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

August 8

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The primitive churches were not mere assemblies of men who agreed to meet together once or twice a week, and to subscribe for the support of an accomplished man who should on those occasions deliver lectures on religion. They were men gathered out of the world by the preaching of the cross, and formed into society for the promotion of Christ’s kingdom in their own souls and in the world around them. It was not the concern of the ministers or elders only; the body of the people were interested in all that was done, and according to their several abilities and stations, took part in it. Neither were they assemblies of heady, high-minded, contentious people, meeting together to argue on points of doctrine or discipline, and converting the worship of God into scenes of strife. They spoke the truth, but it was in love…Happy were it for our churches if we could come to a closer imitation of this model! —from The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, Vol. 3, p. 346

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 43-45 Memorize: Acts 2:21

August 7

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Col. Robert Ingersoll, the apostle of agnosticism in nineteenth century America, once had the task of speaking at his brother’s funeral in Washington, DC. In the middle of his talk, he broke down and wept bitterly. Then, regaining his composure, he said: “Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of a wailing cry. From the voiceless lips of the unreplying dead there comes no word.” What utter hopelessness! Is there a way out of miasmatic fog of human speculation? Thank God there is! Holy Scripture shouts in triumph, “We know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true” (1 Jn 5:20). Christianity begins with a Man who has come back from death, “our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim 1:10). —C.E. Tatham

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 40-42 Memorize: John 21:25

August 6

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“And Samson called to the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray Thee, and strengthen me, I pray Thee, only this once…” (Jud 16:28). Have you started poorly as a witness for the Lord? Do you recall with pain opportunities missed that you cannot now recall? Have you been harsh around your unsaved relatives and feel you have disqualified yourself from speaking to them about Christ? Have you been careless around your workmates? The enemy of souls will try to convince you that you’ve blown the race. But Samson made it into the Faith Chapter after all! Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic golds, was not a good starter. In the 100-meter, he would still be in the middle of the pack at the half-way point. But other runners said that Lewis had a gear at the 60-meter mark that no other runner had. Thankfully for Lewis, you don’t win medals at the start, but at the finish. However you have started, you may still “finish [your] course with joy” (Acts 20:24).

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 37-39

Memorize: John 20:31 [/button

August 5

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“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk 19:10).  “It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found” (Lk 15:32). As soul-winner Charles H. Spurgeon passionately wrote about the lost: “People are lost willfully and willingly; lost perversely and utterly; but still lost of their own accord, which is the worst kind of being lost. They are lost to God, who has lost their heart’s love, confidence, and obedience; lost to the church, which they cannot rightly serve; lost to truth, which they will not see; lost to right, whose cause they do not uphold; lost to heaven, into whose sacred precincts they can never come; lost, so lost that unless almighty mercy shall intervene, they shall be cast into the pit that is bottomless, to sink forever. Lost! Lost! Lost! Better a whole world on fire than a soul lost! Better every star quenched and the skies a wreck than a single soul to be lost!”

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 34-36

Memorize: John 20:19-20 [/button

August 4

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Nineteenth century evangelist William Taylor tells the story of a prisoner awaiting his execution. Various Christians visited him in his death row cell, but all they said seemed only to make him harder and more resistent to the gospel. Then, writes Taylor, the townspeople requested a man “known of all men for his holiness and tenderness and wisdom in the winning of souls” to visit the criminal. Entering the cell, he sat down beside the prisoner, who knew him well by reputation, and simply recounted the story of the cross. When he had finished it, he turned, laid his hands on the criminal’s shoulders, and said to him with deep emotion, “Wasn’t it a great sacrifice for the Son of God to lay down his life for guilty sinners like me and you?” That’s what broke his hardened heart. On later visits, he would often say, “To think such a holy man, as I knew him to be, putting himself on a level with me, and saying, ‘Sinners like me and you!’” — The Miracles of Our Savior, pp. 119-120

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 31-33

Memorize: John 18:36 [/button

August 3

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“We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:14). The word forgiveness in its primary sense means to send away or to abandon. Forgiveness is agreeing to pay the damages done by another, and then never bringing up the account again—sending them away, much like the scapegoat, the azazel. As far as God is concerned, our sins are out of sight (Micah 7:19), out of reach (Ps 103:12), and out of mind (Heb 10:17). This is the forgiveness we should practice with others. As the Lord said, “When you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mk 11:25). Forgiveness looses the shackles that binds the offender to the offended. On one occasion Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, favorably commented on someone. Her aide said, “Don’t you remember what that person did to you?” Clara replied: “I not only forget; I distinctly remember forgetting.” — J.B.N.

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 28-30 Memorize: John 17:3

August 2

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“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Mt 6:6). It’s getting harder all the time to find a quiet place and time to pray. Part of Satan’s scheme to keep us powerless in evangelism is to keep us prayerless in private. It’s almost as difficult as finding a public pay phone, but Vance Havner finds one in a story he liked to tell. He says, “A man in an unlighted telephone booth fumbled with the pages of the directory. A passerby saw his plight and advised him: ‘The light comes on when you shut the door.’” Our prayers for the lost demonstrate our concern for them, our dependence on the Lord, and our willingness to be used in some way to see the answer to our prayer. Closet prayers are only for wise people; there is no public display or public applause. But, says our Lord, there will be a public response to our secret prayers to the Father.

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 23-27 Memorize: John 16:8-11