For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Friday Devotional – Compassion

by pizzaranchadmin on October 9, 2015

Compassion is one of the great attributes of God.  We see Jesus show this in His own life.  We see Him being moved with kindness and concern.  He’s moved with empathy, and even sympathy.  It leads Him to understanding, mercy, and grace towards individuals and groups.  Towards us.  He understands that “we’re made of dust.”  Psalm 103:13-14 says: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him (Not scared fear…but a loving reverence); for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”

Not sure what draws you to compassion, but Jesus was drawn to those who needed Him.  The ones that cried out, or came running.  It’s that need in our lives that moves Him to have compassion on us.  We cry out.  The very sin that you or I might think is our biggest barrier to our walk with Him…might be the very thing that keeps us connected to Him.  It might be the thing that allows us to see His work in our life.  Don’t give up.  Keep turning to Him.  And I assure you….He will have compassion.  You and I will receive grace and mercy.  Thanks be to God.

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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

Tuesday Truth

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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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