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  • And a very good morning to you!

    It is Tuesday morning, 25th of January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

    Galatians 6:9

    I believe this morning the Lord is telling us not to give up - Do not grow weary, we don’t even know how close we are to victory. With that rebellious child in the house, keep on persevering, keep on loving that child and they will come through. In that relationship at work, you say, “Angus, I can’t work with that guy anymore - Keep on and don’t grow weary. Keep putting your best foot forward and God will do the rest.

    This lockdown which has been breaking people down all over the world, I really believe it is about to lift and God is still on the throne. Continue today making good plans, remember Jesus is with us.

    “The Lord is my helper;
    I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?”

    Hebrews 13:6

    Folks, it took Moses forty years in the wilderness. God was getting him ready to undertake a mammoth task - Taking a whole nation out of Egypt, through the desert and into the promised land. It doesn’t happen overnight.

    For many of us, these last couple of years has been extremely tough. I know that but I really believe with all my heart that we are about to embrace a new season. It is coming just like it always does and we are so very excited.

    Remember, Proverbs 29:18:

    “Where there is no vision, the people perish”

    Don’t miss this opportunity of doing good. Write down that vision, make it plain so that others can run with it. I have never been so excited in my life, 2022 is a new beginning, a new opportunity to do good to one another. Let's go out today, don’t lose heart.

    Remember, if Christ is for you, there is no man that can ever stand against you.

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • And a very good morning to you!

    It is Monday morning the 24th of January 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “He first found his own brother Simon, (Simon Peter) and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.”

    John 1:41

    What is evangelism? Evangelism is one hungry beggar showing another hungry beggar where he can find bread - That is all it is, nothing else. That is exactly what Andrew did, he brought his brother, Peter, and introduced him to Jesus. You can’t do it without zeal and belief. You see, unless you have been hungry yourself, you will never understand what it means to show somebody some bread.

    We have to just keep on telling folk what Jesus means to us. That is what Gypsy Smith said when he was preaching off the back of his painted wagon in the fields... A worn-out preacher came and said, “I have preached everything from Genesis to Revelation, I am worn-out.” Gypsy said, “Just keep telling people what Jesus means to you.”

    Billy Bray, the Cornish tin-miner, a tough boy - he met Jesus, he was introduced to the King of Kings! He wanted his fellow miners to be saved as well. So he would stand on a wall in the village square on a Saturday morning, and preach his heart out. One day one of his former drinking buddies came to him and said, “If you don’t shut up I am going to punch you.” He kept on preaching. His friend hit him so hard, he knocked Billy off the wall. Billy got up, nose bleeding and spitting out teeth, got back on the wall and told him the same story again. He said, “Billy if you don’t shut up, I am going to knock you out” and he hit him again. The third time Billy got up on that wall... I tell you what, the blood was flowing, but he was so full of love for his friend. His friend just broke down and wept and knelt at the foot of the wall, “Billy, tell me about your Savior!” And he led him to Christ.

    Have you seen that movie, “Ordinary people’? I hope you have - It is the story of Mighty Men. One of those stories, a true story, is about a highjacker who tried to highjack two men coming to the Mighty Men Conference. They were in Cape Town and he shot at them and missed them. They overpowered him, they were big, tough policemen and what did they do? They handcuffed him to the back of the pick-up. It was a double-cab and they brought him to the Mighty Men Conference. And what happened - That highjacker got gloriously saved and the last I heard, he was preaching the Gospel in Gugulethu, a township in Cape Town.

    Go out today and introduce somebody to Jesus, the King of Kings.

    God bless you and have a wonderful day.
    Goodbye.

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  • And a very good morning to you!

    It is Sunday morning, 23rd of January, the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

    John 1:14

    I want to say this morning that sometimes the worst thing that you can say to somebody who has been through a bad experience is "We understand"... Maybe you are going through one yourself at the moment. Maybe bankruptcy, the loss of a child or maybe you are going through an ugly divorce... If somebody comes to you and says: “We understand”, when in fact they have no concept or no idea of what you or that poor individual is going through.

    The good news this morning is that Jesus knows what you are going through - Why? Because He has been there, He walked on this very earth. We have just heard it right now in the word of God. If we go to Isaiah 53:3, the Bible says:

    “He is despised and rejected by men,
    A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
    And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
    He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

    Oh yes, He understands, He understands that you are not in the first team. He understands that you are not popular because He has been there. In the eyes of the world you have not made it - He understands that too! Even your family does not understand the peer pressure that you are going through at the moment but Jesus knows. And He says to you and me this morning in John 10:10, the thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy.

    But Jesus said, “I have come to give you life abundantly.”

    We must remember it is not the dog in the fight that wins. It is the fight in the dog that wins. It is not the one that can deliver the punch that wins. It is the one who can take the punch and stand up again - It is not over yet. Jesus says to us this morning, "Stand" - He says, “the battle is Mine!” Ephesians 6:14.

    The battle belongs to the Lord. The Lord knows how much we can take, why, because He has been here. Remember, He has walked on this very earth.

    Have a good heart to heart chat with Him today, you have got time, because He really understands and most of all He loves you.

    Jesus bless you,
    Have a wonderful day,
    Goodbye

  • And a very good morning to you!

    It is Saturday morning, 22 January, the year 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.

    “Train up a child in the way he should go,
    And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

    Proverbs 22:6

    And then we go to the New Testament:

    “…from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

    Timothy 3:15

    I heard a very disturbing story... My wife was telling me that a young school teacher who we know well, she is a lovely Christian lady, phoned up her mom and said: “I feel like giving up teaching. I have been given a class of small children that are totally undisciplined, unruly and very bad-mannered.”

    It made me so sad - You know, Moms and Dads it takes time and it takes effort to bring up your children. It is not the responsibility of the school teacher, carer or of the maid for that matter - It is your responsibility. Remember, your little boy will not do what you tell him, Dad - He will do what you do. If you love his mom, he will love his wife when he grows up. If you have quiet times with the Lord every morning, that little boy will do exactly the same. If you work hard Dad, he will be a hard worker when he grows up.

    The other day I went down to the city with one of my little grandsons and he wanted to buy me a meal so I allowed him to do that. When it came time for paying, I said to him, “Let me do the paying.” He said, "No, I will pay, please. I invited you.” He insisted and so I allowed him to pay and he got his little wallet out and he counted out the money exactly. He was so proud to pay. And then afterwards, the waitress was standing there and then he dug back into his wallet. I said, “What are you doing now?” He said, “No, no, I am giving her a tip”, and he gave her an extremely generous tip I want to tell you. I said, “Why are you doing that, son?” And he said, “Because Kulu (that’s what he calls me, the Zulu name for grandfather), that is what my dad always does."

    You know, there is nothing more embarrassing for me than to see a young child disobey their mother in public and her mom is sitting there trying to negotiate with a three or four-year-old child. It makes my heart very sore, not with the mother but for that poor little child. You see, that little child has to go out to an unforgiving world where she will be treated very severely for lack of respect for others.

    Moms and Dads do the godly thing. Raise your children and they will make you very, very proud.

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

    Psalm 37:25

    Bring up your children correctly and they will do well in the marketplace.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • And a very good morning to you!

    It is the 21st of January, Friday morning, and it is the year 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today!

    “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”

    2 Corinthians 5:20

    Now I looked up the Oxford Dictionary the definition of the word ambassador: “A diplomat sent by a state as its permanent representative in a foreign country.”

    Now we have been called to represent Jesus and for me the ideal example of an excellent ambassador was none other than John the Baptist. If we look at John 1:20, they asked him,

    “Are you the one? Are you the Christ?”
    He confessed. ”I am not the Christ.”

    He was the bravest of men, he was so outspoken and he was a godly man but he was also very humble at the same time. He was afraid of no-one. He stuck his bony finger out and told King Herod, “You are an adulterer.” And that eventually cost him his head... They cut his head off because of that.

    “I am not even worthy to loose His sandal strap.”

    John 1:27

    He was talking about Jesus. John the Baptist never touched God’s glory. There is a word for young men and women - be careful you don’t draw people to yourself, draw people to God. What are the credentials of an ambassador of Christ? Well, the fruit of the Spirit:

    “...love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

    Galatians 5:22 - 23

    You know folks, often we get called to a drought-ravaged area, to communities, sometimes even provinces or cities and we are asked to come and to please pray for rain. Sometimes, we get sarcastic comments, “Oh, so you think you are the rain-makers do you?” I don’t know, but our reply is always, “No, we are not the rainmakers, we are the Rainmaker’s sons and daughters.”

    And then of course the Lord always comes through for us when we pray. The rain comes and the critics just disappear into the mist.

    Be a good ambassador for Jesus today.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • And a very good morning to you.

    It is Thursday morning, the 20th of January, the year 2022 and this is your friend, Angus Buchan with a thought for today.

    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

    John 1:1-2

    Who is the Lord speaking about? He’s speaking about Jesus. Yes, Jesus is the Word... Now, if we go to 1 John 5:7 and I’m reading from the New King James Version:

    "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit..."

    No, it doesn’t say that - I’ll read it again:

    "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”

    So who is the Word, that’s right it is Jesus - That’s why I love this book so much. Now, if anyone says to you, "Show me this Jesus you’re always talking about.", give them a bible. Why do you think I’ve written on the front of my bible: “My agricultural manual." There’s a reason for it... This book, when I was an active farmer, was my daily direction finder.

    I remember going to a Muslim's home once, I was sitting in the lounge with my bible. I put my bible on the carpet next to my chair. He came in with the coffee and He said, "Sir, please don’t put that book on the floor, put it on the coffee table."

    With that 20-ton Seed Sower, we took up into Africa, full of food and clothes and bibles... You know something, a lot of those poor folk had no food to eat and hardly any clothes to wear but they weren’t interested in the food. They weren’t interested in the clothes either, they wanted the bible. They would even fight over that book, lest they go without.

    This book it’s a friend if you’re lonely. It’s a compass if you are lost and it’s a lawgiver in times of dispute. It never, ever ages, it’s the same yesterday, today and forevermore. Hebrews 13:8. Yes, it’s a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 but most of all this book never, ever changes in a world which is so uncertain, at the moment.

    "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

    Mathew 24:35

    Spend time in the book of life today and I tell you what, your life will become so much more simplified and so much more fulfilled.

    Have a wonderful day, Jesus bless you.
    Goodbye.

  • And a very good morning to you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

  • And a very good morning to you!

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

    “Be still, and know that I am God”

    Psalm 46:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Go out today and smell the roses.

    Jesus bless you.
    Goodbye.

  • And a very good morning to you!

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

    “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”

    1 Timothy 6:6

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

    “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ecclesiastes 12:13

    Have a good day,
    God bless you and goodbye.

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

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

    Esther 1:12

    And then straight across to Ephesians 5:22 & 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jesus bless you.
    Goodbye.

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

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

    Luke 24:31-32

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

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

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

    Matthew 6:33

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

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

    Mark 8:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “Lord, please increase our faith.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

    And then the Lord said to him,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Luke 24:5-6

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

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

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

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

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.
    Goodbye.

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

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

    Then we go to the John 19:27:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day!
    Goodbye.

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

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

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

    Malachi 3:8

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

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

    John 15:13

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

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

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

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

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

    Matthew 6:33.

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

    Jesus bless you,
    Goodbye.

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

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

    Nehemiah 9:31

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

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

    Matthew 18:21

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

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

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

    Luke 23:34

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

    Jesus bless you today.
    Goodbye.

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

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

    Luke 23:8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a wonderful day.
    God bless you and goodbye.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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