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Turn life’s exiles into exultations, Griffin tells Chapel

February 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It’s great to have dreams, Dr. Tim Griffin told students at Chapel on Monday morning, but what’s important is how we handle it when things don’t go our way. Turning life’s lemons into lemonade isn’t just a saying. The Pastor and Dean of Students said that flourishing in difficult circumstances is a way of honoring and trusting God.

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A Chapel talk on forgiveness to never be forgotten

January 30, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The Chapel speaker Monday is internationally famous, and Rose Mapendo showed why — with a message of forgiveness that challenged her listeners to consider what they would have done if they had been in her situation. She is convinced she survived her oppression because God wanted her to spread His vision of peace and reconciliation.

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Passing of Bishop Alexis Thomas mourned at GCU

January 23, 2018 / by / 21 Comments

Bishop Alexis Thomas, a renowned and beloved senior pastor of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix and Gilbert, who had a wide-sweeping influence in Arizona, died Jan. 18 at age 50. One of his five sons, Micah, is a junior studying business administration in the Colangelo College of Business. Viewing and services are Sunday and Monday.

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Is faith a transaction? No sale, Simmons tells Chapel

January 23, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The book of Habakkuk certainly doesn’t get quoted as much as John or Matthew, but Luke Simmons of Redemption Church based his Chapel talk Monday around it because it contains an important message: No matter what happens, we must trust God.

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God can transform marketplace, Mueller tells Chapel

January 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

What God has done in helping Grand Canyon University transform its west Phoenix neighborhood is a passionate topic of President Brian Mueller, but he doesn’t want to stop there. “Is it possible that an entire city can be transformed?” he wondered in his Chapel talk Monday. Mueller spoke passionately about the need to put God in the middle of all aspects of our lives, including the marketplace.

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Spring schedule set for Chapel, The Gathering

January 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The spring semester schedules for Chapel and The Gathering are set, and Chapel will feature new first-time speakers — one of whom, in particular, has quite a story to share. Chapel begins at 11:15 a.m. Mondays (except holidays or during breaks) in GCU Arena.

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Tears of joy and sorrow in an emotional year

December 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau They are the stories that make you feel good about humanity. They are stories of faith, courage and incredible determination, and they all have a connection to Grand Canyon University. Here, then, are GCU Today’s 10 most touching stories of 2017. But be forewarned: You might need some Kleenex – like maybe a whole box: “His cancer fight showed the superhero in all of us” (Jan. 19): No parents should have to go through what the Hyduchaks endured after learning that their 5-year-old son, Jace, had cancer. But they got through it, and Jace was the race starter for the 2017 Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. “First responders receive a heartfelt thank you” (April 20): Perry Harris picked the perfect place to have a heart attack – in the middle of a large crowd of people at Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. Among that crowd were a doctor and a certified athletic trainer as well as the station for the GCU Sports Medicine Club, and they all teamed up to save his life. Harris got to thank them in a special event on campus a month later. “A mom’s walk, like Karli, leaves lasting memory” (April 28): Less […]

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This Lope goes to great heights for Special Olympics

December 07, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

GCU freshman Sarah Shea on Saturday will be stepping off the edge of CityScape, one of the tallest buildings in Phoenix, and will be dressed in a Spider-Man suit, no less. The special education major is afraid of heights, but she is making like a superhero by participating in Over the Edge, which benefits Special Olympics Arizona. She’s doing it in honor of two friends she met in third grade — one has Down Syndrome, the other has cerebral palsy.

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Final Chapel message of semester is filled with love

December 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Tom Shrader of Redemption Church asked to be the speaker in the final Chapel of the fall semester because he wanted to tie in his message to Christmas. But he was talking about receiving more than giving — his focus was on receiving God’s perfect love.

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No fear: 1st time’s a charm in Rinnier’s Chapel debut

November 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Danielle Rinnier, Director of Spiritual Life, was a little nervous about her first Chapel talk — which, appropriately, was about turning to God when we’re fearful. But her delivery was impeccable, and GCU Today talked with her about the experience.

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