Helping Families by Tearing Down Walls

Faith Breakthroughs

Online Tools To Help You Discover God’s Promises

October 5, 2015

If you’ve read the book Walls, you already know how important it is to discover, choose, and share the promises of God.  They are the “secret weapons” that get you past any Wall you might encounter!  As you discover the Wall that seems to be the primary challenge in your life right now, consider the following tools to help you on your own personal “Promise Hunt”:

Biblios.com offers a great keyword search tool to take you right to Bible passages related to your Wall.  Even better, when you click on the verses in the list related to your key word or phrase, it will display the passage in multiple translations – giving you a better sense of what the verse really means.

The Blue Letter Bible is one of the best online tools around – offering a wealth of tools that will help you grab hold of the promises God has to offer, and will help you better grasp what these promises really mean.  When you type in a key word or phrase, note that the default translation is the King James Version.  You might want to use the “drop down menu” to search in more modern translations as well.  For example, the ESV is a very accurate, word-for-word translation of the original language, and the NLT is a great translation to get a good grasp of the meaning of the verse.

A visit to the “topics directory” at Bible.org opens you up to a wealth of fantastic, biblically sound articles about a host of subjects related to the mindsets that lead to Walls.  Consider looking through the listing of writings related to the Wall you are facing.

The “Got Questions” website has become a wonderful hub of reliable information on all sorts of topics related to faith and the Bible.  If you come across a puzzling passage, or a dilemma in your study, you may find that there are some wonderful answers available here.

As you discover new places to investigate the promises of God, please let us know so we can share them with others who are in the process of tearing down their Walls!


Resources built by the church, for the church

September 27, 2015

Resources Built With You in Mind

Decades of combined experience came together to provide both churches and families theologically sound resources. Here is a quick summary of what we can offer you and your church:

1. Walls, Why Everybody is Stuck (and nobody has to be)
Ryan Rush and Tyndale House Publisher’s 2011 book that started a movement connecting faith & homes throughout central Texas.

2. The Walls Project Kit
A four-to-eight week church-wide campaign that “starts the conversation” about connecting faith life with home life. Sermon outlines, studies, video introductions and graphic assets are included.

3. The Walls Project – Message Series
Four weeks of sermon outlines, illustrations, key passages and additional resources provide a flexible, yet powerful, foundation to the campaign.

4. Raising Wall Breakers Study – Leader Guide
Over a decade in the making, these time-tested principles help kids, moms, dads, grandparents and mentors move past spiritual barriers.

5. Raising Wall Breakers Study – Student Workbook
This companion workbook to the Raising Wall Breakers Leader Guide helps participants fully adopt the truths and principles in the Study.

6. Becoming a Wall Breaker Study
This companion study to The Walls Project sermon series helps adult small groups more deeply grasp the truths shared weekly in the Walls Project messages.

7. The Walls Project Planner’s Guide
This guide, found as a part of The Walls Project, helps the leaders of The Walls Project fully implement the campaign in the context of your congregation.

8. The Walls Project Prayer Guide
Carefully written to help congregations from all backgrounds, these short, but powerful, prayers are a critical part of The Walls Project and its kit.

9. CD – Digital Assets for The Walls Project
Graphics, bulletin inserts, posters, etc. for The Walls Project are included in the kit.

10. DVD – Videos for both the Raising Wall Breakers & Becoming Wall Breakers studies
Likewise included in The Walls Project are these specially tailored introductory videos for both Raising Wall Breakers and Becoming Wall Breakers Studies for your small group/Bible study classes.


D6 : What a Great Conference!

September 25, 2015

As a part of the D6 Conference in Frisco, Texas September 26-28, Ryan and the entire Faith Breakthroughs Team had the privilege of connecting with hundreds of people who are also passionate about raising spiritual champions.  Over 3,000 attendees walked away with a better understanding of how Walls can hinder the natural development of our children, and how we can all benefit from the pursuit of a Faith Breakthrough.

Faith Breakthroughs founder Ryan Rush has been a part of the D6 Conference since its inception, and has been helping people connect church and home life for two decades. Bannockburn Baptist Church, where Ryan serves as Senior Pastor, has been implementing and refining the Faith Breakthroughs principles for eight years. That means the tools we offer have been put into practice in real life, and thousands of people can now testify that this stuff works. Most importantly, the entire process is built upon the timeless promises of God found in Scripture – ensuring that the results will be lasting.

Faith Breakthroughs helps parents and churches raise children to become passionate followers of Jesus Christ – and to engage every person from every walk of life in the grand vision of impacting future generations. You’ll find that our tools work well with many of the other resources you have encountered at the conference while giving them a framework that might help you implement them as a part of your overall vision.

If you haven’t been to the D6 Conference, consider meeting us there next year at one of two locations – Dallas or Louisville.  You can learn more by clicking here.   If you were one of the many who we met at D6, don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you follow through with your vision for families – and most importantly, with your vision for your own children.


“There’s No Way That’s MY Wall!”

September 23, 2015

In the past ten days, two thousand of you have begun the journey toward a Faith Breakthrough by completing the Walls Assessment on the right-hand side of this page.  I’ve heard from many of you stories of how excited you are to finally identify your wall in anticipation of its demise!  I’ve also heard from some who are not sure whether the conclusions represent what they are really facing.  With that in mind, I want to offer three important reminders:

1.  The wall listed after you complete the assessment is one of eight that represent several in each category.  They represent many more walls.  Remember – walls can be as numerous as the unhealthy mindsets that can impact our thought lives.  In fact, once you complete the assessment, if you click on the button that invites you to learn more, you will receive a listing of several walls within that category.  This means that the assessment doesn’t just point to eight walls, but forty different walls.  For example, you might have completed the assessment and discovered a Wall of Isolation.  You found yourself saying, “No way!  I’m a very social person!”  But that only tells part of the story about this wall.  Neglecting to see God as loving can impact relationships in numerous ways.  For example, a Wall of Anger can appear under this category.  You can see all Forty Walls by clicking here, and print a “PDF” of those Walls for future reference.

2. Keep in mind that the questions you answered on the assessment relate directly to the attributes of God.  That means the main point about the Wall you are facing is that you are having a difficult time seeing God for who He is according to one of His attributes.  That’s the most important thing to consider.  Don’t forget the MIQ (Most Important Question) – “Who is God?” – and its importance in this process.

3.  Finally, this assessment is not intended to be a deep scientific instrument to probe the furthest reaches of your psyche.  Only you can know whether you honestly answered the questions. But if you did, then these results of those answers really do say something about how you see God – and how those mindsets may be impacting your life in ways you haven’t noticed.  Don’t be too quick to dismiss what the Holy Spirit may be wanting you to see about yourself.

Tearing down Walls isn’t an easy process.  But it may be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.  As you look back over your assessment, as God to show you the next steps that you need to take to move closer to a Faith Breakthrough.


Purity in Your Family

September 17, 2015

This is a guest post written by Jeremy Hall, Student Pastor at Bannockburn Baptist Church.

Purity in My Family

As a parent, the issue of purity is always present in my mind because it is my heart’s desire to see my children live a life of purity. I have seen the consequences of impurity in our society and I cannot bear the thought of the ones I love experiencing these consequences. I trust that every parent has the same passion for their children; but there is a problem if this is my ultimate goal for my kids. When I worry about what my kids are doing and what can happen if they involve themselves in a particular activity or mindset, I run the risk of trying to manage their sin. But, when I focus on who my children are becoming, my focus shifts to encourage their character, devotion and heart. This shift sounds minor, but if we focus on our kids’ actions over their growth in knowledge of and passion for Jesus Christ, we have begun to train modern day Pharisees (the same group that Jesus called a “brood of vipers” amongst other things.)

My child’s level of purity can be an indicator of his or her heart and should be utilized as a tool in their lives to help them direct their affections. In fact, 1 John 2:4-6 states, “Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” However, I must be careful to not use their actions as the only indicator that they are living a holy life; they may simply be obedient children whose heart is far from God.

In my life, my family, and within our ministry we have defined purity as “God’s best for His children.”  My desire is for my children to choose a life of purity because they believe that God knows what He is talking about. His commands are meant to be kept because they represent the best for their lives. Once my children come to this point of choosing purity, my goal and job as a parent is to prepare them for the temptations that will come by helping them guard their hearts (Proverbs 4:23).

Children are such a blessing from God.  I am so thankful that God has entrusted me to raise these precious gifts and I pray that I will show myself faithful in leading them to a life that glorifies Him.


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