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

August 18

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How can people in this century take the idea of the virgin birth seriously? Interestingly, the most detail regarding the birth of Christ is given by a medical doctor, in the Lord’s biography by Luke. Often people argue that first century peasants believed in the miracles because they didn’t understand the scientific explanations behind events. But Luke begins his Gospel with the story of Zacharias, who, when told his wife was expecting, didn’t believe the angel, because he understood how babies are born, and that his wife was too old to have a child. The virgin birth was clearly prophesied (Isa 7:14) as evidence to believe, and is treated as an historical fact (Lk 1:27-37). It was a necessity for the following reasons: His birth was a divine gift (1 Jn 4:14), not a mere human event; the Lord must be the seed of a woman, not tainted by coming through sinful human generation (Gen. 3:15); and He must claim David’s line and throne but avoid God’s curse on Jechoniah. Blessed be His name!

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 11-13 Memorize: Acts 17:26-27

August 17

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“There are two things I like that Islam teaches,” I told a group of upset young Muslims. Upset because I had told them about some Muslims I knew who had found true peace in Christ. “Islam teaches that God is God the Just, and God the Merciful. But when you stand before Him at last, will He be just or merciful?” “Both,” they responded. “That’s a quick answer, but it can’t be right. Justice means God receives full payment for every sin you have committed. Mercy means He has found a way not to charge you. Both can’t be true.” They chased their tails for a while until I interjected with the story of Abraham and his son at Moriah. I told of the ram, and explained the idea of a substitute. That is how God can be both “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom 3:26). But a ram is not a fair trade for a man. Only a righteous man could be a substitute for a sinful man. And only a God-sized Man could pay for billions of sinful people. Christ is the only answer.

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 8-10 Memorize: Acts 16:30-31

August 16

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Hinduism, the indigenous religion of India, has 900 million adherents worldwide. Although there are many subdivisions, they generally believe in One Supreme Reality (Brahman) who is manifested in many gods and goddesses. They believe that humans are in bondage to ignorance and illusion, but are able to escape. The purpose is to gain release from rebirth, or at least a better rebirth and continue by reincarnation until enlightenment is gained. They practice yoga, meditation, worship (puja), devotion to a god or goddess, and pilgrimage to holy cities. India has had the gospel since the first century, but Hinduism has been very impervious to the message of the Savior. Hindus usually respond poorly to an apologetic approach. Hinduism has survived through story and song; they need to hear the best stories, stories of the Lord Jesus. The caste system relegates millions to a subhuman existence. Some of these are responding to the gospel linked with Christian love.

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 3-7 Memorize: Acts 15:10-11

August 15

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“She out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood” (Mk 12:44). A woman told me she had lost half her oil fortune in the recent economic downturn. “Can you tell me how to get it back?” she asked. “No, but I can tell you how to keep the other half.” “How?” “By giving it away for the Lord.” The principle is clear; we only get to keep what we give away for Him. Big-time farming is expensive. If we think the advancement of the work of God in this world will be done for free, we only need to read the history of the early church, and the sacrificial giving involved, to understand the costliness of evangelism. It is largely those who understood what the widow understood—that all belongs to Him—who are ready to pay the price. Many think nothing of spending thousands on a vacation, but balk at spending hundreds to see souls reached. This is not only counterfeit Christianity; it is bad economics. Heaven’s bank is the only safe haven for our investments.

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 66; Jeremiah 1-2 Memorize: Acts 15:8-9

August 14

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The Psalms are often used as Messianic proofs in the preaching of our Lord and His disciples. Christ said to His own, “Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms” (Lk 24:44). Risto Santala (The Messiah in the OT, p. 108) writes: “The New Testament borrows 224 separate passages from 103 different psalms, and, with the same passages appearing in different places, this gives a total of 280 psalm quotations in the NT.” Approximately 50 of these deal with the sufferings, death, burial, resurrection, ascension of Christ, and the spreading of the gospel to all nations. It is interesting to note that the Midrash and early Jewish scholars found the Messiah in many more places than are recorded in the New Testament. We don’t always think of the Psalms as apologetic, but that’s how the early believers often used them. Get to know the Messianic Psalms; they are useful in the gospel and cause for much worship to the Lord.

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 63-65 Memorize: Acts 15:8-9

August 13

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“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean” (Lk 5:12). Bruce Olson was raised in a Lutheran family in Minneapolis. He heard sermons on the need for change, but never about the power to change. One night at age 14, he prayed, “Lord, everything is messed up around me. And its messed up in me, too. But, please, God, I want to change. I can’t do it myself. And I don’t understand how You can do anything within me. But, Jesus, if You could change all those people in the Bible, I guess You can change me. Please, Jesus, let me know You. Make me new.” When he was 19, the Lord led him, without aid of mission board or promise of support from anyone but the Lord, to serve among a much feared tribe, the Motilone Indians in Colombia. Unapproachable till faith led him among them, he had the joy—in spite of disease, loneliness, and torture—to see hundreds of these Stone Age people put their trust in the Lord. His story, an amazing read, is told in Bruchko.

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 60-62 Memorize: Acts 13:38-39

August 12

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“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me…and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (Jn 14:21). The call of Christ is clear, comprehensive and compelling. He gave His life for me and now offers to live His life in and through me. I owe Him everything. It is possible to be a theoretical disciple, standing for all He says except that particular aspect of the Lord’s sovereign right which the world is objecting to at the moment, or which the Spirit is seeking to work into my life at present. Of this, Martin Luther wrote: “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are attacking at that moment, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all battlefields besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 57-59 Memorize: Acts 5:30-31