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

May 30

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Ravi Zacharias writes: “In the 1950s, Encyclopedia Britannica published its fifty-five-volume set, The Great Books of the Western World. One of the gifted minds behind the series was Mortimer Adler. The opening volume is a compilation of the great themes addressed by seminal thinkers during the last two millennia. Fascinatingly, the longest essay is on God. When Adler was asked why that particular theme merited the lengthiest treatment, he answered without apology: ‘Because more consequences for life follow from this one issue than any other issue you can think of.’ He was right. Every life is built fundamentally and finally on one’s view of God. For the Christian, the foundation is not built merely on the assertion that God exists but on the added claim that God was revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. A commitment of mind and heart affirming that Jesus Christ is who he claimed to be…is at the heart of the Christian faith.” — Why I Am a Christian, p 267

Today’s Reading: Psalms 11-13  Memorize: Mark 2:5

May 29

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John Berridge, a contemporary of Whitfield and the Wesleys, was ordained in 1745 but was unfit for the Lord’s service until in late 1756, as he was having a time of Bible study, the command, “Cease from thine own works, only believe,” was laid on his heart. At last he saw that striving to earn salvation was sheer vanity. With the joy of sins forgiven, he became known as the Gospel Pedlar and led hundreds to Christ. Here is his spiritual biography from his epitaph: “Here lie the remains of John Berridge, late vicar of Everton and an itinerant servant of Jesus Christ. Who loved his Master and his work and after running on His ‘Errands’ many years, was called up to wait on Him above. Reader, art thou born again? No salvation without new birth. I was born in sin February 1716. Remained ignorant of my fallen state till 1730. Lived proudly on faith and works for salvation till 1754. Admitted to Everton vicarage 1755. Fled to Jesus alone for refuge 1756. Fell asleep in Christ 22 January 1793.”

Today’s Reading: Psalms 8-10  Memorize: Mark 1:14-15

May 28

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“Warning every man, and teaching every man” (Col 1:28) was the Apostle’s practice when he preached Christ. “In humility correcting those who are in opposition” (2 Tim 2:25) was his instruction to Timothy. Denunciation is not of much value. It tends to stiffen resistance. Nor are wild threats of hell; all warnings must be reasonable and spoken with tenderness. Any representation of punishment that makes God sound harsh is a wrong course. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy” (Ps 103:8). It is an awful crime to misrepresent God to men. Yet we are to warn all that they are “condemned already” (Jn 3:18). As well, they must be told that death is coming and that “after death” is “the judgment” (Heb 9:27) for “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb 10:31). In these warnings, keep close to the language of Scripture, and do not apologize for God’s judgments. Proclaim the Word and allow the Spirit to do His convicting work.

Today’s Reading: Psalms 5-7  Memorize: Matthew 28:5-6

May 27

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Some of the most complimentary statements about the Lord Jesus came from His enemies. “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (Jn 7:46). “This Man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk 15:2). “He saved others; Himself He cannot save” (Mk 15:31). In Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Faith, he recounts a visit with one-time evangelist and then outspoken agnostic Charles Templeton. When asked how he assessed Jesus, this was his response: “He was the greatest human being who has ever lived. He was a moral genius. His ethical sense was unique. He was the intrinsically wisest person that I’ve ever encountered in my life or in my readings. His commitment was total and led to his own death…What could one say about him except that this was a form of greatness?” Templeton continued, “He is the most important human being who has ever existed.” Then, writes Strobel, his eyes filled with tears, and the agnostic concluded, “If I may put it this way, I…miss…him!” pp 17-18

Today’s Reading: Psalms 2-4  Memorize: Matthew 27:54

May 26

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Grace is a word rich with biblical meaning. It is used to describe the condition of the heart of God moving in good will toward sinners; the practical extending of merciful kindness to such individuals as a result; and the benefits thus received as an unmerited gift from the gracious One. Grace is placed in contrast to “works” (Eph 2:8-9), “debt” (Rom. 4:4), “offence,” that is, trespass, or abounding “sin” (Rom 5:15, 17, 20), and the “law” (Gal 2:21; 5:4). It is the undeserved favor of God to sinners at the expense of Christ. We are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:24) and it must be received by “faith, that it might be by grace” (4:16). “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (2 Cor 8:9). This outpouring of His grace has provided for us “sufficient” grace (2 Cor 12:9), “abundant grace” (4:15), “the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7), “the exceeding riches of His grace” (2:7) for it is dispensed to us by “the God of all grace” (1 Pet 5:10).

Today’s Reading: Job 41-42; Psalms 1  Memorize: Matthew 27:41-42

May 25

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“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life” (Deut 30:19). Col. and Mrs. George Clarke began the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago in 1877, a “doorway to heaven.” Mrs. Clarke also regularly visited the jail. One of those visited was John Callahan. After escaping a reformatory in New York, he moved to Chicago where he joined a notorious westside gang. The law finally caught him, and he was visited by Mrs. Clarke. Butch Lyons, Callahan’s cell-mate, jumped on the top bunk with derisive laughter, not wanting the “angel of mercy” to deal with him. Callahan, on the other hand, fell to the floor and prayed for mercy. After serving a term in Joliet, Callahan went to Minneapolis, where, instead of tending bar as he had once done, he walked into a mission and into newness of life in Christ. Butch Lyon met death on the gallows. John Callahan became superintendent of the Hadley Rescue Hall in New York City’s Bowery. — C.F.H. Henry

Today’s Reading: Job 36-40  Memorize: Matthew 27:35

May 24

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Harold Urey (1893–1981) won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934. Although he played a key part in developing the atom bomb, he is best known today for his contribution to theories on the development of organic life from non-living matter, giving his name to the renowned Miller-Urey experiment. The experiment is fatally flawed, both in its presuppositions about the early conditions on earth and in its results, only proving that there must be intelligence behind our living world. Urey confessed: “All of us who study the origin of life find that the more we look into it, the more we feel it is too complex to have evolved anywhere. We all believe as an article of faith that life evolved from dead matter on this planet” (Christian Science Monitor, Jan 4, 1962). How then can such scientists object when we happily affirm: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Heb 11:3)?

Today’s Reading: Job 33-35  Memorize: Matthew 27:22