Debt is Dumb, Cash is King
by Amy Smalley on December 27th, 2023
As a huge fan of personal finance, some of my favorite verses come from the book of Proverbs: the wisdom book. Nowhere in this book are we told that it is a sin to borrow money, but we are told it’s dumb. The Biblical wording might say “folly or foolish,” but regardless of the word choice, it means dumb.Proverbs 22:7 ESVThe rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.I do...  Read More
God’s Will Be Done
by Amy Smalley on December 20th, 2023
When the Assyrian army threatened the very existence of Judah, King Hezekiah brought the issue to the only one who could help - the Lord:Isaiah 37:14 KJVAnd Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.Hezekiah made the right choice. When we face uncertainty, adversity, or disaster, we must...  Read More
by Amy Smalley on December 12th, 2023
Proverbs 9:10-11 ESVThe fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.Most people want to live a long life. They want to enjoy as much time as they can with their family and friends, doing the things they enjoy, but how do we attain a long life?Scientific inquiry into those who...  Read More
Send Me
by Amy Smalley on December 7th, 2023
Isaiah 6:8 ESVAnd I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am! Send me."Just moments before this verse, Isaiah is lamenting his uncleanness and impurity as the Lord God is before him. Just as God purified Isaiah with the stone from the altar, He has purified all of us who have accepted Christ into our hearts. We are now covered with th...  Read More
by Amy Smalley on November 29th, 2023
Song of Solomon 7:10 KJVI am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.Song of Solomon is the book of marriage, but it is also allegory for our relationship with Christ. Once we have accepted Christ into our heart, we can be reassured, we ARE His! We should also view Him as our Beloved. If Christ isn’t the thing we love most, we have our priorities wrong.We are lucky given the history and complexi...  Read More
The Best Advice
by Amy Smalley on November 21st, 2023
We often seek advice from friends, relatives, and neighbors, but do we get advice from God? The Word of God has wisdom on every aspect of our lives: friendship, money, marriage, work, parenting, education, and most importantly our spiritual relationship. The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, both written by King Solomon under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, give advice in all of these areas,...  Read More
by Amy Smalley on November 14th, 2023
Ecclesiastes 3:7-8 ESVa time to tear, and a time to sew;a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;a time to love, and a time to hate;a time for war, and a time for peace.Each of these pairings are opposites. Sewing and tearing, war and peace, love and hate… the wisest man save Jesus Christ, King Solomon, tells us that there is a time in life for each of these things; therefore, life is all about...  Read More
Double Blessing
by Amy Smalley on November 7th, 2023
At the beginning of the book of Job, a portfolio snapshot of Job’s wealth was given:Job 1:2-3 ESVThere were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.Some important things to mention:◦ The first thing listed in Job’s wealth port...  Read More
Where is Wisdom?
by Amy Smalley on November 6th, 2023
Most people equate wisdom with knowledge, but they are two entirely different things. Knowledge is facts and figures, but wisdom is knowing what those facts and figures mean. Knowledge is rules and procedures, but wisdom is knowing how to apply those rules and procedures. Knowledge is dates and details of historical events, but wisdom is avoid ing the repetition of history.Most people think we rec...  Read More
The OT is Required to Understand the NT
by Union Hill Church on October 23rd, 2023
The OT is Required to Understand the NTToo many Christians neglect the reading of the Old Testament. The OT has a purpose just the same as the NT. In fact, Paul admonished us to read the OT by saying:Romans 15:4 KJVFor whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.I want to have hope, and I also want t...  Read More
Tragedy Comes to All
by Union Hill Church on October 16th, 2023
After Job faces more tragedy than any of us can possibly fathom, his “friends” come along. At first, his friends do the right thing, they just sit with Job in his sorrow. Sometimes there is no right thing to say, but just the presence of a friend can make grief and suffering better.Sadly, Job’s “friends” don’t stay silent. First, Eliphaz starts in on Job. He accuses him of secret sin, which has br...  Read More
God Protects His People
by Union Hill Church on October 11th, 2023
It is not ironic at all that we were in the midst of reading Esther when Hamas brutally attacked the citizenry of Israel. From Pharoah to Haman to Hitler to Hamas. There have always been people influenced by Satan to destroy the Jews.The book of Esther tells us about Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews. God knows the end from the beginning. He knew Mordecai would be faithful to Him. He knew Haman wou...  Read More