Archive for April, 2011

I wrote this about a year ago while traveling and God pressed this upon my heart. This poem represents my path to Salvation and accepting the Grace offered through Jesus. Please let me know your thoughts. Be blessed!

This town is the cemetery of dreams past, birthing grounds of a new hope.
Tombstones, monuments to a dead revolution, shaken yet will not last.
I need it to be swept away, never to return.
I’ve been promised an awakening, but will it ever come?

He was savage, lustful, eyes filled with pain.
In that moment hate was declared for the impostor.
Who was this figure set before me?
I turned my back on the me I met in the darkest hour.

A gracious hand held the gavel of justice.
The angel of love wrapped her wings around a wounded soul.
The unworthy nomadic heart of a broken man.
Such grace comes with great guilt.

But hope breaks like the dawn, just in time.
Light is shed on the city, covering as Christ’s blood over His people.
The wellspring of life erupts from the catacombs of the decayed.
The new me hurts no more, as my guiltless soul rejoices.

Rebirth…

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:7-10
If you connected with these words and are interested in sowing into my ministry as I travel and preach the Gospel, please click HERE.
If you’re interested in me speaking at your church, email me at ryanrhodesbooking@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Be blessed!
To God Be All The Glory!

Since I’ve really stepped out to be used by God I’ve had so many people, from teens to pastors that have been in ministry for decades, tell me they look up to me. That’s a crazy thought. Here I am a 20 year old college sophomore with many imperfections and I have people twice my age looking to me. It’s a honor really. But there’s something I want to make clear through being transparent:

  • I am a man.
  • I will fail you.
  • I am in no way perfect and have never claimed to be perfect.
  • I don’t always say the right things.
  • I make mistakes.
  • I still fall into sin and still need God’s grace.
  • I am weak.
  • I am impatient.
  • I don’t read the Word as much as I should.
  • I don’t always walk in Love.
  • I am not dependable.

Now you might be asking yourself why I would write a blog like this. First reason is I want to make sure that there is an understanding that in all of my accomplishments, giftings and visions are from God alone. All failures, sins, and let downs are from my failure to follow Jesus. Second reason is to provide Hope since there’s only one hope, Jesus:

  • He is God. (John 10:30, Colossians 2:9)
  • He won’t fail you. (Philippians 4:19, Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • He is perfect. (Psalms 16:2, Habakkuk 1:13)
  • He says the right things. (John 16:13, Acts 6:10)
  • He makes no mistakes. (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalms 139:14)
  • He shows Grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • He is strong. (Psalms 46:1, Proverbs 18:10)
  • He is patient. (Psalms 86:15, 2 Peter 3:9)
  • He is the Word. (John 1:1, John 1:14)
  • He is Love. (1 John 4:8, John 3:16-18)
  • He is dependable. (I Corinthians 15:57, Matthew 11:28-30)

In good times, turn to Jesus. In bad times, turn to Jesus. He’s always there and His arms are open. He accepts you as you are and doesn’t base it on your past. Jesus Loves you. If you want to know more please let me know.

If you connected with these words and are interested in sowing into my ministry as I travel and preach the Gospel, please click HERE.
If you’re interested in me speaking at your church, email me at ryanrhodesbooking@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Be blessed!

To God Be All The Glory!