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Interfaith Project Concludes on Positive Note

November 17, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

By Jennifer Willis Communications Staff Ten weeks ago, junior Ty Kieser and senior Micah Briscoe began leading a discussion group at the Chris Ridge Senior Living Community in Phoenix, in partnership with Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Titled “Building Bridges Between Faiths,” the discussions were aimed at exploring Buddhism and its similarities with Judaism and Christianity. Kieser and Briscoe stepped into the project not quite sure what they were getting themselves into. But after completing the final session in the series on Wednesday, they found that they may have learned more from the people they were teaching than their students learned from them. “I have learned a lot from this experience,” Kieser told the group before starting his portion of the discussion. “I hope that you guys have learned at least a tenth from us of what I have learned from you.” The feeling seemed to be mutual. As participants left, they thanked the boys, with some lingering to get in some final one-on-one discussion. “This is the last one,” one of the more vocal participants said as she made her way out the door. “It’s kind of sad.” The sessions, which were deemed a success by Assistant Dean Anna […]

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God’s Word Is Home for Chapel Speaker Yates

November 11, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The U.S. Postal Service stays plenty busy keeping track of Air Force families such as the one Smedly Yates grew up in. The roll call for Yates: Texas (twice), New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona (twice), California (twice), Illinois and Tennessee (twice). After bouncing around so much for so long, it’s no surprise that Yates, 36, seems happily rooted as one of two pastors at Grace Bible Church in Chandler, which began near the Arizona State University campus 10 years ago and now meets at Valley Christian High School. He’s also firmly planted in preaching the Bible.

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Staff Chaplain Visits Doctoral Residents for Intimate Chapel

November 10, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

GCU doctoral learners took a break from the intensity of residency for a taste of campus life on Wednesday. The Kachina Ballroom at the Squaw Peak Pointe Hilton in Phoenix became GCU Arena for an hour as learners were treated to a midweek Chapel. Ryan Maguire, GCU’s online ministry coordinator and staff chaplain, provided the message and a smaller Chapel band — consisting only of Campus Music Minister Gabe Salazar and band members Jeannette Montenegro and Jason Richard — provided the music.

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Spiritually Speaking: The Art of the Tweak

November 07, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

When you find yourself in new or highly competitive situations like what you experience in college, you may feel a change is in order. It took me 50 years to realize a funny dynamic about life and the changes you can make. The most profound changes in life can be the little ones – the tweaks.

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Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church Brings Message

October 31, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The parable of the workers in the vineyard from Matthew 20 was the focus of Jamie Rasmussen, senior pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church, at this morning’s Chapel. Rasmussen said God gives equal blessing in seven areas: eternal life, forgiveness of sin, victory over temptation, constant presence, peace and joy, purpose and meaning, and comfort in suffering. Four other areas, he said, are indiscriminate in blessing: wealth, health, talents and abilities, and comfortable circumstances.

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Spiritually Speaking: What’s the Most Important Question?

October 31, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Who is Jesus Christ? When the disciples were asked this question by Jesus they answered, “Some say you are John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets” (Matt. 16:14-15). Only Peter answered correctly when he said, “You are the Messiah (or Christ, lit. Anointed one)—the Son of the Living God (Matt. 16:16).

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Scottsdale Pastor to Speak on Vineyard Parable at Chapel

October 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Jamie Rasmussen, the senior pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church, has been blessed with the gifts of teaching and leadership and is expected to bring a unique message to Monday’s Chapel in GCU Arena. One of Scottsdale Bible’s members, GCU Alumni Events and Promotions Manager Nick Knudson, says he is impressed with Rasmussen’s teaching style and vision for the church.

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Spiritually Speaking: Fulfill Your Purpose

October 25, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

What is your purpose? What is the reason you live? I know those are heavy questions, but take it from the Scripture’s perspective. “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” says Proverbs 29:18. Without a directive, you just wander. And that doesn’t refer only to your college degree choice. Rather, without knowing who you were created by, and what He created you for, there is a good chance nothing will satisfy your pursuit for purpose.

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Chapel Hears Message on Parable of Talents

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Don Wilson, senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, brought the message to this morning’s Chapel from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. Wilson’s key points: God owns everything and we are merely managers; we are all equally important to God but not equally gifted; what matters most is how we use what we have; and our attitude determines the fruit that we bear. “God has positioned GCU to be a five-talent university,” Wilson said, “but the X-factor is you.”

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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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