Thought For Today
A daily audio note from Angus Buchan
Amazing Love • June 15, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 Have you ever tried to measure the enormity of the love that Jesus has for us? It is amazing! There is a beautiful hymn that I heard yesterday. It was written by a man by the name of Frederick Lehman and he lived a couple of hundred years ago... I just want to read this one verse to you and try to imagine how great the love of God is for His people, for you and me. Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made; were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill, and ev’ryone a scribe by trade; to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry; nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky. It cannot be compared - What amazing love! Now, for the younger people who don’t understand some of those older terms, he says if the whole ocean was filled with ink and the skies were of one big sheet of paper... If every stalk in the field and every stalk of grass was made into a pen, and every person on earth was a scribe, a writer by trade. They would not be able to write enough about the love of God because it would drain the whole ocean. And that scroll, the parchment, could not contain all the love of Christ even though it would stretch literally from sky to sky! Oh my dear friend, remember today that Jesus Christ loves you unconditionally. He would ask you now to go out today and to love, even the unlovely, with the love of Christ, because that love is more powerful than any other force on earth. God bless you as you start by loving your husband, your wife, children, neighbours and friends; the people you work with at the office and the people that you go to school with. Tell them about the love of Christ. God bless you and have a wonderful day.
Faith-filled Obedience • June 14, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah” 1 Kings 17:15-16 God is looking for obedient and faithful children in these turbulent times that we are living in. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you." Mathew 6:33 You see the widow only had enough food for one more meal, then she and her little son would die of starvation. She had a choice to make - Was she going to obey the word of the Lord or was she going to make a plan. She decided to obey the word of the Lord. And what happened, she and Elijah had enough food for many, many days. Today, you and I have to make that same decision. Are we going to obey the word of the Lord in our lives or are we going to try and do it in our own strength? We need to be obedient, but you say: "But I don’t have enough." No, you don’t but He does - He has more than enough and we need to obey Him. You know I remember so clearly like it was yesterday, in 2008 when we had the Mighty Men Conference here on the Shalom farm. We hired the biggest tent in the world, we had hardly any money. I remember we had R500 in our savings account and it cost millions to hire that tent. Well, we stretched our faith and eventually, the mighty tent arrived. I think seventeen pantechnicons (30-ton rigs) brought it onto the farm. When they erected it and we put the chairs inside we had 30 000 chairs inside, I know because my son-in-law cable-tied each chair. Then my son came to me, another son, and said: "Dad, we need more money." I said we don’t have any more budget. He said: "Dad, we need more speakers." I said: "But you’ve got hundreds of speakers." He said, "The sound team engineers have said there’s only enough sound to go to a certain row of chairs, after that there is no more sound." I said we can’t. He said, "Dad if you don’t those men will hear nothing." I had a choice to make, just like you have a choice to make today and like the widow had to make. I said,” Ok, let’s continue to trust God - Go for it.” He ordered more banks of speakers, right to the end of the tent on both sides. But you know what was happening at the very same moment, a farmer was woken up by the Lord, a sheep farmer, and God told him to sell a flock of his sheep and to put the money in the campaign account. Which he duly did. You know something, it was the exact amount that we needed to cover the cost of the speakers! I want to say to you today, just do what the Lord tells you to do, He will undertake for you as He did for that widow and her little boy. God bless you and have a wonderful week.
The Healer • June 13, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:28 & 34 Now remember, in Hebrews 13:8 Jesus says, "I am the same yesterday, today and forever." He never changes - He is the same. Maybe you can hear a slight wind blowing, I am sitting on top of a hill overlooking the mighty blue Indian Ocean. What a beautiful morning! And you know, there is one thought that comes to my mind it is: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 God said one word and everything that I am looking at came to pass. Is He not able to heal your affliction today my dear friend? You see, that woman had spent all her money, she had no money left. For twelve years she had been bleeding. She heard the King of Kings was walking past - Jesus of Nazareth. There was a crowd that just thronged Him. She said to herself: "If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be healed." She must have crept through the legs of the people. She got to the bottom of that crowd, she stretched out her hand and she touched the hem of His garment. And instantly, the Bible says she was healed. The flow of blood stopped. Jesus swung around and said: “Who touched me?” The disciples said, "Lord, people are pushing in from all sides", but you see Jesus knew that a woman of faith had touched Him. She put up her little hand and He said, "Woman, go in peace. Your faith has made you well." This morning maybe I am talking to somebody who the doctors say: “Well, there is no more we can do for you. Go home and make yourself comfortable." I want to say to you today: "Reach out to the Son of God, the Miracle-worker - reach out to Jesus and say: "Lord, please heal me!" Maybe it is a physical ailment, a mental ailment or maybe it is an emotional one - He is closer to you than you realise. In fact, He lives within you, He says: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 Have a blessed Sunday as you look upon The Healer, not upon your situation. He will undertake for you as He has done for me, many, many times. God bless you and have a blessed Sunday.
Greater is He • June 12, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4. What a beautiful promise from God! Then we go to Luke 8:28 - the story of that man who was demon-possessed: “When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” You see folks, I think the first person in the New Testament to acknowledge that Jesus Christ was the Son of God was a demon - That’s right. He knew straight away that he had no chance. There was a legion of demons inside that man and when they saw the Son of God coming, they trembled with fear and asked if they could be cast into a herd of pigs on the side of the hill. I remember reading the life story of Smith Wigglesworth, the master plumber from England who had an incredible relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a man of great faith and God used him to heal many people, even raise the dead! On a tour, I think he was in South Africa actually, he was sleeping at a farmhouse in the outback somewhere and in the middle of the night he heard a horrible growling noise in the corner of his room. He reached out for a candle and struck a match, he held the candle up to where the horrible noise was coming from and there was the most grotesque demon in the corner of the room. He looked at him and said,” Oh, it’s only you,” and with that, he blew the candle out and turned over and went back to sleep. I want to say to you today that if Jesus Christ is in you, you have the majority. Romans 8:31 says if Christ is for us, who can possibly stand against us. Today with the spirit of fear that is prevailing all over the world, through this dreaded COVID-19, we need to remember one thing - Ultimately, our Lord Jesus Christ has the authority and the power to overcome all evil. What you need to do is to recognize that you have that power and you need to speak up against the devil and tell him: ”No, not in this place, not in this home - Not in this life.” And you need to press on because the Lord has given you and me the authority to cast out demons and to take the victory that is for us. When Jesus died on the cross He said: "It is finished!" and He meant it. Have a wonderful day today and remember if Christ is for you there’s nothing that will stand against you! God bless you and goodbye.
The Weatherman • June 11, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:38-39 Why are we so fearful? There can only be one reason for that and that is that we do not know Him well enough. The disciples themselves said to each other: “Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” What is it that we are afraid of in our lives today? What storm is rocking our boat? Cast your cares upon Jesus because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 You know that farmer, Job... They say that Job is the oldest book in the whole Bible... I love him so much, probably because I can identify with him. He literally lost everything in his life. Everything went wrong and yet he could still say with great boldness: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Job 13:15. Even his wife said to him: “Why don’t you just curse God and die?” Job 2:9 That is the kind of faith that Jesus is looking for in you and me today. Do your best and then leave the rest to Him. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 You can’t frighten a Christian with Heaven! I remember standing on the platform at Kings Park Rugby Stadium in Durban and they had forecast a terrible drought - El Nino was coming. I got up there, I was so full of the love of Christ that day, and I said: “To hell with El Nino! We are going back to the farm and we are going to plant potatoes.” I made that statement and then of course with my big mouth, I had to follow through. The rural farmers were asked to plant their crops because it wasn’t going to rain. We planted those potatoes and we even leased some of the neighbour’s fields and planted them up with maize as well - God gave us potatoes and maize that year. Take your eyes off the storm today and put your eyes on the Weatherman - His name is Jesus! God bless you.
A Mustard Seed • June 10, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“Then He said, To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” Mark 4:30-32 God always honours faith. You know faith is contagious, that is right! It is catchy, not faith in faith, but rather faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God always honours that act - He doesn’t want our effort or even our good deeds, he wants us to have faith in Him. A simple memory verse for someone who has trouble memorising God’s word: “Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22 Why we might ask... Because when we plant the seed of faith, Jesus makes it grow and our Heavenly Father receives all the praise, all the honour and all the glory. People will say, “He could never have done that in his own strength.” Do you remember in the Bible how God used a young teenager, a shepherd boy maybe 13 or 14 years old, to kill a battle-hardened, 9-foot tall warrior? Not using a weapon but just using a slingshot and a stone? Do you remember how God used a stick in the hand of a mere mortal by the name of Moses to part, not a lake, but an ocean and to make an entire nation pass through on dry land to the other side? I believe that today Jesus is asking you and me to plant our mustard seed of faith and then not to dig it up but to sit back and watch it grow. When it becomes the largest tree in the garden don’t forget to give God the glory. Go out today by faith and be a blessing to this dying world. Goodbye and God Bless.
Flowing • June 9, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38 You know, in rugby I used to play in the scrum and we would wrestle over that rugby ball for ages. I played rugby what seems like about 100 years ago - It doesn’t happen like that these days does it? Ask the young men and they will tell you. You use it or you use it, when you get that ball in a loose scrum you have to get it out as soon as you can otherwise the referee blows the whistle and the ball goes to the other side. We have got to use what God has given us. The Lord says very clearly: “...and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Matthew 7:2 Remember the parable in the Bible about the talents - where the businessman goes on a journey... Before he leaves he calls his men together. He gave one ten talents, the other five and to the other, he gave one talent. Just before he leaves he says: "Do business till I come". Luke 19:13 He comes back and the man to who he had given ten had doubled it up. The man who had five had doubled it and the one who had one talent never used it - He hid it because he was afraid. And what did the businessman do? He took the one talent from the man and he gave it to the man who had ten talents. Even the workers themselves protested - They said: “Lord, he has got so much already.” I must be honest with you, I also said: "Lord, that doesn’t seem fair." But that is how God works. We need to use what we have if we want anything more from God. I heard a beautiful illustration once: In Israel, there is the Jordan River, it is the life-spring of the nation. No Jordan River - no Israel. It starts on Mount Hermon, right up on the snowy mountain tops and it flows down the boundary of Israel and into the beautiful sea of Galilee. It is my favourite place in all of Israel, I love to sit on the shores of Galilee - That is where Jesus operated and most of his ministry took place. It is vibrant, it is full of fish, full of life, irrigating fruit and produce along its shores. Then the river flows out of Galilee and carries on and flows into another lake that is called The Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is where nothing lives, nothing happens - It is salty. There is no life, there is nothing there. Why? Because you see, with the first lake the river flows in and it flows out - and it produces. With the second lake, the river flows in but nothing flows out... We must give in order to receive. Have a wonderful day and God bless you.
Good Soil • June 8, 2021 • Angus Buchan
One of my favourite verses: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7 “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Mark 4:8 Good fertile ground is what we need to be investing in. Yes, we are talking about God’s holy word, the Bible. You see, it doesn’t matter how hard the farmer works. If he is planting seed into average or poor soil, he will not harvest a good crop -He will not harvest a bountiful crop of grain. But if he spends time in the word, in godly, upright things investing in worthwhile things like family, helping the aged, poor and those who cannot repay him or give him a monetary return, Jesus who sees everything, will. I remember arriving in South Africa, wanting to purchase a farm with very limited funds. The first farm we visited was very appealing - A nice little cottage with oak trees planted in the front and the back. The owner offered us an irrigation system and even a tractor if we bought the farm. He had a lovely river running down the bottom boundary of the farm but there was one problem, the soil - I saw that the soil was very shallow and rocky. Then we went to the second option: It was overgrown and completely neglected - Overgrown bush, no house, no water, no roads. But we dug six-foot sinkholes into the ground all over that farm and all we dug up was beautiful deep, rich soil - no rocks... We bought the second farm. And you know something, we have never looked back! Every year God has given us a good crop on that farm. Invest in rich soil today - Invest in the things of God and He will reward you a hundredfold. God bless you and have a wonderful day.
Fervent Prayer • June 7, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.” But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” Mark 3:32 God has got no grandchildren - What does that mean? It means that every single one of us, old and young, male and female alike need to find Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. You don’t get to Heaven because your grandfather was a great preacher, your grandmother was a great intercessor or your father and mother are pastors in a church. That does not give you a ticket, an entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. You have to find Jesus for yourself. And that is why James 5 is such an important scripture. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman) avails much.” James 5:16 You and I need to pray fervently for our loved ones, especially those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We have a saying here at Shalom: "Good people don’t go to Heaven, believers go to Heaven." That’s right! If good people went to Heaven, I am firmly convinced that there would be a lot of people from other faiths who would enter the Kingdom of God before us. It's not about doing good works, it is about a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. We need to pray the effective prayer and God will bring them in. I don’t know how many mighty men and women of God, I have read about (I am talking about preachers who have shaken the world), that entered the Kingdom of God because they had a praying granny, a praying mother, praying father or grandfather. Some of them, their parents prayed for them for years and years and even as I am recording this message today, I know that many of you are praying for your loved ones who are in the far country... Do not stop because God will answer your prayers. He is a faithful God. He doesn’t want one single person to be lost but all to be saved. As you go out on this Monday morning, please remember - People need to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Have a wonderful week.
Trust Me • June 6, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows”. Matthew 10:29 I want to ask you this Sunday morning - are you feeling lonely? Do you feel that maybe nobody cares about you? Are you crying out this morning to the Lord... Where are you, Lord? Maybe you are like Peter and the disciples who were in the boat on the Lake of Galilee when the storm arose. “Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying,“Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Matthew 8:25 My wife and I have gone camping and a cold front has unexpectedly come over South Africa, with wind, rain, snow and frost. The young lady at the campsite office told me that the temperature plummeted down to minus five degrees during the night... and I was wondering why we were feeling so cold! Early this morning I got up, while it was still dark, to make a cup of hot tea for Jill. I walked outside in two balaclavas, two pairs of tracksuit bottoms, two jackets... in the early morning darkness I heard the sound of a little small bird, singing his heart out. Speaking to Jesus, I said, “Lord, how does that little sparrow keep so happy or even alive through this treacherous weather?” And I felt the Lord Jesus say: “I look after him Angus, and I will look after you too!” And that is what the Lord is saying to every one of us this morning: "Just trust Me!" Have a blessed Sunday and remember, He will never leave you. He will never forsake you! Hebrews 13:5. God bless you and have a restful Sunday.
Stand Still • June 5, 2021 • Angus Buchan
Cast your burdens on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 What a beautiful promise! And if we go to Exodus 14:13 “And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.” What a promise from the Lord! The key here today, I believe is not to panic, but rather wait upon the Lord. That is what Moses told the children of Israel to do. They had the Red Sea in front of them and behind them, the most powerful army in the world coming down upon them. What were they to do? Moses said: "Do not panic. Stand still because the Lord will fight for you." Nothing has changed today. With this COVID-19 threat, this spirit of fear pervading the world, we need to stand still and not panic because He will deliver us from whatever we are going through at present. The absolute worst thing to do when the pressure is on is to run - Do not do it! Let the storm that you are experiencing at the moment, subside - and by the way, it will, and then you can make a calculated godly decision. You know, I am an impulsive man by nature, ask my wife she will tell you. Before I met Jesus I made many foolish decisions on the spur of the moment... Don’t do it - Wait upon the Lord. One of my favourite scriptures is Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Look at God’s creation. You see a flock of geese migrating from the north to the south, then when they see a huge black storm coming up on the horizon what do they do? They don’t panic, they find a little pond. They go and land there and they shelter in that place. They tuck in their wings, they face the storm and they wait... wait for the storm to pass. When the sun comes out and the clouds part, they continue on their journey, safely to their destination. Do not panic today, wait upon the Lord. Don’t just follow the crowd - Do what the Lord tells you to do. And, mostly today, He’s telling you to, one word: “Wait!” God bless you and goodbye.
Stand Up • June 4, 2021 • Angus Buchan
‘Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.” Mark 3:4 As Christians, we are under obligation to speak up. Our lives are not just about salvation but also righteousness. Some of us say that we have given our lives to Jesus but there is no power in our lives. Maybe it is because we are too fearful, or even ashamed to be identified with Jesus Christ and His principles, to stand up and be counted. A beautiful scripture and one of my favourites: “For 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.” Romans 1:16 You see, Jesus asked the people in the synagogue a question and they would not answer because they were afraid of repercussions from the people. You and I need to start to speak up and then we will see the power of God manifest through our lives. One of my heroes is an early church father by the name of Polycarp. Polycarp was not afraid to speak up for Jesus. At 86 years old, he was arrested for his faith and was to be burned at the stake, in front of all the people on a Saturday afternoon, in the Colosseum by the Roman oppressors. He was given an opportunity, by the governor, to live. The governor said: “If you reject Jesus Christ and you follow our gods, the gods of Rome, we will let you live.” His answer was, “He has never once failed me in all of these 86 years of my life. How can I deny Him now?” And as a result, they burned Polycarp at the stake in front of all the people. But he was not cringing, he did not moan - he rejoiced because he was about to meet his risen Lord and Savior. Today, you and I must also speak up for the truth. We must live righteous lives and people must see Jesus through us. We are not ashamed of the Gospel because the Lord Jesus Christ has saved us to the uttermost. As you go out today, witness to somebody - Maybe in the office, your workplace, at school or in the university and say: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and I will speak up, I will not keep quiet.” Have a wonderful day. You will experience the power of Christ in your life, through the Holy Spirit. God bless you.
Godly Counsel • June 3, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, “How do you advise me to answer these people?” “Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him…” 1 Kings 12:6&10 We need godly counsel. King Rehoboam was Solomon’s son and he took counsel from the young men that he had grown up with. Inexperienced men, men who had never done much and he disregarded the counsel of the elders who were with his father, Solomon. As a result, King Rehoboam lost his kingdom. There is no substitute for experience, listen to your father and your mother - I am talking to young people. You say: "But they are always spoiling my fun Uncle Angus." They love you and they don’t want you to get hurt. If they tell you not to go out with that crowd, don’t do it. They love you and they don’t want you to get hurt there is also no shortcut to life, okay... The quickest way is not normally the way home, the way home is slow and sure. The school of life is where the elders have been. It’s tough and they have been there, they have got the scars but they know how to trust and obey the Lord. The quick fix does not always last, all of us need a mentor - what is a mentor? "An experienced and trusted adviser", according to the Oxford Dictionary. I have four men who advise me, two are older than me and two are younger than me. We call them our trustees and I will not make an important decision without first consulting them. Most times they tell me to just go ahead but sometimes they might advise me to wait and sometimes even say to me: "No Angus, you have not heard the right way. Refrain from what you are doing." Of course, the greatest adviser of all is our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the greatest mentor of all. If we look at Matthew 11:29 He says: "Come unto me and learn from me." Learn from the Lord. He says: “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) Everything that you and I are going through at the moment, pain, confusion, frustration and fear - He has been through it all, just call on Him today. You say, “But He is not answering me.” Then do not move until He does. Remember, silence is also an answer. Have a wonderful day, God bless you as you put your trust in Jesus.
Faith in God • June 2, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:22-23 “Have faith in God." - This is a nice memory verse for anyone who says: “I struggle to memorize the word of God.” Oh my dear friend, if ever we needed faith, we need it now in the times we are living. Our trust must be in God and God alone. “What is faith?” you might say. Well, Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” How do you get faith, Angus? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 Remember, without it, you cannot please God. Hebrews 11:6 - You can hear by how I am speaking, I am talking about my favourite subject today. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him and he who believes must believe that He is and that He is the rewarder of those who trust in Him. Many years ago, I was sitting quietly in my prayer room and the Lord said to me, “I want you to take the word of God into Africa.” And I say: “Lord, I am listening.” Now, He has never spoken to me audibly, but in my heart. And I saw a picture of this big truck - an 80 meters long, 20 ton Mercedes Benz truck. 4x4 with a 40KVA lighting plant on the back which could light up a small village and a platform that wound down from the side. This truck had no less than 32 gears... That’s right, 16 high and 16 low range! You must have a dream because if there is no dream, the people perish. You have to have a vision, and that was the vision God gave me. At Shalom, we have a saying: You must attempt something so big that if it is not of God it is doomed to fail. Why you might ask - Because when it works, people will say: "that wasn’t Angus or that wasn’t 'that person', that was God!”, God gets all the glory. I want to say to you this morning: follow your dream! "For with God nothing will be impossible." Luke 1:37 So that is exactly what we did! I think we had R500 in our account when we started and by grace and faith alone, not faith in faith but faith in Jesus, the dream came to pass. Follow your dream today. Take the word of God out, speak faith, eat faith and dream faith, then you will have it. Have a wonderful day. God bless you.
A Strong Finish • June 1, 2021 • Angus Buchan
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12 You know I have been reading the life story of King Solomon - the wisest man who ever lived, also the richest man who ever existed and yet he finished so poorly. He started well but he finished poorly. You know, they will tell you, in any kind of sport you are only as good as your last game. People have got short memories, they only remember the last game. Father God is not looking for good starters but rather, for good finishers. Never take the blessings of God for granted - He blesses you and me for a reason: So that we can be a good example and bless others, as we run the race together. Paul admits that he had not acquired the absolute fullness that he was after but he runs with everything in him to finish strong. It's not so much about finishing in 1st place but rather about just completing the race. Not to say that we have got it all together or that we have arrived - not at all! But we are reaching out to Jesus, as He is reaching out to us. The best part of the Comrades Marathon (that ultra-marathon of over 90km), I have been watching for many years, is not the man or the woman who comes through first to get the gold medal. It is those men and women who stagger, arm-in-arm helping each other, over the finish line. That is what brings a tear to my eyes, they refuse to give up. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 That is what you and I have to do today and that is what the Lord is looking for today - good finishers. The last words that Jesus spoke on the cross before He died were: “It is finished”. John 19:30. Maybe you have gone down, get up, dust yourself off and get back in the race. The Lord is running with us. Have a wonderful day. God bless you and goodbye.