Saturday Snapshot – Kingdom Parenting, Bears, Flowers, Facebook & Rain

Lot’s going on at The Cove this week!

Tony Evans taught the first ever parenting seminar at The Cove (this was actually last week, but sharing now).  His seminar, Kingdom Parenting, gave practical biblical instruction on training kids in the power of prayer, wisdom, loving God’s Word, getting through trials, and much more.  A blessing to both parents and grandparents alike.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

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We never tire of the beautiful view off the Training Center deck.  

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 ESV)

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This family of bears were hoping to join in on the Kingdom Parenting seminar, but unfortunately, the cubs were too young to attend.  Last we heard, they were off to Camp Cedar Cliff.

(Photo captured on one of our security cameras.)
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Ruth’s Prayer Garden is abloom with purple coneflowers, hydrangeas, tiger lilies, roses, and more!  If you haven’t stopped by for a garden tour, make plans to now.  You won’t be disappointed.  
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The sun peaking through the forest canopy.  Reminder to be a light in this world!

Purple coneflower chapel with sun shinging

Just look at the vibrant color on these Tiger Lilies!

Tiger Lily at the chapel July 2016

Stephanie Seefeldt leads worship at The Cove several times throughout the year.  This year, she streamed a few worship sets LIVE on her Facebook page.  This one during the R.T. Kendall seminar.  Sorry about the sideways picture, but we wanted to share with you the number at the bottom of the image.  705 people were able to join in Cove worship from all around the world.  Isn’t technology amazing!

Stephanie Seefeldt FB Live

We’ve been praying for rain, so these rain clouds rolling in one evening early this week were a most welcome site.  TC with storm clouds July 2016 smWe hope you have a lovely weekend, friends!  “May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:2 ESV)


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

 

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Psalm 63:1

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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!

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Kendra Graham notes from : Psalm 63:1

“Oh God You are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for You in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”Step 1

THE FACTS:  Oh God, You are my God; earnestly I seek YOU, my soul thirst for YOU in a dry and weary land.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:  Daily there is confusion and chaos.  I love to go back to this verse a lot.  It’s one of those verses that tends to steady my feet and focus my gaze.  Oh God… “Oh God” being the God we pray to at meals, sing to at church, hear the pastor preach about….. but MY GOD… now “My God” is something entirely personal.  My God is personal.  Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches,  but let him who glories, glory in this: that he understands and knows Me, that I AM the LORD.”  This is the purpose and the key to life.

To know the LORD… to spend time in God’s Word.  God’s Word is Truth.  (John 17:17)

In times like this, when information is pouring into us at the speed of light… it is important, to daily–before the chaos begins– to spend time soaking in the Truth.  God’s Word has been true from the beginning of time and will not cease to be true today.  God can be trusted.

With so many things vying for our attention, vying to control us, we must now, more than ever, decide to know “my God” and not settle to just hear about who He is from others.

God loves you more than anything, and knows the struggle and confusion of life, so He came, personally, with skin on, and His name is Jesus, so that we could walk through this life with Him.

When you are tired, weary and exhausted…. earnestly seek “my God,” for “My God shall supply all your needs in the riches of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19).

Step 3

APPLY IT:  Are you in a dry and weary place in life?  Do you know “my God” or have you settled to listen about “oh God”?  Will we get into God’s Word as God’s people and begin living lives to glorify Him or will we live in fear of what will happen next in this crazy world?

LIVE IT OUT:  Today I will be determined to get into God’s Word and begin to learn about this God who loves me more than anything.

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What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.
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To see more of Kendra’s Bible Studies, click here.

Saturday Snapshot — Animals and People Abound

This beautiful deer was greeting our staff and guests as they came in the Training Center one morning this week.  She and her friends have enjoyed dining on our flower beds!  The perks of sharing space with God’s precious creatures on this 1,200 acres.

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Cove bears generally stick to the rules while on property.  This one yielded just in time for a quick photo before he sauntered off in to the woods.

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Despite all the animal pictures we share here, we also have humans on property too!  Pastor Lon Allison was a HUGE blessing to an auditorium filled with pastors and their spouses.  The event was a 2-day Pastor’s Institute in which pastor Allison taught on discipleship.

Lon Allison at PI July 2016

This is one of five Leadership Events The Cove offered this year which was free (program, meals, and lodging) to qualifying pastors and their spouses.  If you are interested in attending one, look under the Leadership tab on our website.

There is only one more remaining in 2016 and lodging is now full, but we still have room in the auditorium and dining room.  Keep your eyes out for our free 2017 events for pastors too.

Wishing you a blessed weekend and week to come!


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and newly opened Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Tours are free.

Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

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Grilled Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding
Grilled Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

This delicious dish is a guest favorite at The Cove.  It’s much simpler than it looks, so give it a try and let us know how it turns out!

Grilled Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

Serves 4

GRILLED IRON STEAKS

Ingredients

4 (6 ounce) iron steak filets
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

Season steak with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-5 minutes on each side over medium high heat. Remove from heat, brush with melted butter and let rest for 5 minutes.

BLUE CHEESE BREAD PUDDING

Ingredients

1 French baguette, diced into small cubes
½ stick of unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups beef stock
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup blue cheese crumbles
½ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dice bread into small squares (crouton size) and place in a 9″ x 13” greased pan.

Bake bread for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Add blue cheese sauce (see directions below). Toss to coat bread well with sauce. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

For blue cheese sauce:

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add chopped shallot and minced garlic. Saute one minute and add beef stock and heavy cream, and bring to a boil. Add blue cheese crumbles and Parmesan cheese. Reduce heat for 2-3 more minutes until cheese is melted.  Add chopped fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve and enjoy!

Click here for printable recipe.

For more recipes from The Cove Kitchen, click here.

Saturday Snapshot – Gospel Music on the Mountain

Talk about worship!  If you’ve ever seen The Collingsworth Family perform live, your socks were no doubt knocked off.

This six-member family of amazingly talented people performed for An Evening at The Cove on Thursday to a sold-out crowd.  Following are a few pictures for your enjoyment.

Family from left to right: Kim (mother), Olivia, Phillip Jr., Courtney, Brooklyn, and Phil (father).

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Kim Collingsworth (matriarch of the family) has mastered the piano like no other.  She says, “I practice and pray and leave the rest up to Jesus!”

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Sisters Olivia and Brooklyn harmonizing with their brother, Phillip Jr. — delightful!

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It’s always fun for the fans to meet the artists at our Evening at The Cove events.  We had a table-ful here!  Collingsworth -1058 sm

This is little Emma, cradled in her grandma’s arms.  She is the first and only grandchild at this point.  You think she gets loved on a bunch?!  She has been traveling with her parents, Brooklyn (Collingsworth daughter) and Will Blair (Collingsworth road manager/sound technician) since she was 2-weeks old.     Collingsworth -1044 sm

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Most people say they never want to leave when they come to a Cove event.  241 of those attending the concert decided to stretch out their time a bit and spend the night with us.

Here’s a picture of one of our inn rooms, where the post dinner/ concert slumber took place.

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The following morning it was reported that “A joyful group of people sang hymns while in the breakfast line.”  Looks like they rested well and were still feeling the joy carried over from their evening!

We’d love to see you at An Evening at The Cove.  Click here for the schedule.  A couple have sold out (Laura Story and Fernado Ortega), so make sure to get your tickets early.

God bless you!

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — 2 Timothy 1:7

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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!

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Kendra Graham notes from :  2 Timothy 1:7

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love and sound mind.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:   When I read this verse today, I couldn’t help but think of my father-in-law, Franklin Graham.  Franklin is criss- crossing America this election season going to each state capital and pleading with God’s people to pray for the country.  There has been push  back in some states, but that doesn’t seem to deter the vision and passion that God has given him, as I watch God’s power illustrated through his message and work.

When God gives a vision to His people, He provides the power needed to see it accomplished.  It seems that often the church has been satisfied to be the “silent” majority.  We are so afraid to offend and so afraid of our speech that we make sure all of our words are politically correct, and in doing this, we have chosen to live powerless fearful lives.

Boldness matters.  We absolutely cannot fulfill God’s plan for our lives without boldness.  There is a difference between being bold just to hear ourselves speak, and being bold because it is what God has called us to do.  That is why I think in this verse Paul is urging Timothy and other believers that along with God’s limitless power, he has strategically placed the word “love”.  God so loves the world, He said so, and He proved so in John 3:16.  Being bold and powerful in the name of Jesus involves loving His hand made creation.  God calls us to do big things, only possible through His power, AND in HIS love.  It’s not a power trip we are going on, it’s not a spotlight we are stepping into, it is a service we are accepting to show others the love of God through His call and in His power.

Lastly, this all comes together with a sound mind.  This does not mean that everything God calls us to do or things He places in our hearts to do will all make sense, because quite often, we know it is God’s vision because it defies all logic.  When God calls us to do things, they are as Henry Blackaby likes to say, “God-sized”.  We tend to keep God in a box that we can explain–but what kind of God is that if we can explain everything away with logic?  God does the impossible.  God’s people should have personal testimonies in their lives of God’s impossible workings.  What God calls us to will always be clear…. and that clarity will be the very thing that makes our knees shake with fear.

Let’s be realistic here too…while we’re talking about it… we will experience fear.  It’s just natural, however,  this verse challenges us to literally set our fear aside, and focus on the new spirit that God Himself has given us.  Fear and timidity will keep us from using the gifts that God has given.  God has given us all we need to live daily as unstoppable over-comers.  The choice is ours.

I love how 2 Timothy continues…. (8) Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord….  Oh that our lives would reflect an amazing impossible story of God’s love and power in our personal lives and that we would have the boldness to shout it out!  We may not be called to criss-cross America, but this I know…. You will have an amazing testimony of God’s power in your life.  Let’s not live life and miss everything we were created for.  There is no better time to start than the present!

Step 3

APPLY IT:  What will rule your life and dictate your actions?  Fear or boldness in God’s Word? Are you satisfied living a safe, timid life apart from the “more” that God has called you to?  Don’t know where or how God has called you to live courageously? Get in God’s Word, and ask Him to show you.  Will we live lives claiming the Truth that God is a God of clarity, not a God of confusion? (I Corinthians 14:33)

LIVE IT OUT:  Today, LORD, give me boldness where I need to be bold, give me clarity, give me Your love for Your people as I claim Your power to walk through doors I would rather run from.

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What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.
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To see more of Kendra’s Bible Studies, click here.

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