What’s Happening at The Cove – September 2015

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“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

We’ve had a busy summer with lots of great ministry taking place on this mountain–we give thanks and praise to the Lord for that!

We’re looking forward to what we have in store for September too!  Scroll down and see what we’ve got scheduled.  We hope to see you then.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS (2)

Click on the link below for September dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
September Personal Spiritual Retreats

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

MILITARY MARRIAGE  RETEAT— God and Family: Enhancing Your Most Important Relationships (Free to active duty military personnel & spouses.)
with Gary Chapman,  September 4-6, 2015
NOTE: Lodging is full at this time, however there is still room available in the seminar.

PASTORS’ INSTITUTE The Stewardship of Influence and Spiritual Leadership (Free to qualifying pastors & spouses.)
 with Johnny Hunt, September 8, 2015
3 rooms still available for optional “Stay Over” on the 8th.

Spiritual Infiltration: Apostasy Through Jude’s Eyes
(Free to qualifying pastors & spouses.)
with Jerry Vines,  September 9-11, 2015
NOTE: Lodging is full at this time, however there is still room available in the seminar.

SeniorCelebration— Joy for the Journey: Making Our Latter Days Our Best Days! – SOLD OUT
David Bruce with Guy Penrod,  September 14-16, 2015

Wisdom: The Greatest Gift
with R.T. Kendall,  September 20-22, 2015

What The Church Can Be
with Bob Russell,  September 22-24, 2015

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Will Graham: Lessons from a Selfless Servant

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

I first met Michael Ruheta in Kisumu, Kenya, in 2013. I was there to hold an evangelistic outreach, and Michael was one of two men who came from Arusha, Tanzania, to observe the Celebration and extend an invitation for me to hold a similar outreach in their city.

Michael was one of those guys who had an infectiously-positive attitude, and a smile that radiated love and joy.

He became one of our local coordinators for the Tanzania Celebration, and wholeheartedly and passionately guided the efforts that ultimately resulted in thousands hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Michael recognized that time was short and eternity was at stake, and he did everything he could to ensure that as many as possible heard of the death-conquering love and sacrifice of Jesus.

In fact, more than 1,700 made a commitment to Christ, thanks in no small part to Michael’s efforts for the Kingdom.

Sadly, he was not there physically to see the fruit of his labors.

In April of this year, just two months shy of the Celebration, Michael was tragically killed in a car accident. He was riding in a public transportation van that was in a horrific accident. He was the only fatality. Michael, the devoted and selfless servant of the Lord, left behind a beautiful wife and four sweet children.

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Will meeting with Mr. Ruherta’s widow.

I’m sharing the story of Michael Ruheta for a few reasons.

First, I want you to know his name. This man who gave so much and served so diligently deserves to be remembered.

Second, I want to point out that time is short. We do not know the number of days we have left on this earth, and we need to make every moment count for the sake of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. You cannot go back and reclaim lost time, and so much of our time is spent on things that are irrelevant in the scope of eternity.

Michael had an urgency to share the Gospel message, and he used the days that he had (so few, in our earthly view) to preach the hope of Christ. He made use of the days he had.

Finally, Michael’s life shows that we may not get to see the harvest. I know that he was looking forward to seeing his countrymen respond to the hope that can only be found in Christ. He desired that deeply, and worked hard for it. But God called him home before he had the opportunity.

We need to understand that in sharing the Gospel, we may not see the immediate fruits of our labor either. One plants, one waters, and one harvests. You may be the person who plants the seed by first sharing the hope of Christ. You may be the one funding missions overseas who will never actually have the front-row view of the crowds streaming forward.

Whatever role God has for you, do it wholeheartedly and trust that – whether you’re there to see it or not – He is at work through you.

Michael’s life and testimony were shared at his funeral; a testament to his love for Jesus and passion to see Him shared and glorified. Because of this, even after his death, many gave their lives to Christ.

Can we say the same in our lives? Are we living every day like it may be our last and eternity is at stake? Are we seeking glory for ourselves, or are we selflessly proclaiming Christ regardless of the outcome?

Michael is an inspiration and challenge to me, in his life and in his death. I hope you can say the same, and will make every moment today count for Christ.

Kendra Graham’s Summer Bible Study – Romans 12: 1-2

 

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Summer 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 Romans 12:1-2

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
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.

FACTS:
By the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your service of worship.  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
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?

LESSONS:
Service…. living sacrifice…. transformation…. now this is dramatic.  I’ll take the worst patient.  I’ll do the most work.  I won’t take a lunch break so everyone else can have lunch…. I’ll be the martyr…  When I read about “service and living sacrifice”I think of these things, and then I feel guilty because I don’t want to do them and I can’t do them everyday, and I don’t have enough energy to be that doormat hour after hour.  Is this what Paul means when he is talking about being a living sacrifice?  I can’t do it.  I am exhausted.  I am working as hard as I can, giving up as much as I can, yet I still fail.

What if it’s not about the “works” and all the “stuff” I do for Jesus at all?  What is it that God really wants out of you and me?  It’s not about what we “do” that peeks God’s interest in us…it’s about who we are.  Paul is urging me here in these verses to offer Christ what I am, and all of it, from my mind and my decision process to my literal actions.  God has created me with a purpose, His purpose, and I will never be satisfied or content with the world and all of its offerings, because I was not created to be content with the world.  I was created for a personal relationship with the God who created me.  Everything flows from that PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with God.  SACRIFICE…. EVERYTHING, to keep that personal relationship with God alive.  It is by the mercy of God that this relationship is available at all, so do all you can every day to keep that relationship in tact.  Don’t worry about my work, my theology, my image, my desires, or what everyone else will think about what I’m doing or not doing.  If I sacrifice time, and invest in my personal relationship with God, the work will naturally flow from that….

When we read the Gospels, we can’t miss all the times Jesus snuck away to pray.  It was that personal relationship with the Father that led Jesus to the Samaritan woman, the lepers, the tax collectors.  It was that personal relationship Jesus had with the Father that enabled Him to say in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but Yours be done”(Luke 22:42). Jesus trusted the Father, because He knew the Father.  The relationship Jesus had with the Father, led Jesus to act and “Proved that Perfect and good and acceptable will of God”.

If I love Jesus personally and passionately everyday, I will be able to meet the needs of those  that He brings my way today, my work will be a natural outflow from my worship.

It is like a grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies, it will spring up a harvest! (John 12:24)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
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?

Have you invested time and energy into your relationship with God today?  Will you?  What is keeping you from investing and growing your relationship with God?  Are you so busy for God that you have not had time to stop and ask God what He wants to show you and where He wants to place you because you have your own ideas of where, when and how you want to sacrifice for Him?

LIVE IT OUT!
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 with God today and ask Him to open your eyes to what His good, and perfect and acceptable will for you is.

Homework:  Hebrews 11:39-40 

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

Saturday Snapshot

College-age students from as far away as California attended an apologetics seminar last weekend, led by Sean McDowell, in which they learned about the truth and evidence behind Christianity.

Many of those in attendance are currently in college, or college is in their near future, so this time of digging into God’s Word and understanding why they believe what they believe was very helpful as they head off to school in the Fall.

Not only did the participants enjoy solid Biblical teaching, but they enjoyed fellowship with one another and lots of good food!

Following are a few pictures to give you a glimpse of their time here.

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Sean McDowell teaching on how to defend your faith in college.
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There was no shortage of food over the weekend and the desserts were divine!
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Charades and board games during free time.
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A perfect day for a hike to the overlook.
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Every step up the mountain was worth this spectacular view.

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