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