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By Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

Deb Wade, PhD, spoke to a full house at GCU Arena on Monday morning. Dr. Wade is vice president of Grand Canyon University’s growing counseling and psychology services and spoke to the room of students about making over our hearts when it comes to all the damage that could come our way.

The two main parts of this transformation are losing the weight of burdens and covering up the blemishes.

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By Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

Pastor Tim Beal from Cornerstone Church helped us kick off Go Week at Monday morning’s Chapel service. Beal’s humor entertained the crowd, but his message hit deep.

He gave bits of his personal testimony of how he grew up in a church that wasn’t okay with who he was on the outside. His seemingly ragged appearance wasn’t acceptable.

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By Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

Grand Canyon University Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin was ready for the vibrant crowd at this Monday’s morning chapel service in GCU Arena.

Pastor Tim shared with the crowd a nostalgic story of him at Disneyland as a rambunctious kid. Getting in trouble at Disneyland caused him to be dragged to the back lot, shattering his previous expectation of what Disney magic looked like.

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By Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

Welcome Back, GCU!

What better way to start the semester than to stand alongside your fellow students worshipping together? The first day of classes also means the first Chapel of the semester.

Grand Canyon University’s CEO and President Brian Mueller spoke to thousands of students, staff and faculty about the new year, hyping the crowd for what the school year has in store.

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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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Deb Wade, GCU’s new vice president of psychological services and counseling, delivered the July 20 Summer Chapel message. She discussed her move from Dallas to Phoenix and the “junk” she brought with her.

Using balloons to describe the human condition of carrying burdens and emotions inside each of us, Wade talked about feelings such as anxiety, fear, acceptance (or lack thereof) and other mental and emotional responses.

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Matthew 7:1-5

College of Theology Dean Jason Hiles, PhD, focused this week’s Chapel discussion on judgments and the hypocrisy they create in our own lives.

Hiles noted Jesus’ teachings on moral judgment do not indicate that all judgment is forbidden. In fact, it’s easy and acceptable to disagree with another’s character, ethics, behavior, decision or actions.

In fact, it can be healthy.

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Director of Church Relations Billy Thrall gave an inspirational talk at this week’s Summer Chapel service about what it truly means to be a good friend.

“The power of the faith of others, the fact that four friends got their buddy healed, is amazing to me,” Thrall said. “Are you the kind of friend that the vulnerable feel safe with?”

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Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller spoke at this week’s Summer Chapel service about several themes found in the Epistles of Paul, including barriers, the Trinity, Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and the importance of unity.

“[There is a] wall that exists between God and His people because of sin,” Mueller explained. “[There is a] wall that exists between all of us as different groups because of sin. That’s really at the heart of the world. It’s barriers. And it’s getting worse.

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This week, Spiritual Life Blog Editor Josh Sugata caught up with Dr. Pete Charpentier to discuss his powerful talk and demonstration at this season’s second Summer Chapel.

How does Dr. Charpentier stay connected to students and deliver such powerful messages?

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