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Chapel Speaker Wilson Has Game Plan for Church

October 21, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Don Wilson has been told that he sounds more like a coach than a preacher. “For a lot of people, church isn’t very relevant in their lives because it’s boring to them,” says Wilson, a former coach and college basketball player who serves as senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, one of the largest churches in metropolitan Phoenix. “So I try to engage people by what’s relevant to them and try to relate things to their lives.”

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Ravi Zacharias Delivers Thought-Provoking Talk

October 17, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

Ravi Zacharias, one of the most prominent defenders of the Christian faith in the world today, brought an intellectually engaging perspective to a large audience Sunday evening at GCU Arena. “Helping the thinker believe, helping the believer think” is Zacharias’ apt summary of his ministry, which travels the globe with the message of the Gospel. “Where Is God?” was the topic for Zacharias’ talk, sponsored by Pinnacle Forum and CityServe AZ, and he got to the point quickly.

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Chapel Speaker Hines to Bring Joy to Campus

October 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

As the father of five girls, Derik Hines says with a laugh that he knows all about drama. The youngest of those girls, Ashley, has made it a big part of her life. She’s now a sophomore theatre major at GCU and has been in several productions since the University’s revival of the arts program a year ago. Ashley — and the rest of GCU — can hear her dad speak at Monday’s Chapel in GCU Arena. Derik, the teaching pastor at Community Church of Joy in Glendale for the past two years, will use Luke 15 as his text.

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Traveling Team Makes a Missions Stop at GCU

October 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A Ford minivan filled with four people, fueled by Jesus’ Great Commission and stopping at every college campus on the map is no ordinary vehicle. It’s a four-wheeled missile for world change. “If there’s a revolution you want to start, take it to college students,” reasons Morgan Parker, who visited the GCU campus on Tuesday evening along with three other representatives of The Traveling Team.

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Pastor Tim Addresses Morning Chapel

October 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Using the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 as his text, Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin quoted the words of Jesus that “you are the light of the world” at this morning’s Chapel. “Understand how God sees you,” Griffin told those assembled. “He sees you as the light of the world. My prayer is that you would see the platform God has given you. Collectively, we have a wonderful opportunity at Grand Canyon. God might want to raise us up as a burning torch in this part of Phoenix.”

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Tim Griffin Mixes Family With Campus Community

September 30, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Dean of Students Tim Griffin joined GCU after more than 10 years as chaplain of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “When I was a chaplain in motor sports, you had to live with your community to be able to serve them,” he says. “So we lived out of a motor home every weekend.” Taking that same approach, the Griffins moved onto the GCU campus. At the same time, their son, Spencer, was preparing to join his older brother, Taylor, at GCU. Most kids leave the nest, but rarely does the nest follow them to college.

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Spiritually Speaking: Defeating Discouragement

September 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Everyone gets discouraged sometimes! However, we can live above the fear of becoming seriously discouraged — leading to even deeper depression — by trusting in God’s Word that He will keep us from temptations that could overwhelm us.

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Russ Pennell Springs a Surprise on Chapel

September 26, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

How does Russ Pennell follow Russ Pennell? That was the question at Chapel this morning, after the Antelopes’ head coach for men’s basketball opened with a rousing blues-rock version of “Nothing but the Blood” — with the coach on guitar and vocals — that brought the audience to its feet. Using Luke 12:22-31 as his text and speaking on anxiety and worry, Pennell said, “When we worry and fret, we walk up to the throne of God and shove Him off and say, ‘I got this.’ Do you believe in what God has asked you to do (in life)? If the answer is yes, then why would He let you down?”

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Pennell to Speak on Trusting God With Worry

September 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The first three Chapel services of the semester have featured strong speakers: Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, author Josh Riebock and Redemption Church Pastor Justin Anderson. Monday’s Chapel will bring a fourth. Russ Pennell, GCU’s head coach for men’s basketball, will speak on the topic of trusting God with anxiety and worry.

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Tempe Pastor Addresses Chapel on Prayer

September 19, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Pastor Justin Anderson of Tempe-based Redemption Church brought a thought-provoking message on prayer to this morning’s Chapel in GCU Arena, insisting, “Almost nobody’s good at prayer.” Using parables from Luke 11 and 18, Anderson said Christians need to be “audacious and annoying” in prayer. “The problem with our prayer life is a fundamental disbelief in the Gospel,” he said. “We don’t believe we’re deeply in need of anything outside ourselves. The heart of the Gospel is admitting we need grace and mercy. Ask (in prayer) out of a heart-level belief that He is God and He is for you and He loves you.”

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