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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 14

This week’s verse is brought to you by Jon, the assistant program director and afternoon show host at Billy Graham’s radio station, 106.9 The Light, located here at The Cove. His verse is Psalm 90:12.

“Teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

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Saturday Snapshot – 106.9 the Light

Did you know that we share this beautiful 1,200 acre property with a radio station?

106.9 the Light is the award-winning, listener-supported radio station that was founded by Billy and Ruth Graham in 1962 and is operated by Blue Ridge Broadcasting.

Their mission is to lead as many people as possible into a personal and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ and encourage their listeners in spiritual maturity and active service for Christ. They strive to do this through playing music with a hopeful message as well as through solid and powerful Bible teaching.

While the radio station is based here in Asheville, it broadcasts to a seven-state area that covers parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. With a coverage like that, it reaches over 6 million people which makes it the 12th largest FM radio station in the nation, in terms of coverage area. You can also listen to 106.9 the Light online at www.1069theLight.org.

Initially starting with the AM signal WFGW (the first three letters stand for William Franklin Graham, and legend has it that the last ‘W’ stands for wife), Blue Ridge Broadcasting acquired the FM signal WMIT in 1963.

Blue Ridge Broadcasting is celebrating its 55th year of ministry this year. Below you will see the official announcement from Billy Graham as well as other things, old and new, that are around the station.

Radio Announcement
Announcement from Billy Graham about the station
Radio Equipment
This corner holds equipment used by the station in the past.
Floor Radio
This floor model radio belonged to Ruth Bell Graham’s family when she was a child. It has been refurbished to working condition.
Ministry Partners
This table holds items provided by ministries 106.9 has supported.
BG Preaching
This photo of Billy Graham preaching the gospel over the air waves overlooks the main staircase in the building.
DJ Jon Wood
Afternoon show host, Jon Wood, gives a traffic update.

The next time you visit The Cove, give 106.9 the Light a call to schedule a tour of their facility!


 

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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — Luke 8:26-29a

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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 :  Luke 8:26-29a

“Then they sailed to the country of the Geresenes, which is opposite Galilee.  And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons, and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house but in the tombs.  Seeing Jesus he cried out and fell before Him and said in a loud voice, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you do not torment me.” (29) For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.”

THE FACTS:  

They sailed to the country of the Geresenes, opposite Galilee.  When HE came out on the land, He was met by a man from the city, possessed by demons, living in the tombs.  Seeing Jesus he cried out and fell before Him, “What business Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Do not torment me.”  He commanded the unclean spirit out.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:   

The disciples and Jesus had just left their city of Capernaum.  Capernaum, and the people there, took very seriously the commands and the Word of God.  The people strived to be separate from the encroaching Roman world and stay true to God; however, this day, Jesus tells His disciples to get in the boat and go to the other side.  This is a BIG deal for them, because you see, they would have NEVER gone to the other side.  The other side was where the Decapolis was, a Roman territory.  The Roman world was a pagan world, a world with many gods, the head god being that of Caesar Augustus (Octavian) who was said to have descended from the gods himself.  Octavian was literally referred to as the “son of god”.

Ruins of the old city of Decapolis
Ruins from the old city of Decapolis.

The “other side” was enemy territory… yet Jesus was getting in a boat to go and seek and to save ONE lost sheep.  En route, there was a terrible storm where the disciples thought they were going to die, but Jesus calmed the sea with a word.  The Word of God is powerful.  The boat safely sees the shore in the country of the Geresenes, opposite Galilee.  Everything on this opposite shore is opposite…. not just the location.

 Verse 27 says that Jesus came out of the boat on to the land and immediately he was met by a man who is running around naked and living in the tombs.  I wonder if the disciples watched from the boat, because it does not clearly state whether they ever got out of the boat of or not.  If I was a disciple and saw Jesus get out of the boat and then saw this crazy naked man who lived in the tombs run up to Him…. I would have stayed put.  You see THIS is why we are not to go to the other side!  This clears it up! It is for our safety!  We will always have plenty of reasons why we should have stayed home.  Legit reasons!  BUT GOD…. driven by His relentless love for His handmade creation will not be deterred, detoured or distracted. Our lives are messy and many of us are left in shambles from a harsh world, but Jesus is driven to get out of the boat and come to us regardless of all the reasons He should stay away.

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Tombs would have been in caves like this one on upper left side of photo.

The demons who are residing in this man immediately know Jesus.  Isn’t that something?  The demons don’t wait for Jesus to flush them out, but in the name of Jesus–the Son of the Most High–the demons named Legion actually try to command Jesus to leave them alone!  How about that?!  Even the demons know there is power in the name of Jesus!

The demon possessed man is healed.  The demons ask to be sent to a herd of pigs, which Jesus allows, and they cast themselves into the sea.

In verse 28, the man who is healed asks Jesus if he can go with Him, but Jesus sends him back to share his story to those living in the Decapolis.   The man returns proclaiming Jesus to that Roman territory.

Think about this entire scene and what the disciples are witnessing.  The disciples are charged to go to a place they thought God told them to stay away from.  They get in a boat and have immediate opposition which they could easily interpret as God saying, “GO BACK”… yet just as they are about to abandon ship, Jesus stills the storm.  They press on.  The boat lands on the other side and immediately there is a crazy naked man who is screaming at them.  WOW.  Surely God did not want them to come here, right?  BUT GOD… the Son of the Most High,  gets out of the boat and goes TOWARDS the crazy tomb dweller.  The demons believe Jesus is the Son of God… the disciples are still hashing it all out.  Jesus heals the demon possessed man and then sends him back to the Decapolis.  (Don’t you know the disciples had to be relieved when Jesus said the naked tomb dweller could not go with them?!) Then Jesus gets back into the boat to go back to Capernaum.

What risk for ONE lost sheep!  What will those say on the other side when they return?  This could definitely be bad PR!  Would it have been worth it for you or me?  I don’t think I would have risked all that for a crazy tomb dweller… and then I would have missed the miracle.

Later, when Peter in Acts 10 is directed by God to visit Cornelius, he finds there a group of believers who receive the Holy Spirit in the same way as the Jews had.  During this visit of several days, we can assume Peter would have eaten with his Gentile host.  Through Peter’s prior vision (Acts 10:9-16), God prepared him to break bread with Gentiles with a clean conscience. How much do you want to bet that the food that was served was pig!?!?  Looking back, the “crazy tomb dweller” turned out to be of major importance to the building of the Kingdom of God.

It is so easy to forget the importance of ONE single act of obedience.  It is so easy to marginalize people that we don’t agree with or understand.  People were never lost on Jesus.  The Good Shepherd goes after the one lost sheep.  Jesus didn’t need a platform in the Decapolis in the amphitheater or prestige among the Romans to be taken seriously.  Jesus went to where no one would have gone to seek and to save that one impossible messy sheep that most would have just let roam.  This is Jesus.  Jesus is relentless and compelled for you and for me, even in the middle of our mess.  Jesus will cross turbulent seas and hunt us down as we hide among the tombs, because He loves us that much.

Step 3

APPLY IT:  

Do you remember a time where Jesus was relentless for you when most would have given up?  Where and to whom have you been propelled to share your story of Jesus?

The man in the tombs wanted to go with the disciples, but Jesus called him to stay and to share where he was…. often we would rather be anywhere else other than where Jesus has asked us to be.

LIVE IT OUT:  

Lord, as You bring others into my life today, give me the Words, the strength and courage to show them Your love…. even the unlovely and messy.

Will you share your story here with us about when Jesus was relentless for you?  There is power in our stories of how Jesus #delivered us…. After He #delivers us, he #propels us to purpose.

Share with us in the comments section below.

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 7

This week’s verse is brought to you by Polly, a guest from one of our Intensive Bible Trainings. Her verse is Psalm 27:14.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

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Saturday Snapshot — We Love Our Volunteers!

We don’t know what we would do without the help of our faithful volunteers here at The Cove.  From administrative tasks, to Chapel tour guides, to helping with seating at our events, they serve with smiles and generous hearts for this ministry.

We currently have 142 volunteers serving at The Cove, and they logged 16,428 hours in 2016.  That’s like one person working 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, for two entire years!

Yes, we are blessed!

Every year, we celebrate our volunteers at the Cove Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Take a peek at the fun afternoon this past weekend:

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As volunteers emerged from the shuttles they were greeted with a red carpet and cheering fans!

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Hugs all around.  Our volunteers are FAMILY.

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more hugsgigi huggingGigi Graham extended a warm Cove family greeting to each of the volunteers.

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Gigi escortingThere’s nothing like good fellowship around the table…

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Will Graham, Cove executive director, giving greetings and thanks to our faithful volunteers.

Wil greeting

Barbara utilizes many of our volunteers to lead tours and pray at the Chapel and Visitor’s Center.

Barbara greeting volunteers

Worship with Stephanie Seefeldt…

volunteers worshiping with Steph

Stephanie wrote a special song for the volunteers…This is an excerpt:

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Each volunteer received a gift bag as the fun afternoon came to an end…

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The Lord has blessed The Cove with these beautiful volunteers and for that we give thanks!

If you are interested in volunteering at The Cove, click here.


Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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.

 

PRAYER NOTE: August 2017

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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.

Math Board

As someone who struggled with math through all my years of schooling, my philosophy on the subject is simple: “There are three kinds of people: those who can count, and those who can’t.”  Math was my nemesis. Numbers swam in my head, formulas made me dizzy, and I couldn’t tell a factor from a variable. The one phrase I identified with was “math problem” (problem being the operative word).  In particular, word problems gave me fits. Being called on to solve the one about the train entering the tunnel at 30 mph always gave me a sinking feeling of standing in the middle of the tracks waiting to be mowed down. The only light at the end of that tunnel came when I heard the bell ring to signal the end of class.

Those of us who are mathematically challenged may have a greater appreciation for some of the biblical accounts that turn the conventional laws of arithmetic upside down. When the numbers don’t add up, God has His own way of solving the equation. A crowd of 5,000 hungry people? 5 loaves + 2 fishes + Jesus = No problem!

GIDEON’S LESSON IN SUBTRACTION

I love the way God does the math in the Old Testament account of Gideon.

The introductory verses of Judges 6 portray a sad scenario. The Israelites had again strayed from God and as a result had seen their land invaded. For seven long years the ruthless and cruel Midianites had ravaged the land, ruined crops and destroyed Israel’s livestock. Our first glimpse of Gideon comes in verse 11 as we see him at the bottom of a winepress, a deep pit where he has gone to thresh wheat in secret to escape the harassment and oppression of the Midianites. Yet here in this literal “pit of despair,” Gideon is called a “mighty man of valor” by the angel of the Lord and is ordered to “go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian.” (See Judges 6:11-14.) Fearful, timid, and feeling woefully inadequate, Gideon responded, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (6:15). The Lord’s answer to Gideon solves any potential mathematical, military or logistical problem: I will be with you (6:16).

After requesting a sign from the Lord, Gideon did obey, demolishing the altar of Baal and cutting down the Asherah pole that had been erected as an altar for the worship of false gods. (See Judges 6:25-27.) The remainder of this Old Testament account sets up a math problem that ends with a hands-on lesson in what has been referred to as God’s arithmetic.

Judges 6:33 tells us that “All the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together and they crossed the Jordan and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel.” This amounted to a huge army amassed against God’s people. (We’re told later in Judges 7:12 that they were “like locusts in number.”) Yet verse 34 sounds a hopeful note. “But the spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulon, and Naphtali, and they went up to meet him” (Judges 6:34, ESV).

After putting out a fleece and receiving another confirmation of God’s call on him to save Israel, Gideon had put out the call and begun to assemble the troops, eventually numbering around 33,000. Yet as Gideon would soon learn, God had a math lesson to teach as He began to deconstruct Gideon’s “strength in numbers” military strategy.

The Lord said to Gideon, ‘The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’’” (Judges 7:2, ESV)  Verses three through seven provide the account of how God instructed Gideon to reduce the size of his fighting force, setting them up for what appeared to be a disadvantage as a small army of just 300 men—yet setting the stage for an astounding display of God’s Glory.

Verses 9-14 tell us of God’s patience in reassuring Gideon and giving him courage for the battle ahead. The remaining verses of Judges chapter seven give the astonishing account of how the Lord delivered the massive Midianite army into the hands of Gideon and his small band of 300 valiant soldiers. Using only torches, trumpets and jars, the undersized Israelite army simply obeyed God’s instructions and then stood and watched Him work a miracle of victory and deliverance.

What an encouraging picture for those of us who may sometimes feel outnumbered or ill-equipped, and what an inspiring reminder of Who is really fighting our battles as we go about serving the Lord!

TRUST GOD TO DO THE MATH

As you pray for the needs of The Cove throughout the month, begin with praise. We’ve seen God’s hand at work in amazing ways this year. Seminars are well-attended and we’ve heard many testimonies of lives changed by the power of His Word.

Yet the one part of the equation that we rarely have the privilege of seeing is what Charles Haddon Spurgeon called “God’s Multiplication Table.” When God speaks to the heart of one individual at The Cove and brings healing, restoration, forgiveness and hope, we have no idea what miracles He may have in store for them as they exit our gates and return home. We do know, however, that God is faithful. We know that the seeds planted as God’s Word was sown will produce an eventual harvest in His time. Will a troubled marriage eventually be restored or a family transformed? Will a neighbor hear the gospel or a co-worker be invited to church? How will the seeds of God’s Word be sown by that one individual who found renewal and new purpose at The Cove? In what ways will God’s love be shown and His kingdom advanced?

As Spurgeon wrote, “Mustard seed is the smallest among seeds, and yet it becomes a tree-like plant with branches which lodge the birds of heaven. We may begin with one, and that ‘a little one,’ and yet it will ‘become a thousand.’ The Lord is great at the multiplication table.”

Praise God for what He is doing at The Cove, and thank Him in advance for how He will continue the work He has begun in the life of each individual who meets Him here. Remain faithful in prayer, knowing that He has called you here to The Cove to play a small part in His multiplication table.

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.”  Colossians 4:2, NKJV

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
” Philippians 1:6, ESV


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

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

AUGUST CALL TO PRAYER

An Evening at The Cove with The Collingsworth Family — August 10

Will Graham — August 11-13
God’s Will is No Secret

SeniorCelebration: Jim Henry with Dueling Pianos — August 14-16
Rabbits Worth Chasing 

Steve Brown — August 25-27
When God is Silent

R. T. Kendall — August 28-September 1
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Intensive Bible Training- 
Experiencing the Presence of God

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 31

This week’s verse is brought to you by Teresa, a Program Events Coordinator here at The Cove. Her verse is Isaiah 26:3.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

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Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot — Summer Interns Tour The Cove

Each summer, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) offers a 10-week internship opportunity to college students looking to work in their field of interest within the context of a Christian ministry.

Earlier this week, the interns left BGEA’s Charlotte headquarters and headed for the mountains for a tour of The Cove.

The 12 interns hailed from Asbury, Baylor, Cedarville, Cornerstone, John Brown, Liberty, Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor, and Wheaton universities.  The departments they worked for over the summer included: Finance, Communications, Internet Evangelism, Audio Media Services, Video Media Services, and the Billy Graham Library.

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11 of the 12 interns who visited The Cove.

One intern, a recent graduate from Liberty University, has a passion and a real talent for photography, so we’re sharing some of the photos he took during their time here. Thanks for sharing you gift with us, John Fowler!

First stop on the tour was the beautiful Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center.  The roses in Ruth’s Prayer Garden were still in bloom.

rose chapel by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

The Visitor’s Center has a scale model of the Billy Graham Library, which is located near BGEA headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Since all of the interns had recently either visited or were working in the Library, they loved seeing the Library and it’s property from this perspective.  (The buildings in this photo are just a couple of inches tall.)

the library in chapel by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

The Chapel sanctuary holds such rich history, from pews that were originally used by the Royal School for the Blind, to the 400 + year old pulpit from the Church of England, to the beloved organ gifted to the Chapel by the late George Beverly Shea.

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This beautiful Steinway piano was purchased from a local Asheville area woman in the late 1980′s.  Can you imagine her surprise when she opened the door to greet the people who had responded to her newspaper ad, only to see George Beverly Shea standing there with the then Cove Executive Director?!  Mr. Shea graciously agreed to play a song for her.

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The Word of God…

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Rocking chairs as you enter the Training Center offer a place to rest, fellowship and enjoy the sights and sounds of God’s creation.

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The interns were given a rare peak into Billy Graham’s office at The Cove.  While Mr. Graham mainly used his office in Montreat, when he wasn’t traveling the world, his office at The Cove is more of photo memorial of how God used him in his 70+ years of ministry.

photos on the wall in BG office by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

And a day at The Cove wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the delicious frozen yogurt!  It’s said that the calories don’t count at our elevation… ; )

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We hope you enjoyed John’s photos.

Click here for more information on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Internship Program.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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.

When Those Who Should, Don’t…

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You’d be amazed at what you can learn at The Cove!

Those who attended the July 17-21 Intensive Bible Training with Michael Card discovered some astonishing insights from God’s Word. Delving into the Scriptures, Michael led participants into a deeper understanding of Jesus through an in-depth study of “Luke: The Gospel of Amazement.”

Here are a few insights from Michael’s teaching on one of the major themes of Luke’s gospel:

“When Those Who Should, Don’t…”

As Luke went about the task of collecting eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus, he noticed a pattern emerging. Time and time again, religious leaders—supposedly spiritual men, people who should have understood what Jesus’ ministry was about—were simply unable to comprehend the Rabbi from Nazareth. On the other hand, simple, run-of-the-mill people (most of them women) were able to almost immediately grasp the gift of grace that Jesus was offering them.

Eventually, the sheer weight of examples caused Luke to develop these stories into a literary theme which, for the lack of a better term, I call “when those who should, don’t and those who shouldn’t, do.”

Excerpt from the seminar presentation notes of Michael Card.

• Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist,
and Mary. Luke 1:5-56 (67ff)

Zechariah, a priest serving in the Holy Place in the Temple, is given a promise directly from the mouth of the angel Gabriel and yet, does not believe.

While Mary, a simple young girl from the backwater town of Nazareth, hears Gabriel and immediately responds by submitting herself as a “slave of the Master.”

• The Centurion and the Jews. Luke 7:1-10

The Jewish friends of the pagan soldier come to Jesus, insisting that he “deserves” Jesus’ attention.

While the Roman Centurion sends word, “…I do not deserve.” Nevertheless, he still asks for Jesus’ gift of healing for his slave. His faith amazes Jesus.

• Simon the Pharisee and the “sinful” woman. Luke 7:36-50

Simon, a Pharisee who has invited Jesus for meal fellowship, inwardly judges both Jesus as well as the sinful woman who has crashed the party.

While the woman who was a “sinner” weeps over the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus responds to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” because Simon has only viewed her as one of his categories.

• The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37

So pervasive is this literary theme that it even makes it into the parables of Jesus. Here the priest and Levite pass by the wounded traveler, while the Samaritan goes far out of his way to help.

• The parable of the lost son. Luke 15:11-32

The younger son, who has wasted his father’s inheritance limps home and asks to become a servant.

While the older brother scorns the father’s forgiveness and complains that he is really a slave.

• The tax collector and the Pharisee. Luke 18:9-14

The religious Pharisee “prays about himself” before God and goes home unjustified.

While, unthinkably, the tax collector seems to understand the grace and forgiveness of God when he merely blurts out “have mercy…”

• The rich young ruler and Zacchaeus. Luke 18:18ff, 19:1-10

The young man cannot give up his possessions.

While Zacchaeus, the tax collector, repents and pays restoration.

• The rich men and the poor widow.  Luke 21:1-4

The poor widow put more into the treasury than the rich men.

• The Crucifixion. Luke 23:35, 47

The religious leaders mock Jesus on the cross.

While the thief and the Roman soldier protest His innocence.

• The 11 and “the women.” Luke 24:8-12

After the resurrection, the women come to the eleven, believing Jesus has been raised from the dead.

While the disciples think they are merely “delirious.”

Our next Intensive Bible Training seminar is scheduled for August 28-September 1.  Register now and enjoy the insightful teaching of Dr. R.T. Kendall as he speaks on “Experiencing the Presence of God.”

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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — Luke 8:22-24

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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 :  Luke 8:22-24

“Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out.  But as they were sailing along, He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake and they began to be swamped and to be in danger.  They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”  And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves and they stopped, and it became calm.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  

Jesus and His disciples got into a boat. HE said go over to the other side of the lake.  They launched out.  As they were sailing, He fell asleep, a fierce wind descended, they began to be swamped, danger. They came to Jesus, “We are perishing” He rebuked the wind it became calm.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:   

The disciples of Jesus were fishermen from Capernaum.  Capernaum was a very religious Jewish community.  The people of Capernaum wanted to honor God, live for God, and follow all of God’s commands, so this particular community was very careful to keep themselves separate from the encroaching Roman territory.

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Entrance to Capernaum
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View of the other side from Capernaum.

Across the waters from where these Jewish fishermen were living was an entirely different world, a Roman world.   Roman gods, Roman culture and the Roman worship of Cesar would be found across the Sea of Galilee.  To go across the sea to the other side is a big deal, and I think that fact is lost when we read these stories today.  It’s important to know that these fishermen would have NEVER “gone to the other side” for fear of being disobedient to God.  Capernaum was a placed that strived to be separate from the world, unto God.

Jesus said, once they were in the boat… “Hey, let’s go to the other side”.  GULP.  I LOVE that their response is…. “so they launched out.”  What obedience.  THAT STATEMENT IS A BIG DEAL… don’t miss it!  This shows the trust that these men, who were only fishermen – BIG TIME RULE FOLLOWERS — had in the leadership of Jesus.   No arguing, no debate, they launched out.  If Jesus is going to the other side, so are we.

Often I find myself on the shore having a 3 point debate on why launching out is not going to happen and is wrong.  Yes, I would and have argued with God…. a lot… surely I am not alone in that.

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Once they launched out, what happened?  WIND DESCENDS… the boat took on water! Huge gale force winds showed  these men that death was only a moment away!

Seriously, If you are one of those religious fishermen, what comes to mind if you are in that boat bailing water and thinking you are going to die?  Jonah?  Oh, we have read about a storm like this!!!!  Jonah was on his way to a place he should not have been, and so GOD sent a storm and a ginormous fish to turn his little body around.

SEE?!?!?!  God is trying to send us a message!  We should STAY AWAY FROM THE OTHER SIDE!  More SOLID reasons why NOT to follow Jesus on this journey! The other side with the Decapolis, the Roman gods, the paganism…. we have always been told to STAY away and here we are… we listened to this “Master” which means teacher with authority, or Rabbi, and has He lead us wrong?  We should have questioned Him on the shore!  We should have tried to talk Him out of it!  Jesus was wrong to tell us to do this, and now… now, look where we are!!!!

Sometimes, yes, God can send storms like Jonah to get our attention because we are veering hard away from where God has called us to…. but…. sometimes, God actually leads us personally into a storm in obedience.  When we follow Jesus and obey, the enemy will do anything he can to keep us from doing it.  Jesus, relentless for His handmade creation, is going over to the other side to claim one man back from the enemy.  Why would the enemy just let them go, and be ok with that?  The other side is PRIME ENEMY territory.  JESUS is to STAY AWAY, Hands OFF!  Right?  Of course there would be push back.  Instead of being surprised by it, we need to start expecting it.

The important thing to remember here is that it was not the disciples idea to go to the other side…. Jesus told them to.  When Jesus leads us, we are not going out alone because it sounds like a great idea, we are going out with Jesus in the lead.

When the storm hit, Jesus was right there to run to.  ANOTHER great decision by the disciples.  If we go out alone, or ahead of God, or in a different direction than God is leading… we have to go back to find Him… Jesus was RIGHT there…. in the bottom of the very boat, in the same location.  Jesus rebuked the wind, and soon they all found themselves on the other side where they were faced with another challenge to get out of the boat, in to the Roman world.  The disciples were being trained to trust Jesus in the places He leads and the people He leads them to.  Peter would eventually find himself being called to go to the Gentiles and eat their food (HARD for a Capernaum fisherman who knew and followed the Jewish law)….  so this lesson, on this day… on this sea… with Jesus physically with them was a very important lesson.  Jesus would go first, so later the others could go and do likewise.

How about you?  Would you have been caught in that storm, or would you have watched from the shore, careful to never launch out in the first place?  Do you immediately turn back at the first sign of difficulty, or do you trust that Jesus has gone before you and so as Jesus leads you will continue to go?  Are you in a sea of chaos today, knowing that Jesus has led you where you are, but things seem to be falling apart more so than falling into place?

Let’s pray for each other so that as we are hard pressed on every side we are not crushed.  To follow Jesus will mean taking up our cross and following Him… even into the storm.

Step 3

APPLY IT:  

When have I known God was leading me somewhere and I refused to go because it just didn’t make sense?

When did I obey without question and walked right into a storm?  How did you see God work in your life through that storm?

Is there a testimony of obedience in a storm you would be willing to share to encourage others?

LIVE IT OUT:  

Ask God daily where He is leading you, and then ask for the faith, strength and courage to follow, whether it’s getting into a boat you don’t like, or out of a boat into a land you don’t want to go to.

How can we pray for you today?  Please share your requests so we can lift each other up as we follow Jesus in different directions together.


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