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

April 15

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“If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God…” (Jn 7:17). When Pilate asked Jesus the question, “What is truth?” Jesus answered him with a categorical response. In effect, Jesus was asking Pilate if his was a genuine question or purely an academic one. Jesus was not merely checking on Pilate’s sincerity. He was opening up Pilate’s heart to himself, to reveal to Pilate his unwillingness to deal with the implications of Jesus’ answer. “They who are on the side of truth, listen to Me” (Jn 18:37), He said. Intent in the pursuit of truth is prior to content, or to the availability of it. The author George Macdonald once said, “To give truth to him who loves it not is only to give him more plentiful reasons for misinterpretation.” The struggle in our time is posed as one of the intellect, in the assertion that truth is unknowable. But that may be only a veneer for the real struggle, which is that of the heart. —Ravi Zacharias

Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 4-6  Memorize: Ezekiel 18:20

April 14

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Ridley Haim Herschell, born to a devout Jewish family in Strzelno, Poland, had no peace. One morning he bought something wrapped in scrap paper on which was printed: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” A few days later, he picked up a New Testament, which opened at the same passage! He borrowed the book and eagerly read it. He wrote: “One day I wept bitterly before the Lord, entreating Him to give me peace. These words of Jesus came to mind: ‘Hitherto ye have asked nothing in My name. Ask…’ (Jn 16:24). I cannot describe the reluctance I felt to pray in Jesus’ name. At length I cried out: ‘Lord, I believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Redeemer, and King of Israel, who “was wounded for our transgressions”; for His sake have mercy on me and give me peace.’ No sooner had I offered this prayer than the peace of God entered my soul…I was now ‘justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus’ (Rom 3:24).”

Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 1-3 Memorize: Ezekiel 18:4

April 13

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In Bill Maher’s movie, Religulous, he baits a U.S. senator for believing in “a talking snake in the garden.” But “why should it be thought a thing incredible” for atheists to believe in a snake with the ability to talk? Don’t they believe that a whole species of “animals” arose after millions of years of non-talking life forms and that they somehow developed, by a series of happy accidents, the ability to use articulate speech? Steven Pinker, director of MIT’s Center of Cognitive Neuroscience, stated in The Language Instinct: “As you are reading these words, you are taking part in one of the wonders of the natural world. For you and I belong to a species with a remarkable ability: we can shape events in each other’s brains with remarkable precision…That ability is language…The ability comes so naturally that we are apt to forget what a miracle it is.” Christian, use that miraculous (the evolutionist’s word) ability to sow the seed of God’s Word in others’ minds for the Spirit’s germination.

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 21-25  Memorize: Lamentations 3:22-23

April 12

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Amy Orr-Ewing tells of a conversation her husband had with a woman at a wedding reception: “At one point she had said, ‘The reason I am not a Christian is that I am studying English Literature, and I don’t believe that there is a Transcendental Signified, and so I can make the Bible mean whatever I want it to mean.’” She explained that words have no actual meaning. A word only has the meaning that a reader or a hearer gives it. It does not itself carry any ultimate meaning because there is no God (Transcendental Signified) to give ultimate meaning to words. “My husband looked at her and said: ‘If that is the case—if words have no meaning except the meaning of the listener or reader—is it OK with you if I take what you have just said to mean, “I believe in Jesus and I am a Christian”? At that moment she…realized that her argument failed its own test. The standards by which she was judging the Bible were standards that her own thinking could not measure up to.”

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 18-20  Memorize: Jeremiah 31:3

April 11

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“Our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance” (1 Thess 1:5). Note three aspects to assurance: “the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ” (Col 2:2); “the full assurance of hope” (Heb 6:11); and the “full assurance of faith” (Heb 10:22). Assurance may be lacking for three reasons: if a person is not truly saved and the Spirit is convicting them of their need; if a person is truly saved and living for Christ but is being attacked by the devil to unsettle him; or if a person is truly saved but “walking after the flesh” and therefore has no evidence in his life of the principle of faith. Assurance is not based on looking at self, however. What Christ did on the cross make us safe; what God says in His Word makes us sure. I can no more assure myself than I can save myself. “By this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him”(1 Jn 3:19). —J.B.N.

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 15-17  Memorize: Jeremiah 29:13

April 10

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Charles Spurgeon tells the story of an old man who heard a young man preach. When he was asked what he thought of it, he was slow to answer. At last he said, “If I must tell you, I did not like it; there was no Christ in it.” “No,” answered the young man, “because I didn’t see that Christ was in the text.” “Oh!” said the old man, “but don’t you know that from every little town and village in England there is a road leading to London? Whenever I get hold of a text, I say to myself, ‘There is a road from here to Christ, and I mean to keep on His track till I get to Him.” “But suppose you’re preaching from a text that says nothing about Christ?’’ “Then I will go over hedge and ditch until I get to Him,” said the old man. Spurgeon added, “So must we do; we must have Christ in all our discourses, whatever else is or isn’t in them. So when you are called to preach to charwomen or to chairmen, always take care that is the real gospel of Christ is in every sermon.”

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 12-14  Memorize: Jeremiah 29:11

April 9

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In John 6:37 our Lord says: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me.” Doesn’t God want all to be saved? Hebrews 2:9 reads, “that He (Christ) by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” 2 Peter 3:9 also says: “The Lord…is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” No one can read these declarations and say that He has not provided for the salvation of all, or that it is not His will that all should be saved. Regarding John 6:44, it should be remembered that it is the Spirit who woos us to Christ, and that the Spirit has been sent to “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (Jn 16:8). We should also note that there were those who had a living relationship with the Father when the Son came into the world. It was these whom the Father drew to the Son. And the rest of humanity? That’s the rest of the verse: “…and the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out.” Whosoever will may come!

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 9-11  Memorize: Jeremiah 17:7