A word from God’s Word:“It is God himself, in his mercy, who has given us this wonderful work [of telling his Good News to others], and so we never give up” (2 Corinthians 4:1, TLB).
Will I Make a Difference?
Dear ACTS Friend,
Our Daily Encounter that was titled, "Same-Sex Marriage: Where Will It lead?" was based on God's Word that said, "Do not practice homo-sexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin" (Leviticus 18:22).
Painting “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
Used by permission.
You can imagine the responses we received. Some subscribers appreciated it. Others—just the opposite! As expected, some unsubscribed. The reality is, however, we cannot go against God's laws without reaping disastrous consequences.
As another writer stated: "When judges, legislators, or the people have the hubris [wanton insolence] to deceive themselves into thinking they can violate these [God's] laws without consequences, they are blind to history and the Scriptures. Deconstructing marriage will be the end of freedom or the beginning of a new revolution." It also does great damage to the children of these marriages helping to distort their sexual identity. We simply cannot go against God’s plan and design without disastrous results.
Regardless of today's ever increasing pressure ACTS goal is never to be politically correct or to be people pleasers. With God's help our goal is always to be truth-tellers—based on God's truth, the Bible— regardless of the consequences. Doing so we know that we will lose, not only subscribers, but also financial supporters when we proclaim God's "hot-button" truths.
Tragically, it has become glaringly obvious that the US is in a continuing moral decline—no doubt as a result of the increasing anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Christian movement in this country. Added to this tragedy is that the church in the USA today, according to the highly respected Barna Research Group, is also in decline. That some churches are now marrying gay couples and ordaining homosexual pastors is also shocking evidence of this.
ACTS Daily Encounter (with its more than a third-of-a-million worldwide subscribers) continues to be under attack by several servers that are blocking it from hundreds of subscribers. It is being treated as spam just because it is bulk email—and we never spam anyone. As reported earlier, over the past 12-18 months we have lost over 40,000 subscribers as a result. No doubt we are being blocked because we are a Biblically based gospel ministry?
In a very real sense it is a valid sign of God's blessing knowing that Satan despises ACTS gospel outreach and will do all he possibly can to block and destroy us. As a result ACTS ministry is in urgent need of continual prayer support for God's protection, as well as His continued blessing, so that thousands more people will be won to Jesus Christ.
On a recent Saturday night Joy and I were listening to gospel music and heard the song; "Did I Make a Difference?" The following lyrics were tremendously challenging:
“I can't help but ask myself when I lay down at night / Did I make a difference in some body's life? / What hurts did I heal? / What wrongs did I right? / Did I raise my
voice in defense of the truth? / Did I lend my hand to the destitute? / When my race is run, when my song is sung / Will I have to wonder, did I make a difference? /
Did I make a difference?"
The exciting news is that—working together—we can make a tremendous difference in thousands of lives every day of the year. This is because every weekday via Daily Encounter, ACTS is communicating a message from God's Word, including the gospel, to 376,000+ worldwide subscribers. Thousands more are being reached via ACTS web pages and Weekend Encounter. As the stats show, on average, people from 194 countries and territories visit ACTS web pages every month!
Best of all, since going online in 1998, ACTS has received 44,760 salvation and re-commitment to Jesus Christ decision responses from 168 countries that we know about. This is an incredible God-given opportunity to help make a difference in thousands of lives for all eternity!
Your prayer and support is thus a vital part of achieving these God-given results and is greatly appreciated! It is making a great difference!
With all that is happening in today's world worldwide it certainly appears that the setting of the stages—both for the return of Jesus Christ and the entrance of the Antichrist world leader—is accelerating. For instance, Jesus said that when the gospel is preached in all the world, then would the end come. Today with all the incredible modern means of communication the gospel is speeding to the ends of the earth as never before in all of human history!
In the mean time we as the body of Christ need to do everything in our power to reach as many people as possible worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is Christ's commission to every believer! ACTS truly thanks God for the privilege of having a part in what He is doing in the world today by reaching people worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ—the only hope of our sin-sick world!
In the past year we have lost many monthly supporters, so will you please pray that God will lay this need for replacement of lost supporters on the heart of many of our more than a third-of-a-million Daily Encounter subscribers.
Please know that your prayer and financial support is a great need and is always greatly appreciated. It is a vital part of ACTS gospel outreach and will continue to make a difference in mega thousands of lives.
As you stand with us again this month in prayer and financial support, may God richly bless and reward you in His own abundant way—as together by God’s grace we are making a difference in many thousands of lives worldwide!
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
Publishing the Gospel
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P.S. Please consider using the ACTS Business Witness Cards—a very simple, tactful and effective way to witness for Christ. For Witness Cards ... see below!
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUESTS
1. Pray for the family of ACTS former Board Chairman, Earl Davis, for comfort following the passing of Earl in late May.
2. Some email servers continue to block Daily Encounter treating it as spam just because it is bulk email and we never ever spam anyone. Pray that this can be defeated. This blocking has cause a loss of more than 40,000 subscribers in the past year.
3. Pray for the protection of all of ACTS ministries from evil attacks. And please pray for us personally—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
4. And please do pray for God's continued and increased financial support so we can advertise more widely to reach mega-thousands more unsaved people worldwide with the gospel.
Donations can be sent on the ACTS secure donor site at: https://actscom.com/donate.php. Donations can be sent via the mail/post to ACTS International at the address below.
Donations can also be sent via direct bank transfer to the bank account of ACTS International. For information on how to do this, please check HERE and then check the box
NOTE: ACTS International is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.
U.S. donations are tax-deductible.
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Continued need for special prayer. As noted before, this past year we lost one half of our regular monthly supporters; thus there is a vital need to replace these donors so we can maintain our uncompromising gospel outreach.
Additional Outreach Opportunities: Ralph Porter, a military chaplain, forwards many issues of Daily Encounter to those to whom he ministers. In doing so he is reaching many service personnel with the gospel of Jesus Christ. So we encourage you to also forward copies of Daily Encounter to friends and contacts to help share the message of Jesus Christ with them.
ACTS International P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, CA 92673
Business Witness Cards
Business witness cards are available to invite friends and contacts to visit a Good News website where the gospel and Christian message is applied to the every day needs of readers and communicated in non-churchy language.
Witness cards are also available for People Power for Jesus movement, and more. These offer a simple, attractive and non-threatening way to help spread the gospel around the world via the Internet. These cards come in packs of 50 and are available on line for a small cost to cover the cost of printing and shipping.
NOTE: Good News Business Witness cards are available in packs of 50 for: “Thank You for your friendly service,” “Find Peace With God,” “Daily Encounter” “USA.” “Canada,” “The World,” “How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian,” “Thank You US Marines and Families,” “People Power Invitation,” “Good News for San Clemente” and in “Spanish” for a donation as small as $5 or more.
See samples at: http://actscom.com/witness_cards.php.