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

October 18

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Edward Studd, after making a fortune in the tea business in India, returned to England to raise his family in a life of lavish excess, living for the world that is soon to be burned. But in 1875, that changed when their father was saved under the preaching of D.L. Moody. The three eldest boys, C.T., Kynaston and George, had been brought up in a religious environment that was, as C.T. later wrote, “a Sunday thing, like one’s Sunday clothes, to be put away on Monday morning.” But now Edward Studd was “a real live play-the-game Christian.” Within a year, all three were saved. The Studd boys were the talk of the Empire, all of them outstanding athletes, and C.T. the most renowned of them all. When, shortly after, C.T. gave up everything to be a missionary in China, it shook the upper class to its foundation. Thousands were converted or moved to be wholly obedient to God. As he wrote: “If Jesus Christ is God and died for me, then no sacrifice is too great to make for Him.”

Today’s Reading: Matthew 26-28; Mark 1-2  Memorize: Galatians 4:4-5

October 17

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How were the books of the Bible selected? “Canonicity” refers to the standard used to include these writings. God determined canonicity by inspiring certain men to write the Bible. Norman Geisler and William Nix give the questions used by the early church to determine this: 1. Is it authoritative? Though the writers claimed no authority themselves, their books have phrases like “Thus says the Lord” more than 2000 times, claiming to be God’s Word. 2. Is it prophetic? The apostles and prophets were the “holy men” God used. Their writings express a consistent view of God and His ways, and so seem to be the Word of God. 3. Is it authentic? The biblical books are the most reliable historical ancient document. Where they can be tested, they are accurate. They prove to be God’s Word. 4. Is it dynamic? The books accepted must be life-changing (see 2 Tim 3:16-17). 5. Was it received? The books accepted by the early church were later canonized, but they had already evidenced their inspiration.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 23-25  Memorize: Galatians 3:23-4

October 16

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Frederick N. Charrington, heir to the largest distillery in England, while traveling in France, met an acquaintance, William Rainsford, and invited him home. He writes: “When we arrived, to my astonishment Rainsford suddenly said, ‘I feel very guilty. We have traveled all the way over the Continent, and enjoyed ourselves very much, but I have never spoken to you about your soul. I must ask you if you are saved.’ I said, ‘Really, Rainsford, we have had a very good time, and I think it a great pity that you bring up such a debatable subject.’ He said, ‘I will only ask you to do one thing: when I am gone, promise me to read the third chapter of John’s Gospel.’ I promised, and the next night, while smoking a pipe before I went to bed, I read the chapter, and as I read it…Light came into my soul, and I too possessed eternal life.” Charrington turned his back on his entire fortune and gave his life to effective gospel and charitable work in the worst slums of London’s East End.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 20-22  Memorize: Galatians 3:12-13

October 15

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To some the mental image of God is a blur of disappointment. “Here,” they say resentfully, “is One whom I trusted, but He let me down.” The rest of their lives is shadowed by this letdown…God is a Disappointment. Some, of course, rather enjoy this never-failing well of grievance. The years by no means diminish the details of the Prayer that was Unanswered or the Disaster that was Undeserved…finding this the best possible excuse for those who do not wish to be involved in any moral responsibility.…People who feel that God is a Disappointment are wanting a world in which good is rewarded and evil is punished—as in a well-run kindergarten. But they misunderstand the conditions of this present temporary life in which God withholds His hand, so to speak, to allow room for His plan of free will to work itself out. Justice will be fully vindicated when the curtain falls on the present stage, the house lights go on, and we go out into the Real World. — J.B. Phillips, Your God is Too Small, pp. 48-50

Today’s Reading: Matthew 17-19  Memorize: Galatians 3:10-11

October 14

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Ray Comfort tells about a poster promoting atheism. It features pictures of Darwin, Jefferson and Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Einstein, Carl Sagan and Ernest Hemingway. “Atheism:” it says, “good enough for these idiots.” But is that true? Franklin wrote: “It is that particular wise and good God…that I propose for the object of my praise and adoration.” Einstein said, “There are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.” Darwin said he was compelled to look for an intelligent mind behind the universe “and I deserve to be called a Theist.” Jefferson was a Deist, not an atheist. Lincoln clearly believed in the Bible’s God. Carl Sagan said he didn’t know if there was a God or not, and settled for being an agnostic (the Greek form of the Latin ignorant). Only Ernest Hemingway—novelist, drunkard, suicide—fully qualifies on all counts. Not an idiot, but sadly called by God a fool for rejecting the display of His glory (Ps 14:1).

Today’s Reading: Matthew 14-16  Memorize: Galatians 2:16

October 13

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Hypocrisy is the great impediment in evangelism. Our Lord prayed that His people might be marked by reality. “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth” (Jn 17:17). A.W. Tozer writes: Truth, to be understood, must be lived. Bible doctrine is wholly ineffective until it has been digested and assimilated by the total life. The essence of my belief is that there is a difference, a vast difference, between fact and truth. Truth in the Scriptures is more than a fact. A fact may be detached, impersonal, cold and totally disassociated from life. Truth, on the other hand, is warm, living, and spiritual. A theological fact may be held in the mind for a lifetime without it having any positive effect upon the moral character, but truth is creative, saving, transforming, and it always changes the one who receives it into a humbler and holier person. At what point, then, does a theological fact become for the one who holds it a life-giving truth? At that point where obedience begins.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 11-13  Memorize: Galatians 1:8

October 12

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Peter Waldo (c. 1140 – c. 1218) lived in the darkest days of the Dark Ages. A wealthy merchant of Lyon, Waldo was enjoying dinner with friends one evening when one of them suddenly fell lifeless to the floor. This was such a shock that he abandoned his occupation, giving his attention completely to the salvation of his soul. The priests were no help. He knew no one who understood the gospel so he turned to the Scriptures and there discovered God’s way of salvation. Immediately he began to distribute his wealth to the poor, paid for the translation of the Bible into the Romance languages, and printed and, with others of like passion, distributed the Word of God widely, preaching as they went. This brought down the anathema of the pope, driving Peter and “the Waldenses” or “Vadois” as they became known, into the valleys of the Piedmont. He eventually settled in Bohemia, where in the 14th century, as many as 80,000 believers were put to death for Christ.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 8-10  Memorize: Galatians 1:3-4