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 27

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James, the 7th Duke of Hamilton, was born at Holyrood Palace, the son of the 6th Duke of Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth. He succeeded to his father’s title of Duke of Hamilton at the tender age of two. He was educated at Eton and died of tuberculosis aged 14 at Hamilton Palace, the family’s large country house located in Lanarkshire, Scotland. As he lay dying, two ministers came to see him. He pulled a small Bible out from under his pillow and opened it to these words: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing” (2 Tim 4:7-8). “This, sirs,” he said, “is all my comfort.” When his death approached, he called his younger brother to his bed. “And now, Douglas, in a little time you will be a duke, but I shall be a king!” And such is the certain hope of every true child of God.

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 9-11  Memorize: James 4:14

November 26

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“His name shall be called Wonderful” (Isa 9:6). Arno C. Gabelein writes: “No mind can fathom, no heart can grasp, no pen describe, how wonderful the Savior is. The express image of God’s Person, how wonderful His condescension: the Creator of the angels made lower than the angels! Wonderful is He in His incarnation, resting on the bosom of the virgin yet the One in the bosom of the Father. Wonderful was that blessed life He lived. Wonderful the words which came from His lips. Wonderful is He in His moral glory, His untiring service, His love, His patience, and everything which the Spirit has been pleased to tell us. But still more wonderful is His great work on the cross, the depths of which have never been fathomed. And how wonderfully He has dealt with each of us individually. How wonderful is it that He knows each of His sheep, that He guides each, provides for, loves, succors, stands by, restores, never leaves nor forsakes each who belongs to Him.”

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 6-8  Memorize: James 2:23

November 25

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“He who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death” (Jas 5:20). When workmen began a year-long $500,000 renovation in 1994 on the Washington monument in DC, they didn’t expect to find graffiti. But that’s exactly what they found. Graffiti from the 1800s discovered when workers removed some marble wainscoting. But it was hardly the kind of message you see scrawled on public buildings, bridges and trains today. It read: “Whoever is the human instrument under God in the conversion of one soul, erects a monument to his own memory more lofty and enduing (sic) than this.” The hand-made inscription can now be viewed by visitors to the monument. No one knows the author. It is simply signed “BFB.” But his assessment could not be more timely. Our Lord’s valuation of one soul proves this: “What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt 16:26).

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 3-5 Memorize: James 2:18

November 24

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The Jewish daily prayers, called in Hebrew “Sidûr,” include “Thirteen Principles of the Faith,” composed by the famous Moses Maimonides (Rambam). These are to be repeated by faithful Jews with their morning prayers, and include the following: “I believe with perfect faith that all the words of the prophets are true” (clause 6); “I believe with perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses our teacher, peace be unto him, was true, and that he was the chief of the prophets, both of those that preceded and of those that followed him” (clause 7); “I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah, and, though he tarry, I will wait daily for his coming” (clause 12). Perhaps today we could unite in prayer for God’s ancient people and those who are seeking to minister to them, that they may confess with Simeon, “Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Lk 2:30-32).

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 16; 2 Corinthians 1-2  Memorize: James 2:10

November 23

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“Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things” (Isa 40:26). Two renowned physicists acknowledge this. Arno Penzias (1978 Nobel prize in physics), discovered cosmic background radiation, evidence the universe had a beginning: “Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life, and one which has an underlying (one might say ‘supernatural’) plan.” Frank Tipler, MIT-trained Professor of Physics: “When I began my career as a cosmologist some twenty years ago, I was a convinced atheist. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that one day I would be writing a book purporting to show that the central claims of Judeo-Christian theology are in fact true, that these claims are straightforward deductions of the laws of physics as we now understand them. I have been forced into these conclusions by the inexorable logic of my own special branch of physics.”

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 13-15  Memorize: Hebrews 11:6

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