For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38-39

Stories of Impact – Sioux Falls 41st Street

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 22, 2014

washingtonThe Washington High School sophomore football team held a Community Impact Fundraiser event at the 41st St Pizza Ranch in Sioux Falls.  The team was able to raise $600 for Washington High School families in need of assistance with their grocery bills.  Sophomore football coach Steve Kennedy said he was impressed with the team’s generosity and willingness to help out students and families they may not even know.  Sophmore Thomas Vissers said, “It was awesome to be able to give to Washington High School families in a fun way.”

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Milking a Cow

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 21, 2014

“All the good ideas I ever had came to me while milking a cow.” –  Grant Wood

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BOOK GIVEAWAY

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 20, 2014

Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee

Today’s Monday Mission on Pizza Ranch Serves is to enter for a chance to win a book for yourself or to give to someone in your life who may need to hear its important message.

Do you struggle with trying to please people? Are you tired of trying hard to win the approval of people?

Author Jennifer Dukes Lee, a friend and fan of Pizza Ranch, has written a book called “Love Idol” to help people find freedom from approval-seeking and performance-based living. She wants you to know that you have nothing to prove. We believe in that message, so we’re giving away an autographed copy of “Love Idol” here on the Pizza Ranch Serves blog.

You can find out more about Love Idol here: http://amzn.to/Z9YPRO

To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post by Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 12:00 pm CST and let us know you’d like to win a copy for yourself or to give to someone else.

You can also enter on the Pizza Ranch Facebook page by commenting on the post about the book giveaway.

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Wisdom Requires Work

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 17, 2014

Have you ever felt like I have said yes to too many things well I have!  That is me. This has been a full week of saying yes to many things and the questions is,  am I saying yes to everyone or am I saying yes to God?  Lysa TerKeurst is helping me discern that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God.

TerKeurst tells us remember the Best yes is a Wise yes. If we are going to be able to discern what a Best Yes is we’ve got to have wisdom.

James 1:5 says   “Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.”

Wisdom requires work.  To exercise wisdom I must practice it in my everyday life.

Proverbs 2:1-11 gives us clear instruction on the way to have wisdom, to use wisdom, and be protected by wisdom:

My son, pay attention to what I say. Remember my commands. Listen to wisdom, and do your best to understand. Ask for good judgment. Cry out for understanding. Look for wisdom like silver. Search for it like hidden treasure. If you do this, you will understand what it means to respect the Lord, and you will come to know God. The Lord is the source of wisdom; knowledge and understanding come from his mouth.He gives good advice to honest people and shields those who do what is right. He makes sure that people are treated fairly. He watches over his loyal followers.  If you listen to him, you will understand what is just and fair and how to do what is right. 10 You will gain wisdom, and knowledge will bring you joy.  11 Planning ahead will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”

 

We can have wisdom, we can use wisdom, we can be protected by wisdom, but we have to practice wisdom!

  • Accept God’s words –God’s word is a gift
  • Store up God’s commands – read God’s word the more we memorize the more our thinking will align with His truth
  • Turn ears to wisdom – listen to wise teaching, wise advice, and keep company with wise people
  • Cry aloud for understanding – ask the Lord to show how are choices will affect others
  • Look for wisdom as passionately as we would hunt for a hidden treasure

 

Challenge today: Are you saying yes to everyone or to God?

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Bring the Rain – Mercy Me

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 16, 2014

“Blessed is the person who preservers under trial….” James 1:12

 

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Stories of Impact – Muscatine, IA

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 15, 2014

The MCSA (Muscatine Center for Social Action) provides shelter for the homeless and for those who have suffered from domestic violence.

Trying to get the word out for support and funds is always a challenge.  Yet, an unlikely source for help, one source Rachel Riley-Smock, supervisor of these shelters turned to was one she’s used before: Pizza boxes.

They created flyers which will be used as box toppers that the Muscatine Pizza Ranch and several other pizza restaurants will be putting on 1000 pizza boxes through the month of October.

Sometimes to make an impact, it’s just being used as a conduit to get the word out for a worthy cause.

For more on this story you can go to the Muscatine Journal at the link provided below.

http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/mcsa-helps-make-a-happy-home/article_595af0ef-e76c-524f-ab1d-82ca735e5c59.html

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Right Things

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 14, 2014

“Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.” Stephen R. Covey

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Write a Note

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 13, 2014

Write a note of thanks to someone.

Note writing is a lost art.  It has been replaced with emails and tweets.

While emails and tweets are great, notes of encouragement, prayers and thanks are priceless treasures.

It shows not only that someone cares but they took the time to think about you and provide you with words of grace.

This week write a note of encouragement to someone.

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Don’t Lose Hope

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 10, 2014

Question: Do you ever get run down or emotionally tired? In many cases this leads to being spiritually tired? If you do, don’t feel alone, as this is very common.

When we are tired we then tend to lose our way. We lose perspective. We lose our focus. We lose our passion. We may even lose sense of who we are in Christ.

As a result we may begin to drift…..

Away from reading the Bible.

We may stop going to church.

Or we may even enter into a spiritual depression….almost losing hope that God is there working in our life. To this reality God give us some encouragement….

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40: 29-31

An eagle can live 30 or more years. When they are 4-5 years old they go through a “molting period.” A shedding and regrowth of their wings and feathers. The shedding process often involves the eagle “picking at” their old, dried out feathers, and extracting them from their body. This process can last up to four months.

During this time they stay down close to the ground—unlike what they are made to do- as they fly higher than other birds. They don’t have the energy or strength to even fly or hunt. It’s like they lose hope and they enter an almost like depression like state.

The good news is that their “brothers and sisters” soar above them and hunt for then and literally drop food down to them to keep them rejuvenated.

On the other side of this molting process they mature, and they become stronger and more alive than they were before.

In this Scripture God offers us hope and renewal.

Do you have a renewal process? And in that renewal process are you connected to brothers and sisters who can watch over you and even provide for you the spiritual and emotional food you may need?

In the Scriptures God offers us hope, knowing our frailty.

Hope lifts us.

Hope encourages us.

Hope give us courage.

Hope renews us…and prepares us to be renewed.

Hope lets us know that there is something beyond this circumstance and something beyond our feelings.

Our challenge then is to first be infused with hope, live into hope, and offer hope.

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Jeremy Camp – He Knows (Song Story)

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 9, 2014


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