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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK of JULY 24

This week’s verse is brought to you by Ann, a guest from the Intensive Bible Training with Mark Yarbrough, here at The Cove. Her verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ann


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Saturday Snapshot — A Behind The Scenes Peek at Our Video Shoot

This week we were working on a new promotional video for The Cove.  This is to update the current video (you can see it here) for our Guest Groups area of ministry.

Wondering what a Guest Group is?

A Guest Group is a group that holds their own conference, retreat, or ministry event at The Cove.  They come with their own agenda, their own program, and their own speakers, and we provide the meeting space, the inn rooms and the delicious food.

Groups tell us, time and again, that The Cove is the perfect, distraction-free place for them to come and accomplish their ministry goals.  Our dedicated event planners make it a point to take care of all the details, so that when our groups come, they can get right down to what it is that God is leading them to do.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of the filming.

Gigi Graham greeting guests as they arrive at the Training Center.   If you’ve been here, you’ve probably been greeted by Gigi, either at the front door or in the dining room.  She loves meeting Cove guests and extending the warm Graham-family welcome.

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Guests love spending time on the Training Center deck.  With tables, rocking chairs, and mountain views, who wouldn’t?

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Yep, we brought the drone back out!  The drone captured some great aerial video of the Training Center, the Chapel, the front gate, and our private cabin road.

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The Cove dining experience is a delicious one.  The tables in the dining room are round with Lazy-Suzans in the center of each.  Mrs. Graham loved a round table and she said that the Lazy Suzan helped keep her children competitive.  ; )

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Our chef, Douglas Walls, and his team prepare wonderful menus of fresh, delicious food.  Here we caught him in action, doing what he does best.

GG video promo shoot kitchen chef cutting onion

Zucchini and squash ready to be roasted.  Yum!

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Potato salad anyone?  You can probably tell from the amount of potatoes in the mixer, but to give you a different perspective, this mixer is about 4 feet tall!

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At the end of every day, our guests will find a warm and inviting guest room to lay their heads down.  This is a shot of guests checking in at Pilgrim’s Inn.

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We look forward to sharing the new Guest Group promotional video with you later this year or early January 2018.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


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Celebrate Christmas in July with Us

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Being busy with an array of summer activities, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 23 weekends away! We can’t wait that long to celebrate Christmas, so we’re celebrating Christmas in July.

In honor of Christmas in July, we’re sharing some lovely seasonal products from Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove.  Whether you purchase in person, or call and have us deliver right to your home, we hope you will find something that will delight you, or be the perfect gift for someone special in your life.

Each of these products is a great reminder of God’s precious gift to the world – His son, Jesus Christ.

Blue handpainted ornament
Painted glass cross ornament featuring Chatlos Memorial Chapel. $32.99 SKU: c7081-BG
Novelty Ornament
Barlow Designs Ivy Round Ornament featuring Chatlos Memorial Chapel. $9.00 SKU: 180-BL69
Wooden Chapel Ornament
Custom wooden ornament of Chatlos Memorial Chapel. $29.99. SKU: 9990000395

 

Gold Chapel Ornament
Gold Chapel Ornament. $20.99. SKU: 1000610802
White Chapel Ball Ornament
Handpainted chapel ornament. $26.99. SKU: 1001005001


To order any of the products seen on this post, you may either purchase on-property at Ruth”s Attic bookstore, by phone at 1-800-950-2092 (menu 3) or by email at bookstore@thecove.org.

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Give the gift with eternal benefits. Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones. To order a gift certificate call 1-800-950-2092.

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 17th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Will Graham, our Executive Director at The Cove.  His verse is John 3:30.

He must increase, and I must decrease.”

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Join Will Graham at The Cove for his seminar titled, God’s Will is No Secret, on August 11-13.


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Saturday Snapshot — Summer in the Mountains

Summer has brought longer days and shorter nights, warmer air, afternoon showers, and beautiful fireflies to the mountains of North Carolina.

BGTC front gate area July 14 2017

The chapel nestled in the lush, green woods…

chapel nestled in the woods July 2017

Last weekend, Darren Thomas led a seminar titled, “Jesus, Don’t You Care?”  Darren spoke about how worrying puts us in places that God never intended for us.

In  the picture below, he’s illustrating the umbrella of faith.  We must cast our cares on the Lord and trust Him with the outcomes.  The umbrella of faith is a protective covering for us.

Darren explained that when we worry, it’s like walking around in fear without the umbrella of faith.

By the way, before opening the umbrella inside the auditorium, he assured everyone, that the Bible does not tell us anywhere that it’s bad luck to do so.  : )

DT umbrella of faith July 2017

This week Dr. Woodrow Kroll led a 5-day Intensive Bible Training seminar.  This is a picture of him with Betty, who has attended his seminars for 21 of the 23 years he’s been teaching at The Cove. That’s one committed student!

Betty and Dr Kroll Her 20 or 21 visit of his 23 July 2017

What’s summer like in your neck of the woods?


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Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Verlasso Salmon

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Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso Salmon

4oz salmon filet                                                                                                                     Season with blackening seasoning.                                                                         (Blackening seasoning is usually a mix of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, and oregano)

The general rule of thumb for grilling salmon is to grill it for 10 minutes per inch of filet.

Cream Sauce
¼ stick butter, melted
1 shallot, finely minced
¼ cup slivered almonds
1 cup heavy cream

Heat first 3 ingredients over low-medium heat for 3-4 mins. Add 1 cup heavy cream, bring to boil, then turn down to simmer until thickened. Season with salt. Serve under salmon filet.

Lemon Roasted Asparagus

½ bunch of fresh asparagus
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. chopped garlic
Salt & pepper to taste.

Place trimmed asparagus on baking sheet. Mix ingredients well to coat asparagus. Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. Just before removing your salmon from the grill, throw asparagus on the grill for a minute or two.

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

10-12 heirloom cherry tomatoes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste.

Sauté tomatoes for 2-3 minute in a pan over medium-high heat.

Top off this dish with grilled lemon slices and fresh dill!

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Enjoy delicious recipes like this on your next stay at The Cove.
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KENDRA GRAHAM’S ONLINE BIBLE STUDY — John 3:14

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!

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Kendra Graham notes from :  John 3:14

“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  

As Moses was lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, the Son of Man must be lifted up, whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:   

I’ve been processing some things since my trip to Israel.  So many things are going around and around in my head and my heart.  Early one morning, my family and I went to visit the garden tomb – the place that is accepted to be the tomb of Jesus.  It was so surreal because the sun had risen just 30 minutes beforehand and as we entered through the gate, I began thinking about what that Sunday morning was like for the women who came to the tomb to dress the body of Jesus — early that glorious morning.

The caretaker of the garden met us at the gate to give us a walking tour of the garden.  Before you get to where the tomb is, you’re taken to a place where you can look outside the gate to the mountain, which resembles a skull, the place known as Calvary.

Skull Hill from Kendra

The caretaker was explaining Roman crucifixions: typically, the Romans would set a cross on a main thoroughfare into the city, so that those traveling would be reminded and warned not to cross the Roman Government.  It’s a little hike to the top of the place of the skull, which overlooks a main road into the city. The caretaker asked us several questions:  Why would the Romans haul criminals up a hill?  It made more sense to him, that crucifixions would have taken place at ground level.  This way of thinking shocked me… I had always “seen” the crucifixion high on a hill, so people far off could see Jesus bearing the sin of the world.

What if Jesus was crucified on ground level?  What if Jesus, was taken outside the gate of the city, and His cross was placed along the path that led into Jerusalem, at the time of Passover.  How many more people would see Jesus?

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness…. the Hebrews – with Moses in the wilderness – were dying from snake bites, so Moses did as God had commanded him, and put a serpent of bronze on a staff.  If the people looked to the serpent on the staff, they would be healed, but if they refused, they would die in their diseased state.

Can you see the people trying to hustle into the city before sundown for Passover?  Can you hear the chatter?  Can you hear the gasps, as those people: man, woman, and child would have to pass Jesus at street view — the Passover Lamb, who was slain for them?  In order NOT to see Jesus, (crosses were at eye level, or just above), the people would have to physically move and go another direction away from Jesus. Even if they put their heads down as they passed the horrific sight at the base of the mountain, they call Skull Hill, could they not see the shadow that the Lamb upon the cross was casting in the setting sun?  Jesus could not be missed at this level.  Jesus had to be dealt with at this level.  Jesus, God with skin on did not wait for eternity to come, only to be out of reach or out of sight from the very ones He came to save.  Jesus would not have been missed by anyone that Passover.

Still today, Jesus must be dealt with.  You can’t go anywhere and not see a cross on a chain, or a cross on a church, or a cross on the internet.  A decision must be made about Jesus.  You have already made a decision about Jesus.  Not making a decision is making a decision in the negative.  Jesus came to save.  Jesus came to heal.  Jesus came to deliver us.  We were created to know God, walk with God and need God.  Sin has separated us from the God who came to walk with us.  Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death (just like those in the wilderness so long ago), BUT the gift of God is eternal life through JESUS.  IF we believe that Jesus came to be that perfect Passover Lamb, and take our sin as far as the east is from the west, we will be saved.  Jesus conquered sin at the cross and death at the grave.  The tomb is empty.  If that garden tomb that I saw that day in Jerusalem is not the actual tomb Jesus was laid in, just be sure the one that truly is His tomb, is just as empty.

Today, at the base of Skull Hill is still a main thoroughfare into the city.  What does it look like?  There are bags of trash piled upon each other all the way across the base of the hill.  It is a bus depot for tour buses.  My heart almost can’t handle it.  Trash.  Unkempt.  Not even noticed by so many who pass in and out and around.

Trash at base of Skull Hill from Kendra
Modern day with trash lined along the road.

This moment in time, in my life gave me so much to ponder.  I thought I would share.

Step 3

APPLY IT:  

What say you about Jesus?  Will you look to the cross and be saved?  Jesus was lifted up in the wilderness, outside the city…will you now look to Him and be saved?

LIVE IT OUT:  

Today, I thank you Jesus for being lifted up on that cross for my sin.  I believe you died for my sin on that cross, and I believe that the grave was empty that third and glorious day!  Help me look to you when everything within me wants to look away.


What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 10th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Susie, a Training Center hostess here at The Cove. Her verse is 1 Peter 5:7.

“Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

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Saturday Snapshot — Update on Mr. Graham

Hello, friends!  We hope you are enjoying the summer months.

We have a special update (and a sweet snapshot) for you today from Franklin Graham, on his father, Billy Graham…

“Some have asked about an update on my father Billy Graham. He’s now approaching his 99th birthday in November, and while he is doing well, he does have the physical challenges that come with his age. He enjoys visits from family members, including his sister who is his only remaining sibling. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren also come by more frequently in these summer months. His pastor, Dr. Don Wilton from Spartanburg, South Carolina, continues to visit weekly which means so much. This has been a tradition of prayer and encouragement for more than 20 years—we are so grateful to Pastor Wilton.

My father also has a constant companion you might not have heard of. No one could ever remember her name, so we all call her “Kitty.” She was a gift from all of us children on his 90th birthday and continues to be by his side.

Mr Grahams kitty July 2017

Thank you for your concern and prayers for him—you really don’t know how much that means to our family.” — Franklin Graham

Have a wonderful weekend!


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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 3rd

This week’s verse is brought to you by Tammy, an administrative assistant for 106.9 the Light, Billy Graham’s radio station located on property here at The Cove. Her verse is Hebrews 4:16.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Tammy Walls


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