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


*(If you have a Prayer Request, please CLICK HERE
     to use our Prayer Request Page. Thank you.)

Casting Crowns - Praise You In This Storm 

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



CAROL BAKER said 1/15/2020 5:24:52 PM :
I PRAISE God that HE ALLOWED me to go VISIT my family in Columbus over the holidays!!
DHBC OFFICE said 1/15/2020 5:22:20 PM :

Jack Anderson’s doctors say that chemo is NOT needed!

Adam Ackerman is THANKFUL that his hand is okay!

Shaquiece gives PRAISE for PRAYER CLASS, LIFE COACHING and CR starting back!
YOLLY said 1/15/2020 10:51:20 AM :
While I live I will PRAISE the LORD
I will sing PRAISES to my God while I have my being.
Psalm 146:2
YOLLY said 1/14/2020 10:43:25 AM :
“LIFE is GOOD cause GOD is GREAT”!!
DEBBIE said 1/13/2020 4:16:01 AM :
How BLESSED i am to have such a GREAT life! I have GREAT FRIENDS, that make me so HAPPY I can hardly contain it! I have a LOVING FAMILY!! And i have a FANTASTIC SISTER! God has BLESSED me SO MUCH!!
LINDA said 1/11/2020 12:53:34 PM :





THANKFUL that Jason will be WITH US a little while longer!

Nancy Jones’ granddaughter will be having SURGERY on her foot@

PRAISE that Priscilla JOINED our church last week and was BAPTIZED this morning!

Ric and Rosa are BACK from California!

Yollie’s grandnephew is much IMPROVED re: his depression!
BRIGETTE GALEANA said 1/6/2020 12:04:16 PM :
I want to PRAISE God for ALWAYS answering my prayers, especially one that’s been very hard on me for almost a year ! THANK YOU FATHER GOD ?? I NOW KNOW WHERE I BELONG ?? You ALWAYS walk with me. YOU NEVER leave me! YOU made a plan for me! You love me. THANK YOU JESUS !!
ANONYMOUS said 1/4/2020 2:20:56 PM :
I want to PRAISE God from the bottom of my heart! I have been PRAYING for a problem I encountered to be resolved for two years and received GREAT news today about that! It was hard for me, but I knew that I had to be PATIENT and WAIT on God’s TIMING instead of my own! It was definitely worth the wait. THANK YOU GOD!!!!
GLEN said 1/1/2020 5:20:21 PM :
Hi there to all my brothers and sisters in Jesus! Just wanted to pass on to you all a BLESSED, SAFE and God FOCUSSED New Year, and may ALL that is BEFORE us in the coming year LEAD us into a DEEPER and more MEANINGFUL WALK as we AWAIT our Saviour's RETURN, God BLESS!
KARLENE said 1/1/2020 2:26:33 PM :
My first BLESSING of this New Year was a GREAT NIGHTS SLEEP! Having had insomnia, this is a BIG PRAISE!! THANK YOU Lord!
PASTOR SCOTT HOCKER said 1/1/2020 10:34:36 AM :
PRAISE YOU Lord for a NEW YEAR and ALL that YOU DO with it in our lives!
STEVE said 12/29/2019 11:25:20 AM :
THANK YOU God that YOU ANSWERED a specific prayer I had and it was a GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT to me!!
EDITH said 12/26/2019 1:29:31 PM :
My sin, not in part but the whole. Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, PRAISE the LORD, PRAISE the Lord, O my soul.
NANCY said 12/25/2019 4:33:23 PM :
Merry Christmas! May you all have a BLESSED day as we COMMEMORATE and CELEBRATE the AWESOME MIRACULOUS BIRTH of our Savior, Jesus Christ!! I LOVE YOU Jesus!
LINDA HOCKER said 12/22/2019 1:23:18 PM :
On this the 3rd day b 4 Chirist was born..ive been GIFTED LIFE as JESUS is my SAVOIR!!
GLEN said 12/21/2019 4:43:56 PM :
It's so hard to believe but yesterday was 2 years OFF Marlboro lights in a box!!! One of my toughest addictions........PRAISE YOU and THANK YOU Lord!!
CHRISTINE SULLIVAN said 12/21/2019 12:09:08 PM :
I would like to PRAISE God for leading me to a WONDERFUL!! church. I've attended two times now and everyone at Desert Hills have all been so nice, and I truly feel welcome. HONOR and GLORY to YOUR BEAUTIFUL name Lord!!
DHBC OFFICE said 12/19/2019 12:18:54 PM :

PRAISES that Jack Anderson was AT CHURCH Sunday, and WENT BACK to work on Monday!

Marie Lewendowski’s isTHANKFUL that her daughter and son-in-law are here for 6 months!

Marilyn Gordon’s brother’s heart beat WENT BACK to NORMAL rhythm!

PRAISE God for our VOLUNTEERS for the Gift of Lights, and for RECORD BREAKING number!!
YOLLY said 12/18/2019 10:40:28 AM :
My heart praises the Lord. My soul is glad because of God my Savior
Luke 1:46-47
KIM HOCKER said 12/16/2019 12:28:14 PM :
By the BLOOD of The LAMB!
NANCY said 12/15/2019 9:14:13 PM :
I just want to PRAISE God for the LOVE of HIS WORD HE PLACED on my HEART!!
In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
Psalms 119:14
GLEN said 12/14/2019 12:22:48 PM :
DHBC OFFICE said 12/13/2019 1:55:35 PM :
Jack Anderson was at Sr. Adult Luncheon and is doing better!

Eileen’s daughter had emergency gall bladder surgery, Saturday night, and is doing well !

Elorine Burditt PRAISE that her doctor has recognized God’s blessings on her life!

Barbara Harper – foot surgery coming soon!

Tiffany PRAISES that she is almost done with her master’s degree!

All those helping with Gift of Lights!

PRAISE God for the baptisms scheduled for next Sunday!

Fran and Larry are THANKFUL that thier grandchildren are back safely in California1
CINDY HUGHES said 12/13/2019 10:06:39 AM :
John 1:51 “Truly, truly I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” I PRAISE YOU Jesus for YOUR MEEKNESS! YOU are the ETERNAL God, and right are YOUR TITLES of King of Israel and Son of God! But in YOUR humility choose the Son of Man as YOUR favorite title for YOURSELF!! The Highest of High became the Lowest of Low for me, not that I loved YOU, but that YOU LOVED me and died that I might LIVE FOREVER in YOUR PRESENCE!! What can I say? A million heartfelt tears and thank you’s DON’T even come close to EXPRESSING my LOVE and GRATITUDE for YOUR FAITHFULNESS!! Therefore I PRAY that I MIGHT GLORIFY YOU in ALL my ways, SHINE FORTH the BRIGHTEST LIGHT of YOUR LOVE and MERCY that YOUR GRACE is made KNOW THROUGH my LIFE to YOUR GLORY and HONOR-My Savior-a Son of Man. Amen!
CINDY HUGHES said 12/11/2019 10:14:55 AM :
1John 3:8 “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” I PRAISE YOU Jesus not only for your POWER to heal and change, but also your POWER to kill and destroy. What would one be without the other? You are a WHOLE Savior, a Savior not only with healing in YOUR wings, but have armed us with YOUR Holy Spirit to put to death the deeds of the flesh (Rom 8:13) and have destroyed the works of the devil.( 1Jn 3:8) that we might live a life that is holy and pleasing to YOU! That is my PRAISE today-YOU are a WHOLE SAVIOR!!!

He is Risen, Our Country, Our Bible-believing, Bible-preaching Church
and All of our Church ministries!

Record breaking number of volunteers helping with Gift of Lights!

Jack continues to improve; can go back to work in a week!

Eileen’s 2 unspoken request answered!

3 baptisms scheduled for next week!

Fran and Larry’s grandchildren are back in California safely!

Linda Johnson’s son Robert is doing better!

Eileen’s daughter had emergency gall bladder surgery last night and is doing well !
NANCY said 12/7/2019 12:06:22 PM :
MARIO SMITH said 12/6/2019 6:38:51 PM :
WONDERFUL time last night with the volunteers! Great FELLOWSHIP, WONDERFUL weather, and a GOOD TIME had by all!
DHBC OFFICE said 12/4/2019 4:42:03 PM :


Jean Brinker’s daughter fell and has NO broken bones!

Adam Ackerman’s hand NOT being SHATTERED!

SAFE travels home for people who traveled during Thanksgiving!

PRAISE for the BAPTISMS on Sunday!
MARIO SMITH said 12/3/2019 1:04:32 PM :
What a GREAT OPENING night for the GoL!! There was GREAT FELLOWSHIP, INTERESTED VISITORS (in the church) and a WONDERFUL TIME sitting under the moon and the stars LISTENING to the music and WATCHING the light show!
GLEN said 12/1/2019 6:02:00 PM :
I PRAISE the Lord for this WEBSITE! I have been BLESSED here!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS said 11/18/2019 2:42:29 PM :

He is Risen!

Our Country!

Our Bible-believing, Bible-preaching Church!

All Church ministries!

Ed Sweeten is our new Deacon!!!

Don Miller is being process to become a deacon!

Marie B’s brother in law Mike procedure to implant a pace maker was successful!

Wayne is cancer free!

Jim and Michelle are safely home from Georgia!

It is Yollie’s birthday today!
DHBC OFFICE said 11/14/2019 3:46:11 PM :

Clara Wallick – no leg/hip surgery

Ken Henson got a good report from doctor

Wayne Zimmer got a good report from doctor

Marie Baumgartner’s brother is home, has arm in sling and will see a specialist

Rosa Cadena’s brother is doing much better

Travis Young – Praise for church receiving him and Travis Jr and making them feel welcome
COLLEEN said 11/8/2019 9:32:04 AM :
I am thankful that on the through, (not done but through,lol) I can look back and see that I could handle those same things WITHOUT fear but instead in expected triumph, I pray I will :) and you too. I am thankful for a God that will teach me this and a Pastor and teachers that will teach me this in the Bible
BRENDA ODOM (VISITOR) said 10/30/2019 6:43:23 PM :
Tonight I have no choice but to THANK the Lord for GUIDING me to your WEBSITE! I am a TRUE BELIEVER but have been MISLED to a point where I felt absolute CONFUSION about what the REAL TRUTH is! I am broken and feel a lot of pain but I KNOW that God HAS A PLAN for me! THANK YOU Jesus for GIVING ME a CHANCE!!!
DHBC OFFICE said 10/24/2019 1:46:23 AM :

Carol Sue Eklund wants to give PRAISE for being able to get religious accomendation at work and able to come to church on Sundays!!

PRAISE for our TRUNK OR TREAT event, the TURN OUT, the WORKERS and SHARING THE GOSPEL with ALL those who came!!

Rhiannon PRAISES that her grandpa, Terry Roache is doing BETTER!

BAPTISM tonight, Mayda’s daughter is being BAPTIZED!

Jim Rice PRAISES God and is giving THANKS that he has NO PAIN in his lower back or legs since the burning of nerves!

Ric Cadena’s is THANKFUL that his brother in Texas is DOING WELL!

Karlene Fisher PRAISES the LORD that the family situation was taken care of by the Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 10/20/2019 12:34:59 PM :
STEVE OLAFSON said 10/18/2019 3:56:51 PM :
STEVE OLAFSON said 10/18/2019 2:08:27 PM :
Oh dear SWEET, LOVING Jesus: How often I forget that it is because of YOU that I LIVE! YOU made ALL of us from the very dust that YOU CREATED! Then YOU did the most WONDROUS of ALL things, YOU MADE us in YOUR IMAGE and YOU BREATHED LIFE into us. I join those PRAYING with me today in THANKING YOU for our LIVES, and we PRAY that YOU CONTINUE to SUSTAIN us each day! From YOUR HEAVENLY place ACCEPT or PRAYERS and PRAISE!! Amen.
STEVE OLAFSON said 10/18/2019 11:09:44 AM :
THANK Lord for ANSWERED PRAYERS for my sister!
DONNA said 10/17/2019 2:37:16 PM :
Over the years I have encountered MANY TRIALS. The Lord brought me through all VICTORIOUSLY! It was through those HARD places I realized HE inhabits the PRAISES of HIS people! I LOVE being in HIS PRESENCE!

Today, and each day, I give YOU PRAISE, Lord, for ALL things at ALL times, because I KNOW YOU are HERE!
DHBC OFFICE said 10/17/2019 9:50:22 AM :

Vivian Baker had procedure on tendon in leg last week, has NOT NEEDED pain meds!

Pastor and Ed Sweeten and Don Miller have gone to shut ins with Lord’s Supper!

Pat Reeve's biopsy shows she DOESN'T HAVE CANCER!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS said 10/14/2019 5:27:40 PM :




All of our Church MINISTRIES!

Vivian B had procedure on tendon in leg this past week; and has NOT needed pain meds!!

Modesta is IMPROVING!

Pastor and Ed Sweeten are going out to give LORD’S SUPPER to our

Brenda F’s health issues were related to dehydration!

Next week: Rescue Mission Hygiene Bags; Doris took 72 bags to the Mission!

Shirley J—GOOD test results!

Kathleen’s daughter is visiting from Chicago; also, second time visitor Timothy Dean!

Pat Reeve’s biopsy shows she does NOT have cancer!

GeorgeAnn two injections in her knees this past week; and also she and Marcell had wonderful trip!

Fred had a GOOD 6-month physical check up!
MARIO SMITH said 10/9/2019 12:55:27 PM :
Bonny and I are so GRATEFUL and THANKFUL for Pastor Scott and Don Miller who CAME and MINISTERED the LORD’S SUPPER to us yesterday! It was a BLESSING BY FAR!
STEVE OLAFSON said 10/9/2019 11:00:35 AM :
THANKS Lord letting me PRAISE YOU EVERY DAY! This story is TRUE. This is from a sister of a lady I work with. I think this is a very GREAT story about someone's SALVATION! It is worth reading Well this is a long one... but I hope this will ENCOURAGE someone today!

During college, I prayed for my dad to be saved for about four years. I asked people I knew to pray for his salvation with the hope that he would one day understand the Gospel clearly. During those years I prayed and talked to him about it any chance I had. Shamefully, I will confess that I began to doubt that it would actually happen but continued to pray. A girl in my dorm shared how her dad had come to know Christ and I was so convicted of my lack of faith. Also during that time, a preacher preached about praying with faith and believing that God would. All I could think about was my dad being saved and how I wasn’t trusting God completely. I asked God for forgiveness for doubting His power and began praying in a complete different way. Praying and knowing that God would save my dad. I can’t remember exactly how many days went by but I know it was all within a week’s time. After leaving college chapel, my dad called me. It was an unusual time since he would normally call in the evenings but I answered and he mentioned that he had visited a church and was told he needed to get baptized. I went ahead and explained what salvation was and that he didn’t need to be baptized to get to Heaven. At the end of our conversation, he said he was ready which I knew could only come from God after he had told me so many times that he was glad I was happy but this all wasn’t for him.

He said he was at work and wanted to pray later once he was at home. So at 9pm that night, he prayed with me and ACCEPTED Christ! I was ecstatic and THANKED and PRAISED the Lord for what He’d done and wrote about it in one of my journals.

Fast forward several years later and my sisters and I were faced to make a decision after our dad suffered a major stroke. No one is ever prepared for these trials but one thing I surely can say is that I felt God’s PRESENCE and HIS LOVE like never before! I cried, I PRATED, I PRAISED HIM! Although I felt my heart breaking, He was there with me through it all. The day was Oct. 8, 2017.

Earlier this year, I opened that journal, started reading and came across the day I wrote about my dad getting saved. I read through it then went back to check the date and was in complete shock. The date was Oct. 8, 2012. Exactly 5 years before he died. I stopped, cried, and THANKED HIM for SHOWING me HIS LOVE and FAITHFILNESS all these years! HE HAS ALWAYS been there! If you know me, you may know that my brain pretty much works on calendar mode. I plan, schedule and add things to my planner all day long. I know that God knows that and chose to speak to me in that specific way. I don’t share this to bring attention to myself in any way. In fact, it’s taken a lot of time and thinking through for me to share this. I simply want to encourage others and share HIS LOVE and FAITHFILNESS! HE sure is GOOD!
STEVE OLAFSON said 10/8/2019 5:13:22 PM :
EDITH said 10/8/2019 4:40:48 PM :
JACK ANDERSON said 9/30/2019 12:01:34 PM :
THANK YOU God for ALL the GUIDANCE YOU give me on a DAILY basis and for the WISDOM that has ALLOWED me to make CHOICES to INSURE that THY WILL being done as well as SPREADING the WORD of YOUR WONDERFUL GOSPEL! THANK YOU for ANSWERING my PRAYERS and I KNOW I WILL be BLESSED as YOU find it in YOUR INFINITE HEART to BLESS me!
DHBC OFFICE said 9/28/2019 12:50:51 PM :

Modesta Medina - I PRAISE GOD that I didn’t have stroke!

Lori Luke – PRAISE to be at CHURCH on Sunday!

Kali Woods – PRAISE for my job interview going well!

Jeff McPherson – PRAISE and THANKFUL for white coat ceremony!
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