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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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Chapel Speaker to Preach Bible’s ‘Uncompromising Truth’

September 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Justin Anderson is Redemption Church’s lead pastor of preaching and vision. He’s a straight shooter who will bring a message on prayer to Monday’s Chapel in GCU Arena. The Gospel needs no kid-gloves treatment, he says. “Uncompromising truth changes people,” Anderson says. “At Redemption, I guess we’re just Christians who believe the Bible is true. We don’t do crazy stuff. I like to open the Bible and teach it.”

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Two Students Lead Interfaith Series on World Religions

September 15, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

A 10-week series of discussions, “Building Bridges Between Faiths,” began Wednesday at a Jewish senior living community not far from campus, led by junior Ty Kieser and senior Micah Briscoe. The series is aimed at exploring Buddhism and its similarities with Judaism and Christianity.

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GC+You: Slow Down and Celebrate Life

September 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GC+You is a weekly blog contributed by GCU Campus Pastor Tim Griffin and Student Development Director John-Paul Reiger.

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Slideshow: Chapel Hears Message From Josh Riebock

September 12, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Josh Riebock, the author of “My Generation,” spoke to this morning’s Chapel in the Arena, using Matthew 13:44 as his scriptural text and talking about a time in his life when he was chasing success. “Jesus says, ‘Life with me is like a treasure hidden in a field,’” Riebock said. “Is the Kingdom really the treasure for you, or is it something else? All other things are elusive. You’ll find the Kingdom when you get on your knees and look right in front of you.”

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Spiritually Speaking: Be Prepared to Defend Your Faith

September 09, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

We need to know what we believe and be prepared to defend it, without getting defensive. You never know when God will open a door for us to share our faith.

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