Desert Hills Baptist Church

As Senior Pastor of Desert Hills Baptist Church, I would like to welcome you to our PRAISE Blog!
Everyone (members, non-members, anywhere in the US or other countries) will have the opportunity to blog their PRAISES
as often as you feel led to and we will be compiling all PRAISES on our website blog, to make a MOUNTAIN OF PRAISE.

Years ago in my own life, I was going through a particularly hard time, (yep, Christians/Pastors have problems too).
I counseled with my Pastor at the time and he gave me the keys to unlocking all despair. A formula of sorts to dealing with darkness. Simply put, PRAISE GOD!

Not only is He worthy, but praise requires the believer to meditate on all of God's Wonder, Grace, Mercy, Love and Compassion.
Upon reviewing all God has done, is doing, and frankly who He is, one's own countenance cannot help but be lifted up.
Besides that, the Bible itself declares, it is comely for the righteous to Praise God, Psalm 33:1. It is a form of sacrifices that
God Himself sponsors and inhabits, Hebrews 13:15.

Our Mountain of Praise will become a place of refuge and encouragement for the lost and the saved alike!

As we offer our praises for God and how He has forgiven us through the shed blood of His son, Jesus.
We can also post how He has answered specific requests, delivered from temptations, and blesses us beyond belief.

MOUNTAIN OF PRAISE has the potential to literally reach the world and change it one praise at a time!

Until we are called home, and the church is raptured, let us build this Mountain together as a permanent testament to God's Goodness.
Be blessed! Then PRAISE about it! Psalm 145:4-12 (Look it up!!!!)

Always Praising Him,
Pastor Scott


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Casting Crowns - Praise You In This Storm 

Enjoy the Praise song above while posting & reading others PRAISES!



GLEN said 2/5/2019 10:56:45 AM :
Sometimes when I get DOWN or DEPRESSED I have to THANK God for my MANY BLESSINGS even when I know it could be better !!! Keep your head up if you feel this way too, been sick this week and when I'm sick I can be a big grouchy bear! THANK YOU Lord!!
GLEN said 2/3/2019 4:12:05 PM :
I PRAISE God that when I READ the BIBLE God SPEAKS to me through HIS WORD! I THANK God that HE is ALWAYS WORKING in my life and in all of us BELIEVER'S lives ... EVERYTHING for GOOD..may HE RECEIVE ALL HONOR and GLORY for WHI HE IS..... God!
PASTOR SCOTT HOCKER said 2/2/2019 10:59:13 AM :
TINA BROWN said 2/1/2019 4:05:56 PM :
Hello to everyone there at Desert Hills, I am writing this from sunny Orlando, Florida! I want to PRAISE God for HIS LOVE and MERCY over my LIFE and my FAMILY! Our church has just finished our 21-day FAST in January. We did the Daniel Fast and I will say it was VERY CHALLENGING, NO bread, NO meat and NO desert! ☹

I really felt led to PARTICIPATE, so I set my mind to it and ASKED God to GIVE me the STRENGTH to SEE IT THROUGH so that I COULD DRAW CLOSER to MY FATHER in HEAVEN as HIS DAUGHTER and LONGED to TOUCH HIS CHEEK! We had our DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS that were outlined for us, and what I found going through this is that the WORD of God seemed to JUMP OFF the page and it was SO EASY to UNDERSTAND, it was like READING a very INTERESTING book! I could NOT WAIT for the NEXT time that I could SIT and SPEND TIME TOGETHER! This FAST has been a TRUE BLESSING to me, I now KNOW what it means to DENY yourself and DRAW CLOSER to God OUR Father! I wanted to SHARE my BLESSING from my FAST as I know that you are just STARTING yours now! So ENJOY your FEBRUARY FAST FOR FOCUS and I will be PRAYING for you!!
MARIO SMITH said 2/1/2019 2:13:24 PM :
THANKFUL for Bonny's DOCTOR VISIT with a LISTENING doctor! Her weight is going DOWN and he will schedule some more testing. KEEPING LOOKING UP!!
JUDY said 2/1/2019 1:44:58 PM :
THANK YOU Lord for the OPPORTUNITY to have our FEBRUARY FASTING FOR FOCUS! THANK YOU Lord for the ones who will participate and THANK YOU especially for the GUIDANCE that only YOU can GIVE! What a BLESSING to SERVE a SAVIOR who LOVES us, has MERCY and GRACE upon us and ALLOWS us to CONTINUE to GROW to be more like HIM! PRAISE God for this TIME of REFRESHING and REFOCUSING!
DHBC ADMIN said 1/31/2019 10:40:44 AM :

Marilyn Gordon’s friend has been moved to high skill care facility.

Doris Roser’s birthday on Tuesday, she is 93.

Sarah – THANKFUL for WORK and that the FAMILY doing GOOD!

Lena –BLESSING of takingCARE of Dad!

Richard Derrick – PRAISING that family illness is BETTER!

Adam A. – PRAISE God for last week of WORK!
EDITH M said 1/29/2019 5:30:14 PM :
THANK YOU LORD that I have my sister as company since 1/22/19 and my other sister is coming in Feb 5 until both of them leave on Feb. 12. Please keep them SAFE in their TRAVELS. THANK YOU Jesus for YOUR LOVE and MERCY and my SALVATION!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL said 1/29/2019 11:57:46 AM :

Marilyn G’s friend dean for whom we prayed last week has been moved to high skill care facility. Marilyn gave a testimony about the POWER of our PRAYERS!!

Doris Roser’s birthday is Tuesday, she will be 93. She took 72 BAGS to Rescue Mission this week; she will take 60 more this week. With hygiene supplies!

American Legion Post 8 sent us through Jack, Doris has a closet full. Jack has more ready to bring to her!

Modesta plans to return to church as soon as her new hearing aides are adjusted!

Linda S’s daughter came through heart surgery SUCCESSFUL!

Eileen is here today!

Colleen’s son, who fell off trampoline, has NO broken bones!

Marilyn G’s heart is HEALING!
MARCELL said 1/28/2019 5:17:59 PM :
THANK YOU Lord for LEADING and ALLOWING me to FOLLOW! I ask YOUR continued GRACE and BLESSINGS on my FAMILY and FRIENDS! THANK YOU for keeping YOUR CALMNESS and PEACE in our hearts!! I ask for BLESSINGS for my GRANDCHILDREN!
JENNIFER said 1/27/2019 12:07:26 PM :
THANK YOU, Lord! Last night was a very BAD time, but when RROUBLE comes, YOU ALWAYS LIFT my SPIRIT!
DHBC OFFICE said 1/25/2019 12:09:33 PM :

Marilyn Gordon is THANKFUL that she WENT BACK to work!

Fran Miles went to work on Thursday!

Shannon and Misty are PRAISING God for the GROWTH in the Young Adults class!!

Linda Hocker PRAISE the LORD that her DAD is OKAY!!

PRAISES for Robert King for being BACK at CHURCH!

THANKFUL that April Jo is able to come BACK to CHURCH!

Shaquiece is PRAISING God for her PROMOTION at her job!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS said 1/23/2019 12:52:29 PM :

Marilyn Gordon is THANKFUL that she went back to WORK!

Fran, I am so THANKFUL that I went back toWORK on Thursday!

PRAISES for ourCLASS and our STUDY together!

THANKFUL that the American Legion Post GAVE our church 350 HYGIENE BAGS FILLED!

Darrell J is THANKFUL that he is getting OVERTIME!


Doris has 100 hygiene bags SEWED!
PASTOR SCOTT HOCKER said 1/22/2019 12:04:58 PM :
PRAISE YOU Father for LEADING Kay Wilson to add to this MOUNTAIN Of PRAISE!!! PRAISE YOU Lord for allowing us theOPPORTUNITY and PRIVILEGE of making this MORE than a just a website. But instead a PERMANENT ELECTRIC BEACON for the born again to EXPRESS their GRATITUDE towards YOU!
KAY WILSON said 1/22/2019 11:48:32 AM :
I live in Auburn Hills, Michigan, work at home and I spend quite a bit of time on the internet and I just found this website full of wonderful christian information. I am not a Baptist, but I am a child of the KING! I am excited to have found that it has a PRAISE PAGE and active PRAYER PAGE also! I am HAPPY to post my PRAISE for Jesus! In January 2003 I GAVE my HEART to Jesus and HE has since then become my BEST FRIEND, SAVIOR, LORD, KEEPER of my SOUL, LOVE of my LIFE, JOY of my HEART, MASTER,TEACHER, CONFIDANT, COUNSELOR and MORE!!

Lord I want to GIVE YOU PRAISE today just because YOU are SO GOOD! I am soTHANKFUL YOU LOOKED DOWN and SAVED a WRETCH like me! I LOVE YOU LORD! THANK YOU!
JEAN said 1/19/2019 12:51:46 PM :
PRAISE God I had a night of REAL SLEEP! Almost 8 hours like a child. What aTREAT! THANK YOU Lord!! I had prayed for that last night and I now awaken rested like I haven't been in some long time!
DHBC OFFICE said 1/18/2019 12:56:24 PM :

Julie Jacobson is THANKFUL that her cataract surgery was SUCCESSFIL!

Fran Miles I am THANKFUL to go back to work tomorrow!

Christine Schroeder is PRAISING for her aunt Sharon’s in car accident!

Sarah Schweisthal PRAISE God for my JOB at optician!

Marilyn Gordon PRAISING the Lord that I am out of the hospital!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS said 1/16/2019 3:07:35 PM :

Marilyn Gordon PRAISES God that her test results were GOOD!

Julie is THANKFUL that her cataract surgery is over and SUCCESSFUL!

Jean Brinker is getting BETTER!

Eileen had SUCCESSFUL emergency surgery this week that was unrelated to her heart valve!

Wayne undergoing “balancing therapy” for vertigo!

Fran is THANKFUL that she goes back to work on Thursday!

Larry is now retired; not sure what to do with himself now!

Marie L’s granddaughter PASSED her Boards!

THANKFUL for our CLASS and our STUDY together!!

Holiday decorations are DOWN for another year!

Senior Saints Luncheon was a WONDERFULexperience!
A VISITOR AT DHBC said 1/13/2019 2:16:00 PM :
THANK YOU LORD for the urging by the Holy Spirit to RELEARN, REAWAKEN, or LEARN ANEW, of YOUR WORD the Bible, and for a REFRESHING new time of application of YOUR WORD! I give PRAISE and am THANKFUL for YOUR MERCY!
PASTOR SCOTT HOCKER said 1/12/2019 9:20:30 AM :
PRAISE beforehand Lord for ALL the HELP YOU will SEND to HELP take down the decorations today! I LOVE YOU Lord!!
DHBC OFFICE said 1/10/2019 12:16:47 PM :

David/Brenda Fenter were back at church Sunday, and are THANKFUL that they are FEELING BETTER!

PRAISE God! Robert King’s daughter is CANCER FREE!

THANKFUL that Pastor Scott and Kim are back from vacation!

Latosha Massey is SO THANKFUL that her mom is done with chemo, her hair is growing back and she is getting better!

Kim Hocker is PRAISING God for her 70 year old uncle, who was raised mormon, has been SAVED!!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS said 1/8/2019 3:08:10 PM :

THANKFUL that David and Brenda were BACK on SUNDAY, but David still needs our prayers for COPD and back.

Rosa found her Driver’s License!

PRAISE God that Robert King’s daughter is CANCER FREE!
EDITH M. said 1/8/2019 3:54:12 AM :
I PRAISE YOU my GOD that Ben’s cremation had been completed weeks ago. His ashes were brought to his relatives in California where his memorial service arranged by his brother was done on Dec 29. I just want to THANK the Lord for I KNOW he is SAVED and ACCEPTED Jesus as his Savior!!
GLEN said 1/7/2019 10:59:49 AM :
I want to PRAISE God because when I go though the fire and I feel like I'm going through it alone God SHOWS UP and CHANGES it around for the problem you are going through for HIS GLORY!!! THANK YOU God for BEING THERE in time of need!!
EDITH said 1/5/2019 11:12:57 AM :
HIS PATIENCE means MORE to me than I can express! PRAISE be to HIS Name!!
DHBC OFFICE said 1/5/2019 10:58:57 AM :

Darrell J. is THANKFUL that he got the JOB he interviewed for!

Fran’s sister had tests done and PRAISES that they came back NEGATIVE for cancer!


Janell O’Dell – I am very THANKFUL that I got the job that I wantedQ

Shaquiece – PRAISE the Lord for for the OPPORTUNITY to try for position at work that she wants!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/30/2018 6:52:22 PM :
2 Thessalonians 3:16;
Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

Lord YOU ALWAYS SHOW us what we MIGHT t do, may we ALWAYS be in YOUR WORD! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/29/2018 9:00:10 PM :
Psalms 85:8;
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

DHBC OFFICE said 12/29/2018 12:43:36 PM :

PRAISES for the people reached during the Gift of Lights!

PRAISES for the play and everyone who had a part in it, from the actors to the behind the scenes people and for Christine Schroeder for giving so much time and effort!

Britney Furrow is PRAISING for her brother’s treatments!

Jesus Tenoria was baptized Sunday and his family was here!

Marie Baumgartner’s daughters, Dawna and Cathy were here for Christmas! VERY THANKFUL!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/28/2018 8:13:29 AM :
1 Samuel 1:10-18;
10: And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11: And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12: And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
13: Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14: And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
15: And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
16: Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
17: Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
18: And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

What a GREAT STORY from the Bible, God is SO GOOD! HE WILL help CHANGE things if we only ASK! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/27/2018 4:49:23 PM :
Psalms 55:22;
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

STEVE OLAFSON said 12/26/2018 5:50:51 PM :
Titus 1:2-3:
2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3: But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;


PASTOR SCOTT HOCKER said 12/26/2018 1:56:13 PM :
PRAISE God for this WEBSITE!
YOLLY said 12/25/2018 11:00:08 AM :
Happy Birthday Jesus!!
THANK YOU for being the WORLD and my SAVIOR!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/24/2018 11:24:29 PM :
Christmas 12/25/18

Matthew 1:18-23;
18:Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19: Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Lord Jesus I THANK YOU for YOUR BIRTH and what YOUR coming to this to this world has DONE for us! THANK YOU God for this!
EDITH M said 12/24/2018 1:06:52 PM :
I just want to PRAISE you, LORD for LISTENING to my prayers and answering most of them! THANK YOU Heavenly Father for my SALVATION!!
DHBC OFFICE said 12/24/2018 12:44:56 PM :

So THANKFUL for Dave Fenter for staying on the property since Thanksgiving, PROVIDING SECURITY for Christmas Lights!!

Modesta Medina is doing well.

Ken and Yollie Henson arrived safely in Illinois!

Niki Dickson THANKFUL that she got a PROMOTION at work!

Rachel Budik PRAISES of nephew Nathan!

Jill PRAISES that she has NO medical issues!

April Jo PRAISING for CHRISTMAS DINNER and for her knee getting BETTER!

Efrain THANKFUL that he PASSED all his exams!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/23/2018 5:18:34 PM :
Matthew 2:23:
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

THANKS Lord for making YOUR Sons BIRTH possible through YOU Lord God! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/22/2018 11:31:40 PM :
Romans 12:1;
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Lord may YOU ALWAYS make my response to a situation the RIGHT one!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/21/2018 11:16:54 PM :
Luke 6:46-49;
46: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47: Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49: But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

STEVE OLAFSON said 12/20/2018 10:13:23 PM :
Matthew 23:26;
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Lord THANKS for SHOWING us that the INSIDE of our HEART and MIND NEEDS to be CLEAN just like the outside! THANK YOU Lord!
PASTOR SCOTT HOCKER said 12/20/2018 10:08:13 AM :
PRAISE YOU Lord for the SALVATIONS that YOU GAVE us last night after the play!

Please God make us FRUITFUL this Sunday! PRAISE YOU in the HIGHEST!!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/20/2018 6:47:28 AM :
Luke 19:8-10;
8: And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9: And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

EDITH M. said 12/20/2018 1:02:00 AM :
PRAISE THE LORD for HIS LOVE and BLESSINGS to me during the time of Ben’s illness and then his death!

The PRAYERS and SUPPORT of DHBC members and my friends gave me the STRENGTH to bear the loss of my husband. THANK you to DHBC PRAYER WARRIORS too!

STEVE OLAFSON said 12/19/2018 11:45:26 AM :
2 Corinthians 7:10;
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

JENNIFER said 12/18/2018 1:15:06 PM :
I PRAISE YOU Lord that YOU HEAR and ANSWER our prayers!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/17/2018 10:26:43 PM :
Isaiah 57:15;
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Dear Lord THANKS for REMINDING us that YOU are the HOLY ONE, that we MUST have the RIGHT ATTITUDE and HEART to be among YOU!!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS said 12/17/2018 1:54:27 PM :

PRAISE God for David Fenter! He has been in SERVICE to our Lord by LIVING on Church Property since the week after Thanksgiving PROVIDING SECURITY for Christmas lights, etc!

THANKFUL that 96 Hygiene Bags to the Rescue Mission were delivered this past week!

Modesta is doing WELL!

Ken and Yollie SAFELY in Illinois!

DHBC had the BEST attendance ever for our Annual Christmas Dinner!

Eileen was able to ATTEND today!

PALs will be taking the Church Van to Nevada Veterans Home to VISIT Ray, Joy and Herb!

Barbara Harper and Charlotte VISITED Ray, Joy, Herb earlier this week!
STEVE OLAFSON said 12/17/2018 7:35:06 AM :
Exodus 3:20;
And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

STEVE OLAFSON said 12/16/2018 9:34:03 AM :
Ecclesiastes 3:1;
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

THANK YOU Lord for REMINDING us there is a TIME and PLACE for everything! THANK YOU Lord!

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