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By Jared Ulrich
Worship Manager, Department of Spiritual Life

What worship songs are we singing ?

This is, by far, the most frequently asked question I get as a worship leader. And the minute people don’t approve of the song list for any given time of worship, I typically hear about it right away:

I don’t really like that song. I just don’t connect with it.

I just can’t worship to that song.

“That song has bad theology.

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Traditional GCU student working on FAFSA application

As the price tag to attend college increases, so does a family’s financial concern over the ability to pay for a college education. According to College Board, a mission-driven not-for-profit organization, the average charges for tuition, fees, room and board at a private nonprofit four-year college reached $45,370 in 2016-17, an increase from a cost of $43,870 only one year before in 2015-16.

Options are available to help pay for a quality education, and for many, it starts with financial aid. Here’s a snapshot to help guide your family on how to finance higher education at a private institution like Grand Canyon University.

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Balancing stones of life

By Elizabeth Valenti, PhD
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences   

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” (Thomas Merton)

The desire to prosper and experience positive well-being is the primary reason most embark on their educational and occupational journeys; yet, many have never mastered the art of life balance.

Research consistently shows that those who are overworked and heavily enmeshed with their jobs or schooling (otherwise deemed “unbalanced”) are more likely to experience symptoms of stress and burnout, suffer more health issues and experience more social problems.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Philippians 3:10)

Christianity is unique for many reasons, one of them being the characteristics of God. God is the beginning, the Creator of the entire universe and the final victory over evil and death. Colossians 1:16 reminds us that, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him.”

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Two men practicing selfdefense and martial arts outdoors.

By Mark Wireman, DC
Assistant Professor, College of Science, Engineering and Technology?

I was recently asked to participate in a self-defense class with a few fellow faculty members. In all honesty, I agreed to attend just to be part of the group, and I did not really put much thought into the content we would learn in the class.

In retrospect, I should have been more prepared. To be clear, I am not referring to being prepared physically (I am an avid runner for the past two years), but more of being prepared mentally.

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male student playing guitar at coffee house

Every semester, the College of Theology hosts a Songwriters Showcase, giving students in Grand Canyon University’s worship arts program the opportunity to showcase what they have been working on throughout the term.

The showcase gives students the chance to share their original work with an audience of peers, and features original songs created and performed by worship arts students. Performances are unplugged, acoustic and take place in a low-fi, coffee house-style venue.

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The Right Kind of Thanksgiving

By Joshua Greever
Faculty, College of Theology

This past week all around our country families gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a day marked by family, food and football. Thanksgiving Day is a meaningful opportunity to relax, spend some time with family and reflect on the many things for which we should be grateful. Additionally, for many the Thanksgiving holiday also marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. In a sense this is fitting, for the entire Christmas season should be shaped by a thankfulness for all that Christmas represents.

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By Amanda Hughens
STEM Outreach Manager, Strategic Educational Alliances

I think my mother was on to something when I was a kid by telling us to “Go outside and play” whenever we were not eating, sleeping, studying or doing chores.

I have fond memories of exploring the neighborhood, arranging large games of Capture the Flag and laying on the grass watching clouds go by. All the kids in the neighborhood would be out together most evenings until the streetlights came on, which was the universal signal to head home.

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