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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYJournal Reflections: Spiritual DisciplinesSubmitted to Dr. Benjamin Forrest,in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion ofLEAD 520 – D01The Life of LeadersbyMelissa MartinezNovember 22, 2020
Leadership and Delight in GodShaw and Strobel have argued that our highest response to God is delight. Mark Shaw writes,“One of the best antidotes to Faustianism is ‘Christian hedonism’.” Shaw continues by stating that the “chief end of humankind is to glorify God by enjoying him forever….(and by) unleashing a new spirit of true worship.”1The Free Dictionary by Farlex defines Faustianism as “spiritual or intellectual dissatisfaction combined with a desire for power or material advantage”2and Hedonism (Philosophy) as “The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.”3As Christians we are absolutely to glorify God. Yet, I do not agree with this stance. I believe that our highest response to God is that of thanksgiving and gratefulness. The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance shows 295 accounts in the Bible on the word“glory” and its variations. Doxa is the Greek for Glory and has a wide range of meanings that include “splendor brilliance, and an awesome light that radiates from God’s presence and is associated with His acts of power; honor, praise, and speaking words of excellence.”4To glorify God means that we acknowledge God’s greatness with honor, praise and worship. The best communication to acknowledge God is through thanksgiving and gratefulness which is one of the prominent themes in the Bible. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”5Spread throughout the New Testament there are instances of the Apostles giving thanks, teachingtheir disciples to give thanks, and in 2 Timothy 3:2 showing that the wicked are “ungrateful”. In addition, Jesus would begin all of His prayers with thankfulness to His Father. Thanksgiving and gratefulness are an attitude of the Christian’s heart because there is forgiveness of sin, eternal life

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New Age, Kyle Strobel

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