I have compiled several words (in several parts) I feel God’s been giving me for the upcoming year for Columbus, OH and the Church. This is not something I would typically do, but I felt strongly like I was supposed to. Like any prophetic word, let it be tested (1 Corinthians 14). If it bears witness with your spirit, accept it. If it doesn’t, pray about it. Also, I’m not Bob Jones or Rick Joyner. Really, I’m not even a prophet. Instead, I’m just someone who loves to spend time with the Holy Spirit. In intimacy and relationship He shares His secrets with His friends (John 15:9-17). You, too, can hear from God on the upcoming year and be prepared for what’s to come!

Money/Finances: 

† We are entering a time of great transfer inside and outside the Church. There are those that have had nothing and have remained faithful to God, To those He says “I am proud of you my faithful one. In this year you will know My faithfulness.” Our heart ties to money will be torn as God will call both the wealthy and the poor to give when it seems asinine. We are being called to give until it hurts. We are going to find ourselves funding greater missions trips and even marketplace endeavors as God commands. Be willing to give. He’s bringing the Church back to (Acts 2:44-45) where no one had need because they tended to the needs of one another.

† There will also be several waves of financial outpouring in supernatural ways and from worldly sources to fund Christ centered projects as well as individuals. We are not to focus or depend on this. Be obedient to God and He’ll begin to lay out what to do to cooperate with what He is doing.

Pray into this and pass it on. Be blessed!

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

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To God Be All The Glory!

Just for a change of pace, I’m going to write this in a question-answer interview format. Hope it blesses you!

Where did you disappear to and why?

Many people have asked me why I seemingly abandoned my Facebook, Twitter or this blog. The reason is simple: Heart healing. Last spring quarter at Ohio State we got to be a part of some big things God was doing.

  • Our worship nights every friday were drawing in people of the street, including drunks and random families. Jesus was healing many people physically, spiritually and emotionally. The web stream was viewed by nearly 1,000 people overall and people were getting healed behind their computer screens.
  • I was invited to speak at the National Day of Prayer. It was such a great opportunity to share with leaders from every denomination all the things God was doing on campus (salvations, healing, etc.) and give a word on what I felt the Lord was speaking to the Church for this season. This one event opened the doors to unity and we now have friendships and support from across the Bride, from Catholics to Pentecostals.
  • Our campus group FIRE was starting to make a mark on campus and people were starting to hear about us. We were on track to start a full-fledged campus ministry that I’m sure would’ve have been successful.
All great things, but what does any of that matter if my heart isn’t right? I felt like the biggest hypocrite because I was telling people of Jesus’ Love, yet I didn’t understand it myself. Never in my life have I been under such demonic attack. There were times I’d actually see demons following me. Most of my time was spent in isolation. Throughout sleepless nights I slumped into depression and even staying in the Word wasn’t helping me. Sounds heretical, right?

The problem was I was seeking more knowledge of God without letting Him deal with the brokenness already in my heart. I also wasn’t cultivating deeper relationships with my Church*, when heart healing comes from being in the presence of God and in family type community.



Why do we need heart healing?

Heart healing is more than just surrendering yourself to Christ. Often we think that when we give our life to Jesus everything is automatically dealt with and it’s time to start in ministry. The problem with this idea is that the evidence points the opposite way. We are seeing an orphaned Church of broken people that are seeking the blessings of God without knowing His Love. “Famous” Christian leaders, men and women of God, are falling into homosexuality, molesting children, stealing money from their churches or getting caught committing adultery. Why? Our value has been on callings** and not character. We see the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) as a more important than the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25) when Love is one of the fruits and Love is everything (1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 4:7-21)!

Something a very wise man told me a few months back that blew my mind: “God doesn’t care about your calling and Jesus didn’t die for your ministry. He doesn’t need you to accomplish anything because He can speak it and it will happen. He cares for you HEART. Jesus died for your HEART. That’s all that matters.”
The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Ministry must flow out of a whole heart. Whole hearts can help make hearts whole. Hurt people hurt people.



What’s the greatest lesson you learned this summer?

This summer I learned the importance of a whole heart. Do you want to be successful in life, family, marriage, ministry, etc.? Let the Holy Spirit heal your heart. Ask Him to show you any place of brokenness within your heart and invite Him to bring the healing. If you are dealing with repeated sin, ask Him what in your hearts causing the sin. Sin is merely a symptom to the deeper heart issue. Sin is not the problem, it’s a sign of the problem. There’s nothing like the freedom you’ll feel when your hearts been made whole!


What’s the plan now?

The plan now is simply to Love. Our simple church here in Columbus, OH is focusing on Loving God, Loving our families, Loving one another, and Loving everyone we come in contact with. It’s been incredible to watch God slowly bring healing to each of our families as we Love and pray for them. Also, we are passionate about seeing healing, both heart and physical. God has told us that we are to act as a rehabilitation center for hurting people, believer or unbeliever. There has been a beautiful denominational alignment happening and we’ve been able to see everything from Catholic to Pentecostal come together under the peace of the Holy Spirit and the centrality of Jesus Christ.

Please keep us in your prayers.

*The group of people you follow Jesus with throughout the week as a lifestyle, not just a weekly meeting.
**Graces or anointings depending on denomination

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To God Be All The Glory!

The Reckoning 04/22/2010

Many have backed away from such a fight
No, not him, for he’s a child of the Great Light

Driving the dagger into the heart of the beast
He stands alone, strong, not afraid in the least

Oh, how many have doubted his intention
For he’s sanctified, set apart, called to abstention

This moment in time has finally arrived
For it is now, it is for now that he has strived

Greatness has always been his destination
And the Great Light from above is his restoration.

So as the powers of darkness sweep in
He fights valiantly, determined to see it end

But this is the beginning of a movement
The beginning to perpetual self-improvement

It is the revolution, the fight, his beckoning
It is now, it is time, it is… The Reckoning

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

Reading this poem again stirred something in me…

Chosen Generation, it is time to choose your side! You’re either for Jesus or you’re against Him (Matthew 12:30). The world doesn’t need a religious version of itself. Let’s turn away from our sin and press forward as sons and daughters of the King! The world needs people who are radical, counterculture and willing to Love selflessly! We’ve missed it by focusing too much on doctrine and/or the power of the Holy Spirit (both wonderful things), when being a Jesus follower is about LOVE.

You want to see the world changed? You want to see REVIVAL? Love the person right in front of you.  We want Revival and even put in the work through prayer, but forsake the people around us who desperately need to know Jesus and His Love. This isn’t about hit and run evangelism, it’s about building relationships that last, no matter how messy or difficult they get. Love makes disciples.

Everyone was created in God’s image so how much more should we Love those around us. Remember when Jesus talked about the Sheep and the Goats? Read Matthew 25:31-46 if you haven’t. Jesus commends the sheep because they tended to His needs and they are perplexed. When did they take care of Jesus??? He replies in verse 40, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” We say we want to go to the nations, but we’re doing a horrible job of Loving the hurting and broken in our own towns and cities. James 1:27 reads, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Brothers and sisters, we are called to Love outrageously, turn away from sin, pray without ceasing, preach the true Gospel, make disciples, and set nations on FIRE! We are predestined for greatness! We are glorified to walk into darkness and see the light of Love win out! We are chosen to be REVIVAL FIRE! The spark starts with US!

Walk in the peace and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ and be blessed!

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to beconformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” -Romans 8:28-31

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  -Ephesians 6:12-13

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To God Be All The Glory!

Unfortunately, due to legal reasons, the most recent blog about the person being raised from the dead had to be removed until the case is through court. The lawyers advised my friend to make sure there is nothing on the internet regarding the accident.

This does not, however, stop us from sharing the testimony through word of mouth. Please continue to share what God is doing with your friends and feel free to ask me in person if you’d like to hear the full story. The point of the story remains the same so here’s an excerpt of the story with the Muslim and the teaching points:

Later That Week…

Thursday of the week following the accident Teresa, Ricardo and I were at the OSU Prayer House watching Furious Love (an amazing documentary about God’s power moving in the darkest places on earth) when the Lord prompted us to go out on High St. Unfortunately Ricardo had to go home, so it was just Teresa and I walking down the street at 1:30am. We prayed for God to highlight someone to us and then we saw a man walking bare foot but holding his shoes about 100 yards ahead of us. That seemed like a pretty good sign we should ask him what was going on.

Once we got up to him we asked him why he was barefoot and he began to explain that he was homeless and had broken his leg 10 months before. He hadn’t had proper medical treatment so it never healed properly and he was in much pain. We asked him if we could pray for him since Jesus Loves to heal people and he said we could. And Jesus did! The pain left and he asked us to walk with him to put his shoes on. As we did we prayed more and his crooked leg straightened up and the limp started to disappear.

This Somalian man that had only been in the States for a year extended his hands without any prompting from us and in his broken accent said “Thank You Jesus!” It was so beautiful! I asked him if he had a relationship with Jesus and he went on to tell us that his people tell him to pray 5 times a day to God. I asked him if he was a muslim and he said he wasn’t anymore, he is going to pray to Jesus! We prayed for him a little longer for blessing and left him sitting there smiling and experiencing the Love of God.

What Does This Mean To You?

  • Firstly, if you Love Jesus with your full heart you serve one amazing God! And His Spirit, the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead, LIVES IN YOU! Wow…
  • Second, Revelation 19:10 says “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” That means that when one testifies about something God has done, it applies and is possible in your life too. YOU can see the dead raised and the sick healed. In fact, it’s your mandate as a believer (Mark 16:15-18). One of the churches I shared this testimony with during service had a testimony a week later of an 8 year old boy who got killed in a car accident being raised after 20 minutes of being dead!
  • We must remember, the greatest miracle of all is one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus. That’s our main purpose as disciples, to make disciples.
  • Finally, God’s Love is always on time. How many times has God showed His Love in our lives, yet we didn’t see it because of our perspective, so we thought His Love wasn’t there? Look at the (former) Muslim… He had no idea the Creator of the Universe had set him up that night to be shown Love. That’s incredible! Jesus’ Love always meets us where we are, in our worst situations, and at the right time. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but be comforted in knowing it is there. Just ask him for a new perspective.
The full blog and youtube video will be reposted after the case closes, and my friend has agreed to help and provide more information and we might do new interviews for the video. Be blessed and keep walking in the power of the Holy Spirit that’s within you!
To God Be All The Glory!


THIS IS A RE-RELEASE OF AN UPDATE ON RECENT EVENTS THIS PAST SUMMER IN 2011 (HEALING AND RESURRECTION) IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE WHOLE THING.

The Question…

Ever wonder why people being raised from the dead is only something we read about in the Bible or hear about in a testimony from Heidi Baker’s ministry in Mozambique, Africa? Yeah, me too! And we’re not alone. God is waking this generation up to the fact that when Jesus said “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),” He meant it. Our calling is to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons (Matt. 10:80).”

Some of my friends and I at Ohio State have really been pressing into what it means to fulfill our calling and walk in the “greater works” that Jesus was talking about so we could see the greatest miracle of all, one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus Christ. So we did what any normal college students would do on summer break, we started listening to the police scanner app on our phones and chasing ambulances to try to pray for people to be healed. Unfortunately, it didn’t go very well.

Just Your Normal Saturday…

On this particular Saturday a couple weeks ago my friend Sheria and I were headed to our friend (and my little Jesus sister) Saria’s graduation party. We stopped by the grocery store to get cards and when we came back to my car we realized I had locked my keys in my car. Sheria and I turned to one another and I said “Every time this has happened Jesus has been delaying me for some reason.” You might have read my blog from October about finding the OSU Prayer House that way (Click Here).

Sheria had recently renewed her AAA membership and had received a card saying it was good through July 2011, so we thought we’d call and be on our way in 15 minutes. When she called they quickly informed her that though they had sent her a card, it hadn’t gone through the computer properly and her membership had not been renewed.

Disappointed, we walked back to the house and we got in the car she had actually bought day, a 1987 Ford hatchback. First thing Sheria said when we got in the car was “I feel like Jesus is about to take us on an adventure.” I was feeling the same thing so we started praying, first that the car would start and second that the Holy Spirit would guide us where He wanted us.

Delay or Divine Appointment?

We were on our way down I-670 towards the airport because the party was at a hotel on Cassidy Rd. While we were talking we missed the Cassidy Rd exit… Then we missed the Steltzer Rd exit… Finally we got off on the third exit to back track to Cassidy. That’s when we pulled up on this at the intersection at Steltzer Rd…

Immediately we knew that this was why God had already delayed us an hour. The accident had just happened and if we had taken the Steltzer Rd exit we probably would have been involved. Two airport police were there at first and they started clearing the intersection completely and we were the last in line to get cleared. We were torn because we wanted to get out and pray for the people involved but the police were telling us to go. That’s when the rest of the emergency vehicles showed up and we were stuck. They then cleared a spot for us to go… but the car died.

It was very clear we were supposed to be here so we pushed our car off the road and began to scan the accident. Right away I spot my friend B*, a Christian rapper in Columbus and someone I went to school with. We had reconnected only two weeks prior, upon God’s leading to go to 13th Ave on campus one night to find a familiar face (a whole other story in itself). I texted him saying “Hey bro we’re here at the accident and we’re praying.” He seemed to be okay and was standing outside his van talking on the phone.

This Is It…

The other car was destroyed, pieces all over the intersection. There was a lady in the passengers seat and she moved around a little bit and then her head slumped down. My heart began to race a million miles per hour!  As we started to pray the medics got to her and started taking her vitals as the fire fighters started to cut into the car. Our hearts sank…

Now let me pause to say, we had been praying for opportunities to see the dead raised, but praying a naive prayer out of excitement and being prepared when the answer comes are two entirely different things! Sheria and I turned to each other and I said “This is it. This is what we’ve been praying for.” Standing about 20 feet from the wreckage we began to tell the body to live. Then the Holy Spirit told us to start telling the body to live. I even texted people to pray and put up a picture on Facebook explaining the situation. We knew the power of our God.

After what seemed like 15 minutes we saw the lady move under the sheet! The medics immediately uncovered her and rechecked her vitals, then put her in a neck brace. At that point she started talking and was able to tell them what happened. She ran the red light going 65mph and ran into B, who was going about 40-45mph, almost head on. They were then able to cut her out of the car with the jaws of life and get her into the ambulance.

The Wreckage…

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More of God’s Love…

It was now clear for us to go see B and a few friends of his got there at the same time to pray for him. He was a little battered, bruised and cut up. His arm looked broken because it was swollen up and really red. We circled him and prayed for healing. After that the Holy Spirit led us to pray for the lady in the ambulance again. They cleared the scene and that was it. B went to the hospital and they were surprised that after over 100 mph of impact he only needed a chiropractic adjustment. Praise God!

Sheria’s uncle picked us up and we got a new battery for her car. We finally made it to the party 3 1/2 hours late, yet we were one intersection away (about 30 seconds).

Here’s The Best Part…

So B got the accident report a week or so later and it is official, she was dead 1 minute and 20 seconds. The crazy part is that the time in the report is a second time she died, in the ambulance, at the same time God had told us to pray for her again. They had actually zipped her up in a body bag and she began to move! That’s my Jesus!

Later That Week…

Thursday of the week following the accident Teresa, Ricardo and I were at the OSU Prayer House watching Furious Love (an amazing documentary about God’s power moving in the darkest places on earth) when the Lord prompted us to go out on High St. Unfortunately Ricardo had to go home, so it was just Teresa and I walking down the street at 1:30am. We prayed for God to highlight someone to us and then we saw a man walking bare foot but holding his shoes about 100 yards ahead of us. That seemed like a pretty good sign we should ask him what was going on.

Once we got up to him we asked him why he was barefoot and he began to explain that he was homeless and had broken his leg 10 months before. He hadn’t had proper medical treatment so it never healed properly and he was in much pain. We asked him if we could pray for him since Jesus Loves to heal people and he said we could. And Jesus did! The pain left and he asked us to walk with him to put his shoes on. As we did we prayed more and his crooked leg straightened up and the limp started to disappear.

This Somalian man that had only been in the States for a year extended his hands without any prompting from us and in his broken accent said “Thank You Jesus!” It was so beautiful! I asked him if he had a relationship with Jesus and he went on to tell us that his people tell him to pray 5 times a day to God. I asked him if he was a muslim and he said he wasn’t anymore, he is going to pray to Jesus! We prayed for him a little longer for blessing and left him sitting there smiling and experiencing the Love of God.

What Does This Mean To You?

  • Firstly, if you Love Jesus with your full heart you serve one amazing God! And His Spirit, the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead, LIVES IN YOU! Wow…
  • Second, Revelation 19:10 says “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” That means that when one testifies about something God has done, it applies and is possible in your life too. YOU can see the dead raised and the sick healed. In fact, it’s your mandate as a believer (Mark 16:15-18). One of the churches I shared this testimony with during service had a testimony a week later of an 8 year old boy who got killed in a car accident being raised after 20 minutes of being dead! (There were a total of 3 resurrections this past summer in Columbus, OH alone)
  • We must remember, the greatest miracle of all is one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus. That’s our main purpose as disciples, to make disciples. We’re not here to chase miracles, signs and wonders. Cool thing is that miracles, signs and wonders chase us when we live a life fulfilling the Great Commission and calling on our lives.
  • Finally, God’s Love is always on time. That lady had no idea we were sent there to intercede against death twice. Think about that for a moment. She had no idea… How many times has God showed His Love in our lives, yet we didn’t see it because of our perspective, so we thought His Love wasn’t there? Look at the (former) Muslim… He had no idea the Creator of the Universe had set him up that night to be shown Love. That’s incredible! Jesus’ Love always meets us where we are, in our worst situations, and at the right time. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but be comforted in knowing it is there. Just ask him for a new perspective.
*We’ll call him B for Blessed to be alive and to protect him in this testimony. It’s important to make sure we steward testimonies and don’t let them exploit people.
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!