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A Thanksgiving Message from Will Graham

Will Graham Guest Post

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

I really do appreciate Thanksgiving. What’s not to like? You get to enjoy time with family, a day full of football, and—of course—food. More than just food, it’s good food. And there’s often a lot of it.

It’s true that many of us will be feasting on significant portions of tasty treats on Thanksgiving, but as we look ahead to this wonderful time of year, I’d like to focus on a different type of hunger.

While food that nourishes our body is good, it is nowhere near as eternally important as that which nourishes the soul. We need something that will feed the spiritual hunger that is within us.

My grandfather, Billy Graham, often said that there’s a “God-shaped hole” inside each of us. It’s that space that many people try to fill with wealth, possessions, sex, drugs, alcohol, work or relationships.

The problem is, the things of this world are fleeting, they’re broken, and they’ll eventually let you down. Money and belongings can be ripped away from you in a moment. Relationships falter. Drugs and alcohol wear off and leave you right back where you were, or worse.

There’s a beautiful passage in the book of Psalms that I’ve grown to love. “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9, NKJV).

It’s such a simple sentence, but it encompasses all that mankind has been seeking for millennia. It is God who fills us up. He is the One who refreshes our soul and dwells in our innermost self, meeting those needs and desires that seem to be so elusive. We hunger for Him, and He alone satisfies.

Let me ask you this: What are you filled with today? Are you consumed with bitterness and anger? Do you feel like you’ve gotten a raw deal in life? Are you chasing the things of this world to fill an emptiness in your soul? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

If so, I’d encourage you to seek God and the goodness that He brings. Rather than being consumed with the temporary and broken, you could be filled with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Draw close to God, let Him satisfy your longing and hungry soul, and you’ll truly have something to be thankful for this year!

Bless you,
Will Graham

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Neeley, an event planner for the Guest Groups that hold their events 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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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.

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

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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.

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

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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″

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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.

Print this recipe.

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13th

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

 

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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.”

THE FACTS:  

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

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THE LESSONS:   

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.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME?

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?

LIVE IT OUT:  

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.

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6th

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

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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).
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These spoons are sure to bring your joy while you cook ($9.00 SKU: 703800061621).
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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).
Birdhouses
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).
JOY
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).
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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 bookstore@thecove.org.

God bless you!


 

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