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

July 20

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“Is not My word like…a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jer 23:29). A couple of undergraduates were standing in one of the quads in Oxford. One was a Christian. In his hand he held a Bible, having come from a church service. The other man looked at him and said, “What have you got there?” “Oh,” he said, “it’s my Bible.” “What do you carry that around for?” “It means a lot to me, and helps me.” “What,” he said, “you don’t believe that rubbish. That’s just the same as any other book.” “I know it isn’t,” said the Christian. “Well, I bet you can’t prove to me that it’s different from any other book.” “I can,” said the Christian. “I’ll prove it to you. Here, take my Bible and put it under your arm and walk three times around the quad. Will you do that?” “Oh no, no…” “I didn’t think so.” This is no ordinary book! “Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant to Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word” (Acts 4:29). — Tom Rees, Can Intelligent People Believe? pp 24-25

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 28-31; Ecclesiastes 1 Memorize: John 7:37-38

July 19

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“The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus” (Jn 12:21). Sometimes the enemy tries to convince us that no one is interested in the gospel. Not true. Millions today will receive earth-shattering news—inoperable cancer, a spouse is leaving them, job loss, or a child in trouble. Jesus said He came for the broken-hearted, and there are more of those every day. Sometimes when a person responds, “I’m not interested,” I ask, “Not interest in what? What do you think I’m offering you?” Often they think we are going to ask them to change holy clubs—to leave their church affiliation and join ours. Are they not interested in inner peace? Certain hope beyond death? Unchanging love? The secret of true happiness? It’s my experience that everyone is interested in those precious commodities. They assume we’re offering them religion when we want to introduce them to the Best Friend one could ever have.

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 25-27 Memorize: John 6:47

July 18

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Sam Hadley, a drunkard transformed by Christ, was used by God to see thousands reached in New York. On the way to California to preach, he stopped in Detroit, where an old couple asked him to pray for their drunkard son, whom they had discovered was living in San Francisco. One evening the Christians of Oakland, a thousand strong, marched singing through the city to the Metropolitan Theater where Hadley preached. Every seat was taken, except Hadley’s when he rose to preach. Harry Ironside, sitting in the balcony, saw a man slip in through the stage door, who was then ushered by J. Wilbur Chapman to Hadley’s seat. When Chapman rose to close, Ironside saw Hadley in conversation with the man. Hadley rose, interrupted Chapman, and told the story of the praying couple in Detroit, that he had just met their son, who fell to his knees in front of the crowd and was saved that night, another demonstration of God’s grace and the power of believing prayer.

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 22-24 Memorize: John 6:40

July 17

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How easy it is to become preoccupied with earthly things. This was the story of Demas. Paul says of his former co-worker, “For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica” (2 Tim 4:10). It was not the present evil world, as we sometimes misquote it. In fact, he seems to have gone to Thessalonica to work with the church there. But Paul states that his decision was based on the present, rather than on the eternal. A divided heart is a dangerous heart. As someone said, “Wouldn’t it be a terrible thing if, when you got to heaven, you discovered that all you had done on earth could have been done by someone who wasn’t even saved at all!” It is said of those called “the enemies of the cross of Christ” that they “mind earthly things” (Phil 3:18-19). John makes it clear that I can either love the Father or the world, but I cannot love both. As Charles Spurgeon said, “God save us from living in comfort while sinners are sinking into hell!”

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 19-21 Memorize: John 6:37

July 16

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“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:14). I was flying from Vancouver to California and sitting beside a woman who seemed impervious to all my efforts at witnessing. She spoke about her recent happy divorce, her pub crawls, her karma.  Then she asked: “So what do you do?” “I can answer that in four sentences. ‘All have sinned.’ ‘The soul that sins dies.’ ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’ ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.’” “Helen Newfield!” she replied. “I haven’t thought of her in years.” “Who’s Helen Newfield?” I wondered. “We lived in a poor neighborhood but Helen lived in a beautiful farmhouse with a garden and a playhouse. She would invite us on Saturdays for a tea party and give us money if we memorized Bible verses. Those were some of the ones I memorized.” There was the seed—after all those years—waiting to be watered. Thank God for all the Helen Newfields!

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 16-18 Memorize: John 6:35

July 15

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Imputation means to reckon, or to put to one’s account. “And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God” (Jas 2:23). A similar verse in Galatians 3:6 renders the word as “accounted to him.” We have the idea of this double imputation in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He has made Him to be sin for us, the One who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Included here is the idea of Substitution, where one takes the place of another. An inspired illustration was seen when the offerer’s hands were placed on the head of the animal soon to be sacrificed. In the case of the sin offerings, there was the imputation of sin from the offerer to the offering. In the case of the sweet savor offerings, the acceptance of the offering was imputed to the offerer. NB: A different word is used in Romans 5:13 where “not imputed” means “not registered with complete clarity.”

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 13-15 Memorize: John 6:28-29

July 14

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“Jesus said, Take away the stone” (Jn 11:39). Sister Abigail tells the story of a girl she met called Annie. She had been treated roughly by her mother and, as a result, her spine was damaged and she was invalided. As she grew, she despised her mother for the damage she had done. Abigail took her into their home, and under loving care Annie trusted the Savior. In time, Annie wanted a way to help with her own expenses. Near the Townsend home was a dry goods store where four young Christian ladies worked. They had told Abbie they wanted a place to get away at noon and have a good lunch. Mr. Townsend allowed Annie to use a room in their house as a tea room, and soon the business was so successful that a store was rented. When Annie needed help, Abigail suggested she hire her mother—the mother, before Annie’s conversion, she positively hated. But Christ had changed her heart, and her gracious forgiveness led her mother to also seek the Lord’s forgiveness.

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 10-12 Memorize: John 5:25