How the Gospel Pulls Us :: Travis (Thi’sl) Tyler [Ep 183]

Oct 30, 2017

Born four days apart in 1977, Travis (aka “Thi’sl”) and I didn’t choose where or to whom we were born. But God did. And He placed us in very different homes and stories. Yet the gospel intersected both of our lives, pulled us forward and continues to pull us.

Granted, Travis’ transformation is a lil more interesting and dramatic than mine. But we both were sinners in need of a Savior. And around our 40th birthdays, our paths crossed with an invitation for a trip to Israel.

After hearing bits & pieces of Travis’ story while on our trip and then hearing him perform and share his testimony at a concert. . .I knew I had to share “Thi’sl” with y’all.

In this episode you’ll gain hope for any loved one or situation you think is “too far gone” for God to redeem. You’ll be reminded that God is in the business of rescuing and making things right. And that God fights for you (which ironically my pastor reminded us of yesterday). You can drop your weapons of control. You can surrender your way and follow God’s way. And believe God is for you and He CAN free you (spoiler alert: just like how He actually freed Travis from prison!!).

(Here’s a little pic with some of my fam and me visiting Thi’sl before his concert)

At the end of the interview Travis shares 3 questions he answers in his book, “Against All Odds”:

What is my identity. What am I living for? Am I too far gone for God to use me?

Here are his answers:

You’re not too far gone. God created you for a purpose. God made you in His image.


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  1. Constance

    This show was so awesome!! Such a great reminder that we should not give up praying for those in need. My prayer is also that as the church we can truly be receptive to people who don’t look like us or speak christanesse.

  2. Kim

    Loved this episode! I have been listening to your podcast for a few months now…a gal I know in my moms group shared it with us on FB…I’m so glad she did! I love listening in. BUT this episode here, really got me. Thank you for what you do!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      oh! so very grateful you enjoyed it! and so glad you are listening!!

  3. Grace

    LOVE this. Amazing…thank you for what you do. Thank you for sharing stories like his, it needs to be done more. Also, his song with Ellie Holcomb is so so good.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      right? isn’t it great? Thi’sl is very, very talented. thankful to know him.

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