All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.

Thursday Video – Pretend Like You Just Lost It

by pizzaranchadmin on October 8, 2015


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Stories of Impact – Grand Forks, ND

by pizzaranchadmin on October 7, 2015

With Veteran’s Day fast approaching and a local women in Grand Forks, ND has taken action. She noticed over the years  that the white stones have started to lean at the Veteran Memorial Cemetery  she felt to continue to honor those who served was to raise money for repairs it will cost about $400-$500 to fix permanently along with manpower.

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A local Veteran volunteers time to repair stones and says “I grew up on a farm so I know how to run a tractor,” he said, laughing. “You always think the things your dad had you do as a kid would never come in handy. Well, pouring cement and doing farm projects with dirt and running tractors, that’s my experience.”

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Tuesday Truth – Freedom

by pizzaranchadmin on October 6, 2015

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Monday Mission – Freedom in Love

by pizzaranchadmin on October 5, 2015

“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?” Galatians 5:13-15

Challenge this week is how will you use your freedom in Love?

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Friday Devotional – Keep Crying Out

by pizzaranchadmin on October 2, 2015

One thing we see in Scripture is that the path of obedience is very difficult.  Serving Christ in this world is not, and will not be easy.  We will be tired at times, worn out at times, troubled at times, afraid at times…and we will cry out.  And He will have compassion on us.

Another thing we see is that even though we have those difficulties.  Sometimes because we have those difficulties.  God will use us, just like he did the disciples.  God can take the area of our life that we see as weak….and absolutely use those things to show His strength.

Keep crying out to Him.  Keep looking to Him. He will hear us. He will use us.

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Thursday Video – My Own Little World

by pizzaranchadmin on October 1, 2015


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Stories of Impact – Bloomington, IL

by pizzaranchadmin on September 30, 2015

Recently the Bloomington Pizza Ranch was recognized for their willingness and openness to serving their community as a “safe place”. See more in the link below:

Great job Bloomington team!!!

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Tuesday Truths – Mark

by pizzaranchadmin on September 29, 2015

Mark 10:45 ESV

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 9:35 ESV

And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

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Monday Mission – Servant Leadership and a Sandwich

by pizzaranchadmin on September 28, 2015

When I think of Servant Leadership I think of my Mom making me a sandwich.

Seven years ago I was taking a walk with my Mom near her home in south Florida when I noticed she was getting tired. My mom and I always walked together. She was a fit, walking machine and never got tired so I knew something was wrong.

“Let’s go back to the condo so you can rest,” I said.

“No, I want to walk to the store so I can get some food to make you a sandwich for your drive home.”

I was headed back to my home in Ponte Vedra Beach and my mom thought I might starve to death without eating during the five hour drive. : )

“Ok,” I said knowing she had her mind set. Growing up in a Jewish-Italian family, the one thing you didn’t do is argue with mom about food. To her food and love were one and the same.

We continued walking, made it to the supermarket and as we walked back I could tell she was getting more and more tired. When we arrived back at her condo she was exhausted and yet the first thing she did was walk into the kitchen to make me a sandwich.

On my drive home I ate her sandwich but didn’t think much about it at the time. Now, seven years later, I think about that sandwich a lot because it was the last time I saw my mom alive.

My mom was battling cancer which was why she was so tired. She didn’t tell me how bad it really was nor did she mention how bleak the odds were for her survival. She was fighting for her life and yet on that day her biggest priority was to make me a sandwich.

Looking back I realize she wasn’t just making me a sandwich. She was showing me what selfless love and servant leadership are all about.

At her funeral many of her real estate clients and colleagues came up to me and shared countless stories of all the selfless acts of love my mom did for them as well. Turns out she served her team at work and her clients the same way she served her family.

We often think that great leadership is about big visions, big goals, big actions and big success. But I learned from my Mom that real leadership is about serving others by doing the little things with a big dose of selfless love.

This week I want to encourage you to lead others by serving them. The opportunities to serve are endless. Just do something that let’s someone know you care about them.

Who knows you might even make someone a sandwich!

-Jon Gordon

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Friday Devotional – Punishment & Reward

by pizzaranchadmin on September 25, 2015

Some people are motivated by fear of punishment, while others are motivated by rewards.  We especially see this in children.  Some will do the right thing because there is a reward waiting for them at the end.  Others will do the right thing because they want to avoid a punishment that might occur if they don’t.

It is interesting that there are examples of both of these in the Bible as well.

Some examples of punishments are:

  • Gen. 3:14-19 – this is the punishment God gave Adam and Eve when they ate the fruit from the Tree of Life.
  • Gen. 4:10-14 – this is Cain’s punishment for killing Abel.
  • Gen. 6:5-8 – God punished all mankind (except Noah) with the flood.
  • Gen. 18:22-33 – God destroyed Sodom because not even 10 righteous people could be found.
  • 2 Sam. 12:13-14 – God killed David’s son he had with Bathsheba.
  • Hebrews 2:1-4 – this talks about receiving our “just punishment”.
  • Hebrews 10:26-31  – talks about the punishment a person will have if they deliberately keep sinning after having knowledge of the truth.

I saw a post a few weeks ago that said “I am thankful that God doesn’t pay weekly wages” and it referenced Romans 6:23 which says “For the wages of sin is death”.  Thankfully, the rest of that verse says “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”!

It is interesting that most of these examples come from the Old Testament.  There was a point in history when the punishment is followed by hope.  That time is when Jesus came to die for our sins.  Instead of being punished for our sins, we now have hope from the grace God gives through Jesus’ death.

Some example of rewards or grace are:

  • John 1:16-18 – this talks about the law was given through Moses, but the grace and truth comes through Jesus Christ.
  • Acts 11:22-24 – Barnabas was sent to Antioch to encourage them and through him a “great number of people were brought to the Lord”.
  • Acts 15:6-12 – Gentiles were brought into the faith and saved through the grace of our Lord Jesus.
  • Romans 3:21-26 – We have all fallen short and are apart from the law of righteousness, but we have been justified freely by his grace.

The ultimate reward for those that believe and confess Jesus as Lord will be to live eternally with Him!!  Please take 5 minutes and read Revelations 21 and 22.  It gives an unimaginable description of what the new Heaven and the new Earth will be like.  We should thank God every day that he has given us grace so we can spend eternity with him in this beautiful place!!

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