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June, Issue 6

2015: Volume 4

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Song of Solomon 8:6

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June, Issue 6

Letter from the Editor

Focus on the things you are doing, not on the things that are yet to be done.” I just spoke those words to my wife, Kirsten, as a reminder that we need not worry about the things to come, when we can celebrate the incredible things the Lord is doing. We are certainly in a new season of ministry and, most important, family with our little LillyAnn approaching three months old. Hallelujah for God’s faithfulness!

And there is nothing greater than rejoicing with the angels above when somebody allows Jesus to take control of his or her life. I had the privilege of speaking at a recent Thursday Inspiration Fellowship service. I spoke about the ministry of reconciliation from 2 Corinthians 5, and afterward, Tony (the 24 year old young man staying at the house) came up to me and asked, "What does reconciliation mean?" Would you believe it, 15 minutes later Tony opened his own mouth to ask Jesus if He would come in and save his life. Hallelujah! This is what it is all about. We are truly blessed to be given the word of reconciliation. We must remember that we don’t get to pass the buck on our position to be ambassadors for Christ and peacemakers of God.

You’ve been reading about our efforts to offer a step-up house for transition, and we are proud to announce that Inspiration House is officially underway. Though it is a smaller part of the bigger picture, it is a blessing to get started in helping men transition. We are currently limited by space, so this isn’t going to answer all the questions for everybody. Many testimonies are going to arise, and the Lord will be glorified. Our commitment is to be a part of the Lord’s plan in finding out how we can best serve those who are in need. Keep praying, Brethren. It will be a tough road, but one we know the Lord will lead us on.

To be honest, I have been struggling with thinking that I am growing more and more inadequately equipped to serve the Lord in this director capacity. I feel like the epitome of those fishermen following Jesus simply because He asked them to. The Bible tells us the apostles were untrained and uneducated, and even though I have a college degree, I find myself remembering Isaac Williams with Inspired by Love confirming that the only degree we need is in “Knee-ology.”

Inspiration was founded upon these scriptures, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). “Lord Jesus, swing wide the doors you want us to walk through, and slam shut the ones you don’t. In Jesus name, Amen.” Let us look up to make sure He is always at the front!


Inspired by the joy of Your salvation,

Andrew L. Foster Inspiration Ministries, Director

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Director by Andrew Foster
  • Guard Thine Heart by Ray Carlton
  • Vulnerability by Kirsten Foster
  • Decision Time by Dan Evans
  • Minstrel Minister Across America by Greg Lamoureux
  • How do I live... by John Kuhle
  • Rest for my Soul by Erik Barels
  • We Inmates by John Kuhle
  • What will it Take / Fire that Burns by Darryl Myers / Chad Andersons
  • Believing His Promises by Dr. Chris Bachmann

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