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Adopting a Proper Attitude

Light from the Hill Monday, June 29, 2020 Adopting a Proper Attitude WHAT:     READING THE TEXT:  Proverbs 27:1-3; 12:25   SO WHAT:     REFLECTING ON THE TEXT:   1. Combatting Pride   A. Avoid Presumption (27:1)      This prideful attitude assumes that we are in control. But despite what we might think, none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow.    Whereas the proud say, “Nothing can stop me,” the humble in spirit recognize Christ as sovereign over their lives. Not…

Building Our Homes in Love

Light from the Hill Building Our Homes in Love WHAT:     READ THE TEXT:  Proverbs 24:3-4 SO WHAT:     REFLECT ON THE TEXT: How do we build our homes in love? 1. Lay a proper foundation Proverbs 3:19-20 reveals wisdom, understanding, and knowledge were with God when He laid the foundation of the world. Those three virtues should thus be with us as we lay a proper foundation for our marriages and our homes. Wisdom emphasizes the ability to see beneath the…

Father Knows Best

Light from the Hill Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Father Knows Best WHAT:     READ THE TEXT:  Proverbs 23:12-24   SO WHAT:     REFLECT ON THE TEXT:   1. Respect       Godly earthly fathers deserve our respect due to the authority they hold simply because they are our dads (cf. Ephesians 6:1-3) and due to the affection they show in appropriately disciplining us (cf. Ephesians 6:4). According to Proverbs 19:18, good fathers correct us because an undisciplined child will slip into unwise…

Speaking Words that Help, not Hurt

Light from the Hill Sunday, June 7, 2020 Speaking Words that Help, not Hurt WHAT:     READING THE TEXT:  Proverbs 15:1-4 SO WHAT:     REFLECTING ON THE TEXT: 1. Gentle rather than gruff demeanor      What we say and how we say it matters (cf. Proverbs 18:19). So when conflict emerges in a relationship, we should be mindful of how we respond. Striking out with attacking tones designed to wound another person is not going to help restore a relationship. Rather…

The Lily of the Valley

Light from the Hill Monday, May 25, 2020 “The Lily of the Valley” WHAT:     READ THE TEXT:  Proverbs 12:26; 27:17; 17:17; 18:24 SO WHAT:     REFLECT ON THE TEXT: 1. Friends sway us (12:26)      As the old adage states, “You are what you eat,” you are also prone to behave like those you hang out with most frequently. We need to recognize the powerful influence that close associates have on our attitudes and actions. While Jesus was a “friend to sinners” (cf.…

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Monday, May 18, 2020 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” WHAT:     READ THE TEXT:  Proverbs 3:1-7 SO WHAT:     REFLECT ON THE TEXT How do I know the way that the Lord is directing me?1. Consider the scriptures The Bible gives us clear guidelines on correct living as opposed to improper living (3:1; cf. Proverbs 6:20-23, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-15). Only the Bible does not tell us exactly where to go to school, who to marry, what job to take, where…

An Ode to Women

Light from the Hill Monday, May 11, 2020 An Ode to Women WHAT:     READ THE TEXT:  Proverbs 31:10-31 SO WHAT:     REFLECT ON THE TEXT: 1. An Excellent Woman The calling upon every woman’s life is to one of excellence in the Lord. To the married woman, be a faithful spouse. To the businesswoman, be a reliable partner or boss at work. To the friend, be a trustworthy confidante in conversation. To those in need, be a grace-filled servant who extends…

What Wisdom Requires

Light from the Hill Monday, May 4, 2020 What Wisdom Requires WHAT:     Read the Text:  Proverbs 1:1-7 SO WHAT:     Reflect on the Text: 1. Wisdom requires an application of knowledge Become a lifelong learner. Push yourself intellectually. But becoming knowledgeable in and of itself is not enough. It might make you a great trivia night team member, but it stops short of wisdom.Wisdom means applying that which we know to everyday situations of our lives.2. Wisdom requires a mindfulness of others The…

Struggling with God

Light from the Hill Monday, April 20, 2020 Struggling with God   WHAT:     READ THE TEXT:  John 21:1-19 SO WHAT:    REFLECT ON THE TEXT: 1. Power of Personality Everyone who is of the church and everyone called to lead in the church will, at times, wrestle with God because of our shortcomings and failings. Yet, take encouragement in knowing that the Lord ministers to us amid our fears and doubts, just as He did with Peter.Peter often spoke and acted before…

That You Might Believe

Light from the Hill Sunday, April 12, 2020 That You May Believe What:     Read the Text:  John 20:30-31 So What:     Reflect on the Text:      John writes his gospel so that you may believe the Good News of Christ. Prior to this text, we see four different accounts in chapter 20 of individuals who come to believe in the resurrection of the Lord. 1. The Searching:  What are you running after? Mary Magdalene had discovered, with a few other women, that Jesus…
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