FREE Webcast Tonight with Alistair Begg!

Join us online tonight at 7:35pm ET for the first session of Alistair Begg’s seminar at The Cove titled, The Truth, Power and Relevance of the Gospel…for FREE! 

No amount of money, social status, power, nor any kind of immediate gratification could ever take the place of peace with God. Learn to live the Gospel daily with the blessed assurance that nothing “will be able to separate” you “from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39, ESV).

Please share this great opportunity with friends and family. 

Click here to watch online.

A Poem by Ruth Bell Graham

By Ruth Bell Graham

Lay them quietly at His feet

one by one:

each desire, however sweet,

just begun;

dreams still hazy, growing bright;

hope just poised, winged for flight;

all your longing—each delight—

every one.

At His feet and leave them there,

never fear;

every heartache, crushing care—

trembling tear;

you will find Him always true,

men may fail you, friends be few,

He will prove Himself to you

far more dear.

Women’s Day Away at The Cove…

Ladies, has the phrase “Calgon, take me away!” been running through your mind lately?  Well, now is your chance to get away, refresh and renew your mind and your soul in the beautiful and serene setting of The Cove in Asheville, NC. 

Join us for a Women’s Day Away on October 2nd, as acclaimed author and Bible teacher, Cindy Easley, teaches on The Strength and Influence of a Godly Woman.  God wants to use you to impact those around you for good.  Come explore your identity in Christ and the power He has given you to make a profound difference in the world.     

Read on as Cindy explains how God’s commandment to be strong and courageous plays out in our daily lives and how we are to be encouraged in the truth that we are NEVER alone.  

 

 

By Cindy Easley:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.    Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

I’ve always loved those words.  “Be strong and courageous”.  That phrase appears at least 10 times in God’s Word.  “Be strong and courageous.”  Moses encourages Israel, “Be strong and courageous.”  He instructs Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”  David admonishes his son, Solomon, “Be strong and courageous.”  And of course, as you can read above, the LORD God tells Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”

It must be that these men of God, these Biblical heroes, were…well…afraid.  They felt weak and inadequate for the task set before them.  I can relate to that!  Occasionally I feel like I’ve got it all together, but most of the time I feel weak and inadequate.  Afraid I’m not up to the job set before me.

Just as Joshua stood on the edge of the Promised Land ready to lead those rebellious Israelites, God places each of us in unique situations.

God calls us to be salt and light.  He tells us to “go into the world.”  God wants His children to be influencers, leaders, the kind of men and women that impact the people around them.   And frankly, this terrifies me.  I’ve often been astounded (and worried) that God placed me in my family and my workplace, and in my neighborhood.  God has trusted me with influencing each of these people.   And all too often I feel afraid and weak and inadequate.

Thankfully we aren’t left with just the command “Be strong and courageous.”  Each time these words are uttered, they’re also followed with the comfort and promise that God will be with us.  We don’t need to be anxious or afraid or even discouraged because God is with us.  Always. Where ever we go. 

But it’s not just that God is there, He’s also leading and guiding and showing us the way.  That’s why He’s with us.  God knows we are weak and inadequate without Him. 

That means that God is with me in my parenting.  When I’m absolutely unsure of how to impact my children, or how to guide them into adulthood, God does.   And when my co-worker is so confused about “all that spiritual stuff”, God is there too.  When I’m caring for elder parents, or helping a friend grieve the loss of a child, God is there and He will give me the strength and courage to walk into difficult situations and to fill my inadequacy with His light and life.

So the next time you are discouraged, or afraid, or anxious remember that God is with you.  Let these words be your strength and comfort…your battle cry!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.    Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Click here  or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for the Women’s Day Away with Cindy Easley on October 2, 2012. 

 

Beth Moore Simulcast at The Cove

 

The Cove will be a host site for the Living Proof Live simulcast with Beth Moore. Come and experience inspiring worship with acclaimed worship leader Travis Cottrell and gain a fresh perspective on God’s Word with Beth Moore during this live internet streaming event from Reading, Pennsylvania. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join with other women from our community as we gather together to study Scripture under the leadership of this renowned Bible teacher.

Lunch and materials are included. Please also note a lodging option is available for the night of September 15th which would include breakfast on the 16th. Pre-registration for this event is required so please call us at 1-800-950-2092 to register.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 14:12-15

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their 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 suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 14:12-15 homework

FACTSWhat does it say?
v12: “Give me this hill country, Anakim (giants) were there, fortified cities”  The LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken.
v13. So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb.
v14. Hebron became Caleb’s inheritance because he followed the LORD GOD of Israel FAITHFULLY.
v15.  The land had rest from war.

LESSONS: What does it mean?
v12.  God calls us to HARD, TOUGH things that are too big for us…. thus we need him.  Caleb knew the character of God, knew what God had called him to and then BELIEVED GOD by acting on that faith.  FAITH IS A VERB (an ACTION verb).  WE DO, because we believe.  Caleb believed God and took Him at His Word.
v13.  By faith the blessing was received on the front part of the battle.  Because of the faith of Caleb, he was blessed.  Acting on faith results in blessings from God.
v14.   Faithfulness to knowing God and obeying God will always end in a life blessed by God. Caleb’s testimony to a life of faithfulness: It’s WORTH it! BELIEVE GOD! His Word is True and faithful!
v
15. When we battle though those daunting times, when we want to walk away from our faith completely, but don’t makes the times of peace that much more of a blessing.  Hang in there, hold on, press in, the King of Peace is coming. (Revelation 21:3-7) It is worth it! Praise God we can hold on through the tough times of trial and tribulation because Jesus overcame the the world!  John 16:33 “These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you SO THAT IN ME you may have PEACE.  In the world you HAVE (not may have, or might have, but HAVE) TRIBULATION but TAKE COURAGE, I have OVERCOME the WORLD!”  AWESOME.  We never want the testimony, the hardship, the struggles that God has entrusted us with… but God has indeed entrusted them to you so that you may hold on because we can… we can hold on because of what Jesus has done for us, and others need to see our peace in the midst of it.  Courage in the midst of it.  The battle in the midst of it… so at the end, when times are peaceful we can shout and share what God has done through the midst of it.

APPLICATIONS: What does it mean to me??
v12.  What “Anakim” (giants) in my life am I facing now?  Do I constantly look for the easy way out, thinking that because I love Jesus the hard stuff will float past me?  When have I believed God through a tough situation, and held on by the skin of my teeth only to find that indeed God was more than enough?  What situation am I facing now that makes me want to run and hide from my faith?  What will I do? Stand or fall? Fight or flee?
v13.   What am I believing God for? (my marriage to improve, a wayward child to come home, a disease to be contained, my economic needs to be met? Support to be raised?)  What blessings are right there for the taking if I just really lived my life believing God really is who He says He is?
v14. Who do I know that has led a faithful life to God?  What is their testimony?  How will I live today in faithfulness to God and His commands?  Tomorrow? The day after that?  Will I start to live a life of faithfulness today?
v
15.  “And they overcame because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony” Revelation 12:11

What is my testimony someone needs to hear?  What do I have to press into so that someone else can come to Jesus? 

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?
Please share this blog link with them.

HOMEWORK: Joshua 21:43-45

Behind The Scenes…Intercessory Prayer at The Cove

We are blessed to have over 100 volunteers at The Cove.  From helping you find a seat in the auditorium, to guiding you on a tour in our Chapel and Visitor’s Center, to praying over our guest’s and visitor’s prayer requests, these faithful servants play a vital role in our ministry. 

Pam is a volunteer at The Cove who helps out in administration and is on the Intercessory Prayer Team.  Read on as she gives you a BEHIND THE SCENES look at her role here.       

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As a volunteer at the Cove one of the things I am involved in is the Intercessory Prayer team.  I feel it truly is a privilege and honor to be trusted and asked to pray for the concerns others have on their hearts.

As a team we are praying for an average of 900 different prayer cards that are turned in at The Cove each month. These cards are available on site in various locations for the guests and visitors on property.  So, how does it work?  When guests are here for a seminar or other event, they can fill out a prayer card(s) with requests and concerns that God lays on their hearts.  They drop the card(s) in the one of the prayer boxes that are located throughout the property. These cards are collected and given to members of our prayer team who immediately begin praying for them. Each of the cards is prayed over at least 4 times, and then destroyed.

There are 20 members on the Prayer Team who sign up for different time slots to be on Cove property praying.  My female prayer partner and I come together once per week to meet and pray for the prayer requests. 

My favorite location to pray is up in our prayer room on the 3rd floor of The Training Center.  I have such a fabulous view of the mountains of the Cove, the changing sky above, the great birds that are soaring, and also a view out of the Cove to the world beyond with its buildings, mountains, valleys, and horizon. Every time I am there the scenery is different, varying with the seasons and weather patterns.

What kinds of requests do we get?  Here’s a sample: broken marriages, prodigal children, concerns for grandchildren, loss due to death or suicide, salvation for souls, future spouses for Christian children in this world, friends and family who are sick, those close who are dying, struggles in the local churches, court cases and battles, guidance for  life, the need of a job, a house that needs to sell, career changes, false accusations, mission outreach projects, fractured relationships between parents & children, pain in ministry, physical pain and suffering, medical tests and treatments, guidance with finances, help with addictions to food, drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc.

There is also a place to share praises on the cards. So, even though we see the burdens that are on people’s hearts, we also often get a glimpse of the blessings God is pouring out. What a thrill to praise the Lord for His goodness, grace, love, compassion, sustaining power, faithfulness, protection, provision, guidance, comfort, and peace.   We even get some cards that are sharing answers to prayer, and we rejoice in those as well.  What a gift to see the hand of God working in the lives of those who come and share with us, as we partner with them in approaching our Father God with the desires of our hearts.

Interested in volunteering at The Cove?  Click here to download an application.

Reflecting the Heart of Jesus: A Conversation With Elizabeth George

On September 8, women will converge on the Cove’s campus to learn what it really means to reflect the heart of Jesus. Popular speaker and author Elizabeth George will talk about how women can do this through developing trust in God and knowing His Word. In the article below, she gives a preview of what it looks like in a daily life.

Do you have a hard time trusting God? Is it hard for you to stop in the midst of a busy day and pray? Almost everyone would answer “yes” to this question.

For women, this is particularly true.

“I think we’re hyper-responsible. We carry a heavy load of responsibility, whether we’re married or single, with our jobs, with our families, our in-laws, caring for failing parents, and extended family,” Elizabeth explained.

“We carry so much responsibility and want to do so well at it that we take it all on ourselves. We actually start to trust in our abilities to manage it and have a good schedule that works.  We feel worthy if all our ducks are in a row.  The problem with this is that we forget to pray. We forget to involve God.”

To help combat the problems of prayerlessness and worry, she will be leading a women’s seminar, “Reflecting the Heart of Jesus.” After all, to have a life of constant prayer and unwavering trust in God are two of the most profound qualities of Christ we can reflect.

“Jesus trusted His Father with everything and prepared for each day through prayer.  So, that’s the best way we can emulate Him. We can give Him our worries for the day, and worries about the people in our lives.  We can pray over the day, pray over our problems, and pray for God’s provision,” she said. “I want to talk to the ladies about getting into a habit of doing these things, because this will only grow a deeper connection with God and a greater trust and love for Him.”

Elizabeth George wants the message to the women during the weekend to resonate with them for the days, weeks, and even years to come. She explained that in order for them to continue praying and trusting, they must know and love God’s Word.

“I want them to know the importance of growing each day in God’s Word. His Word is new every morning. We may have read the Bible every year of our lives, but every day He has a new message for us; we can see things we didn’t see before.

“I also want them to go home knowing that every breath God allows us to inhale should be exhaled in prayer,” she continued.  “We need to be in constant communication, constant communion, thought by thought, step by step, sorrow by sorrow. The connection is always there through prayer. Ultimately trusting the Lord is a good thing. He’s working for our Good. And that is my bottom line.”

There is still time to join us! Register for the seminar here.
Worship leader, songwriter, artist, pianist, wife and mom, Shannon Wexelberg will be leading worship during this women’s retreat!