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

February 21

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There are many ideas about Election. What does the Bible say? The word is used to describe the divine choice of: Christ (Isa 42:1; Lk 23:35; 1 Pet 2:6), obviously not for salvation for He is the Savior; the unfallen angels (1 Tim 5:21) who did not need to be saved; Israel (Rom 11:28) of whom it was written that many “were overthrown in the wilderness”; the twelve, including Judas (Lk 6:13; Jn 6:70; 13:18; 15:16); the Church (Eph 1:4); and the remnant in the Tribulation (Mt 24:22, 24). It should be seen that this election is for a role, designed to bring blessing to the widest possible number. In this age, the sphere of the believer’s choosing is Christ (Eph 1:4) and is linked to God’s foreknowledge (1 Pet 1:2; see also Jas 2:5; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4; and 2 Pet 1:10). “God (for reasons explained in 1 Cor 1 & 2 where He declares the basis of His choice), in blessing mankind, sets to one side those with a claim by law and chooses those who are brought in by grace.”

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 11-13 Memorize: Psalm 139:7-8

February 20

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“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 23). Think carefully and prayerfully about these words from Alexander Marshall: “A soul saved saves that soul from more misery, anguish, and torment than has ever been suffered by all the people of the world from the beginning of time to this time, and from this time to the end of time; for that soul has been saved from eternal punishment. A soul saved brings that soul into possession of more joy, peace, and blessing than has ever been enjoyed by all the people of God from the beginning of time until this time, and from this time until the end of time, for that soul has been brought into possession of eternal joy.” David Brainard, one of the first missionaries to the North American Indians, who flamed out for Christ by the age of 36, wrote: “I wanted to wear myself out in His service for His glory. I cared not how or where I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ.”

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 8-10  Memorize: Psalm 139:1-3

February 19

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Stirred by Bunyan’s “Visions of Heaven and Hell,” drunkard miner Billy Bray sought the Lord. For days in soul trouble, finally, he writes: “I said to the Lord, ‘Thou hast said, They that ask shall receive…and I have faith to believe it.’ In an instant the Lord made me so happy that I cannot express what I felt.…I could say with Isaiah, ‘O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.’ I told all I met what the Lord had done for my soul. I have heard some say that they have had hard work to get away from their companions, but I sought mine out, and had hard work to find them soon enough to tell them what the Lord had done for me. Some said I was mad; and others that they should get me back [to the pub] next payday. But, praise the Lord, it is now more than 40 years, and they have not got me yet. They said I was a mad-man, but they meant I was a glad-man, and glory be to God, I have been glad ever since.”

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 5-7  Memorize: Psalm 130:3-4

February 18

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William MacDonald writes: We teach our children to accumulate; Christ calls them to forsake all (Lk 14:33). We teach them that it is not respectable to be poor: Jesus said, “Blessed be ye poor” (Lk 6:20). We tell them to stay home and make good; the Lord tells them to “go…into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mk 16:15). We tell them to provide for their security on earth; the Savior tells them to lay up treasure in heaven (Mt 6:20). We suggest they should live for two worlds; Jesus says it can’t be done (Lk 16:13). We tell them to walk by sight; the Word tells them to walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7). It is time we rethink our ambitions for our children in the light of these inescapable facts: men and women throughout the world are perishing; we Christians have what they need—the gospel; we do not belong to ourselves; our lives must be lived for the One who died for us; if we seek to save our lives, we will lose them; in the end, only the life lived for Christ will count.

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 2-4 Memorize: Psalm 121:1-2

February 17

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“Reach your finger here, and behold My hands” (Jn 20:27). H.A. Ironside recounts the story of a Roman Catholic woman who was lying very ill in hospital and in great distress because of the weight of her sins. A nun was called to the bedside, and promised to call the priest. In the meantime, a visiting Christian lady came to the woman’s bed and found her ready to hear the gospel. Eagerly she came to Christ, confessing her sins, and was soon rejoicing in forgiveness. When the priest arrived, he prepared to hear her confession, that he might absolve her of all her sins. “Show me your hand,” she asked. Thinking her mind was wandering, he pleaded with her again to make confession. Once more came the insistent demand, “Let me see your hand first.” Curious, he held out his hand to her. She took it in one of hers and felt it carefully, then exclaimed, “It won’t do, father. The hand of the One who forgives my sins has a nail-print in it.” —Illustrations of Bible Truth, pp 113-114

Today’s Reading: Numbers 34-36; Deuteronomy 1   Memorize: Psalm 116:12-13

February 16

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John Polkinghorne, theologian and Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, comments on the difference between the biblical account of creation and Mesopotamian texts on the same subject: “…Though the accounts are clearly influenced to a degree by neighboring Near Eastern cosmogonies, they differ in a most marked and important way from those other creation stories. It is deeply impressive that tales of conflict among the gods, with Marduk fighting Tiamath and slicing her dead body in half from which to form the earth and sky, are replaced by a sober account in which the one true God alone is the Creator, bringing creation into being by the power of the divine word. Equally significant is the insight that human beings are not destined to be the slaves of the gods (as in the Babylonian epic, Enuma Elish), but are created in the image of God.”
—Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality, pp 44-45

Today’s Reading: Numbers 31-33  Memorize: Psalm 107:1-2

February 15

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“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into a furnace of fire; there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Mt 13:41-42).
Count the frail and fragrant blossoms spring has scattered through the trees;
Count the endless crashing billows sparkling on the planet’s seas;
Count the lightly flickering shadows in each autumn forest glade;
Count the falling feathery snowflakes, icy gems by winter made;
Count the myriad blades that glitter early in the morning dew;
Count the grains of sand in deserts under noontide’s vault of blue;
Count the notes that wood birds warble in the evening’s fading light;
Count the stars that gleam and twinkle in the velvet black of night…
When the counting all is done, scarce eternity’s begun!
Hearer, pause: Where will you be during your eternity? —Anon.

Today’s Reading: Numbers 28-30   Memorize: Psalm 103:2-4