Seed Thoughts for Soul Winners

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This perpetual calendar includes:

  • Remarkable testimonies of souls won to the Savior
  • Explanations of gospel concepts
  • Answers to frequently-asked questions
  • Stories of real-life witnessing opportunities
  • Encouragements and tips for sharing the glorious gospel

November 22

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“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world” (1 Jn 2:15). In a quaint illustration, C.H. Spurgeon sheds light on our Lord’s comment in Matthew 6:31, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” Both string and brown wrapping paper are pretty much passé, but the story still illuminates. He comments: “I have never spent, as far as I recollect, a single penny for string and brown paper; because as a reader and writer, I buy books, and the string and brown paper are added to me. This is the idea in our text: you are to spend your strength on the high and noble purpose of glorifying God, and then the minor matters of what we eat and drink and wear are thrown in as supplements. Earthly things are but brown paper and string; and I hope you never think too much of them. Some people get so much of this brown paper and string that they glory in them, and expect us to fall down and worship them.”

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 8-12   Memorize: Hebrews 10:11-12

November 21

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C.E.M. Joad (1891–1953) was an English philosopher and broadcasting personality, as famous as George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell in his day. Joad’s prominence came from popularizing philosophy on the The Brains Trust, a BBC favorite. His more than 75 books advanced his atheistic, socialistic and hedonistic views. But just in time he was given good cause to reconsider. He confronted the compelling arguments of C.S. Lewis when Joad was invited to appear at the Socratic Club at Oxford University, where Lewis was President. Shortly before his death at age 61, he told of his conversion in his last book, The Recovery of Belief. Of his failure to find satisfaction anywhere else, he wrote: “Trying to find happiness from this world is like trying to light up a dark room by lighting a succession of matches. You strike one, it flickers for a moment, and then it goes out. But when you find Jesus Christ, it’s as though the whole room’s suddenly flooded with light.”

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 5-7  Memorize: Hebrews 9:27-28

November 20

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Erich Sauer, well-loved for his trilogy of books on the history of salvation, wrote In the Arena of Faith as a personal testimony and a call to consecrated living. He begins the book: “What we need is revival, a spiritual awakening of God’s people, a powerful testimony to the world, a new vision and a fresh experience of the saving and keeping power of Christ through His Word and the Holy Spirit. The experience is possible, for Christ is alive today! He is the eternal Victor, the Exalted One, the Spring of all life and strength for everyone who puts his trust in Him. Christ never disappoints. But God grants His free gifts only to faith. Only where there is trust and devotion will God’s fountains be opened. Only upon a life fully surrendered will He pour out His abundant blessings. Where there is failure, He can give restoration. All weakness can be overcome. New joy and hope can fill our hearts.” “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Ps 85:6).

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 2-4 Memorize: Hebrews 9:22

November 19

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One day Lewis Sperry Chafer encountered a flagman sitting by a railroad crossing reading a Bible. Dr. Chafer greeted the man, then asked, “Are you saved?” The flagman answered, “I never could be good enough.” Chafer replied, “If God made an exception, and gave you salvation outright as a gift, would you receive it?” “Mister,” the flagman replied, “Who wouldn’t take a gift like that!” Chafer asked him to read John 10:28. It took the man awhile to find it, but then he read, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.” Then Chafer directed him to Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The flagman was amazed: “Stranger, you’ve done more for me today than any other man.” Chafer replied, “What have I done? I’ve got you in a trap. You told me that if it was a gift, you’d accept it. Now, what are you going to do about that?” “I will accept it right now,” the flagman responded. And he did.

Today’s Reading: Romans 15-16; 1 Corinthians 1  Memorize: Hebrews 9:14-15

November 18

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The apostle Paul prayed this for the saints: “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know…” (Eph 1:17-18). A.W. Tozer writes: Man by reason cannot know God; he can only know about God. When the Spirit illuminates the heart, then a part of the man sees which never saw before; a part of him knows which never knew before, and that with the kind of knowing which the most acute thinker cannot imitate. Man’s reason is a fine instrument and useful within its field. It was not given as an organ by which to know God. Fundamentalism has fallen into the error of textualism, which is simply orthodoxy without the Holy Spirit. Everywhere among conservatives we find persons who are Bible-taught but not Spirit-taught. For a man to understand revealed truth requires an act of God equal to the original act which inspired the text.

Today’s Reading: Romans 12-14  Memorize: Hebrews 7:25

November 17

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D.L. Moody writes: During the last days of the Civil War many men were deserting from the South. Secretary Stanton gave notice that no more refugees be taken into the Union army. A Southern soldier hadn’t heard, and came to the Union lines where they read him the order. He didn’t know what to do. If he went back he would be shot as a deserter, and the Northern army wouldn’t have him. So he went into the woods until he got starved out. He saw an officer going by and told him that if he didn’t help him he would have to take his life. The officer replied: “Haven’t you heard?” “Heard what?’’ “The war is over. Lee has surrendered. Peace is declared. Go to the first town, and get all the food you want.’’ I want to say that peace is declared; the war is over. “Be ye reconciled to God,” because the whole thing is settled. The trouble is on your side. The blood is on the mercy seat, and as long as it is there the vilest sinner can enter and be saved for time and eternity.

Today’s Reading: Romans 9-11  Memorize: Hebrews 4:13

November 16

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Is Jesus ever addressed as God in the Bible or is He so described? Anticipating our Lord’s birth, an angel quoted Isaiah’s prophecy, applying it to Jesus: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Mt 1:23). Jesus is addressed directly as God in Hebrews 1:8, where a quotation from Psalm 45:6 is identified as having Him in view: “To the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.” In 1 John 5:20 it is said of Him, “This is the true God.” He is declared to be God in the opening verse of John’s Gospel: “the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Philippians 2:6 tells us that before His incarnation He was “in the form of God” and Colossians 2:9 states that “in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” He accepted the worship of Thomas who said in amazement, “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28).

Today’s Reading: Romans 6-8  Memorize: Hebrews 2:14