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 14

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“As having nothing, and yet possessing all things” (2 Cor 6:10). Sometimes we excuse our evangelistic inactivity because of a shortage of funds. But the poverty of the early Christians was an asset, not a liability. As J.C. Ryle (1816–1900) points out: “A religion which turned the world upside down, while its first preachers were all poor men must needs have been from heaven. If the Apostles had possessed money to give their hearers, or been followed by armies to frighten them, an infidel might well deny that there was anything wonderful in their success. But the poverty of our Lord’s disciples cut away such arguments from beneath the infidel’s feet. With a doctrine most unpalatable to the natural heart, with nothing whatever to bribe or compel obedience­—a few lowly Galileans shook the world, and changed the face of the Roman empire. Only one thing can account for this. The gospel of Christ, which these men proclaimed, was the truth of God.”

Today’s Reading: Numbers 24-27  Memorize: Psalm 96:1-3

February 13

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Anthony Cetola, a young shepherd living south of Rome, jumped at the chance to emigrate to the United States. He found a night-shift job in East Orange, New Jersey and a bed at the YMCA. He had heard the Protestants might try to brainwash him, so was reluctant to accept the tract offered him on the way to work one evening. But he had been taught to be polite so he took the leaflet, but then tore it up and shoved it in his pocket for disposal later. When his shift was done, he found himself standing outside a bakery, waiting for his bus. The aroma of the fresh bread that he couldn’t afford filled his nostrils. He pushed his hands deep into his pockets to find a little warmth—and instead found the tract. Pulling a few pieces out, he saw the title: “The Bread of Life.” Overwhelmed, he hurried to his room, carefully reassembled the message, and discovered the truth of the Savior’s words: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger” (Jn 6:35).

Today’s Reading: Numbers 20-23 Memorize: Psalm 95:1

February 12

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Buddhism, founded in India by Siddharta Gautama (the Buddha, or Enlightened One) in 520 bc, has 360 million adherents. Beliefs differ: Theravada Buddhism is atheistic; Mahayana is more polytheistic. Buddha taught nothing is permanent. Life’s purpose is to avoid suffering, gain enlightenment and release from the cycle of rebirth, or at least attain a better rebirth in the next life cycle by good living. Although few Westerners officially join Buddhism, adapting certain aspects of its beliefs has become popular. Tibetan Buddhism allows for atheistic religion. Zen meditation is offered as a stress reliever. Nirvana and karma provide an alternative view to the problem of suffering, that it is your fault from previous behavior. Also some find the tolerance of many ways attractive. But in the end, Buddhism is an impersonal religion of self-perfection, the goal—extinction. How different the words of our Lord: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” (Jn 10:28).

Today’s Reading: Numbers 16-19 Memorize: Psalm 90:2

February 11

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Faith is often needed not only for spiritual efforts but for financial provision as well. In dark days, when funds were low for the China Inland Mission, Hudson Taylor received a letter from George Müller: “My chief object is to tell you that I love you in the Lord; that I feel deeply interested about the Lord’s work in China, and that I pray daily for you. I thought it might be a little encouragement to you in your difficulties, trials, hardships, and disappointments to hear of one more who feels for you and who remembers you before the Lord. But were it otherwise…you will always have the Lord to be with you…On Him then reckon, to Him look, on Him depend: and be assured that if you walk with Him, look to Him and expect help from Him, He will never fail you…He has always appeared for my help. I delight in speaking well of His Name.” Müller’s gifts over the following years amounted to $10,000 per annum, the exact sum they had fallen behind at that time.

Today’s Reading: Numbers 12-15  Memorize: Psalm 71:1

February 10

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John Townsend was born into a well-to-do family in Exeter, England. At the age of 20, while studying to become a clergyman, he realized to his shock that he was an unconverted man himself. He abandoned the ambition of his life which he had chosen, feeling he could not lead others to Christ until he himself was a believer. One day he noticed a Bible in a shop window and, inquiring further, was lead to Christ by the woman who would become his wife. His parents became so distressed and angry at the step he had taken, that they disinherited him. For 25 years he sought reconciliation with them, but to no avail. But one day he was informed by J.N. Darby that “his parents were in need of help.” John discovered that through poor investments they had lost everything. Taking them into his home, John had the joy of seeing both his parents trust Christ when they were both past 80 years of age. Thus is the servant of God described, “as poor, yet making many rich” (2 Cor 6:10).

Today’s Reading: Numbers 9-11   Memorize: Psalm 55:22

February 9

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“For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Cor 16:9). “Praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ…” (Col 4:3). “Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles” (Ac 14:27). Like a Solomonic triple gate, these three doors must be opened if we are to carry the gospel to the hearts of those still held captive by the “strong man armed” (Lk 11:21). First, we need to pray to the One who opens doors (Rev 3:7) for a great door of opportunity, as Paul received (1 Cor 16:9). Then we need to pray for a door of utterance, that the Lord would give us wisdom to speak the right words in the right way to the hearers (Col 4:3). Finally we need to pray that these souls still held captive will respond in faith, and have the doors of their hearts swing open to the light, life and love in Christ Jesus.

Today’s Reading: Numbers 6-8  Memorize: Psalm 51:5

February 8

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One evening, H.A. Ironside came upon a gospel meeting at the corner of Market and Grant in San Francisco. When they recognized Ironside, they asked if he would give his testimony. As he closed, a well-dressed man gave him a card. He read it aloud: “Sir, I challenge you to debate in the Academy of Science Hall next Sunday afternoon at four.” Ironside replied that he would agree with certain conditions. The atheist must bring one man and one woman whose lives had been wrecked by sin, but who had entered one of his meetings, heard his glorification of agnosticism and whose hearts were so deeply stirred that they went away saying, ‘This is what I need to deliver me from the slavery of sin!’ and as a result found that the sins they once loved they now hated, and they were entirely new. If so, said Ironside, he would bring 100 who had been gloriously saved through believing the gospel. With a wry smile, the infidel doffed his hat and slipped into the night.

Today’s Reading: Numbers 3-5  Memorize: Psalm 46:1