Harvest Time

Written by Angus Buchan on . Posted in From Angus' Desk

In the column of my bible I wrote the following many years ago, “No time left! Got to speak up.” That was written next to the bible scripture, John 4:35, in which Jesus says, “Do not say there are still four months and then comes the harvest. Behold I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest.”

Just yesterday, when preaching in Johannesburg, the Pastor asked me before the service, to please be very specific when making the invitation to come forward for repentance. He said often people come forward for numerous issues like bitterness, unforgiveness, fear etc. and when the counsellors want to help them, the folk say that they are already believers. So, when I had completed the sermon, and made the alter call – specifically for those who have never prayed the sinner’s prayer – I was astonished to see in excess of 650 folk come forward to be “born again”.

It is indeed harvest time. We need to get back to basics and to stop entertaining people. They need to be born again (John 3:3).

At the alter there was much weeping, brokenness and repentance, especially among the younger folk. They want the gospel straight; the whole truth with none of the froth and bubbles.

Let us roll up our sleeves and get out there. Let’s get into the harvest fields, for the harvest is ripe and ready for reaping, but it must be the undiluted Gospel without all the frills because “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”. (John 3:3)

Your fellow harvesters,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

Expectation

Written by Angus Buchan on . Posted in From Angus' Desk

As we face a brand New Year we need to ask ourselves a serious question: who and what are we putting our expectations, our trust in, for this year ahead of us?

Is it in our New Years resolutions? Our Employer? Our business or farming enterprise? Maybe in our relationships with family and friends? Or even in our ministry?

Well, my dearest friend, I need to sincerely warn you that if you put your hope and expectation in any one of these above things you are going to be sorely disappointed!

King David put his hope and trust in many things, and in many people, even those of his own household, his own flesh and blood, and was disappointed and horribly let down. So he said, in Psalm 62:5, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him”.

Put all of your hope and trust in Jesus alone this year, and you will have the best year of your life.

God Bless, and have a peaceful New Year.
Angus and Jill Buchan

The Ministry of Reconciliation

Written by Angus Buchan on . Posted in From Angus' Desk

The word reconciliation means “restore friendly relations”. What a great opportunity to be a reconciler during this Christmas season. This is exactly what our Heavenly Father has called you and I to be, His ambassadors, bringing reconciliation between God and man!

What an opportunity to exercise this commission from God, to bring men and women to God through our love and care for them, yes ,Christ working through us.

At Christmas time we shall meet loved ones we do not often see during the year, some reunions will be sheer bliss and others maybe not quite so! However this is our God given opportunity to build bridges, love unconditionally, let bygones be bygones and be the reconcilers Jesus has called us to be.

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends”.

Folly of the Godless

Written by Angus Buchan on . Posted in From Angus' Desk

The word “folly” is an old English word which literally means foolishness. The Oxford dictionary tells us that it is an ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin in a large garden or park.

Now to say that there is no God, is extreme folly, because it serves absolutely no practical purpose!

As King David said in Psalm 53:1, ‘The fool said in his heart, “There is no God.”’

God is everywhere. As I write this letter from my quiet time room on the farm, and I hear the birds singing outside my window, I know that our God created this beautiful music. Even His creation is singing to Him.

There is more historical evidence that Jesus walked on this earth than there is about Julius Caesar! Just about every single Bible prophecy has come to pass, and Jesus second coming is very evident.

Let us not waste valuable time trying to disprove the existence of God, let us rather increase our faith by believing the Bible (Romans 8:17), and by telling the world about this soon returning God who so loves us that He gave us His only Son Jesus Christ. Let us tell them about the God who has made a way for each one of us to walk this road of life with peace, purpose, and victory.

Remember, He’s not coming back for good people, He’s coming back for Believers; those who know their God. And because of that single act of faith, the Believer shall carry out great exploits for God in these last days. Daniel 11:32, “But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.