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Thanks for visiting my site! I'm Basile Kuo, and I like to write down meaningful quotes. I've been doing this since 2001. I know it makes me a better person. These days, I also take a lot of notes on Instapaper. Anyway, I hope these quotes help you think too.

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October 15, 2017

"We must walk in line with the Gospel, not because we are trying to be Christian, but because are Christian."

— Pastor Simon Yang

October 9, 2017

"ReduxJS in 30 seconds: Redux is a JavaScript library that aims to simplify how we manage stateful data. Redux keeps all of our data in a single JS object called the Store. A single function, the reducer, is responsible for making modifications to the Store. We trigger the reducer by 'dispatching' an action - a JS object that describes how our data should change. The reducer function receives the action as an argument and makes changes accordingly. Other parts of the code (usually React Components) can subscribe to data in the Store. When data changes, Redux notifies subscribers of the change."

— Ross Creighton

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September 13, 2017

"9 things I wish someone had told me:


— Molly Graham

September 3, 2017

"We want to love each other bug we need to love one another."

"We are a grouip of believers not behaviors."

"Our home is our mission."

— Pastor In Kim

August 25, 2017

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

— Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

July 16, 2017

"The blessing of spiritual dryness is that it turns you back to God."

— Pastor Ben Kim

June 25, 2017

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."

— Attributed to Pablo Picasso

June 22, 2017

"Boredom shows up quietly and appears to pose no immediate threat. This makes it both easy to address and easy to ignore."

— Rands

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June 21, 2017

"A great workplace is stunning colleagues. It is not espresso, lush benefits, sushi lunches, grand parties, or nice offices." "The best managers figure out how to get great outcomes by setting the appropriate context, rather than by trying to control their people."

— Netflix

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May 28, 2017

"Long hours don't necessarily mean success. ... Working hard is not the same thing as working smart."

— Steve Blank

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April 18, 2017

"To decentralize decision-making, we assign missions to empower team members. This creates more leverage by allowing us to send highly capable individuals on missions defined by an outcome, instead of dictating tactics. Smart people will be motivated by the open-endedness. We only hire people whose judgement we can trust to the extend that we can set them loose on a project and know they'll execute. ... This also leads to ownership."

— Michael Karnjanaprakorn

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April 15, 2017

"Accomplish more with less. Constraints breed resourcefulness, self-sufficiency and invention. There are no extra points for growing headcount, budget size or fixed expense."

— Amazon

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April 14, 2017

"When you're hiring, seek out people who are managers of one. What's that mean? A manager of one is someone who comes up with their own goals and executes them. They don't need heavy direction. They don't need daily check-ins. They do what a manager would do — set the tone, assign items, determine what needs to get done, etc. — but they do it by themselves and for themselves."

— Basecamp

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April 13, 2017

Watch Antifragile on YouTube.

April 12, 2017

Read GitLab's Values Handbook.

April 5, 2017

Watch Personal Maps Build Closeness in Modern Teams on YouTube.

April 3, 2017

"Among employees who fail to meet expectations during their first 18 months on the job, 23% fail due to low emotional intelligence. That's the second most prevalent reason new hires fail, following only a general lack of coachability."

— Karla Cook

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March 23, 2017

"Here are some key attributes of great managers:

— Jeff Epstein

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March 14, 2017

"For the people who are in superstar mode--those who are going to drive growth on your team--what you want to offer them is new challenges. You want to keep them learning. The last thing you want to do is squash them. People in rock star mode want a pasture, not a runway... What they need is freedom to do their superb work, not a path to promotion, which may distract them."

— Kim Scott

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March 13, 2017

"You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I'm trying to pare down decisions. I don't want to make decisions about what I'm eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make. You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can't be going through the day distracted by trivia."

— President Barack Obama, Vanity Fair

March 12, 2017

"Every decision you make uses up your mental energy. Just the simple act of thinking about whether you should choose A or B will tire you out and reduce your brainpower. This means that the more decisions you have to make throughout the day, the weaker your decision making process will become."

— Vincent Carlos

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February 19, 2017

"The all-accepting 'you do you' culture is separating us further." (paraphrased)

"Marriage saves you from yourself."

— Pastor In Kim

February 3, 2017

"On your very best day at work, the day you come home and think you have the best job in the world, what did you do that day?"

— Facebook

January 27, 2017

"If you're a software developer, you have most likely worked with people who are not in the same office as you are. And you've probably not liked it. To improve communications with your distributed team make it fun and make it work. You have to go beyond simply being 'a Skype profile image.' Here's the secret: meet your teammates in person. That's it. Chatting often is good. Video is better. But there's no replacing that face-to-face connection."

— Ariel Isaac

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January 25, 2017

"Don't just attend the church. Be the church."

— Pastor In Kim

January 22, 2017

"[Senior developers] should know when they should ask for help, but be able to function without it if necessary."

"Once you tie quantifiable metrics to raises and promotions, you remove the incentive for a developer to maximize value for the business. You replace it with the incentive to meet your metrics. I have not met or heard of anyone who has actually had success creating metrics that correlate to maximizing business value."

— Professor Beekums

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January 20, 2017

Watch How to Lead an Intentional Life on YouTube.

"For every item you've crossed off your list, you've become less and less distracted."

— Ryder Carroll, TEDx Talks

December 11, 2016

"To me, what makes a senior developer is when you can trust them to get things done without you."

— Professor Beekums

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December 8, 2016

"In the long run, we derive job satisfaction from non-monetary sources, which include positive peer relationships, the ability to work on meaningful projects and even leadership opportunities."

"About 98% of her patients continue working in some way after they are financially secure, she adds. For some, it's about a sense of purpose; for others it's a way to keep a much-needed routine."

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December 5, 2016

"For example, ask the question, "How's it going?" and nine times out of ten your employee is going to say, "Things are fine" or some other vague, over-generalized response. You're never going to hear the real stuff. Versus, if you were to ask: "When have you felt frustrated in the past year?" you're asking an employee about a specific moment, situation, and emotion. You're forcing them to think in more literal, concrete terms, and giving them permission to talk about how they feel about working at your company (something that doesn't always happen all too often in the workplace)."

— Claire Lew

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December 1, 2016

"While I believe there are circumstances that require all three styles of management, I personally prefer managing to favor my employees. What this means is that I make a conscious effort to make decisions and conditions that include benefit for my employees first. I firmly believe that this approach produces a bottom-up result where all members of the chain of responsibility enjoy credit. Whereas, managing up, or to yourself only produces value for one's self, and limits the scope of those who were involved. Of course, when things are not going well, limiting scope to yourself and taking the responsibility for the actions of your team goes a long way to establishing respect, commitment, and a resolve from your team not to put you in that situation again."

— Steve Davie

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November 19, 2016

"There's a difference between knowing honey is sweet and tasting the sweetness of honey." (paraphrased) "Help people belong before they believe or behave."

— Reverend Harold Kim

November 18, 2016

"Money brings misery to those who live for it." "Make money to give money." "Manage money with a mission." "Tithing is not the ceiling; it's the beginning."

— Reverend Harold Kim

November 15, 2016

"It's hard to keep books upright without bookends. You must understand someone's past and future to know how to order the present."

"A manager's job is to guide a team to deliver results, and she's able to do that well in a sustained way--not because she exhibits power, control, or authority, but because she nurtures and enhances a set of human relationships around her. What's more, she's developed those relationships by crafting a long-term vision."

— Russ Laraway

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November 14, 2016

"I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand."

— Confucius

October 26, 2016

Management in ten tweets:

  1. "Just tell them already. One of the best things you can do as a manager is be completely blunt about what you see. Tell them now."
  2. "Trust is the currency of good management. You cannot be a great manager if the people with whom you work do not trust you."
  3. "Regular one-on-ones are like oil changes; if you skip them, plan to get stranded on the side of the highway at the worst possible time."
  4. "You have to be your team's best ally and biggest challenger. You can't be a great leader by care-taking alone. Push for their best work."
  5. "Repetition feels silly but works wonders. Start each conversation repeating the overall goal and connecting it to the discussion."
  6. "My team wants to work on ___ because it is more fun for them, is that okay?" No. Never. Quoting @jasonk: "Winning is fun." Go win."
  7. "Clarify the problems your team needs to tackle. Stay all the way away from specifying the solutions. That's their job, not yours."
  8. "You can't know how the company looks from any other seat than your own. Practice with people in other seats to communicate and manage well."
  9. "We talk a lot about diversity and inclusion. Here's my unpopular opinion: you, as a manager, have to force it to happen, or it won't ever."
  10. "Usually when people ask, "Should I fire this person?" the answer is yes. But usually they do it dramatically more brutally than needed."

— Marc Hedlund

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October 25, 2016

"Managers exist for a reason, and it's to make everyone's job easier, not harder! Our managers (who we call advocates) work with their teams to set priorities every week, month, and quarter. …there's a dedicated person in place whose job is to keep the wheels turning smoothly."

— Laura Roeder

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October 20, 2016

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

September 21, 2016

"But if a direct conversation yields little change and, a month later we're in the same spot, it's time. Remember, a PIP is not a firing. A PIP is a tool to either bring performance into line with the expectations, or confirm that this employee isn't going to meet those expectations. There can be a hundred reasons for that but none of them are helped by maintaining the status quo. ... It's selfish to drag that out because of your own discomfort."

— Johnathan Nightingale

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September 20, 2016

"We are not grown up enough to have the Internet. We need to turn it off."

— James Morton

September 15, 2016

"A layoff shouldn't be a surprise to leaders, nor to its people. It's not something that happens to a company. It's an act by its leadership when no other routes can be pursued. In other words, when a layoff is your way forward, you should implicitly be telling people that you've exhausted every other route."

"Layoffs are hard, even for a serial founder. If you don't feel awful after one, you shouldn't be leading a company."

"People watch. How you treat those who are let go after a layoff gives a big cue to those who aren't."

— Beth Steinberg, First Round Review

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September 7, 2016

"But a core value of good management is that your investment in your employees pays off as they grow in scope and impact. Well managed employees make your company better. They mentor new people, take on new skills, and take personal ownership in the quality of their team's work. ... I don't need you to be the best in the world at management. But if you're not planning to be, if you're not going to be really studious and dedicated to it, then for god's sake stop messing with it. I promise you can't build a better management system in your spare time."

— Johnathan Nightingale

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August 30, 2016

"The case against ballooning hours is familiar to most and doesn't need to be rehearsed. Humans aren't machines; productivity declines the longer you spend with your nose to the grind. On the flip side, it's been found that happier workers are more productive. Having time to pursue your passions, nurture your relationships, and stay active gives you more emotional and physical energy overall–including to do your job well."

— Stephan Aarstol

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August 29, 2016

"11 habits of ridiculously likeable people:

  1. They are genuine.
  2. They ask thoughtful questions.
  3. They don't pass judgment.
  4. They don't seek attention.
  5. They are consistent.
  6. They use positive body language.
  7. They leave a strong first impression.
  8. They greet people by name.
  9. They smile.
  10. They know who to touch (and they touch them).
  11. They balance passion and fun."

— Dr. Travis Bradberry

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August 21, 2016

Are you falling, floating, or flying?

— Basile Kuo

August 20, 2016

"What you should expect from your leaders:

— Glenn Llopis

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August 19, 2016

Watch Spotify Engineering Culture, Part 1 on Vimeo.

Watch Spotify Engineering Culture, Part 2 on Vimeo.

View Spotify Engineering Culture, Part 1 diagram.

View Spotify Engineering Culture, Part 2 diagram.

— Spotify

August 10, 2016

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

— Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV

July 13, 2016

"The Gospel frees us from the slavery of prosperity and restores us from our poverty."

— Pastor In Kim

July 11, 2016

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

July 5, 2016

What cheese is best for a Korean man? Manchegoya!

— Basile Kuo

June 28, 2016

"On a practical note, our sinful nature always desires more. When you get away with something in secret, the deceitful nature of sin will convince you that it's a reason to keep going. Eventually, you find yourself somewhere you don't want to be, and there are only painful ways out. I do not know the original source of this quote, but it certainly is true: Sin takes you further than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and costs you more than you want to pay."

"Whatever your sin is, wherever you struggle, humble yourself in that area and access God's grace to overcome it. You can't do it on your own, and the consequences of keeping it secret aren't worth it. The freedom of God's grace is far better."

— Sean Chandler

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June 23, 2016

Morning bun > Man bun

— Basile Kuo

June 22, 2016

If Tuesday was a lose-day, make Wednesday, a WINS-day!

— Basile Kuo

June 15, 2016

Status Quo... is not Basile Kuo... lol.

— Basile Kuo

June 14, 2016

If you let people do what they love to do for the company, wouldn't it be a win-win-win? They'll love their work. You'll love their work. And the company will benefit.

— Basile Kuo

June 13, 2016

Iterate. Iterate. Iterate.

— Basile Kuo

June 12, 2016

"The (Sabbath) Sunday is the anti-performance day."

— Pastor Jim Jung

June 9, 2016

"It's very likely that someone on your team will think of a better solution, but as soon as you say what you think, everyone gets a whole lot less creative. ... Use the time you might have spent generating your own ideas for how to solve problems--or generally stressing your team out with micromanagement--to devise non-judgmental, thought-provoking questions. By not offering my own idea, I enabled the creation of a better one. By not suggesting a destination, we all ended up somewhere extraordinary--a place I didn't even know we were going."

— James Everingham

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June 6, 2016

The three P's of Engineering Management are People, Process, and Programming. People are the most important.

— Basile Kuo

May 19, 2016

Like huevos rancheros
in the Galapagos,
yo soy guapo.
Now I'm a Spanish rapper,
but Chinese and dapper,
like a tortilla filled with Kung Pao.
Mic drop; me out now!

— Basile Kuo

May 18, 2016

"The chemistry you feel with other people is the most underrated factor in whether you should take a job. Today, I'm convinced that the primary reason to take a role is to work with a great manager and a great team. Together, they determine nearly all of your happiness on the job. This means letting go of your assumptions about title and money. Making this tradeoff will pay off in surprising ways."

— Frederique Dame

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May 16, 2016

"Not to want to pray, then, is the sin behind sin."

— P. T. Forsyth

May 15, 2016

"We pray because we believe in God's sovereignty. We struggle to pray because we believe we are in control."

— Pastor Ben Kim

April 8, 2016

"View your personal brand as a trademark; an asset that you must protect while continuously molding and shaping it. Your personal brand is an asset that must be managed with the intention of helping others benefit from having a relationship with you and / or by being associated with your work and the industry you serve."

— Glenn Llopis

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March 13, 2016

"If you don't pray, you are no longer submitting to God's authority."

— Pastor Ben Kim

February 28, 2016

"The purpose of a fruit tree isn't to produce fruit, but to reproduce fruit trees."

— Pastor In Kim

January 31, 2016

"Would knowing that your inheritance comes from God, the Father, make you stingy or generous?"

— Pastor Ben Kim

January 24, 2016

"You either follow Jesus because you want God to serve you or you follow Jesus because you want to serve God."

"If Jesus is not the pursuit of your life, your life will continually be a pursuit of emptiness."

— Pastor Ben Kim

November 17, 2015

"Who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions."

"The safer team members feel with one another, the more likely they are to admit mistakes, to partner, and to take on new roles. [They] are less likely to leave [a company], they're more likely to harness the power of diverse ideas from their teammates, they bring in more revenue, and they're rated as effective twice as often by executives."

— Julia Rozovsky

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July 28, 2015

It's not perfect, but it's progress.

— Basile Kuo

April 26, 2015

"An unforgiving heart is an unforgiven heart."

— Tim Keller

December 4, 2014

Cookie cream, ice cream
Out of sight, nice thing
Black & white, double team
Fatty bite, pop a couple seams
Muffin top, poppin' out my jeans
Muffin hot, top it with vanilla bean
Party in my mouth; that's the scene
Get in my belly; that's the goal
Let it melt but keep it cold
Orange cream
Ben & Jerry, American Dream

— Basile Kuo

November 23, 2014

"Are you a consistent worker or a convenience worker? Are you a laborer or a loiterer?"

— Pastor Paul Kim

November 20, 2014

We have the power to make the most of our moments. We just need to own it.

— Basile Kuo

November 15, 2014

When it comes to making kimchi stew, always use the leftover juices.

— Basile Kuo

November 13, 2014

Live to love so that you love to live.

— Basile Kuo

November 9, 2014

Learn, then teach. Take input; make output.

— Basile Kuo

August 24, 2014

"Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it."

— Warren Buffet

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February 17, 2014

Effect change. Don't be affected by change.

— Basile Kuo

February 16, 2014

"Be a thermostat. Not a thermometer."

— Pastor In Kim

January 20, 2014

"Sprint planning? Gone. Project Management? Minimal. Estimation poker? None. Scrum Master? Nope. We still have stand-ups, but those don't take up a lot of time. Engineering spends most of their time building product. Product owners decide what goes in 'To Do' next, and engineering takes it from there."

— Alex Salazar

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March 29, 2011

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

— Marianne Williamson

March 20, 2011

"Know your history. Who you are determines how you live."

"I would argue that we are saved by works. By Christ's works."

— Reverend Timothy Lim

February 13, 2011

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

— Edmund Burke

January 31, 2011

"Sin is not so terrible because of what you do, but because of who you do it too."

January 30, 2011

"You're apathetic because you're not serious about your sinful situation."

— Reverend Timothy Lim

January 29, 2011

"It's never only about you and God. It's about you, God, and others."

"You cannot in isolation obey God's commandment to love one another."

"We are in the world, but not of the world."

— Reverend Timothy Lim

January 28, 2011

Do less in order to do more.

— Basile Kuo

November 6, 2010

"We turn to everything but God for hope. We turn even the good things God gives us, like family and career into idols and make them our source of value and self."

November 5, 2010

"The pain that we feel for death we must feel for the pain that leads to our sin which leads to death."

— Dr. Julius J. Kim

October 10, 2010

"Being an image of God is not enough for us; we want to be God."

— Pastor Ryan Kim

September 26, 2010

"Your life is defined by how your time is spent and what resources you give or take."

November 14, 2009

"Humility is not about thinking more or less of yourself, but rather thinking about yourself less."

— Tim Keller

May 11, 2008

"If you want to be sanctified, get married."

"You see your spouse every day. You can only lie to them for so many years."

"Our 'must have' list will allow us to find a trophy spouse, but it won't allow us to find the right helper."

"God knows about your relationship needs more than you do. Adam didn't put in a request for Eve; God made what He knew."

— Pastor Ryan Kim

February 6, 2008

"The gifts given to you are to also be given to the body. Don't rob the body. Exhaust your gifts for the sake of the body."

— Pastor Ryan Kim

January 6, 2008

"Out of love, God withholds from you your plans."

October 28, 2007

"Religion separates us from Jesus."

"They don't have a chance to be offended by the Gospel because they're offended by us."

— Dr. Charles Zimmerman

October 26, 2007

"We are more and more the person we are than the person we want to be."

"Glimpses of the future can be found in our worship, service, and thanksgiving."

— Dr. Charles Zimmerman

September 23, 2007

"God's love isn't unconditional; it's contraconditional. God loves you despite who you are."

August 26, 2007

"There is nothing more that we can do to make God love us more, but at the same time, there is nothing more that we can do to make God detest us more."

"It's not about showing how much we love God, but showing how much God loves us."

July 21, 2007

"Your relationship with God defines your behavior. If it's true, it'll change who you are."

"You either worship God or something else. You never worship nothing."

— Pastor Paul Kim

July 19, 2007

"God's sense of humor is such that we always think we're on the verge of maturity."

"The shepherd breaks the sheep's leg to bring it home."

— Pastor Paul Kim

July 1, 2007

"We say, 'I'm willing to gamble eternity for now.'"

June 3, 2007

"God gives us time to struggle to give us time to pray."

"We share our prayer requests because we know the power of it."

May 27, 2007

"Our thankfulness should stem from knowing the Gospel--a debt that we could never repay has been paid."

"We are held hostage by our habits."

May 13, 2007

"We don't think we need help; we think everyone else does."

April 29, 2007

"Just because you quote it, doesn't mean you interpret it properly. Satan quoted Scripture and misused it. Interpret the Bible in context and community."

"In profession, God is our God; in function, we are our own god."

"With so many people asking for so many things, a 'Yes' for one might be a 'No' for another, so God must be supremely wise."

April 22, 2007

"You're an addict because ultimate pleasure is just out of reach."

"We either downplay his divinity or downplay his humanity."

"The promise of every addiction is 'just one more'."

April 15, 2007

"Make worship your priority. Rest up in preparation for worship."

"Worship is for God, not for us."

March 11, 2007

"If you're being attacked by the devil, you must be doing something right."

"Don't waste your struggles."

February 18, 2007

"Our presence this morning is the evidence of the work of the Spirit in imperfect people."

February 11, 2007

"The worship of God is the heart of missions. The end goal is the increased worship of God."

January 14, 2007

"Eternal life is more important than the extension of life."

December 31, 2006

"Your calling is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet"

"'I choose to love you.' is not flattering, but it's assuring. There is nothing you can do to change His love."

— Frederick Buechner

November 12, 2006

"Pray like it's all up to God, but work like it's all up to you."

— St. Augustine

August 13, 2006

"The Church is not a group of individuals."

May 21, 2006

"Prayer is a last resort for us. We even ask others to pray for us first."

"God puts us in these situations so that the only thing we are left to do is pray."

"Some of the most important moments of your life were out of your control."

"Prayer is an affirmation of trust in God's sovereignty."

April 2, 2006

"Tithing isn't about the money or even the need. It's about God. If there's a need, God will meet it. Your offering is a response to God's grace."

March 19, 2006

"You might not have to give up, but you might have to give it up to Him."

"Jesus' love isn't permissive; it's possessive."

March 5, 2006

"The key to building community isn't focusing on community; it's focusing on God."

"The closer you get to God, the closer you get to each other."

"Are you a Christian who happens to be (Korean) or are you a (Korean) who happens to be Christian?"

"The two biggest hindrances in a relationship are pride and shame."

"We love ourselves, but we don't like ourselves."

November 13, 2005

"We like to see how close we can get to the line when we should be running and seeing how far we can get from it."

"Sin starts with small steps: thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become character, and character becomes destiny."

"Sin begets sin."

"The very thing we want to make us happy, won't."

"I wish someone told me, 'When you get to the top, there's nothing there.'"

October 21, 2005

"We are servant-leaders. We need to lead our congregation members to be servants too."

October 10, 2005

"Sin reverberates in your life indefinitely."

October 9, 2005

"You may think you're done with your past, but your past is not done with you."

— Magnolia

October 2, 2005

"We don't receive God's unconditional love unconditionally."

"We can give much because we've been given much; we can love much because we've been loved much."

September 4, 2005

"I always thought it'd be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody."

— Tom Ripley, The Talented Mr. Ripley

August 7, 2005

"Does God make your list of confidants?"

"Present your requests to God and you may or may not have an answer, but you will have the peace of God."

"God is not a genie in a bottle."

"Faith in the past is faith in the future."

July 31, 2005

"If you ever find a perfect church, leave it! You're just going to mess it up because you're not perfect."

"The pursuit of status never satisfies."

"If He gave me Jesus, how can He not provide what I truly need."

July 10, 2005

"There is nothing you can do to earn salvation."

"We serve God to make Him our debtor."

"The only Person in this world whose opinion matters thinks the world of you."

"God isn't a means to an end. He's the end."

July 3, 2005

"A family like a church and a church like a family."

June 19, 2005

"We steal by withholding from God."

"Are you worshipping God or worshipping money?"

May 3, 2005

"Sin, when full-grown, gives birth to death."

May 2, 2005

"The greatest trick the devil ever played was showing the world he didn't exist."

— Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects

May 1, 2005

"The two greatest mistakes you can make are (1) neglecting the devil's reality and (2) being obsessed with it."

— C.S. Lewis

April 17, 2005

"Repentance allows you to move on."

February 27, 2005

"You're too busy talking that you're not listening."

February 6, 2005

"We should never be satisfied with where we are."

January 30, 2005

"If a pastor says anything totally original, it's new and it's heresy."

"You have already passed from death over to life. God would not judge you twice for something He has already forgiven."

January 23, 2005

"Your difficulty is God's opportunity."

"Do you want Jesus or what Jesus can give you?"

"If you were the only Christian left in the world, would you still be a Christian?"

December 5, 2004

"We have a consumer mind set. We try to find ways to get the most by giving the least."

November 28, 2004

"The more you give, the more you receive."

October 31, 2004

"The best way for God to make us forget Him is to bless us."

October 24, 2004

"Beautiful things are merely slight reflections of a beautiful God."

October 11, 2004

"We complain about what we want when we should give thanks for what we have."

October 10, 2004

"The essence of Christian life is repentance."

— John Calvin

September 26, 2004

"First, Jesus made wine. Second, he made lots of it. Third, he made lots of good wine."

"Just because your drug is more socially acceptable doesn't mean it's better."

— Pastor Eugene Noh

September 12, 2004

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?"

— Corrie Ten Boom

August 29, 2004

"Our mentality is that if we don't obey, God will punish us at worst and not bless us at best."

August 22, 2004

"We all want intimacy, but we all hide."

"You don't have to change so God can love you; God loves you so you can change."

August 1, 2004

"He loves you the way you are, but He loves you too much to leave you the way you are."

May 30, 2004

"We have an insatiable desire for beauty."

— Emmanuel Kant

April 23, 2004

"Time is the worst thing you could waste. You can't have it back."

April 18, 2004

"Beware of looking for a sign. You'll see what you want to see."

"The greatest skeptics become the greatest believers."

April 4, 2004

"Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone isn't giving them words of wisdom; it's weeping with them."

March 21, 2004

"Everything we do is either for God or not."

March 14, 2004

"We serve to be liked."

"You can only give what you have received."

"Give freely because you have been given freely."

"It's easier to serve without a title."

March 7, 2004

"Who knows you better? You or God?"

February 24, 2004

"If we focus only on the aspects we like about Jesus, we end up with a Jesus that looks a lot like us."

February 8, 2004

"We recognize trees by the fruit they bear."

January 30, 2004

"We tend to be passionate - about ourselves."

January 25, 2004

"Never underestimate the ability to deceive yourself."

"We like to meet Jesus at church and leave him there."

January 23, 2004

"What we do in life echoes in eternity."

— Gladiator

January 18, 2004

"The Gospel makes you humble without despair and confident without arrogance."

— Pastor Eugene Noh

January 1, 2004

Always ready for change.

— Basile Kuo

December 14, 2003

"The most miserable person is a Christian not living as a Christian. Sin bothers you."

November 2, 2003

"The gospel according to the model minority says if you work hard, do what you're supposed to do, and go to church, you'll get everything you want."

"Pray not for clarity, but pray for trust!"

October 19, 2003

"God doesn't call the equipped; He equips the called."

— Wellington Boone

October 10, 2003

"There is no greater sense of unity than sex."

September 26, 2003

"Everyone is normal until you get to know them."

September 8, 2003

"You have to put yourself in a position where God can reveal Himself to you."

September 7, 2003

"I would take 'No' for an answer, if I could even hear you speak."

— Chris Rice

September 6, 2003

"'When you're listening, are you listening or waiting to speak? 'I'm waiting to talk, but I'm trying to listen.'"

— Pulp Fiction

August 29, 2003

"80% of life is showing up."

— Woody Allen

August 24, 2003

"The paradox of Christian maturity is dependence"

August 8, 2003

"You might be the only Bible people read."

July 27, 2003

"All men die, but not all real men live."

— William Wallis, Braveheart

July 26, 2003

"The man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all."

— Jim Elliot

July 25, 2003

"You will become tomorrow the person you are becoming today."

— Dan Allender

July 20, 2003

"Do you really want a god that you can fully comprehend? Small enough to fit in your brain? It's ironic that we want celebrities to be larger than life and God to be manageable."

July 11, 2003

"Idolatry is looking for our ultimate security, significance, and satisfaction in anything but God."

July 6, 2003

"Anything outside of Christ is fleeting joy."

June 28, 2003

"God gives us what we need, not what we want."

June 5, 2003

"Wisdom is knowing when to use knowledge."

"It's hard living God's way when the world's way seems to work."

"The power of prayer changes your perspective into God's."

May 2, 2003

"I can't remember a trial or a pain that God has not recycled for gain."

April 27, 2003

"What a beautiful thing it is when you're so in love that you forget how obnoxious love looks to everyone else. How lucky you are if you lose yourself."

— Rich Mullins

April 13, 2003

"I once asked God how much He loves me and He said, 'This much,' as He stretched out His arms and died on the cross for me."

"Jesus felt alone." (Matthew 26:36-46)

"If Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we?"

April 2, 2003

"You're only as spiritually strong as your weakest fruit."

— Tim Keller

March 30, 2003

"There's no such thing as a 'super Christian'."

March 23, 2003

"Money spending shows priorities in life."

"The more stuff you buy, the more stuff you have to buy for the stuff you just bought."

March 16, 2003

"As with any relationship, honesty is required to grow."

February 28, 2003

"Chaos Theory: Small changes can lead to a big change."

February 23, 2003

"It's not that the suffering will end, but that He takes away the sting."

February 14, 2003

"Suffering exposes what's really in your heart."

"Do you love the gift more than the Giver?"

February 4, 2003

"For God to tell us the reason for the trial would defeat the purpose of the trial."

January 26, 2003

"Nothing happens apart from what He lets happen; it's troubling to think that God can let evil happen; it's comforting to know that no matter what's going on in the world, God is still on the throne."

January 24, 2003

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

— Helen Keller

January 17, 2003

"Everyone tends to focus inward, so we each have one person focused on us. But imagine if we all focused outward. Everyone would have n number of people focused on them."

January 16, 2003

"Individualism is a modernized form of selfishness."

"The church does not revolve around me. I have to be happy with it. It's not so loving because it's filled with sinners like you and me."

"Ultimately, we don't really believe we need help."

January 15, 2003

"I can't do this without you. You have a choice: You either heal as a team or die as an individual."

— Any Given Sunday

January 5, 2003

"Yes, what a pity it is that so many are not blind, but cannot see."

— Helen Keller

December 29, 2002

"Being a leader isn't about being more powerful, but more humble."

"Patience is equivalent to long-suffering."

December 22, 2002

"There's nothing wrong in realizing that you'll be dead a lot longer than you will be alive; there's nothing wrong with having a plan after you die."

— Pastor David Clotfelter

December 8, 2002

"It's not that God isn't speaking to us; we're just not listening."

"Jesus is the sunrise after a long dark night."

— Pastor Eugene Noh

December 1, 2002

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when people are afraid of the light."

— Plato

November 22, 2002

"The more I walk; the more I see; the more I know; the more I despair; the more I depend."

"The quickest way to fall into sin is to think you have it all under control."

November 17, 2002

"We often pray last."

"We often ask others to pray for ourselves without even praying for ourselves."

"Control is an illusion."

"We try to get God to conform to our ways."

"Maybe God is trying to change us, not our situation."

November 10, 2002

"Do you really believe that life without Jesus is hell?"

"Choice is an idol in America."

November 8, 2002

"Privilege is a burden."

"Knowledge implies responsibility."

October 26, 2002

"God will not judge you on how much you give but how much you have left."

— A.W. Tozer

October 25, 2002

"If you realized God's constant presence then it wouldn't be about pleasing people in private or in public, but being before God."

"There are 6 billion people in the world. What makes YOU so special?"

"What makes us think we know how to take better care of ourselves than God?"

October 23, 2002

"Guess it comes down to a choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying."

— Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption

October 13, 2002

"You need community as much as community needs you."

"We tend to think, 'How can I get the most by giving the least?'"

"We were created with the need for community, e.g. it was not good for Adam to be alone."

October 9, 2002

"The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a testimony of God's compassion for His people; it's essentially a love letter."

October 6, 2002

"As bad as you think you are--you're worse than that."

"As two people grow closer to God, they grow closer to each other."

"The key to a better Christian community isn't focusing on how to fix it, but focusing on God."

"Authentic Christian fellowship is a byproduct of our intimacy with God."

September 21, 2002

"If God created the world, it makes sense to ask God how this world really works just like when you can't work your VCR, you read the company's instructions."

"We should view God as our priority in all of our other priorities."

September 20, 2002

"The things you own end up owning you."

— Tyler Durden, Fight Club

September 16, 2002

"Think Globally, Act Locally"

— Earth Day

September 15, 2002

"The Gospel doesn't obliterate cultures; it redeems them."

September 13, 2002

"We're obeying God when we manage and spend our time well."

"We were given the gift of time to do what He assigned for us, not to waste it; God gave me 24 hours today to fulfill all He needs me to fulfill."

September 6, 2002

"Would you still think that Jesus is so good if you had everything taken away from you?"

September 2, 2002

"It is not that we keep His commandments first, and that then He loves us, but that He loves us, and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace, which is revealed to the humble, but hidden from the proud."

— Augustine

September 1, 2002

"Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering."

— Yoda

August 8, 2002

"Your relationship with your parents will affect your relationships of authority in other areas of your life."

"Why rise up to the level of mediocrity?"

"If you can't obey your parents, who are right there in front of you, how can you obey a god, who you can't see?"

"Honor is the attitude to which obedience is the action that follows."

July 26, 2002

"The thought of us being home and making it there is the thought that carries us there."

July 21, 2002

"Your job is to be faithful with what God's given you."

July 14, 2002

"We lose things to bring ourselves back to God and rely on Him."

June 23, 2002

"It's sort of a wonderful thought: When we sin, we make the Holy Spirit grieve."

June 6, 2002

"Moses took on God's purpose and God took care of all his needs."

June 2, 2002

"'Amateur' has its Latin roots in 'amor,' someone who does something for the love of it."

May 30, 2002

"When you don't please those you love, you aren't pleased."

"We don't experience more because we don't expect more; we do less because we expect less."

April 14, 2002

"You can respond to a trial in two ways: like a potato that goes in hard and comes out soft or like an egg that goes in soft and comes out hard."

March 3, 2002

"There's no limit to what a man can do as long as he doesn't care who gets the credit."

— Ronald Reagan?

February 21, 2002

"Don't just fall in love. Choose to love."

"The only expectations you should have are the ones you determine by talking about it."

"Don't strive to look for your ideal; strive to be the ideal."

— Steve Lee

February 10, 2002

"The greatest Christian is not the one who achieves the most, but the one who receives the most."

February 3, 2002

"How can a Christian offer a message of urgency when they live a life of complacency?"

January 20, 2002

"You are the result and beneficiary of everyone around you."

"Do you have so much pride that you think you can start your day off without prayer?"

January 10, 2002

"Why settle for junk food when you can have a feast?"

January 3, 2002

"Sometimes we're so busy we don't leave room for faith."

December 6, 2001

"The new things you learn aren't meant to be kept inside."

August 19, 2001

"The more we understand ourselves, the more we understand the depth of God's love and forgiveness."

July 12, 2001

"Failure is the worst you can do—that's a good thing if you think about it."

May 31, 2001

"True humility is realizing your greatness is nothing."

May 20, 2001

"It's arrogant not to share the Gospel."

May 13, 2001

"It's easy for God to answer prayer, but what He wants is your heart."

May 5, 2001

"You can't serve God if you're serving yourself."

May 3, 2001

"It's not about being Christian at church, but being Christian at home."

May 1, 2001

"Is Christ's death worth what you're living for?"

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