A friend of mine recently shared with me what he witnessed while he was serving God in Haiti. He was at a Haitian church and the pastor of this Church read from an English language Bible. What was amazing is that the pastor of this Haitian church could not read or speak English… except he could read the entire Bible in English.
On the inside, my first reaction was, “Really?” I believed my friend was telling me what he believed to be true, but did I really believe this modern-day miracle actually happened? This sounds a little too good to be true or a little crazy.
I guess my reaction of disbelief may be pretty similar to that of the many people that were at Pentecost. Pentecost was one of the first outpourings of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’s resurrection recorded in the Bible. Suddenly many people at this event were speaking of God’s mighty works in languages they had never heard or spoken. I encourage you to check out the fully story in Acts 2.
If the Holy Spirit could have a whole crowd of people speaking in a whole host of different languages, languages they had never spoken or heard before… then why couldn’t that same Spirit not also make a modern-day Haitian pastor be able to read a different language?
Lord, help me follow your way, to live your way. Holy Spirit, forgive my disbelief and be alive and work through me.
Pizza Ranch of Rock Rapids was able to collect 500 coats during the month of October. They collected 42 hats, 30 pairs of gloves and 75 pairs of boots. They were shocked at the turnout this promotion received and never imagined we would collect that many items in 1 month. All coats are donated to Atlas, some will be used in their clothing store, but most will be donated to people who need coats. The amount of people that lost stuff from the flooding this year will increase their need for coats, and they feel blessed to receive the donation and are excited to know they will be able to help many people.
Step 1: Take 60 seconds and write down all the things you are thankful for in two words or less.
Step 2: Thank our Heavenly Father for this list and the many blessings you didn’t get to write down.
We had a discussion here at the Pizza Ranch home office about the quest for independence we grew up with. It starts at a young age. It’s encouraged. This quest for independence was driven into us…and has become driven to the point of selfishness in America. Yet Scriptures tell us that this kind of mindset leads to foolishness. Especially since it ignores our fundamental need for God, and our ongoing dependence on Him.
When we have the independent mindset, and then things don’t go our way, we’re often tempted to complain to God that He has somehow forgotten us. This happens when we look at God through our circumstances. We depend on ourselves, or something else, and not on God. Isaiah 36: 6 says: “Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him.” We end up leaning on a broken reed. On something that can’t bear the weight. Like ourselves.
But when we look at our circumstances through God, it brings dependence. It brings hope. A hope that is built on the rock instead of a broken reed. Matthew 7: 25 says, “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
What are we leaning on here at Pizza Ranch? What are we leaning on with our families? What about with our personal life? The prayer is that we continually strive to be dependent on Him. May we lean onto the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.
A group from the Pizza Ranch Support Center spent time on Thursday afternoon cooking and assembling meals. Martin Brothers generously donated food items and the Support Center team put to use their culinary skills (some greater than others).
Twenty pans of Shepherd’s Pie and 42 containers of chili were frozen and will be distributed to people who could use a meal. It was fun to spend time in the kitchen together with the hope others are blessed by their efforts.
Psalm 40: 1-3: “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.”
Sometime life is great. It’s easy. Things go well day after day; week after week. And then something hits you like a brick wall. Hardships and challenges come from different directions. Life is hard. Life becomes overwhelming.
Where do you turn? What is your support? Where does comfort and hope come when life is hard?