February, Issue 2

2014: Volume 3 “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Download

February, Issue 2

Letter from the Editor

Though it has been a winter wonderland here in Auburn, Indiana, the Spirit of the Lord flames as high as ever. It can be slow times like this that our dependence on God is intensified for our benefit. Abba Father, how we desire to find our security and satisfaction in You!

My cup is overflowing with wonderful news that Inspiration may be coming to a prison near you very soon. Be in prayer with us as we begin the steps to receive entry into prisons. Indiana and Florida are our target states for 2014. Beginning conversations have been great, and we are going to be submitting names soon for training and orientation. With team members such as Dan Evans and Musicianaries (Music Missionaries) The Surrendering, My Anchor Holds, Jeremiah Jones, and Red Tree, we are excited to fellowship with you while sharing the Gospel with those who need to know Christ.

Along with that, Brethren, we are now printing over 2,100 newsletters a month. Hallelujah! The Cupbearer Café will soon be filled with volunteers to print, staple, fold, and package these vehicles of the Gospel. Remember when we were rejoicing about a mailing list of 210 or 300? Praise God! And what an awesome privilege to hear from so many of you. Your letters are such an encouragement to us. Please don’t ever hesitate to write.

As I prepare a message I will be sharing this coming weekend, I keep on thinking of sitting on that bunk during count time shouting, “Foster W36706.” For five years of my life I was named with a number. Rigdel De Lardilles once wrote that every day behind those walls is a reminder of the past and its consequences (V2, I10). Even before I went to prison, people were always trying to name me as an athlete, musician, player, showboat, jerk, manipulator, or worthless. And now, after two years out, I am an ex-con who still has to deal with names society tries to put on me.

However, as Chaplain Britt preached, “Don’t let ‘em name ya!” I started learning who I was in Christ: A new creation (2 Cor. 5:7), a child of God (1 Jn. 3:1), and joint heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). He has given me a new way (Heb. 10:19-20) and filled me with a newness of spirit (Rom. 7:6). What a humbling experience to know that the God of the universe cares about us as individuals and desires fellowship with us. No name this world can place on you will separate you from the love of God (Rom. 8:38-39). Jesus is in the name-tag writing business and He has one for you. It says, “Brother or Sister.” Hallelujah!
Be inspired!

Andrew L. Foster
Inspiration Ministries INC, Director
The Cupbearer Café, Owner
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Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Editor by Andrew Foster
  • Fearless by Dan Evans
  • The Biggest Battle by Bryan Parks
  • He is Sufficient by Rigdel De Lardilles
  • The Price has been Paid by Richard Pullings
  • Do or Die by Anthony Ponds
  • You must be this Big to Ride by Paul Biles
  • An Act of Faith by Lester Schwalm
  • Step the Game Up by James Summers
  • The Source of the Battle by Crhist Bachmann

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