Recipe From Cove’s Kitchen: Avocado Pesto Wrap


These wraps are loaded with usable protein, amino acids, iron,
vitamins and minerals—and they are tasty too! 

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Watch here to see how this recipe is prepared and meet our Sous Chef Hallie Saunders

Avocado Pesto Wrap
(Serving Size: 5-8)

1 large ripe avocado
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of basil
1/4 cup of walnuts
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/3 cup of parmesan cheese*
1/2 cup of mayo*
salt and pepper to taste

(For an extra kick or tartness, add one or more of the following: lemon juice, hot sauce or balsamic vinegar.) Mix all in a food processor.

* Vegan options: 
Substitute Vegenaise (non-dairy mayo) for mayo.
Substitute nutritional yeast for parmesan cheese.

1 cup of cooked quinoa- the mother of all grains
2 and 1/2 cups of greens- choose one or combination of romaine, mixed field, spinach or kale
2 small blackened diced chicken breast—-or diced veggie burger
1/2 cup of chopped broccoli
1/2 cup of chopped carrots
1/2 cup of purple cabbage

Directions: Mix pesto with wrap filling ingredients and fill 5-8 large spinach, whole wheat, or tomato basil tortillas.

Fold and roll—- Enjoy!

CLICK here for PDF of this recipe

New items to add to your wish list from The Cove!



Bring home the memories you make while staying at The Cove by purchasing one of our featured products now being sold at Ruth”s Attic bookstore located in The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

Ruths Attic Logo

Check out these beautiful renditions of The Cove property, Chatlos Memorial Chapel, and The Training Center.  They can be purchased on-property at Ruth”s Attic bookstore, by phone at 1-800-950-2092
(menu 3)
 or email at

  • Blank Greeting Card Gift Set featuring The Chatlos Memorial Chapel. $15.00 for set (plus sales tax).Untitled-4


  • Blank Greeting Cards featuring The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and The Training Center”s Back Deck. $3.00 each (plus sales tax).Watercolor card single with frame


  •  All Purpose Tote featuring The Chatlos Memorial Chapel. $14.99 each (plus sales tax).Watercolor tote with frame


  •  Decorative Ornaments of The Training Center Deck (perfect for Christmas). $9.00 each (plus sales tax).
    Watercolor ornament with frame


  • Drink Coasters featuring The Training Center, Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Jack-in-the-pulpit flower, and Rhododendron flower.  $3.50 each.
    Also available as a four-pack of either the Training Center or Chatlos Memorial Chapel.  $15.00 each (plus sales tax).
    Watercolor coaster with frame

    • Hot Plate Trivet featuring The Training Center. $10.00 each (plus sales tax).
      Watercolor trivet 1 with frame


    • Hot Plate Trivet featuring The Chatlos Memorial Chapel. $10.00 each (plus sales tax).Watercolor trivet 2 with frame


    TO ORDER CALL 1-800-950-2092 (menu 3) OR EMAIL

What’s Happening at The Cove – August & September

Coming to The Cove


As the summer continues to bring times of picnics and fun in the sun, we hope you will include spending some time with us here at The Cove in your plans.

Check out our schedule for the months of August and September below.  Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

Come and Join Us!

Seminars and Concerts


Click on the links below for August and September dates or call 1-800-950-2092. 

August Personal Spiritual Retreats

September Personal Spiritual Retreats




Click on each of the links below for more information or to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

Intensive Bible Seminar- Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical View of the Work of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives
 with R.T. Kendall, August 4-8, 2014

From Shadow to Substance: A New Day and a New Way
with Wayne Barber, August 8-10, 2014

Church Staff Retreat- Leading With Confidence in an Insecure World
with Jim Henry, August 14-15, 2014

The Prescription for Getting Rid of Ichabod
with Will Graham, August 15-17, 2014

An Evening at The Cove
with Mark Schultz, August 17, 2014

Senior Celebration with Cliff Barrows and Friends-Lost Baggage: How God Builds and Mends Our Relationships
 featuring James Merritt with Reggie and Ladye Love Smith, August 18-20, 2014

Giving Christ Control of Your Life
with Lloyd John Ogilvie, August 25-27, 2014

The Overcoming Life: How to Thrive Instead of Survive
with Herb Reavis, Jr., August 25-27, 2014

Understanding the Times: Preparing for the Coming of the King
 with Kay Arthur and David Arthur, August 28-30, 2014

Life in the Spirit
with John Munro, September 12-14, 2014

The Days of Elijah: Being Used by God During Dark Times
 with Jack Graham, September 15-17, 2014

An Evening at The Cove
with Jason Crabb, September 21, 2014

Senior Celebration with Cliff Barrows and Friends-The Dance: Living in the Freedom Of Christ
featuring Pete Briscoe with Guy Penrod, September 22-24, 2014

Women’s Day Away- The Power of Prayer to Transform Your Life
 BGEA_TCBackDaywith Stormie Omartian, September 25, 2014

 Summer shot of the back of the Training Center

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 4:20-23

NehemiahWelcome 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 Nehemiah 4:20-23  

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 20: Whatever place you hear the sound, rally. Our God will fight for us.

Verse 21: So we carried on the work.  Half holding spears from dawn until stars.

Verse 22:  Let each man with his servant spend the night within Jerusalem, a guard by night and laborer by day.

Verse 23: So none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon, even to water.

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 20:  There is no question or reservation given in this statement.  God will fight for us.  God does not leave His people out to dry.  God calls, God equips and God completes that which He has called you to be part of.  Easy to say, hard to believe.  Courage now.

Verse 21:  The work did not suffer.  It is not that God’s people were not afraid, they were.  God’s people were very afraid, they were afraid for their own lives and the lives of their family, but God here and now called them to stand and not falter, so they stood.  Together they stood on the promises of God, not the plan of a person.  If they needed to hold spears in one hand and a trowel in the other, so be it.  They would stand.  I LOVE THIS!

Verse 22 & 23:  Perseverance to the end.  God’s people decided to stay alert.  They were always ready to respond.  This is hard work!  This is where exhaustion sets in and it is easy to say, “Oh, forget it, it’s not worth it….”  God’s people in Nehemiah 4 here battled the enemy from beyond the walls, faced up, and persevered.  Oh that we will have the same story, that those who come behind us, find us faithful as well!  These final verses of Nehemiah 4 remind me of the verses: “Let us not sleep like others do, but let us watch and be sober” (I Thess. 5:6), and the parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25 that Jesus told…. oh how we need to be watching and ready!

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 20:  Do I respond in times of fear with confidence in God’s promises? Do I think God will keep His promise to everyone else in human history, but me? Not so much?  When have I seen the Truth of God’s promise worked out in my life or the life of someone close to me?

Verse 21: Will I stand tall or shrink back on what God has called me to do?

Verse 22 & 23:  Am I watchful, ready to respond, prepared with the armor of God in Ephesians 6, or have I gotten lax, and let the enemy close?  Will I continue the work to which I was called, or quit in exhausted exasperation because I thought it would be easier?

LORD, give me the vision to see the enemy, the ability to prepare, and the courage to stand on Your promises as I go out today.

Homework: Nehemiah 5:1

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Saturday Snapshot

Students take over the Training Center!  This is a first for The Cove.  

90+ students attended a special seminar last week to learn from apologist Sean  McDowell how to intelligently defend their faith as they prepare to go to college. 

“In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

In this photo, the students were gathered in the lobby to pray before they went their separate ways. 

Please keep these students in your prayers as they venture out and boldly share Jesus with the world.  
young adults at sean mcdowell the cause seminar praying

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