Summer Chapel: Summer Finale

Posted on July 27, 2015  in  [ Spiritual Life ]

Grand Canyon University Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin delivered the final Summer Chapel message of summer 2015, before students and staff return to GCU’s campus in late August.

With an overarching theme centered around the excitement and anxieties which come with the imminent start of a new school year, Pastor Tim told a story of Daniel, a man from Romania and a church leader whom he met in Southern California.

Pastor Tim invited Daniel to one of the regular church leaders’ meeting. Their discussion at the time was of anxiety related to the possible pitfalls and trepidation surrounding technology and the Y2K scares.

Daniel’s turn to speak eventually arrived, and he told stories of surviving an upbringing during a Communist government, where in harsh winters of Eastern Europe, the government would occasionally shut off electricity and water.

“No matter what may come, God will see us through,” Pastor Tim said.

After reading from chapter 17 in the Book of John, Pastor Tim discussed spirituality and how its diverse forms often create anxieties toward each other. Exploring others faiths and beliefs while challenging our own is healthy for our relationships with one another. As the 2015-16 school year draws closer, Pastor Tim invited a few GCU staff members to share their prayers for the upcoming challenges ahead.

“This is going to be a great year, no matter what happens, no matter how difficult it may be,” Pastor Tim said. “God is faithful and He can overcome whatever we may face in the next weeks, months, semester and school year.”

Hear the full message by watching the video below:

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