Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Friday Devotional – Why Does God Allow Sin?

by pizzaranchadmin on February 12, 2016

  1. We live in a crazy, broken world for sure.  Just read or watch the news. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all bad.  It’s not all doom and gloom.  But there is a lot of pain and hurt out there.  I’ve had my share of it as well.  I believe that when sin entered the world, life became a lot harder.  Sin has the power to destroy lives, marriages, families, cultures, and even countries.  Yet, we seem to have a powerful attraction to it, and we can’t seem to resist it.  Even Paul, in Romans 7: 18-19, says “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”   Why does God allow it?
  2. Why does God allow sin?  He allows it so that our relationship with Him will be tested.  He wants us to look to Him for strength.  When we deny sin….it’s an act of love toward Him.
  3. Why does God allow us to be vulnerable to sin?  So that we learn to trust and lean into Him for help.
  4. May each of us look to Him no matter what sins we struggle with.  God never said our life would be easy, even for those who claim Christ.  On the contrary, He said that life would most definitely be hard.  We will struggle as we grow and mature in our faith…and then we will still fall short.  Sin is a reality.  But He wants us to keep fighting.  He wants us to trust in Him.  He wants us to lean into Him for strength and direction.   He wants us to win the battles as they come along.  One battle at a time.  For we already know who wins the war.
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Thursday Video – Learning To Be The Light

by pizzaranchadmin on February 11, 2016

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Stories of Impact – Sioux Falls, SD

by pizzaranchadmin on February 10, 2016

IMG_1960One of our locations was recently the site of a dream come true through Make a Wish Foundation. The young girl had requested a shopping spree in Sioux Falls and then wanted to eat at her favorite restaurant – Pizza Ranch! The Sioux Falls West 41st Street location gave her and her family free buffets and FunZone game cards. The team members at the Pizza Ranch loved having this special girl and her family with them and mentioned what a great family they are. What a special evening for everyone involved and who helped to make her dream come true!

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Tuesday Truths – The Least of These

by pizzaranchadmin on February 9, 2016

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’… “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:35-36,40

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Monday Mission – Be a Good Neighbor

by pizzaranchadmin on February 8, 2016

tractor snowAll around us, each day, are opportunities to do good deed. Last week many states were impacted by a large storm. The morning afterward, there were neighbors with tractors who offered to help shove others’ driveways and sidewalks. This takes just a few minutes with a tractor and saves nearly an hour’s worth of time for people who may have a difficult time with shoving snow.

Look for an opportunity this week to do a good deed for someone who may be having a difficult time; it will bless both of you!

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Friday Devotional – Sidetracked

by pizzaranchadmin on February 5, 2016

God has a special plan for each of us, but sometimes following His plan asks us to step outside of our comfort zone. In Genesis 12, God asks Abram to leave his country, people and his father’s household for something better – for the Promised Land. Abram only half-listens to God and brings along his father and nephew. They also made an unexpected stop in a town that felt like home, but was only halfway to the Promised Land. While Abram likely had good intentions, this “comfortable” disobedience took him on a detour and Abram lost out on time in the Promised Land. Eventually Abram remembers God’s calling and finally arrives in the Promised Land.

 

Like Abram, we can easily get sidetracked from God’s plan. We may choose our comfort over God’s calling. But, we miss out when we do this and settle for less than our Promised Land that God has waiting for us. Sometimes we just need to move in faith and give God the chance to show Himself faithful.

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Thursday Video – Wedding Rings

by pizzaranchadmin on February 4, 2016

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Stories of Impact

by pizzaranchadmin on February 3, 2016

20160125_190725-1Last week I was in a Pizza Ranch and saw a new way of doing a Community Impact Night.  This “reverse Community Impact Night” was put on by a local organization who wanted to celebrate 3 individuals/groups that have made a positive impact in their communities.  The people were given an award during a short program, and the amount raised through tips and sales were split between the 3.

 

20160125_190901-1Do you have individuals in your community that are making a big difference in your community?  Consider giving them some encouragement through an event like this!

 

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Tuesday Truth – James 1:5-6

by pizzaranchadmin on February 2, 2016

I like word pictures, and this is a pretty vivid one.

 

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.   (James 1:5-6)

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Monday Mission – Pray for the Election

by pizzaranchadmin on February 1, 2016

Tonight, much of the world will be focused on the state of Iowa, home to many Pizza Ranches.  With the Iowa Caucuses being the first step of the political season, today’s mission is to say a prayer that God’s hand is in the election process, and that he will bless these wonderful United States of America with safety and wisdom in this important election year.

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