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May, Issue 5

2013: Volume 2 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called to His eternal in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”1 Peter 5:10 Download

May, Issue 5

Letter from the Editor

I appreciate that God reminds us what is important as a part of His ministry. As you have read the last couple months, we are in the middle of a remodel with The Cupbearer Café and the Fellowship Center here in Auburn, Indiana. As seems to be normal in these processes, wrenches get thrown in to slow things down in attempts to deter the objective. However, in the midst of all the conversations, meetings, and paperwork, God has proven faithful not only in the results, but also in the resolve He has placed in our hearts to remind us that this ministry is certainly about Him and the people we serve.

This past Friday, we had a great band from Ft. Wayne named Jacob’s Well. The music was excellent, loud, and they shared the Gospel message crystal clear. We had a good crowd and the café was busy. Then, at the end of the night, my friend, Paco, brings in a young man named Tim. You could tell Tim was lost in many regards. They came in the front door, walked through the Fellowship Center right by the band and the crowd, and passed the café counter without ordering a drink. Tim didn’t come here that night to hear a band or drink coffee. He came because he was at his end. An addiction had pulled him under for the past year, and now he was sitting in front of me with tear-filled eyes saying, “I’ve tried everything. I’m sick of feeling this way. What can I do?”

It reminded me of the tear-filled morning I had in the dayroom at Quincy Annex CI a few years ago when I said the same things to God. That morning God said, “Trust Me. Lay everything down and just trust Me.” I echoed the same words to Tim that night. We talked about a God who intimately loves us and sent His Son to die for us on that cross. We talked about the value his life has in God’s loving eyes. We talked about a relationship that allows for restoration to begin in our soul, spirit, and body. I encouraged him to join the race for an imperishable crown. That night, the name Tim Ziems was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and the angels rejoiced as if it was the first person ever to receive God’s free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

That is what God’s ministry is all about, Brothers and Sisters.It is about souls coming into the Kingdom. It is about His people, those He calls His children and those who are in the process of being saved. Let us make ourselves available to be a part of the means of His salvation. We are in this together!

Inspired by Him,

Andrew L. Foster

Inspiration Ministries INC, Director 

The Cupbearer Café, Owner 

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Editor, by Andrew Foster                                           
  • The Finch, by Cheryl Myers                                             
  • Accountability in Focus, by Don Chaffin                                               
  • Apostleship & Working w/ Angels, by Christian Pederson                                    
  • Qualifying the Chosen, by Christopher Bachmann                     
  • Talk is Cheap, by Kenneth Thurman
  • Shouting in Our Pain, by Larry Edwards
  • Submitting to Authority, by John Kuhle
  • I Almost Gave Up, by Richard Pullings
  • The Best Part of Falling Down, by Joshua Douglass

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