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Welcome to Durbania! Movies shall be reviewed here, yes! But also so much more. I have a passion to be entertaining, encouraging, and to use entertainment not just as a way of escape, but to also get something from it that can encourage and brighten life. That's why I started this podcast. My brother-in-laws and I are all movie buffs! We would go see a movie, and drive home digging so deep into it, finding and discussing underlying messages, and nerding out so much, that it was a blast! So I ...
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Le Monde d’URBANIA nous plonge dans des récits intimistes et émouvants de gens ordinaires qui acceptent de témoigner de leur parcours extraordinaires. Hébergé par Acast. Visitez acast.com/privacy pour plus d'informations.
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Jesus is like a farmer and the world is his field. Jesus plants his people as good seed (wheat) - but the devil also plants his people as bad seed (weeds). Jesus has intentionally planted us where we are, to bear fruit where we are. We are planted, not buried! When we are "sleepy", the devil can sow his seed in our field! Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43, …
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The battle recorded in 2 Chronicles 20 teaches some invaluable lessons for the battles we face in life: -Seek the Lord -Remember what God has done before -Realise that the Battle belongs to the Lord -Have faith and allow God’s strength to work through you -Praise and worship the Lord 2 Chronicles 20:1-24, Ephesians 6:12, Luke 18:27, Jeremiah 29:13,…
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Jesus calls us to extend grace in the form of forgiveness to those who sin against us. Jesus also calls us to extend grace in the form of redemptive confrontation: - to confront privately, to explain the offence - if this fails, to try again with one or two others - if this fails, to try again with the voice of the church. Forgiveness does not make…
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The grace of God is truly amazing! We are saved by this amazing grace - and we can continue to live in this amazing grace! This amazing grace gives us the privilege of sharing in the ministry of Jesus - and of extending his grace to those around us. Let's receive the grace of God, live in the grace of God, and share the grace of God with others! Ep…
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Jesus is the true light of the world. When we follow Jesus, we "walk in the light", we "have the light of life", we see the truth (often revealed through the Bible), and we become part of the Kingdom of light. When we have his light, we bring light to others. Our good deeds give light to people & glory to Jesus! Drawing near to Jesus also draws us …
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As a follower of Jesus, I can be secure - even in an age of insecurity! - I am absolutely secure in God's grip - no one can snatch me from his mighty hand! - I am perfectly capable of falling - but God is perfectly capable of holding me up! - I will be exposed to temptations, but God has made sure that I can resist them and escape them! - Even when…
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Abraham is famous as a man of faith, but his faith was powerfully demonstrated by his obedience. When his faith was weak, he was disobedient, but when his faith was strong, he was obedient. In the end, his faith and obedience were wonderfully rewarded as God fulfilled some wonderful promises - truly, the life that is obedient to God is a blessed li…
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Jesus came to earth on a mission to seek and save the lost - all over the world. Many tried to stop him - but no one could. And no one can stop him now! And we are all invited to be a part of his unstoppable mission! Let's join him in this mission - the most glorious mission of all! Matthew 2:1-16, Matthew 4:1-11, John 9:22, John 12:42-43, Matthew …
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If we want to fulfil the call of God, we must be prepared for him to test and develop our character.Here are five tests Joseph endured - and passed - on his journey to greatness: 1. His vision was misunderstood and rejected. 2. He experienced painful events that seemed to contradict his vision. 3. He experienced great injustice. 4. He experienced g…
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The early Church gives us simple, effective examples about prayer and devotion that can still be practised today by the church. They prayed for power, they prayed for help, they prayed regularly and consistently. We would do well to follow their example and to be deliberate in setting aside a regular "devotional time"! Luke 24:46-53, Acts 1:8-9,14,…
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The miracle of Jonah surviving at sea points us to the miracle of Jesus' death and resurrection. It also teaches us that: - You can't run away from God! - You can't stop the sovereign will of God! - Selfishness can keep us from obeying God. - God loves even the worst sinners. Jonah 1-4, Matthew 12:38-40, Romans 10:13-15, Matthew 16:18, Matthew 16:2…
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Jesus taught that the end of this age will be "just as it was in the days of Noah". People will be living their lives just as they please, assuming that "life will always go on, not believing the warnings of coming judgement - but Jesus will return and all will be judged Jesus has offered to rescue us - but we have to believe him to be rescued! The…
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Jesus is building his church! He is building it with "living stones" - you and I! He has assigned us places and purposes - we have a part to play in his ministry to the world! Let's co-operate with him as he renews us, transforms us, equips us and envisions us! Let's ask him to reveal those things that he has prepared for us to do! Let's take our p…
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We need faith in order to please God. Righteousness from God comes from faith. And faith comes from hearing what God has said. The life of faith: - hears what God has said, - believes what God has said and - obeys what God has said. The life of faith is not a perfect life - we may waver...but we can go back to God's words and keep walking! 2 Corint…
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With great authority Jesus told the paralytic to, “rise, pick up your bed, and go home” (Mark 2:11) demonstrating that just one word from God undoubtedly will change our life forever. God’s miracle power is released at the release of His word. During this time of prayer and fasting, in a year we are believing for so much more, we open our hearts to…
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The Bible is filled with stories of individuals who dared to dream in partnership with God, and in doing so, they witnessed His bountiful, extraordinary supernatural works. Just as Joseph's dreams led him to a position of power and influence in Egypt, and as God promised Abraham a multitude of descendants as numerous as the stars, dreaming with God…
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Some of Jesus' significant ministry moments took place in very ordinary situations: - Talking to a stranger. - Allowing people to interrupt his plans. - Accepting invitations to a meal. In the same way, we can experience significant ministry if we will take similar opportunities in our "ordinary" day-to-day living. Let's break through our comfort a…
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God reveals the future & the possibilities. He shows things we don't expect & can't see. These may be far beyond our abilities & resources. Our walk into our destiny is a journey; it can wind and take time. But it takes us into greater & more glorious places. The prophetic lifts our gaze & our hearts, encouraging us to walk into thatdestiny. We sho…
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It is tempting to emulate "successful" people, but we are called to emulate God. Jesus modelled this by representing and revealing God the Father and keeping the focus on him. The Holy Spirit works in a similar way, revealing God to us and leading us into the truth; he enables us to emulate the Father. Hebrews 1:3, John 5:19-20, John 14:9, John 1:1…
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Jesus' parable of the net teaches us some vital truths: - A final and eternal separation of souls WILL happen - There are only two possible eternal outcomes - "The fish don't do the sorting" This calls us to answer two questions of eternal significance: - Is MY name written in the Book of Life? - Will I join Jesus on his rescue mission? Matthew 13:…
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As we move forward in 2024, let's remember that - the year is unlikely to be free of any storms - Jesus will be with us throughout any hardships - Jesus is faithful and will take us through to the other side - the miracles he has done give us good reason to trust him completely - we need to let go of the past in order to move forward Isaiah 46:9-11…
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The Kingdom of God is worth much more than everything we own. Yet God delights to give it to us - to make us citizens - we don't buy or work our way into the Kingdom (we could never afford it or earn it!) The lesson is to think differently about the value of the Kingdom and the value of earthly wealth. We don't have to chase or hold on to wealth - …
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As followers of Jesus, we always have a lot of great reasons to be thankful to God. For example, God has: - chosen us and adopted us! - given us his Holy Spirit! - re-created us as a purpose-full masterpiece! - put us in a loving, equipping community! - given us armour to enable us to stand strong! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 & 1:6 Ephesians 1:3-8, 1:13-1…
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Christmas celebrates Jesus coming to us as the Prince of Peace. Jesus doesn't offer to remove our conflicts & stresses; he offers us peace in the midst of them. This true peace includes peace with God & peace within. We can enter into this amazing peace by submitting to the rule of Jesus & by trusting Jesus with our trials. Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:14, M…
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God is in control of world events - even though so much seems to be going wrong. He has a plan - and it is good! Even in dark days, God guides his people. We can trust his perfect plan - and perfect timing! His plans are the best-laid plans! Jeremiah 29:4-10, Jeremiah 28:1-4, Jeremiah 29:11-14, Daniel 2:48, Isaiah 45:1, Galatians 3:29, 1 Timothy 2:…
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The parables of the mustard seed and yeast teach a vital principle of the Kingdom of God: something small can become something big - and have a significant impact! This is spectacularly displayed in Acts as we read of a small group of disciple makers who impacted their city, their nation and the world! This principle still applies - we can do the s…
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We need to learn the secret of contentment, but we shouldn't become complacent! God has more in store! He has prepared good works for us to do and he wants to keep transforming us! Let's keep pressing on - to understand and achieve God's purposes for us and to become more and more like Jesus. Let's not allow our past mistakes and present struggles …
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The parable of the wheat and the weeds teaches us valuable life lessons: - those who belong to Jesus must live alongside those who do not - we'll face many temptations - we need to resist - we'll face trials & opposition - we need to persist - this is also a great opportunity - we live in the mission field! - our different thinking & living shines …
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You are not a "mistake"; you are God's workmanship! You are not called to imitate anyone - or compete with anyone - you are a unique creation! So be content withwho God has made you to be - and be faithful with who God has made you to be.You will find great joy as you discover, and live, in your purpose! Psalm 33:13-15, 1 Peter 2:9-10, Psalm 139:13…
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The parable of the sower teaches us that the condition of our hearts determines whether our lives will be fruitful or not. We should therefore guard our hearts - and work on our hearts - so that we will be like fertile soil that is fruitful for God. We should also be faithful in presenting the gospel to others, not giving up when we don't see the r…
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A right kind of faith ...can be recognised by our lifestyle ...recognises that we have been set free from sin so refuses to allow win to reign ...recognises that we are saved by grace through faith, so does not try to earn salvation, but seeks to honour the name of Jesus ...lives a life of confident faith and increasing evidence of the transforming…
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Hardness of heart keeps us from hearing what God is saying and from understanding what he is doing. Heart hearts are selfish, stubborn and not fully surrendered to God. They need concessions, wanting the ways of the Kingdom to be adjusted to suit them. Soft hearts are fully yielded to the will of God. They earnestly seek to hear whatever God is say…
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Jesus offers us rest for our souls. This rest comes when we submit our lives to him.He likens this life of rest to being yoked to him, like one ox being yoked to another. When we "yoke in" with Jesus, we find that we supernaturally live lives of righteousness, purpose and inner peace. We yoke in by deciding to submit our lives to his rule, by choos…
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We can learn many things from the beginning of Jesus' ministry: - The Kingdom of God is for ALL who believe - Ministry includes proclamation/evangelism, justice and compassion - We must both "go out" AND "attract in" - We must minister without discrimination - We need the power of the Holy Spirit to do this Luke 4:14-30, Luke 5:32, John 8:12, 1 Kin…
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We all need God's guidance in life - especially as we seek his perfect plans and purposes. God sees what our limited vision can't see - so his ways and timing can be surprising! He can guide our thinking and our praying - and he offers his guidance in good times and bad times. Proverbs 3:5-6, Exodus 13:17-22, Numbers 9:15-23, Psalm 23, Romans 8:26-…
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Here are four foundations for effective disciple making: 1 Have a sense of MISSION: we want to see the lost saved and disciples made - so we go to people. 2 Have a clear MESSAGE: Jesus is the Saviour and the Lord. 3 Have a clear PICTURE OF SUCCESS: we want to see more people becoming more like Jesus, recognising and obeying his will and making disc…
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Every follower of Jesus is commissioned to make obedient disciples - who will also make disciples. We are ALL members of God's royal priesthood; disciple-makingis not reserved for "clergy" or "experts"! When we make disciples who make disciples, the rate of growth keeps increasing! God delights in choosing those we would not choose - because our we…
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Following Jesus and doing what he calls us to do can be like launching out into deep water: - it can require us to step out in obedient faith - it can take us from apparent failure to breakthrough - it requires the power of God Luke 5:1-11, Isaiah 55:8, Matthew14:25-31, 1 Corinthians 12:14, Ephesians 1:11, James 2:17, Isaiah 43:18-19, John 15:5…
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One day Jesus will return to earth - as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will return as a fearsome warrior, defeating all of his enemies. He will return as a righteous judge, separating those who are his from those who are not his. And he will return as the long awaited Bridegroom, to be together forever with all who belong to him! We need t…
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Jesus announced the Kingdom first; we must continue announcing the Kingdom. We enter God’s Kingdom upon embracing the rule and the word of the King. The words of the King change us and give us life. The King does not have to take over anything; it is already all his, he invites us to enter. God’s Kingdom focuses on changing lives, not things. When …
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