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

On Monday, February 13, the Central Admin team from the Pizza Ranch Restaurant Support Center participated in a service project with a local organization that provides food for children in need over the weekends. The team packed over 160 bags to be distributed to school-aged children in the area.

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Tuesday Truth – What does it mean to rest in God?

by Pizza Ranch on February 28, 2017

If you’re like me, you’re overwhelmed by a never-ending to-do list. There are times when that overwhelmed feelings turns to a drowning feeling and I feel like I can barely keep my head above water. This, my friends, is not how God intended life to be. He calls us to himself to find rest in him, not chaos and burdensome feelings. But, how do you find that rest? By loving God. Love him by making him a priority over the to-do list and spending time talking with God in prayer and in the Word.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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Monday Mission – Breathe

by Pizza Ranch on February 27, 2017

Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out. Again. Keep going.

Instead of rushing to the next thing today, take 1 minute to sit in stillness and just breathe. Every time you’re ready to transition to a new task, take that minute to prepare your mind. You’ll open yourself to new possibilities instead of rushing through to the next thing.

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Friday Devotional – Fill Someone’s Bucket

by Pizza Ranch on February 24, 2017

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12

I was told to teach what I know and what I know is to be a mom since I spent the past 5/6 years staying home with my kids. When my oldest son was in Kindergarten his class spent a week on the book “How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids” by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. The class learned how to love each other with visual examples of how their actions affect others. Your bucket can drip out when you feel sad, upset, mad, etc. Your bucket can get a drop added when you feel happy or appreciated. When you do something nice for someone else you add a drop to their bucket, but also get a drop added to your own bucket.

 

Your Challenge: Fill someone’s bucket!

Why? Because it’s our job as the body of Christ to encourage others and be a blessing.

How do you fill someone’s bucket? Give them a compliment, Smile!, say please and thank you, give a word of encouragement, offer to help someone, ask how someone’s day is going, buy someone a snack, pray with someone, leave an encouraging note on someone’s desk, bring someone flowers, etc.

 

How about you, how will you fill someone’s bucket today?

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Thursday Video – The Hurt and the Healer

by Pizza Ranch on February 23, 2017

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Stories of Impact – Pizza Ranch

by Pizza Ranch on February 22, 2017

Every Tuesday & Thursday time is dedicated at the start of morning at the Pizza Ranch Support Center to lift up prayers as a team.  Prayer requests come in from many places: www.pizzaranchserves.com, from the community, from Pizza Ranch restaurants and Pizza Ranch Support Center team members.  We have been blessed to see the Holy Spirit answer many prayers over the years.  How can we pray for you?  Let us know right here.

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Tuesday Truths – Deuteronomy 31:6

by Pizza Ranch on February 21, 2017

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

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Monday Mission – Seek out the Hurting

by Pizza Ranch on February 20, 2017

What should we do when a friend or loved one is suffering? How can we love them, support them, and journey with them in their suffering in a way that is encouraging and helps rather than hurts them?
As believers in Christ Jesus, we are charged to walk alongside each other in our pain. Yet sometimes, in our efforts to reach out to a suffering friend, we unwittingly hurt the very ones we want to help.
Here are a few tips for some things to do:

  1. Be there.
  2. Don’t say unkind things.
  3. When it comes time to speak, speak the truth.
  4. Show your love through actions.
  5. Don’t rush the process.

You can read the full article here: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/helping-hurting

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Friday Devotional – Blaming God?

by Pizza Ranch on February 17, 2017

When there’s a serious accident, there are two types of emergency vehicles that show up.  The police, who try to figure out what happened and who’s at fault.  And the paramedics, whose purpose is to help all those who are hurt.  This same dynamic can be found in our relationships.  Even our relationship with God.

There are some people who are like police.  They try to find out what happened, and who’s to blame.  And many blame God for the circumstances of life.  There are others who are more like the paramedics.  They’re not interested in the why, they know it happened and that it’s a bummer, but now they are focused on helping and making the situation better.

We tend to be too much like the police sometimes. We tend to point at others as the blame for our problems and circumstances.  Maybe it’s at a spouse, maybe it’s a colleague .  We will even point at God as the cause of our situations.  But according to Scripture, God is not to blame.  Sin is to blame.  If we’re looking for causes in the breakdown of our society, our relationships, and/or the reasons for suffering, it is the natural consequences of sin.  It’s the darkness of this world.  And people have shown themselves to love living in the darkness.

According to  John 9:1-6, the story of the blind man, Jesus came to bring healing.  He came to make wrongs right, and remove pain and suffering from all.  He did not come to condemn the world, to hurt or punish, but instead to save.  His mission was to be a light in this dark world. He had an eternal perspective and purpose.

And now that Jesus is gone, it’s our mission to be a light in the world.  A light to each other.  We need to be more like a paramedic and help those around us.  To heal the effects and consequences of sin.  May we bring grace and peace to all.

 

Adapted from a Chuck Smith Sermon on Blue Letter Bible

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Thursday Video – What Faith Can Do

by Pizza Ranch on February 16, 2017

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