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

Tuesday Truth – Your Character

by admin on July 29, 2014

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  John Wooden

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Take 5 seconds to pick up a piece of trash you identify as you go about your daily activities.

Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it….”

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Sunday, July 20 Rory McIlroy won the British Open.  In an interview the day before, he related to a TV commentator that he had two words he was concentrating on the whole time.  When asked what those two words were, Rory said, “I’ll tell you tomorrow, if I win.”  Upon winning, in the post-tournament interview, the commentator asked him what those two words were.  Rory replied, process and spot.  The word process for Rory kept his focus on the mechanics of his swing and kept him from thinking about all the distractions around him.  The word spot was simply his focus on picking out a spot on the green and putting toward and rolling over that spot on every putt.  The imagery these words created allowed Rory to win one of the most prestigious golf tournaments of all time….at the age of 25 I might add.

Words bring to life images in our mind about who we are, and create focus. It also projects to the outside world who we are, what we care about, and what we do.

Consider what the Bible says: “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit ….For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.   But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matt. 12:33-37 (NIV)

In this passage the Bible says that what comes out of our mouth reveals who and what we really are.  It reveals what we think and care about.

But there is a way to be proactive in this.  And that is to do what Rory McIlroy did: be intentional about the words you are putting in your mind.  That will then become the real you.

Consider these words/phrases:

“I am a child of the King”

“I am saved by grace.”

“I love the Lord.”

“God is making a way.”

Question: what do these words say about the person(s) speaking them?

Next Question: what if you said these phrases over and over, what would that do?

The Ultimate Question: what do your words say about who and what you are?

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.543435052449476.1073741826.171346499658335&type=1

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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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