For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. - 1 Cor. 12:13

Stories of Impact – Bloomington, IL

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 1, 2014

10384220_1511775319062838_6347957375549735465_nThe Bloomington Pizza Ranch recently had their soft opening, and as a part of their soft opening they offered a free buffet in exchange for items brought in for Home Sweet Home Ministries.  http://www.hshministries.org/home

What a great way to show what it looks like to “Do that and Even More”.   People from the community came out to support both Home Sweet Home Ministries and Pizza Ranch.   The Pizza Ranch added their support to Home Sweet Home Ministries as they seek to care for those around them.   What a great way to show Legendary Care!

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Philippians 2:2-8

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 30, 2014

Philippians 2:2-8

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.

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Do That and Even More

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 29, 2014

Matthew 5:41

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”

 

There should be a marked difference between how a Christian treats others and how someone who doesn’t know Christ treats others.   Jesus says to go the extra mile.   That means whatever a person asks of you, do that and even more.

Surprise people with your generosity, helpfulness, and kindness.  This is the beginning of legendary service.

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Doubt

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 26, 2014

On what do you base your hope for eternal life?…and are you sure of your salvation?  Pretty deep questions.  But do you have an answer?  So many people struggle with these questions.  Even believers do.  Sometimes we have doubt.  But do believers need to?

Many of these feelings come from faulty thinking.  We think that we shouldn’t struggle with sin…but we will.  We think that we shouldn’t struggle with temptation…but we do.  The truth is, as long as we’re alive on this earth, we’ll never be perfect.  We’re full of sin.  Understand that becoming, or being a Christian will NOT make those things go away until we’re in Heaven.

We know we have eternal life when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.  We recognize our sin, and our need for Him in our life.  We become a child of our heavenly Father.  And now God sees everything we do through his son Jesus Christ.

Be encouraged that salvation is not something to lose.  And that assurance fills us with joy, and helps us want to fight against sin in our lives.  May we confess our sins, ask the Lord to forgive us, receive that forgiveness, and find ways to glorify Him with our life.  May each of us glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.

Check out 1 John 5: 11-15 to see more.  Also check out this post from August 7th  for a great video on the power of prayer.

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Look Up

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 25, 2014


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Stories of Impact – Hibbing, MN

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 24, 2014

In Hibbing, MN, a local high schooler passed due to brain cancer.  Thanks to the Hibbing Pizza Ranch for holding a fundraiser in his honor.  Read more about Jacob’s story in this article.

http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/jacob-s-journey/article_3d2ac34e-2b34-11e4-ba53-001a4bcf887a.html

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Donald Miller

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 23, 2014

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”

Donald Miller

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Put the Electronics Down & Listen

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 22, 2014

Everybody we meet today is likely more fascinating than any electronic device we have.  Their stories go untold for lack of a listening ear.

Make an extra effort today to listen!

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Holy Resolve

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 19, 2014

Today we investigate having a “holy resolve” when the tough times come our way.

Let’s face it, there are times when we feel distant or feel that God is not there (or at least not answering our prayers).  There are times when spiritually we feel dry.  And of course there are times of trouble, illness or pain.  Then there are times when our “why” isn’t answered.  Why are You allowing this to happen?  Why don’t You just heal them already!

There is a lot going on in people’s lives:  Spouses who are injured or sick, parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, and co-workers who are hurting.

The question is: During these times, what is your resolve?

“To make a definite and serious decision to do something” or be something. (Webster) It is having an unwavering commitment about something; and it involves having a deep and intense “knowing” that God is in control.  (My definition)

The prophet Habakkuk wrote:

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)

Resolve:

  • The certain confidence that God is working, even though we don’t see what He is doing.
  • The knowledge and belief and faith that God loves us and has our best interest at heart.
  • It is a firm commitment to do what God has called you to do and be what he has called you to be…even though it might be hard.

The apostle Paul had a holy resolve as well: He said:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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 (NIV)

So how can you build and strengthen your resolve?

  • Time and experience—while let others walk along side of you
  • Memorize scripture—especially scriptures above which will give you strength
  • Be a person of prayer—and the Holy Spirit will shape your resolve.

And you will be able to say along with Habakkuk; “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)

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Ice Bucket Challenge

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 18, 2014

We were challenged to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, so we took that challenge.  Here’s the proof!

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