What do you think of when you hear the words business/business owners/ CEO?
If we were to be honest, I imagine most of us tend to think of powerful men (and women) in their fancy offices wearing their fancy suits looking for more ways to make money. Money, of course, being their number one priority...never mind the lives of their employees or their customers. Be it true or not, this is certainly the stereotype that much of media would have us to believe.
God's place in businesses?
If we were to take a look at recent news stories, it would seem most believe He has no place. And yet as Christians we are called to glorify God in all that we do. So why should our businesses be any different? Adrie Growneweg agreed when he set out to build his own pizza business:
About Pizza Ranch:
Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old. It was simple. Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza? With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie's mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born. Pizza Ranch's vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience. They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
About The Living Hope CD project:
On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists. Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope. Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.
The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.
From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.: "This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch. Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album. Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project. As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope."
Now, unfortunately there is no Pizza Ranch in my area so I cannot try the pizza for myself, but I did get the chance to experience the CD! And I loved it! These songs certainly achieve the goal of inspiring hope, and do so beautifully. I loved hearing a fun collection of songs from some of my own personal favorites like Francesca Batistelli and Michael W. Smith that I might not have had the chance to hear otherwise. But perhaps what I loved even more was the price. When you are on a tight budget, buying CDs can be out of the budget...and I know personally, when things are not going well financially, that's truly when I could use those messages of hope the most. So, at $5, this CD is super affordable for us all! And you don't even have to live near a Pizza Ranch location to purchase. This is truly a great way to get the message of Living Hope out there, making it affordable and available to all.
If you are a Christian music fan looking for a great selection to add to your collection, Living Hope is certainly worth checking out. You can purchase it now at pizzaranch.com/livinghope.
And be sure to check them out and connect at the links below to learn more:
Twitter: @PizzaRanch @PRServes
Official Website: http://www.pizzaranch.com/livinghope/
YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9lEnxuNzMyLfRyX8_tiLA
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