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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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By Lorin Marchese
Coordinator, Strategic Educational Alliances

I am so blessed because I have a family that I know loves me no matter what – and I believe that I show them how much I love them too.

This is wonderful and frankly easy when everyone is being kind to each other and being the best person they can be. But what happens to a family when that isn’t happening?

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By Dina Lundblom
Coordinator, GCU Strategic Educational Alliances

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Every day when I drive to work, I pass by a school that has three crossing guards at the intersection. And it is truly a highlight of my drive because I get to see these three energetic individuals giving kids high fives as they walk across the street, talking to moms who sometimes look weary or smiling at cars as they pass by. It truly is fun just watching them interact with people at a very busy intersection of town.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Love. It is one word with such a vastness of meaning. It is articulated and defined so intimately by each person, yet holds common truths to the masses. We use this word every day as a noun, verb, adjective and more in describing all that we encounter, from free pizza to our very best friend. How can one word be used to describe all that we hold dear, from the simplest of pleasures to the deepest of loyalties?

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Whoever wants to be my disciples must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

When looking forward into the years of our lives, we tend to dream with rose-colored glasses. We see only comfort, happiness and blessings in cozy homes with ideal relationships, which are certainly not bad dreams. But what does it mean when Jesus calls his disciples and followers to deny themselves? Is this cruel or kind? Before we begin jumping to conclusions, we must first exam the identity and intention of the One who said these words so many years ago.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

The topic of work can oftentimes be a sore subject for many people. It brings up memories of long hours, late nights, stress and fatigue. Whether speaking with a new mother, a corporate CEO or a high school student mowing lawns, it is evident that hard work is costly. So many of us spend our days longing for the weekends and dreading the inevitable Monday grind.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145: 18)

Do you ever feel like you just need to get something off your chest? Do you wish for a safe place to speak openly about your fears, worries or sins? Whether it’s a worry that is weighing heavy on your heart or joy that is pouring out of you, you may feel like you need a friend to share these feelings with.

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