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Category: Theology Thursday
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By Manny Cota
Faculty, College of Theology

The biblical commands to deny one’s self can be some of the most puzzling to understand and difficult to live out. Yet obedience to these commands is essential to the work of sanctification, which is empowered by the Holy Spirit. In addition, surrendering one’s life to these commands breeds genuine satisfaction and joy in life.

I Corinthians 10:24 says: “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.”

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By Ryan A. Brandt
Faculty, College of Theology

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

“This vision is beatific. It beatifies. It transforms the soul into the divine image; transfusing into it the divine life, so that it is filled with the fullness of God” (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, 3:860)

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By Justin McLendon
Faculty, College of Theology

Pastors and ministry leaders often struggle over diversity issues in their churches. Books, seminars, conferences and popular podcasts compel us to think through the deep implications of diversity for the health and vibrancy of the local church. From my perspective, while these conversations are necessary and helpful, they are often too one-sided when addressing the diversity we all desire in our churches.

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By Brett Berger
Faculty, College of Theology

It is possible that some will read the following as anti-science or anti-technology and that I am advocating for a fideist rejection of the world. I am not. I am writing a reflection on the foundation for hope.

I believe it is safe to assume that most people look out at the world around us and think, “You know, there is a lot that is not as it ought to be.” Whether that be our political situation, matters of health and disease, our food chain, poverty, racial strife, sexual mores, mental health, gun violence or any number of the points of pain we experience in this world, the present problems of the world drive us to look into the future for a better day and a better world.

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By David Farbishel
Faculty, College of Theolgoy

We Christians in America live insulated lives in a land where freedom to worship is taken for granted. Though Christianity here is often openly ridiculed and mocked by those in academia and the entertainment world, this can hardly be called persecution. But in other parts of the world Christians suffer greatly, being driven from their homes, unable to find employment, tortured and sometimes killed. Being well informed of the plight of our brothers and sisters in Christ will help us to pray for them and better prepare us for whatever resistance we may experience as we serve Christ here in America.

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By Joshua Greever
Faculty, College of Theology

Occasionally people ask me whether I think it is necessary for them to participate in the life of a local church. For students in particular, they derive much spiritual benefit already from their time at Grand Canyon University, so they wonder whether church is really necessary, at least while they are a student. For others, they think church is optional because their spiritual life is defined solely in individualistic terms. Or perhaps they have had bad experiences in the past with churches, such that they don’t think church benefits them much at all.

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By Scott Hovater
Faculty, College of Theology

How many of you can recite the Lord’s Prayer from memory? Hopefully many of you can. As a child I often visited a friend’s house and it was their family custom to say the Lord’s Prayer before every meal. My friend’s mom was a great cook so naturally I visited often and eventually committed the Lord’s Prayer to memory. Still to this day whenever I hear the Lord’s Prayer I get hunger pangs!

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By Sammy Alfaro
Faculty, College of Theology

 It’s with a heavy heart that I write this article reflecting on the kingdom of God. What should have been a family night of celebrating love and friendship turned out to be a night of mourning for the victims of the horrific Florida school shooting last week.

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By Matt Hampton
Faculty, College of Theology

Proverbs 27:19 states that as in the water the face reflects the face, so the heart of man reflects the man. James 4:1 asks what causes the quarrels and fights among you? Is it not this that your passions are at war within you? At a recent National Pickle ball Tournament God revealed my true character and inner heart.

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By Todd Forrest
Faculty, College of Theology

In a recent conversation with a friend, I was given a car wash coupon. The coupon stated, “good for the redemption of one super deluxe wash at —“. Being a hose and bucket guy in my driveway, I was anxious to use this. This was the hand wash and dry with wax, sun screen and other stuff I did not know my car needed. This simple piece of paper was going to transform my car inside and out. At the bottom of my coupon was a small signature of the owner. It was not the coupon, but the signature of the man that would be paying for my carwash that made all the difference.

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