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weekly-devotional

By Spiritual Life Team

Ephesians 3:20-21, Isaiah 40:4-5, Psalm 136

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us

-Ephesians 3:20

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and all the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.'”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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By Chris Cunningham
Spiritual Life Local Outreach Coordinator

How are the New Year’s resolutions going? I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions. Not because they’re bad, but because they aren’t trendy anymore and I couldn’t stand to be un-trendy. Recently, somebody told me they would describe my style as “urban fresh.” I don’t know what this means, but it sounded trendy, so I figured if I was trendy I couldn’t have a New Year’s resolution.

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By Sheena Tracy
Spiritual Life Ministry Coordinator

Mistakes.

We all make them. Even hearing that word or seeing it written out will probably bring a not-so-fun memory to your mind. Although I am still at the ripe age of 28, I have been learning that it is not your mistakes that define you, but what you do after you have made one. It is what shapes your character and it is how the deepest places, insecurities and fears within you get brought to the surface.

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weekly-devotional

By Spiritual Life Team

Psalm 37:3-7

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

Have you ever babysat, or just been a keen observer of the interactions between children? It’s a truly fascinating and humorous sight, especially when it comes to sharing. The kids share the toys in front of them, but then they also have a stock pile of toys hidden away.

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By Danielle Rinnier
Director of Spiritual Life

I have known for quite a while that I probably will not be able to have biological children. While I know this reality is heart breaking for some, I grew up dreaming of being the president of the United States. Like other girls my age, I thought about getting married and having children, but I was more consumed by the other daydreams of where I’d live, what I would do for a living and how I was going to make it all happen.

So, when I grew up and got married, reality set in that my husband and I might not be able to go the traditional route. I honestly handled the news well. I was not really sure I even wanted kids. I mean, they take up a lot of time. And energy. And resources. I’ve watched my friends make the transition to parenthood and I wasn’t sure I was up for the sacrifice it clearly requires.

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By Steve Duby, Ph.D.
Faculty, College of Theology

Recently, Bart Campolo (a high-profile person in evangelical Christianity) announced that he has become an atheist, prompting his father, Tony Campolo (another high-profile evangelical voice) to express his sadness but also declare that God doesn’t send people to hell for bad theology.

This is an intriguing and intensely practical question: does bad theology put people in hell? There is a certain sense in which it does not. Any number of believers around the world may fail to understand the subtleties and finer points of some areas of Christian doctrine.

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By Spiritual Life Team

Every Monday morning, students, staff and faculty head over to the newly expanded GCU Arena for an hour of worship, fellowship and a deeply profound message to begin their week.

“It’s an anomaly,” says GCU junior Chris Jennings. “If you think about it, it’s a Monday morning when people don’t have class.”

They could be doing anything, recovering from the weekend, homework, having lunch in Thunderground – there’s plenty to go around. But instead, hundreds if not thousands attend Grand Canyon University’s voluntary Chapel on Monday’s.

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chapel-rewind

Sin will take you farther than you want to go. The Southern California pastor Albert Tate joined Grand Canyon University students and staff Monday morning for Chapel talking about a familiar passage with a convicting message.

Albert spoke with passion and fervor about how sin will grab a hold of our lives and drag us into it, a slow fade. However, there is a great gift that is Jesus Christ who came to earth to show us what love is and reveal that only through believing in Him, not just with our heads but also with our actions, that we are able to receive eternal life and so much more.

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Albert Tate from Fellowship Church in Monrovia, Calif. spoke this morning at the GCU Arena on the famous and highly-quoted verse of John 3:16. He broke down the verse word by word, explaining how Jesus Christ was the ultimate gift who left his thrown of comfort to be among us broken humans for no other reason besides him loving us.

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By Spiritual Life Team

Beth Guckenberger shares the inexplicable joy within her heart as a full-time missionary with ten kids. Beth and her husband Todd are the Executive Directors of , an organization that focuses on orphan care. Her session with a group of Grand Canyon University students opened the floor for some hard-hitting questions and honest answers about the realities of full time mission work.

She emphasized that the difficulty of living in Mexico is real and that many people tried to convince her otherwise. Beth continued to tell the crowd how she would ask God about His command on her life and came to the conclusion that, “there’s no better way to live.” She continued, “There’s an easier way to live… but there is no better way to live.”

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