Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! - 2 Corinthians 5: 17

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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Stories of Impact – Omaha, NE

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 17, 2014

Twenty Pizza Ranch employees volunteered their time on Thursday, Sept 11 to assemble food pantries/boxes for the Open Door Mission in Omaha, NE.  Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 and committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children; serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.

The Pizza Ranch team assembled 727 pantries/boxes of non-perishable items which will be distributed to local Omaha families.

Amy Harvey,  Volunteer & Partner Director, sent the following thank you note to the group.

“Thanks so much for gathering the troops and coming out and making food pantries.  We are actually using the food pantries you made right now…your group was such a blessing.”

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Balanced, Productive Life

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 16, 2014

“One of the best ways to glorify God is to live a balanced, productive life.”

Charles F. Stanley

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Time Well Spent

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 15, 2014

Since people are God’s top priority, we too must make sure we are investing in them.  To thrive, our families and friends need us to be available and involved in their lives.

Let’s make an effort this week to guard against letting tasks become more important than people

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Happiness or Joy?

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 12, 2014

Happiness or joy?

Happiness is more temporary.  It comes from our state of mind.  If our surroundings, or circumstances are good….we’re happy.  If not…we’re not happy.  Our moments of happiness can be turned to sadness depending on what’s going on around us.  A phone call can change our happiness to sadness in an instant. A baby can be seemingly happy…then all of a sudden it’s crying.  Or we could be driving down a road, looking around at the beautiful landscape…then there’s red lights in our rearview mirror.  Happiness can change quickly.

Joy is more constant.  Joy comes from the inside.  Joy is independent of our surroundings and circumstances.  Thus we can find joy…even in the midst of hardship.  Joy is a byproduct of a relationship with God.  Joy is a fruit of the Spirit.  Joy is also found in faith. Scripture is full of examples of how joy is found in our fellowship with God.

Jesus says in John 15:11:  “These things I have spoken unto you that My joy might remain in you and that your joy may be full”.

Joy comes from His words.  Joy comes from prayer.  Joy comes from time with Him.  Joy comes from fellowship with other believers.  True joy can only be found in Him.  May we all be filled with Joy.

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Matthew West – Forgiveness

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 11, 2014

The story behind the song:

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Stories of Impact – Ethiopia

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 10, 2014

The new school year is just starting up here and around the world.  We wanted to share with you a picture from one of the graduation ceremonies held at the two schools in Ethiopia that Pizza Ranch’s coffee program supports.  Each of the schools had their first graduating class of Kindergarten students.  Graduation is a time of celebration for the students who attend Ethiopia Reads schools. It is a joyful occasion for parents who can participate in the academic growth of their children. “School graduations are the most important time of the year for students and families. They can celebrate their accomplishment and build upon their educational foundation at the next school they attend” says Ethiopia Reads Executive Director, Dana Roskey.

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Ephesians 4:32

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 9, 2014

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

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Practice Forgiveness

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on September 8, 2014

Pointless hard feelings are the source of so much unhappiness in the world. Holding a grudge against another is a blemish on your soul. When you can let go of this, you can begin to heal the pain. Making a point of forgiving someone is a great service, for there are times that the person may not even know that they have hurt you. You can even forgive those who do not want to be forgiven, trust me – it will make you happy.

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