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

October 11

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Confucianism: The insistence that human beings are perfectible through personal and communal endeavor. The main religious belief of China looks back to Confucius (the anglicized form of Kunk Fu-tzu, or Kung the Master) about 1000 years after Moses. Confucianism is an optimistic humanism that assumes man is basically good, being opposed to the biblical doctrine that man is sinful by birth, inclination, and practice. Due to this fatal flaw, there is thought to be no need of a Savior. Confucian teachings include filial piety (devotion of younger to elder family members), benevolence, loyalty to one’s true nature, sincerity and graciousness. It is not really a religion, since there is no thought of God or an afterlife. While the ethical standards are commendable, since there is no consideration of the supernatural, man is left to his own resources, leaving him as “having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph 2:12). Pray for one-sixth of the world’s population still in this state.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 3-7  Memorize: 2 Corinthians 12:9

October 10

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Hy Pickering, born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, was raised in a religious home, but after being christened and confirmed, found he had not been converted. Not far from where he lived, some meeting began in a barn. He said the preacher “made no pretense at eloquence, wore no surplice, used no notes, and feared no man. The first night he preached on the text, ‘The wicked shall be turned into hell’ (Ps 9:17). It was resented. Yet my conscience answered, ‘It is true of you.’ Realizing I had religion without the Redeemer, I sat a hopeless, helpless sinner, anxious to be saved. The preacher pled, ‘Say in your heart, “The Son of God loved me, and gave Himself for me.”’ Acting on the advice, in desperate earnestness, I closed my eyes, clenched my fists, and from my heart said, ‘Sink or swim, just now my heart will trust Him.’ There and then, sitting on a wooden plank in a cold barn, John 5:24 became my birthday text. I had heard and believed and passed from death unto life.”

Today’s Reading: Malachi 4; Matthew 1-2  Memorize: 2 Corinthians 6:2

October 9

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It was Blaise Pascal who said: “Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ.” At the Cross we find both revealed. God’s love, mercy and justice respond to the sinner and his sin. Look at what Christ did to reconcile us to God: “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3). “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins” (1 Jn 3:5). “When He had by Himself purged our sins, [He] sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb 1:3). “God…sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:10). “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin” (2 Cor 5:21). “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Pet 2:24). “Unto Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Rev 1:5). “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age” (Gal 1:4). No wonder He could cry, “It is finished!” Hallelujah!

Today’s Reading: Malachi 1-3  Memorize: 2 Corinthians 5:21

October 8

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George Whitfield (1714-1770), who was used by God to spread the Great Awakening, became perhaps the best-known preacher in Britain and America in the 18th century. In May of 1750, after hearing Whitfield preach, John Thorpe and three friends attended a local “Hell-Fire Club,” an atheists’ gathering. To amuse his friends, with amazing accuracy Thorpe recited the sermon he had just heard Whitfield preach. With remarkable tone and clever mimicry, John Thorpe presented the preacher’s message until, suddenly, he slumped into a chair and cradled his weeping face in his hands. With a self-inflicted wound, he had been converted under his own preaching! “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb 4:12). Subsequently, John Thorpe was greatly used in Bristol in the salvation of many.

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 12-14  Memorize: 2 Corinthians 5:19

October 7

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No man is greater than his prayer life. The preacher who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be the shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows for no showing off. Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, but few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; much fashion, little passion. Failing here, we fail everywhere. The two prerequisites to successful Christian living are vision and passion, both of which are born in, and maintained by, prayer. The ministry of preaching is open to few; the ministry of prayer is open to all. God is not prodigal with His power, but to be much for God, we must be much with God. In the matter of New Testament, Spirit-inspired, hell-shaking, world-breaking, soul-winning prayer, never has so much been left by so many to so few. — Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries, pp. 7-10

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 9-11  Memorize: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

October 6

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William Williams, in his fascinating account of pioneer work in Venezuela, called It Can Be Done, tells how it was done, how a handful of missionaries, in a country one sixth the size of the U.S., carried the gospel to every city, town, and village in one generation. Facing strong opposition from the priests, long horseback rides over treacherous mountain paths, carrying loads of Bibles, books, and tracts so heavy that they often had to walk leading their mounts, with poor food and accommodations, unhealthy conditions and disease, they just kept at it, sowing the seed of God’s Word until it began to sprout here and there. Just one chapter of his book describes a 1,500-mile journey to distribute gospel literature: “We look back on our trip with joy, and marvel at what God enabled us to do—to sell six thousand books and scatter four thousand five hundred tracts in these very needy parts.” When we feel it a strain to hand out one tract, or share our faith, we would do well to read a chapter like that!

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 6-8  Memorize: 2 Corinthians 4:18

October 5

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What are the most positive and most negative sentences in the NT? The first reads, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every (lit. all) good work” (2 Cor 9:8). In the Greek, the root word for “all” occurs five times in this one sentence. The most negative verse is Hebrews 13:5, “He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Erich Sauer writes: “This sentence contains a five-fold negation, as if the text should read: ‘Not will I fail thee! Nevermore! No! Never and by no means will I forsake thee!’ Thus these two scriptures show in their harmonious contrast, positively and negatively expressed, the same precious message: Will God give me all things that are necessary and good? Yes! Five times yes! All grace! In all things! Always! All sufficiency! All good works! Will He ever forsake me? No! Five times no! Never! Nevermore! Never and by no means! In no circumstances! Therefore ‘Have faith in God!’”

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 3-5  Memorize: 2 Corinthians 4:6