Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot — Looked Who Dropped In!

A red-tailed hawk stopped by for an extended visit this week.  Once he arrived outside our maintenance building, he stayed in this same spot for a while.  We think he was either stunned or overcome with a feeling of peace and wanted to hang out with us for a spell.  Either way, after a few hours, he took off and flew into the distance.

Isn’t he beautiful?!

Red Tail Hawk at The Cove August 2016

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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

Saturday Snapshot — Women’s Seminar at The Cove

Nearly 500 women came to The Cove Friday and Saturday to gain a deeper understanding of the love and compassion of Jesus through the teaching of Lisa Harper.

Singer-songwriter Laura Story joined her friend Lisa in leading worship during the two-day event.  Enjoy this snippet of worship as Laura sings “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham.

Bible teacher, Lisa Harper teaching on the gospel of Mark.

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Over a decade ago, Lisa learned there were 147,000,000 orphans and felt called to reduce that number by one.  Here she introduced her precious daughter Missy to the women in attendance, some who had prayed with Lisa through the long, and oftentimes painful process of adoption.

Missy Harper Aug 2016

Lisa is an amazing storyteller and her teaching style makes the stories in the Bible jump off the page.  Lots to take notes on!

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Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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

Saturday Snapshot — Love, Rain & the Great Commission

“We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19

He asked,  and she said yes.  Today they say “I do” in her home church.  This sweet couple got engaged back in February in our chapel prayer room.  Sharing this picture with us they said, “We pray God will direct us as we build our future together in a Christ-centered relationship.”

Will you join us in praying for them as they embark on this journey together?

And just in case you were wondering….we do not hold weddings in our chapel.  But, we’d sure like you to stop by for a visit!

Adelaide and Tyler after engagement at chapel on Feb 27 2016Pretty much every afternoon this week, the heavens have opened up and poured out the rain. This is a behind-the-scenes shot of our Property Services manager taking care of a leak in one of our administrative offices.  The smile on this man’s face captures his obedience to this verse in Colossians: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”  (Colossian 3:23)

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And ACTION!  A LifeWay film crew was on property this week filming a segment for their Explore The Bible children’s Bible study. This lesson was focused on the Great Commission and Billy Graham’s part in sharing the gospel.

Lifeway film crew shooting a piece for childrens bible study curriculum August 9 2016

Wishing you a blessed weekend!


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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

Saturday Snapshot – It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a…

It’s a Hummingbird moth!

Spotted in Ruth’s Prayer Garden this week, the hummingbird moth is often mistaken for a small hummingbird.  It’s easy to see why–it flies and moves just like a hummingbird.

Watch our busy pollinator in action here:

Just look at the intricate design of this marvelous insect! Our heavenly Creator is a master-artist for sure.

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Tell us…have you ever seen such a thing?  We’d love to hear what sort of winged creatures you’ve spotted in your neck of the woods.  Let us know in the comment section  below.

Wishing you a blessed day!


 

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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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

Prayer Note: August

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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A WISH OR A PRAYER?

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…”  Do you recall any of the wishes you made when you were small?  I made a multitude of wishes as a child—whether it was wishing on a star, throwing a penny in a fountain, or wishing as I blew out the candles on a birthday cake—but I always followed up with a quick prayer, just as extra “insurance.”  Raised in a Christian home, I was taught early to understand the difference between a fun game of wishing versus real praying to my Heavenly Father who knew me and loved me, and I soon began to perceive that real results were more likely to come from prayer rather than wishes. Thankfully, my understanding of prayer has grown since childhood, and I’ve begun to appreciate the fact that prayer is about much more than seeing results or having my every wish fulfilled. Now when I look up at the first star of evening, I’m moved to worship rather than wishing.

I think most of us have done our share of “Star Light/Star Bright” praying — deciding on our own about the outcome we desire, and then sending up “a wish and a prayer” that God will come around to our way of thinking and send the answer exactly as we requested. Praise God He doesn’t work that way! As C. S. Lewis explained, “Prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.”

As we grow in our faith and begin to know God in a deeper way through the reading of His Word and the witness of the Holy Spirit, we learn to appreciate the conversational quality of prayer. We come to Him with our needs and concerns, yet our prayer time involves much more than just submitting the day’s “wish list.”  We begin to seek the Giver more than His gifts. We learn to listen for the still small voice of His Spirit.

“Change your definition of prayer,” Max Lucado recommends. “Think of prayer as less an activity for God and more an awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted awareness.” (Come Thirsty. Thomas Nelson, 2012.)

Let’s ask God to transform our hearts, strengthen our love for Him and deepen our awareness of Him until we begin to grasp the meaning of Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV).” Our prayer list may be long, and we should not hesitate to bring our needs to the feet of our Father and trust Him to answer according to His will; but our greatest need is to know Him in a way that transcends our present situation.

As speaker Michael Card shared during a recent Intensive Bible Training session at The Cove, “Could it possibly be true that the greater miracle is not the healing or the unexpected check that saves from bankruptcy, but the unthinkable truth that God has chosen to be with us through it all? Could it possibly be true that the miracle is not provision, but Presence?” The Maker of the Stars desires to give us something so much greater than just fulfilled wishes. He desires to give us Himself.

Please pray faithfully for The Cove throughout the month of August. Pray for the health and safety of our speakers, artists and seminar attendees. Pray for God’s provision and leading as we seek to serve and honor Him in this ministry. Most importantly, pray that those who visit The Cove will encounter God in a way that will transform their hearts and cause them to grow deeper in love with Him.

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

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Join us in praying for the following events in August:

AUGUST 2016 EVENTS
All seminars in 2016 are free (lodging and meal fees apply).
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)

When Faith Collides With Fear
with Will Graham— August 5-7

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat
with John Parrish & Trish Lancaster — August 8-11

Don’t Waste Your Sin
with Steve Brown,  August 12-14

Living Like One of Heaven’s Heroes
with Herb Reavis— August 15-17

Women’s Seminar — The Jesus We’re Aching For: The Gospel According to Mark
with Lisa Harper— August 19-20

An Evening at The Cove
with Laura Story— August 20

SeniorCelebration: God’s Great Salvation: Chosen, Redeemed, and Sealed
with Mel Blackaby — August 22-24

Life on a High Place
with Wayne Barber — August 26-28

Thank you for praying!

Saturday Snapshot — A Delight For All Your Senses

This week we bring you snapshots from around The Cove to delight all your senses.  Enjoy!

These beautiful roses adorn the front desk at the Training Center.  They come from the garden of Ed Graham, a pastor-in-residence at The Cove (and Billy Graham’s cousin).  Ed’s roses are famous for, not only their beauty, but their wonderful smell.  Since you can’t smell through your screen, you’ll have to trust us on this one.  Delightful!

Eds wonderful smelling roses July 28 2016

Michael Card spent five days teaching on Recovering the Lost Language of Lament.  We saw Jesus’ words come alive, Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.

We give thanks and praise to God for this powerful week of ministry.

Michael Card IBT 2016

Chef Douglas was in the kitchen cooking up some tasty creations this week.  While our food is presented on a fantastic buffet spread, we thought it would be fun to plate up the food to give you an idea of the types of delicious food chef and his team lovingly prepare for our guests.

Friends, you can be assured, while spending time with us at The Cove, you will never go hungry!

chef with a variety of meals July 28 2016

The chapel steeple, the deep blue sky, and the white puffy clouds were such a pretty site!

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Moss-covered rock walls line the paths throughout Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Come and find a comfortable spot to sit, pray, praise, read, and delight in the Lord’s grace, peace, and love.  Click here for hours and directions to visit our garden.

Bible resting in the moss in Ruths Prayer Garden July 2016

Bless you, friends!  Thank you for spending time with us each Saturday to see what’s going on at The Cove.


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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

 

Saturday Snapshot – Kingdom Parenting, Bears, Flowers, Facebook & Rain

Lot’s going on at The Cove this week!

Tony Evans taught the first ever parenting seminar at The Cove (this was actually last week, but sharing now).  His seminar, Kingdom Parenting, gave practical biblical instruction on training kids in the power of prayer, wisdom, loving God’s Word, getting through trials, and much more.  A blessing to both parents and grandparents alike.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

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We never tire of the beautiful view off the Training Center deck.  

“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 ESV)

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This family of bears were hoping to join in on the Kingdom Parenting seminar, but unfortunately, the cubs were too young to attend.  Last we heard, they were off to Camp Cedar Cliff.

(Photo captured on one of our security cameras.)
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Ruth’s Prayer Garden is abloom with purple coneflowers, hydrangeas, tiger lilies, roses, and more!  If you haven’t stopped by for a garden tour, make plans to now.  You won’t be disappointed.  
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The sun peaking through the forest canopy.  Reminder to be a light in this world!

Purple coneflower chapel with sun shinging

Just look at the vibrant color on these Tiger Lilies!

Tiger Lily at the chapel July 2016

Stephanie Seefeldt leads worship at The Cove several times throughout the year.  This year, she streamed a few worship sets LIVE on her Facebook page.  This one during the R.T. Kendall seminar.  Sorry about the sideways picture, but we wanted to share with you the number at the bottom of the image.  705 people were able to join in Cove worship from all around the world.  Isn’t technology amazing!

Stephanie Seefeldt FB Live

We’ve been praying for rain, so these rain clouds rolling in one evening early this week were a most welcome site.  TC with storm clouds July 2016 smWe hope you have a lovely weekend, friends!  “May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:2 ESV)


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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

 

 

Saturday Snapshot — Animals and People Abound

This beautiful deer was greeting our staff and guests as they came in the Training Center one morning this week.  She and her friends have enjoyed dining on our flower beds!  The perks of sharing space with God’s precious creatures on this 1,200 acres.

deer at the TC July 2016

Cove bears generally stick to the rules while on property.  This one yielded just in time for a quick photo before he sauntered off in to the woods.

bear at yield sign July 2016

Despite all the animal pictures we share here, we also have humans on property too!  Pastor Lon Allison was a HUGE blessing to an auditorium filled with pastors and their spouses.  The event was a 2-day Pastor’s Institute in which pastor Allison taught on discipleship.

Lon Allison at PI July 2016

This is one of five Leadership Events The Cove offered this year which was free (program, meals, and lodging) to qualifying pastors and their spouses.  If you are interested in attending one, look under the Leadership tab on our website.

There is only one more remaining in 2016 and lodging is now full, but we still have room in the auditorium and dining room.  Keep your eyes out for our free 2017 events for pastors too.

Wishing you a blessed weekend and week to come!


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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

Saturday Snapshot – Gospel Music on the Mountain

Talk about worship!  If you’ve ever seen The Collingsworth Family perform live, your socks were no doubt knocked off.

This six-member family of amazingly talented people performed for An Evening at The Cove on Thursday to a sold-out crowd.  Following are a few pictures for your enjoyment.

Family from left to right: Kim (mother), Olivia, Phillip Jr., Courtney, Brooklyn, and Phil (father).

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Kim Collingsworth (matriarch of the family) has mastered the piano like no other.  She says, “I practice and pray and leave the rest up to Jesus!”

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Sisters Olivia and Brooklyn harmonizing with their brother, Phillip Jr. — delightful!

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It’s always fun for the fans to meet the artists at our Evening at The Cove events.  We had a table-ful here!  Collingsworth -1058 sm

This is little Emma, cradled in her grandma’s arms.  She is the first and only grandchild at this point.  You think she gets loved on a bunch?!  She has been traveling with her parents, Brooklyn (Collingsworth daughter) and Will Blair (Collingsworth road manager/sound technician) since she was 2-weeks old.     Collingsworth -1044 sm

Just look at that face!  P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S! Collingsworth -1037 sm

Most people say they never want to leave when they come to a Cove event.  241 of those attending the concert decided to stretch out their time a bit and spend the night with us.

Here’s a picture of one of our inn rooms, where the post dinner/ concert slumber took place.

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The following morning it was reported that “A joyful group of people sang hymns while in the breakfast line.”  Looks like they rested well and were still feeling the joy carried over from their evening!

We’d love to see you at An Evening at The Cove.  Click here for the schedule.  A couple have sold out (Laura Story and Fernado Ortega), so make sure to get your tickets early.

God bless you!

Saturday Snapshot – Deliciousness at The Cove

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O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Him. (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food!

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Our Executive Chef Douglas Walls and his team serve thousands of guests each year, as they come to enjoy a seminar, concert or retreat in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of dishes that he’s served this week.

Grilled grouper served with whipped parsnips and wild rice pilaf.  Photo credit: Chef Douglas Walls
Grilled grouper served with whipped parsnips and wild rice pilaf.
Photo credit: Chef Douglas Walls
Grilled pork chop with creamy risotto and shaved brussel sprouts.  Photo credit: Chef Douglas Walls
Grilled pork chop with creamy risotto and shaved brussel sprouts.
Photo Credit: Chef Douglas Walls


To enjoy recipes from The Cove at home,
click here.

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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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