Saturday Snapshot

We have a super talented team in our kitchen that creates delicious meals and desserts for our guests every day!  Check out what they were up to one morning earlier this week.

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Melanie spends time chopping chunks of chocolate for homemade brownies.

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Natalie and Melanie working well as a team as they prepare desserts for guests at The Cove.

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Pastry Chef Natalie showing off her delicious homemade cookies!

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Executive Chef Douglas expertly chops onion for a cranberry and pineapple salsa which will be used to garnish turkey burgers for lunch.

Click here to search for recipes from The Cove kitchen.

Make sure not to miss our “Behind The Scenes” feature on The Cove Kitchen coming up next month!

We’d love to see you at The Cove this year!  Click here to visit our website to see what’s coming up.

2015 Five-Day Intensive Bible Training Seminars at The Cove

2015 summer seminars
This summer, The Cove is offering five Intensive Bible Training Seminars, designed to take an in-depth and comprehensive approach to understanding a specific topic or section of the Bible. 

Instead of the typical 3-day seminar, these offer a 5-day format,  allowing you time to really dig into God’s Word.  Open to anyone, these seminars are led by seminary-level instructors.

As you are making summer plans, we hope you will consider setting aside time to grow in your relationship with God right here at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Intensive Bible Training Seminars
(To register or get more information, click on one of the speaker names below or call 1-800-950-2092.)

Being Captured by the Passion of Christ
with Woodrow Kroll, 
June 15-19, 2015

How to Read God’s Word Like a Bible Scholar: A Practical and Engaging Exploration of Scripture
with Mark Yarbrough, 
June 22-26, 2015

NOTE: This seminar is available for seminary credit (graduate level) and CEU credit (for teacher certification) through Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). Financial assistance is offered to currently enrolled DTS students who desire to attend this seminar.

Discipleship Counseling: Helping Others Walk in Freedom and Grow in Christ
with Neil Anderson, 
June 29- July 3, 2015

The Book of Zechariah and the Coming of the Lord
with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., 
July 6-10, 2015

Hesed: A Portraid of God
with Michael Card, 
July 13-17, 2015

NOTE:  Join Michael for An Evening at The Cove (dinner & concert)on Sunday, July 12th .  Click here for details.

For a list of all events at The Cove, click here.

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Saturday Snapshot

If you recall, Ruth Bell Graham had a tendency to keep a lot of things that were given to Billy Graham over the years.  She even wrote a book titled Legacy of a Pack Rat.  Many of the items that were stored in their attic in Montreat, NC eventually found their way to The Cove for display in our memorabilia area or to be stored for later use.

This is a soccer ball given to Billy Graham during the Bramall Lane Crusade in Sheffield, England in June of 1985.  As you can see, the Sheffield United Football Club players all signed it.  What a neat piece of history!

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While attending your event or retreat at The Cove, make sure to allow for plenty of time to explore our memorabilia and pictorial area in the Training Center.

Click here to view upcoming events at The Cove.
Interested in bringing a group to The Cove for a special retreat, click here for information.

Order Your Mother’s Day Gifts From The Cove!

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Spring is blooming all around us at The Cove and we want to rejoice in the Lord’s beauty with you!

Check out some of our special products carried at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore here at The Cove that would be perfect for celebrating mom on Mother’s day (it’s just around the corner–Sunday May 10) or maybe treat yourself to something nice!

Bird painting
Spring Bird Painting: $33.00 (Limited quantities available.)

mother books
Footprints of a Pilgrim: $22.99
Treasured Moments with Mother Graham: $14.99
Letters from Ruth’s Attic: $9.95

silver bangle Bangles From Heaven Sterling Silver Bracelet: $82.99 (Also available in silver plated, call for details and price.)

Spring Teapot: $30, Mug: $12 (Limited quantities available.)

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Cove Special Blend Whole Bean Coffee: $13.99
Billy Graham Training Center Mug with lid/coaster in colbalt blue: $11.99

Lamb Over Me Chinese Symbol
Ruth Bell Graham was born in China to missionary parents and carried a lifelong love for the people of this land. The “Chinese character for Righteousness” is placed at the top of the stone on her resting site at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. The same character is on her father’s gravestone. Her father served as a medical doctor in China for 25 years.
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Ruth Graham’s “Lamb Over Me” Pendant: $19.99
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Blessings to you!

To order any of the products seen on this post, you may either  purchase on-property at Ruth”s Attic bookstore, by phone at 1-800-950-2092 (menu 3) or email at

Give the gift with eternal benefits.  Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones.   To order a gift certificate call 1-800-950-2092.



Recipe From The Cove Kitchen: Healthy Quinoa Tabbouleh

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It’s time to start  “Eating Clean”  and we guarantee that this will become a new favorite in your household! Learn how to prepare this Healthy Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe prepared by
Sous Chef Hallie Saunders here at The Cove. 

The Healthy Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe adds the perfect touch of freshness and zip to add to any meal and is perfectly paired with grilled fish or chicken.

Watch here as Sous Chef Hallie and Executive Chef Douglas expertly show you how to prepare this great dish.

Quinoa Tabbouleh
(Serving Size: 4-6)

1 cup cooked quinoa- the mother of all grains
2 cloves fine chopped garlic
3/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup of chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup of chopped celery
1/4 cup of chopped purple onion
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Mix all ingredients and serve.
Great with pitas, grilled chicken or fish.
For extra kick and added spice, mix in cayenne pepper or red chili paste.



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Kendra’s Bible Study…Isaiah 53:6-7

The Book of Isaiah

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 53:6-7

In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.


Verse 6a: All of us have gone astray, turned his own way.

Verse 6b: The LORD caused the sin of us all to fall on Him.

 Verse 7: He was oppressed, afflicted yet did not open His mouth.

Verse 7b: Like a lamb before shearers.

Verse 7c: He did not open His mouth.

Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?


Verse 6a: Romans 3:23. We are all sinners, we all fall short of God’s holy standard. We are all separated from the God we were created to walk with, know and need. We all do what we want, it is not in us to please God, it is in us to please ourselves.

Verse 6b: There is a HUGE gap called sin that is separating us from the God we were created to walk with, know and need. So GOD, not trusting His hand made creation to another, came Himself, to bridge that GAP, Himself. God is serious about us knowing Him… and went to all lengths to show us. Oh that we would have eyes to see what He has done!

 Verse 7a: God came Himself, to fix the GAP between Him and His handmade creation. Someone has to pay the price to fix that Gap… forgiveness is not cheap… so God, Himself, chose to be afflicted and oppressed for my sin and your sin… whatever the cost, He would pay. We like to complain when things are unjust, and we are being “unjustly” accused, yet God Himself, unjustly accused, took the shame that was due me and you.

Verse 7b: Jesus, God with skin on, went forth… went towards the cross, towards the shame, towards the pain, without a fight, without regret. That fateful night in the Garden of Gethesemene, Jesus spoke up…. “I Am He”….. Jesus made a stand, when I run and hide. He stands for me and for you, walking down the Via Dolorosa… for us, so we would have the opportunity to know Him.

Verse 7c: Jesus could have spoken and killed everyone on command. IN the Garden, He said, “I AM He” and the soldiers in John, fell to the ground…. their gracious pause… to consider that which they were doing. Jesus could have slayed them with a word, and upon His return, He will, in Revelation, slay the armies of the world with a word. Here, now in Isaiah 53, Jesus must press in, to take the punishment for sin, or you and I are as a people without hope. Oh the deep deep love of Jesus, that He kept His mouth shut as He went through six trials and pronounced seven times that He is worthy to be scourged and then worthy to be slain as the perfect Lamb of Passover for our sin.

Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 6a: Do you realize you have sinned before God? Do you realize you were created to walk with God, know God and need God, but that your sin separated you from this loving God who did everything to fix that gap?

Verse 6b: Do you realize that God Himself didn’t trust your soul to anyone else, but Himself, so He came with skin on, His name was Jesus? Do you know that Jesus came specifically to pay the price that your sin had on your head?

Verse 7a: Have you spent time this Easter season to thank Jesus for coming to pay that debt for you? Do you realize the debt that had to be paid for you?

Verse 7b: Do you know that Jesus didn’t complain about it, but went forth out of love for you to the cross?

Verse 7c: Would you ever be able to keep my mouth shut while unjustly accused? How many times during the day, week or month do you speak up just to “set the record straight” about yourself? How often do you feel the need to respond to false testimony about yourself? Do you realize Jesus took on false testimony about Himself in order to pay for your testimony of sin?


Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Spend time today realizing the love and total strength that it took Jesus to “go forth” on your behalf.

Homework: Isaiah 53:3-4

Get stuck? and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!


Looking Up: A Place of Prayer

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel
Written by Donna Riesen,  Program Communications Assistant

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On a misty, overcast Friday morning in early April I walk the wide gravel path up to the Chapel. Pausing just outside the doors of heavy black walnut I read again the Scripture carved into a heavy stone mounted to the right of the entrance: “Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house that I have built” (2 Chronicles 6:18, KJV). Once inside, I walk across the heavy stone floors and into the sacred space of the Chapel sanctuary, a beautiful space that exudes a simple yet solemn reverence without stuffiness or pretense. Tall, expansive windows allow the beauty of God’s creation to enter and speak volumes to the soul. The gleaming wood of the walls is in perfect harmony with the natural beauty outdoors. From floor to ceiling the eye and the heart are drawn upward. Is this what Mrs. Graham intended?

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On staff at The Cove for more than five years, I’ve heard the stories about the history of the Chatlos Memorial Chapel—how Ruth Graham had a hand in its design and plans. Her gracious spirit, love of beauty and appreciation for rustic, local handcrafted woodwork are seen in charming touches throughout The Cove. But above any other location on The Cove’s property,  many feel the Chapel brings us closest to seeing the world through Ruth’s eyes.


After taking in the quiet beauty of the sanctuary, I climb the short stairwell to reach the small prayer room above the rear of the Chapel. By no mere accident, the prayer altar is situated directly beneath the steeple and the cross. A lighted globe sits in the center of the prayer table—a testament to the heartbeat of evangelism that pulsed through both Billy and Ruth. Mabel, a Cove volunteer of 3 to 4 years, welcomes me in and offers to sit and chat for a few moments. “What’s it like to serve as the volunteer assigned to the Chapel’s prayer room?” I ask. “Do you get the chance to pray with people very often?”

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Mabel’s eyes light up. “Well,” she says, “When I ask if they have a prayer request some people are too shy to say. I can usually tell whether or not they’re interested in having me pray with them.”

“And what if they are?” I ask.

“If there’s a group, I always ask if they’d like to hold hands, and then we pray. Right here under the steeple,” Mable explains.

I can tell Mabel is an experienced prayer warrior, and as she shares a little of her personal story with me I begin to understand why. A senior adult, Mabel sent a lot of prayer requests heavenward before ending up at The Cove as a Chapel volunteer. After enduring the heartbreak of losing a son to a brain tumor and then saying farewell to her husband who died 6 months later, Mabel was despondent and crushed. While she knew without a doubt that both her loved ones were in Heaven with Jesus, Mabel was unsure how to proceed on this new pathway through the wilderness of grief and loss. “I ask my Heavenly Father anything I want to,” she exclaims, “And if you ask God to show you what to do next, He will!” Through her involvement with the Women’s Bible Study at The Cove, Mabel learned about the need for Chapel volunteers and eventually found her niche here in the prayer room. With the confident assurance of one who has seen God work she declares, “God does answer prayer!”

We talk a little more about what it’s like to have the privilege of praying with those who request it. “Well sometimes,” Mabel confesses, “It’s hard not to cry with them when they share their requests. Sometimes even the men open up!”

“All of us have problems,” she notes. “Sometimes so many hit us at once that we’re almost afraid to look up!” Sitting here in the quiet of this small prayer room, directly beneath the 87-foot steeple with its 8-foot cross, I’m sure this is what Ruth Graham intended. She intended for us to look up.

Jerry Miller, former director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, tells the story of how Ruth influenced the construction of the Chatlos Chapel’s steeple. “The architects had the steeple at a certain height,” Jerry says. “We told that to Mrs. Graham and she said, “That’s not tall enough.” When asked how high she wanted it, she replied with an uncertain “I don’t know.”

Jerry explains how the solution was reached. The chapel was built using a crane in order to avoid cutting down trees. “We got the contractor with the crane and we got him out there with the architect,” Jerry says. “We got him to raise the ball on the crane and put the ball where we wanted to put the steeple.”

“I turned to Mrs. Graham and said, ‘You just look at me, and if it’s not high enough, you tell me.’”

As Jerry relates, the crane rose higher and higher; but every time he looked at Mrs. Graham she said it wasn’t high enough, so the contractor was told to keep going. Finally, Mrs. Graham’s lofty goal was reached and she nodded her approval. The steeple was built to a height of 87 feet, with an 8-foot-tall copper cross on top.

On this warm April day, the steeple with its cross towers above The Cove’s green canopy of trees, inviting us to look up and seek our Creator, whom “the heaven of heavens cannot contain.” And Mabel, just one of an army of faithful volunteers, points visitors heavenward. Exactly as Ruth intended.

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With heartfelt gratitude to Mabel and every Cove volunteer:
Thank you for your faithful service in helping us carry out our mission of training people in God’s Word to win others to Christ.

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove has a large number of volunteers who assist us in all areas of operation. Among these are 84 volunteers who help us greet visitors at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Cove Visitors Center.

Happy National Volunteer Week!
April 12-18, 2015

Click here for information and hours for the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

If you would like to volunteer at The Cove, click here to complete the volunteer application.

Saturday Snapshot

Colors are popping up everywhere here at The Cove!  We’re seeing it through beauty in its natural form to the shiny metal type.

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Dogwood in bloom.
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Dogwood in bloom.
Redbud at the TC April 2015
Redbud near the fire pit at the Training Center.
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This beautiful visitor, seen near the Chapel, was enjoying the warm weather and clear skies.

We’re on Instagram!  Click here to join us over there for more behind-the-scenes shots.

We’d love for you to stop by and see us!  Our Chapel and Visitor’s Center is open Monday – Friday 9 – 5 p.m.  Click here for more information.

Interested in joining us for a seminar, concert or retreat?   Click here to visit our website.

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