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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).
Today’s Good News is greater than all the Bad News
Painting “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
Used by permission.
Dear ACTS Friend,
A personal friend was flying home from Europe over the Ukraine just a few hours before Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was blasted out of the sky by terrorists. He was greatly relieved that the airplane he was on wasn’t the one that was shot down.
Around the world there are increasing attacks on Christians. Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to kill all the Christians they can … and all the Americans, Westerners, and especially Jews. We in the West know nothing of persecution—but without a great spiritual awakening that day is bound to be coming.
Add to this is the ever increasing moral decline in the US including that of the Presbyterian Church USA again affirming the acceptance of homosexual pastors and the marrying of homosexual couples, and the fact that 40% of children in the U.S. are born out of wedlock—that’s up from 18% in 1980! (http://tinyurl.com/ovoemt). In 20 years this equals 34 million more “fatherless” children (http://tinyurl.com/27avvxn).
Can you imagine what these upcoming generations will be like with so many children growing up fatherless? Tragically, many fatherless children have major personal problems, and so many are involved in crime. These children and their mothers certainly need our prayers and God’s gift of salvation. We simply cannot improve on God’s design for the family, nor can we neglect God’s moral laws—all given for mankind’s wellbeing and protection. We ignore these to our peril.
It certainly seems like so much of today’s news is bad news … But praise God there’s lots of Good News … among which is the fact that God has given His people today some of the greatest means of communications ever for publishing the gospel via the electronic media including e-Mail and the World Wide Web (Internet). It is a wonderful privilege for ACTS to have a small part in what God is doing in the world today in reaching people worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Equally exciting Good News is that almost every day of the year ACTS continues to receive salvation and re-commitment to Jesus Christ response decisions from around the world. Since going on line a decade-and-a-half ago we have received 43,918 decision for Christ responses from 165 countries that we know about. These countries— from Accra to Zimbabwe—are online at: www.actsweb.org/response_countries.php. Be sure to see this list as it is extremely encouraging.
It is also a blessing to receive many responses from Daily Encounter subscribers and visitors from ACTS websites such as the following from Bruce S: “Dear Dick and Joy, I have been involved with the Internet for many years and see the good that it can provide. I want to thank you for your wonderful website and Daily Encounter emails. I find more inspiration and blessings in your messages than any other online resources.”
And Pastor P.E. said, “Daily Encounter is truly a blessing. I love the topical issues that are being treated daily. I am glad to have subscribed to Daily Encounter. Thank you.”
If ever there were a day when the Church—and we individual Christians—needed to do everything in our power to greatly increase the communication of the gospel of Jesus Christ—the only hope for our sin-sick world—IT IS TODAY!
If we don’t reach our nation (and many other nations) for Christ, of one thing we can be certain … not only will we see an ever accelerating moral decline, but we are just as likely to see an ever increasing growth of Is-am—that has been reported as the fastest growing religion in the USA, and the world! See http://tinyurl.com/2abt9vc.
Most tragic of all is the fact that people without Christ are eternally lost—without hope forever! But this is where you and we can vitally help!
For example, your support makes the mission of ACTS possible! This mission is to communicate the gospel to as many people as we possibly can while the doors of opportunity are so wide open. In addition to our gospel websites, our most effective outreach tool is Daily Encounter—now going to 373,000+ worldwide subscribers every weekday of the year. Almost every single day we are receiving decisions for Christ—either for salvation or re-commitment to Christ.
It is our prayer and financial supporters who have made and are making all of ACTS Gospel outreach possible. For your help we will be eternally grateful.
Being in the low income summer months, and with the loss of many of our monthly supporters because of the U.S. economy, these are very challenging days for ACTS to keep on reaching so many people around the world for Christ. In fact, we are behind $7,000 in support income and are unable to pay currently due expenses. Please pray that God will meet this need.
If you are not a regular supporter, will you prayerfully consider what God might have you do to stand with us with your monthly support.
I am always challenged by God’s word that says, "If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow—perhaps it all will" (Ecclesiastes 4:6, TLB).
As you stand with us again this month, may God richly bless and reward you in His own abundant way.
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
P.S. "Our greatest legacy will be those who live eternally in heaven because of our efforts.”
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Continued need for special prayer. This year we have lost one third of our regular monthly supporters; thus there is a vital need to replace these donors so we can maintain our uncompromising gospel outreach.
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Memorial Gifts for 2014
Aavakivi, Ilmar-Erik: in memory of Ukrainian victims of Communist terror.
Biedron, Sandra: in memory of Albert Lloyd Hopkins.
Carpio, Teresa See: in memory of Betty Cecilia See Wah Carpio.
Glasscock, James: in memory of Charales and Gune Glasscock.
Hope, Sally: in memory of her loving father, Roy E. Johnson.
Hull, Jon: in memory of Our Military Veterans.
Williams, Cynthia: in memory of William E. Hinson, Jr., and Evelyn