Summer Newsletter – 2016

Here is a PDF copy: Summer_2016

We never cease being amazed how the Lord uses faithful people like yourselves to provide for the needs of this ministry. Many are finding freedom in Christ from all kinds of needs. We thank you for your part in making this all possible.
Helping hurting people and those that just need freedom from bondages is continuing. We minister often at our home church. Also we have been proclaiming our message to other churches. For example the Pisgah Forest Baptist Church near Brevard, NC. Recently we spoke there on Sunday morning. As a result we have been engaged for ten Sunday evenings speaking on “Grace vs. Legalism,”taken from our book, “Grace That Breaks the  Chains.”
We have enjoyed good health for decades.but our doctor just found two large kidney stones that need to be removed. Please pray that our series of messages will not be interrupted too much. Also after the series is over, the Lord willing, we will be ministering another series on Grace and Freedom at Ridgecrest Conference Center, speaking three times to the Association of Christian Chiropractors (mentioned on the Internet). This will involve many across the United States.In the past they have usually met annually out west, but have chosen to meet in the east this year.
We are mentoring a couple on Sunday afternoons. This has enabled them to teach in our church. They teach at public school and have been enjoying attending the baptisms of some of their students, who ask them to attend at their churches.
Labor Day weekend will soon be here, a weekend where over 125,000 extra people come to our town for the Apple Festival. Main Street is closed for ten blocks and arejust 50 feet from the front door of our church. Tents will be put up and tables to give out gospels of John and Mark along with gospel tracts.
This also will include special gifts for the children. Please pray that we will be effective in witnessing to many about the love that God has for them and that they can know our Savior personally.
With all our busy schedule we didn’t plan Joyce breaking off a tooth and probably requiring removal of other teeth and replacing with a full denture.
Many of us believers have grown up with a lot of legalism, which means that we endeavored to win points with God by our behavior and do’s and don’ts. We praise the Lord for grace that doesn’t lower the standards, but raises them. The wonderful thing is that we are not under law but under grace. We have the completed scriptures and the Holy Spirit to rest upon to allow Christ to live His life in us with victory.
Very often we incorporate the contrast between legalism and grace. This does not mean that we can be casual or do as we please; but it means that we surrender to Jesus Christ and allow Him to live His life in and through us, who will always please His Father.
We ask you to pray that God will be the Great Physician to us to enable us to lead more people to enjoy freedom in Christ. We praise the Lord for the wonderful results of what proclaiming freedom and grace with the amazing love of Christ. We haven’t had to miss a beat yet; but we’re trusting the Lord to finish well. It’s such a blessing to be able to trust the Lord and depend upon Him to accomplish His perfect will.

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Spring Newsletter – 2016

PDF copy is here:  Spring_2016 prayer letter

We want to express our appreciation for your prayers and gifts to this ministry. The verse that the Lord has given us is Psalm 37:7: “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”We have to remember that we are totally dependent upon the Lord, for we cannot accomplish anything apart from him.

Our desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is for the Lord to flood our hearts with His love so that He will use us as we help Christians needing help. We are finding that the Lord wants every phase of our life to be a phase of love.

We often pray for the Lord to keep us from being involved in co-dependency because we who counsel can fall into this. It simply is gaining value and worth by rescuing people. It also is a matter of enabling and over protecting. We can easily think that we’re gaining worth by rescuing people. However, it must be accomplished by the Lord and as the result of an individual’s actions.
We cannot do any of the following for someone else: each of us has to do it our self.

  • Think (Phil. 4:8)
  • Put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11 -18)
  • Take every thought captive (II Cor. 10:4-5)
  • Resist the devil (James 4:7)
  • Renounce (II Cor. 4:2)
  • Pray (Eph. 6: 18; I Thess. 5: 17)
  • Confess ( Rom. 10:9-10)
  • Stand firm (Eph.6:13-14)
  • Forgive (Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13)

When we accepted Christ as our personal Savior, we made a choice. The decisions we make every day are choices. Deut. 30:19 describes the Lord saying: “I have set before you life and death…therefore choose life….”  Joshua reminded Israel of God’s grace and blessings, and exhorted them: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24: 15).  Heb. 1 1 :15 records the tremendous choice that Moses made.

In discipleship counseling we have often found that people are continuing to ask God to take away their desire to participate in a certain sin, with no seeming answer from God. Our hearts go out for people who continually ask God to act when God is waiting for them to take a definite step away from the sin.  A person shared that he was being attacked by Satan, who was saying: “You keep asking God to take away your desire and He hasn’t done it. What kind of a god do you have anyhow?” When he took specific action, he soon had victory. Praise the Lord.
Because of the calls we receive, we sense churches and individuals are drifting from real victorious living. Many are experiencing all kinds of spiritual battles and pressure. Please pray that we will have the wisdom of the Lord and patience in helping these precious believers. We desperately need your prayers and we are very thankful for how you all have been standing with us. May the Lord receive all the praise.

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Spring Devotional & Prayer Letter

Our current personal prayer letter in PDF is available here: Spring Ministry Letter 2016


PT_Easter_16Many of you have blessed our hearts as we have been conscience of your prayers and gifts to this ministry. We thank you for your faithfulness and gifts of sacrifice.We praise the Lord for wanting to use you  to help in this ministry, leading people to have freedom in Christ. Nothing is as wonderful and precious as knowing that we serve a risen Savior.

Angels Proclaim His Resurrection, and the book of Acts records the apostles heralding Christ’s resurrection. If the resurrection had not occurred our faith would be empty and without foundation. Just think, if Christ had not risen from.the dead, where would this leave us? What assurance would we have about anything in life? Our confidence, our thoughts about death and our hope about existence after this life would all be affected. Our hope extends beyond this duration on earth because Jesus truly has risen from the dead. The Roman soldiers could not prevent it, and this great event has been proclaimed  ever   since.

The Empty Tomb Displays It. Not only was Christ’s grave empty, many other graves were opened (Matt. 27:Sl-S4). A great miracle was evident because Christ’s grave clothes were left neatly and all in place. These kind of grave clothes could not appear to be undisturbed, for they would be in a heap. This resurrection was a tremendous miracle.

Christ’s Appearances Confirm It. In Acts 1:2-3 it states: “Until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also prevented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proof, being seen by them during forty days…”

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection…in every leaf in spring-time.We continue to be experiencing more and more discipleship counseling opportunities by phone and many coming to our offices at home. Speaking in churches is increasing, and our ministry of mentoring has also grown; so pray that we will receive the wisdom that we need from the Lord. We thank the Lord for individuals that seem like blotters, taking in God’s Word. Time is so filled and rewarded with people wanting to know the freedom that comes in yielding to the Lord. We will be glad to find that there are no clocks in Heaven. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom.10:9). Thanks so much for your prayers and gifts. May the Lord reward you graciously.

The greatest truth is that our Redeemer lives. With this in mind, we wish you a most blessed and joyful Resurrection season.

Paul & Joyce

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Christmas 2015 Update

Hear is our year-end prayer letter for 2015. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas letter 12_15 Page 1

Christmas letter 12_15 Page 2

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Thanksgiving 2015 Update

Hear is our prayer letter on the theme of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving – Page 1

Thanksgiving – Page 2

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June 2015 Ministry Update / Devotional Letter

The LORD is my light and my salvation.
Psalm 27:1

The Gospel means good news: “Christ died for our sins…was buried and rose again the third day ….” (I Cor. 15: 3-4). It expresses God’s love, but is wrapped up in His grace. This is the message that we share and you make possible. We never cease marveling how the Lord guides you to pray for us and provide the necessary funds. There have been changes that had to be made to enable us to cut the expenses; but the load has not decreased and there have still been many people set free by the Lord. We have known that we could not do it, but God has set many free.
Many hours have been spent in discipleship counseling, speaking and mentoring. The variety seems to characterize this ministry. God’s grace causes wonderful results to happen. We praise the Lord for how gracious He has been; and we thank you all for sacrificing to provide the needed support. One day we will fully know and understand what God has done.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found was blind but now I sec.

‘Twas grace that wrote my name in life’s eternal book.
‘Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb who all my sorrows took.
Grace was enormously expensive for God. Yet there’s nothing we can offer to pay for it. Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable about sinning is not Biblical grace. God’s grace never encourages us to live in sin; on the contrary, it empowers us to say No to sin and Yes to Truth.
The question is not what arc we to do and not do, but is God pleased and magnified. It is not about us; it is all about Him.
It has been a tremendous privilege to sec what God has done by His grace. We will never fully understand the grace of God. “May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you” (I Pet. 5:10).
Many have a deep longing for a more intimate and personal relationship to the God of grace. God has always expressed His grace through the ages; but now grace reigns. He is more ready to express His grace than His judgment.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (II Cor. 9:8). “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved (Christ) ” (Eph. 1:6). We need to praise the Lord abundantly for His wonderful grace.

Grace is God’s favor to those that deserve loss, but put their trust in Him. However, where there is pride, there is no room for grace.

Charles Swindoll says: “There is a compelling call to accept the grace that has been freely given, to enthusiastically embrace and carefully protect the freedom it provides, and to experience the joyful and abundant life that God desires for us.”
Martin Lloyd Jones shares: “What I am interested in is not what I was but what I am, and I am what I am by the grace of God.” Christ became poor so that wc might become eternally rich. This is the high cost of grace.

Here are some gems from Charles Stanley: “You can work a lifetime to be good and perfect and not be any better off than when you first started…Jesus sympathizes with us and identifies with our weaknesses, our fears and our anxieties…He never said, be perfect to receive my salvation. Salvation comes to us one way–by the grace of God. While He does discipline us, God never rejects us for performance…Stand strong in His grace. Receive His help. Relax in His acceptance. Bask in His compassion. The God of grace is with us.”
God’s grace is amazing because it is free. He bore the cost of our sins; therefore, it is not cheap grace. God’s grace is amazing because it is limitless. His grace can never be exhausted. Regardless of the vilest or number of our sins, God’s grace is always sufficient.
Grace is not about God lowering His standards; it’s about surrendering to Christ and allowing Him to meet those standards through us.
It is hard for us to realize that all that we are, all that we have and all that we will ever be is because of God’s grace.

God’s standards of holiness are not lowered under grace; they arc raised (Matt. 5:20-22; Gal. 5:4).

Grace does not make believers less holy; it enables them to be more holy.

Grace never causes believers to despise and avoid truth; it causes them to adore and practice truth. Grace does not lower the bar; it enables us to jump over the bar.

You guessed it! Our hearts arc really thrilled because of God’s love for us and His GRACE toward us. We arc still looking forward to gathering with all you loved ones in Heaven, where they’ll not be any limit of space or time. We love you all and try often to pray for you. Satan docs not like what is happening in this ministry; but God is being praised. Please continue to pray for this ministry.

Love in Christ,

Paul and Joyce

Paul & Joyce Travis serving with Freedom in Christ Ministries

Here is this letter in PDF format: Travis_June_2015a, Travis_June_2015b

 

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Spring 2015 Ministry Update

Here is the Spring personal ministry letter from Paul and Joyce. Page one and two are available in PDF to view and/or download:

Travis’ Spring Prayer Letter page 1

Travis’ Spring Prayer Letter page 2

 

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