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Saturday Snapshot — Prophecy Seminar and a Simulcast

Nearly 500 guests joined Anne Graham Lotz, Jonathan Cahn, and special guest Bill Koenig for a prophecy seminar and study on the book of Joel here at The Cove last weekend.

An additional 800+ people from 9 countries opted to join us online for the simulcast from the comfort of their own homes.   Isn’t it amazing how technology connects us! Just like here on our blog.

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Wake up and keep watching for Christ’s return.
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Beautiful worship with Selah.
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Amy Perry (Selah) singing “It Is Well With My Soul”.
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Jonathan Cahn, pastor, Messianic Jewish Rabbi, and author of The Harbinger.
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Jesus is coming!

If you’d like to access a replay of the seminar, you may purchase on-demand access to the five sessions individually by clicking here.

You may also purchase the CDs, MP3s, and DVDs of the full seminar through our bookstore by calling 1-800-950-2092 (menu option 3) or emailing bookstore@thecove.org.

We’d love to hear from you.  What have you got planned this weekend?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!

 

 

Saturday Snapshot – Fall Photo Challenge Recap

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The Cove’s 14-Day Photo Challenge has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who participated!

We wanted to create a challenge that would celebrate the Summer to Fall transition and although there has not been a lot of Fall color to share, we were amazed at everyone’s creativity!

Following is the photo prompt list and all 14 days of our posts.  We hope you enjoy!

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Day 1 - Photo Prompt: “Be Still”

“Be still, and know that I am God.” After a busy summer, this may be a good time to reevaluate our routines. What better place to start then to be still with God and listen to His guidance.
Photo: Kneeler in the Training Center prayer room.

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Day 2 – Photo Prompt: “Newspaper”

Tragic story in Asheville’s newspaper today, but father and son’s faith and trust in God is highlighted. After losing his 8-year old son to brain cancer last week (he also lost his wife to cancer in 2014), father shares, “My faith is what’s kept me functioning and as strong as I am. And Malachi’s faith was equally strong.” Please keep Jay Siltzer in your prayers as he walks through this sorrowful time.

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Day 3 – Photo Prompt: “Labor”

Happy Labor Day! What are you up to today? Photo: Some of the great people who work at The Cove. We are blessed!

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Day 4 - Photo Prompt: “Verse”

What Scripture has had the most impact in your Christian walk? This is a picture of Will Graham’s Bible and his life verse: John 3:30

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Day 5 - Photo Prompt: “Tradition”

We asked Gigi Graham (Billy & Ruth Graham’s eldest daughter) a Fall tradition she remembered from her childhood. She shared, “One sweet thing was as my parents got older, for years the first beautiful Fall leaf daddy found, he world pick it up and take it to mama. She preferred that to a red rose.” What Fall tradition do you enjoy now or remember from your childhood?

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Day 6 – Photo Prompt: “Throwback”

May 1936, along with 25 other students, Billy Graham (The Cove founder) graduated from Sharon High School. He wrote these words as his yearbook entry: “My hopes and plans for the future is to serve God and do His will as a minister of the Gospel.”

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Day 7 – Photo Prompt: “Morning”

The sun reflecting off the clouds at the break of day. The Training Center deck is such a serene place to be early in the morning.

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Day 8 – Photo Prompt: “Worship”

“Worship in the truest sense takes place only when our full attention is on God — on His glory, power, majesty, love and compassion.” — Billy Graham
Photo: Chatlos Memorial Chapel sanctuary at The Cove.

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Day 9 – Photo Prompt: “Remember”

“No matter how hard we try, words simply cannot express the horror, the shock and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a Day to Remember. We’ve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.” — Billy Graham at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 14, 2001.
Photo: Pictorial display in the Training Center.

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Day 10 – Photo Prompt: “Morning”

Here at The Cove, we are blessed to begin our days with staff devotions. Will Graham is currently teaching from the book of 2 Samuel. How do you start your mornings?

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Day 11 – Photo Prompt: “Food”

There are so many good Fall foods and seasonal treats. This is one of our favorites! Our pastry chef is amazing and her Pecan Pie will melt in your mouth! You can find this recipe, by clicking here.  Enjoy! What are your favorite Fall-type foods?

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Day 12- Photo prompt: “Gratitude”

We are grateful for the able hands and willing hearts of those who work on The Cove grounds and maintenance team. We see them as God’s helpers in making things look extra beautiful around here!

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Day 13- Photo prompt: “Leaves”

We’ve not reached peak leaf season yet, here in Asheville, but every day transformation is taking place right before our eyes. While the beautiful fall colors will be abundant and delight us even more in the weeks to come, the small daily changes in the leaves provide much beauty, too. Don’t let these small glimpses escape your attention!

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Day 14- Photo prompt: “Moon”

The moon was full when, a guest here at The Cove, took this amazing photo from the rear Training Center deck last year. This being the last day of our photo challenge, we thought what better time than on the day of the Harvest Moon to share this image.
Space.com shares with us: “Summer’s end is on the horizon, and the arrival of autumn will be heralded by a Harvest Moon on Sept. 16. The term “Harvest Moon” refers to the full moon that falls nearest to the autumnal equinox, which will take place on Sept. 22.”

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Here’s a quick recap of what other participants of the photo challenged shared with us!

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Be on the lookout for our next photo challenge in 2017!


We’d love for you to stop by for a visit and tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center.  Both tours are free.  Click here for directions and operating hours.

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

Saturday Snapshot – Christmas Already?

If you’re like most of us and haven’t started humming Christmas hymns quite yet, you might be after seeing what’s now selling (like hotcakes) in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore!

You might be thinking, “Christmas stuff, already??”

Yes!  It’s for those organized people that actually do their Christmas shopping before the 2nd week of December!

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Ornaments, ornaments, and more ornaments!
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Christmas cards galore!
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The Reason for the season — Jesus!

Since we’re on the subject of Christmas, we’d love to hear from you:

What is your favorite Christmas hymn or carol?
What is your favorite Christmas food?
What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Leave your answers in the comment section below.


Would you like to attend a Carol Sing, Women’s Christmas Luncheon, or a Christmas at The Cove dinner and concert?  We’d love to have you!  Click here for our Christmas events schedule.

Saturday Snapshot – Fall Photo Challenge Begins Today

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The participation in our summer photo challenge (#InTheGardenPhotoChallenge) was fantastic!  Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun.

Are you ready for another photo challenge?

We are!  And today officially launches The Cove’s 2016 #CoveFallPhotoChallenge

Here’s how it works:

Post one photo daily, using the daily prompts noted below, on Instagram or Facebook.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CoveFallPhotoChallenge when you post your photo so we can all see what each other are sharing.

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Not a professional photographer?  Don’t worry, neither are we. Every photo we post will be taken by either an iPhone or a Canon camera.  No fancy equipment or special skills needed!

Need some ideas of what to share? Post a picture of the changing colors of leaves, your favorite fall tradition, a newspaper headline that makes you smile, or a photo of the special place where you find stillness with God. 

Most importantly, have fun!  Take time to enjoy the details in your surroundings.


FYI: Anyone taking part in the photo challenge may have their photos shared by The Cove and other participants. 

The changing colors of fall make this season one of the most beautiful times to visit our area.  Make sure to 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.

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.

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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.

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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.