We are very excited about the buzz surrounding Billy Graham’s new book – his 30th. The book, officially debuting on Oct. 18, is called Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well. It contains personal autobiographical reflections from Billy Graham on how he has come to view old age, including the realization that the time to prepare for one’s senior years is now.
That’s right. Skip Heitzig, pastor of 14,000-member Calvary of Albuquerque, was with us here at The Cove. And, we learned that when he’s not preaching, teaching, writing or ministering to thousands through his multimedia ministry, he enjoys playing his ukulele.
An old familiar song…
“Holy Holy Holy”
Something else you might not know about Skip. As a teenager, he got caught up in drugs and ventured into the occult. But God reached him one day in 1973 as he was watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV. The Gospel message penetrated his soul and he knelt and prayed to receive Christ. To God be the glory!
Do you love to read a good biography or autobiography? For many people, these are their favorite types of books to read. Have you ever thought of the Bible this way?
Through reading His Word, it’s possible to know God, who is both invisible and wholly different from us. As your comprehension of who He is and how He operates in the world increases, you’ll discover how to listen so you can hear Him speak and how to recognize His will enacted in the circumstances of your life. You’ll have a deeper understanding of the biblical God, experience more fulfilling interaction with Him, and learn what it means to be His friend.
Recently, award-winning group Selah joined us at The Cove for a concert. We had the opportunity to sit down with them for a while. Amy Perry shared with us about how expecting a child (she’s 20 weeks!) has helped her grow in her relationship with the Lord. Check it out.
We just launched a brand-new, redesigned website. Check it out at www.thecove.org. We’ve organized the content to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for – upcoming events, news and announcements, information about hosting a guest group event, and more.
In addition, in the “Resources” section, you can find a daily devotion from Billy Graham, plus the archive of past daily devotions. We hope you’ll consider reading those as you grow in your daily walk with the Lord.
Stop by and, as always, feel free to let us know what you think.
Our assistant director, Will Graham, who often travels the world preaching the Gospel, just completed an 18-day visit to the United Kingdom on Monday. His trip culminated with Rock Thurrock, an evangelistic event over the weekend just outside of London.
While it was held in a smaller venue, nearly 300 people came forward when invited to make a decision to follow Jesus. And, about 75 percent of those were between the ages of 10 and 18. Please join us in praying for these new believers!
In addition to his messages, Will brought greetings from his father, Franklin Graham, and grandfather, Billy Graham, who has a long history of ministry in the United Kingdom. Throughout his time in the country Will was warmly welcomed by many people who recalled seeing the elder Graham preach in one or more of his many UK events, beginning with his Greater London Crusade at Harringay Arena in 1954 and ending with Mission England in 1989.
Prior to the opening night of Rock Thurrock, Will spent two weeks touring the United Kingdom and speaking to several different groups from Cardiff to Exeter.
“I’ve spoken with Christians and church leaders across the country, and they’re all telling me the same thing,” Will said. “They all say that it feels like God is getting ready to do something big in the UK. They’ve seen things they haven’t seen in 30 years, such as the level of prayer and unity in the churches.”
Earlier in the week, a wide range of church leaders from the London area gathered to hear the news that Will’s father, Franklin Graham, would be part of a large-scale evangelistic outreach in the UK. It is anticipated that the event will take place in London in 2013.
To learn more about Will Graham and his ministry, join him on Facebook and Twitter! Please continue to pray for his ongoing ministry.
“In becoming a Christian, we don’t need to retreat from the vocational calling we already have-nor do we need to justify that calling, whatever it is, in terms of its “spiritual” value or evangelistic usefulness. We simply exercise whatever our calling is with new God-glorifying motives, goals, and standards-and with a renewed commitment to performing our calling with greater excellence and higher objectives.”
We are called to glorify God, no matter our occupation. These words are a great reminder from Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He wrote on this topic in a recent article for Christian Post.
Remember this: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV)
Tullian will be with us at The Cove this fall presenting a special seminar entitled “Jesus + Nothing = Everything.” Click here to learn more. And, if you are on Twitter, be sure to follow Tullian at @pastortullian!
This past weekend was one of reflection, prayer and remembrance. We think of the families of those who lost their lives 10 years ago in the worst terrorist attack our country has ever seen.
On Sunday, The Cove served as a host-site for a simulcast of “A Wake-Up Call for God’s People” with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg. In the September issue of Christianity Today, Anne answers the question, “How have I changed since 9/11?” Here’s an excerpt of her response:
September 11 was an alarm that penetrated my daily responsibilities and my busy ministry schedule, warning me…of what? Then years ago, I could not have answered that question. All I knew with certainty was that God was trying to get the attention of his people, including me. Like the prophet Isaiah in the year that King Uzziah died, I looked up with the eyes of faith.
What I saw was not just a fresh vision of Jesus Christ. Like Isaiah, I also saw a humiliating vision of my own sin. I spent days on my face before God, confessing my sin and receiving his cleansing. The result was an authentic experience of personal revival.
To read more from Anne, pick up the latest issue of Christianity Today.
How have you changed since 9/11? Let us know in the comments section.
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