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).
Needed: Great Spiritual Awakening
Dear ACTS Friend,
In today's world are we likely to ever see an end to the ever-increasing legalization and promotion of anti-Christian/anti-Biblical behaviors?
Painting “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
Used by permission.
For instance, a new California law that went into effect on January 1, nicknamed the "Bully Bill." This bill requires all licensed and unlicensed pregnancy counseling centers (which includes faith-based crisis pregnancy centers) in the state to post a government-prescribed message. It must also provide women the phone number to social services and post or distribute the following message:
"California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women."
What happens in California often spreads to the rest of the country. Thus the need for a great spiritual awakening should be the urgent message of every Christian church in the nation; and this needs to start with a clear presentation of the gospel message of Jesus Christ—the only hope for our sin-sick world.
As the late Canadian missionary pastor, Oswald Smith, rightly stated: "The supreme task of the church is the evangelization of the world." This, of course, is in direct harmony with the Great Commission from Jesus Christ who commanded us to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone everywhere" (Mark 16:15, TLB). But is this the goal of the average church?
As Christian research specialist, George Barna, stated: "Research shows that when pastors evaluate the success of their church, they measure attendance, dollars raised, number of staff, number of programs and square footage. All of those are logical measures to explore. The only problem is that Jesus did not die a horrible and unjust death on the cross to fill sanctuaries, generate cash, populate programs, hire religious professionals, or build out campuses" (www.georgebarna.com). Jesus died so souls could be saved from eternal death for all eternity.
In San Clemente, California, where Joy and I live, there are 30,000 families. I made an offer to our former pastor and one other local pastor to print and donate 30,000 copies of ACTS very attractive full-color gospel outreach brochure, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian—without having to be religious," if we could work together to help evangelize our town for Christ. God has used this message over the years to win endless numbers of people to Jesus Christ, but neither of these pastors showed any interest whatsoever. This for me would have been an invaluable investment in eternity! Furthermore, I tried to get our pastor to put a gospel message on our church website, but that got turned down too!
Friends, vigilance in making a stand for Jesus Christ, for upholding biblical morals and principles, and proclaiming the saving gospel of Jesus Christ is a critical need in this day of ever-increasing anti-Christian attacks and moral decline.
As well we know, the only hope for our sin-sick world is the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
To this task ACTS is totally committed! Daily Encounter with more than a third-of-a-million worldwide subscribers is our major gospel outreach ministry as every issue links to ACTS' major Internet gospel message: "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian—Without having to be religious!" See: http://www.actsweb.org/christian/know_god01.php
This is why we spend considerable financial resources vigorously advertising Daily Encounter worldwide every day of the year via a secular advertising source so we can reach mega thousands of unchurched people every day with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As a result, almost every day—without exception—ACTS is receiving salvation and re-commitment to Jesus Christ decision responses from around the world—including some from Muslim countries. These decisions have come from 164 countries that we know about.
Please know that your prayer and financial support is a vital part of all of ACTS' gospel outreach ministry—helping to reach people worldwide with Christ's message of salvation.
Furthermore, statistics show that every month we have visitors to ACTS gospel Internet pages, on average, from 194 countries and territories! An amazing God-given outreach opportunity!
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 every day of the year!
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
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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. 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.
2. Pray for the protection of all of ACTS ministries from evil attacks. And please pray for us personally—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
3. And please 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.