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.)

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



STEVE OLAFSON said 9/25/2018 4:35:58 PM :
Psalms 19:1-4; (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.)
1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2: Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3: There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4: Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Lord THANKS for the declaration that the world was given by YOU, and we can BELIEVE what is in YOUR WORD! THANK YOU Lord.
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/24/2018 2:22:33 PM :
2 Corinthians 3:17;
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

STEVE OLAFSON said 9/23/2018 7:28:38 AM :
Psalms 103:11-12;
11: For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Lord THANKS for YOUR GREAT NERCY and what BELIEVING in YOU does for us! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/22/2018 7:04:37 AM :
Matthew 11:28-30;
28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Lord, THANKS for YOUR PROMISE of Rest believing in YOU. THANK YOU Lord!
WANDA ROBERTS said 9/21/2018 6:21:49 PM :
THANK you so much Pastor Hocker. God BLESS you and your ministry.
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/21/2018 7:27:41 AM :
Hebrews 11:6;
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Lord THANK YOU for being the TRUE God! THANKS for YOU giving me my SALVATION thru me being SAVED! THANK Lord Jesus!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/20/2018 6:46:58 AM :
Psalms 23:3;
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Lord this verse every time I read it makes me REALIZE how much I LOVE YOU Lord, for WHAT YOU DID for me! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/19/2018 7:21:22 AM :
Psalms 19:7-10;
7: The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8: The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9: The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true andrighteous altogether.
10: More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

STEVE OLAFSON said 9/18/2018 7:12:10 AM :
Psalms 27:1;
(A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Lord what YOU have had the Holy Spirit WRITE is ABSOLUTELY TRUE! THANKS for this Lord!
JUDY said 9/17/2018 11:59:18 AM :
THANK YOU God for HEALING me and making it POSSIBLE for me to come HOME from the hospital.

THANK you for the PRAYERS and THOUGHTS that were said on my behalf, it was those PRAYERS that LITERALLY SAVED my LIFE! THANK YOU to ALL the WONDERFUL brothers and sisters in Christ who VISITED, SENT CARDS, BROUGHT BOOKS and MAGAZINES for me to read and were just there throughout the summer.!

God is SO GOOD and HE EVIDENTLY is NOT through with me yet, I am SO THANKFUL for the OPPORTUNITY to SERVE and PRAISE HIM even MORE in the future!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/17/2018 6:58:12 AM :
Proverbs 16:17;
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Showing us staying on the right path FOLLOWING YOU, Lord will always keep us away from evil. THANK YOU for this!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/16/2018 9:26:35 AM :
Proverbs 14:23;
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Lord THANK YOU for telling us to watch what comes out of our mouth and be careful of “idle chatter.” THANK YOU Lord!
DHBC OFFICE said 9/15/2018 2:46:07 PM :

PRAISING the Lord that Judy B is RECOVERING and will soon be HOME!!

So THANKFUL that Marie B's sister is leaving rehab to return to assisted living apartment!

PRAISES that Jesus' wife is back!

THANKFUL for Ken Rainey visiting!

STEVE OLAFSON said 9/15/2018 9:05:50 AM :
James 3:17-18;
17: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18: And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

STEVE OLAFSON said 9/14/2018 7:46:47 AM :
Romans 12:1-2;
1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

EDITH said 9/13/2018 12:10:38 AM :
I want to PRAISE God and give THANKS to ALL my brothers and sisters who PRAYED for me and my husband. On 6/26/18 when I called 911, I was sure that God has called Ben Home. I believe that God is NOT done with him yet so after 2 months he is NOW HOME again!

My HEARTFELT THANKS to our Prayer Warriors for their PRAYERS! Please CONTINUE with those prayers. He is still very weak. THANK YOU Lord for YOUR LOVE and MERCY!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/12/2018 10:48:19 PM :
Luke 10:27;
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Lord THANKS for GIVING us all the LAWS and PROMISES that we need to live by! THABK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/12/2018 1:24:21 PM :
Ephesians 5:11-13
11: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12: For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13: But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Telling us to stay away from evil and LIVING in YOUR LIGHT, Lord makes it us GREATLY APPRECIATIVE to YOU! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/11/2018 7:44:42 AM :
Philippians 4:7;
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What a GREAT PROMISE knowing we have TRANQUILITY and PEACE with YOU! THANK YOU Lord!
ANONYMOUS said 9/10/2018 1:52:55 PM :
PRAISE THE LORD for our WONDERFUL music and sermon on Revelation yesterday! May God’s abundant BLESSINGS shower on our Pastor everyday of his life! PRAYING for you daily!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/10/2018 7:32:26 AM :
1 Corinthians 11:1;
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

THANKS Lord for SHOWING the WAY to YOU! This verse even says to IMITATE YOU! THANK YOU Lord!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/9/2018 10:11:08 AM :
Malachi 4:6;
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

TURNING our hearts to God will SHOW us what we NEED to LOOK toward at the end of days! THANK YOU Lord for SHOWING us what YOU have COMING our way!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/8/2018 6:21:01 PM :
Talked to Judy Alexander she is doing GREAT! PRAISE GOD!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/8/2018 11:29:14 AM :
Luke 9:35;
And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Lord I THANK YOU for YOUR giving us YOUR SON who we need to take heed in. THANK YOU Lord!
MARIO SMITH said 9/7/2018 4:32:21 PM :
Heard from Scott Huston and his son is doing very GOOD! He's home and will get a hard cast in a couple weeks. NO pins or screws needed! That's a GOOD THING!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/7/2018 7:36:13 AM :
Matthew 3:16-17;
16: And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

STEVE OLAFSON said 9/6/2018 7:14:58 AM :
Proverbs 23:26;
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

THANK YOU Lord as parents to give our children a good source of GUIDANCE THROUGH YOU!. THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/5/2018 5:13:43 PM :
Matthew 5:8;
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

STEVE OLAFSON said 9/5/2018 5:13:37 PM :
Matthew 5:8;
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

STEVE OLAFSON said 9/4/2018 3:36:57 PM :
Romans 8:1;
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Dear Lord, THANKS for YOUR OVERWHELMING GRACE and for giving us FAITH! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/3/2018 8:41:16 AM :
Job 7:11;
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Dear Lord, THANKS for the way to CONVERSE with YOU, whether it is in YOUR written WORD or by PRAYER! THANK YOU Lord!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/2/2018 9:35:31 AM :
Joshua 5:10-15;
10: And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.
11: And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.
12: And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
13: And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14: And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
15: And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

With our God in CHARGE we will ALWAYS be PROTECTED in our Gods deliverance by HIS PROTECTION! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 9/1/2018 6:30:33 AM :
Romans 8:31;
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

With God being with us, we have NOTHING to be afraid of! THANK YOU Lord!
GLEN said 8/31/2018 12:47:08 PM :
I PRAISE & THANK YOU Father for YOUR COMPLETE healing on my youngest daughter! I PRAISE & THANK YOU for YOUR HEALING and PROTECTION upon my family PRAIDSE YOUR HOLY name!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/31/2018 7:21:34 AM :
THANKS Lord for another GREAT Season in my life! Learning things are what you make them WITH Gods HELP. THANK YOU for the end of summer.
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/30/2018 7:30:00 AM :
Romans 3:23;
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Proof that we all FALL SHORT of YOUR GLORY, THANKS for YOUR GRACE Lord!!
MARCELL said 8/29/2018 9:54:49 AM :
We just received an update on Bobby Trammell. He was hit by a car while going home after church in his motorized wheelchair.

He has been in the hospital a couple of months but has just gotten HOME! He will have home health care now and is EXCITED to be in his OWN HOME AGAIN!

He is ANXIOUS to return to CHURCH and THANKS all for their PRAYERS and SUPPORT! Please continue to encourage Bobby with cards and phone calls!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/29/2018 7:26:00 AM :
Luke 9:35;
And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Lord I LOVE this verse and WHAT IT SAYS to all SAVED believers. THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/28/2018 7:25:32 AM :
Proverbs 23:26;
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

This discipline can`t be expressed enough. God SHOWING us how to be with our children. THANKS Lord for this GREAT example!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/27/2018 8:54:08 AM :
1 John 3:3;
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

THANKS Lord for YOUR RETURN when it comes! THANK YOU Lord Jesus for what it WILL DO for us!!
ANONYMOUS said 8/25/2018 3:08:50 PM :
Dear Jesus, I THANK YOU that I am 83 and I am still able to TAKE GOOD CARE of myself! YOU give me the STRENGTH and meet ALL of my NEEDS, from fresh water to good food, shoes on my feet, clothes on my back, a nice place to sleep, and good transportation, but MOST of ALL, YOU WROTE my name in the LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE and I PRAISE YOU!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/25/2018 7:36:11 AM :
Deuteronomy 7:9;
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

THANKS Lord for YOUR NEVER ENDING LOVE with YOUR promises for a thousand generations! THANK YOU Lord for these PROMISIES!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/24/2018 7:21:48 AM :
Psalms 31:24;
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Lord our battles should always START with PRAYER and I like the idea of praying part of this at the beginning of the day! THANK YOU Lord.
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/23/2018 7:19:01 AM :
PRAISE God that Carol was NOT HURT TO BAD, a few bruises! THANK YOU Lord!!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/22/2018 7:24:54 AM :
Proverbs 20:13;
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Lord please and THANK YOU for NOT letting us forget about WORKING on and KEEPING our EYES and THOUGHTS on YOU!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/21/2018 7:40:16 AM :
Proverbs 8:17;
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Lord THANK YOU for the WISDOM of the LOVE and PROMISES YOUR LOVE brings! THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/20/2018 7:13:24 AM :
Psalms 103:17;
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Lord it says YOUR MERCY is FOREVER and EVER with our OBEDIENCE! THANKS for this PROMISE Lord!
BARBARA said 8/18/2018 8:38:08 AM :
THANK YOU Lord that we have the OPPORTUNITY to LISTEN to Pastor Scott’s SERMONS ONLINE! I am caught up and ready to go. The WEBSITE is a BLESSING when circumstances refrain you from attending church.
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/17/2018 3:33:55 PM :
Psalms 84:11;
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

THANKS Lord for YOUR OVERALL PROTECTION this has great pictures built in it. THANK YOU Lord!
STEVE OLAFSON said 8/17/2018 7:31:26 AM :
Philippians 4:12;
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Lord let us be FULL of YOUR WORD, let us UNDERSTAND and live with YOU Lord. THANK YOU Lord!
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