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

December 9

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“Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jer 23:29). Christian apologist Bernard Ramm writes about the Bible and its critics: “A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and the committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put. No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subjected to such a mass attack as the Bible? with such venom and skepticism? with such thoroughness and erudition? upon every chapter, line, and tenet? The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions (Protestant Christian Evidences, pp. 232-233).” H.L. Hastings adds: “If the book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago” (The Greatest Book in the World, pp. 17-18).

Today’s Reading: 2 Timothy 2-4  Memorize: 1 John 1:8-9

December 8

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In his biography by Johannes Gossner, Martin Boos (1762-1825), a Roman Catholic priest, tells how he was saved: “In 1788 or 1789 I visited a sick person respected for her deep humility and piety. I said to her, ‘You will die peacefully and happily.’ ‘Why so?’ she asked. ‘Because you have led such a holy life.’ The good woman smiled at my words and said, ‘If I leave the world relying on my own piety, I am sure to be lost. But relying on Jesus my Savior, I can die in comfort. What a clergyman you are! If I listened to you, what would become of me? No; if Christ had not died for me, if He had not made satisfaction for me, I should have been lost forever, notwithstanding all my good works. He is my hope, my salvation, and my eternal happiness.’” Happily for him, he was humble enough to receive the truth through so lowly an instrument. Receiving Christ as Savior, he tasted the peace and joy of salvation. Although persecuted severely, he led many, including priests, to trust alone in Christ as Savior.

Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 5-6; 2 Timothy 1  Memorize: 1 John 1:5-7

December 7

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“We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness” (1 Cor 1:23). I want to ask you a question. When the real Jesus was on earth and people met Him, how did they respond? Thankfully, some bowed before Him in adoration. Think of the cleansed Samaritan leper, or the repentant thief, or Thomas as he looked at Calvary’s war wounds. Others were terrified. Recall the demons called Legion, or the ruffians who came to arrest Him, driven back by the mere mention of His “I Am!” Still others were enflamed with hatred. They took up stones to stone Him. The crowd cried, “Crucify!” The high priest tore His garments. Was there any evidence that some merely tolerated Him, or expressed mild approval? Finding these pallid responses so common today, is it possible that we are not actually introducing our generation to the real Jesus after all? Should we not declare His own words, rather than paraphrasing the transforming power right out of what He said? —J.B.N.

Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 2-4  Memorize: 2 Peter 3:11-12

December 6

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In These My People, Lil Dickson tells the story of a mountain village in Formosa during Japanese occupation: “The policeman there was like a little king. It seemed he could do anything. He became enraged because many were becoming Christians. So he issued an edict: within three days everyone must take an oath, ‘I will not become a Christian,’ or they would be tied hand and foot and thrown in the river. The people met to discuss the issue. Some said they better give up Christianity. But a boy stood up and said, ‘Don’t you remember? Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”’ They all remembered, and one replied, ‘Let us die then, for we will go to be with Jesus.’ When the policeman heard, he said the execution would occur the next day. But that day, while fishing in the same river, the policeman drowned! Today everyone in the village is a Christian,” Dickson says.

Today’s Reading: 1 Thess. 5; 2 Thess. 1-3; 1 Timothy 1  Memorize: 2 Peter 3:9-10

December 5

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C.S. Lewis writes about his years as an atheist: “My argument against God was that the universe was so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man doesn’t call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe to when I was calling it unjust?…Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too—for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not that it just didn’t happen to please my fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God didn’t exist—in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless—I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality—namely my idea of justice—was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out…” — Broadcast Talks, pp. 40-41

Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2-4  Memorize: 2 Peter 1:16

December 4

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On a trip to the Pacific coast, D.L. Moody heard of a stagecoach driver who was on his deathbed. He “kept moving one of his feet up and down, saying, ‘I am on the downgrade, and I cannot reach the brake.’” Moody continued, “As they told me of it, I thought how many were on the downgrade, and could not reach the brake; they were dying ‘without hope and without God’ (Eph 2:12).…Don’t let the scoffers laugh you into hell; they cannot laugh you out of it. The Blood is upon the mercy seat. God says, ‘There is the Blood; it is all I have to give. As long as it is there, there is hope for you. I am satisfied with the finished work of My Son. Will you be satisfied?’” How different the death of Robert Cookman. As his friends gathered round his bed, his face lit up, and he raised his voice in triumph, “I am sweeping through the gates, washed in the blood of the Lamb!” “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (2:13).

Today’s Reading: Colossians 3-4; 1 Thessalonians 1  Memorize: 1 Peter 4:5

December 3

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Just twenty years after the Cross had been lifted up, the messengers of the gospel were spoken of as those who had “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6), and the faith of the Thessalonian church “sounded out” as with a trumpet blast “in every place” (1 Thess 1:8). Soon after, we read that the faith of the Roman church was honored “throughout the whole world” (Rom 1:8). Scarcely more than thirty years after our Lord’s return to the Father, Paul reminds the Colossians that the gospel which they had received was being preached “to every creature under heaven” (Col 1:23). And this in spite of the most vicious persecution. Tacitus, the Roman historian, relates that in the persecution under Nero, which broke out in the year ad 64, “an immense multitude” of Christians suffered death for the sake of the Name. Such was the power of the message of a loving God, a triumphant Savior, a full and free redemption, and a transforming Spirit, the same message we have to proclaim today.

Today’s Reading: Philippians 4; Colossians 1-2  Memorize: 1 Peter 3:18