Happy Thanksgiving From The Cove!

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Today we reflect on all the good things the Lord blesses us with. But let the thanksgiving go beyond this holiday and strive to thank God in every circumstance. There is so much to be thankful for everyday!

God bless you!

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A Word of Thanks From Will Graham

Dear Friends,

We have much to be thankful for this year at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. We’ve been blessed beyond measure, and we are grateful to God and to each of you for that.

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Over the past several months at The Cove, we’ve had outstanding speakers who have shared with us clear and inspiring truths from the Word of God. Attendees at the seminars have commented to us that they felt the presence of God in this place, and their faith was deepened and enriched through the teaching here. They’ve left feeling more equipped than ever to walk in righteousness and reach those around them who need to hear of the hope of the Savior.

This is exactly what my grandparents, Billy and Ruth Graham, envisioned when they built this beautiful place, and I know that my grandfather is moved when he hears of what is happening here.

In addition to the seminars, we’ve had several concerts with nationally-known musicians who take time out of their busy schedules to stop in for an intimate performance at The Cove. Thousands have taken advantage of these events – called An Evening at The Cove.

One of the most moving events that has taken place this year was the National Law Enforcement Retreat in October, sponsored by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. Police officers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom took time away from their very stressful duties to learn how to deal with the emotional and spiritual challenges they and their families endure on a daily basis. This was a wonderful time of ministry. Men and women who have seen and lived through things most of us could never even imagine, were able to let their guard down and pray, worship and heal together. Marriages were reconciled and families strengthened.

As we approach the end of November, we’re now looking forward to one of the prettiest times of the year: Christmas at The Cove. We hope you’ll have an opportunity to visit us in the coming days to see the beautiful decorations and take in some of the exciting events and sing-alongs on the schedule in the waning weeks of 2014.

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The beautiful creche at The Cove.

My friends, at Thanksgiving, I’m so thankful for you. Each of us who have the blessing of working at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove realizes every day the importance of your prayers and support. None of what I’ve just mentioned would be possible without you and God’s blessings. We are eternally grateful.

May you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas!

Will Graham
Executive Director, The Cove

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Saturday Snapshot

“Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Jesus

William Franklin Graham V, also known as Quinn, was asked by his 3rd grade teacher to compose either a poem or a psalm.

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Quinn with his 3rd grade teacher.

Guess what the great-grandson of Reverend Billy Graham chose?

A Psalm.

Quinn stopped by The Cove recently to share his Psalm with us and we would like to share with you.

Enjoy.

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Quinn is son of Cove Executive Director Will Graham and his wife Kendra.

Celebrating and Honoring a Legacy of Faith

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”  — Billy Graham

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The Brink family had two major milestones to celebrate. The patriarch of the family, Nate, celebrates his 80th birthday this month and he and his bride, Marilyn, will soon celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Where did they choose to celebrate? The Cove!

Their daughter, Cindy, was visiting with a friend who told her he had just “been to heaven and back” after his recent trip to The Cove. Cindy contacted her two brothers and three sisters and suggested the family travel from Michigan to North Carolina to honor their parents.

One can only imagine the logistics, but they pulled it off.

The 14 family members (two sons and their wives, four daughters and their husbands, and parents, Nate and Marilyn) decided to attend the 3-day Blackaby seminar, titled, Becoming a Person of Spiritual Influence: Bringing Christ to Bear on the Culture of Your Family, Church, Company, and Nation. Quite appropriate for a large, multi-generational, tight-knit, growing family who are all very involved in their churches, all small business owners, and all with a heart for the Lord.

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Who stayed home to hold down the fort? 22 grandchildren (14 married); 21 great-grandchildren, with #22 on the way, who may have arrived by the time they return home.

From Michigan, the family all live within a 30-minute drive from one another.

Son Craig recalls growing up on the family farm that despite evening farm chores to be done, the farm would shut down when a Billy Graham broadcast was shown on television. He remembers the family gathering around the tv to watch. “It was an important seed to plant in each one of our lives as we moved forward to adulthood.” Craig received Christ at the age of 12 after one of Mr. Graham’s televised presentations.

Speaking for himself and his siblings, Craig shared, “This has been very significant in each of our lives; It was our gift back to them to come here.”

Sister Dawn, the oldest of six, adds, “I felt like we grew up with Billy Graham.”

Son Tom added, “We were all given a huge launch pad because of our parents. We are all here because of their devotion…their commitment.”

Son Craig said, “It’s a testimony to our parents that they recognized the importance of the Great Commission and through Billy Graham wanted to pass that down, as a legacy to all of us.”

Marilyn, mother of this faithful brood, follows up with tears in her eyes, “It has been a joy to see our children and grandchildren come to know the Lord. We are blessed and favored.”

Nate, patriarch of the family recalls the couple’s link to Mr. Graham, even in the early days of their relationship. While courting Marilyn, he would leave her house at midnight and would listen to Billy Graham on the radio while driving home from midnight to 1 am.

The family graciously agreed to share a special prayer that they have been reciting together since daughter Dawn learned it at the age of five from her Kindergarten teacher. The grand- and great-grands are learning this prayer as well.

This wonderful family has shared a prayer together, since their eldest daughter learned it in kindergarten.  We hope you enjoy it.

The Brink Family Prayer
Heavenly Father, hear thy children, as we come to thee in prayer. H
elp us to always to remember, God is with us everywhere.

Keep our minds from evil.
Let us walk in Jesus’ way.
Make us loving, kind, and truthful, night and day, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Nehemiah 6:5-9

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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!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 6:5-9

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.

Verse 5: Sanballet sent his servant to me in the same manner a 5th time. Open letter in hand.

Verse 6: “It is reported among nations, you & the Jews are planning to rebel, therefore rebuilding the wall. You are to be king according to reports.”

Verse 7: You appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem, “A king is in Judah”. It will be reported to the king. So let us counsel together.

Verse 8: Then I sent a message to him, “Such things have not been done, you are inventing them in your mind.”

Verse 9: All of them were trying to frighten us. “They will become discouraged with work and it will not be done.” Oh God, strengthen my hands.

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?

Verse 5: The enemy is persistent. We could take a page out of the enemies book like Nehemiah has and be just as persistent to finish what God has laid out before us.

Verses 6 and 7: False narratives and false motives WILL be placed upon us as we do what God has asked of us. The enemy here is escalating. In earlier chapters, they just mocked, now things have escalated to the point that they are trying to get Nehemiah killed by the king. The bigger the threat, the more desperate the enemy. The enemy knows what will really “get”to us…. the enemy WILL throw everything he can in our face to get us to stop…. surely, one of these lies Nehemiah will believe, right?! “Be strong in the LORD and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10

8: Nehemiah points out that he received the letter, but does not validate it’s contents. No long speech. No long “I’m offended”email or Facebook post, he refused to waste his time on an audience that didn’t care about the Truth. Facts are stubborn things, and we don’t need to respond to each and every accusation we receive. We need to stay close to the Truth and hold on tight to it.

9: Nehemiah is able to cut to the root cause of why the accusations and threats were flying….. they did not want the wall finished. Nehemiah knew the wall started because God called him to it, and will be finished again, only by the hand and strength of God. Nehemiah refused to be controlled by fear. God places us in impossible situations to build our faith…. challenges force choices. Nehemiah’s choice is to continue with God and see God finish what He started.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER.” II Timothy 1:7   “Not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God!” Zechariah 4:6

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?

Verse 5: What has God called me to finish? Am I persistent or am I quick to give up?

Verses 6 and 7: What lies has the enemy told me or you that we hold on to as cold hard fact, when it is anything but? Am I quick to believe a lie, or do I have the perseverance and belief in the Living God that I will stand and face it?

Verse 8: Do I allow God to define who and what I am, or am I quick to believe the lies the enemy wields to others? Am I holding on to the Truth or grasping for lies?

Verse 9: What challenges has God placed in my life currently to force me to choose to believe His Word over how I feel about it?

LIVE IT OUT!

LORD, strengthen my hands to continue what You have called me to do this day. Give me strength to pray and do the same thing tomorrow…. and the day after…. and the day after that….

Homework: Luke 2:8-11

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

 

Womens christmas luncheon

Ladies don’t miss out…
Come and enjoy a festive afternoon with music, a message from Kendra Graham, and a delicious meal.
Open to area women ages 15 and above. Space is limited.
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