Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3:18

Thanksgiving

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 27, 2014


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Stories of Impact – Church Coffee

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 26, 2014

For every pound of coffee used at Pizza Ranch, our restaurants make a donation to the non-profit Ethiopia Reads to oversee the operation of two schools in the region where Pizza Ranch’s coffee is sourced.  We have recently started partnering with churches to serve Pizza Ranch coffee during their fellowship time to further support Ethiopia Reads.  We invite you to watch this video to learn more about this ministry opportunity. If your church or organization is interested in learning more about a possible partnership, please contact Jon Moss at Pizza Ranch by emailing jmoss@pizzaranch.com.

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Recipe for Thanks-giving by Noel Piper

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 25, 2014

What turns the 4th Thursday of November into Thanksgiving? Turkey? I know one family who doesn’t like turkey. Their traditional Thanksgiving meal is Vietnamese carryout. But whatever our food traditions, is that all there is? Not if we plan real thanks into the day.

If we want to give thanks, we need only two things. Something we’re thankful for and somebody to thank. Seems so obvious, but I think I need to say it because it’s amazing how many people can say, “I’m thankful for _____ ,” without admitting that God is there to hear their thanks. And they’re certainly not giving him credit for whatever it is they’re enjoying.

Maybe we can get ready for Thanksgiving by giving someone else a reason to give thanks. It might be by food donations we make ahead of time. Or it might be through invitations to our table—someone with no relatives nearby, a newly-arrived refugee family, a lonely neighbor, international students from a nearby college.

And then, how will we express our thanks to God? Perhaps there’s a poster board on the wall where anyone during the day can write or draw pictures of what he’s thanking God for. Perhaps one of the children will make place cards with a verse of thanks on each, to be read sometime during the meal. Maybe this is a good day to pull out the year’s journals or photo albums or videos to remind each other of all that God has done in our lives this year.

And maybe Dad will begin the meal by leading in a thankful song and reading some words from Scripture:

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods. . . .
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

(Psalm 95:1-3, 6-7)

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Monday Mission

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 24, 2014

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The Holy Spirit Is Alive!

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 21, 2014

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.

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Count your blessings……..see what God has done!

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 20, 2014


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Stories of Impact – Rock Rapids, IA

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 19, 2014

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.

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Blessings

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 18, 2014

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Count Your Blessings!

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 17, 2014

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.

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Dependence or Independence

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on November 14, 2014

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.

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