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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)


Duke & Angie’s Breakthrough Story

November 29, 2015


Let the Walls Come Down

September 11, 2015

This morning, churches all over Central Texas are embarking on a journey together we’re calling The Walls Project – addressing together the walls that keep us from the life God intended, that separate us from one another, and that cut us off from the communities that God has called us to love. Over thirty congregations from multiple denominations and cultures representing over 50,000 Austinites have prayerfully determined to face their walls head on for the next six weeks. It’s no coincidence that we begin on September 11, as we are reminded that every crisis is an opportunity for a Breakthrough – or a breakdown. Our dependence on God will determine which takes place. By the way… it’s not too late for churches to join the project. At least two congregations begin next Sunday, September 18. All of the resources are available free at AustinCityWalls.com.

It is time for the walls to come down. Austin and Central Texas may never be the same!


Thomas Road Prepares for a Breakthrough

May 21, 2015

A few months ago, my friend Jonathan Falwell, Senior Pastor of the historic Thomas Road Baptist Church, called me to say he felt like God was leading him to preach a series on Walls.  Needless to say, I was honored that he wanted to share these principles, and excited to know that such wonderful people were about to experience the power of a Faith Breakthrough.  I hope you’ll join me as the thousands of members of TRBC – and the thousands more whom they influence – will be blessed beyond measure as they seek to know more of God and what he has promised.  It’s time for many to get “unstuck” from the barriers that are holding them back!

If you’re a experiencing the Walls Series at TR first-hand, get started today by taking the free assessment on the right side of this page.  Let us know if there is any way we can help on your journey to the Breakthrough.


Wallbreakers from the Book Share the Rest of the Story!

April 10, 2015

If you haven’t checked them out yet, don’t miss the video testimonies from many of those about whom I wrote in my book Walls: Why Everybody’s Stuck (and Nobody Has to Be).  These individuals walked through some of the most difficult situations you can imagine, but discovered that God had given them everything they needed to experience a Faith Breakthrough.  Mort and Anna were confronted with walls of shame.  Duke and Angie faced a wall of misplaced priorities.  Mike and Marisha overcame a wall of resentment.  Debbie faced head-on her wall of despair.  David and Wendy tore down walls of compromise, resentment, and isolation.  You can hear them for yourself by clicking here!


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