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Jacob Journal Part 5, Jacob Leaves Home

By Mike Baird
Faculty, College of Theology

The Freedom of the Blessed

The Jacob Journal is a reflection on the life and times of the biblical character of Jacob, son of Isaac and Rebekah.

Genesis 27:30-28:5

Was it a coincidence that I left home for the first time only after I had received a blessing from my father? I had never been away from the tent more than a day at a time and then seldom had I ventured far.

Although I had stolen the blessing and had to leave in a hurry to try to escape the murderous wrath of my brother, Esau, I still felt a strange assurance. I was afraid of what Isaac might think, afraid of what might meet me on the journey, but still not afraid to leave, to be out on my own.

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Swimming pool with float and weekly devotional banner

By Josh Sugata
Faculty Training and Development Specialist, General Editor

I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way.
(1 Corinthians 4-5)

How are you doing with First World problems?

One of my biggest frustrations recently has been a leaking pool motor that I was able to fix for $18 thanks to a gasket and seal rebuild kit that I purchased on Amazon.

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A speaker is in front of a crowed at a seminar.

By Sydney Knight
College of Education Student, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Emphasis in Math)

June, July, August. Aren’t these summer months one of the perks of teaching?

I always thought that as an educator I would have the summers off. But, I actually discovered that opportunities to learn are at a peak during the summer, especially for teachers.

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a man hands another man a pen, but the second man is refusing to sign the contract

By Kevin Walling, JD, MPA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you’ve driven in the city, you may have had the startling experience of a disheveled-looking man approaching your vehicle at a traffic light that spits on your windshield and wipes off your windshield with the arm of a soiled jacket.

Once having completed this task, the disheveled man will stick out a hand, palm up, requesting that you pay for the services rendered of having had the vehicle windshield “cleaned.”

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Has Christianity declined in numbers?

This week’s Trending Faith explores whether Christianity has dwindled in numbers and what this means moving forward.

GCU Pastor Tim Griffin believes some statistics suggest the American church community has plateaued in recent years relative to many other countries around the world. But he noted places of growth at a fast rate include Latin American and Southeast Asian countries.

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A father carrying his son on this shoulders, smiling.

By Katy Long, MEd
Online Faculty, College of Education 

Most people associate the word “learning” with school. While learning should and does take place in schools, real-world, authentic learning experiences are just as important for students.

Students need opportunities to practice, apply and discuss in context the concepts they are learning within the four walls of their classroom.

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GCU Chapel

Grand Canyon University Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin delivered the final Summer Chapel message of summer 2015, before students and staff return to GCU’s campus in late August.

With an overarching theme centered around the excitement and anxieties which come with the imminent start of a new school year, Pastor Tim told a story of Daniel, a man from Romania and a church leader whom he met in Southern California.

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By Nathan R. Hale
Life Leader Manager  

Ephesians 5:18-21; 1 Corinthians 6:19

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-21)

Have you been filled with the Spirit? As a Christian, there’s no doubt that you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

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