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    To try deliberately for self-actualization is like trying very hard to fall asleep or to have a good time.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: time 
     
    It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful 'in general.' It's very strange. It's a little like being married in general.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: christian 
     
    All sin is equally wrong, but not all sin is equally bad.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: wrong  bad  sin 
     
    People tethered to God by faith can let themselves go because they know they will get themselves back.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: people  god  faith 
     
    We know the excitement of getting a present - we love to unwrap it to see what is inside. So it is with our children. They are gifts we unwrap for years as we discover the unique characters God has made them.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    Because they are human beings, addicts long for wholeness, for fulfillment, and for the final good that believers call God. Like all idolatries, addiction taps this vital spiritual force and draws off its energies to objects and processes that drain the addict instead of fulfilling him.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    To speak of sin without grace is to minimize the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, and the hope of shalom.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: grace  jesus  sin  christ  hope  spirit 
     
    Recalling and confessing our sin is like taking out the garbage: once is not enough.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: sin 
     
    At every stage, addiction is driven by one of the most powerful, mysterious, and vital forces of human existence. What drives addiction is longing-a longing not just of brain, belly, or loins but finally of the heart.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    Patience is like good motor oil. It doesn't remove all the contaminants. It just puts them into suspension so they don't get into your works and seize them up. Patient people have, so to speak, a large crankcase. They can put a lot of irritants into suspension.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: people  work  patience 
     
    For the Christian church.... to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally uninteresting.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    ... the way to thrive is to help others thrive; the way to flourish is to help others flourish; the way to fulfill yourself is to spend yourself.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: help 
     
    To be a responsible person is to find one's role in the building of shalom, the re-webbing of God, humanity and all creation in justice, harmony, fulfillment and delight. To be a responsible person is to find one's own role and then, funded by the grace of God, to fill this role and to delight in it.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight-a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: wonder  gift  bible  inspire 
     
    A humble person is more likely to be self confident... a person with real humility knows how much they are loved.
    — Cornelius Plantinga
    tags: people  self  humility  real 
     
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