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Dear Chosen Generation,

I write to you out of deep conviction and a burning in my heart. Right now I’m up, unable to sleep and burdened with the brokeness of this generation. It is time for us to raise up and proclaim the Love of the Gospel boldly!

Let us ask ourselves…

Why are our priorities so messed up? How can we be angered by someone using the “N” word but not get angry about the 4,000 babies being killed every single day in the US? How do we not get angry about the genocide happening in Africa or our Christian brothers and sister being murdered for their faith in China? We got more upset when Lil Wayne got put in prison and we started campaigns saying “Free Weezy.” How about we start a fathers be fathers campaign?  That’d be something worth getting behind.

Why do we get more angry when someone insults our favorite team or politician, yet we see the name of Jesus blasphemed daily and don’t feel anything stir deep within us?  We wear cross necklaces as we lust and curse and sell our souls away to pleasure. Do we know how powerful a symbol the cross is?

Most of us probably don’t because of how much its been perverted and we don’t read our Bibles. Musicians, rappers, athletes, movie stars, and even some pastors are defaming the name of Jesus Christ and mocking His sacrifice by doing everything He hates and then accepting awards for it in His name. He doesn’t want their false glory. These people we make idols have made the cross into a symbol of hypocrisy, not sacrifice and Love.  Jesus didn’t die for us to be able to freely sin. He didn’t have chunks of His flesh torn out so you could look at porn or send naked pics of yourself to your boyfriend . He didn’t die so we could take part in the very things that drove nails through His wrists. I tell you, He didn’t die so that we could sit in a church and pretend. Really, He didn’t even die so we could accept Him and sit in a church. He especially didn’t die so that we could claim His name and then listen to someone like Lady Gaga that openly blasphemes Jesus, even releasing her song Judas right before Easter.

It’s time to repent…

Jesus was murdered as a sacrifice for the sins we’ve committed. He took God’s wrath so we could experience His Love. He saved us so we can lead others to safety. We aren’t to be confined to once a week worship, all week paganism. You and I have both taken His Love for granted. The Jesus I serve, the Jesus of the Bible, doesn’t just overlook sin. He let’s us pick. You cannot serve two masters. That’s what the Jesus said in Matthew 6:24. He let’s you choose. You either repent and He changes your heart or you continue to sin. If you choose sin, regardless of if you claim His name, you have chosen the wrath of God. True repentance is hating the sin you turn away from.

Now ask yourself…

Do you truly hate sin with everything in you and do you Love Jesus with your whole heart? Does your heart burn to see souls saved? Can you attend a concert, go to a sporting event, or even walk down the street without your heart breaking?

When we are passionately in Love with Him, that Love will burn in us for the lost. Ask God to make you hate sin. Ask Him how it makes Him feel to see one of His creations standing on the edge of Hell. Ask Him to break your heart for what breaks His. He will, but be warned you will no longer be able to use not knowing as an excuse. If we truly understand His heart and the reality of Hell, we won’t be able to not do anything.

Let’s be the generation that’s unafraid of presenting the Gospel with selfless abandon, praying without ceasing and walking in the authority of the Holy Spirit! We have been chosen for such a time as this!

Your brother in Jesus,

Ryan M. Rhodes

P.S. Please pass this on to all believers. The term Generation does not necessarily mean a certain age. It means the people alive in this hour. Thanks! Be blessed!

Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 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

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

-1 Peter 2:9

 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

-Romans 8:28-31

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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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!

Today I’m preparing to head to Grove City, PA and join some Jesus Lovers for a time of rest before I got back to Ohio State. I went to take a shower and my knees starting pulsating and I instantly knew it was a sympathety pain.

If you don’t know, a sympathy pain is where the Holy Spirit will put pressure or even let you feel some pain somewhere on your body to point out what He wants to heal in someone. It’s basically Him putting His finger right where the persons pain is occurring. It must be clear God isn’t inflicting you with the same pain or disease that they suffering from. It’s simply a word of knowledge. Sometimes when you pray for someone you will get a sympathetic pain and know what to call out. Many times that shows people how real God is because there’s no way you would know that they just had back surgery, kidney problems or get recurring migraines.

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

-1 Corinthians 12:8-11

I didn’t know who the Holy Spirit was trying to point out to me so I posted this status…

I than just began to type out the prayer I would pray if I was right there in the room with her…

At this point a lot was running through my mind. Thoughts entered my head like “What if she doesn’t get healed? Maybe I should of done in a message so only she could see it.” And “What if she doesn’t get healed and someone sees it and it becomes proof in their mind God doesn’t exist.” I then realized that the enemy was working against my faith and I said, “NO. She is healed in Jesus name!” That’s when she replied…

We serve the God that answers with FIRE. In 1 Kings 18 where Elijah went up against the prophets of Baal in front of all the children of Israel saying in verse 21,

How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.”

He went on to challenge the prophets to call on Baal to burn the sacrifice in verse 24.

“You call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.

Without preaching a whole sermon on this (which is going to happen in the near future), Baal doesn’t answer them. Elijah mocks them and then has them pour water on the sacrifice. He prayed to God and needless to say God answered with FIRE (verses 38,39).

“Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!”

That’s the God we serve. He answers with FIRE and makes Himself known. Be an Elijah. Stand on faith when no one else will. We aren’t called to blind faith. We are called into His Loving arms where He takes care of us. It isn’t a religious chore, it relationship with the Creator of the universe!

“Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

-Romans 10:11, 13

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!

Tonight as we worshipped I received a text message through the prayer line. It was from a man named Todd whom I’ve never met and I’m really not sure how he even found my blog, but it was certainly divine appointment. Here’s our conversation that happened via text message:

Todd: Hi Ryan. I love Yr site. Just found it. I have a very earnest prayer request. 9:09 PM

Todd: My name is todd. I would really be appreciative if u could pray for my total recovery from cigarette addiction and healing from damage from smoking. And 9:11 PM

Todd: ANY prophetic word from the Lord about what He thinks of me. God bless u. I need God s help and presence. 9:11 PM

Me: Well my brother, here’s what God thinks of you: He says you’re chosen (Romans 8:28-31), He says you’re made powerful in Him (John 14:12), and He says your Loved (Romans 8:37-39). I will pray for you and send you anything God gives me for you. Love you my brother. 9:37 PM

Me: God, I pray you just surround Todd with Your presence now Lord. Just coat him in comfort and peace. God, we know you’re the perfect father and You Love to pour out Your Love on Your children. Papa, I just ask that You pour out Your Love on Your son. Let him physically feel Your arms wrap around him. 9:41 PM

Me: Holy Spirit, began to let him feel Your healing power flow throughout his lungs as You remove all scar tissue and damage done by smoking. We know that Jesus died on the cross and defeated sin and death. And in death is sickness and disease so we stand on the authority of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit and say BE HEALED in the name of JESUS! Father, we thank you for grace and we ask that You be his strength. 9:48 PM

Me: Holy Spirit, bring strong conviction to where the very sight or smell of a cigarette makes him sick to his stomach. Let it be part of his testimony as people see how you broke it off his life. At the same time as you remove this that’s physical killing him God begin to weed out the things in his life spiritually killing him. God, even now let more of Your presence and Love rest upon him. 9:52 PM

Me: So we just declare complete and total healing in the name of Jesus. Amen 10:03 PM

Me: How do you feel? 10:08 PM

(At this point I was wondering how affective a prayer via text message could be)

Todd: Brother thank u. I can’t begin to tell u how I felt the presence of God and the Holy Spirit just move thru me as I read Yr words. I believe them and I believe God has healed me! Jesus defeated my addiction! The Holy Spirit flooded me like almost like a wind moving inside me! I believe That I will be able 10:09 PM

Todd: to minister to others and point them to Abba Father who loved me enough to send His Son for me and conquer this world for me 10:09 PM

Todd: And I could feel Him wrap Himself around me 10:10 PM

Todd: I know that I am healed. Thank u so much it is u reflecting Jesus and being so willing to pray for the hurting and lost That drew me to bring a prayer request to you 10:14 PM

(Jesus smacked me after Todd’s healing haha)

Me: A group is praying for you. Heres what we’re getting: 10:15 PM

Todd: I’ve agonized over thus addiction for so many years. Its been a stumbling block in my walk w Jesus for so long. But no more! 10:15 PM

(^That’s the freedom found in Jesus^)

Me: God is your defense. One person kept seeing shields and armor and towers and they all represented His defending you. And for so long you’ve tried to fight and God wants you to know its finished. You will even feel the need to keep fighting out habit but no more. 10:23 PM

Todd: Praise God thank u thank u. So true I have tried so many legalistic ways to ‘earn’ my way into right standing w God and I have battled addiction all my adult life. I will remember with God’s help each hour that He is my defense 10:27 PM

Me: That’s Jesus my brother! 10:30 PM

Me: He Loves you! 10:32 PM

Todd: Thank u thank u most of all Jesus and I will seek Him daily 10:33 PM

Me: I will be praying for you 10:37 PM

Todd: God bless u. I will be praying for you and Yr ministry. Jesus still heals and saves 10:39 PM

Me: Yes He does! 10:40 PM

(God really touched my heart with this part)

Todd: Father I just love you and thank you for What You have done, are doing and will do in all our lives and I lift up Ryan Your servant and ask that You daily 10:48 PM

Todd: strengthen and shield him. That you would strengthen him to continue leading people to You. That he continue to please You by loving those broken and 10:48 PM

Todd: hurting around him the way our king Jesus loves. Again we love you Father and You Alone are worthy the most High. Thank you That You have heard us abba 10:48 PM

Todd: father and thank you for your Son Jesus and for your Holy Spirit. Amen in Jesus name. 10:48 PM

Todd: Thanks Ryan I will be in touch. God bless and strengthen you 10:49 PM

Me: Thank you!

Jesus really healed someone via text message… He never ceases to amaze me! Moral of the story, there’s no limits on the power of the Holy Spirit! Amen.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

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!