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  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 22nd of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in 1 Samuel 17:58: 

    “So David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”

    Then we go to the New Testament to the Gospel of Mark 6:3: 

    “Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary…?”

    Jesse was a shepherd. His son, David, was a shepherd. Jesus was a carpenter, and Joseph, His earthly father, was a carpenter. I am a farmer, and my sons are farmers, too. I love horses. My sons all love horses and my grandsons. I love Jesus Christ, my sons love Jesus. It is a very important thing to understand. Your children will never do what you tell them, hardly ever, they will do what you do! If you are a drunkard, they have a good chance, unfortunately, of growing up as drunkards. If you are a wife-beater, they will hate themselves for it but they might do the very same thing to their own wives. 

    We have a huge responsibility as parents. Yes, I know the story, the Lord has got no grandchildren, every person has to accept and follow Jesus Christ for themselves. Oh, but we must never be a stumbling block for our children because of our lifestyle. Rather, let us be an inspiration. When they see dad getting up early in the morning and spending time with Jesus everyday, the chances are that they will do the same when they grow up. Those girls see mom, the way in which she submits and respects her husband, the good chance is they will do exactly the same for their husbands.

    Today, let us be examples for our children so that they get an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. 

    God bless you and have a wonderful day.

  • I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 21st of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We go to the Gospel of Matthew 18:21-22: 

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

    Unforgiveness - we really need to deal with it even today. There is a cancer that eats you up if you don't deal with it. Deal with it today, my dear friend, because every single one of us has to deal with this issue of unforgiveness. 

    I read a little story by that great Russian author, Leo Tolstoy. He told the story about two little families that lived next door to each other on small farms in Russia. They were the greatest of friends; they shared everything together. If the one needed flour, he just went to his neighbour next door and his neighbour said, "Help yourself." If the other one needed a spare milk cow, he would just walk across to the fence and say, "Can I borrow your small cow today?" "No problem." They helped each other and they were like one big happy family. But then one day, something happened - the one family had a chicken that laid an egg every single day, and this one day, the chicken flew across the fence into the other family's farm and laid an egg somewhere in the barn and then flew back. The old lady came out to get her egg every morning, as she did, and it wasn't there. She went looking for it and she found it in her neighbour's yard and that started an argument. The one lady said, "How can you trespass onto my farm?" The woman who owned the chicken said, "How can you keep the egg?" And it is ridiculous. It really is; it is laughable, but that incident started brewing and all of a sudden there was an argument between the two women, then the two men got involved and then the children got involved and then they started getting ugly with each other and it blew up to such a degree that the one farmer wanted to burn down the barn of his neighbour, but the sparks of the fire spread into the village and burnt the whole village down. The moral of the story is that if they had just said sorry and made up, they would have still been great friends. 

    I want to say to you today, deal with that unforgiveness in your heart. Just forgive that person. Why? Simply because Jesus said so - that's why. I remember going to pray in a church when I was a new Christian. The church was open during the day for a prayer day so you could go in and out and pray. I went in to pray, but I had an issue with my minister. We had a disagreement. I was kneeling at the altar and felt I couldn't pray. I looked to the right of me and who was sitting there, by himself, in the church, was the minister. We had to get up; I got off my knees, went up, and said, "Errol, I am so sorry." He started to weep, I started to weep, and that friendship was mended and went the full distance. Today, just say, "I forgive you."

    God bless you and goodbye.

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  • I greet you in Jesus' precious Name. It is Tuesday morning, the 20th of February 2024, and this is your friend Angus Buchan with a thought for today.

    We go to Galatians 5:22-23:

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

    I want to speak to you today about branding. Now, on our farm we have cattle and we brand our cattle - We put our sign on the side of the animal. We use a branding iron, why? So that people can see our cattle from a distance, they can see that they belong to Shalom Farm. People should be able to see you and I from a long distance away because we are branded by the Lord Jesus Christ. Our brand mark is the fruit of the Spirit. When we walk into a public place, it should be very easy for us to be identified by the way we stand back and let other people in first; by the way we take care of older people; by the way in which we treat our waiter - Yes, they are getting paid to wait on us but we should treat them with love and patience. There's a ranch in America called King Ranch. They own 825,000 acres. They run 35,000 head of cattle and 200 quarter horses. They have a brand called "The Running W." It's a 'W' that they brand on the side of the cow; why? So that they can see their cattle from a long way away. You and I are branded, yes we are rebranded by the Name of Jesus Christ.

    One of these fine days the Lord is coming to fetch us, whether we meet him in the air or whether he comes and takes us home to be with Him. My prayer for you today, my dear friend, is that when the Lord comes to fetch us He won't have a problem identifying who we belong to. Whether we belong to the Lord or whether we belong to the devil. You see, it is not only the brand mark; it's the condition of our animals that tells people where they come from, and we need to be in good condition. We really need to be ready for the coming of the Lord and what a beautiful opportunity you and I have today, to stand up for Jesus, when people can say that man walking down the street - He is a Christian! How do you know? Well, look at the smile on his face; look at the way he's walking. He is a proud man but he is very humble as well. He is a man you can trust, he is a man of God.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day goodbye

  • I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Monday morning, the 19th of February, 2024, and this is your friend Angus Buchan with a thought for today. 

    We start in the book of Isaiah 49:15-16: 

    "Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    and not have compassion on the son of her womb?
    Surely they may forget,
    Yet I will not forget you.
    See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…."

    Then we go to 2 Peter 3:9:

    "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."

    Jesus will never give up on you, my dear friend. It doesn't matter what you've done or what you haven't done. That's how much He loves you. He loves you so much. The Lord uses an example of a nursing mother, that's a mother who is suckling her baby on her breast, and he says even she might give up on that child, but Jesus will never give up on that child.

    When you see visitors coming to the farm, and they see a bull in a paddock, people may say to you, 'Beware of that bull. It may charge you." I want to tell you, you don't have to worry about the bull; what you have to worry about is a new calf with its mother - a big Brahman cow who is so proud of her calf, and if you come anywhere near that calf she will literally kill you. That is what you need to be afraid of, not that bull standing in the paddock by himself, but a mother and a calf at foot. That mother will die for that calf, yet Jesus loves us even more than that. Isn't that wonderful news?

    Today, after this little program, get on your knees and say, "Lord, thank you that you have not given up on me." It doesn't matter what the devil says. It doesn't matter what other people say, He is not slack and He will persevere with you to the very end. Just open your heart and allow Him to come in.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Sunday morning, the 18th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of Isaiah 41:13:

    “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
    Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ 

    What a beautiful promise! Then we go straight to the Gospel of John 16:7: 

    “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”  

    We need to understand we have nothing to fear. The Lord is with us always, He is in our very heart so we have nothing whatsoever to be afraid of today. 

    You know, that little Zulu preacher, William Duma, who has since gone to be with the Lord, he had an incredible relationship with the Holy Spirit. The story goes that one day, he was travelling on a bus, going to an appointment, driving through the sugar cane fields of Kwazulu Natal. The bus was full of people. He was sitting in the front seat, just behind the driver and he felt the Holy Spirit tell him to get off the bus immediately. So he did not hesitate. He stood up and told the driver, “You must stop the bus, I have to get off.” The bus driver was very angry with him, “Why do you want to stop in the middle of nowhere?” “I have to get off the bus immediately.” The bus driver stopped the bus, the people were quite irate, they wanted to get to their destination. They let the little preacher get off the bus with his small suitcase and away the bus roared, down the road, clouds of dust following it. And he stood alone in the sugarcane fields wondering, “Lord, why do You want me here?”. That bus only went one or two kilometres down the road and had a head-on collision with another vehicle. The very place where William Duma was sitting was crushed. He would have been killed.  

    The Holy Spirit is with us always. He is our Helper. We need to listen to His inner voice speaking to us on a day-to-day basis. When He speaks to you in your heart, listen to Him, He is here to help you.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,
    Goodbye.  

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 17th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.  

    We go straight to the Book of Hebrews 8:10: 

    “…write them on their hearts:…” 

    I read a beautiful little inscription written by a man named Theodore Cuyler; it goes like this, “Marble and granite are perishable monuments, and their inscriptions may be seldom read. Carve your names on human hearts for they alone are immortal.” 

    We have got to spend more time with people. We have to realise that they are the trophies of God, not on monuments of granite and stone, even though they might be very beautiful and very meaningful. I think of the “Its Time” prayer meetings we had in our beloved South Africa. The one in Bloemfontein has got three massive crosses on a hill and it is a commemoration of what took place when over a million people came together and prayed for our country. I remember the beautiful cross put up at Krugersdorp when we had a “Speak Jesus” event. I remember the cross put up in Pretoria, Tswane, where countless numbers came to pray, and of course I remember the protea, the South African flower, made in concrete with a dam wall, commemorating the Theewaterskloof Dam which was bone dry and the hand of Elijah, the prophet who spoke about rain and then withheld the rain, and then God brought the rain. That monument is made in Mitchell’s Plain. You can go and see it. We call Mitchell’s Plain the flower of Cape Town. Two hundred fifty thousand-plus people prayed. There had been no water and no rain in Cape Town for over two years and in the middle of the meeting, it started raining, and it hasn’t stopped since. 

    But the monuments that people will never forget is the folks that got saved, the folks who met Jesus Christ, the people who were healed, relationships restored - those are the monuments that are immortal. I often meet people, even now, and they say, “Do you remember when we were at that big rugby stadium in Pretoria, Loftus Versveld? That is the day that Jesus Christ met me and my heart was changed forever.” We need to spend time with humans, the greatest monuments and trophies of all, and those are the ones that God wants us to spend time on.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Friday morning, the 16th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in 2 Peter 2:21: 

    "For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them."  

    Better to have never known the truth than to have known Jesus Christ and then to have betrayed Him and walked away from Him. Peter, the big fisherman who wrote this very letter, did it himself no less than three times. He denied the Lord and it broke him completely. Matthew 26:75: 

    "So he went out and wept bitterly." 

    Young man, do not do it; it's not worth it! You want to go and sow your wild oats, as they say. You want to go and have a bit of fun and then you will come back and serve the Lord. It can become very costly indeed. Yes, I agree - if we really repent, Jesus will forgive us like He did with Peter, but remember, the scar remains. That illegitimate child walking around because you decided one night to have a bit of fun and you made that girl pregnant. That prison record, you went to jail because you chose not to pay your income tax. Yes, you have served your sentence but you have a record that will stay with you.

    One of the saddest books I have ever read about a man named Jim Bakker. He was heading up one of the biggest Christian Channels in the world, but in a moment of weakness, he committed adultery, and it cost him severely. He eventually landed up in jail and lost his ministry, his wife and his family. Yes, he has repented, and we trust and believe that he is going on, but it comes at a tremendous price. It's really not worth it. 

    A lady wrote me a letter just the other day, breaking my heart. In one of the main cities in our country, she said, the young men are leaving their families and going out and having affairs. They don't realise the debt that they are getting into. It will cost them everything. It's really not worth it - the pain, the hurt our selfishness causes to other people. My grandson said to me one day, "Grandad, what about all the people in the desert, the people in the jungles who never hear the Gospel? How do they get judged?" I said, "Son, they will be judged according to their works."

    Today, let us have a good look at our lifestyle. Let us change, start afresh like Peter, and walk away from that sin which so easily ensnares us. (Hebrews 12:1) and let us continue with our love affair with the Master who saved us from so much.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Thursday morning, the 15th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in 1 John 2:6: 

    "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." 

    We have got to walk the talk. It is not good enough to tell people that you love them, but you have to show them that you love them. I read this beautiful little reading in a devotional by an anonymous writer and this is what it says: "The preaching that this world needs most is the sermon in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ." Isn't that beautiful?  

    Arthur Blessitt - I have never heard him preach but I don't think there are too many people in the world who have not heard of Arthur Blessitt. He is the man who literally carries the cross on his shoulder, not only from city to city but from country to country. He is walking the talk. Then we get Mother Theresa. I have never heard any sermon spoken by Mother Theresa or even recorded, but I don't think there is a more famous woman in the world than Mother Theresa, and what did she do? She took care of the poor and the needy. All she did was take people who were dying on the streets of Calcutta, lying in open sewers and, washed them and put their fragile bodies in between two clean sheets, and let them die in dignity after praying for them.

    You and I need to walk the talk. We really do. It's all very well telling people that Jesus loves them, but if you show them that Jesus loves them, it has so much impact on their lives. Go out today and be a blessing to someone. 

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 14th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of Isaiah 40:28:

    “Have you not known?
    Have you not heard?
    The everlasting God, the Lord,
    The Creator of the ends of the earth,
    Neither faints nor is weary.
    His understanding is unsearchable.”

    Wow! He doesn’t rest - He is awake, and He is waiting to hear you this morning, my dear friend. Then we go straight to the Book of Romans 11:34-35:

    “For who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has become His counselor?”
    “Or who has first given to Him
    And it shall be repaid to him?”

    We can’t give Him anything; He is God! No one, not even Albert Einstein, can know the mind of Christ. Now this Lord, this God, our God, He has a plan for you, and He has a plan for me. He says in 1 Corinthians 2:9:

     “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
    Nor have entered into the heart of man
    The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 

    What a beautiful promise! As a 15-year-old boy, in Central Zambia, a place called Kitwe, I remember sitting on an ant hill as a young boy, and I used to dream of preaching to multitudes of people about my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Oh, folks, it has happened. Yes, more than once. Please today, do not limit God. Dream your dream. He did it and He still is doing it for me, and He can do it for you too. 

    Have a wonderful day,
    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Tuesday morning, the 13th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of 2 Peter 2:1:

    ”But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.” 

    False prophets, false teachers misleading God’s people and bringing in destructive heresies - we really need to be very wise when we are listening to people teaching the word. When I was a young man, and Jill and I were new Christians, we were so zealous for the Lord, so excited to serve Him. There were a group of people who came from overseas, they were extremely convincing, they spoke beautifully and they came to visit us on the farm. The one man said, “You know, this farm of yours does not belong to you; it belongs to God.” I agreed wholeheartedly. I said, “I want to do whatever God wants me to do.” He said, “You need to sell this farm, and you need to give the proceeds to our ministry.” I had an uneasy feeling in my heart and he was quite upset with me when I didn’t respond immediately. I said, “I am going to pray about it, and I will come back to you.” Jill and I went and we prayed because we felt very uneasy. You see, the Lord had given us a foundational Scripture when we gave our lives to Him.

    I was wanting to go to Bible College and become a pastor. I got up in the mountains and prayed about it and the Lord had shown us very clearly that we needed to remain on Shalom because He had a work to do through us on this farm. The Scripture He gave us was 2 Corinthians 9:8, which says: 

    “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 

    In other words, stay on the farm; God will supply your needs and more than you need so that you can give to others and use this place as a witness for God. I went back to him and said, “Sorry, I am not selling this farm. God has told me to keep it because He wants to use it.” He was extremely upset with me and I want to tell you folks, if I had listened to that false teaching, I don’t know where we would be today. Whatever people tell you, make sure it lines up with the word of God, if it does, not disregard it immediately.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Monday morning, the 12th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We go to the Book of Isaiah 40:12-14 in the Old Testament,

    “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
    Measured heaven with a span
    And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
    Weighed the mountains in scales
    And the hills in a balance?
    Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
    Or as His counselor has taught Him?
    With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him,
    And taught Him in the path of justice?
    Who taught Him knowledge,
    And showed Him the way of understanding?”

    I want to say to you this morning that God is massive. He is not big, He is massive! This same God came down from Heaven to Earth and He actually walked on water. (Matthew 14:25). Who is like You, oh God? There is no one who is like our mighty God. I want to ask you a question this morning, and also myself. How big is God? Well, the answer is quite simple - He is as big as you allow Him to be.

    Many years ago, I had the privilege of preaching in Scandinavia. What a beautiful part of the world. You can drink the water out of those lakes, it is so clean. They build the biggest trucks in the world and everything works and everything is clean and tidy. I was speaking in the vestry of a church before a service and we were praying. One man said, “Why do you come here to tell us about God? Why don’t you stay in Africa and look after your own people? They need more help than we do.” Then one lady started to weep. I couldn’t understand why she was weeping. She said, “Please pray for us because the suicide rate amongst the young people is escalating.” She said to me, “You see, we keep God in a box, a matchbox, and every now and again we just let Him out, just a little bit.” Folks, that is so sad when we think we are so clever we don’t need God. Without God we are nothing and we can do nothing, but with God on our side we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us. Philippians 4:13.

    Go out today and look up into the sky and look at the glory of God and you will realise we have nothing to worry about. If God is for us, there is no man who will ever stand against us. 

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Sunday morning, the 11th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    We start in the Gospel of John 1:41:

    “He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.”

    We have found the Messiah! Then we go to the Book of Acts 7:2 - and I would like you to read this if you get a chance - reading from verse 2 where Stephen, who was a waiter - that’s right, he waited on tables - told the story of his people.

    This morning, I want to speak to you about the power of personal testimony. Tell your story. There was a lady by the name of Fanny Crosby, her real name was Frances. She was blind. She loved Jesus Christ with a passion. She wrote over 6000 hymns in her lifetime. She lived till 94 years old. Because she was blind, by the age of 15 years old, she had memorised the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and many other Books of the Bible. She wrote probably one of the most famous hymns that has ever been written. That’s right, we are talking about Blessed Assurance. I want to tell you, it is a personal testimony. She says, “Tell your story.”

    Many of you listening to this message know the hymn from when you were small, right from when you were at Sunday School. I want you to join with me and I want you to sing this song please.

    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
    O what a foretaste of glory divine
    Heir of salvation, purchase of God
    Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

    This is my story, this is my song
    Praising my Saviour all the day long
    This is my story, this is my song
    Praising my Saviour all the day long

    The Lord Jesus Christ bless you today as you go out and you tell a dying world your story because that story of yours will save somebody today. Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world!

    Have a wonderful day, goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 10th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of Psalms 89:37:

    “It shall be established forever like the moon,
    Even like the faithful witness in the sky.” 

    Then we go straight to Isaiah 40:8: 

    “But the word of our God stands forever.”

    Then the last scripture, the Gospel of John 12:34: 

    “Who is this Son of Man?” 

    Oh, friends, you know who we are talking about. He is the faithful one; He is the One who never changes, He is the One who said, “I will never leave you, and I will never forsake you.” Yes, He is a sure thing.

    Many, many years ago, when I started farming, I was a farm manager on a dairy farm up in Central Zambia, and I worked for a very gracious man; he also bred racehorses and was a very keen gambler. I had never gambled in my life before, and I never will again after this incident. He came to me one day and said, “Angus, I have the fastest horse on this track. I want to tell you, son, take half your wages…” (I think I was only getting about fifty pounds a month in those days). He said, “…take half your wages and put them on my horse, and you will win a lot of money because he is running at 10 to 1. You can’t lose, I am telling you; it is a sure thing.”  

    So, I did it, and take a guess what happened? Yes, that beautiful horse got beaten at the finish line by a nose, just a nose, and I lost half of my wages. Never, ever have I bet since then. If you are a betting man, stop it today because there is nothing sure about gambling. But one thing you can be sure of is that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. (Hebrews 13:8.)

    God bless you, have a wonderful day and remember, when that moon comes up, the Lord’s word is as sure as that moon that comes up every night.

    God bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Friday morning, the 9th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    We go to the Book of Exodus 20:12, to the second book in the Bible,

    “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”  

    Commandment Number 5 is the first commandment in the Bible with a promise added to it - that your days may be long in the land.

    Early this morning, I went into our little town of Greytown, about 15 km from Shalom Farm, and I had to get a few things for the farm. I was amazed - it was pension day, and the town was full of pensioners. Of course, I never see myself as a pensioner because I never look at my face in the mirror. But I was so deeply touched, there was such a serene atmosphere in our little town. The people were coming up from the rural areas, some of them coming up to collect their pensions and then go back home. I went to the chemist to get something and sat on a bench next to an old Zulu lady. I saw this dear old soul take her purse out of her bag, she opened it up and took her money out of the purse and I saw her publicly counting it very carefully and I said to her, “Mama, please don’t let everybody see how much money you have got. Keep it safe just in case they want to steal it.” She thanked me profusely, put her money back in her little wallet and put it away in her bag.

    As I went out, I saw an older man and the pick-up he had was probably as old as him. He could not start it, but he knew what to do. He had to get out, open the bonnet, connect a couple of wires to the starter and he got the engine started then he quietly walked back, got into his car and off her drove. I was deeply touched. I saw older women walking with walking sticks. They obviously have problems with their knees or hips but were quite happy walking along. I saw huge queues of people waiting to collect their pension money, quite happy, nobody arguing, nobody complaining, because you see old age teaches you things like patience, teaches you things like gratitude, gratitude for another day, an opportunity to get some money so that you can buy some groceries to go home with you.

    Let us be very kind to people. Sometimes young people get impatient - “Come on, hurry up!” But young man, young lady, please understand one thing: that older person is probably in pain; they probably have back trouble. Maybe they can’t see too well, they have got cataracts in their eyes, maybe they can’t hear so well, but you know something? They are very patient, and it costs nothing to give them a smile, take them under the arm and help them across the road, count their money for them so that they don’t get fleeced by somebody, and I tell you, God will honour that good deed every time.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Thursday morning. The 8th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of Isaiah 40:1:

    “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God.

    Folks, this is a time to comfort God’s people in every aspect and walk of life. They need God’s comfort. Now, when the Lord tells us to comfort His people, He does not mean that we need to go and visit somebody who has been through a tragedy with a whole lot of Bible verses. No - to comfort someone is to give them a big hug, be a listening ear, and sit and let them speak. To comfort someone is to call them and say, “Look, I just want to tell you that I am praying for you, that God loves you, and I love you.” A short message like “I have got your back.”

    A day ago, one of my spiritual sons, a wonderful man of God, sent me a message, “I want you to know I have got your back.” Do you know what that does for a man? It makes his day. Now, on the flip side of the coin, the devil is saying to you, “No, no, don’t phone that person. They are too busy to listen to you. Don’t visit that person because you won’t even get an opportunity to speak to them. They are too important. Don’t even go there. Don’t trouble them. They won’t receive you.” That is a lie from the pit of hell. The devil says, “Don’t trouble her. She won’t listen to you.” I want to tell you, don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Remember the old saying, “A stitch in time saves nine”? Now, young man, young lady, what that means is, in the old days, your granny or great-granny didn’t have money to buy another shirt. As soon as there was a little tear in that shirt she would bring it in and sit down and stitch it up and that shirt would last forever. Today, we just chuck them away and get another one. 

    I want to tell you, when the Holy Spirit says to you, “Comfort that person”, do it immediately. Do not wait. Now, the greatest comforter that ever lived is Jesus Christ; listen to these beautiful words He says in John 14:1, 

    “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

    He has a place for you in Heaven. Did you know that? That should be more comforting than anything else. We are not going to be here forever. While we are here, let us keep our eyes on the Lord, and let us comfort His people.  

    Have a wonderful day,
    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 7th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in 1 Peter 5:8-9: 

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith,…” 

    We really need to understand something. The devil is a coward, a bully, and a liar, and he is a thief. His neck was broken on the cross of Calvary when Jesus died, and He said, “It is finished.” He meant it. But the devil tells us lies and if we do not arm ourselves with faith and walk closely with the Lord, he will destroy us by his lies and his accusations. He is like the lion who waits for the stragglers. If you look at the Maasai Mara and the great migrations of the wildebeest. Tens of thousands of them follow after the new grass, and who goes with them? Prides of lions. Those lions will never enter the middle of a herd of wildebeest or buffalo because they know they will be killed. They hang around the outside, waiting for the stragglers, for those that are lame, sick, or young and they pick them off.

    “Greater is He who is within you that he that is in the world.”
    1 John 4:4

    We need to stand together, and understand that we are in Christ. Revelation 12:11: 

    “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” 

    The devil cannot touch you if you are walking closely with the Lord and if you are walking closely with the brethren. That scripture goes on to say that the same sufferings that you are going through are experienced by the brotherhood in the world. You are not alone. You see, the devil tries to isolate you, and then he tells you you will never make it. It is a lie from the pit of hell. We need to walk together and walk by faith. We need to challenge the devil head-on with the Word of God, and he will back off. Have a wonderful day.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Tuesday morning, the 6th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of Isaiah 39:4: 

    And he said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.” 

    The prophet said to him, if you carry on reading, that “everything you have shown them in your house will be taken away from you and will be sent to Babylon, even your own family.”

    Then we go to Matthew 7:6. This is the word of Jesus: 

    “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” 

    There are certain things which are to remain private and within the family. When somebody comes to me and says to me, “You know, I shouldn’t really tell you this, but …” I stop them right there and say, “Before you go any further, I want you to know something, whatever you tell me I am going to go and tell everybody.” And all of a sudden, they are quiet. We need to guard our private family lives very carefully. 

    Proverbs 10:19 says: 

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

    Nothing is more destructive and damaging to a family when something private, spoken in confidence to a so-called friend, is leaked out and the public knows about it and it comes back to you in the crowd. Very destructive. Keep it quiet. Like that lady who has a beautiful recipe for some brand-new cake she is making, and she tells her friend in confidence because she is doing a little bit of business about it and she is selling her cakes all over the area, only to find out in a few weeks time that there is someone else who is baking the exact same cake and is in direct opposition to her. Very hurtful! I think we need to start to count to ten before we share personal things with others. 

    That is why you have a patent. Now, the word patent means the sole right to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention. Keep it quiet until you register that patent and then you can tell the world. This is wise advice but especially in the family.

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day,
    Goodbye. 

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Monday morning, the 5th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of Numbers 12:3: 

    “(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)” 

    Then we go to verse 8 when God says:

    ”I speak with him face to face,…” 

    “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,…” 
    1 Peter 5:6

    We do not have to defend ourselves. Father God does that for those who remain humble in His sight. Some of us are so defensive that we do not give the Lord a chance to operate on our behalf. We really need to stand back and let Him defend us and justify our cause because He will. He loves us. He did it for Moses. Moses’ brother, Aaron, and sister, Miriam, said, “Do you think Moses is the only man that hears from God?” Moses didn’t say a word in defence. God stepped in. He said, “I speak to prophets through visions, but My servant, Moses, I speak to him face to face.” 

    CH Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher, shared a beautiful illustration I will never forget. He said, “God is the one who defends us.” He said, “It is like a little boy who goes down to the zoo every day after school and sits on a bench opposite the cage of a huge male African Lion, walking up and down. He loves that lion and as he sits there and watches him, some naughty boys come along, pick up stones and start throwing stones at this big, huge male lion. Because he loves the lion so much, the little boy stands in between the lion and these naughty boys, and he is taking the stones that they are trying to throw at the lion.” Spurgeon says, “All that little boy has to do is to open the gate and let the lion out.”

    Oh my dear friend, why are we always trying to defend the Lord when He wants to defend us? Just open the gate and let the lion out!

    Jesus bless you and goodbye. 

  • I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Sunday morning, the 4th of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. Isaiah 38:5: 

    "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years." 

    And then we go down to verse 8: 

    "So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down."  

    There is only one God. He is the absolute miracle worker! He can extend a man's life by 15 years just by a word. He can actually change the time. He can stop the sun going down. He can change the sundial by 10 degrees. Never underestimate the power of God, the ultimate creator of death and life. When he was about 100 years old, the Lord told Abraham, "You are going to have a child, you and your wife." He said, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14). Why do you and I limit the Lord so often? It must really hurt Him when we doubt Him and His ability to help us. 

    If we look at Matthew 6:30, this is what the Lord says: 

    "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"  

    We really need to start to trust the Lord. I remember having to catch a flight to the USA years ago. I drove with my assistant, Clive, all the way down to Durban. Just before we got to the airport, there was a massive roadblock. A thirty-ton lorry had jack-knifed in the middle of the road, and the road was blocked for about half an hour. When we got to the airport, the lady said to us at the counter, "Sorry, Sir, the plane is full. We waited for you, but you never came and the counter is closed. I said, "Madam, we have to get to Johannesburg. I have got a plane going to America. They are waiting for me there." Then she said, "Let me have another look. I have two seats left, and they are in Business Class. If you hurry up, you will catch the plane." We caught the plane, went to the USA, and had an amazing time. 

    "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (other) things will be added unto you." 
    Matthew 6:33.

    Jesus bless you and goodbye.

  • I greet you in Jesus’ precious name! It is Saturday morning, the 3rd of February, 2024, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today. 

    We start in the Book of Psalms 62:5:

    “My soul, wait silently for God alone,
    For my expectation is from Him.”

    Isn’t that so true? Who can we trust in this day and age? Only God. I read a beautiful devotional. A man of God said, “There are no disappointments for those whose wills are buried in the will of God.” There cannot be disappointments if our expectation is in God and not in man. We only get extremely upset, don’t we, when someone close to us, like a family member, lets us down?  

    “He promised to pick me up at 7 o’clock and he didn’t come. I am so disappointed.“ 

    “I really thought my son was going to excel in that subject and he failed.”

    “I really thought that the government was going to come up to the mark and they have failed.” 

    It makes us extremely disappointed and not only disappointed but even depressed. We need to trust in the Lord alone. Hebrews 13:5 says: 

    “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  

    I have found in my own life that every time I put my trust in God, I am never disappointed. In fact, I am always amazed because God even excels in the very thing that I hoped for.

    Today, do not put your hope in man but put your hope and your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He will not disappoint you.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Jesus bless you and goodbye.