Episode 5

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Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.

— Proverbs 31:30 CSB


Joy is not the opposite of depression. It is deeper than depression. Therefore, you can experience both. Depression is the relentless rain. Joy is the rock. Whether depression is present or not, you can stand on joy.

 — Ed Welch


Hardship is only the temporary rain. Joy is our solid, unshakable, immovable, dependable, and permanent rock. We don’t lose our joy as much as we give it away. So, don’t let the world convince you to step away from your joy. Stand firm on your joy in Jesus and you’ll become resilient through the various storms of life.

...the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10 CSB)

Fully God / Fully Human

Jesus is 100% God and 100% human. 

We can distinguish the two natures of Christ, but we cannot separate them. Let me illustrate what I mean. We all know that a human being is made up of a body and a soul. Therefore, I can distinguish your two natures your physical side and your non-physical side without doing you any damage. However, if I separate your body from your soul, I kill you. So there's a big difference between a distinction and a separation.

RC Sproul

Plans Vs. Heart

I used to think I was supposed to offer God my plans. Now I know He actually wants my heart. 

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)


Love Jesus. Love people.

Life is all about relationships. Everything else is just details. 


Jesus is worthy to be our greatest treasure. 

Jesus tells us to store up treasure in heaven, for our hearts will inevitably pursue our treasure. What we ultimately value will tug at our “hearts”—our personalities, our dreams, our time, our imaginations, our inmost beings—and we will pursue it. — DA Carson, For the Love of God (Vol. 1)

Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:19-21 CSB 

Limp Until You Can Walk

You don't have to stop hurting to start moving. Limp until you can walk and walk until you can run. 

 — Christine Caine, founder of A21

Moving Forward

If you can't fly then run,
if you can't run then walk,
if you can't walk then crawl,
but whatever you do
you have to keep moving forward.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Threshold for Pain

What is your threshold for pain?

Dreams don’t usually die.

It’s the spirit of the dreamer that does.

Watch over your heart. Take good care of your spirit and you’ll stay resilient until the very end.


Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. (Proverbs 4:23 CSB) 

A man's spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit?  (Proverbs 18:14 CSB)

Cultivate Vision 2018

Here’s the vision I feel God has given me for the year 2018. We’ll update the Cultivate website soon. 



People first before Platform
We don’t exploit people to build our platform.
We use our platform to build up people.

Prayer first before Projects
We don’t give into peer pressure.
We practice patience to pray before we start projects.

Character first before Credentials
We don’t leverage our credentials to impress people.
We leverage Christlike character to inspire people.

Mission first before Money
We don’t obsess over money.
We obsess over the mission.

One of My Biggest Life-Lessons from 2017

I used to think I was supposed to pursue “success.”

Now I know that if I’m truly faithful to the process, “success” will pursue me.

Character > Credentials

Past & Future

You can’t undo your past, but you can pursue a better future. 


Reformation is the recovery of God’s purpose for us. Revival is the recovery of God’s life in us. God loves to renew confused and tired people. 

Ray Ortlund