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This week’s verse is brought to you by Neeley, an event planner for our Guest Groups here at The Cove. Her verse is Psalm 18:1-2.

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

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Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC. Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.

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Saturday Snapshot — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

And so it begins…

This weekend is our last seminar for 2017, so next week all hands will be on deck to get our property all dressed up for our Christmas at The Cove events.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Christmas decorating process here at The Cove.

A lot of the pre-decorating takes place in a meeting room that we turn into a staging area.

Christmas decoration setup room 2017

Christmas decorating Nov 2017 wreath

Christmas decorating Nov 2017 the work begins
Many of our decorations are custom created every year.

decoration set up area 2017 Christmas

These two are looking very official, don’t you think?

knutcracker Christmas 2017
And speaking of Christmas, we’ve been busy all week as an Operation Christmas Child shoebox drop-off location.  Join us in prayer that this truck will continue to be filled with boxes over the weekend.  If you’d like to stop by this weekend or Monday with your shoeboxes, we’d love to see you!

OCC boxes in truck

The 106.9 The Light crew was on-site, here at The Cove, receiving shoeboxes and giving out free CDs on Friday afternoon.  The hearts of these people are so beautiful! Did you know that you can listen to the station from home? Click here to listen.

1069 for OCC drop off

These ladies were enjoying a little rockin’ and mountain air before the Joe Stowell seminar began on Friday night.

on deck before seminar Nov 17 2017

We wish you a blessed weekend, friends!

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Recipes From The Cove Kitchen: Warm Pumpkin Cake

Recipes from The Cove kitchen logoWarm Pumpkin Cake
Warm Pumpkin Cake

makes 9″x13″


20 ounces pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cup sugar
12 ounces evaporated milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
8 ounces butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans


Heat oven to 350°F.

Whisk together pumpkin, sugar, milk, spices, salt, and eggs.

Pour into a greased 9”x13” pan.

Sprinkle cake mix over the top. Scatter pecans over cake mix and pat down very lightly.

Drizzle with melted butter.

Bake for 30-40 min.

Serve warm.

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Enjoy delicious recipes like this on your next stay at The Cove. See a full list of upcoming events at The Cove, or contact our Guest Group department to hold your group retreat at The Cove.


This week’s verse is brought to you by Rita, the dining room coordinator here at The Cove. Her verse is Isaiah 40:31.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;  and they shall walk, and not faint. 

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Bring Your Shoeboxes to The Cove for OCC National Collection Week


OCC Promo

It’s that time of year again to pack your shoebox(es) for Operation Christmas Child! 

A project of Samaritan’s Purse, OCC’s mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Just like years past, The Cove will once again be a drop-off location for your shoeboxes during the National Collection Week, November 13-20, 2017.

We’re located at 1 Porter’s Cove Road, Asheville, NC (Just off of I-40, exit 55).

Learn how to pack a shoebox here, and come drop it off at The Cove during the following hours:

  • 9:00am-5:00pm ET Monday, November 13 through
    Friday, November 17
  • 12:00pm-5:00pm ET on Saturday, November 18
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm ET on Sunday November 19
  • 9:00am-8:00pm ET on Monday, November 20

Radio station 106.9 The Light will be at The Cove drop-off location on Friday, November 17 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. They will be giving out free Christmas CDs to the first 25 families to bring shoeboxes.

We look forward to seeing you!

Watch this video to learn more about OCC and the amazing impact they have on children across the globe.

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Matthew 16:18

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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 Matthew 16:18

“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”


I say to you Peter, upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

Step 2


Jesus traveled 25-30 miles from Galilee to Caesarea  Philippi with his 12 disciples to give a 10-minute lesson.  Jesus will go to whatever length He has to so that we understand the lesson that He wants to teach us.

Caesarea Philippi was an abased place.  If the disciples had a hard time going to “the other side” of the Sea of Galilee because of the Roman Decapolis, then Caesarea Philippi would have never been a place on any of their bucket lists!   Jesus had a lesson that the disciples needed to learn “on site” so when He would later say, “Go therefore into ALL the world and preach the Gospel,” the disciples would understand that statement to mean ALL.  This was one of the very last lessons Jesus would teach them physically.  After this journey, Jesus would make His way to Jerusalem and the cross.

Caesarea Philippi was a wicked and vile place.  The nickname for this place was literally called “The Gates of Hell” where the pagan fertility god Pan was worshipped.  In this place, there was a large cave where a huge amount of water ran out into what historians wrote to be a bottomless pool of water.  The people of that time believed that it was here that the god Pan and the fertility gods disappeared down to the underworld–to Hades itself.  People from all around the world would come here to beckon with vulgar acts the return of these spirits to bless their lives and give them fertility.  This, the “gates of Hades”, is a dark, powerful, evil place of conjuring evil spirits up in order to get their hearts desires. This place was wicked, ungodly and evil, contrary to everything in the Torah.  This place was such an abomination that Jewish tradition has it that when the Messiah would come, the gates of this place at Caesarea Philippi would be destroyed beforehand because the two would not be able to co-exist at the same time.

The Rock

So, Jesus began to teach, at the foot of evil with boldness and certainty, needing His disciples to know with their hearts who He is.  Jesus proceeds to ask a question, “Who do men say that I am?”

 The world is very confused and debauched, desperate to know who holds the keys to life.  People are willing to sell their souls for their desires, looking for someone or something to hold on to, to believe in.  In a world full of false gods… where is the True God?

The disciples began to give their list of who men say that He is… a prophet, Elijah, Jeremiah or others.  Then Jesus, makes it personal, “Ok, now, who do YOU say that I AM?”  Is Jesus just another prophet who will die a martyrs death?  Is Jesus just a hope of God to come?  Who is Jesus?

Simon Peter with boldness speaks with authority as he says, “You are the Christ the Son of the Living God!”

“Blessed are you, Peter!”  Jesus explains that it is God Himself that revealed that to Peter.

Peter boldly stated Jesus is the Son of the Living God, then Jesus turns to Peter and says, not even these gates of Hell, this formidable stronghold of evil, will be able to stand against him as he preaches the Truth with boldness and authority.  On this rock, I will build my church.

WHAT?  Remember where they are… they are at the base of this mountain carved out by Alexander the Great to honor the evil disgusting god, Pan.  Upon this rock?  Was Jesus pointing to that rock?  Remember they walked 25-30 miles for a lesson on site….

That rock represents everything that is evil, hopeless and broken in the world that we live in.  The commission is for you, Peter, and the rest of you to GO! Go into this world and preach the Gospel! A Gospel that will bring those people at the base of that rock true hope and life! Go into this community and build My church!  Replace their lie with the Truth.  AND… when you do, the gates of Hades will NOT prevail against it.  Think about it…. a gate is defensive.  A gate keeps people out.  So Jesus says, “Go on the offensive! Go through those gates, even those gates will not prevail against the authority of the Gospel.”

Jesus then turns and says, “IF ANYONE wishes to come after me, he must deny himself.” IF ANYONE.  Not just the good Jewish men and women from their home at Capernaum, but ANYONE… even if any of these pagans here partaking in this filthy ritual want to truly find LIFE and find it abundantly they are invited to follow Me just as you 12 have been invited to do so.  Can you see it?  Can you hear it?  Jesus calling to a pagan world from the depths of His soul…. these rituals are not where hope and value and purpose and meaning are found!  This debauchery leads to brokenness and hurt and heartache!  COME! Follow ME!  What are you giving in exchange for your soul??? If you follow Me, you will find LIFE!  It’s like Jesus was beckoning not just His disciples but the lost world to “COME to ME and LIVE!” Matthew 16:24-27

Upon this rock, the very doorstep of the Devil, Jesus proclaimed Truth with boldness and courage as He then turns to make His journey to the cross. Jesus was lighting that fire of courage and boldness inside of His disciples.  People will be #delivered and set free to #LiveBOLD powerful lives.  Oh, to  LIVE and have that abundant life that is only through Jesus.  Hope, peace, love found in the ABSOLUTE TRUTH of God’s Word.

We get so confused by the world, don’t we?  I just helped my daughter with a poem tonight where she had to identify with the “post-modern world”.  We are enlightened now.  There is no absolute Truth.  If you want to believe in the god pan, then go for it.  If you want to believe in yourself, go for it.  The only “Truth” that will be found in the end of it all is a world without peace, without hope, without love, and without God.  Everyone and everything, in the end, will let you down and leave. BLEAK.

Our worlds are really not that much different from the first-century world.  The pre-modern world was just as abased and hopeless as the enlightened post-modern world.  Hopeless people looking for truth, hope and love.  Hopeless people needing a relentless God whose Word is TRUTH.  A Truth that will hold through the questions, doubt, and heartache.  A Truth that indeed will “set you free”.  A Truth that demands a holy payment for unholy sin.  A Truth that doesn’t flinch or change through the ages.  SO Jesus, God with skin on came and His name is Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The gates of Hades at the foot of Mount Herman in Caesarea Philippi are in ruin.  The Word of the Lord endures forever, and His church continues to be built each and every day even in the most evil and dark corners of the earth.


Who do YOU say Jesus is?  Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth and the LIFE in John 14:6.  DO YOU believe that?  Everyone will have to answer that question.  Who do you say Jesus is?

What formidable stronghold have you been called to #LiveBOLD and proclaim Jesus to?


Go into all the world reflecting the love and passion of Jesus to a dying, confused and hopeless world.

– Kendra

P.S. Ladies, registration is open for my 2018 Women’s Bible Study at The Cove.  Let’s get together seven Tuesday evenings in January and February and dig into the Word of God.  Register online today.


This week’s verse is brought to you by Doug, a guest from the James Merritt seminar here at The Cove. His verse is John 3:16.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

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Saturday Snapshot – Mountain Views

If you’ve been to The Cove you may have made the 3-4+ mile hike (depending on where you’re venturing out on the property) to the overlook.  If so, this will be a walk down memory lane.  If not, we hope you’ll enjoy the magnificence of God’s creation.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121 1-2

Sorry for the portrait view in this video…it was originally filmed for Instagram.

Nice place to spend time with the Lord.

Woman at the overlook November 2017

Road leading to the overlook.

Road to overlook with Fall color November 2017

The colors are so vibrant this week!

Red leaves Nov 2017

And finally, we’d love for you to caption this photo.  Leave in the comments section below.

Turkey at The Cove deciding on which Inn to stay November 3 2017

Wishing you a blessed weekend!

Ruth’s Attic Bookstore Spotlight – Inspiration for Your Home


Autumn is here with bright colors splashed here and there and cooler breezes falling all around us. On days like these, you want to be cozy; and home is the coziest place to be. That’s why we’re sharing some lovely products from Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove that are bound to give you ideas for your home and encourage to grow closer to the Lord.

Whether you purchase in person, or call and have us deliver right to your home, we hope you will find something that will encourage you, or be the suitable gift for someone special in your life.

Each of these products is a great reminder of how our Creator God loves and comforts us.

Scripture Stone
This Scripture Stone is quarried near Ephesus and is scripted with encouraging verses ($10.50 SKU:HB-560).
These spoons are sure to bring your joy while you cook ($9.00 SKU: 703800061621).
This palette inspired frame with beautifully painted scripture is bound to encourage your soul ($55.00 SKU:656200254455).
Garden Flag
This garden flag adds a touch of beauty to your home outdoors ($10.00 SKU:096069464952).
These distressed birdhouses would look nice in any home (Blue birdhouse $49.50 SKU: 089945575712, Church birdhouse $22.00 SKU:63909 Nest with eggs $6.00 SKU: 844557006616).
Give Thanks Picture
This picture is a great reminder to give thanks to our Lord ($54.00 SKU:10015647024).

Since Christmas is just around the corner, we wanted to share just a few favorite Christmas products that are found in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore. Each product is a reminder of why we celebrate such a blessed season.

Red Birds
These adorable ornaments would add a nice splash of red on your tree or around your home this Christmas (Cardinal lantern $6.00 SKU: 8994557915, Red Bird $3.75 SKU:8994553010).
The detail of this nativity is a lovely reminder of the birth of Christ ($30.50 SKU:08994558135).
The detail of this nativity is a lovely reminder of the birth of Christ ($30.50 SKU:08994558135).
This birch wood JOY would brighten up any table or shelf ($15.00 SKU:18538).
Ladder Christmas Tree
This white-wash ladder Christmas tree would be a nice decoration for any wall along with the Silent Night canvas. (Christmas tree $35.00 SKU:089945574548, Silent Night picture $26.00 SKU: 1080209).
These festive spatulas would make a great stocking stuffer! (Both $9.00 O Come Let Us Adore Him SKU: 703800054821, Happy Birthday Jesus SKU:703800054944)

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

God bless you!


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Prayer Note: November 2017

We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note”—an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV).

We’re entering the Thanksgiving season…an occasion for gathering with family and friends…a time of gratitude and reflection—also known as the Prelude to Black Friday.

Each year the buying frenzy seems to come a little earlier, as another store announces plans to open early on the afternoon or evening of Thanksgiving.  Crowds gather in mall parking lots, awaiting the bargain fest that is to come. It’s the same every year. Harried moms come armed with coupons and lists, strategizing the quickest route to the toy aisle. They leave laden with bags and boxes, excited about the great deals they scored. And the cycle continues… Black Friday sales lead to Christmas sales which lead to after-Christmas sales which lead to January white sales which lead to “Just 310 shopping days till Christmas!” Parenting isn’t for sissies—especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. Yet, loving parents will go to great lengths to give their children presents they know will bring squeals of delight.

Jesus Himself described God as a gracious and generous Father who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:9-11); and when we stop and look around, we must admit He has given us many good gifts in the form of material blessings. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” (James 1:17, NKJV)  When we recognize that truth and acknowledge that everything we have comes from God, it should prompt a response of heartfelt praise. It is good and proper to praise God for material blessings. Yet there’s so much more for which we should praise Him! God wants us to recognize our life, our health, and our earthly possessions as gifts from God; yet He also wants us to remember that each of these gifts is temporary.

Jesus said,  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:10-20, ESV).

Things don’t last. Moths may flit through your home, feasting on curtains and coats and eating away at earthly possessions.  Rust will eventually eat its way into high-end appliances, expensive tools, and high-performance cars. Thieves may stroll right up to your front porch and steal a package—or worse yet—break into your house and take what isn’t theirs. Yet Jesus tells us to not be troubled or afraid.

It’s when we take our eyes off Christ and become engrossed in our material possessions and everyday problems that the moth of anxiety flits in and begins to eat away at our rest. What if the roof leaks…the car breaks down…the job doesn’t last? It’s then that the bandit of fear creeps in through the back door of our consciousness and tries to steal our peace. Though we may be wealthy by earthly standards, without peace we are spiritually bankrupt.

We can’t conjure it up, yet we know God’s peace when we experience it. We hear our Father’s words of comfort, as He invites us to receive His gift of peace—to climb up into His lap and rest our mind, quiet our heart. He is our peace.

It’s when we experience “the peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7), that we’re reminded of the greatest gifts God gives to us. Times like that can bring us back to the place of true gratitude for “spiritual blessings in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians 1 describes just a few of those spiritual blessings—lasting gifts from our good Father: We are chosen, made holy, predestined, adopted, accepted, redeemed, forgiven. We are His purchased possession! When we consider these priceless gifts, the value of our own earthly possessions fades in comparison.

Do you think maybe God created moths and rust for that special purpose—just to remind us of the gifts that really last? Praise God for moths!

Let’s gather together this Thanksgiving with grateful hearts, praising God for the material and spiritual blessings He’s rained down on us. But before sitting down to dinner, carefully inspect the tablecloth—there may be moth holes!

—Donna Riesen

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV).

We appreciate you joining us in prayer for the following events taking place on The Cove property during the month of November.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.   (Psalm 95:6, NKJV)


Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat — November 3-5
Facilitated by John Parrish and Trish Lancaster

Anne Graham Lotz — November 10-12
In This Final Hour

 An Evening at The Cove with Fernando Ortega — November 12

Stuart and Jill Briscoe — November 13-15
Looking Back to the Future

Lon Allison — November 15-17
Pastor Renewal Retreat — (im)POSSIBLE: Discovering the Joy of a Prayer, Care, and Share Life

Joe Stowell — November 17-19
This Little Light of Mine

Christmas at The Cove with Point of Grace— November 30, December 1, December 2