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

Thursday Video – God of Glory – Mark Schultz

by Pizza Ranch on August 25, 2016

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Stories of Impact – Fort Pierre, SD

by Pizza Ranch on August 24, 2016

Fort Pierre Pizza Ranch holds fundraiser for families of two firefighters who died from injuries in a farm fire.  The Fort Pierre Fire Department Auxiliary and other firefighters waited tables and filled drinks in a very crowded restaurant.  A portion of the restaurant’s profits and all of the tips, went to a tragic, but noble cause. The Auxiliary had scheduled a fundraiser about a year ago with the original idea to raise money for the auxiliary and use the money to assist fire victims.  The fire and explosion on August 8 that fatally injured two men, “it just came naturally” to change the purpose of the fundraiser slightly.

You can read more details on the story from the Capital Journal here:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/pizza-ranch-holds-fundraiser-for-two-who-died-in-fire/article_4e198164-68ee-11e6-85f0-f36e18e14232.html

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Tuesday Truth – Proverbs 19:11

by Pizza Ranch on August 23, 2016

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11.

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Monday Mission – Commitment

by Pizza Ranch on August 22, 2016

What is it today that you haven’t fully committed to?  Often we have hopes and wishes, and they remain hopes and wishes because we don’t commit to a plan. Goals are achieved only thru the execution of a plan.

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” Peter F. Drucker

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Friday Devotional – Extra Weight

by Pizza Ranch on August 19, 2016

Hebrews 12:1. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

The writer of Hebrews may have had an idea of what it meant to participate in the Olympics.  During those days, athletes typically wore very little dress as they competed.  They didn’t want clothing, or other things such as excess body weight or hair, to hinder them as they completed their activity.  If you think about it, this is still the case today – athletes wear small amount of spandex or swimwear because they don’t want to encumber themselves with extra weight or clothing flopping around.

So today’s short devotion is asking us to evaluate in our lives, what extra weight are we carrying?  What’s extra that’s hanging around in our lives that’s causing us to not be.  The verse says to throw off the things that hinder us AND the sin that entangles.  In other words, we have to throw off some things that actually AREN’T sins in our lives.  We all know that sin grabs us, seeps in to us, and exists in us.  So we got that part, but I wonder what are those other things that hinder us.  They may even be things that are GOOD!  I wonder what things in life might hold us back from being more excellent in our lives…committees, commitments, relationships, those sorts of things.  I’ve learned that good things in life can indeed become NOT good things in life!

The 2nd sentence of this verse is put into the Bible to encourage us and challenge us, but one in which we can reside in confidence.  So the author encourages us by saying “Let US run…” in other words, it’s not an imperative statement staying “YOU DO THIS”.  It’s a “WE can do this!” type of encouragement statement, because the author realizes that we are all in this thing call life together.

The other part of the sentence reminds us that the race has already been marked out for us.  We can have confidence that God has already established the plan for our lives.  He built the course, and what a crazy course it is, right?  There are difficult times for sure.  But it’s our job to run with steady confidence and enthusiasm during that race. And to trust that the course that is set out will lead us to our goal.

So what is throwing you “off course” and hindering you?  Is it a sin? or perhaps is it something good, that is just slowing down your progress toward living a more God-filled life.

Finally, Hebrews 12:2 completes the sentence of Hebrews 12:1:  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…fixing our eyes on Jesus.

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Thursday Video – John Crist on Christian Music

by Pizza Ranch on August 18, 2016

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Stories of Impact – Storm Lake, IA

by Pizza Ranch on August 17, 2016

Monday night, the Storm Lake Pizza Ranch held a fundraiser for a scholarship of Conner Weiland.  Conner was a 16-year-old young man who was tragically killed in a farming accident in September 2014.

The Conner Weiland Scholarship Fund was set up by the Storm Lake Pizza Ranch Pizza Ranch to be given annually to a local high student going into agricultural field.  Connor was a friend to many, including 6 team members of the Storm Lake location who were in his class.  After the accident, the investors of the location helped to start up the fund with a $500 donation.  Last night’s Community Impact Night netted over $1100 towards the scholarship fund, and two more fundraiser nights are planned.

Missy McCormick, General Manager of the Storm Lake location, was witness to the support that the community gave to the Weiland family.  “We just wanted to do something to help the family.”

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Click here to read the article and watch the news broadcast that celebrated Conner’s life. http://www.siouxlandmatters.com/news/local-news/remembering-conner-storm-lake-family-grieves-loss

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Tuesday Truth – Goals and Visions

by Pizza Ranch on August 16, 2016

Are you a goal setter or a visionary?  There’s times and places for both.  What’s the difference, you may ask?  Listen to what Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges say, in their book Lead Like Jesus:

“It is important to distinguish between goals and vision.  A goal is a specific event that, once achieved, becomes a piece of history to be superceded by a new goal.  A vision or a view of the future, is an ongoing, evolving, hopeful look into the future that stirs the hearts and minds of people who know they will never see its end of limit.”

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Monday Mission – Wait

by Pizza Ranch on August 15, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to do something I had never done before…ride a ski lift.  As I rode one lift, 2000 ft. off of the ski base, there were some things that struck me:  When you ride a ski lift, there’s literally nothing you can do to change your future. You can’t speed it up, you can’t slow it down, you can’t change course, and you can’t get off the chair to do whatever you want to.  Simply, you have to wait.  But it’s in the moments of waiting that you also anticipate what’s coming.  Sometimes in life, we feel stuck…we can’t go anywhere at the speed we want and we can’t change the course either!  This can be very frustrating!  We simply have to wait on God and anticipate that he knows what’s coming is best.  I took this picture when we reached the top of this mountain that displays GodNate mountain’s majesty.

If you are waiting for something today, trust in the Lord with all your heart that he is getting ready to prepare his majesty for you!

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Friday Devotional – Born of God. What?

by Pizza Ranch on August 11, 2016

John 1: 11-13 says: “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

What does it mean to be born of God?

  • We have a new nature.

-We were born of parents.  We inherited natural characteristics and looks.  Our needs are selfish.  We cry for what we want

-Now we’re born of God.  We inherited supernatural characteristics and spiritual features. Our needs are spiritual.  We cry out and thirst for righteousness…and our fathers touch.

  • We have a new relationship.

-We are related to our natural parents by birth. We’re given certain rights and privileges.  We can walk in the house without knocking.  We have our place at the table. We have an inheritance.

This also brought certain responsibilities…We represent the family name, good or bad.

-We are related to God by our spiritual birth.  We’re given certain rights and privileges…immediate access to the father.  We have a place at the Fathers table. We have an inheritance.

This also brings certain responsibilities….We represent the family, and bear our father’s name.

For all of us who receive Him. To those who believe in His name.  We are now born of God.  We’re different now.  We’re a new creation.  Fact.  Done. Finished.  No matter what.

(This devotional was adopted from a sermon found on Blue Letter Bible…from Chuck Smith)

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