Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

Thursday Video – Fleeting Moments with our Children

by pizzaranchadmin on August 27, 2015

Can anyone else relate to this prayer?

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Stories of Impact – Springfield, IL

by pizzaranchadmin on August 26, 2015

Last week, the Pizza Ranch opened up a brand new restaurant in the community of Springfield, Illinois.  The vision statement “To glorify God by positively impacting the world” was top of mind awareness during the training days prior to opening day.  I had the opportunity to visit with Bruce Orman, husband of operating partner Victoria Orman.  He told me a couple of stories:

During one of the training days, the restaurant found that it had too much chicken prepared.  Instead of disposing it, they contacted a nearby Salvation Army Adult Rehab center.  They cooked the chicken up, and brought between 250-300 pieces of golden brown broasted chicken to the site.  The staff member at the Salvation Army told Bruce and Victoria that she had just been praying for a supply of food, shortly before the restaurant called her.  Truly an answer to prayer!

Then, during the practice meals, an abundance of personal items were donated to the restaurant to be sent to active military duty members.  Additionally, over $500 was given so that postage could be covered to get these items to our troops.

Thanks Springfield Pizza Ranch for having your eyes open to how you can positively impact the world around you!

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Tuesday Truth – Teachers

by pizzaranchadmin on August 25, 2015

Let’s lift up our classroom teachers and homeschool teachers today!

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning”

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Monday Mission – Back to School

by pizzaranchadmin on August 24, 2015

Across the country, children are headed back to school.  There’s a lot going on in our schools that we can pray for.  Here’s the start of a list…but feel free to comment below about anything additionally you can think of!

Teachers – prayers for patience, wisdom, and grace

Students – prayers for understanding, development, and behavior that is God-glorifying

Leadership – prayers for direction, wisdom, and peace

Support Staff – prayers for administrative assistants, janitors, security, kitchen help, nurses, counselors, and others

Facilities – prayers of safety for those in the building

Bus Drivers – prayers for safety and peace

Coaches – prayers for wisdom on how to direct youth in a positive way

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Friday Devotional – The Great Commission

by pizzaranchadmin on August 21, 2015

The “Great Commission” is a phrase that gets talked about often in the Christian world.  It’s an important part of the lives of Christ followers.  At least it’s supposed to be.  Isn’t it?  The origin of its “title”  is found in Mark 16:15 and says this:  “He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”  I’m not sure what you think, but I can get a little overwhelmed by the magnitude of this challenge. But I recently found something on the website “Blue Letter Bible” that I believe explains the Great Commission perfectly to us.  In a way that makes it more doable in our lives.  It’s from a sermon by Chuck Smith…I added a few things to it:

  1. Go – That is, every Christian.  Every believer.
  2. Into all the world – That is, every Christian’s personal world.  Our entire sphere of influence. Even Pizza Ranch.
  3. And preach the good news – That is, the good news of the Gospel.  With our actions, with our talk, and with who we are and what we represent.
  4. To all creation – To everyone.  It’s our purpose. It’s how we glorify God.

It’s that simple. Go with confidence, and with the understanding that an impact for the Kingdom can be made this way.  To love, care, and serve people.  Acts 1:8 says that when we go in His name, that we will receive the power of the Holy Spirit; and that we will be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. By God’s grace, and because people see Him in our lives, we’ll have many opportunities to tell people about the gospel message along the way.

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Thursday Video – Multiplied by NEEDTOBREATHE

by pizzaranchadmin on August 20, 2015

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Stories of Impact – Sioux Falls, SD

by pizzaranchadmin on August 19, 2015

Recently, our restaurant in Sioux Falls, 41st St, helped out the Sioux Falls police department with their “Cast with a Cop” program.  Here’s the link to learn more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2015/08/14/sf-police-will-take-kids-fishing-saturday/31722037/

 

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Tuesday Truth – Old Friends

by pizzaranchadmin on August 18, 2015

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Monday Mission – Be Friendly

by pizzaranchadmin on August 17, 2015

Your mission this week is to be friendly.  Find a way this week to go above and beyond and be  a great friend to someone.  It could be as simple as a smile, or as complex as bringing in some treats to share with your co-workers.  But find a way this week to be friendly to those around you.

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Friday Devotional – The Importance of Saying Thank You

by pizzaranchadmin on August 14, 2015

By Linda Gilden

“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us” Luke 17:13

When Jesus encountered the ten lepers on his way to Jerusalem, all ten asked to be healed.  All ten obeyed Jesus’ command to go show themselves to the priests.  As the lepers went to the priests, they were healed.  However, only one returned to thank Jesus.

That seemed to surprise Jesus. “Were not all ten cleansed?” he asked.  “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Luke 17:17

Jesus did not heal the lepers for the thanks.  But He really appreciated it when one He had healed remembered his manners.

In the scriptures the mother of the leper who gave thanks was not mentioned.  But we see the fruit of her teaching in her son’s behavior.  Chances are she had to remind him many times to say “thank you” to those who did things for him or gave him something.  And in his younger days she probably wondered if he would ever catch on to the importance of giving thanks.  Can’t you hear her saying, “Son, tell the man thank you.”

Giving thanks is not something that is spontaneous.  Expressing our thanks to another person is a deliberate act.  We learn to be thankful people by watching those around us.

Gratitude and appreciation are important.  People who are thankful are happy people.  People who are thankful have lots of friends.  People who are thankful have learned to say with Paul, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” Phillippians 4:11.  Thankful people know real thanks giving springs from a heart that is focused on God.

A special challenge to find something to be Thanksful for Today.

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