Steve and Annie Chapman This Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? There are some seats still available for our “Evening at The Cove” with Steve and Annie Chapman!

The Chapmans have been ministering through music for more than 25 years. Family remains the theme of their lyrics, and they present a concert of music and stories that is designed to encourage all who attend.

The video below is of their song “You Will Always Be Mine,” which is a unique look at the importance of a husband and wife being “in the yoke” together and working as a team, especially in the challenging area of parenting.

Live Webcast with Don Wilton Tonight

Join us tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET, for a free live webcast with Don Wilton! The topic is “Back to the Beginning: Created for His Purpose.” Don will focus on how our creation was an incredible act of God’s love, and since the beginning the Lord has done everything with us in mind. You’ll discover from beginning to end, His purpose for us and find out why there is nothing you can ever do that will make Him love you less—or love you more.

At 7:15 p.m., you can view the live webcast here.

Live Webcasts This Fall

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove has announced its fall lineup of live seminar webcasts, available on www.thecove.org. Highlights include Erwin Lutzer, Skip Heitzig, Tullian Tchividjian and Michael Card.

The complete schedule, including seminar topics, is listed below. All webcasts begin at 7:15 p.m. ET.

Aug. 25: Don Wilton, “Back to the Beginning: Created for His Purpose”
Sept. 26: Erwin Lutzer, “Making the Best of a Bad Decision”
Oct. 10: Skip Heitzig, “The Biography of God”
Oct. 21: Bob Coy, “Daniel: Honor for Honor”
Oct. 28: Gary Thomas, “Spiritual Dynamics: What it Means to Draw Closer to Christ”
Oct. 31: Tullian Tchividjian, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything”
Nov. 16: Michael Card, “The Gospel of Passion (Mark)”

We’ve previously held five live webcast events, including sessions this year with Josh and Sean McDowell and Gary Chapman. After each webcast, viewers will also have the opportunity to participant in the question-and-answer session with the speaker.

Mark your calendar, and join us this Thursday for our live webcast with Don Wilton!

Clean Out Your Thought Closet

By Joy Allmond

On Sept. 10, popular Bible teacher, author, singer and songwriter Jennifer Rothschild will come to The Cove and speak truth that can replace lies women believe about themselves. In this article, find out how God helped her remake her “thought closet,” and read sound, biblical advice she offers to combat destructive self-talk.

When Jennifer Rothschild speaks to women about cleaning out their “thought closets,” she speaks from personal experience.

While she didn’t realize it, she was held captive by very destructive self-talk for many years. Though God had given her grace, there was a constant internal battle waging within her soul.

At the age of 15, she lost a majority of her eyesight due to a degenerative disease, and that fostered a set of insecurities for her. At this impressionable age, she began to believe lies that led her to think she looked awkward and boys would not want to date her, and she would never find a man to marry. These thoughts grew over the following decade.

“What I had was an uncomfortable self awareness,” she says. “It was normal to me—normal like cancer. It was eating away at my sense of wellness.”

Click here to read the full article.

Franklin Graham, BGEA’s “Rock the Lakes” Will Stream Live This Weekend

This weekend, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is joining local churches in Milwaukee, Wis., for Rock the Lakes – two full days of high-energy music and fun for the whole family. We will be joined by Skillet, Lecrae, The Afters and The Almost on Saturday and Canton Jones, Michael W. Smith and The Charlie Daniels Band Sunday afternoon. There will also be uplifting messages from Franklin Graham.

The events will stream live on the Web – you can watch right here on Notes from The Cove! The live streaming will begin at 4 p.m. CT both Saturday and Sunday, August 20 – 21.

Please join us in this event – BGEA and Franklin appreciate your prayers, as well as your help in spreading the word about the live stream event as we attempt to reach around the world with the Gospel. You can direct your friends here, or send them to www.billygraham.org/rockthelakes.

Click here to launch the video player!

GUEST POST: Mama says, “No So-Poppers”

By Jennifer Rothschild

The older I get the more frequently I hear the words of my grandmother echo through my memory. Mama taught me a lot through her life and words. I giggle now at one of her admonishments. In her sweet voice, with her Southern draw, she would say, “Honey don’t ever watch ‘so-poppers’.” As a young girl I vowed I would not — even though I had no idea what “so-poppers” were. As a young adult I finally realized the words “soap-operas” had gotten lost in her thick Georgia accent.

While that’s great advice, even greater wisdom came from her favorite scripture she would quote to me. “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you.”

Mama knew the power of words. In the book of Proverbs we see that the words of the wise are persuasive; that a person’s words can be life giving water; and that wise speech is more rare than gold and rubies.

I heard that the average woman uses 25,000 words a day. (That comes as no surprise to the verbally challenged men in our lives). Given the number of words we speak, we should pay attention to not only the words we use, but also the way we use our words.

In Luke 4, Jesus is in the Synagogue on the Sabbath. He has come back home to Nazareth to preach and to teach. After he has spoken, Dr. Luke tells us in verse 22 that “the people were amazed (or astonished) by His gracious words.”

A few verses and several cities later, we see Jesus again in the Synagogue on the Sabbath. This time though, in verse 32, He is in Capernaum. The response of the people? …”they were amazed, because he spoke with authority.” So Jesus was known not only for his authority, but his gracious words. Isn’t that what we seek as Christian leaders? When we speak the Truth, we want it to be authoritative, but we should also want it to be communicated with graciousness. Authoritative words should never be offensive, and gracious words should never be without power. If our words reflect His Word, then people will be amazed and astonished at the One who speaks through us. For this to occur we must submit all 25,000 words to him daily, and pray:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

And … as Mama says, turn off those “so-poppers.”

On Sept. 10, Jennifer will be with us at The Cove for a special women’s seminar called “Your Thought Closet Makeover.” Click here for details.

Jennifer Rothschild

Jennifer Rothschild is a celebrated author, songwriter, recording artist and Bible teacher. Diagnosed at age 15 with a degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight, she is the founder and publisher of the popular online magazine WomensMinistry.net and has been a featured speaker for Women of Faith and other national women’s conferences. For more information about Jennifer Rothschild and her ministry, visit www.jenniferrothschild.com.

Anne Graham Lotz FREE Simulcast Event at The Cove

On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove will be a host site for a special simulcast event with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg called “A Wake-up Call for God’s People.”

This free simulcast event will include an evening of teaching messages by Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg, with worship music led by award-winning Christian group Selah. This international event will focus on considering the times in which we live and refocusing on Jesus as the hope for the future.

Anne Graham Lotz, founder of AnGeL Ministries, has passionately carried the Word of God to people around the world for more than 30 years. The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Billy Graham, Anne launched “Just Give Me Jesus” in 2000, a series of life-changing revivals held in arenas throughout the world. Anne is an award-winning and best-selling author.

Joel Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of five novels and two nonfiction books, with some 2 million total copies in print. He is also the founder of The Joshua Fund, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus” with food, clothing, medical supplies and other humanitarian relief.

This is a free evening event with a dinner option available for $20. A lodging option is also available for the night of Sept. 11, which includes breakfast the following morning. Pre-registration for this free event is required; call (800) 950-2092 to register!

Praying for The Cove’s Future Guests

By Amanda Parrish

In a life often run dry by constant activity, the pressures of decisions, disappointments, anger and regret, many seek a chance to pause and breathe.

Giving participants this chance is part of the heart of The Cove. Challenging guests to relax, refresh and renew while growing and learning is an important part of ministry. This challenge lives within the hearts of staff members and volunteers. Beyond the greeting smiles, lies a heart of more than mere politeness. All incoming groups have been cared for long before entering the gates at the bottom of the mountain. Fully aware of life’s many challenges and difficulties, the staff and volunteers at The Cove commit to praying and providing for guests before their arrival and during their stay.

Nearly every department of The Cove, from office staff to house cleaning, has determined to care not only for the physical needs of the participants, but also the core spiritual needs.

To the approximately 20 housekeepers charged with cleaning the inns and cabins, scrubbing bathrooms and changing sheets is not just a necessary duty. Their goal is to provide a restful environment, relieving the guests of pressures and worries, allowing them the space to hear God.

“We are here to take the cares of the world away so they can focus on the Lord,” Tina McGuinn, who oversees lodging and housekeeping, said. “That’s our dearest ministry.”

Cleaning the sinks and dusting the furniture, these precious women dedicate much of their time praying for the participants. The housekeepers pray for the encouragement, the refreshment and the healing of the guests. They pray the teaching and quiet time will remain with the participants and be incorporated into life as they return home. They pray for an outpouring of joy, peace and rest. Their purpose does not lie solely in cleaning, but ministering in the simplest way. The staff’s desire is to help relieve the pressures of the world, allowing guests to be free to move toward the heart of God.

Deanna Sales, food service coordinator at The Cove, said the dining room staff prays for the guests as well. While greeting participants and serving their tables, the staff pray for the needs of the guests. Familiar with life’s struggles, each staff member can sympathize with the need for refreshment and a friendly, encouraging smile.

Before each meal, the dining room workers gather together, grasp hands and take a moment to share needs. Prayers for the refreshment of each guest entering the dining room, strength for the staff and peace for those “closest to eternity,” fills the small circle before the meal rush begins.

Kay Whithington, volunteer coordinator for the Prayer Intercessors at The Cove, also seeks to minister to guests and staff. “Our hope is to be a source of encouragement,” Whittington said.

This team of volunteers prays consistently for the staff and participants of The Cove. Walking about the grounds, meeting in the chapel and praying about the needs and concerns of all on campus is part of their ministry.

Office staff also grasps the opportunity to pray for the guests. Receiving a list of seminar participant’s names, each member of the staff prays for the group and for the individuals.

The importance of praying and caring resonates with many guests. Some face the difficulties of life and find strength to continue and others worn thin find encouragement to begin again. This is a ministry of caring ingrained into the heart and history of The Cove.