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Ryan has been ministering to families for almost two decades. He served as Senior Pastor of Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas for a decade from 2004 to 2014, when God called him to Katy, Texas to serve Kingsland Baptist Church as their Senior Pastor.  Pastor Ryan has led the implementation of a comprehensive, cross-generational effort to connect church and home life.  The “Faith Breakthroughs” process that serves as the centerpiece of this strategy has become a launching point for other churches across the country, and he has become a national voice for the growing “Faith at Home” movement.

 

Prior to returning to Texas – the place of his upbringing, Ryan served as the Family Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He has hosted numerous radio and television programs on the subject of family life.  He has authored two books. Home on Time: Life Management by the Book is a look at Psalm 90 that is helping lead families away from the chaos caused by living within the framework of a disorganized life.  Ryan’s second book, Walls: Why Everybody’s Stuck (and Nobody Has to Be), was released by Tyndale House Publishers in 2011, and shares the principles and stories of Faith Breakthroughs that have become an extraordinary part of church life at Bannockburn.

 

Ryan also serves as Adjunct Professor at Liberty University.  He teaches a course entitled, “Theology of the Family” he helped develop for undergraduate students in the School of Religion. Ryan and his wife Lana have three daughters: Ryley, Reagan, and Lily.

 

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and  Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and his wife, Lana, have three daughters: Ryley, Reagan, and Lily.

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