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May, Issue 5

2014: Volume 3

“God has chosen the foolish things are the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things that are strong” 1 Corinthians 1:27

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May, Issue 5

Letter from the Editor

The Lord made no mistake when He placed us in downtown Auburn. I can walk out our front doors, stand on 7th street, and see the courthouse, police station, county jail, and probation office. Wow! There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t be very comfortable with that, but God has seen fit to place Inspiration Ministries close to those we are trying to reach. Thank you, Jesus!

So, a couple weeks ago, Nick walks in the door looking raggedy, asking to use a phone. He had just got out of jail. The funny thing was that he went to the liquor store to use the phone and they refused him. Where do you think he ended up? Right here in a Christian café called the Cupbearer. Praise God. Ministry volunteers Bo, Joe, and Alexis were busying themselves getting ready for the event that evening and I got a chance to share the Gospel with Nick. He said, “I got to read the Bible for a few hours, but then they took it from me. I need to get me one of those.” How ironic that I got to point him to our newly-acquired bookstore and pick him out a Life Recovery Bible. He kept on saying that he needed to change his life. He knew the “Lord” would play a part in that, but wasn’t sure how. We talked about who God and Jesus are, and the provision of salvation God made through His Son. Nick didn’t make a commitment to Christ that day, but a good lesson was learned that is important for all of us to know who desire to reach others for Christ.

Brethren, please do not be deceived by those who foolishly say that most Americans know about Jesus and salvation. That is a lie. Nick had no idea. He talked about the Lord as if He was some imaginary idea, not the Savior of the world who we know by name as Jesus Christ. I pray that you will join me in the effort to share the Gospel in a comprehensible way, so that the Holy Spirit can breathe new life into those who are desperate for change.

On both sides of the wall, men and women are looking to submit their lives to something or someone if they believe peace and transformation can be achieved. False gods such as substances and other religions are running rampant because people are gasping for air, and we often neglect providing the connection to Christ. When we do that, we are doing them a disservice because we are only presenting options that are temporary instead eternal.

“Lord, Jesus, please use us on both sides of the wall to increase Your Kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven.” We love you, Brothers and Sisters, and we are praying for you. We covet your prayers as well. We are in this together!

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Editor by Andrew Foster
  • Who am I? by Dan Konoff
  • Where is God Calling You? by Dan Evans
  • Behind the Walls by Christ Bachmann
  • How Much Does it Hurt? by David Owen
  • My Testimony by Errol Mumby
  • Once Lost, but Now Found by James Summers
  • The Lone Mockingbird by Bryan Parks
  • A Testimony by Billy Aaron
  • Walking in the Spirit by Christ Bachmann

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