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Seek First Podcast

Craig McKibbon, First Ave Church

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Discipleship is not just the spiritual growth we develop every Sunday. It’s how we develop our faith Monday to Saturday. It’s the daily grind of carrying out our purpose to love and serve and model a life after Jesus. The SEEK FIRST PODCAST is a weekly talk, aimed to guide and encourage you as you apply God’s Word to your everyday context. Though most episodes are related to messages from First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, they stand alone on purpose to ...
 
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Scripture Referenced: Exodus 20:8-10; Mark 2:27 Five Benefits to Taking A Vacation: https://selecthealth.org/blog/2019/05/5-benefits-of-taking-a-vacation Three Tactics To Regain Rhythm To Get Unstuck 1 - Divert Daily. Allow for a distraction every day. Focusing briefly on other things helps us not succumb to the pain of what we may be currently fac…
 
Scripture Referenced: Matthew 5:23; Matthew 18:15; Hebrews 12:14 Reconciliation is not about simply fixing “others”... but doing what is necessary to fix the “relationship”. Reconcile: 1100’s used in French: “to bring together again”. In Latin it means “to win over again”. You cannot win over “again” without admitting you lost it in the first place…
 
Scripture Referenced: John 1:42-43 Inc.com Article - “Four Ways to Avoid Mental Burnout”: https://www.inc.com/heidi-zak/adults-make-more-than-35000-decisions-per-day-here-are-4-ways-to-prevent-mental-burnout.html Most of the decisions we make we don’t even notice we are making. (There are at least seven decisions in John 1:42-43; six decisions aren…
 
Scripture Referenced: Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4 The Lord’s Prayer shared by Jesus reveals God’s will for us to recognize that we need to keep an eye on today including both the past and the future. You cannot make the most of your “today” without considering multiple points of reference. “It is what it is” is so passive, non-influential, and reac…
 
Scripture Referenced: Genesis 1; Galatians 5:7-9 In sports, you cannot win the “whole thing” without winning the things “enough times”. The more wins you have, the better position you place yourself moving forward. Doing / not doing something “once” is good. Doing it “repeatedly” is harder and harder. THREE KEYS TO CONSIDER TO MAKE A WINNING STREAK…
 
Scripture Referenced: Psalm 139 Missing Woman Searches For Herself: https://torontosun.com/2012/08/28/missing-woman-unwittingly-joins-search-party-for-herself Pros and cons are two-dimensional. They leave too much left unknown or not properly considered. Though God knows us and understands us, that should never stop US from doing the same by engagi…
 
Pros and cons are two-dimensional. They leave too much left unknown or not properly considered. Pros and cons lists become based on “volume”, not “values”. Many decisions then get based on the “size” of the list instead of the “significance” of the items on it. Just like purchasing a house or car needs a house inspection or car safety, things are d…
 
Scripture Referenced: Matthew 6:33 Sunday's Message: I Wanna Be Rich (Facebook) (YouTube) Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first God’s Kingdom and God’s Righteousness. It is about following God’s DIRECTION as well as God’s DIRECTIVES. The rest will line up under it. Covid has made us all have to “PIVOT” Definition of “pivot”: to modify something while…
 
Scripture Referenced: 2Timothy 1:7; Proverbs 24:16 Sunday's Message: Passion Fruit (Facebook) (YouTube) Conscious vs. Subconscious Reading Power A reaction is what we’ve pre-programmed our brains to do based on repeated actions (REactions). The brain is always trying to reduce energy spent on thinking. If 10,000 movies were playing at the same time…
 
Sunday's Message: Love Lost (Facebook) (YouTube) After saving the tree in our front yard, I saw how we can do similar steps in saving our own lives letting us “spring forward”. Four Steps to Saving Your Own Life (based on saving the “tree” in our front yard) 1 - Decide Which “You” Dies / Lives We have different versions of ourselves. Just like diff…
 
Scripture Referenced: Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 16:28 Sunday's Message: Dead In The Water? (Facebook) (YouTube) There is a difference between “transparency” and “vulnerability”. One can be life-changing; the other has the potential of being life-damaging. “Where there are no secrets, Satan has no power.” Confidentiality is things said having the “conf…
 
Scripture Referenced: Ephesians 4:31-32; Matthew 6:14-15 Sunday's Message: Who Are You Rooting For? (Facebook) (YouTube) Bitterness is actually evidence of deeper issues going on underneath. FIve Digs (Scoops) To Beat Bitterness 1 - Take Your Temperature. Assess how you are reacting to an issue. Are you OVERreacting? Are you UNDERreacting? Both are…
 
Scripture Referenced: Matthew 5:7-9; Ephesians 4:16; James 1:19 Sundays Message: Death Of A Shortcut (Facebook) (Youtube) It is a fine line nowadays trying to find a balance between truth and love. All love and no truth is “enablement”. All truth and no love is “judgment”. When you are struggling with the need to speak the truth, you are getting cl…
 
Almost 100% of marriages “start” with good intentions… but not all last. Craig’s wife: @pinkerry We should ensure future generations are given proper examples of healthy relationships. Referenced Valentine’s Message: The Honour Roll (Facebook) / (Youtube) Two major pivots that affect the health of romantic relationships: 1 - THE ROMANCE DYING It ma…
 
Scripture Referenced: Romans 14:12 Three “obstacles” stop us from progressing in our efforts to change: bridges, dams, and fires. For those specific obstacles we need three tools: an axe, a shovel, and a match. We struggle often when we try to use the wrong “tool” to address our issues. #1 - Bridges: The Axe The axe will clear the area and give us …
 
Article: Seven Phases of Running A Marathon: https://www.runtastic.com/blog/en/7-phases-to-be-mentally-prepared-for-running-a-marathon/ The average person takes 59,150 strides to run a marathon (42km). Here are the phases (and adapted for bringing personal change in our lives): Phase One: The High (0-5km) - filled with excitement. Phase Two: Ignora…
 
Discipleship is being “disciplined” to make a difference in yourself… and ultimately the lives of others. Discipleship is more about “being” different than “doing” different. Blue Monday: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_(date) We often make the mistakes of either helping people move “on” from their pain instead of moving “through” it… or …
 
Scripture Referenced: 1Corinthians 11:1 Harvard psychologists say we “mind wander” 47% of our waking hours: https://www.inc.com/nate-klemp/harvard-psychologists-reveal-real-reason-were-all-so-distracted.html ADHD is Attention DEFICIT Hyperactive Disorder. It is the inability to isolate stimuli. Distractions are the enemy’s way of stopping us from m…
 
SHOW NOTES: Every minute we do something we are actually “spending” that time doing something. Which means it cannot be “spent” doing something else. We have to decide the “won’t do” to make room for the “what to do”. The only way we can make changes in our lives is by making “other” changes to remove things in our lives to make room for them. We n…
 
Scripture Referenced: Matthew 6:33; Matthew 2:5-6; Luke 16:10-14 Jesse & Erin’s podcast: The Anti-Average Project (on all streaming platforms) The Great Reset: We make the mistake of “adding” things to our spiritual lives without removing the things that clutter / hinder our growth. We need to ask ourselves “if it is not giving us joy, why are we d…
 
Scripture Referenced: Matthew 6:33; Matthew 2:5-6; Luke 16:10-14 Self-discipline is not just making the right decision… but rather making right decisions. It is doing the right thing repeatedly. Puppet rulers may have “position”... but they have no “power”. Just because you’re not on the platform, does not mean you’re not in the plan. It may just n…
 
What (and who) do you see when you look in the “mirror” of your soul? Are you happy with the progress, or do you quickly look away so you don’t have to look at what may be glaring right at you? In this episode, we take a look at how discipleship is like pivoting the “mirror” in front of you so that it can actually help you see and influence others;…
 
-Ask yourself… when does the day start for you? When you wake up? When you come home? -The Jewish day cycle is sundown to sundown. -Are we supposed to work so we can rest… or rest so we can work? -Scripture Referenced: Romans 12:15, Genesis 1, Psalm 23 (NKJV) 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; …
 
-This episode is based on the message entitled “Let It Go” at First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia. -Scripture Referenced: Ephesians 5:16-18 -Mount Cheam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheam_Peak -Jason Gianotti - Instagram: @jason_gianotti -Salomon Hiking Boots -The vision statement should reflect your ultimate goal. The…
 
This episode is based on the message entitled “The Snub Hub” from the “First Things First” series at First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Scripture Referenced: Romans 14:1 -Make sure you choose wisely the battles you’re going to fight; and then do all you can to avoid those battles from happening. -Discipleship is the ac…
 
This episode is based on the message entitled “Family Ties” from the “First Things First” series at First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Scripture Referenced: Ephesians 2:9-11 -Ask yourself: How concerned are you at helping others “join” the faith journey? -Ask yourself: In what ways could you “slow down” to help others …
 
This episode is based on the message entitled “The Thrive Divide” from the “First Things First” series at First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Scripture Referenced: 2Peter 1:3-4 -Ask yourself: How are your “brakes”? How often would you say you “service” them? -Ask yourself: What area of your life is currently the most “o…
 
This episode is based on the message entitled “The Credit Card” from the “First Things First” series at First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Scripture Referenced: 1Tim 4:12; Nehemiah 9:1-4 -Whether you are a leader of others or a leader of yourself, we are to set an example to all in our how we conduct ourselves. -The st…
 
This episode is based on the message entitled “Remember When” from the “First Things First” series at First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Scripture Referenced: John 1:1; Psalm 119:9-11 -People feel they attend church “regularly” if they come once every three weeks. -The Bible acts as the “owners manual” for our lives. H…
 
This episode is based on the message entitled “Believe It Or Not” from First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Scripture Referenced: Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 6:33 -Jesus was the “super model” of our determining how we think and how we behave. -We model our belief and behaviour systems by “seeking first the Kingdom of God A…
 
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