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

September 21

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Is the Bible to be taken literally? Yes. And no. Like any great piece of literature, there are some literal, some figurative and metaphorical sections. If something is metaphorical, it does not mean it isn’t true; it is true but is being described in a different way. For example, we read about “chains of darkness” that imprison some rebellious angels (2 Pet 2:4). Are they literal chains? What good would iron chains be in holding spirit beings? But whatever they are, they do restrict the freedom of these angels. It should also be noted that some things are to be taken both literally and figuratively. Abraham’s “seed” are presented both literally (Rom 9:7) and figuratively (Gal 3:29). The Golden Rule of Bible interpretation has been stated as: When the plain sense makes common sense, seek no other sense. But we see that this is not the whole case. Instead, when we say we take the Bible literally, we mean we take it in its plain and obvious sense, unless indicated otherwise.

Today’s Reading: Hosea 6-8  Memorize: Romans 8:38-39

September 20

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“Neither were thankful” (Rom 1:21). Leonard Lindsted tells of an incident at a bus stop during the days of WWII. Rationing involved the use of “mills,” red plastic coins worth a fraction of a cent. A man dropped one, and it rolled through the crowd to Leonard’s feet. He picked it up and handed it back. “Thanks for a tenth of a cent!” the man said. “You’re welcome; you don’t meet many who would thank you for something like that.” “Whatever my faults, ingratitude isn’t one of them.” Lindsted saw the bus approaching. “I’m wondering, if you would express thanks for a mill, undoubtedly you would be thankful for even greater things.” “For example?” “Did you ever hear of the Lord Jesus?” “Yes, who hasn’t?” “Well you know He died on the cross for our sins. I never knew that till a few years ago. I thanked Him for dying for me. Tell me, when did you thank Him for dying for you?” A tinge of red crept into his cheek. With an inscrutable look, he disappeared onto the bus.

Today’s Reading: Hosea 1-5  Memorize: Romans 8:16-17

September 19

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My beloved first-born son and his precious wife have such a challenge with two special needs sons. As I grieved for them recently on a family holiday, the question gripped me, “Are you more compassionate than their heavenly Father?” Would I be like the one who snipped the restrictive opening of the chrysalis of an Emperor moth, only to watch the ease of the creature’s exit turn to tragedy? The struggles were needed to force the expansion of the wings, without which the moth could never fly. It has been well said that God had one Son without sin, but none without suffering. Those who question what has been called the “hardness of God’s love” unwisely fancy themselves more merciful than “the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3). I don’t know what aspect of Christ’s loveliness is being worked into the characters of those I see suffering, but I know they will consider it to have been worth it when they at last are brought “to glory” (Heb 2:10).

Today’s Reading: Daniel 10-12  Memorize: Romans 8:1-2

September 18

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“What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt 16:26). While this is almost always applied to the lost, it was spoken by the Lord to His own. To turn it around, since your soul has been rescued by God’s Champion, what will you give Him in gratitude for such heavenly heroism? Here’s what David said “in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies,…And he said, I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength” (Ps 18:1). “Now what will you give this gentleman for saving your life?” the grateful mother asked her little daughter as she stood before strong John Ellerthorpe, still dripping from her plunge into the water. She looked at the sailor who had pulled her from the water, then held up her little arms and said with a full heart, “A kiss.” Later, Ellerthorpe, in relating the incident, said, “I felt myself well rewarded for the trouble, and had a deeper feeling of satisfaction when that grateful child kissed me than I did when the townfolk presented me with a reward.”

Today’s Reading: Daniel 7-9  Memorize: Romans 7:4

September 17

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Leonard Sheldrake reminds us that “No work is more noble or fraught with more blessed possibilities than sowing the seeds of the gospel.” What to sow? “The sower sows the word” (Mk 4:14). When should we sow? “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good” (Eccl 11:6). Where do we sow? “Blessed are you who sow beside all waters” (Isa 32:20). How should we sow? “He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor 9:6). And the result? Great rejoicing! “He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (Jn 4:36). So who provides the seed—and the strength to do the sowing—and the bounty of the harvest? “May He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2 Cor 9:10).

Today’s Reading: Daniel 4-6  Memorize: Romans 6:23

September 16

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“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself. This He said, signifying by what death He would die…“A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (Jn 12:32-36). Return the Cross to Golgotha. I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace, whether or not men place it on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles; but on a cross between two thieves: at a crossroad of politics so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek. It was also the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died, and that is what He died about. And that is where Christ’s men ought to be, and what church people ought to be about. —Anon.

Today’s Reading: Daniel 1-3  Memorize: Romans 6:17

September 15

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William Hoste lays out 5 important facts about new birth: 1. God is its Author. It cannot be worked up; it must come down. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…Of His own will He brought us forth [birthed us] by the word of truth” (Jas 1:17-18). 2. The Holy Spirit is its Agent. “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit’” (Jn 3:5-6). 3. The Word is its Instrument. “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Pet 1:23). 4. The Lord Jesus is the Life provided. “This is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (1 Jn 5:11). 5. Faith is the Means of receiving it. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (Jn 1:12). Faith just takes God at His word.

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 46-48  Memorize: Romans 6:15