Former standup comic Ron Merrell mixed humor with his heartfelt message Monday morning at Chapel. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Chapel: Don’t take your heart too lightly

October 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Ron Merrell, a former standup comic, used his sense of humor Monday morning to effectively deliver a Chapel message that had the Arena crowd both laughing and nodding their heads in agreement. Your heart is the real you, Merrell said, and you must allow Him into it so that He can mold it and shape it.

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GCU volunteers were showing their Lopes Up spirit at a Habitat for Humanity project Saturday. Photo by Alexix Bolze
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GCU announces Habitat for Humanity partnership

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Put on some old clothes and get ready to help out! The University, in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has launched an unprecedented initiative to renovate homes in our neighborhood and, eventually, across the Valley and even around the country. It’s not too late to volunteer to be a team leader (you don’t need any experience in construction or home repairs) for the project, which formally begins in January. And don’t forget that, in August, GCU announced a new Community Service Policy in which employees are eligible for up to 16 hours of community service time.

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Jon Demeter of Ultimate Training Camp was frank about his own fears in his talk at Chapel on Monday morning. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Chapel: Don’t let fear bury you … or your talents

October 21, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jon Demeter of the Ultimate Training Camp used his Chapel talk Monday morning to address how detrimental fear can be in our lives. While fear sometimes protects us, Demeter used the parable of the three servants in Matthew 25 to show how important it is to use our talents and not bury them out of fear.

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Brian Kruckberg of New City Church in Phoenix received a warm GCU Chapel welcome on Monday. Photo by Alexis Bolze
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Chapel: Cultivate restorative work in life

October 14, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

New City Church’s Brian Kruckenberg reminded the Chapel audience on Monday that life is too short for selfish behavior, and that the Kingdom of God is now – though we may not see it. The pastor encouraged people to consider the type of culture they help foster every day. “Are you creating a culture that puts yourself first, that’s primarily about yourself, or are you thinking about the kingdom of God, the kingdom of restoration and renewal that comes when I lay down my life for the good of others?” Kruckenberg asked

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Students in Chapel in the arena on Oct, 6, 2014
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Chapel: Get serious about church commitment

October 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau If the subject of Dustin Tappan’s talk on Monday morning at Grand Canyon University Arena sounded new to the Chapel crowd, it’s because it was. Tappan, lead Next Generation pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley, was emphatic and direct: It is not enough to just follow Jesus on your own. Pointing to Ephesians 5:25-32, Tappan said that just as Christ gave his life for the church, you must be an active, regular participant in a church to truly be committed to God. GCU’s Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin said it was the first time in his four-plus years at the University that he could recall a Chapel speaker delivering that message. “That’s why we have pastors speak — to raise the identity of the local churches,” he said. “It’s important that students hear this and get connected with a local church.” Tappan quoted from a March 2014 survey conducted by Barna Group, which found that only two of 10 Millennials (age 30 and younger) consider church attendance important, 35 percent said they are anti-church and 59 percent who grew up in a church said they have dropped out at some point. You […]

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Abbie Ivy and her mom, Sherri, have been living at the Phoenix Dream Center since last spring.
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GCU students dive into community at Dream Center

October 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly two dozen GCU nursing and counseling students spent Friday afternoon and evening at the Phoenix Dream Center, offering free health screenings, education and mental-health assistance to center residents and those living on the streets.

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Rend Collective, Lecrae headline big week at Arena

October 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Arena will be the site of two big Christian music events next week. Rend Collective visits on Wednesday, and “Bubba’s Bash,” an evening hosted by pro golfer Bubba Watson and featuring Lecrae, will be here on Saturday, Oct. 11. GCU Today has all the details here.

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GCU students are moved by the music of the Chapel band Monday morning.
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A many splendored Chapel talk about love

September 30, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Love makes the world go ’round. Love will find a way. There are so many ways to look at love, one website has exactly 34,279 quotes about it. But as Tyler Johnson of Redemption Church told the Chapel gathering Monday morning, the Bible tells us to look at love as something that comes from God. GCU Today has the story and video transcript of Johnson’s talk.

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Jeremy Jernigan of Central Christian Church of the East Valley shows a pruned branch from an orange tree to show how God shapes our lives. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Chapel: Don’t let faith wither on the vine

September 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jeremy Jernigan of Central Christian Church of the East Valley used an orange tree Monday to show another big Chapel turnout what our relationship with God should be like. We constantly should be looking to prune our branch, and we should always be mindful of staying connected to God, he said. GCU Today has a slideshow, and you also can view a replay of Jernigan’s talk by clicking here.

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Keeping your faith alive: Chapel with Jeremy Jernigan

September 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Jeremy Jernigan of Central Christian Church of the East Valley used an orange tree Monday morning to demonstrate the “I am the vine; you are the branches” passage in John 15:5-8.  

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