Helping Families by Tearing Down Walls

Faith Breakthroughs

Walls and The Blessing

January 9, 2016

I spent yesterday in Colorado Springs in an extraordinary meeting.  20 leaders gathered in the conference room at Focus on the Family to discuss “The Blessing Challenge” – an exciting collaborative effort with the goal of giving 1,000,000 children the gift of a blessing.  If you’re not familiar with the concept of the blessing, it dates back to the very beginning of time.

In Genesis 1:28, right after God made man, the Scripture says, “He blessed them.”  To offer a verbal blessing, give affirmative touch, and to ascribe value to a life is something that can have a profound impact on the success or failure of a child’s ability to live a life of fulfillment and purpose.

More recently, Dr. John Trent wrote a bestselling book called The Blessing in 1993 along with Dr. Gary Smalley. The book lays out clear instructions for giving – and receiving – a biblical blessing.  In a revised edition to be released this spring by Thomas Nelson, the book will also serve as the centerpiece of this national movement for sharing the importance of giving The Blessing.

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The Journey Continues

January 9, 2016

It would be very naïve to think that you can move past a wall and never have to worry about it again. Remember, your old walls are as close as the old, unhealthy mindsets that built them. Keep in mind these helpful tips for being a lifelong Wallbreaker.

Are you applying the promises of God in your life?


Making the Most of Christmas – With Tim Smith

January 8, 2016

Ryan recently sat down for a Skype conversation with “Parenting Coach” and friend Tim Smith, the author of 52 Creative Family Time Experiences.  We talked about some simple ways to make Christmas more meaningful with your kids.  Enjoy!

 


How God’s Attributes Relate to Your Wall

January 7, 2016

 

 

 

You’ll read throughout this website – and throughout the book Walls – that Walls are unhealthy mindsets that keep us from living life as God intended. Beyond that mindset, it’s important to remember that this unhealthy belief system is really grounded in a misunderstanding of who God is. To understand Walls, then, one must remember God’s attributes. Every Wall we face has at its foundation a direct misinterpretation of God’s nature. Check out this simple PDF to understand how our Walls relate to who God is:  Attributes and Walls

It’s time for a Faith Breakthrough!


The Year the Walls Came (started coming) Down

December 15, 2015

If you’re like me, life tends to go at such a pace that there is rarely time to pause and reflect on what took place yesterday (or even today, for that matter), because there’s always something pressing on the horizon. Yet, with 2011 drawing to a close, I think we need to pause and recognize the incredible, catalytic thing that happened in Central Texas this fall.  If you live somewhere else in the world, don’t tune this out; let it encourage you with the power of what can happen when God’s people begin to tear down walls in a community!

Beginning on September 11, over 35 congregations from across the region – representing over 50,000 people -kicked off the Walls Project: a six-week journey intent on unleaching God’s promises as we tore down the spiritual barriers that were separating the Church from one another, the Church from the community where we live, and most importantly, separating the people of God from the abundant lives they were created to enjoy.  Since we began to wrap up the Walls series, it became more and more apparent that the people weren’t done with the idea of tearing down walls.

“God stories” continue to pour in.  Of senior adult leaders who finally faced walls of bitterness and isolation that had been holding them back for decades.  Of pastors taking on walls of bitterness toward other fellow pastors.  Of husbands and wives tearing down the walls that were dividing and destroying their homes.  Of families – literally – taking sledge hammers to the physical walls that had been built to represent the invisible ones that were just as real.  Of ordinary people discovering the Breakthrough of Grace offered by Jesus, and removing the wall of guilt and shame through salvation.

And on the stories go, as they continue to gather and expand and lead to new breakthroughs.  I’m praying that the Walls didn’t stop coming down in November – or even linger into December.  I’m praying that’ve just scratched the surface of what God is going to do as He removes the barriers that hold us back.  Thank you God for 2011!  And thank you God for the promise of 2012!  Let the walls come down.

[4] For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. [5] We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, [6] being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

(2 Corinthians 10:4-6 ESV)


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