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Chapel: Doing the Impossible Through Christ

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By Lauren Abraham
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Student, Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Welcome back, Lopes!

Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller started off the new semester with a motivating message about doing impossible things through Christ.

President Mueller started by showing a video about Ernie Johnson, a famous sportscaster. Ernie and his wife decided to adopt a three-year-old little boy named Michael from a Romanian orphanage.

Michael was severely autistic, and the doctors said he would never be able to talk, walk or bond with anyone. Despite this, Ernie and his family saw Michael as beautifully and wonderfully made.

This story is an example of seemingly impossible things being done through Christ. While Ernie and his son faced extremely difficult circumstances, they were able to bond and form a relationship.

President Mueller also discussed how Jesus did impossible things throughout his life.

For example, he highlighted Luke 7:22-23, which talks about how through Jesus, the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

As Christians, we are called to love God and love others, even our enemies and those we disagree with. This is where the power of Christianity is, because Christians are called to live differently.

If we can begin to love others the way God loves us, we can change the world. We are to help those in need, because we realize our blessings come from God.

President Mueller concluded by encouraging GCU students to realize their many blessings, and to share this by loving and serving the surrounding community. When this is done, people will ask what our source of motivation is and we can point to Christ.

Every week, GCU has a Chapel service available to students, faculty and staff. Visit our website to learn more about Chapel and to view the spring 2016 Chapel schedule.

About Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Lauren Abraham is a junior at Grand Canyon University. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living here. She has loved her time at GCU so far, as she has made many friendships and discovered what she is passionate about. Currently, she is studying communication with a minor in marketing. She has always loved writing and working with people, and one day hopes to become an editor or journalist. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.

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