Tonight, you can tune in at 7:15 ET for the first session of Tullian Tchividjian’s seminar, Jesus + Nothing = Everything…for free!
We all need the Gospel. It is every bit as important for growing in Christ as it is for becoming a Christian. Allow the Holy Spirit to pull you deeper into the Gospel as you rediscover its necessity, beauty, and brilliance for everyday life. Understand how it all adds up—Jesus plus nothing equals everything you need to live with boundless courage, audacious freedom, bold sacrifice, and heroic generosity.
When I was 10 years old, my father took me to Yosemite National Park in California. And, there at Camp Curry (which is today called Curry Village®), the National Park guide was talking to us about Glacier Point – the face of the mountain that extends more than 7,000 feet above Camp Curry, commanding your attention from the valley floor.
He explained that on the top of that mountain, workers had been amassing wood and debris and had been burning it all day so that it was a huge mass of coals. He said to us, “Come back at 9 o’clock tonight and you’ll see a sight you’ve never seen before.”
Well, we were there. I had a hold of my dad’s hand. And, there was the guide, adjusting his signature park ranger hat. He was looking at his watch and said, “Alright, it’s 9 o’clock. Let’s listen. We’ll hear a voice from up on top of the mountain.”
All of sudden, we heard, “Are you ready, Camp Curry?”
Our guide cupped his hands and shouted up, “We … are … ready! Let the fire fall!”
And, up on the mountain, there were guys with pusher boards with poles. They pushed that great big pile off the ledge, and those coals cascaded down the face of the mountain.
We all said, “Oh, look at that.” They did that time and time again. They stopped it now many years ago.
But, in my own mind and heart, I know many times the Spirit of God has said to me, “Are you ready, Cliff? Do you want Me to pour out My power upon you? To let Me work in this area of your life so that I can be manifested? And, being convicted, I’ve said, “O God, I am ready. Let the fire of your Holy Spirit fall in my life as never before.”
Today, my prayer is again, Philippians 3:10 (in the Amplified version) which says “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death.”
Clifford Burton Barrows (born April 6, 1923 in Ceres, California) is the longtime music & program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has been a part of BGEA since 1949. He is best known as the host of Graham’s weekly Hour of Decision radio program, and the songleader and choir director for the crusade meetings. Cliff appears regularly at The Cove, including SeniorCelebration events and Christmas at The Cove. Visit www.thecove.org for more info.
The Gospel is not just for those outside the church. It is for Christians as well. Listen here as Tullian Tchividjian talks about this concept. It’s a preview of his upcoming book, and the topic of his seminar at The Cove Oct. 31 – Nov. 2. Click here to learn more. And, follow Tullian on Twitter!
One of the most remarkable realities we discover in our relationship with God is that He will never be in debt to us. No matter how much we give or how much of ourselves we pour out for His sake, He always manages to give back more than we gave. That God honors those who honor Him was never more evident than in the life of Daniel.
Tonight, we begin a seminar with Bob Coy, studying the life of Daniel, whose unwavering faithfulness, persuadable leadership, unquestionable integrity, and influential vision enabled him to honor God. You can tune in to the first session live on the Web for free. You’ll learn to cultivate these character traits in your own life and be prepared to seize every opportunity the Lord provides to honor Him.
This month (and through the rest of the year), we have some great helpers with us at The Cove. They arrived in recreational vehicles, but they got right down to business!
*This post is from Jane Slocomb of the SOWER Ministry
Who are the SOWERs – the new volunteers at The Cove? SOWERs, or “Servants on Wheels Ever Ready,” are a group of approximately 750 couples who desire to serve Christ by serving others.
We are born-again Christians who have recreational vehicles (RVs), are self-supporting and are retired or semi-retired. We delight in serving the Lord by using our various skills and God-given gifts to perform volunteer work. We enjoy the RV lifestyle and the adventure of traveling throughout the United States and North America. Some of us are full-time RVers, while others maintain homes and travel periodically to work on various projects.
The SOWER Ministry provides volunteer help to non-profit Christian ministries. We assist Christian churches, camps, conference centers, orphanages, schools, colleges, missionary retreat centers and training facilities, refuges for neglected or abused children, and recovery homes for adults and other ministries through the organized teamwork of volunteers.
We are primarily a physical labor ministry. For most projects, the men are involved with the construction or remodeling of structures and associated utilities, repair of vehicles, and landscaping, using their various skills of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, masonry, mechanics, etc. Women help with office work, tutoring, sewing, painting, kitchen work, cleaning and more. SOWER men work approximately six hours per day and the women work three hours each day, four days per week.
This is our first project at The Cove. We are delighted to be here and have been enjoying the wonderful staff who have made us feel so much a part of the ministry. If you have been over to the maintenance area you have seen a bit of construction going on. The first project the men have been doing is the construction of the RV sites for future SOWERS. The women have been working at the Administrative Building helping the staff with various projects.
Being a SOWER is not all work. At every project, we meet old friends and new friends. There are social celebrations, getting together with other SOWER groups that are close by and lots of fellowship. We enjoy special ongoing relationships as we connect and reconnect with each other over the years. Each new relationship is a precious jewel in our hearts. So many times we receive such rich blessings from the project that the little we are able to give seems quite secondary. That is the case here at The Cove.
We are very excited about the buzz surrounding Billy Graham’s new book – his 30th. The book, officially debuting on Oct. 18, is called Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well. It contains personal autobiographical reflections from Billy Graham on how he has come to view old age, including the realization that the time to prepare for one’s senior years is now.
That’s right. Skip Heitzig, pastor of 14,000-member Calvary of Albuquerque, was with us here at The Cove. And, we learned that when he’s not preaching, teaching, writing or ministering to thousands through his multimedia ministry, he enjoys playing his ukulele.
An old familiar song…
“Holy Holy Holy”
Something else you might not know about Skip. As a teenager, he got caught up in drugs and ventured into the occult. But God reached him one day in 1973 as he was watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV. The Gospel message penetrated his soul and he knelt and prayed to receive Christ. To God be the glory!
Do you love to read a good biography or autobiography? For many people, these are their favorite types of books to read. Have you ever thought of the Bible this way?
Through reading His Word, it’s possible to know God, who is both invisible and wholly different from us. As your comprehension of who He is and how He operates in the world increases, you’ll discover how to listen so you can hear Him speak and how to recognize His will enacted in the circumstances of your life. You’ll have a deeper understanding of the biblical God, experience more fulfilling interaction with Him, and learn what it means to be His friend.
Recently, award-winning group Selah joined us at The Cove for a concert. We had the opportunity to sit down with them for a while. Amy Perry shared with us about how expecting a child (she’s 20 weeks!) has helped her grow in her relationship with the Lord. Check it out.
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