I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

Thursday Video

by admin on July 24, 2014


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Stories of Impact – Shakopee, MN

by admin on July 23, 2014

On July 11, the Shakopee, MN Pizza Ranch was honored to supply the meal for the Scott County Relay For Life survivor’s dinner.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life events offer an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer.  So far in 2014, Scott County events have raised over $115,000.

Thank you Shakopee Pizza Ranch for supporting this great cause and celebrating with survivors and their families.

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Tuesday Truths – Hebrews 11:6

by admin on July 22, 2014

Hebrews 11:6 says that faith pleases God.  If we believe He exists and seek Him, we don’t have to beg and plead with Him to help us.  God is a good God.  He loves us and wants what is best for us.

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Monday Mission – Pray

by admin on July 21, 2014

Prayer is simply conversation with God. And prayer can be easier than you think.  When we pray, we open the door for God to come into our problems and situations and work on them. Prayer makes us partners with God.

Prayer can be easier than we think.  Talk sincerely and honestly to God.  Cast your cares on Him and then find out what He wants to do and then follow His lead.

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Friday Devotional – An Eye For An Eye

by admin on July 18, 2014

We find Jesus in the midst of His “Sermon on the Mount” here.

Matthew 5: 38-42 says:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. “

The Law of an “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” was put into place to control, and limit retaliation.  Not to urge men to seek revenge, like we might think.  Most often this passage is used with a desire for getting back at someone.  There’s a tendency to use it as an excuse to make things right through getting even. We see this all over the world as people are killed in retaliation.  But the Law was actually put in to control this way of thinking. It was put in to temper the excesses of retaliation.  The other thing is that this Law wasn’t intended for us as individuals anyways.  It was to be used by Judges.

The Scribes and Pharisees (Church Leaders of Jesus’ time) ignored that it was given to the Judges, and made it apply to individuals. They went so far as to insist that it was that individual’s duty to retaliate.  To get back at the other person without restraint.  The bad news with this is that it’s the same thing the world, and that we do now.

Jesus is saying that it’s not our job to retaliate or get even.  Instead we’re to be restrained.  Even in our hearts and minds.  For those of us who claim Christ…we became a new creation when we accepted His gift.  It’s who we are in Christ.  And it concerns all our relationships.  It concerns our nation, state, town…and us as individuals.  If we’re struck, turn the other cheek.  If we’re sued, then give them even more.  If we’re asked to carry something for a mile, then carry it two miles.

Being a Christian is not easy.  So it brings us, and points us to grace.  It brings us to the gospel of Jesus.  “Lord, take this from me.  Forgive me for falling short.  I can’t do it without you.”

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Thursday Video – 60 seconds

by admin on July 17, 2014

60 seconds that will change how you think

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On June 14 thunderstorms had dumped heavy rains in the Rock Rapids area and areas to the north of Rock Rapids also received heavy rains.  All that water will pour into the Rock River and headed towards Rock Rapids.  As soon as Rock Rapids and Lyon County officials heard they started making plans Sunday morning for sandbagging.  By that afternoon, sandbags were already be placed along levees and flooding was limited to fields outside of town.

But storms dumped another 5 inches of rain on the region Monday evening, overwhelming the original efforts.  The Rock River was expected to rise 4 feet and residents in areas expected to flood had to evacuate.  It didn’t long and the high water set in.

Many residents of Rock Rapids along with most of the downtown area was flooded and sandbagging continued in an effort to hold back flood waters that hadn’t yet reached homes and business.

The Rock Rapids Pizza Ranch was not physically impacted by the flood waters, but many of the employees who worked there were.  On June 17 the Rock Rapids closed its doors due to employees having to tend to their own personal issues due to flooding and only a couple of employees were on hand that day.  They wanted to be of assistance to the community but with only two people able to work the kitchen they could not help out like they wanted.

Ryan Crawford reached out to Schuyler Noteboom the GM for Rock Rapids and offered assistance.  The Pizza Ranch Support Center had several team members step forward to lend a hand.  Together, the Support Center team members and the Rock Rapids Pizza Ranch served pizza to hundreds of people who were helping with sandbagging efforts and also salvaging any belonging they could.

Here is an excerpt of an email sent by Schuyler.

I have had an overwhelming response from people saying how awesome it was that day to have a van pull up, people jump out and hand them food and wish them good luck.  Many have said that they did not even recognize how hungry they were until they had some pizza in their hand and discovered they had already eaten 3 or 4 slices. 

Thank You Rock Rapids Pizza Ranch for hanging tough and being a great support to the community during such a crisis.

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Tuesday Truths – Isaiah 26:4

by admin on July 15, 2014

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.  Isaiah 26: 4

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Monday Mission – Keep Your Promises

by admin on July 14, 2014

You can create an atmosphere of service simply by doing the things that you say you will do. Dependability and punctuality are the hallmarks of the service-oriented individual. When people can trust you it creates happiness all around.

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Friday Devotional – Tell the Truth

by admin on July 11, 2014

We find Jesus in the midst of His “Sermon on the Mount” here.  He’s talking about keeping our word.

Matthew 5: 33-37 says:  “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made. ’But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.“

Unfortunately, people don’t always keep their word.  People lie or misrepresent the truth…and it leads to mistrust.  The bad news for us today is that this is a reality in our world.  The purpose of an oath then was to affirm the truth of a statement.  To bring an end to any controversy.  The Law said that any time a person would swear by God, or His name, it would be binding.  Whereas, oaths made by anything else would not be.

The Scribes and Pharisees had all kinds of ways to get around the truth.  Matthew 23: 16 gives a great example of this…”If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.”  These guys made an art out of making sure they looked like they were following the Law perfectly.  I wonder how often we do this kind of thing.  How often do we find ways to look good by getting around the truth.  And then…how much mistrust is out there because of it.

Jesus is saying we shouldn’t have to swear at all.  Simply let our yes be yes, and our no be no.  He’s encouraging us to be people of our word.  We should never say we’ll do something when we have no intention of doing it. May we all strive to just tell the truth.

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