Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. - Isaiah 12:2

Purpose

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 27, 2015

Purpose

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Studying God’s Word

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 26, 2015

How do you study the Bible?

Why is it important and what benefits does God give us through the reading of God’s word!

Take a few minutes to watch at least the first 2 minutes of this video:

http://bcove.me/kdifzxye

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Kintsukuroi

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 23, 2015

This morning for devotions we discussed a common experience for all believers, brokenness.  It has been said that women are like tea cups and men are like tin cups.  The truth is probably closer to, we are all tea cups.  While we all generally like to pretend that life is always a “Facebook” existence with the perfect nuclear family, little house on a hill with a white picket fence and 2.4 kids always behaving perfectly, we do sometimes feign a “never a hair out of place existence”.  But if the truth be known, we all have interruptions to the life we dream of that creates cracks, chips and brokenness to that tea cup.

In Jeremiah 18:1-6 we read,

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter, so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?”  says the Lord, “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! (NKJV)

kintsukuroi3Hundreds of years ago there was an oriental maker of dishware that was sending his wares to the Emperor.  When he arrived to deliver his goods to the Emperor they were mostly broken, cracked or chipped.  It became a very costly endeavor to repair all of the original or to have to duplicate the pieces for the emperor, so he developed a process called kintsukuroi.  It was a process by which he would take gold dust and heated lacquer and repair the piece.  The brokenness of the piece became a part of the objects history rather than something to disguise.

Jesus wants to “kintsukuroi” the broken pieces of our lives.  If we’ll let him, He wants to take the gold dust of the Word of God and mingle it with the heated lacquer of the Holy Spirit and transform our lives as the Potter reformed the clay into something stronger, with more character and beauty than the original creation.  He is not looking for a Super-Glued tea cup that disguises all of the character of the cup, He is looking for someone he can transform with interlacing’s of Himself.

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How is your Glorious Unfolding?

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 22, 2015


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Stories of Impact – Grand Forks, ND

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 21, 2015

More than 600 turn out for Larimore Community Impact Night at the Grand Forks Pizza Ranch!

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/region/3655905-more-600-turn-out-larimore-benefit

Thank you to the Grand Forks Pizza Ranch Team for the positive impact you helped to create after this tragic event!

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Gem

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 20, 2015

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
-Chinese proverb 

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Problems

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 19, 2015

How do you respond to life’s problems that come your way?

Many of us find it very easy to get annoyed, frustrated, depressed, and angry when “problems” arise.  In some cases we allow our “problems” to be our focus, swallow us up, and dictate how we act and live, preventing us from overcoming these obstacles in a positive way.  What if we tried to view these occurrences simply as challenges or opportunities to grow? What if, instead of being frustrated with what is front of us when “problems” arise, we see these situations as opportunities to overcome, grow, and overcome?  What if we chose to put our best foot forward and allow God to use our challenges to help refine and develop us by polishing our skills and preparing us for what’s next?  What if we turn to God and allow him to lead us through and to show us the way to a new beginning?

Challenges are all around us each and every day.  God will use these challenges to help us grow, and move us closer to him if we allow him to do so.  This week when you are faced with “problems”, be challenged to approach each situation as an opportunity to be an overcomer and allow God to lead, shape, refine, and polish you to a new beginning!

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Values

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 16, 2015

Values are uncompromisable truths that direct and drive behavior.  We all have them.  Pizza Ranch has values too.  These values can be very motivational because they give us reasons why we do things.  They can also be restrictive because they give us boundaries in our behavior.  Here at Pizza Ranch, our values are found in our vision statement (our purpose), our mission statement (The best way to accomplish our purpose), and our “Pizza Ranch Way” (How we act to pursue our purpose).  The question is, do we see these values driving our behavior?  Along with that, where do we find these values?

As a Christian company, we’d say we find our values in Scripture.  We can find examples everywhere of values-driven behavior in the Bible.  Psalm 15: 1-5 gives us a taste of that in King David’s life:  “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?  Who may live on your holy mountain?  The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous,who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”

This passage shows us a few things.  We see that a person who values truth…tells the truth.  A person who values kindness…is kind to their neighbor.  A person who values honesty…keeps their word even when it’s difficult.  A person who values justice…does not accept bribes.  It’s that simple.  Of course we’ll never be perfect in this.  But values definitely direct and drive our behavior.  The prayer is that we’ll all honor and glorify God with our values.  That we’ll find emotional and spiritual stability living our values out.  And then because of that, we’ll be rewarded with an unshakable faith. 

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Children of God

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 15, 2015


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Adopted by God

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on January 13, 2015

There are many amazing things that happen when a person places their faith in Christ;  conversion, justification, sanctification, new life, are just a few.   One of my favorite things to think about is the truth that we become children of God, we are adopted by God.

It is amazing to me when I think about my status prior to my faith in Christ as compared to my status after having faith in Christ.   We are told in scripture that prior to having faith we were alienated from God, we were enemies.   But an amazing transformation happens when faith grows in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us that we are adopted through Christ Jesus.   1 John 3:1 tells us that the Father loves us and calls us his children.

To be adopted by God is an amazing thing.   We become heirs with Christ.   We become children of God.   Here are just a few of the things that we are given once we are adopted by the Father.

God gives you good things – Matthew 7:11

God shows compassion – Psalm 103:13

God hears your prayers – Matthew 6:6

God gives you his Kingdom – Matthew 25:34

God disciplines you – Hebrews 12:5-6

God forgives you – Matthew 6:14

God teaches you – John 14:26

God keeps you – John 10:29

God will be with you – Matthew 28:20.

The Death of Christ not only saves sinners it also makes sinners children of God.   If you are trusting in Jesus for your salvation, then Jesus has given you the right to become a child of God.   You can now call God your Father and enjoy a special, close, loving relationship with Him.   Being a child of God also gives you the right to enjoy all of the special privileges that God gives to all of His children.   If you are a child of God, take some time to thank your Father for adopting you.   If you are not a child of God, consider placing your faith in Christ in order that you can become a child of God.

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