Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot — Ruth Graham’s Words Live On

Billy Graham once said, “Many ask me, ‘Who is the greatest Christian I’ve ever known?’ I always answer, ‘Ruth.’ She’s the greatest Christian I’ve ever known.”

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Today would have been Ruth Graham’s 97th birthday.  Born in China in 1920 to medical missionary parents, she later served the Lord, alongside her husband, for more than 60 years.  Ruth was called home by her Savior 10 years ago, but her words and her legacy of prayer live on…

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Ruth’s desk at their home in Montreat, North Carolina.  As you can see, she spent a great deal of time in God’s Word.  Ruth Graham desk

Executive Director of The Cove and Ruth’s grandson, Will Graham, appreciated his grandmother’s heart for prayer so much, that he dedicated Ruth’s Prayer Garden in her honor.  We’d love to share the prayer garden, adjacent to Chatlos Memorial Chapel, with more than 150 plant varieties, with you.  Stop by and take a tour….it’s free.  Click here for directions and hours. 

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Saturday Snapshot – Race to the Top

Who doesn’t love a good challenge?

Many of the participants for last weekend’s Military Marriage Retreat sure did!  Anytime we have active-duty military men and women on property, hiking or running to the overlook is a popular option during free time, so this year we thought we’d make an official race of it–complete with prize packs for the winners!

Our Race to the Top challenge started from the trail entrance near Chatlos Memorial Chapel and ended at the top of The Cove overlook–a nearly 4-mile uphill trek!

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Each participant  timed themselves (the honor system seemed appropriate with our honorable military participants) and completed the challenge during their free time.  Some woke up early and headed up at sunrise, while others ventured up in the afternoon.

Finish times ranged from 41 minutes and 12 seconds to over 2 hours.  As you can imagine, it wasn’t a feat for the faint of heart, but 39 people finished the race.

Here are some of the racers:

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We think the view from the top, as well as the journey along the way, was a fun experience for all.

And the winners were…

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Women’s Division Winner – Kati. She completed the race with a time of 46:03.
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Men’s Division Winner – Christopher. He completed the race with a time of 41:12.

Congratulations to the winners, as well as to all the participants. Racing to the overlook here at The Cove is certainly no easy feat!

There was more than a race going on over the weekend…118 military couples were enlightened by powerful Bible teaching from Chip Ingram, and led in worship by Marty Goetz.

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The next Military Marriage Retreat at The Cove will be held September 8-10, 2017.  Tommy Nelson will be speaking on the topic of Living Well in Your Marriage.  The retreat is free (includes program, meals and lodging) to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service-members, so please help spread the word.


Saturday Snapshot — Retired Life

Ron Hutchcraft, one of our speakers at The Cove, says about retirement: “It’s God’s will that you should “bear fruit” in your “old age,” that you stay fresh and productive, not stale and on the sidelines. You can retire from a career. You can retire from a company or an occupation, but you can’t retire from the service of Jesus Christ!”  

Many of the prayer requests we receive from guests and visitors are from people in retirement who have slowed down and have lost the sense of purpose they once had.

While there are all sorts of volunteer ministry opportunities, we have some pretty special retired saints serving at The Cove in a ministry that you may not have heard of.  They are Christian RV’ers, traveling the country and serving the Lord through their volunteer service with Volunteer Mobile Missionaries (VMM).  The Cove happens to be one of the volunteer sites they choose to come and serve throughout the year.

We’d like you to meet Ashley and Gloria.  These two have blessed us with their service for several weeks during the spring months over the last two years.

Listen as they tell you a little about their experience volunteering at The Cove and beyond.

So grateful for these two!
Ashley and Gloria and their neighborhood May 2017 with their RV

A shot of Ashley and Gloria’s “neighborhood” while staying at The Cove.

Ashley and Gloria and their neighborhood May 2017 RV

When asked if the RV was a gas guzzler, Gloria directed me to this sign on their RV door…
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Amen to that!

Click here and here to read about other Christian RV’ers that also serve at The Cove.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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

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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

 

 

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 22nd

This week’s verse is brought to you by Alex, a chapel volunteer here at The Cove. His verse is John 14:3.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

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Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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

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

Saturday Snapshot — Bears Requesting Recipes

Is anyone else amazed that we are almost five full months into 2017? How time flies!  Let this be a reminder to us all to slow down and enjoy the special moments that God arranges throughout our days.

Here are a few of those moments captured from our neck of the woods…

Rhody in all her glory!

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Our guests are always pleased when Blue Cheese Bread Pudding is on the menu.  It truly is scrumptious!
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This curious creature is trying to get a peek in the Training Center’s dining room windows. Her body language told us that she’d like the recipe for the blue cheese bread pudding to share with her family. We certainly do share the recipe…if you’re interested, here it is.

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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.

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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK of May 15th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Paula, a guest here at The Cove. Her verse is John 14:6.

“No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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

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

Saturday Snapshot — Music, Scripture, Flowers and Views

This week, at the Training Center, we had a wonderful Senior Celebration seminar with Pete Briscoe teaching on how Jesus sees us.  Can you imagine being able to see through Jesus’ eyes?!  Pete was joined by extremely talented musicians, Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor.  A great time was had by all.

Here, some of the Senior Celebration participants are seen on the Training Center deck during their free time, enjoying fellowship and live music.  The young man playing is a pastor that came with some of the senior adults in his church.

singing and picking on the deck guests from senior celebration May 2017During the month of May, the Trillium wildflowers are in full bloom. They bloom along the hiking trail as you get higher up the mountain, but are like a carpet in a meadow near the overlook.  Behold the beauty…

Trillium May 2017There are over 300 prayer pillars located throughout our 1,200 acres, and this one reminds us of Jesus’ words: “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Prayer Pillar at meadow May 2017And now, the grand finale and reward for making it all the way to the top…

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

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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Saturday Snapshot — April Showers Bring May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers….

The vibrant colors of spring show off God’s artistic touch in such beautiful ways.  All we have to do is look around…

This rose in front of the Training Center is one of the first to bloom this season.  Oh, how we wish you could smell it!

Do you remember the video devotion our gardener shared with us last year?  If not, or you’d like to watch again, click here.

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Two of God’s beautiful creations!  He spoils us, doesn’t He?

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Pink and purple azaleas delight those passing by in the Training Center parking lot.

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The butterflies were all aflutter on the azaleas near Chatlos Memorial Chapel.  Can you hear the stream in the background.  Ahhh….

We’d love to hear what your weekend plans are.  Tell us in the comments below.


 

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

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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

PRAYER NOTE: MAY 2017

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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By Donna Riesen

WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY

“In the end we shall find every promise of God perfectly fulfilled. Then why should we not let our hearts rest in peace about everything that happens? Nothing can happen that can break a single one of these precious promises. There is no promise of an easy passage, but there are promises for every day of the voyage. Each day, let us take one promise for our own, live on it, test it and prove it—and thank God for it.”  —Amy Carmichael

Earlier this year I sat at a small table in a fast-food restaurant, waiting for my husband to return with our quick lunch of burgers and fries. We were on the return leg of a 9-hour journey, halfway home after having made an emergency trip to Florida to visit an aging parent who was dealing with his own serious health issues while caring for a spouse who suffered from dementia.

Gazing out the large plate-glass window opposite my table, I prayed silently for their increasingly desperate situation, asking God to intervene and bring healing, wisdom and provision. For the hundredth time, I confessed to the Lord that I didn’t really know what to pray. No sooner had I said amen than I lapsed into my fallback mode of worry and anxiety, staring absently out the window while trying to figure out how to solve this impossibly tangled situation. There were serious medical issues, financial constraints, family dynamics, and logistical issues to consider. Even nutrition was a concern. While Meals on Wheels was available, I worried they might not be willing to call to request delivery as often as it was needed.

As I sat drowning in my sea of worry, the scene taking place outside the window gradually came into focus: A huge flock of birds was descending upon the gas station opposite the restaurant. The sheer number of birds initially caught my eye; then I discovered what had drawn them. A box-truck carrying crates of a popular snack chip had pulled up alongside the pump, and the driver had thrown open the back doors and was generously distributing “Meals on Wheels” to the delight of this cluster of hungry birds! I sat in amazement, watching this parable unfold in what seemed like slow-motion. The driver flung out his arms, liberally distributing provision for the flock, “over and abundantly, above all [they] could ask or think” with their tiny bird brains.

Meanwhile, my bird brain finally got it! As I “considered the birds,” the Holy Spirit brought to my mind the words of Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount:

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  [Matthew 6:25-26, NKJV]

Praise God for the way He speaks so gently to us, feeding us with the manna of His Word and nourishing our spirit to strengthen and sustain us. He heard my prayer and patiently guided me away from my worries and back to His Word and His promises.

As I write this months later, I continue to struggle with the tendency toward worry. Yet I look back on the intervening days in amazement, having seen my Heavenly Father provide, uphold and sustain my earthly father. My dad is now at the beginning stages of grieving the loss of a spouse.  For long days he sat in a small room of a nursing home, gently watching over his wife as she succumbed to the debilitating disease of dementia.  The window near her bed revealed two bird feeders, often frequented by tiny, brightly-hued finches and brilliant-red cardinals.  Outside the back door of the facility, a brightly painted birdhouse held three small eggs which hatched just days before my stepmother died.  We watched as mama and papa bird made frequent trips to feed and care for their little ones. Each time I visited I prayed the Lord would use those birds to remind Dad of His promises.

Billy Graham has said, “The best way to pray is to open the Bible and pray Scripture back to the Lord, claiming His promises and asking that He strengthen and guide [us] in obeying His Word.”

I pray that God will encourage you today, in whatever situation you are walking through. If you don’t know how to pray, open your Bible and ask Him to speak His Words of comfort, strength and truth into your heart. Then hold tight to His promise, knowing He is holding you as you continue your journey.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, ESV).


We appreciate you joining us in prayer for the following events taking place on The Cove property during the month of May:

MAY CALL TO PRAYER

SeniorCelebration: Pete Briscoe — May 8-10
Through His Eyes: Seeing as Jesus Does

Larry Crabb Seminar— May 15-17
Counterfeit Christianity: Recognizing False Teaching in Order to Live the True Gospel

Rachael Crabb Women’s Seminar— May 18-19
Love: The Mark of a Christian

Jonathan Falwell Seminar— May 22-24
Finishing Strong—A Study of 2 Timothy

Henry, Richard and Mike Blackaby Seminar— May 24-26
Living Out of the Overflow

Military Marriage Retreat with Chip Ingram — Experiencing God’s Best for Your Marriage – May 26-28

An Evening at The Cove Dinner and Concert with Annie Moses Band — May 28

Saturday Snapshot — Cinematic Filming

This week we had a special opportunity to have a drone pilot and his team stop by to do some aerial cinematography of the beautiful Cove property.  We look forward to showing you the finished footage in the future, but in the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes shots for you to enjoy.

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Getting the equipment ready for flight.
Calibrating the drone before takeoff
Calibration process.
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Ready for takeoff!
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Pilot and camera operator in action.

And here is the drone in flight with the Shepherd’s Inn in the background…

And here is a bit of the filming off the Training Center deck.  The drone later took off much further back and higher…

We can’t wait to share the footage captured by the drone — from our preview today, it looks absolutely breathtaking!

Happy weekend, friends!


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

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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.