Here's what folks have been saying about us . . .
Watch these VIDEO RAVES to "hear" what these two have to say about Heart of the Hills!
Kind words from guest speaker Mr. Luther Elliss
Here's what the STAND Strength Team has to say about Heart
TESTIMONIES & Stories from members and visitors . . .
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Heart of the Hills is a family church...
We visited Heart of the Hills on a Wednesday night a while back and have stayed ever
since. The pastor and the leaders of the church stress God's Word as the final
authority in what we should believe and live. The pastor is a great teacher. We have
never heard the principles and truths of the Bible explained so well. The pastor is
a "people" person. He truly loves people. The associate pastor follows right in his
footsteps. You won't find weird beliefs here or power struggles. It's not a perfect
church, but it is a church family of believers who are really seeking after what God
wants for their lives. Come and visit. Oh, and the music is fantastic!
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At Peace With A Faithful God and At-Home at My Church...
I am thankful to the Lord for His active and unique personal ways of revealing Himself to me during the past 27 years through life’s ups and downs. I am thankful to the Lord for the healing of past wounds, for the blessing of my wife and children and certainly for the freedom (via Jesus) from the traps of sin, including pornography. I am thankful for the Lord’s involvement in establishing His principles among the founding fathers of our nation. I am thankful for God’s mercy and patience with me. It was God’s plan for me to be born and alive on the earth today. I was fortunate to be born in 1962 and fortunate to learn the fear of the Lord from my Catholic family, to be born-again in a bible-based Lutheran setting, and to grow even more in Pentecostal/Charismatic church families. I have been blessed to see many answers to prayer – some swift and some slow, but all good. I am so very thankful that God’s closeness (or His Presence) is available to me and that His kingdom’s power changes my body, soul and even inner motives.
Heart of the Hills has been our church and our extended family since 2009. This is not merely a building with a cross on the roof where people gather once a week and pretend they have “nothing to fix”. Rather, we found an experience with God (based on His Word) and we found people who exercise faith while motivated by love. Most Christians may only experience closeness (aka, “koinonia”) in a small group or home church environment. Koinonia is what Heart of the Hills Church excels at – loving and living life together. Like a good family, we enjoy each other and regularly connect for activities such as: coffee, potluck meals, movie going, camping, Christian music festivals, ocean cruises and conferences. Heart of the Hills is a group of friends who want to brag about and become more like Jesus. The Wednesday evening services and monthly men’s breakfasts are uniquely facilitated for dialogue, versus the common “church practice” of delivering a lecture from “the teacher”. I love the people of Heart and God is definitely working among us – and with us.
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If it's in the Bible, we believe it. If it's not, we don't. This statement (often made at Heart) is pretty simple, yet empowering. It's not about rituals, it's about relationships. Our individual relationship with Christ and our relationships with each other, the "Heart family".
One of the things I find most refreshing is that learning about Our triune God isn't boring. Who said church had to be boring??? I love the open forum of Bible study where pastor leads, but we are encouraged to share and ask questions. Pastor Rob (PR) doesn't pretend to have all the answers. He is human too. He consults other members that might have more knowledge or experience in a particular subject. My questions or opinions are "heard". It's is a safe place to learn and grow. I feel like I belong. I feel like I am part of the family.
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What Heart of the Hills Christian Church Has Done in My Life...
It’s hard to summarize 11 years in this amazing church. I have learned the love, the grace, the peace (still learning this one), the healing, the forgiveness of a Father's love more powerful than my own dad’s. When I came to Heart of the Hills Christian Church, it was because of the persistent love of a newly found friend. I was very alone because my entire family was back home - in Scotland.
The failure of my second marriage caused me so much pain I really did not think I could ever move forward again, but there was a very real need to provide for my young daughter. With persistence and also support from my two older sons, we somehow survived. My new friend, from Heart of the Hills church, introduced me a place and people that would enable my healing.
Through the love shown to me through a loving congregation and hearing the Word of God, I heard Pastor Rob preach about “Forgiveness” and was finally able to let go of 4 years of hate towards my ex-husband. It struck a cord in my life and I finally forgave myself and the man that caused me the most pain. My life then changed for the best.
I have a church family whom I can depend on in my times of joy and my times of need. The most surreal gift of all was the Lord answering my prayer to send me a Christian man who would love me and my children, and who would never leave me. Through divine intervention he sent me a husband - the Pastor of the church!!!
Now, after almost 9 years of marriage I continue in learning the word of God - the Bible – with Jesus as the only way to live and as the only way to eternal life. I am constantly learning and being encouraged by His word because His word never fails. I am now no longer alone and have a love that will never leave me. (I still have family in Scotland, but I have the greatest family right here at “Heart”.)
I have learned through the Bible, the sermons / teachings of my husband and church family that "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV)