Helping Families by Tearing Down Walls


Ryan Rush

Pastor, Author and Founder of Faith Breakthroughs

Pastor, Founder of Faith Breakthroughs and Author of Walls

As a fifteen-year-old, Ryan Rush sensed God’s call to the ministry, and took his first staff position at a church before he was old enough to drive. Four years later, as a youth pastor, he began to realize that there was a profound gap between the faith practices of families when they gathered on Sunday and the actual impact of their faith on their home life. Since that discovery, sharing practical solutions to strengthen families has become Ryan’s passion.

Ryan serves as the Senior Pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church and has implemented a comprehensive, cross-generational effort to connect church and home life. The “Faith Breakthroughs” process that serves as the centerpiece of this strategy has made him one of the country’s most prominent speakers in America at seminaries, churches, and conferences. The “D6 Conference”, the largest symposium on family life in the nation (over 2,000 pastors and church leaders in 2011), has featured him as emcee, platform speaker, or lab instructor in each of the four years of its existence. Liberty University recently launched a new undergraduate course, The Theology of the Family, with Ryan Rush serving as instructor, content consultant and textbook author.

Ryan has hosted both radio and television programs on the subject of family life. He has authored two books: Home on Time: Life Management by the Book, which helps families get away from the chaos of unintentional living; and Walls: Why Everybody’s Stuck (and Nobody has to be). Released nationally by Tyndale House Publishers, Walls has become the “flagship” of the overall vision, and shares the principles and stories of Faith Breakthroughs.

Ryan and his wife, Lana, have three daughters. He is a graduate of the University of Mary- Hardin Baylor and holds a Masters Degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Ryan has now spent over 25 years seeking timeless solutions to the challenges families face. These principles have been tested and proven – first in his own home, then throughout his congregation, and eventually by other churches and families all over the country.

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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