Heartlines by Steve Kirby

Heart Lines
The weekly bulletin article from Steve Kirby


The Apostle Paul urged the church at Ephesus: “See then that you walk carefully, not as fools but as wise men, redeeming the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15- 16). The word redeeming in this text means simply “To buy back” or “To buy up.” Paul is urging Christians in Ephesus to “TAKE […]


The Bible variously affirms the Christian Life is one of work and service unto God and our fellowman. Here’s a few scriptures that affirm this: ~ 1 Cor. 15:58 – “…be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…” ~ Eph. 2:10 – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for […]


The Apostle Paul urges Christians at Corinth to “know the household [family] of Stephanas” because they had “devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints” (1 Cor. 16:15). What a compliment! The King James version says “…they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.” WOW! That is interesting and encouraging! The Greek word […]


Dealing with technological things can very likely cause more than a few of us to sometimes feel a bit intimidated, anxious, fearful, and/or agitated. This is usually the result of a lack of knowledge and/or experience with the vari- ous technologies under consideration. However, technological things can also bring us some delightful blessings, too, can’t […]

Are we a “Friendly” Church?

How would you answer that question? How do you think people who visit Hilldale might answer that question? I usually get a “yes” answer to that question whenever I visit with people who have visited Hilldale. However, a few times I have heard a recent visitor say “they attended a worship or Bible class service […]

Selective Obedience is Willful Disobedience

SELECTIVE OBEDIENCE IS WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE: Please re-read those words and pause to contemplate them. Consider each word individually and the phrase collectively. What do the words mean by themselves and together as a combined statement? Do you think the statement is true? My guess is that almost everyone, perhaps even non-Christians, would view “Willful Disobedience” […]

Heart lines by Steve Kirby

HEART LINES {From Steve Kirby} GOD BLESSED US WITH ANOTHER WONDERFUL VBS! I want to add my appreciation and special thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s VBS a GREAT SUCCESS! Who knows by what it was last week’s VBS at Hilldale that made an indelible impression upon the soft heart of a young […]

Heartlines April 17th, 2016

DESTROYED! That’s not a pleasant word, is it? What do you think of when you hear the word destroyed? Here’s some of the synonyms my Webster’s Thesaurus gives for destroyed: wrecked, annihilated, lost, devastated, wasted demolished, shattered, put an end to, eradicated… Some of the things we often hear associated with the word destroyed are […]