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).
God's GOOD news is always greater than all of
today's BAD news!
Dear ACTS Friend,
Again we thank every ACTS support partner for your faithful support that keeps ACTS on the front line of worldwide gospel outreach every day—all year long! Your support is a vital part in helping to make this possible.
Painting “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
Used by permission.
Following is some of what today's Christians are up against.
According to David Bruce of HollywoodJesus.com, "Of 30,000
Christian websites less than 1% are evangelistic. There are
50 million pornographic websites. Comics are the No.1 literature
that is read. All the while we are in a visual age."
We are also living in a highly technical age, which is also very visual, as millions of people are connected to the Internet every day of the year via desktop and laptop computers, and on today's incredibly popular hand held electronic devices—everywhere we go we see these all over the place.
If ever there were a day when today's Church needs to be on the front line of electronic communications publishing the gospel, THAT UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY IS TODAY!
Unfortunately, as David Bruce's report implies, most church websites are designed to minister to its members which is fine, but they are not designed to reach those outside the Church who urgently need to hear and receive the gospel.
More and more it seems that today's Church, instead of impacting the culture, is allowing the culture to impact the Church. Some of the changes we have made are designed to reach today's youth but as a whole this isn’t working.
As noted before, according to our former pastor, "The fastest growing church in the U.S.A. today is the 'church of none.'" That is, more and more people are dropping out of the church. This situation is confirmed by the respected Barna Research Group [Christian] showing that today's Church in the U.S. is in decline.
Furthermore, as the Barna Group reports: "2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population." Barna asks, "Is America a post-Christian nation? Not quite—but in just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as 'post-Christian' rose by seven points (from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015), bringing the number very near the halfway mark. Across the United States, cities in every state are becoming more post-Christian."
TV commentator, Glen Beck, stated that: "Millions of Americans believe our nation is in trouble. A troubled economy, attacks on our homeland, corrupt leadership and floundering educational and health care systems threaten to wreak havoc on this country." I certainly don't agree with Beck's theology, but I can't disagree with what he is saying here.
While today's BAD news is a reality, instead of bemoaning this fact let us see it as a challenge and praise God for all the overwhelming GOOD news! For instance, God has given today's Church more means to reach people worldwide with the gospel than ever before. Even in ACTS office with only two staff, Joy and myself, we operate from our home in what was a bedroom so we don't have any outside office overhead expenses, but with today's modern means of communication—on average every month—we are seeing 80,000+ people from 194 countries and territories visit the ACTS gospel websites.
In addition: 376,385 Subscribers to ACTS Daily Encounter are receiving messages from God's Word EVERY weekday of the year—all year long!
This, of course, doesn't happen by chance. We advertise aggressively via the secular media so as to reach as many non-Christians as possible. As you can imagine this advertisisng is NOT cheap! It costs a lot of funds!
Besides these many monthly Internet visitors ACTS Daily Encounter has well over
a-third-of-a-million worldwide subscribers who receive the Encounter e-mail devotional every weekday of the year. Keep in mind, too, that every issue has a link to the Internet message: "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian"—a simple and clearly stated salvation message which God has used to win numerous people to Christ. You can see this message online at: www.actsweb.org/christian.
Here's GREAT ENCOURAGING NEWS: Since going online in 1998 acts has received 44,647 decision for Christ responses from 164 countries that we know about from ACTS Internet and Daily Encounter ministry! There's rarely a day all year long when we don't receive decision for Jesus Christ responses!
We also receive encouraging e-mail messages from Daily Encounter subscribers who are also being blessed and helped through this ministry. A typical example is from Steve D, a school teacher from Canada who, writing about Daily Encounter, said, "Again and again, thank you for such special e-mails!"
We certainly count it a wonderful God-given privilege to be able to reach so many people every day worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. For this we will be eternally grateful. We are also truly grateful for every one of our prayer and support partners who, as a vital part of ACTS gospel outreach ministry, through your prayer and financial support are keeping ACTS on the frontline of worldwide gospel outreach every day of the year.
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
Publishing the Gospel
24 Hours a Day ... 365 Days a Year
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.