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

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

May 23

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Andrew Stenhouse tells of a furlough trip from Chile on the Sydney Star, a frozen-meat ship. It had only a few passengers, one an Englishman named Smith. After a botched surgery, he was returning home in a sick-berth cabin. “I asked if he had any hope for eternity. He answered, ‘None whatever.’ I explained God’s way of salvation and I told him about the dying thief. The next day, he had too much pain to concentrate. I said, ‘I’m going to leave you one verse,’ and repeated John 3:16. On the third day, he greeted me with a smile. I asked, ‘Do you see anything clearer today?’ ‘Yes, decidedly so! It was those words: “should not perish.” Now I have something to hold onto!’ His faith never faltered; he died a few days later. On arrival in England, we contacted his wife and told her the story of his conversion. She was a praying believer.” If she had only received official news of his death, would she have thought her husband had perished? “Judge nothing before the time” (1 Cor 4:5).

Today’s Reading: Job 30-32 Memorize: Matthew 20:28

May 22

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“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb 4:12). The paradox of the Bible is this: At the same time it is the most comforting and the most discomforting book in the world. It lifts up the lowly and casts down the proud. The Word succors the suffering as a mother hugs a weeping child; but it also slaps us in the face. It says those who are alive are dead, but those who are dead “in Christ” are alive. This Wonder Book repels men, yet it draws men. It offers men hope, yet it casts them into despair. It says men who have everything have nothing, yet those who have nothing (but Christ) have everything. It declares that men who say they “know” do not know, and that men who the world says know nothing can triumphantly say, “We know that we have passed from death unto life.” — Leonard Ravenhill

Today’s Reading: Job 27-29  Memorize: Matthew 19:26

May 21

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Here is the conversion story of Charlotte Elliott, author of “Just as I Am.” Dr. Cesar Malan of Geneva, visiting in the Elliott home, asked Charlotte if she knew herself to really be a Christian. She was in poor health and often harassed with severe pain, which tended to make her irritable. She resented the question, and petulantly answered that was a matter she did not wish to discuss. Dr. Malan replied that he would not pursue a subject that displeased her, but would pray that she might give her heart to Christ. The Holy Spirit used her rude conduct to show her what depths of pride and alienation from God were in her heart. After several days of misery, she apologized and confessed that his question had troubled her greatly. “I am miserable” she said, “I want to come to Jesus; but I don’t know how.” “Why not come just as you are?” answered Malan. Little did Malan think that his simple reply would be repeated in song by the whole Christian world! — Christopher Knapp

Today’s Reading: Job 24-26   Memorize: Matthew 18:11

May 20

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Salvation includes many interconnected teachings. Here are some examples: “Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Rom. 8:29-30). “Blessed be the God…who…chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:3-7). These many blessings are necessary to meet certain requirements of the law, to correct deficiencies in man, to provide new resources for the life of faith, or to manifest the glories of God. No wonder it is “so great salvation” (Heb. 2:3)!

Today’s Reading: Job 21-23  Memorize: Matthew 18:2-3

May 19

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Edward and Anna Scott arrived in India in the fall of 1862. Settling in the northeast state of Assam, they threw themselves into the work of God. However, after seven years, Scott felt the Lord calling him to take the gospel into what is now Nagaland. The Naga were brutal head hunters. Before a man was allowed to marry, he must kill at least 30 of his enemies. The British military commander warned him it would cost him his life. But Scott persisted, and with his Bible and violin, he headed into Nagaland. Soon he was surrounded by twelve spear-wielding warriors. Things looked bleak, but Scott took his violin and began to play and sing, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” Mesmerized by the music, they slowly lowered their spears. Scott then asked the chiefs for their permission to live among them and they agreed. Scott’s ministry was greatly blessed by the Lord. Today 90% of those in Nagaland profess to “crown Him Lord of all,” the highest in all of India.

Today’s Reading: Job 18-20  Memorize: Matthew 16:26