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Saturday Snapshot

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”  Colossians 3:23

HGTV would be proud of us!  We’re working hard on updating and spiffing up some of the inn rooms at the Shepherd’s Inn.

Last January we renovated half of the inn rooms at the Shepherd’s Inn. This year we are working on the other half.

Please keep the hard working men working on this project in your prayers as we near our deadline for completion.  We’ll share updated photos once the work is complete.

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Tiling the shower/tub area.
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Putting up the new wallpaper.

Saturday Snapshot

One of our tech guys got a GoPro camera for Christmas this year and brought it to work.  Check out his fancy filming in which he used a time lapse setting to capture the 400+ ladies filling in the auditorium for our annual Women’s Bible Study.

Watch here!

Footage is from the morning Bible study with Jane Derrick.

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The Power of Christ in Louis Zamperini’s Life

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

Several decades ago, an Olympian turned soldier survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, journeyed at sea in a small raft for 47 days, and was finally thrown into a Japanese prison camp; a place where he probably should have died of starvation and constant torture.

This man – Louis Zamperini – beat the odds and made it home. His incredible tale of determination, bravery and survival is excellently portrayed in the feature film “Unbroken,” which is in theaters this week.

There’s an interesting challenge when it comes to movies, though. There are only so many minutes to go around and you can’t tell everything about a man’s life in the space allowed, especially someone like Louis who lived through so many incredible experiences.

The name “Unbroken” definitely fits for the hero who returned victoriously from war, but something happened to Louis when he was back in the U.S., something that isn’t shown in the film.

You see, he survived, but Louis was not unbroken when he came home. Rather, by his own admission, he struggled with alcoholism as he attempted to overcome the memories of his experiences. He was inflicted with horrible nightmares of “The Bird,” the brutal guard who mercilessly antagonized and beat him in the prison camp. At one point Louis woke in the middle of the night from a vivid dream to find himself strangling his wife, envisioning her as his captor.

Louis’ world was spiraling out of control, and his marriage and life were falling apart. He was, indeed, broken.

If this was the end of the story, it would likely be a grim one, but something else happened. Jesus Christ grabbed hold of Louis and changed his life forever, for eternity!

In 1949, a young evangelist named Billy Graham – my grandfather – held a Crusade in a tent at the corners of Washington and Hill streets in the city of Los Angeles. Louis’ wife went to one of the meetings and committed her life to Christ. She returned home and told her husband that she was no longer planning to divorce him because of the decision she had just made in following Jesus. She asked him to come with her to hear Billy Graham the next night.

Louis did go to hear my grandfather, and – ultimately – remembered the promise he’d made to God when he was adrift in the ocean, when he promised to serve Him if allowed to survive.

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Louis Zamperini and Billy Graham first met at the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade. This picture was taken over 60 years later in 2011 at Billy Graham’s home in Montreat, NC.

Louis walked forward, committed his life to Christ, and allowed Him to mend the broken pieces of his life. The nightmares and the thirst for alcohol were gone. His marriage was restored. He was even able to forgive “The Bird.”

I never personally met Mr. Zamperini. I wish I had, but he passed away earlier this year. He was to be the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day, and – even though he’s gone home to be with Jesus – the parade is still honoring his life and legacy. I’m very humbled to represent my grandfather and his role in Louis’ life on the City of Torrance float, which is dedicated to their hometown hero.

Perhaps you aren’t a war hero. You are likely not an Olympian. In remembering Louis, however, I’d like to ask you – the reader – a question. Is your life broken, like Louis’ was when he returned from war? Are you battling against things that are out of your control, captive to sin and pain? If so, I believe that Jesus can do for you what He did for Louis some 65 years ago. He can set you free, and make you unbroken! I invite you to visit www.PeaceWithGod.net to learn more.

On Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2014 the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association released a half-hour documentary telling the rest of Louis Zamperini’s story, the part that is left untold in the major Hollywood production of “Unbroken.” Watch the program at www.BillyGraham.tv, and order a DVD copy by giving a gift of any amount to the BGEA at www.BillyGraham.org/unbroken

Saturday Snapshot

We recently had three very special days with Cliff Barrows during his 10th annual “Christmas at The Cove with Cliff Barrows and Friends” event.

This year marks the end of his “official” involvement with the event, but as he has always been family and a ministry partner to the Graham family, he is sure to come back for many visits.   “We’ll never have another one like this,” Mr. Barrows said.

Click here for a recap of this wonderful celebration.

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Cliff Barrows and Tom Bledsoe at Christmas at the Cove.
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Sweet moment as Will Graham escorts Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Barrows away from the Training Center.

What’s Happening at The Cove – January 2015

Coming to the cove January

We look to the new year with anticipation.  As the temperatures drop, we welcome you to join us for warm fellowship and Godly teaching.

Check out our schedule for the month of January 2015 below.  Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

WBS January

Ladies, come share the faithfulness of God from the Scriptures and make lasting friendships at the Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove. Both studies are free and newcomers are always welcome!
Registration is required for both studies.

Women’s Bible Study (Morning): Is Peace Possible?
 with Jane Derrick, January 6- March 3, 2015
*Please note there will be no bible study on February 24, 2015*
There is a $10 optional lunch, but you must register for the meal the week prior.

Women’s Bible Study (Evening): Compelled:
Christ’s Relentless Love For You

with Kendra Graham, January 6-February 17, 2015

 

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Leadership Training: The Great Commission Practicum
January 15-16, 2015

The Great Commission Practicum is a contemporary, kingdom-centered disciple-making initiative designed to partner with mission-minded churches. Small Group leaders from participating churches will leave prepared to equip successive spiritual generations of effective Christian disciple-makers.
Early Bird Special: If pre-registered before January 3, 2015 each conference attendee will receive a $30 discount.
To register call 1-800-950-2092.

Looking for a place to host your own event at The Cove?
It’s a great destination for your group.
Click here for more information.

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Mist rising over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Saturday Snapshot

With hearts full of thanks, we look to the Christmas season with wonder and anticipation.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

The Christmas decorations went up this week.  We have such a gifted team who really put their hearts into this process.

These two snapshots are from The Chatlos Memorial Chapel.  Stop by for a free tour and check it out for yourself.  Click here for hours and directions.

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chapel 3 Nativity

Saturday Snapshot

“Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Jesus

William Franklin Graham V, also known as Quinn, was asked by his 3rd grade teacher to compose either a poem or a psalm.

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Quinn with his 3rd grade teacher.

Guess what the great-grandson of Reverend Billy Graham chose?

A Psalm.

Quinn stopped by The Cove recently to share his Psalm with us and we would like to share with you.

Enjoy.

Psalm of Quinn Portrait
Quinn is son of Cove Executive Director Will Graham and his wife Kendra.

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