Seed Thoughts for Soul Winners


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 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

November 15

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Go figure. Penn Jillette is half of the famous magic duo Penn & Teller. He is a very militant and irreverent atheist, but listen to what he says about sharing the gospel on a Youtube video: “I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselitize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell, and not getting eternal life, or whatever, and you think that, well, it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think you shouldn’t proselitize; just keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselitize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe it that a truck was bearing down on you, there’s a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”

Today’s Reading: Romans 1-5  Memorize: Hebrews 2:9

November 14

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Men are formed in character not only by their past and present, but also by their futures. Man inwardly grows the higher his ideals are. So also in spiritual life, hope and sanctification belong together. “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 Jn 3:3). Thus Christ suffered on Golgotha with His eye kept on “the joy that was set before Him” (Heb 12:2)…This attitude of heart must be ours too. When you suffer shame for the sake of your testimony, rejoice over the future crown of glory. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven” (Mt 10:32)…If you sacrifice money or goods for the sake of the spread of the gospel, be assured that God is no man’s debtor. Everything which we take out of our earthly account for His sake is paid into our heavenly account. “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account” (Phil 4:17). All such expense is in reality income. ­— E.Sauer

Today’s Reading: Acts 26-28 Memorize: Hebrews 1:8-9

November 13

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892), was converted at age 15, and preached his first message in a cottage at Teversham the following year. Just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 19, was called to the New Park Street Chapel, a large congregation in London. Spurgeon both preached and wrote with deep passion for Christ. On one occasion he declared: “lf sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned or unprayed for.” Such a heart for the lost will find ways when there seem to be none, overcome weakness and fear by being cast on the Lord, and sincerity and compassion will more than compensate for any perceived lack of skill, oratory or polish. “Yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16).

Today’s Reading: Acts 23-25  Memorize: Hebrews 1:1-3