So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Tuesday Truth

by Pizza Ranch on May 23, 2017

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Monday Mission

by Pizza Ranch on May 22, 2017

7 challenges to make this your best week yet

https://www.happier.com/blog/7-challenges-to-make-this-your-best-week-yet

Practical tips to make this week seriously awesome.

Amp up your week by taking one small step each day and you might just find you’ve made one giant leap towards happiness. Try these 7 challenges, and savor each one as you learn a few tips on how to be happier this week:

Day 1: Perform one selfless act. Whether it’s helping out a stranger or someone near and dear, it doesn’t matter — just do it. When you positively affect someone else’s life, you’ll positively affect your own, too.

Day 2: Try one new thing you’ve never done. We’re not talking skydiving here, (although that’s cool, too). It can be something simple like taking a new class at the gym or striking up a conversation with a stranger, but mix up your routine. Variety is the spice of life.

Day 3: Treat everyone nicely (even if someone is super rude to you).  We’ll admit it: this one’s tough. But you’ll be amazed at how much better it feels to respond to rudeness with kindness. By not doubling-down on the attitude, you might actually be that person who turns their day around with positivity, which feels pretty amazing.

Day 4: Get rid of 5 things you don’t need. Decluttering your space has the amazing ability to make life feel just a little bit lighter and brighter. It feels so good, in fact, that it might be hard to stop at just 5. Our advice? Let it ride and purge away!

Day 5: Do something that makes you laugh. The act of laughing changes us physiologically. We stretch different muscles and our pulse and blood pressure goes up, sending more oxygen to our tissues. In short, it’s a mini-workout. Whether it’s hanging with a pal who’s guaranteed to crack you up or hitting up YouTube for the cat video du jour, you’ll be glad you did.

Day 6: Try one 5 minute meditation. Meditation sounds lofty and unaccessible and something that only people with lots of free time can do. It’s not. In fact, the benefits you’ll receive by meditating just 5 minutes a day makes it the best 5 minutes you’ll spend on anything. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.

Day 7: Savor something you enjoy. We’re all constantly multitasking, but it’s a bad habit that’s actually making us less productiveAaack! But by slowing down and truly appreciating the experience at hand, each thing we’re doing becomes memorable and small memorable things add up to making us a whole lot happier than when we rush through life absent-minded and distracted.

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Friday Devotional – Hope and A Plan

by Pizza Ranch on May 19, 2017

Why does is it seem some prayers are answered and some aren’t or don’t appear to be? As I think about my prayers and challenges, one of my favorite verses came to mind. The verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

Jeramiah, chapter 29 10:-14 – The Message

10-11 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.

13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.

“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

We really like that comforting section… “plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” But the meaning of this scripture doesn’t mean our plans become God’s plans and that all of our troubles go away. God wouldn’t prosper that Israelites until 70 years of exile and hardship had passed and that entire generation of Israelites had passed. God’s timing is different than ours and His purposes are different than ours. Instead of immediate gratification, God wants us to have hope even during the hardest times and to have joy even while going through our trials and to give our best even when the outcome is uncertain at best.

The other part of this scripture passage that really speaks to me is towards the end of verse 14:

“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

If seeking God and serving Him is truly our heart’s desire, that is a prayer that God promises He will answer.

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Stories of Impact – Austin, MN

by Pizza Ranch on May 17, 2017

Last Wednesday July 10th, the Austin, MN Pizza Ranch hosted a Community Impact Night to help raise money for Jon Kittleson (a local artist) who is in need to a special handicap accessible van.  Apparent Jon had a wrestling accident in middle school in which he became partially paralyzed.  Later on he also was diagnosed with Rapid Onset Dystonia Parkinsonism (a rare movement disorder).  So having a specialized van of this sort is really a basic need for Jon.

The manager of the Austin Pizza Ranch, John Tietje, reported that there was a wonderful turnout; a testimony to the people of Austin, MN responding to someone in need.

Thank you to the Austin Pizza Ranch for being the “vehicle” in which to help raise funds for this worthy cause.

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Tuesday Truths – John Maxwell

by Pizza Ranch on May 16, 2017

“The true measure of leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less.”

(John Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership)

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Monday Mission – Be a Door Opener

by Pizza Ranch on May 15, 2017

This week see how many times you can open the door for someone. Literally.

Use that as a metaphor for opening the doors of opportunity for people.

We all need door openers in our life. That could mean telling a friend about a job opening, connecting people together who have similar interests, inviting people to our church, or giving someone a book that could change their life.

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What causes us to be troubled?  Many things, no doubt.  The loss of someone or something.  The not being able to understand the “why” it happened.  It’s hard for some, impossible for others, to even equate pain and loss with a loving God.  We’re not alone.  The Bible gives many stories of troubled folks.  Joseph endured a ton,  Job experienced a lot,  and so did many others.  Jesus did too.  Today we looked at John 12:27 where Jesus said, “Now my heart is troubled…”  He said this because his time had come to bear the weight of sin on the cross.  It was time for him to die a terrible death.

What did He do to get through it?  What can we do to get through (not over) it?

  1. He prayed.  He wanted out.  He was struggling with it.  He was troubled.  He asked God to “let this cup pass from him.”  He said, “Father save me from this hour.”May we cry out to Him as well.
  2. He reasoned.  God is in control.  He is working out His eternal plan.May we be able to reason, that God knows the “why.”
  3. He committed.  Lord, you got this…I give it to you.  Your will be done.  I know you know better than I.May we stay committed to His will and purposes.

 

May we each experience an unshakable faith through all we encounter in life.  It will not be easy.

Adapted from Chuck Smith and Blue Letter Bible

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Thursday Video – One Week to Prove

by Pizza Ranch on May 11, 2017

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Stories of Impact – Holland, MI

by Pizza Ranch on May 10, 2017

Praises for a Holland Pizza Ranch Manager

Knowing the Heimlich Maneuver Pays Off
“Manager Tommy is my hero! He probably saved my life today. I was choking on a piece of lettuce. The ladies at my table did not know what was happening, but Tommy just happened to be near our table and figured out I was choking and performed the Heimlich maneuver on me a couple of times until the obstruction popped out. He said I would now be one of his stories when he trains new employees. I’m so grateful that Tommy knew what to do and sprang into action. Please ensure that your employees learn how to do the Heimlich. In my opinion, Tommy went above and beyond and should be employee of the year!”

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