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 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

November 12

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How does human life differ from that of the animals? There are dramatic consequences if man is simply the latest animal in the evolutionary process. Morality then becomes a mere convention. Purpose is nonsensical, for there is no Purposer. Animal existence is the highest goal we can hope for, and life has no real value. How different the Genesis account! Male and female are made in the image of God (1:26) and given dominion over the animal world to act as regents for God (1:28). Humanity has not only a material body, but a God-breathed soul (2:7). We have an aesthetic sense to enjoy creation and adore and worship the Creator—“Eden” means pleasure (2:8-9). Also man has the ability to make moral choices and therefore is morally responsible to his Creator (2:16-17). As well, we have the faculty of language (2:19-20) for which we will some day give account (Mt 12:36). We are not part of the animal kingdom; but we can become part of the kingdom of God! (Mt 21:31).

Today’s Reading: Acts 20-22  Memorize: Titus 3:8-9

November 11

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At a luncheon in his honor, Billy Graham told this story: “Albert Einstein was travelling from Princeton by train when the conductor came down the aisle. Einstein reached into his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so tried his trousers. It wasn’t there. He looked in his briefcase, but still couldn’t find it. The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.” Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle, then turned and saw the physicist on his knees looking under his seat. The conductor rushed back: “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. You don’t need a ticket.” Einstein replied, “Young man, I too know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.’’ Graham continued, “See this suit? It’s new. I bought it for this luncheon and one more occasion—this is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, don’t remember my suit. But remember this: I not only know who I am. I also know where I’m going.”

Today’s Reading: Acts 17-19  Memorize: Titus 3:3-5

November 10

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“You rejoice with joy inexpressible” (1 Pet 1:8). “There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps.’ The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a mere symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible. Musical instruments are mentioned because for many people music is the thing in the present life which most strongly suggests ecstasy and infinity. Crowns are mentioned to suggest the fact that those united with God in eternity share His splendor, power and joy. Gold is mentioned to suggest the timelessness of Heaven (gold does not rust) and the preciousness of it. People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs. — Mere Christianity, pp. 120-121

Today’s Reading: Acts 14-16  Memorize: Titus 2:13-14

November 9

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“Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand” (Ps 149:5-6). “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb 4:12). “These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword” (Rev 2:12). Charles Spurgeon tells of a renowned general who, as he approached his king, stumbled over his sword. “I see,” said the king, “your sword is in the way.” “Your Majesty’s enemies,” the seasoned soldier replied, “have often felt the same.” The thrill, of course, for the warrior of the King of kings is this: When we enter the field of battle, we see that the enemy has already been here and the landscape is littered with the dead. Then, as the Spirit’s sword—the Word of God—enters in, those who allow it to penetrate, rise up in newness of life!

Today’s Reading: Acts 11-13   Memorize: Titus 2:11

November 8

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Arthur Rendle Short, professor of surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, was also founder of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He wrote: “Many men have been great in a few of the attributes that make up life. There have been great teachers; but no one…rises to such a tower of perfection that we cannot find a fair criticism for so much as a single sentence in his teaching. There have been great saints, but none reaches…sinless perfection. There have been men of miraculous gifts, but they could not raise themselves from the dead. There have been men of immense discernment and insight,…but they have all been deceived occasionally. If Jesus Christ had been infallible in only a single one of these four attributes, He would have stood alone in world history. When we see Him triumphing in them all and in many more, we must feel it is impudence to put Him on the same platform with earth’s best. His life is supernatural.” — The Rock Beneath, p. 28

Today’s Reading: Acts 6-10  Memorize: Titus 1:2