Are you familiar with the names Plato, Socrates and Aristotle? These guys were some of the greatest, and well-known names in history. Their thoughts on “truth” have been taught in schools for centuries. But did you know, that Jesus came after their deaths? And that by the time Jesus arrived here on earth, the quest for truth that those men tried so hard to find, was dead too. The question became more like, “Forget truth, what is truth anyways?”
Today, truth is looked upon much the same way. There is no universal truth anymore…..everything is relative. It’s all subject to the individuals interpretation. We seem to believe that truth can come from anywhere and anyone. We actually think we’re free from any truth, except for our own. Or we just except someone else’s opinion or stance on a particular truth. But is that truth? Is there truth out there?
Jesus teaches throughout scripture that He is the truth, and that the truth that comes from him will set us free. He will set us free from the bondage of sin, and allow us to live our life in truth. We won’t be able to live a perfect life, but it will be one that is set apart. That impacts lives for the better. And that we will ultimately be in heaven with Him for eternity. It’s only through Jesus we find truth…and true freedom.
Start your quest for truth with the person named Jesus. Read the book of John, located in the Bible, to see truth like never before.
Jen Hatmaker – Four Stages of Road Trip Management
Who all of those who have taken a roadtrip with children, if you may ever take a road trip with children, or if you simply need a little of that sunshine in your life today, then this 3-minute video will be well-worth your time. Enjoy!
Last week, the Sergeant Bluff Pizza Ranch hosted a Community Impact Night for Tri-State Soccer players to help fund team travel to several out of state tournaments. It was held on Tuesday, which is the restaurant’s Kids’ Night, so the 15 teenage-boy soccer players who were volunteering stayed plenty busy the whole evening! The Pizza Ranch Manager who worked that evening had nothing but positive things to say about having the soccer players there, including that they were a great, energetic group of kids who were so polite and respectful. A player’s mom who attended was very impressed with the Sergeant Bluff staff and how they taught the players everything they needed to know to make the evening a success. The mom also mentioned how important it was for the boys to learn how to work and earn money instead of asking for donations; the Community Impact Night was the perfect way to do this. Maybe there are some future Ranch Hands on the team once soccer season comes to a close!
Welcome to the first full week of February! The month of commercialized Hallmark love and the grey skies of winter. Does anyone else feel like February is sometimes a challenging month to be positive? The holidays are over, winter is still with us for a while longer and sometimes it seems like the sun is in hibernation too.
This week, look for a way to be the sunshine that someone else may desperately need. A heart-felt compliment, a note of encouragement or even gifting someone a literal box of sunshine (fill a small box with all things yellow!) can go a long way in bringing sunshine to someone’s week.
In Orange City, IA, the town the Pizza Ranch Support Center is in, we have a 4 day annual Tulip Festival that takes place the third week of May. It’s a great time to remember the past, and celebrate the present. The weather is great, the food is amazing, and the opportunity to see old friends after a long winter is fun. You can feel the celebration in the air. And people come from miles around to be a part of it.
In John 7 we see the story of Jesus going to a big festival too. It was called the Feast of Tabernacles. This was an 8 day festival that the folks then went to remember their past, and celebrate their present. They remembered the time of enslavement in Egypt, as well as their 40 years in the wilderness. But mostly they remembered how God provided for them, and delivered them from all of it. One of the things God provided for was water. Water that came out of a rock to bring them life as they traveled.
It was on the last and greatest day of this festival that Jesus stood up and cried out to the people, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Jesus is proclaiming the gospel message here. He’s calling out to those who’s spirit is thirsty, and saying to come to him and drink…that he can satisfy the thirst. Just like when God provided water for the people in the wilderness from the rock. Jesus is now proclaiming that he is the rock…and that he can provide living water the same way to everyone else who wants it. A living, sustainable, everlasting water gushing out of our lives. May we all enjoy an everlasting drink.
Pizza Ranches all across the Midwest live out the idea of being engaged in their communities. This week, we are highlighting two times when locations willingly donated pizzas to support a local event.
On January 18, blood drive workers from the Wisconsin chapter of the Red Cross enjoyed pizza courtesy of the Baraboo Pizza Ranch.
In Columbus, Nebraska, the local library held a first ever winter carnival for kids on Saturday, January 21. The Pizza Ranch donated 15 large cactus breads to the event, in support of a family friendly event.