News from Paul and Joyce Travis
“I am the resurrection and the Life.” John 11:25
This is a wonderful truth, Jesus Christ IS the resurrection and the life. Recorded here in John 11 is the account of Lazarus’s death and the resulting grief that his sisters, Mary and Martha, experienced. But Jesus was there with the encouraging words mentioned above.
We want this letter to let you know some of the activity in our lives. We cannot possibly express sufficiently our thanks to you all for all the prayer, gifts and encouragements that you have expressed the past two months.
We have looked for three years to find someone that was able and willing to perform the needed surgery that was required for Joyce to be able to chew food. Our dentist had advised her to have her upper teeth removed and use an upper denture which has never worked due to gagging and ill-fitting. We did not know until all the upper teeth were removed that her ridge was not wide enough to use implants.
We believe that the Lord had it planned for Rich Miller, the president of our ministry, to direct us to his brother-in-law, an oral surgeon, in Georgia. In December he performed surgery and included bone grafting and placing four implants. After proper healing there will be more surgery in June for the caps and a denture.
Though this has been on our minds, we have been very busy with the ministry we love, that of leading people to freedom in Christ. We have had a real joy in mentoring pastors and other Christians. Counseling has been increasing, with several couples who have been led individually. With the ladies Joyce has always been a prayer partner. Teaching and preaching has been a delight. PRAISE THE LORD.
GOD WILL NOT PERMIT MANKIND TO FORGET THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. Every time we:
Look at a calendar
Write a check
Go to work
Collect or pay rent
Get a receipt
Make a bank deposit
Make a date
Sign a contract
Dictate a document
Read a paper
Pay a electric bill
Draw up a will
Buy a vehicle
GOD CRIES, A. D. A. D. A. D.
John 20:2 – 8 gives us a very encouraging account with Peter and John running to the tomb that first Resurrection morning. There are three original words for saw. Because John was younger, he outran Peter to the tomb. And it says that be stooped down and looked in the tomb. This word is a general word for seeing.
When Peter arrived, it says that he went right into the tomb and saw the linen clothes and the face cloth lying separately. This word for saw means to view with interest and contemplation. The third word means “to attain to true knowledge”. When John went in the tomb, it says that he “saw and believed.” This word for saw means that he saw the significance and what the situation meant. When he saw the grave clothes and the face cloth neatly folded separately, be knew exactly what it meant. When a body has been wrapped in cloth and the body has been removed without unraveling the cloth it means that Jesus came out of that cloth miraculously. In other words, HE AROSE.
We pray for you all and we desire you to pray for us. We thank you for your support and God bless you!
Together for His glory,
Paul and Joyce
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