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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 Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28)

As humans, we crave consistency. We want stability in our careers, finances, friends and family, and rarely do we appreciate the curveballs that life throws us. We place expectations on the people in our lives, and more often than not, we are left disappointed when those expectations are not met. We, too, fail daily. We are not always the loyal, trustworthy or dependable friend we wish we were.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 43:5)

As Christians, we have a front row seat to the sin and corruptness within the world. We live in the midst of a broken world amongst broken people, yet we know the truth of Jesus and the restoration He offers each and every one of us. Though most of us would like to turn a blind eye to the reality of just how far the world has fallen from God, we cannot. It can be difficult to find the balance between witnessing the everyday tragedies and hurt that people experience, while also maintaining a hope and faith in God, His plan and His love for others.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“…so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” (Colossians 1:10-11)

Do you consider yourself to be patient? Our daily lives require us to exercise patience, whether the issues we face are small or big. Receiving a bad grade, dealing with a difficult co-worker, experiencing conflict with a friend or getting sick are all situations that require us to be patient, and it is often easier said than done.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)

Do you ever find yourself getting stuck in a routine? Maybe you feel as though each day consists of the same pattern. When this happens, it can be hard to find motivation and be hopeful about the future, and you may question what God has in store for you.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Are you going through a period of life where you are dealing with change? While some of us invite change, it can be a very difficult thing for others.

Change can be exciting, such as starting a new job, making a new friend or even starting a new semester in school. However, change can also be hard when we don’t want it. So, how are we supposed to deal with the changes we face in life?

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)

As the highly anticipated holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas pass, we now look ahead to the possibilities held in the New Year. Are you looking forward to a fresh start? Or are you comfortable with where you are at?

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:4)

For most families, Christmas is a time for traditions. Year to year, decorations are brought down from the attic, favorite meals are prepared and family members come together. But, why? What is the reason behind the gifts, the cheery music and the time off of work? What actually happened all those years ago that separated this day from any other?

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’” (Luke 2:10-11)

When we think of Christmas, we often think of joy. After all, some of the most popular Christmas songs mention joy, such as “Joy to the World” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” However, as the Christmas season is only temporary, it is important to know the difference between joy and happiness.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

The Christmas season is in full swing! Houses are decorated with festive lights, gifts are under the tree and Christmas music seems to be playing wherever you go. With all of the hustle and bustle that comes with Christmas, it may seem as though real life is put on hold for a while.

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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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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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