times I have got on that platform or into that pulpit and at the last minute, the Lord changes the message that I have had to speak and that is the honest truth. And I have done my homework before hand, then I know I need to bring the message that God has laid upon my heart.

    If you watch some of the world-class athletes in rugby or soccer, just before a player is about to kick the ball through the posts or into the goal, you notice that he stands... (I am talking about Christian men that I know personally). Before they kick the ball, you can see when the cameraman comes up close to their mouth, they are praying. They are probably praying a prayer similar to this verse and then they quieten themselves down and they kick the ball sweetly right through the middle of the goal. We need to pray more and speak less.

    Today, quieten your spirit. Spend time in the presence of the Lord. He will give you His peace. Jesus bless you and have a wonderful weekend.

    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Friday morning, 6th of May, the year 2022. And this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”

    John 19:5

    Another translation says: “Here is the Man!” Jesus, who had been flogged, mocked and had a crown of thorns put on His head... Blood coming down, streaming down His face, His beard had been plucked out, He had been beaten and here He came and was presented to the people of Israel:

    “Look at Him! Here is your Man” Another translation says, “Here He is, the man! Look at the poor fellow!” Oh folks, the Darling of Heaven totally humiliated and mocked by His very own creation! It wasn’t the Roman soldiers, no! It wasn’t the Jewish High Priests - It was our sin! Yours and mine... and it still happens today.

    Have you ever been mocked? Have you ever been made a fool of by your peers, maybe at school or at work, on the sports field? Like the little boy that goes to Sunday school with his brand-new pair of bright, shiny brown shoes his mom bought him, he is so proud of them. He sits in a row with all the other little boys only to find out that they have all got white shoes on and they mock him. I have seen it so many times, children can be very cruel at times.

    When I was at school, I remember, we had a girl there that everyone used to mock. She had bright red hair, her teeth looked like they were too big for her mouth and she had long gangly legs. She had freckles all over her face and she was mocked continually... until one day! Her sister, her big sister, came to fetch her. She was visiting and this sister was the local beauty queen! She also had long legs and she had beautiful teeth and beautiful red hair. All of a sudden we realized that this girl that everyone had been mocking, is going to look exactly like her sister one day. Just like that magnificent butterfly that started off as a caterpillar.

    When Jesus returns, He will not be wearing a crown of thorns, He will not be beaten and humiliated. No, no, no! He will be the most handsome and the most dignified Man that we have ever seen. Today, go out and be encouraged. Don’t worry about what people say about you. Jesus loves you and He created you in His own image!

    God bless you and have a wonderful day.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Thursday morning the 5th May, the year 2022. And this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go to the Old Testament to Micah 7:8:

    Do not rejoice over me, my enemy;
    When I fall, I will arise;
    When I sit in darkness,
    The Lord will be a light to me.

    Maybe we are sitting in a dark place this morning. Maybe our enemy is laughing at us. Well, the Bible says that weeping may last for a night but joy comes in the morning. We may be knocked down but we are by no means knocked out of the fight. “Why?” we might well ask - Because Jesus Christ is on our side! So, no matter how dark the situation may be, He is with us in our time of extreme testing. You see, He has been through that night of extreme darkness and He knows what we are experiencing right at this very moment.

    “…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

    1 Peter 5:7

    You see, Jesus has been there... He was in the Garden of Gethsemane - He was left all alone, His disciples were asleep. Jesus was in absolute darkness and despair. The Bible tells us that He was sweating blood. He was taken to the High Priest’s house and was put into a pit. I have been there, I have seen that hole in the bottom of the High Priest’s home where He was left there until morning. He knew what was coming - death on a cross! Oh yes, He has been through what you and I are feeling right at this very moment. But I want to say to you, my dear friend, Jesus says in Psalm 34:19:

    “Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

    Yesterday I met a gentleman who has just lost his wife. His wife for over 40 years and I could see the pain in the old man’s eyes. Tears welled up, He said, “Angus, I have had to sell my house and have now moved to an Old Age Home. I said, “Can I pray for you?” He said, “Yes, please.” I put my arm around his shoulder in the middle of a carwash business. They were washing our cars and I prayed for him. I prayed: “Lord, please be to him a Friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

    I got a message yesterday of a mother who was absolutely distraught. She has lost her young son, he was killed in a car crash and she just needs help... I want to say to say to you: “Mother, stand, for the battle is the Lord’s” Ephesians 6:14.

    I want to pray for you:

    Lord, I pray for that mother. I pray for that old gentleman...
    And not only that distraught mother and that old man, but every person who is listening to this message who is going through a time of darkness.
    Stand with them, please Jesus.
    I pray, Lord, that they will see that weeping lasts for the night
    but joy comes in the morning.
    Father, be a comfort to them today.
    In Jesus’s Name,
    Amen.

    God bless you and have a wonderful day.
    Goodbye.

  • A very good morning to you! It is Wednesday morning, the 4th of May 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    If we go straight John 18:36:

    “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

    We mustn’t become too comfortable here on earth, this is not our permanent home. Home time is waiting and for some of us, very soon and for me personally, I can't wait for that day. Jesus made it very plain to Pontius Pilate that this earth is not His Kingdom and not His home - Heaven is our home. We need to be careful that we do not spend all our time and all our money on our temporal dwelling here on earth and nothing for our heavenly home.

    Like a story I heard of a rich lady and the maid servant that worked in her mansion. Both of them were Christians but had different value systems. The rich lady spent all her money and time making her home very beautiful, her garden was absolutely exquisite. But the maid spent most of her spare time in prayer and service towards the Lord by helping the poor folk. Eventually, the maid grew old, she grew very tired and she went to Heaven. A few years later, the rich lady also died and went to Heaven.

    St Peter was waiting at the pearly gates to show the rich lady where her home was in Heaven. So they walked down streets of beautiful gold, magnificent homes built on both sides of the road. St Peter showed the rich lady a beautiful home, he said, “That is where your maid lives.” The rich lady was so excited. The road carried on, eventually the gold road turned into silver, they carried on walking and then the silver turned into tarmac. The rich lady started getting a bit concerned. And then the tarmac road turned into a gravel road and eventually a footpath. They then arrived at a little shack made with tin and poles. The rich lady said, “There must be some mistake. What has happened?” St Peter said to the rich lady, “That is the only material you sent to us for building your home here in Heaven.”

    Folks, it is just a story but we must remember one thing very clearly. We are only passing through in this life. Heaven is our home. Have a wonderful day. Jesus bless you.
    Goodbye.