So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

Tuesday Truth – Simon Sinek

by admin on August 19, 2014

“The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas.  The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.” Simon Sinek, Start With Why

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Monday Mission – Take a Risk

by admin on August 18, 2014

I don’t know to whom I’m writing this challenge.  Perhaps only a few of you, or maybe all of you.

I heard Marketing guru Seth Godin say this: “The riskiest thing you can do is play it safe and the safest thing you can do is take a risk” [paraphrased].

Perhaps you are on the brink of a decision, perhaps you are trying to decide on what college to go to, talk to a certain person, be vulnerable about one of your weaknesses, ask a question, apply for a job, go to church for the first time in years, or step out of your comfort zone.  Your mission this week is simply take a risk.  Do something you normally wouldn’t do.

I wondered if this is a truth which can be supported in Scripture.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.”

This isn’t a recipe for reckless abandon, but it does indicate that we can be assured that wherever we go or whatever steps we take, if we make a decision or move in a certain direction ALL things will work out if we love God.”  That doesn’t mean we get what we want, but it does mean that God is there, with you, in the midst of it, and works everything out for good.

This week, take a risk.

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In Tough Times

by admin on August 15, 2014

Throughout life, we face many circumstances. We experience things like starting college, moving up in our careers, or starting a family. We also go through times in life that, if we were writing our lives, would choose not to have. These are times of pain, uncertainty, and tough decisions…or whatever else you may be going through right now.

In these times, happiness can be hard to come by, and it rarely stays long. It also can seem like God is not answering our prayers, and we may forget or choose, not to pray. We can also become self-absorbed with what we are dealing with and forget about the other amazing things that may be happening, or have happened to us.

It’s crazy how relevant and powerful Scripture is. When we do go into God’s Word, we read what others have gone through, promises given, and promises fulfilled by God.  This is when we are able to apply it to our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

Reading these words, we’re able to learn what God’s will is. Everyone tries to find their purpose in life. This is especially true for Christians.  We want so badly to discover God’s will for our lives. And it’s such a blessing that God gives us specific things in this passage to do that can be applied to anyone, and in any situation. Happiness is fleeting, but joy in the Lord is constant and is always there. We can REJOICE because of the hope God has given us. We’re reminded to pursue continuous PRAYER…and can know that the Lord does hear us. We can also be truly  THANKFUL, and that thankfulness will lead to greater contentment in life. Difficult times will come, no doubt, but we can always be thankful for God’s presence and the many other things He has done for us. Remembering these three things in times of difficulty will lead to a greater appreciation and satisfaction in life…and are universal for everybody.  In the good times, and the bad times.

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Thursday Video – What is your anything?

by admin on August 14, 2014


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Stories of Impact – Storm Lake, IA

by admin on August 13, 2014

New Pizza Ranch Opens in Storm Lake, Iowa  During the pre-opening they had a can drive to help support  The Bridge of Storm Lake!
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Tuesday Truth – Extraordinary Privilege

by admin on August 12, 2014

i don't ever want to get to the palce where i view being in the presence of God as ordinary.  it's truly an extraordinary privelege - Toby Mac

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In Paul’s letter to Timothy he reminds Timothy and us to be courageous and by God’s love to share our spiritual gifts (serving, teaching, giving, encouraging, leading, praying).

So, today when God nudges you to be who He created you to be and offer what HE’s gifted you to do, don’t let fear hold you back. Instead remember this truth and tap into the power of the spirit HE’s given you – one of power, love and self-discipline.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

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Bringing Attention to Ourselves

by admin on August 8, 2014

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

Matthew 6: 1-4 says:  “Be careful not to practice your righteousness (who we are in Christ) in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. “

Give to the needy, yes.  Practice and utilize our gifts, yes.  It’s a part of our relationship with God.  It glorifies Him.  But…do it in a way as not to bring attention to ourselves.  When we make it about us….pride gets in the way. He can see when the attention is moving away from Him.  He sees our heart.  We need to guard our hearts against pride.  Pride causes us to think more highly of ourselves.  It makes us think we’re better than others.  It causes us to be discontent with our life, thinking we deserve more.

What about here at Pizza Ranch? What about where you work? Do we make it about God…or ourselves?  Are we discontent with our job or work place?  It’s a huge daily challenge to stay focused on what God wants.  May each of us rise to that challenge.

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Stories of Impact – Cedar Rapids, IA

by admin on August 6, 2014

A few weeks back the Cedar Rapids Restaurant received the following guest comment.

The guest wrote, “My 6 year old is on chemotherapy.  After a treatment, all she wanted to eat was Pizza Ranch’s chicken and wild rice soup.   I called the restaurant and told them her situation and what time we were coming and they made the soup for her.   This made her tough day a little easier and we really appreciated it.

The owners and management team reached out to this family to let them know that they were praying for this girl and asked that they would keep them posted.   A couple weeks later the guest did respond to let them know that that the scans had come back clear.

Thank you Cedar Rapids for showing extraordinary care by lifting this family up in prayer.

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