FOOD FOR THOUGHT, by Minister Hugh Bradford

 For unto you is born this day to the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. — Luke 2:11 

My brothers and sisters, true love is a reflection of the Savior’s love. In December of each year we call it the Christmas spirit.

You can hear it. You can see it. You can feel it.

So, rejoice and be glad in it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Crockpot Hot Cocoa, by Leslie J. Ansley

It’s officially winter, and hot chocolate season is in full effect. Use your slow cooker to make a big batch for the whole family, or double it if you’re having friends over for a party.

Garnish with marshmallows, whipped cream or whatever you want. If there’s any leftover, just freeze it. You can always reheat it later. Enjoy.


1.5 cups whipping cream
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
6 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of chocolate chips (milk chocolate OR semi-sweet depending on how sweet you like it)


Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips in a crockpot.

Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish as desired.

2017 Resolution: Make a Prayer Board, by Leslie J. Ansley

One week from today, a new year dawns. A lot of people make resolutions, but I prefer to set goals, and one of those goals is to find some way to keep track of prayers requested and prayers answered.

I tried keeping a prayer journal, but never really made it a habit, so it just kinda sat there, barely used. I like the idea of a prayer board a lot better, something I can create myself and hang on the wall to serve as a daily reminder of prayer requests.

Below are examples of simple prayer boards you can make yourself from stuff around the house, or with free or nearly free items that folks give away every day on Craigslist, such as pallets.  You can pick up push pins, clothespins and string from the dollar store. If you want, attach a mason jar at the bottom, or place one nearby. Every time a prayer is answered, write it down on a slip of paper and place it in the jar. Read through the answered prayers at the end of the year and count the blessings.

Use a pallet or any type of wood. Paint with an acrylic paint, the hot-glue some small clothespins to the board.

For this, an old frame without the glass will do. Attach string using glue or thumbtacks, then add the mini clothespins.

A framed corkboard/bulletin board. Use your imagination to decorate. It’s whatever you want it to be.

A picture frame with the glass intact, some scrapbook paper to provide an interesting background. Use a dry-erase marker to write prayers on the glass.

“What I Love About the Holidays”

by Carolyn Reed

My fondest memories of the holidays are of Christmastime.

I always loved Christmas as a child. I learned a valuable lesson from my mom. She taught us to be thankful and appreciative of whatever we received. We didn’t shop at the malls like our friends. Back then, when I was growing up, there were stores like Pope, Super Dollar, Maxway and the Red Barn where you can get a bag of clothes for 25 cents.

When I became a mom and had to buy for my children, I didn’t shop at the mall then, either. I taught my kids the same thing that I learned growing up: Be thankful for what you get and not concerned about where it came from. My children were so appreciative and thankful for what they received. Their faces would like up light a Christmas tree at Christmastime. They never asked where it came from, nor did they think about it not being name brand. We taught them a valuable lesson on being thankful just because someone took the time to think about you. To this day, they are still holding on to what they were taught. I can see it in their children as being thankful just because.

Merry Christmas!!