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By Jennifer Johnson, EdD
Program Director, Strategic Educational Alliances 

“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small.” (“Chase the Lion,” Mark Batterson)

In the book “Chase the Lion” by Mark Batterson, we are challenged to embrace the courage it takes to pursue great dreams and trust that God will walk alongside us.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

In exploring what our invitation to prayer entails, it is important to not only know when we are supposed to pray, but where as well. There are many different occasions for prayer because we are called to do it continuously. Some that come to mind are around a dinner table with family, at church and before large events like basketball games. These are all public opportunities to share in talking with the Lord, but He also calls us to pray individually and intimately with Him.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)

As a kid, my mom would let me pick out my own party invitations before my birthday each year. On those brightly colored cards, I would get to invite all of my friends to come and celebrate with me on the one day it seemed like anything could go – cake and candy were no longer rationed. On those party invites, I got to work out the plan with my mom. The questions of who, what, where, when and why were followed by an RSVP line. With the answers to those five tiny question, my friends were invited to celebrate with me.

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By David Butler
Coordinator, Learning Lounge

After I finished my undergrad degree in 2015, I had the opportunity to start full-time at Grand Canyon University working in the Office of Student Development and Outreach. A quick 90 days went by, and I was blessed to begin the Master of Business Administration program.

The format between the undergrad and graduate programs is different, and both have their strengths. I liked the master’s program format because I was able to take one class at a time every eight weeks. Our evening cohort met on Tuesday nights from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, with a dinner break. I was able to finish classes one after another, with a two-week break around Christmas, in about 18 months. There have been many experiences over the past several months, but one that is special to me occurred recently.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)

The closing of the semester marks a period of change and transition for all students at Grand Canyon University. Whether you are graduating, moving, getting a summer job or starting summer classes, there are new exciting changes ahead – and with these changes, there will inevitably be a host of new decisions to be made.

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By Sheila Jones
Program Manager, Strategic Educational Alliances

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

I recently lost my dad to cancer. Like so many stories we hear almost daily, it was a heart-wrenching journey to watch someone I love wither away to cancer.

Cancer may have taken my dad, but it gave me more than I could have ever imagined. 

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Fight the good fight of the faith.” (Timothy 6:12)

As the semester draws to an end, there is a lot of emotion in the air. The last week of class is always a blur of packing, studying, goodbyes and exams. For some of us, the end could not have come sooner and for others it felt like it should never come. Regardless of whether you’re a senior or a freshman, the end of the semester marks the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of the next one.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:6)

This is the game changer! The moment that literally divides history between BC and AD. Generations looked forward to this day for centuries, and generations will continue to look back on it until the end of time. It is the moment that changed everything – the moment that confirmed every promise.

It is the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Life seems to always be working in trends or cycles of some sort, and the Christian lifestyle is no exception. An unfortunate trend that many Christians have adopted and accepted as a part of their faith, is the idea of waiting to hit rock bottom until they surrender their lives or current circumstances to God.

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By Tacy Ashby
Senior Vice President, Strategic Educational Alliances

“We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your life will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will GROW as you learn to know God better and better.” (Colossians 1:9-10)

March, April and May bring about several birthday celebrations in my family, from the very young to the old. My birthday happens to be amongst those birthdays, and I always enjoy observing how we all respond to the passing of one year to the next, each with our different perspectives of the passing of seasons and time, living and life.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader 

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

Does time seem like it is moving faster than it used to? Have you ever looked back and felt like that memory was only a moment ago? On Grand Canyon University’s campus, with less than five weeks in the semester to go, I keep hearing students say that this has been the fastest semester yet – and I would have to concur! Where did the time go?

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