Thought For Today
A daily audio note from Angus Buchan
October 20, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Luke 14:34, Revelation 3:16
Luke 14:34, Jesus says: “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavour, how shall it be seasoned?” Don’t lose your flavour! Wherever Jesus went, He caused either a riot or a revival but He was never in-between. You and I must remain salty. People don’t have to like us but they must respect us - and they will if we remain salty. Even Jesus said in Revelation 3:16: “Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Strong words, spoken by the Master. Jesus put a fire back into Peter when he had lost all hope and had gone back fishing. He can do the same for us today. Father God desires to put new salt back into our very souls today... Giving us something to live for, to get up in the morning for and to die for - if necessary. He wants us to live, not merely exist. He wants us to realize our dreams, He wants us to complete that course. We must be salty. Let’s make a difference in this tired and flavourless world we live in today. You know, being of Scottish roots, our national dish in Scotland is porridge... And I want to say something to you, I mean this from the bottom of my heart - If you ever invite me into your home and offer me a nice plate of porridge but don’t put any salt in it, I will never come back to your house again. Don’t offer me a cup of tea (by the way, I love tea) that is lukewarm because I won’t drink it. The tea needs to be red-hot and that porridge must be salty. Have a lovely day today as you make a difference in somebody’s life. God bless you and goodbye.
October 19, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Matthew 5:3, 1 Corinthians 9:8
Matthew 5:3, Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” That great preacher, F.B. Meyer, says: “To be vacant of self” - that’s right, to be emptied of self-reliance. We need to be totally dependent on Jesus today to realise and to be brutally honest with ourselves that we can do absolutely nothing without God. We cannot even help others. How can the blind lead the blind - It’s impossible. When we die to self we empty ourselves, we become vacant, then God can use us to assist others. You can’t help a drowning man if you don’t know how to swim. You know, our foundation verse here at Shalom is 2 Corinthians 9:8: “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.” For every good work... Having more than we need so that we can bless others. When Jill and I first got saved, I wanted to sell the farm - not sell it but give it away. And I wanted to go to Bible College and I wanted to become a pastor. God said to me clearly in my heart: “Stay on the farm and make a place for others, which is what we are doing. William Duma, a zulu herdsman,up in the mountains in Zululand, met Jesus in a special way and he emptied himself completely. He would do nothing without God’s permission. One day he was invited to go to Israel, him and a group of other ministers. All of them jumped at the opportunity and said, “Thank you very much, we are willing to go.” Not William Duma! He said, “Can I let you know tomorrow? I need to ask permission from my Lord today.” We need to empty ourselves. We need to become vacant inside so that God can fill us with His goodness so that we can be a blessing to others. Have a wonderful day today as you look to Jesus to be a blessing to others. Goodbye.
October 18, 2021 • Angus Buchan • 2 Chronicles 15:2, Luke 19:10, Matthew 7:7, Proverbs 29:18
“The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2 And then we go to the New Testament, Luke 19:10 Jesus says: “…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” And of course, one of my favourite scriptures, Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “ You know folks, there are none so blind as those who do not want to see. Don’t you want to see, don’t you want to live today? Helen Keller was born on 27th June 1880. When she was a little baby of 19 months old she got sick and when she recovered she was left blind and deaf... Can you possibly think of anything worse? It must be like being put in a cell with no windows and no doors. No contact with the outside world but her carer took hold of her hands and started to spell words on her hand and managed to break through and start a conversation with her, purely by impressing on her hands with her fingers. Do you know that Helen Keller eventually went to university? She got a BA degree at university. She travelled to 35 countries around the world, speaking on behalf of the blind and the deaf. You and I need to seek after Jesus today with our hearts and not with our heads. Helen Keller said something I have never forgotten, words to this effect: “There are none so blind as those who can see and hear but who have no vision.” Do you have a vision today? Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision the people perish.” The New King James Version says: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint” Ask the Lord today, to give you new vision... It will make you get up in the morning, it will make you get on with the work. It will take your eyes off yourself and put your eyes on Jesus and on other people. God bless you and have a lovely day. Goodbye.
October 17, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Luke 10:2
“Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2 The Lord Jesus is looking for workers, that is right! He is looking for a labour force to do the greatest work that will ever have been done in the history of the world. We are talking about the greatest revival that will come amongst God’s people in these last days. I looked up the Oxford Dictionary... A labourer is a person doing unskilled manual work. That is right, we have got to roll up our sleeves and we have got to get to work. He is not talking about theologians, Jesus is not talking about doctors of divinity or even professors of the faith. No, he is talking about ordinary workers, people like you and me. This worldwide revival that is coming, is going to happen through ordinary people just like you and me. Shopkeepers, housewives, school children, coal miners, farmers, businessmen, doctors, nurses, policemen, artisans, etc. I remember as a new Christian, my minister said to me one day, he said: “You know, Angus, the day I put on my dog collar, I lost 95% of my witness with the people in the world.” You see, they see you coming from a long way off and they change completely - Don’t lose your identity. Just last week, a group of young farmers and businessmen came to see me. They have a burning desire to see their community changed and saved and they said, “What can we do?” I said, “Don’t lose your identity.” If you are a farmer then live and act like a farmer and tell people about Jesus in your own way. If you are a businessman, do exactly the same. Why do you want to be different? The Lord is calling for labourers, unskilled, manual workers. You know, William Booth started the biggest army in the history of the world. At one stage, there were more members of the Salvation Army than any other secular army on earth and do you know what he said? He said: “My best soldiers are women.” I remember hearing Yonggi Cho, who had the biggest church in the world, something like a million members, he said: “The people in the West are losing out because they are not using their women as labourers for the Gospel. The women pray longer and they can work very hard and they love Jesus." I want to say to you today, it doesn’t matter what you are, you go out there and you just tell people about the soon-coming king. That is all they want to hear about. Lay your hands on the sick and they will be healed. This is the time of ordinary people. Have a wonderful Sunday as you go out and witness for Christ. God bless you and goodbye.
October 16, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Luke 14:28
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.“ Luke 14:28 We need to count the cost - Preparation is vital in these times that we are living. There is no room in the Kingdom of God for people who are just winging it... Just going for it, just taking a chance. You know, I just watched a documentary yesterday about three men. One was Scott of the Antarctic, the other Ernest Shackleton, and the other one was Roald Amundsen a Norwegian. You know, Scott was a passionate man. He had a desire to be the first one to reach the South Pole, the Antarctic. The most unforgiving, treacherous continent on earth, the coldest place in the world. But you see, he did not prepare correctly... he got to the South Pole but at tremendous cost. On his way back he lost all his men, every single one of them died. They perished. Shackleton was an extremely brave man. He got to within 100 kilometres of the South Pole but he had to turn back because he had not made sufficient preparation. He went back defeated because he did not prepare correctly. But that Norwegian, Roald Amundsen he was prepared. He went and he lived with the Eskimos first of all, the Inuit people and he learned their ways. He put on the correct dress, he took a very small group of men with him. These men were experts in their field, one was the Scandinavian skiing champion, another was an expert in working with dogs. They used huskies. They didn’t pull those sleds physically like the other men. On his way to the South Pole Amundsen put deposits of supplies for the way back, that’s right - He got to the South Pole with hardly any effort and he got all his men right back. He was the first man in the world to conquer the South Pole. Folks, that wasn’t just luck. How can you define luck anyway, how can you define that word? That wasn’t just a lucky chance, no, no! He prepared himself. You and I need to prepare ourselves better. Whether you are going to get married, going into business, or whether you want to be a professional sportsman, you need to prepare yourself. And most of all, we need to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to tell you, He is not coming soon... He is on His way! We need to be prepared and we need to be ready for His coming. Have a wonderful Saturday! God bless you and goodbye.
October 15, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Luke 9:62, John 8:36
One of my favourite scriptures in the Bible is Luke 9:62: “But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” There is no turning back for us. Why do we want to go back to Egypt - To eat melons and cucumbers, to have a place to bury our dead? That is what the people of Israel wanted to do when it got tough in the desert. They wanted Moses to take them back to the old places. We cannot possibly plough a straight line if we keep on looking back. You know, the Bible tells us in John 8:36: “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Why do you want to go back to Egypt? We need to press forward... We really need to keep our eyes fixed on heaven, eternity. Years ago, I heard a story of a muscovy duck, a big fat plump muscovy duck with small little wings. He had never flown in all his life, running up and down that chicken run in all the mud, flapping his little wings... as much food as he wanted to eat. He looked up to the sky and he heard the cry of a flock of spur-winged geese flying in that V-formation. They weren’t fat, no. They were actually quite lean and thin. They had a few holes in their wings by some farmer’s shotgun but they were free, free indeed. We really need to keep our focus on the goal - the destination! A couple of days ago, I was flown to the Northern Cape and folks, I want to tell you, I saw something I will never forget as long as I live. No, there weren’t hundreds of thousands of people there but there were farmers and businessmen, there were boys and girls. There were old people, there were policemen, there were all kinds of people with resilience in their hearts who are destined to finish the race. I have never been so moved in my life. They flew me and some faithful men from the farm, in an aeroplane, to the Northern Cape and then in a helicopter right into the middle of the bush where it has been burnt. There is nothing left, only wind and dust. I tell you what, the people were sitting underneath thorn trees trying to keep out of the sun, this was at 12 o’clock - midday. They had been waiting from 9 in the morning. When I started preaching, at times I couldn’t see them for that red dust that was getting blown, the whirlwinds of dust and heat and wind. They never moved, they sat there. I want to tell you I saw young children, it made me cry, come running up to hug me. They were determined that they were going to pray for rain and we are believing that the rain is on its way. I saw a 92-year-old man get out of a wheelchair, that’s right, and walk with the assistance of two young men to the altar to recommit his life to Christ. I saw something that I will never forget as long as I live - These people are ploughing in a straight line. They are not going back to Egypt, no, no, no! They are waiting for the rain to come and it will come because our Rainmaker is faithful and true. His Name is Jesus! Today, keep your focus on the goal and do not look behind you. God bless you and have a wonderful day.
October 14, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Luke 12:22
“Then He said to His disciples.”Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.” Luke 12:22 Folks, Jesus is telling us this morning to stop worrying. It doesn’t help us at all - It just makes you sick. It makes you confused, it makes you go the wrong way and make bad decisions. Do not worry about tomorrow... The Lord says today has enough problems of its own. Why are you worrying about tomorrow? We need to start to take one day at a time. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these (other) things (tomorrow) shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33 Do your best and then leave the rest to Jesus. When travelling, I have to drive out of this little farm, I have to get on an aeroplane and I have to go to the other side of the world. Now I am a farmer - I am used to, when the sun goes down, I come back to my little house, to my wife and my family... But that is not always possible anymore. Often I will end up in a hotel room on the other side of the world with a bit of jet lag and a lot of other things and then the battle is on. The battle is not on when I get onto the platform or behind the pulpit. No, it is when I am in that hotel room on my own. This battle that I am talking about, we are all facing it. It is not a physical battle, it is a spiritual battle. I lie in that bed and the devil says to me, “You are irresponsible. You have left your wife on her own in that little house, on the other side of the world. You can’t get to her even if you wanted to if she had a problem.” And then that cold sweat comes on my brow and I start to worry. Then the Holy Spirit comes in like a beautiful fresh early morning breeze and He starts to speak to me in my heart. He says, “Angus, I called you. I appointed you and I anointed you for this work. Angus, let us reason together.” I get quite emotional, just telling you this. “Am I not better able to take care of your wife, your family, your children and your grandchildren and the farms?” I say, “Yes Lord.” “Well Angus, you do your work and then let Me do My work.” And then I just turn over and I go to sleep. And of course, the first thing in the morning, I phone my wife and I hear that lovely voice on the other side, “Good morning, Angie!” “How you Jill?” “I had a good sleep.” “How are the horses, the dogs, the kids, everything... the chickens?” “No, they are fine.” And then I go to work, and we see the power of God come down. We are in a battle. Don’t worry - It won’t do anything for you. Maybe this morning I am speaking to a young student who is worried about their exams - Study hard. Do your best and leave the rest to God. You will be surprised at how those answers will come to you when you are writing your exam. Maybe it is a businessman this morning who just does not know what to do tomorrow. Just do what you can today... the Lord will take care of the rest. Maybe it is a medical problem and you don’t know whether you should do it or not. Ask God, leave it to Him and carry on living. You will probably find you won’t even have to have that operation. Let us start to trust God and stop worrying. Have a wonderful day today as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and the Perfecter of your faith. God bless you.
October 13, 2021 • Angus Buchan • James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5, Numbers 12:3
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 And you will find that exact scripture again in James 4:6. I think the Lord is trying to impress something upon us this morning - Always remember, pride always comes before a fall. Our Lord Jesus Christ was the most humble man who has ever walked on the face of this earth. We must remember - to be humble does not mean to be weak, not at all. A beautiful definition of the word humble is controlled strength... That is what a humble man is. Moses was not a weak man, by any standards and yet the Bible tells us clearly in Numbers 12:3 (in The Old Testament) that he was the most humble of any man on the face of the earth in those days. There was nothing soft about a man who could lead an entire nation through the desert for forty years. And who could stretch out his rod, by faith, and see an ocean separated so that his people could walk through it. As the adage goes: “The softest part of him was his teeth!” We need to be more gentle in these stressful times that we are living. We need to prefer one another, we need to love one another. The lowliest Christian is the loveliest Christian. Augustine said it was pride that changed angels into devils. It is humility that makes men as angels. I just want to say to the young men today, treat those young girls that you take out, with great respect and gentleness and God will honour you. It makes them feel like beautiful maidens... the way God created them to be. I want to say to a young man: Don’t be afraid to stand up and give an old lady your seat, son. That is not being a sissy, that is being a humble man of God. Walk that old person across the street. Take time out to speak to a lonely old person sitting on a bench. These are the factors that make you a humble man or woman of God. It is not so much what we say but who we are that impacts people. Have a wonderful day today as you walk in the power of God and the humility of Jesus! God bless you and goodbye.
October 12, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Luke 9:56, Luke 9:54
‘“For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” Luke 9:56 You see folks, Jesus is not here to condemn people. He is here to save us - He has come to save the lost. Now the Sons of Thunder, an appropriate name for James and John, got it the wrong way around. They got very angry, you see, because they had come to a village and wanted to prepare a place for the Master to sleep that night and they were chased out of the village. They were so angry, they said, “Lord, let's just bring down fire from Heaven.” Have you ever felt like that? You will find that in Luke 9:54: “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” And then the Lord rebuked them and said, “No”, He said, “I came to save them.” You and I need to be patient - We need to remember from whence we came. I often sit and I smile and I wonder what people must have thought when Jill and I and our children, walked into that little church, forty-odd years ago for the first time on that Sunday morning. They must have looked around and said, “Look what the cat brought in!” But the Lord never ever writes off people. He came to save us. Never write off anybody, always keep the door wide open. Just like the prodigal son’s father, that farmer... remember? His son wanted his inheritance. He went off and he wasted it but the door was always open. And you know, that father never compromised, no, no. He didn’t try and make a deal. He let his son go but he always kept the door open... And what happened? Eventually, his son came back home and became a faithful son. I want to say to you today that maybe there is somebody who is going to come to their senses today and come back home and say, “Listen, mom, dad - I am sorry. I have made a terrible mistake. Please give me another chance.” Jesus came to offer us the Gospel, freely, not by threat or through fear. In Matthew 11:28 He says: “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Today, ask the Lord to show you someone who needs help. Go to them by faith and save them in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Have a wonderful day and remember, if Christ is for you, there is no man will ever stand against you! God bless you and goodbye.
October 11, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Peter 5:7
If we go to Ephesians 2:8 the Bible says that we have been saved by grace through faith and that, not of ourselves for it was a gift from God. I want to speak to you about mercy - What does mercy mean? Well, the Oxford Dictionary says it is something to be grateful for. Yes, it is an opportunity to say sorry. It is an opportunity to make amends and that is why, as an evangelist, the altar call is so critical - And to me the most important part of the whole service. It is where the battle is at its fiercest. The devil says, “Don’t move. Don’t make a fool of yourself. Don’t go up there and say sorry to Jesus.” The Lord says, “Repent and be saved.” If you look at those old videos of Billy Graham, when tens of thousands of people come forward and bow the knee at the altar and ask for forgiveness, it warms my heart. I have seen it time and time again and it never ceases to amaze me. In the early years, we used to sing that hymn, just as Billy Graham always did with his men: Just as I am without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee Oh Lamb of God, I come, I come I want to tell you, my dear friend, just singing that little chorus... that verse brings tears to my eyes. I have seen husbands and wives, arm in arm, coming forward, tears streaming down their faces, asking for forgiveness. I have seen young men and their dads coming to the front and kneeling arm in arm. I have seen mothers and daughters coming forward, asking God for forgiveness. I have seen old people with walking sticks, some in wheelchairs, coming forward to say, “Lord, I am sorry!” God wants to say to you today, you too can say sorry. God says: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5: I heard a preacher say once, “You can never do anything to make God love you any more and you can never do anything to make God love you any less.” He just loves you - Why don’t you call upon Him today? I Peter 5:7 says: Cast your cares, your burdens upon Jesus because He cares for you. He will take that burden that is crushing you. He will give you that forgiveness that you are looking for and He will give you new life. Jesus bless you as you have a wonderful week. God bless you and goodbye.
October 10, 2021 • Angus Buchan • 2 Chronicles 10:10, Matthew 11:29
“My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist!” 2 Chronicles 10:10 That was spoken by a foolish young king. He had taken over from his father, who was none other than the wisest man who had ever lived, King Solomon himself and he went for counsel because the people came and said, “Lighten our burden and we will serve you.” The old elders said, “Listen to the people” but the young king went and listened to his friends, and they said, “Make it harder for them.” As a result of that foolish counsel, that young king lost his kingdom. Do not disregard priceless advice, it is often given freely and in love. Here at Shalom, we have four elders - They are my personal advisors. They give me godly counsel. They are not 'yes men'. Often they ask me to reconsider my proposals. They make me go back to the drawing board and think about it before we make the final decision. Many years ago, some young go-ahead bright farmers decided to grow a crop that had never been grown before in this area. We live, by the way, in a very misty area - It is called the mist-belt. That means that it is always damp and rainy in the summertime. The older farmers in the area said that the particular crop would not grow in this area but the young dynamic farmers did not take notice - They did not take heed. They planted that crop. Initially, the fields looked beautiful. They were rich and golden and heavy for yielding but when it came time to harvest the field the crop fell over. It lay on the ground, became mouldy and the combine harvesters could not take it off. We need to listen to the counsel of men and women who have been there before. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29: ”…learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Go out today and listen to the counsel of experienced people who have been there before. They will save you a lot of pain and a lot of tears. God bless you and have a lovely Sunday. Goodbye.
October 9, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Matthew 17:4
“Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Matthew 17:4 The mountain-top experience, always a beautiful place to be! Peter, James and John had seen the transfiguration of the Lord Jesus Christ and had experienced the presence of Almighty God on the mountain-top. He wanted them to stay there, he wanted to build three little buildings for them to stay in. But the Lord said “No, we cannot stay there. We cannot stay in that nice, secure and peaceful place. We have to go down into the valley where the people are. We have to roll up our sleeves and be prepared to get dirty, if necessary... to help the poor, the needy, the widow and the orphan - those who use and even abuse you.” That’s right, it's not easy but why can’t we just stay secluded and safe from all the ugliness that goes on in this tired old world? Well, because Jesus loves the prostitute, He loves the drug addict, He loves the thief... not that He loves what they are doing but He loves them and He wants you and me to help them. The very first thing that happened when Jesus came down from the Mount of Transfiguration was that He was confronted by a multitude of people. A desperate father came to Him and said, “Please help, my little son is an epileptic,” and Jesus cured the boy that very hour. We need to get involved. I remember like yesterday, the very first time I ever preached the Gospel. It was an evening service in the little Methodist Church on the Main Street of Greytown. I was so nervous. I was in the back of the church in the vestry, the elders had come and laid their hands on me, they were praying for me and said, “Get out there, Angus and go and tell them about Jesus.” But one thing disturbed me that I have never forgotten. There was one old gentleman there who said, “Get out there and do it,” he said, “I have done my bit.” I will never forget that. I had only known the Lord for about three months and something in my heart was heavy. We can never 'do our bit'. We have always got to be available. We have never lost any blood, we have never been crucified... How can we say we have done our bit? Now, remember - first the mountain and then the ministry. We have to get the balance right. First, spend time with the Lord and then get down into the valley and help the people. Have a wonderful day, God bless you and goodbye!
October 8, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Luke 9:26, Romans 1:16, Revelation 3:15–16
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26 Wow - That is quite a scripture... Followed up with Romans 1:16 which says: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” We have got to stand up and be counted in these days - It is not optional. The hardest place to be a Christian is in your own hometown or environment, isn't it? It is much easier to be a Christian out there in the world where nobody knows you. This morning while praying before recording this message, my heart is really for the younger generation. My age group, people have already made up their mind what they think of us and we have made our stance. But for the younger generation it is a struggle, in an unforgiving and sometimes ruthless society, especially at school or at university. The easiest thing to do, to make your stand for Christ, is to make it crystal clear the first day you go to school or university - right from the start. They used to tell the young soldiers when they went to the army, the first night you arrive - get on your knees. Even if you do not do it at home and pray before you go to bed, and that will show the young men in that particular barracks, who you are following. The worst thing for that young person to do, is to be lukewarm and to blow hot and cold. No-one will like you for that. One day you are hunting with the hounds and the next day you are running with the hares... It doesn’t work. Jesus Himself said, “I would rather you be cold or hot, but if you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16. You and I today, let us be red-hot for the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you and goodbye.
October 7, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Matthew 23:37
“How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! “ Matthew 23:37 You know, when a hen gathers her chicks underneath her to protect them and they are not willing, that is a major problem. I just love to watch a young mother when she has bathed her beautiful baby... And when she's bathed that baby, she wraps that baby tightly up and it looks so snug and so secure. I looked up, Hemmed in - You and I need to be hemmed in by the Lord today. Hemmed in means to be surrounded or restricted, a restricted movement of someone... and that just makes you feel so secure, doesn’t it? People are so distressed today, they are so loose - There is just nothing secure, nothing sure. When I go to Israel, there is a little church on the Mount of Olives, a small little church that overlooks the Kidron Valley and you can see the Temple Mount from there - where Solomon’s Temple was. Jesus sat there and that is where He said, “I would just love to gather you together but you are not willing.” I want to say to you today, let the Lord hem you in. Let Him look after you like a mother hen looks after her little chicks - Don’t push away from Him. You know, a couple of nights ago, we were driving home. It was a rough road, it had been raining, it was dark, the traffic was hectic and there were potholes everywhere. You couldn’t ask for a worse night... The road was extremely busy. People were trying to get home, lights flashing everywhere - it was a terrible scenario to be in. We didn’t really know where we were going because there were these massive signboards, “Pull over to the left”, “Stop!” We didn’t know what to do but there was a huge 30-ton pantechnicon, a big lorry in front of us. We decided we were going to tuck in behind him. He had massive red brake lights and every time he came up against a pothole, he put his brakes on and we knew there was a pothole coming and we slowed down. That driver, I wish I could have shaken him by the hand but it wasn’t possible. You know we just settled in behind him and he took us safely to our destination. I want to say to you today, why don’t you and I allow Jesus to guide us, He wants to. Let’s just allow Him to look after us and wrap us up, nice and tight, and take us to our destination. Have a wonderful day. God bless you and goodbye.
October 6, 2021 • Angus Buchan • Mark 8:27–29, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 7:21
Mark 8:27 Jesus said: “Who do men say that I am?” And then we go a bit further to Mark 8:29: “Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” You know, when I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I did not give my life to an ideology or a certain denomination. I gave my life to a person, His name: Jesus Christ - my best friend! Do you know that there is more evidence that Jesus walked on this earth 2000 years ago than there is that Julius Caesar lived on this earth. And yet why do we always question that fact? Why is it that we always doubt the fact that Jesus is God made flesh. If we go to Isaiah 7:14 and this was written hundreds of years ago before Jesus was born in Bethlehem: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Foretold hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ on earth and yet we still seem to doubt Him. But today we need to let our faith, in the Lord Jesus Christ, do the talking. Don’t just tell folks that Jesus is your friend, show them that He is your friend by your action. “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.” Matthew 7:21: I remember years ago, when I was living in my little pole and daga house with my wife and children, a man came to visit me. He was a school teacher - His name was Piet Uys. He came with a group of his students, he was traveling around South Africa and he said to them, "I am going to prove to you that Jesus Christ is alive and that He is the Son of God - We are not going to take one cent with us. We are not going to beg. We are not going to ask for anything and the Lord is going to take us for a holiday, right around South Africa for a month.” He arrived in Greytown with his whole class. One of my Christian friends introduced me to him and what an amazing man. He sat in the little house of ours one night, with a guitar and he started to sing. Then he started to prophesy over Jill and I. Now we had just given our lives to the Lord. I hadn’t even started preaching and he started telling me things that would happen. You know that every single one of those things that he prophesied has taken place?! And I just want to say to you that there is more evidence today, in my life, that Jesus is alive than the day I met Him and gave my life to Him. Today remember He is the Christ. He is the soon-coming King. He loves you and He died for you. God bless you and have a wonderful day!