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One Man Inspired by God to Reach Many
July 22, 2020
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One Man Inspiring Many
Angus Buchan returned from a visit to Ireland in 2010, and he wrote this report on his visit.
“I have just returned from the Emerald Isle (Ireland) and what a beautiful country it is! It is mid-summer there and when we arrived in the south-west of Northern Ireland, 20 miles from the border of the Republic of Ireland, we were confronted with long days and short nights. We saw men working flatout cutting fields and making grass silage. The efficiency boggled my mind! They would come into a field of maybe 10 acres and they would finish it in a couple of hours and you could have played a game of bowls on it afterwards, it was so neat. What a beautiful country and what beautiful, gentle people, they are so generous and so gracious! I just love to hear the way they speak; when they speak it is as if they sing.
While waiting for the first meeting at a large indoor equestrian centre, with over 3000 seats put out, I wondered 'Lord, what am I going to tell these people, they seem to have everything'. It was only once the meetings started that we realised that what they were looking for was what everybody in this world is looking for and that is 'peace'. That can only be found, of course, through the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. He has told us that there will be no peace in this world until He returns, but we can find peace in our own hearts. John 16:33, 'These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world'. That is exactly what happened in Ireland.
After the first meeting when Brian Keys, the organiser of the event, was driving us home, he was weeping. His parents had given their lives to Christ that night. It was amazing, the 'dam broke'. We saw ultra rightwing Protestants sitting next to Roman Catholics. I can only illustrate that by suggesting to you that it would be like Julius Malema sitting next to Eugene Terreblanche. God did a mighty work! There was a lot of brokenness, a lot of weeping and repenting.
That is what God is expecting us to do in these last days, to make us reconcilers. I looked up the word 'reconcile' in the Oxford dictionary and it means 'bringing together' or 'to restore friendly relations'. God gave me a picture of a box of Pratley's putty, there are two types of putty in there and they will not blend or bond together unless an accelerator is added. When you put a few drops of the accelerator amongst the putty and mix it up and leave it it gets hard as rock and cannot be separated. That is what I believe God wants you and me to do, to become His ambassadors. In 2 Cor.5:20 He has called us to be ambassadors, to reconcile man to God and man with man. It is as simple as that and it is absolutely amazing. I think I preached the most simple messages that I have ever preached in my life and the response was overwhelming. We thank God for that! Be encouraged to just keep on telling people what Jesus means to you. That is what preaching the gospel is all about, one hungry beggar showing another hungry beggar where to find bread.
Yours in Christ,
Angus & Jill and the Shalom team”
Quote for Today
“Isn't it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?”
Mother Basilea Schlink’s Attitude for Today
"Bring whatever you see into relationship with God and immerse it in eternity. Then you will find it again in eternity as a Blessing."
Mother Basilea Schlink
Proverb for Today
“One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbour.”
Word from Scripture for Today
"Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ."