Archive for the ‘Salvations’ Category

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!
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This blog is about our incredible Jesus weekend.

Last week Jasmine, Saria and I were at RMU (Robert Morris University) and were really feeling like God wanted us in Columbus. So what’s the sensible thing to do? Yep, drive on no sleep and no plan on where to stay. And of course Jesus Loves us so He found us places to stay.

Friday:

On Friday night we planned a worship night at a friends house. We worshipped in the basement with about 10 people and the presence of God showed up to give us a big hug. So amazing! But the night didn’t stop there. Everyone was hungry so we went to Buffalo Wild Wings to eat. Afterwards Saria and I ran to the gas station to get ice cream as everyone else went home. There we met a woman named Donna, probably in her 50s, working 3rd shift. She was so kind. I asked her if she could use prayer and she start telling us about her friend’s mom who passed away. The talk then turned to her faith in Jesus and we were able to encourage her to pursue a deeper relationship with him.

Saturday:

The original plan was for us to head to Cleveland and get some sleep before church Sunday morning. But Jasmine felt like we should go to Harvest Prep’s Girls Regional basketball game. The game starts turning into a blow out and Jasmine tells me that we probably will leave soon and head to Cleveland. I knew that wasn’t the case. We finish the game, HPS wins and we’re on our way. As we are heading to get on the highway Saria starts saying she’s hungry and wants McDonalds…

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A RECOUNTING OF ONE OF THE CRAZIEST PUBLIC MOVES OF GOD I’VE EVER SEEN!!!

This whole this has to be a miracle because I hate McDonalds but we decided to go in and eat (not that I was going to get anything). As soon as we walk in we seen about 10 or so high school kids hanging out. Also, oddly enough, our friends Christin Barthel and Juan Thomas happened to be there. God was up to something! Jasmine starts talking to this group of girls and then asks if we can pray with them. So we all joined hands and prayed. After we asked them if we could ask God what He thinks of them. With each girl that went everyone was getting words of knowledge. As Jasmine put it, “God was reading their mail.” They began to cry as they realized God is real, He Loves them and He knows them. Another boy walked up and said that he heard we knew peoples lives. So we prayed and God did the same for him. He went from goofing around to an understanding of how real God is. I took him off to the side after and he ended up giving his life to Jesus.

While all of this was going on a group of about 8 guys walked in and immediately started commenting on what was going on. Jasmine and I walked over while the rest of the group continued playing music and praying. We started introducing ourselves and the proceeded to ask if anyone had any pain or anything because Jesus would take it away. One had a sore neck, Jesus healed it. Another had a strained hamstring, Jesus healed it. One jokingly asked if he could be made flexible since he couldn’t touch his toes. He bent over and could only get 6 inches from the ground. We prayed and he asked skeptically, “So I’ll be able to touch my toes now?” To which Jasmine replied “Try it.” He bent down and touched the ground. All his friends started jumping around and he ran out yelling “ILLUMINATI!!!” Hahahaha! Next a guy came up with a broken finger. It was twice the size of his other fingers. The first pray, Jesus took the pain away but it was still swollen. The second, it shrunk significantly and everyone was freaking out. The third, Jesus completely healed him. One girls back and feet got healed. Another girl got healed of a swore throat. There were 8 or so healings including almost everyone of the guys that walked in making fun of us praying in McDonalds. One thing I must also add is that we didn’t lay hands on or even pray for any of them to get healed. We had each of them pray for one another. They put their hands on one another and asked Jesus for the healing and it happened. They got to see it had nothing to do with us.

By this time many of them had called their friends and there were 30 plus high school kids in this McDonald’s at about 11pm. We were able to share the Gospel and show them that Jesus isn’t church, at least not in the sense of a religious organization. They got to see Him in a way they’d never seen or believed. They got to experience His Love and presence for the first time. It was pretty incredible to watch.

We invited them to come back the next day at noon to talk more about Jesus if they wanted and we cancelled our trip to Cleveland.

Sunday:

Noon rolls around and two of the girls from the night before were there waiting for us. Jasmine took lead in the conversation asking what they thought about the night before and what they knew about Jesus. She explained the Gospel and the necessity of the sacrifice of Jesus using a McDonalds sweet tea, a french fry, some change, and a straw wrapper. Both girls decided they

“God” in Jasmine’s illustration haha

wanted to dedicate their lives to Jesus. Jasmine prayed an example prayer by rededicating her life then let them pray their own prayers. One of the girls was praying and towards the end said “I want to have a relationship with you.” It was so beautiful! They are going to get baptized soon and we will all be getting back together for that. We also have worked out a way for Saria to disciple them and we give them our information if they need anything. Jesus is so amazing!

That night we came back to RMU and decided to go to the chapel and worship. When we got there we found out that mass was supposed to be going on but it got cancelled so there were several people there. Everyone left but one girl named Brittany (hope I spelled it right). She decided to stay and worship. After worship we prayed for her and another girl. We then taught them how they can hear from God by having them pray for Jasmine. We asked asked God what He thought of Jasmine and both girls, one Catholic and one Baptist, got incredibly deep words for her. It really showed the beauty of what God’s doing. Through the Holy Spirit, denominations are unifying to be the Bride of Christ. That’s the Beauty of Jesus!

Point that must be made:

Jasmine, Saria, and I aren’t these special people that God chose to put magical powers on. Anyone can do this. In fact, when you realize you have the Holy Spirit inside you… the same Spirit that was in Jesus, raised the dead, cast out demons, and healed the sick… the Holy Spirit is in EVERY follower of Jesus. I’m learning this more and more myself, but we need to live like we have the power and authority of Jesus within us because WE DO. The Holy Spirit is VERY real, VERY powerful, and VERY fun. Living life as one big Jesus adventure never gets old.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” -Romans 8:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” -2 Corinthians 13:14

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” –Mark 16:15-18

Please Pray For:

-Donna, the gas station attendant.

-Donna’s friend whose mother just passed away.

-Boy that gave his life to Jesus and his family.

-Both girls continue to follow Jesus with their whole hearts and that He would surround them with more Jesus people.

-Brittany continues to see the fullness of God and we get to form more of a relationship with her.

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!

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Hey everyone!

So this is my new blog. I’m going to use this to do a couple of things: keep you all updated on what Jesus is doing around college campuses in Ohio, spark a prayer movement, and get you involved!

But what does that really mean?

  • Jesus on Campus: God is moving on college campuses all around the country and we are blessed to get to be a part of what’s going on right here in the “Heart of America!” Some of us will be traveling to the different universities with the hope of making disciples for Jesus Christ.
  • The Prayer Movement: Prayer is powerful and will change the spiritual climate of Ohio. I will be updating a list of everyone that we meet that asks for prayer, along with things I feel God puts on my heart. This is also your chance to contact me with any prayers you might have and get added to the list (if you would like). Just check out the prayer page.
  • Time to Get Involved: This is your chance to be a part of what God’s doing in Columbus and around the world. Support us in prayer. My friends and I will be traveling spreading the Gospel, healing the sick, and casting out demons (Mark 16:15-18). I simply ask that whenever you read the blog or think of me, you say a prayer for God’s blessing and power to be over us. If you want to get involved in sponsorship or want to learn how to start walking as Jesus walked, contact me (Facebook, Twitter, Prayer number).

I will also be posting some of my old blogs and poems so be looking out for those too!

God bless!

To God Be All The Glory!