Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

Our Judgement

by pizzaranchadmin on May 5, 2015

The human heart is exquisitely fragile. Our judgements need to be  gentle, our understanding deep, and our forgiveness wide.  Ron Rolheiser

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Forgiveness

by pizzaranchadmin on May 4, 2015

Forgiveness is spoken about a lot in the Bible.  Yet, it is not uncommon for Christians to have questions about forgiveness.  It does not come easy for most of us to forgive.  Our natural instinct is to draw back when we are hurt or have been injured.  It is not natural to quickly extend mercy, grace and understanding when we have been wronged.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Colossians 3:13

During this week, my challenge is for you to step out and offer mercy, grace and understanding in a very unnatural way the Jesus taught us.

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Fear

by pizzaranchadmin on May 1, 2015

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

In God, whose word I praise—

in God I trust and am not afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?” Ps 56:3-4

Fear can be such a crippling mechanism and can bear its head in so many forms.  Fear creates worry, anxiety, doubt, sorrow, depression, and feelings of inadequacy or loss of hope.   The acronym for F.E.A.R is False Evidence Appearing Real.  We are all great detectives and can conjure up evidence to support our fears without breaking a sweat.

Fear is almost always caused because of an unknown future.  What will the doctor say?  The medical report says it doesn’t look good.  How am I going to pay my bills?  Will I ever get out of debt? What if I can’t find a job?  What if I don’t do well on this presentation? Will I ever find that perfect someone?  Will I be able to have children?  Will my children be safe? Will they make the right decisions in life?  Am I safe?   What if I make the wrong choice?  What am I supposed to do?

Fear serves two purposes:

1.) To make us cautious and aware

2.) To induce our trust in God as our protector and provider

Therefore, fear in and of itself is not a bad thing.  It’s what I do with my fear or what I allow my fear to do with me.  In other words, fear and faith go hand in hand.  Fear should invoke faith.

“They are as oil and water in a man’s soul, and the oil will float above, and quiet the waves.”

Alexander MacLaren

Notice the purpose of fear is not to create doubt or worry, but trust.  When we experience any form of fear, (doubt, stress, anxiety, worry, inadequacy, sorrow, depression) the key focal point is how long it takes to turn our focus upon God.  How long do we fixate on the problem looking for our own solutions or creating fictitious future resolutions in our head with endless negative results?  “What if this happens?  Or worse, what if this happens?”  We need to lay the situation on the altar and give it Him.  We turn our fear into faith.  We turn our worries into trust.  And once we lay it there, leave it there!  If you find that you’ve taken it back, then by faith recognize that and put it right back on the altar of God.

More than likely we all have something we fear, or something creating anxiety in our lives today.  Here are four steps to follow when you feel fear creeping in:

  1. Recognize your fear  (Name it.  What is it that you truly fear?)
  2. Turn your focus to God.  (Find a scripture that counters your fear)
  3. In prayer, lay your fear at the altar. (Give your situation to Him in faith.)
  4. Continually give him thanks in faith for the end result. (Daily lay it on the altar and thank Him.)

Remember if we trust in the Lord, as believers we don’t have to FEAR the future.  We know our future is in His Hands!  He is our provider.  He is our protector! He is our healer!  He is our strength. Stop gathering false evidence and put your trust and faith in Him today!

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I Surrender All

by pizzaranchadmin on April 30, 2015

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Stories of Impact – Sioux Falls, SD

by pizzaranchadmin on April 29, 2015

Over 100 brave and humble individuals volunteered to shave their heads for a great cause at the Pizza Ranch in Sioux Falls on 41st Street.  Several members of the Pizza Ranch staff and Management participated in the “shave event” as well.  This year’s goal was to raise $30,000 dollars for the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation an organization formed to help find a cure for kids cancer and fund childhood cancer research.

This “Brave the Shave” event exceeded all expectations and set a new record and raised a whopping $83,723.

For more information…

http://www.stbaldricks.org/

http://www.kdlt.com/kdltnews-news-kdlt-news-today/Head-Shaving-Event-Raises-Funds-For-Childhood-Cancer-Research/31752486

http://www.kdlt.com/news/local-news/heads-shaved-for-st-baldricks-foundation-in-sioux-falls/31767890

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Strength In Surrender

by pizzaranchadmin on April 28, 2015

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Join our Exclusive Music Team

by pizzaranchadmin on April 27, 2015

Pizza Ranch’s vision is to Glorify God by Positively Impacting the World. One of the ways we carry out this vision is by supporting and promoting Christian music throughout Pizza Ranch territory, whether it means playing it in some of our restaurants, sponsoring a local concert tour, or supporting large-scale music festivals such as LifeLight in South Dakota or Lifest in Wisconsin.

We are working on a really exciting (and top secret) project and would love to invite some of you, fans of both Pizza Ranch and Christian Music, to get a sneak-peek into this project and then help us spread the word when the time is right.

Seeking Christian Music Fans

If you have a love for Christian Music, or are just plain curious about what we’re up to, please sign up for more information by Friday, May 1, 2015. The application asks a few simple questions and we’ll be contacting those who we’d like to join the team in the next few weeks with more details and further instructions.

Your mission this week is to either sign up for the team or to share this invitation with someone you know who may be interested. You can share via any of the social channels below or just direct people to www.pizzaranch.com/music.

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What do you want your legacy to be?

by pizzaranchadmin on April 24, 2015

This past week this question came around to me a couple of times.  The first was a question someone posed online: What do you want to pass onto the next generation?  Answers to this question included among others: Work ethic, a love of travel and seeing other cultures, laughter, gratitude, self-sufficiency & hunting, taste.

Then this question resurfaced when I came across a letter that my Grandma had written to me along with all of her grandkids and kids.  In this letter she expressed that she had only one desire for us, that we would love Jesus and keep Him at the center of our lives.  She spoke of God seeing her through the hardest moments of life.

I hope the legacy I leave will be like these words from Deuteronomy 6.

Deuteronomy 6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

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Laugh at Ourselves

by pizzaranchadmin on April 23, 2015

Tim Hawkins is a Christian comedian who reminds us it’s okay to laugh at ourselves once in a while!

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Stories of Impact – Oshkosh, WI

by pizzaranchadmin on April 22, 2015

Last week, the newest Pizza Ranch in Oshkosh, Wisconsin took part in a food drive and donation fundraiser for the Salvation Army.  The food was donated from guests who attended the practice shifts prior to grand opening.  Over $600 was given in cash and many more dollars in food donated in an effort to help out the local chapter of the Salvation Army.  One way that community engagement is developed in the Pizza Ranch world is by partnering with civic organizations such as the Salvation Army.  Thanks to the many hands that made these days a success!

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