I Will Believe It When I See It

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‘I will believe it when I see it’… John 20:24-29.

That was basically what Thomas said to the Disciples when they told Him that Jesus was alive and that He had risen from the dead!

I wonder how often we really hurt God when we question His promises over our lives. Promises like, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” – Heb 13:5. And yet we still doubt!

If there is one great attribute of God’s personality that I have learned in my walk with Him, it is that He is faithful and that we can in fact trust Him and His promises always.

An interesting observation in the scripture reading above is that Thomas was not present when Jesus visited the Disciples the first time. Being absent from the presence of God undermines our faith, and so, he doubted the resurrection when the Disciples told him they had seen Jesus.

When you and I spend time regularly in the presence of Jesus, our faith is strengthened. Good quiet times each day! However, when we get side-tracked by the cares of this world then our faith starts to wane.

Jesus said, “blessed are those who have not seen me, yet still believe in me” – John 20: 29b.

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. – Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

The Greatest Miracle

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The Oxford Dictionary says the meaning of the word ‘miracle’ is, “An object of wonder, or an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explainable by natural or scientific laws attributed to a divine agency.” The greatest miracle that has ever been performed in this world is the resurrection of our beloved Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

My dearest friend, the tomb is empty. There are no bones or relics left there, no not even a mummy. It is completely empty. I have been there and seen the tomb with my own eyes, it’s empty.
Romans 8:11 says, “but if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you”. What an incredible promise, and by faith we need to embrace this word from God for ourselves as we face the challenges in these last days.

You and I need to believe in miracles like never before because that is the only way that we will make it.

“Please increase our faith Lord Jesus “, (also a request from the Apostles) Luke 17:5.

“The Christian Faith cannot stand without miracles”, E. H. Andrews.

“Miracles are not meant to be understood they are meant to be believed”, Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

“A miracle would not be a miracle if it could be understood”, JC Ryle.

Jesus is alive. What an incredible fact my dear loved ones, therefore we shall not be fearful nor afraid.

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

The Truth – John 17

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An unbeliever by the name of Pontius Pilate asked the Son of God at Easter time a question. It was this, “What is truth?”. That same question that the Roman Governor asked Jesus some 2000 years ago, is still being asked, even up to this very day.

God’s sovereign Word is truth, and this Word will set us free, but it will also condemn us. Free if we believe it, and condemnation if we disbelieve it. We are in this World, but we are not part of this World, just as our Blessed Redeemer was not part of this World – John 17:16. Therefore we are not to feel rejected or be concerned about not being popular when the world shuns us, or ostracises us, simply because we will not compromise God’s Holy Word.

Spend some extra time in God’s Holy Word this Easter.

Much love to you and yours, at this very special time of the year.

Angus and Jill Buchan.

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

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Life’s Real Purpose

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When you ask someone what they really desire in life they will probably say something like, “I want to be happy, successful and peaceful!”

But you can try as you will to find all those blessings and you will never access any of them, quite simply because they are mere by-products of what we receive when we find out our true purpose in life.

The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. When we live those two Godly principles out, then we will achieve peace, happiness and success.

Jesus said,  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind”. This is the Great Commandment and the second is like it, ” You shall love your neighbor as yourself ” – Matthew 22:37-39.

And so, when we obey these two Commandments then all our desires become ours automatically.

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan

Too Busy

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My wife was speaking to an old friend yesterday morning that we have known for many years, a wonderful man of God. They got on to the subject of people becoming too busy and he told Jill that the word busy in the Chinese language has two meanings. One meaning is ‘heart’, and the other meaning is ‘annihilation’. I really think that this is quite profound because we become so busy that we start to lose heart for people – for important occasions, for individuals and their needs. We go into a survival mode and it becomes a matter of pushing people aside, especially the old, the infirm, and the handicapped, in order to get the job done. So the extreme busyness of our lives causes our hearts to become so seared that we lose personal feelings for folk, and our sensitive heart dies, and then we start losing touch with people. Some of them in our very own homes! We forget to take time out to smell the roses. Jesus must have realized that this was starting to happen to His Disciples, because they were so busy that He said to them in Mark 6:31, “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. Let’s take a real hard look at ourselves and ask ourselves an honest question. Are we too busy? Then what are we going to do about it? Because if we do not take immediate action on this warning from God, we will lose touch with those who are nearest and dearest to us. God Bless, Angus and Jill Buchan.

Jeremiah 31:3

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Early this morning God spoke to me so beautifully, from a reading by that great Preacher, CH Spurgeon. Try the soft gentle approach!

The heavy steel hand of the law came banging on the door, the very hinges of the door rattled but the little family inside would not open the door, they put all their furniture against it to prevent it from being opened. The man eventually left.

Then came a soft knock from the bloody pierced hand of Jesus, which knocked ever so gently and the little family opened the door immediately without any resistance at all.

And the Master came into the house and comforted them. Revelation 3:20.

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

A Miracle Working God

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We have a saying that goes like this, “One genuine miracle equals a thousand sermons”.

Open your eyes Christian, there are miracles happening around you all the time.

A private plane was to fly me to the North West of our beloved South Africa yesterday morning, for a MMC conference,  but the weatherman stated very clearly that the mist would be down to the ground and the plane would not be able to land.

Just before 4am yesterday, I walked outside and the stars were shining brightly. No mist in sight. The plane arrived on time for our appointment. It was their first MMC and there were thousands of folk on that beautiful game farm.

I got up at 4am this morning to go for my run, and the mist was so thick it was like pea soup and right down to the ground. There was no ways the plane would have got in today. It was no coincidence, it was a miracle!

When I was a new Believer I got hold of a little book written by Catherine Kuhlman called “I believe in miracles”. It increased my faith greatly.

John Wesley asked Peter Bohler (a Moravian), “But what can I preach?”. He answered, “preach faith till you have it, and then because you have it, you will preach faith”.

Start seeing the miracles God puts in your life every day, and thank Him for each one. You will be pleasantly surprised just how closely God is walking with You. It will increase your faith drastically.

Matthew 14: 27, 33, “Truly You are the Son of God”.

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

Our Spiritual Birthday

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Jesus said that unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God – John 3:3.

37 years ago today, Jill and I were “born again” in the little quaint Methodist Church in Greytown, fifteen kilometers from our farm, Shalom. It was on a Sunday morning, a day that we shall never forget.

Thank you Jesus that even today, You are calling the lost to come Home! If you have never prayed the sinner’s prayer, do not waste anymore time I beg you. I only have one single regret in my life, and that is that it took me 32 years to make a public confession of my faith in Christ Jesus!

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

John 3:16.

Choose Life, Not Death

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Life is a choice. You can choose to live an abundant life just as Jesus promised us in John 10:10, or we can choose death if we follow after, and believe the lies of the devil.

Many people at this time are searching for the “meaning of life”, and Jesus gives us a free choice to live or to die, and no one else can make that decision for us.

A man who survived the Nazi death camps said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. There were always choices to make!”

We have no-one to blame but ourselves if we chose to walk away from God and life! Our circumstances, financial, relationships, health or current situation, cannot be blamed, it is a decision we take purely on our own.

Joshua made a clear-cut, defined decision, that as for him and his family, they were going to serve the Lord, and not the idols of their forefathers. Joshua 24:15.

Job said, “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” – Job 13:15. That is an unconditional choice, yes indeed, Jesus can do something with a man like that.

Which reminds me of the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They were told to choose death or life, serve Nebuchadnezzar or die in the furnace. Their incredible response was, “let it be known to you, oh King, that we do not serve your gods, and even if our God does not save us, we still will not serve your gods.” – Daniel 3:16-18. Yes, indeed Jesus can do something with men like that.

In fact, all three were thrown alive into the blazing furnace but did not perish. In fact there was a fourth One walking in the midst of the fire with them, who had a form like the Son of God, Jesus. He shall never leave us nor forsake us, and that’s good news.

Make the right decision today!

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

The Door

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There is no other way into God’s Kingdom but through the door, and Jesus tells us very clearly that He alone is that door.

The shepherds of old would construct an enclosure of thorn branches in a circle to keep their flock of sheep in at night, in order to protect them from marauding wild animals. The door to that enclosure however, would be the shepherd himself. He would lie across the opening so that anything going out or anything coming in would have to pass over him.

As we read in John 10:9, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”.

There is no other way to find eternal life, peace and security, but by (and through) the Son of God, Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd who is, in fact, ready to die for His flock if necessary, in order to protect His precious sheep from the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10.

You and I have an obligation today: to show lost sheep the way to Jesus. This will ensure that they enter through the door that will lead them safely home.

God Bless,
Angus and Jill Buchan.

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