Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Friday Devotional – Seeking God’s Will and Not Our Own

by pizzaranchadmin on August 28, 2015

I’ve found that during my life I’ve struggled at times to know or understand the will of God.  There have  also been times where I’ve wanted to do something special for God, but then discover through the passage of time that it wasn’t what God wanted.  By itself, I don’t know if is necessarily bad wanting to do something special for God, especially if it’s out of gratitude for what God has done in our lives.  But what if we create our own plans and don’t seek His will?

If you struggle with any of this like me, you are not alone. We see in 2nd Samuel in the Old Testament that King David wanted to build a house for the Lord.  The Israelites had been traveling through the wilderness with the Ark, or the presence of God, for hundreds of years.  And during this time the Ark was housed in a tent.  During this time the Ark was even stolen in battle by the Israelite’s dreaded rivals, the Philistines.  So after this long period of time and after the Ark was returned to Jerusalem and the Israelites were at peace and David was sitting in His nice house provided by God… he felt out of sorts that the Ark of God was sitting in a tent.

2nd Samuel 7: 1-7

After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’

 

We see that David sought feedback on His plan for God from the religious prophet Nathan.  But we see in the Bible that neither stop to ask God what He wants… they just thought it seemed right and logical through their wisdom… what would be wrong in building a house for God so He doesn’t have to reside in a tent… it would show Him honor and glory right?  But then God interceded and said what He wanted and what He would do.

God had other wonderful plans for David and would have David’s son build him a house.  So we also see that the building of a house for God wasn’t this awful thing… it just wasn’t what God wanted from David.  This Word from God me has reminded me to seek God’s will and direction and to ask the Lord what he wants me to do and not the other way around.  It also shows me that God has a specific plan and purpose for each of us.  As we seek to serve God, let us stay in relationship with God and to seek His will.

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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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