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    068 | Can anything good happen in Nazareth?

    068 | Can anything good happen in Nazareth?

    Paul talks about the final section of Matthew 13: the Parable of the Net and Jesus's return to His hometown, Nazareth. This message addresses common lies that hinder belief in God's work: that it couldn't happen here, now, or to oneself. Emphasizing that faith is essential for experiencing God's miracles, the speaker encourages listeners to recognize God's power to work in their lives here and now, despite their doubts.

    067 | What can we learn from the treasure & pearl?

    067 | What can we learn from the treasure & pearl?

    In this message, Paul unpacks the parables of the treasure and the pearl in Matthew 13, and emphasizes three key lessons: God's immense love for people, the barriers that stand in the way of experiencing God's love (namely sin and previous allegiances), and the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made to redeem us. Through these lessons, listeners are encouraged to treasure God, abandon old sins and masters, and trust fully in the price Jesus paid.

    066 | Yeast

    066 | Yeast

    In this message, Pastor Paul Durbin explores the incident of faulty yeast in bread-making to delve into spiritual lessons from the New Testament. He examines Jesus' teachings on the 'yeast' of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herod, and discusses how these metaphors relate to legalism, license, and lawlessness. The discussion highlights the importance of striving to be an 'unleavened batch' of people, embodying both grace and truth, just as Jesus did.

    065 | What's Jesus saying in the parable of the mustard seed?

    065 | What's Jesus saying in the parable of the mustard seed?

    In his talk, Paul Durbin explores the significance of parables, focusing on the parable of the mustard seed as taught by Jesus in Matthew 13. He delves into three main topics: understanding parables in their historical, political, and cultural contexts; learning to grasp the nuanced language devices used in parables such as metaphors, similes, and hyperboles; and extracting the deeper meanings and teachings from these parables. The talk emphasizes the idea that parables are meant to convey wisdom and discretion rather than clear-cut messages and highlights the growth from small beginnings as a central theme of the mustard seed parable. Durbin uses personal anecdotes, scripture references, and the analogy of mustard seed growth to illustrate how God's work often starts small but is meant to grow and attract, encompassing both positive and negative attention. Through this parable, listeners are encouraged to reflect on their own growth in faith and their contributions to their community.

    064 | What Is Kingdom Life Actually Like?

    064 | What Is Kingdom Life Actually Like?

    Paul Durbin delves into the concept of Kingdom Life (based on the Parable of the weeds, Matthew 13), emphasizing the purpose in our placement, the realities of living in this current age, and the patience required to live a Kingdom life. He highlights Jesus as the ultimate example of endurance and patience, urging listeners to find purpose in their current placement, embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and exhibit patience in awaiting the fulfillment of God's promises.

    063 | How can we become good soil?

    063 | How can we become good soil?

    Paul Durbin delivers a captivating message on becoming good soil based on the parable of the sower. He emphasizes the importance of eliminating non-soil elements, increasing the quantity of good soil through surrender, and purifying the quality of soil by shifting faith from worries and wealth to God. Paul connects the themes of stones and thorns to the crucifixion and resurrection, highlighting Jesus as the one who bore thorns and rolled stones away, offering a powerful message of transformation and growth.

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