Report from Will Graham, Rock Thurrock Event in UK

Our assistant director, Will Graham, who often travels the world preaching the Gospel, just completed an 18-day visit to the United Kingdom on Monday. His trip culminated with Rock Thurrock, an evangelistic event over the weekend just outside of London.

While it was held in a smaller venue, nearly 300 people came forward when invited to make a decision to follow Jesus. And, about 75 percent of those were between the ages of 10 and 18. Please join us in praying for these new believers!

Will Graham preaching in Thurrock, just outside of London

In addition to his messages, Will brought greetings from his father, Franklin Graham, and grandfather, Billy Graham, who has a long history of ministry in the United Kingdom. Throughout his time in the country Will was warmly welcomed by many people who recalled seeing the elder Graham preach in one or more of his many UK events, beginning with his Greater London Crusade at Harringay Arena in 1954 and ending with Mission England in 1989.

Prior to the opening night of Rock Thurrock, Will spent two weeks touring the United Kingdom and speaking to several different groups from Cardiff to Exeter.

“I’ve spoken with Christians and church leaders across the country, and they’re all telling me the same thing,” Will said. “They all say that it feels like God is getting ready to do something big in the UK. They’ve seen things they haven’t seen in 30 years, such as the level of prayer and unity in the churches.”

Earlier in the week, a wide range of church leaders from the London area gathered to hear the news that Will’s father, Franklin Graham, would be part of a large-scale evangelistic outreach in the UK. It is anticipated that the event will take place in London in 2013.

To learn more about Will Graham and his ministry, join him on Facebook and Twitter! Please continue to pray for his ongoing ministry.

You’re Free to Stay Put

“In becoming a Christian, we don’t need to retreat from the vocational calling we already have-nor do we need to justify that calling, whatever it is, in terms of its “spiritual” value or evangelistic usefulness. We simply exercise whatever our calling is with new God-glorifying motives, goals, and standards-and with a renewed commitment to performing our calling with greater excellence and higher objectives.”

We are called to glorify God, no matter our occupation. These words are a great reminder from Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He wrote on this topic in a recent article for Christian Post.

Remember this: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV)

Tullian will be with us at The Cove this fall presenting a special seminar entitled “Jesus + Nothing = Everything.” Click here to learn more. And, if you are on Twitter, be sure to follow Tullian at @pastortullian!

How Have You Changed Since 9/11?

This past weekend was one of reflection, prayer and remembrance. We think of the families of those who lost their lives 10 years ago in the worst terrorist attack our country has ever seen.

On Sunday, The Cove served as a host-site for a simulcast of “A Wake-Up Call for God’s People” with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg. In the September issue of Christianity Today, Anne answers the question, “How have I changed since 9/11?” Here’s an excerpt of her response:

September 11 was an alarm that penetrated my daily responsibilities and my busy ministry schedule, warning me…of what? Then years ago, I could not have answered that question. All I knew with certainty was that God was trying to get the attention of his people, including me. Like the prophet Isaiah in the year that King Uzziah died, I looked up with the eyes of faith.

What I saw was not just a fresh vision of Jesus Christ. Like Isaiah, I also saw a humiliating vision of my own sin. I spent days on my face before God, confessing my sin and receiving his cleansing. The result was an authentic experience of personal revival.

To read more from Anne, pick up the latest issue of Christianity Today.

How have you changed since 9/11? Let us know in the comments section.

Who Can Ever Forget?

A Letter from Franklin Graham

Three days after those attacks, my father and I were invited to Washington. My father addressed the nation from the National Cathedral, while I served as a commentator outside with Judy Woodruff of CNN.

I still remember the message of God’s comfort and hope my father spoke to a wounded and grieved nation: “The cross tells us that God understands … for He took upon Himself in the person of Jesus Christ our sins and our suffering. And from the cross, God declares: I love you. I know the heartaches and the sorrows and the pains that you feel, but I love you.”

This day is not only a significant date in American history, but it has affected all of us in a very deep and personal way, my family included. My son in the army has had five deployments and has already received a purple heart. Soldiers under his command have been killed defending our freedom. Friends that he went to school with have been severely wounded.

When we look at the price these young men and women in uniform are paying for our freedom, we quickly realize the debt we owe them.

Nothing, however, compares to the debt each and every person owes to the Lord Jesus Christ for dying for our sins. As the Apostle Paul said, “We are debtors” (Romans 8:12, ESV). We will never be able to repay what He did for us on Calvary’s cross. But the glorious good news of the Gospel is that God has forgiven our debt of sin against Him.

Jesus Christ paid the price for us through His sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection. Our Lord has “forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13–14).

The Bible teaches clearly that our Savior who was crucified for our sins and raised from the dead will come back again. As we look at the chaos around the world today, we certainly see some of the signs He told us would accompany His second coming. Everywhere I go, people ask me if I believe His return is close. I do. How near, I don’t know, but I believe time is short.

We need to tell as many people as we can how they can be saved before it is eternally too late. The best investment today is not in the stock market or putting money in the bank but investing in winning souls. The Bible says, “He who is wise wins souls” (Proverbs 11:30, NASB).

The 9/11 anniversary also serves as a reminder of the tremendous opportunity for ministry God has given to our Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. As a result of the terrorist attacks, we developed the Rapid Response Team to recruit qualified volunteers from all over the country, train them in how to care for emotional and spiritual hurt, and deploy them to major catastrophes as crisis chaplains.

Since then, over 4,500 men and women have joined the Rapid Response Team to represent the One who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). Chaplains have comforted, encouraged, and prayed one-on-one with over 160,000 people at more than 100 disaster sites in the U.S. and a dozen internationally. Nearly 12,000 people have made a life-changing commitment to Jesus Christ as a result of this ministry.

God is at work, drawing people to Himself, healing hurts, and changing lives. Yet eternity is at stake for so many who still need to hear. Now is not the time to slow down. If God enables you to help us financially, a gift this month will be an investment in lives changed for today and forever.

May God bless you,

Franklin Graham

For more encouragement and resources related to 9/11, visit www.billygraham.org.

Recipe from The Cove’s Kitchen

By Amanda Parrish

Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Peach Sauce

Smooth sweetness with a pop of light, flavorful tang, the Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Peach Sauce is a perfect closing to summer vacations and opening for the first hint of the fall season. From The Cove dining room to your own home table, this rolled in chopped walnuts and doused in sweet peach sauce recipe is bound to be a hit.

During his interview for the Executive Sous Chef position at The Cove, Doug Walls chose to make this recipe. It is now also a main meat on one of the dining room’s evening menus. Walls created the dish some time ago while experimenting with pork and different flavors.

Doug Walls

“The sweet and spice flavors go well together,” Walls said. The walnuts also add a fresh and pleasant twist.

Walls said “tweaking” the sauce is a good option to personalize the recipe. Choosing a different fruit, such as blueberries, or adding herbs is an excellent way to customize for personal preference. Various nuts, such as pecans, can also be a substitute for the walnuts.

Walls suggested this dish for Christmas parties and other get-togethers. This recipe served with spinach and mushroom risotto and roasted asparagus as sides makes for an excellent meal.

As a final word of advice, Walls warns against over cooking the pork and emphasizes cutting the meat at a bias (a 45 degree angle as shown below).

Recipe: (Preps for 6)

2.5 lb. pork tenderloins

Walnut Mix:
1   Cup Chopped Walnuts
¼  Cup Paprika
1   Tablespoon Ground Mustard
1   teaspoon Garlic Powder
1   Tablespoon Salt and Pepper
½  Cup Brown Sugar
Handful Parsley

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Peach Sauce:
1  Cup Ketchup
1  Cup Mustard
¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1  Cup Honey
1   Cup Brown Sugar
2   Cups Frozen Peaches

Add all ingredients and reduce down.
Place sauce in food processor and puree down.

Directions:
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.    Trim the silver skin from the tenderloin.
3.    Brush Dijon Mustard around loin.
4.    Roll tenderloin in walnut mix.
5.    Place on sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
6.    Let rest for 10 minutes then slice at a bias.