Today’s Recipe: Orange Chicken and Southern Peach Cobbler….

Orange Herb Roasted Chicken


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into 1 tablespoon sized pieces
  • 2 navel oranges, halved
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour the chicken broth into a small roasting pan, and set aside.
  2. Loosen the skin from the breasts and thighs of the chicken. Stuff the butter pieces evenly underneath the skin of the chicken, and place into the roasting pan. Squeeze the orange halves over the chicken, and stuff the orange halves into the chicken cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper to taste, then rub in the minced garlic. Drizzle the melted butter all over the chicken, then lay the herb sprigs onto the breast and around the legs.
  3. Cover the dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and baste the chicken with the pan juices. Continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 1 to 2 hours. Baste the chicken every 10 to 15 minutes after you uncover it. Once cooked, allow the chicken to rest out of the oven for 10 minutes before slicing.
  4. Serve with cauliflower mash potatoes and Swiss chard. With Southern Peach Cobbler for dessert Below…..

Southern Peach Cobbler….


  • 8 Fresh Peaches – Peeled, Pitted And Sliced Into Thin Wedges
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
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  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Chilled And Cut Into Small Pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Boiling Water
  • Mix Together:
  • 3 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.


Today’s Thought: Recalculation…

I have numerous friends and family going through spiritual glitches right now.  Let’s face it, in this world almost all of us are.  So today I’m sharing a thought that may be what you need today.  We love you and hold you in our prayers.  


LUKE 15:32

Many of us no longer use printed maps for directions, instead we use the map apps in our phones. As a result, we become more dependent on it than our instincts or natural sense of direction to find our way. Some of us who ignore the map app directions will hear the word “recalculation”. This is an attempt to get us back on the right track when we’ve gone off course.

God also has a spiritual recalculation for His children who veer off of the narrow way of righteousness to the broad road of destruction. He gives us the opportunity to move from darkness to light if we are willing to humble ourselves and turn back to Him.

Yet, if we choose to ignore the warnings, God is a good Father who won’t give up on His wayward children. He will lovingly allow disappointment, tragedy, or broken dreams to get our attention. Some of us stay in the wrong direction longer than others; yet, He doesn’t love us any less nor does He simply throw up His hands in disgust. Every believer who has turned away from Him can hear His gentle voice calling them back to His grace.

When we turn back to the Lord, we are embraced by the presence of His Spirit and the fullness of His joy. Even though the consequences of our decisions may remain—He is with us through the entire recalculation. In fact, He gives us new dreams for a destiny of life, peace, and purpose. Only God can take our brokenness and repair our inner person with renewed hope for the future.


Dear Lord, I need a recalculation for the direction that my life has taken. Help me to hear Your voice and follow with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

Today’s Thought: Binghamtown Church History….

Many people think that Binghamtown Church is named after the serendipitous fact that our current pastor is also a Bingham.  NOT so, read this interesting and coincidental history of our Church compiled by the Cawood Family….

The original Binghamtown Baptist Church was located on the original “Wilderness Road” built and made famous by Daniel Boone. The building was on the northeast corner of the intersection of old US25E (Pineville Pike) and North 25th Street. It was here that our faithful forefathers watched the frontier pass by. What many do not know is that the current name of the church has nothing to do with the current Binghams who serve as pastors. That intersection/area was so named for Dr. John Bingham who was an original founding forefather and doctor to the people on the wilderness road.

A church history compiled by John and Edith Cawood provides a great deal of information about the building. It was built sometime prior to 1915 on property purchased by the First Presbyterian Church of Middlesboro from Dr. James Bingham. Mrs. Sarah Virginia (Bowman) Byrd, lovingly known to the community as “Granny Byrd,” had contacted the Presbyterians about the possibility of beginning weekly worship services. This was an outgrowth of Sunday School classes Mrs. Byrd had been holding in an old store building she owned. The Presbyterian church responded by purchasing the property and erecting the one-room, white framed building. Apparently, however, they did not actively pursue the possibility of establishing a church in the community.

In 1915, several residents of the area suggested to their pastor, Dr. J. M. Roddy, that the First Baptist Church of Middlesboro begin a mission in the Binghamtown community. On December 26, 1915, First Baptist voted to establish the Binghamtown Baptist Mission, with the understanding that in the course of time the mission would become an independent Missionary Baptist church. The mission held their meetings in the building owned by the Presbyterians. They began with 27 members; Rev. W. H. Hollingsworth was called as mission pastor, and Frank Davis was elected as clerk.

On May 18, 1921, First Baptist appointed a committee to investigate the possibility of purchasing the Binghamtown property from the Presbyterians. It took over three years to make the arrangements, and on November 11, 1924, a rent-to-own agreement was signed between the two congregations. For the sum of $700.00, payable at $25.00 per month, the little white framed building, with its pot-bellied stove, became a Baptist owned property. At about the same time, Mr. Sam Gunn raised enough money to add the small room at the rear of the building. He established and taught a Men’s Bible Class here for several years.

A report from 1927 indicates an average attendance of 79 in the mission Sunday School. Rev. J. W. Crowley was called as pastor on January 14, 1931. Reports from 1940 show that attendance ranged between 75 and 100 people.

On October 7, 1943, First Baptist appointed a committee to handle the details of organizing the mission into a church. On Thursday, October 28, 1943, the mission members assembled in the little building. Meeting with them were the pastor and committee from First Baptist and other pastors from churches in the Bell Baptist Association. On that October evening, Binghamtown Baptist Church was born. Forty-three people became charter members; Rev. J. W. Crowley was called as Pastor, and Rev. Frank Baker preached the first sermon.

Rev. Bob Wolfe became pastor in February, 1944. On July 19, 1944, the deed for the property and the building was transferred from First Baptist Church to Binghamtown Baptist Church. By that time the church had grown to the point that additional space was desperately needed. In 1945, plans were made to build a new building. The final service in the white framed church with its pot-bellied stove and 32 years of memories, was held on Sunday, November 30, 1947. The members assembled for prayer, and then marched to the new Binghamtown Baptist Church, located on North 25th Street at Bell Road.

The little white church on the Wilderness Road is now gone; but the Faith of our Fathers is still alive and well. The faith of “Granny” Byrd; the faith of the Presbyterian church; the faith of First Baptist and its members; the faith of the Jackson family and other charter members of Binghamtown Baptist Church; the faith of all these is alive today in the lives of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and that faith has spread to thousands, even tens of thousands more; and it will live on until Jesus comes again.

Just as the Wilderness Road opened the door to the west, Binghamtown Baptist Church has opened the door to the great beyond for many pilgrims on the road of life.

​Subsequently as time marched on serendipity and the Lord took charge and On August 8, 1943, plans were made to build a new church (presently – Gateway Christian School), which was completed in November of 1947.  W.B. Bingham, II was elected pastor in December of 1949.  Jimmy Jackson began leading the choir in October of 1963.  

In December of 1971 the church voted to build a new church (our current structure), which was completed in November of 1977. The new addition to the facility was completed in 2010.  

The Rev. William Boyd Bingham, III is the current pastor and is assisted by Assoc. Pastor W. Boyd Bingham, IV.  

Today Binghamtown Church serves the Tri-State area by providing Fundamental Christian doctrine and philanthropy to members of our church family and many of those in need in the community.  

The print that document this historic cite is a pen and ink drawing of the first Binghamtown Baptist Church building. The artist is Mr. Robert Mason Combs, of Pineville, Kentucky, a member of the American Society of Illustrators. The original drawing was commissioned by the church for presentation to Mr. Jimmy H. Jackson on his twenty-fifth anniversary as Binghamtown’s Music & Choir Director. Our Choir Room is now Dedicated to his memory.

Today’s Recipe: Chicken with Balsamic Reduction…



  • 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard, Or More To Taste
  • 2 Clove Garlic, Or More To Taste, Minced
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper To Taste
  • 4 Large Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
  • 1 Lemon, Zested And Juiced


  1. Mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and garlic together in an oven-safe baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Lie the chicken breasts in the vinegar mixture.
  2. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Roast chicken in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Add tomatoes to the baking dish and continue cooking until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 12 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degreesF.
  5. Sprinkle lemon zest and drizzle lemon juice over the chicken.
  6. Serve with Cauliflower Mash Potatoes and roasted asparagus.

Today’s Recipe: Country Benedict…

Country Benedict


  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 4 thick slices day-old French bread

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 8 thin slices cooked country ham

  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese

  • 4 slices provolone cheese

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, or to taste

  • 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 8 poached eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Whisk 2 eggs, cream, salt, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and allspice together in a bowl until batter is thoroughly combined.

  3. Lay bread slices into batter, one at a time, and let bread absorb the mixture. Turn bread slices in batter until almost all batter has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and melt butter in the hot skillet. Cook bread slices in the hot butter until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer French toast slices to a baking sheet.

  5. Lay ham slices into the hot skillet and cook until meat begins to brown, about 1 minute per side.

  6. To assemble, place a Cheddar cheese slice on a slice of French toast, top with 2 slices of ham, and lay a provolone cheese slice over ham.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until French toast pieces are no longer wet, the batter is set, and cheese has melted and begun to brown, about 20 minutes.

  8. Place sandwiches on serving plates and top each with 2 poached eggs. Season with kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Serves 4.

Today’s Thought: Emotional Disentanglement….

This was a much for me, as you today.  I think we all need booster shots on certain topics occasionally.  I know I do.  I hope you enjoy…..



Many people have emotionally disengaged themselves in a negative manner. Perhaps they’ve been hurt by others, so they throw up a wall to keep people out. This isn’t healthy or helpful in many relationships. However, there is a place for healthy emotional disengagement, especially when you are in conflict with a family member, friend, or co-worker. This emotional disengagement is about taking your emotions/feelings about the issue and setting them temporarily aside. Many times we get upset and angry about a situation to the point where we are unable to resolve the problem. Our emotions are easily manipulated by the desires of our flesh, which only seeks our pleasure instead of humbling ourselves.

When we step back and emotionally disengage, we then must allow a spiritual engagement to take its course. Spiritual engagement means that we ask ourselves the question “what would God have me to do.” We place ourselves out of the emotional upheaval and begin to see the situation from an eternal perspective.

We ask questions, such as will this situation matter when I stand before God one day? Have I handled it in a way that God will say to me “well done”? Or will I suffer loss because of my pride and selfishness? We must also take into account the spiritual maturity of the other person and ask ourselves this question: Will my response give this person a true reflection of Christ in me?

Emotional disengagement and spiritual engagement doesn’t mean that we just roll over and let the other person step all over us and the issue. Rather, it’s a calculated and thoughtful response that reflects spiritual maturity and a Christ-like attitude. When we choose Christ, we are given wisdom above our human abilities to respond in the best manner.


Dear Lord, help me to know when I’m becoming more emotionally than spiritually engaged in a conflict. Give me the strength to tone down my emotions and respond in the most loving spiritual engagement. Amen.

In His Service, Crystal

Today’s Thought: Materialism…


LUKE 9:25

There is nothing wrong with living in a mansion or driving an expensive car. Many times wealthy Christians have been ostracized for having a lot of money. Some of them have inherited riches while others have worked for it. Having money isn’t sinful—however, allowing money to have our hearts will drive us towards a lifestyle of materialism.

Materialism is driven by discontentment with what God has provided. If we aren’t careful, we can easily get sucked up into materialism. All of a sudden, our home is not good enough for us to live in, our vehicle looks old and dated, our clothing is out of style and our technological equipment runs too slow. Our vision turns from gratefulness to feelings of entitlement. We find ourselves running up debt just to feed our pride and give the appearance of success to others.

Yet, how refreshing it is to live within the discipline of contentment? This doesn’t mean that we never upgrade our homes, cars, clothing, or technology. It means that we can find a place of contentment whether everything is updated or not. We learn to temper our wants and needs so that we are living a balanced spiritual life.

The futility of materialism is that all of it is perishing. Every home, car, clothing item, and technological device is going to one day come to nothing. And nothing we own on this earth will mean anything when we pass from this life to the next. Our opportunity while there is life in our body is to use our things to glorify God as we enjoy them. The Lord has blessed us with things to own, but not for them to own us.


Dear Lord, I want to be free from the pursuit of materialism. Simplify my desires so that they are within Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,