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Prayer Note: September 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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“It cost Christ and all of his followers sharp showers and hot sweats, [before they made it] to the top of the mountain; but still our soft nature would have heaven coming to our bedside while we are sleeping, and lying down with us so that we might go to heaven in warm clothes.”   —Samuel Rutherford

view from the overlook May 2017

OVERLOOK PRAYERS

In May of this year, we were pleased to welcome Chip Ingram and over 200 military service personnel and spouses for a Military Marriage Retreat at The Cove. Aside from Chip’s powerful Bible teaching and practical insights on marriage and family life, there was a fun and light-hearted “first” at this weekend retreat. On Saturday (the day before the retreat ended), participants were invited to compete in the “Race to the Top,” making a challenging 4-mile hike to the top of the Cove Overlook.

Awards were given to the winners in the male and female categories, and we enjoyed hearing stories and viewing social media posts from those who completed the race.

Another Military Marriage Retreat will be held this month (September 8-10). Rev. Tommy Nelson will teach on “The Art of Living Well in Marriage,” and the couples will again be invited to compete in another “Race to the Top.”

EVERYBODY WINS

There are two “official winners” in the strenuous event; yet the real reward for completing the race is given freely to everyone who makes it to the top of the precipice: a breathtaking view of God’s creative work. If you’ve ever made the trek to the Overlook, you know. The Cove’s lush, green canopy of trees stretches out below, while the towering white steeple of Chatlos Memorial Chapel points heavenward as a testimony to grace.  Above and beyond rise the misty blue, green and gray shades of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The panorama is definitely worth the hike!

Of those fearless warriors who accomplish the feat, many pause not only to catch their breath, but also to sit and pray, hearts quiet before their Creator, in awe of the majesty and beauty of His creation.

PERSEVERING IN PRAYER

It might seem easier to pray in a picturesque setting like the Overlook, gazing out over the world from a higher vantage point; yet the majority of our prayers are prayed at street-level, trying to escape the distractions of everyday life and the temptations of our daily struggle with self and sin. In our real-life “Race to the Top,” we may often feel we take one step forward and slide two steps back.

Even on the mountain-top, it may seem as if our problems, distractions and failures have followed us up the slope—or maybe even beaten us to the top—meeting us there with accusations of guilt. “What do you think you’re doing, kneeling atop this mountain? You’re in no condition to pray! Just take a look at this long list of sins you’ve committed and important tasks you’ve left undone. Why, if I unrolled the whole thing it would stretch all the way back down to the valley.”

So much for Overlook prayers. But before getting up from your knees and giving up—before you start down the path of prayerlessness, remember the hope-filled words of the psalmist David. “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV).

Not only does our salvation, our life and our very breath come from God, but our ability to pray is a gracious gift from Him as well. As Billy Graham once said, “God Himself is the power that makes prayer work.”

The location doesn’t matter—whether you’re voicing a prayer from the scenic vantage-point of the Overlook or seeking the Lord with your head leaning over a mop bucket, He’s ready to hear. Whether you’ve had a victorious week of seeing God at work and sensing His presence or a week of failures and straying from His will, He’s ready to forgive.  Because Christ’s blood cleanses our sin when we confess it (1 John 1:7) and His Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26), God stands ready to hear our prayer. Like the “Race to the Top” of the Cove Overlook, the journey to persevering prayer is worth the effort.

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2, NKJV).

During the month of September, pray especially for the military couples who attend the retreat. Pray for healing of relationships, rest for war-weary hearts and minds, and victory over battles with sin and temptation.  We are honored to serve these couples who have sacrificed so much to preserve and defend our freedom. Now let’s be faithful to pray for them.

Run with patience the race that is set before you” (Hebrews 12:1, NKJV).

—Donna Riesen


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

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

SEPTEMBER CALL TO PRAYER

Erwin Lutzer — September 5-7
The Mysteries of God: Drawing Near to the God We Love, Fear, and Struggle to Understand

An Evening at The Cove with Travis Cottrell — September 7
An evening of fellowship, delicious food and uplifting music!

Tommy Nelson — September 8-10
Military Marriage Retreat — The Art of Living Well in Marriage

Chip Ingram — September 15-17
The Real God: How He Longs for You to See Him

SeniorCelebration: James Merritt with Sisters — September 18-20
Out of Options? Relying on God in Desperate Times

Please join our brothers and sisters in Texas in prayer today.  Sunday, Sept. 3, has been proclaimed a Day of Prayer in Texas by Governor Abbott. 

Saturday Snapshot — Songstress in the Chapel

Roxi visited us this week all the way from Bucharest, Romania. Enjoy as she sings, “There is None Like You,” in her native tongue.

So beautiful!  Please pray for Roxy and her husband as they share the love of Jesus through their church plant in Romania.

Video filmed in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel prayer room.


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Find a schedule of seminars, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, N.C.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Tours are free.

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Cove Bible Verse For The Week of August 28

This week’s verse is brought to you by Elizabeth from the Johnson City, TN area.  She recently attended An Evening at The Cove with The Collingsworth Family and the Will Graham seminar.   Her verse is Jeremiah 29: 12-13.

“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.

“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.“ Jeremiah 29: 12-13


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

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Saturday Snapshot — God and His Eclipse Gift To Us

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1 ESV

It seems almost everyone has an eclipse story to share.  Whether you were in the path of totality or somewhere outside it, it was an epic event.

While the eclipse was visible across all of North America, it passed directly through 14 states, allowing people to witness 100% totality — said by many, to be a life-changing experience.

Unless clouds obscured your view, anyone in North America should have been able to view at least a partial eclipse this past Monday.

While Monday was a work day for many, staff and guests at The Cove, here in Asheville, NC, took a few minutes to experience the 99% eclipse.

Here’s a peak at some of us enjoying the heavens declaring the glory of God.

These are some of the ladies you talk to on the phone when you register for an event at The Cove…

Reservations team

Ruth’s Attic Bookstore manager got into the action! #TheGreatAmericanSolarEclipse

Aimee eclipse

A couple of our fine housekeeping ladies were looking pretty cool in their eclipse shades…

Tina Bishop housekeeping eclipse

These three help to make your experience at  the Training Center smooth and enjoyable.

Rita Autumn and Lou eclipse

The Training Center deck was a lovely viewing spot…

eclipse viewing on the TC deck

Program and Property Services staff enjoying the view…

Program and Property viewing eclipse

Light rays shining through tiny gaps in tree leaves created a beautiful effect on the Training Center deck floor…

eclipse crescent shadows at The cove

Angel wings?

Angel Wings shadows

We’d love to hear your eclipse story!  Tell us where you live, what percentage of the eclipse you viewed, and what the experience for you was like.  Comment below.


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.

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Recipe From The Cove Kitchen: Oysters Rockefeller

Recipes from The Cove kitchen logoOysters Rockafeller

Cove Executive Chef, Douglas Walls, is serving up a delicious and fresh seafood recipe that many guests are claiming as their new favorite. Chef Walls loves to add his own twist to traditional recipes, and he doesn’t disappoint with his non-traditional version of Oysters Rockefeller, known around here as “Oysters Dougiefeller”!

Oysters Dougiefeller

INGREDIENTS
6 shucked oysters
1 lb. spinach leaves
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup hot sauce (Chef uses Frank’s Hot Sauce)
1/2 lemon juice
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup shallot, finely minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup olive oil
Sriracha sauce

DIRECTIONS
Pour olive oil in saute pan and when hot, add garlic, sautéing for one minute. Add shallot and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the hot sauce, lemon juice and spinach greens and sauté until spinach is wilted.

Add panko bread crumbs, turn off heat, and season with salt and pepper.  Put the topping mix in the refrigerator to cool.  Once cool, place a good amount on each oyster.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.  Drizzle Sriracha sauce on top and serve on a bed of sea salt.

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Enjoy delicious recipes like this on your next stay at The Cove. See a full list of upcoming events at The Cove, or contact our Guest Group department to hold your group retreat at The Cove.

Saturday Snapshot — Will Graham Teaches From The Book of 1 Samuel

Will Graham taught on 1 Samuel this past weekend, at The Cove.  From the disobedience of Saul, resulting in the loss of his position as king, to the anointing of David, a young shepherd boy, to the famous story of David and Goliath, Will taught how God’s Word shows us how to abide in HIS presence, grow in courage to obey HIM, and experience a life of adventure.

Here are a few snapshots from the weekend…

Always begin with prayer…
This is what happens in the green room before a seminar or concert.  Will, his worship team and emcee asking the Lord to speak.

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Shoot Number 17097 - Cove

Worship with Mark Christian (far right), Gina Kingsmore, Richie Kingsmore (at the piano), and Kameron Myers on the violin.

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While Will serves as Executive Director at The Cove, he has also been called to teach God’s Word and share the Gospel around the world.

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Will and Kendra Graham greeting seminar participants.

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After the seminar, worship leader, Mark Christian had some fun with his drone and captured a birds-eye-view of both the Training Center and the Chapel.

drone shot from Mark Christian at Wil Graham seminar in 2017

drone shot of chapel from Mark Christian at Wil Graham seminar in 2017

SAVE THE DATE:

If you’d like to attend Will’s seminar next year,  he will be teaching August 10 -12, 2018.  You can register for 2018 seminars beginning next month (September 2017).


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

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.

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

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Saturday Snapshot – 106.9 the Light

Did you know that we share this beautiful 1,200 acre property with a radio station?

106.9 the Light is the award-winning, listener-supported radio station that was founded by Billy and Ruth Graham in 1962 and is operated by Blue Ridge Broadcasting.

Their mission is to lead as many people as possible into a personal and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ and encourage their listeners in spiritual maturity and active service for Christ. They strive to do this through playing music with a hopeful message as well as through solid and powerful Bible teaching.

While the radio station is based here in Asheville, it broadcasts to a seven-state area that covers parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. With a coverage like that, it reaches over 6 million people which makes it the 12th largest FM radio station in the nation, in terms of coverage area. You can also listen to 106.9 the Light online at www.1069theLight.org.

Initially starting with the AM signal WFGW (the first three letters stand for William Franklin Graham, and legend has it that the last ‘W’ stands for wife), Blue Ridge Broadcasting acquired the FM signal WMIT in 1963.

Blue Ridge Broadcasting is celebrating its 55th year of ministry this year. Below you will see the official announcement from Billy Graham as well as other things, old and new, that are around the station.

Radio Announcement
Announcement from Billy Graham about the station
Radio Equipment
This corner holds equipment used by the station in the past.
Floor Radio
This floor model radio belonged to Ruth Bell Graham’s family when she was a child. It has been refurbished to working condition.
Ministry Partners
This table holds items provided by ministries 106.9 has supported.
BG Preaching
This photo of Billy Graham preaching the gospel over the air waves overlooks the main staircase in the building.
DJ Jon Wood
Afternoon show host, Jon Wood, gives a traffic update.

The next time you visit The Cove, give 106.9 the Light a call to schedule a tour of their facility!


 

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Saturday Snapshot — We Love Our Volunteers!

We don’t know what we would do without the help of our faithful volunteers here at The Cove.  From administrative tasks, to Chapel tour guides, to helping with seating at our events, they serve with smiles and generous hearts for this ministry.

We currently have 142 volunteers serving at The Cove, and they logged 16,428 hours in 2016.  That’s like one person working 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, for two entire years!

Yes, we are blessed!

Every year, we celebrate our volunteers at the Cove Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Take a peek at the fun afternoon this past weekend:

program

As volunteers emerged from the shuttles they were greeted with a red carpet and cheering fans!

Jenni

volunteers clapped for

Hugs all around.  Our volunteers are FAMILY.

hugs all around

more hugsgigi huggingGigi Graham extended a warm Cove family greeting to each of the volunteers.

Gigi

Gigi escortingThere’s nothing like good fellowship around the table…

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Will Graham, Cove executive director, giving greetings and thanks to our faithful volunteers.

Wil greeting

Barbara utilizes many of our volunteers to lead tours and pray at the Chapel and Visitor’s Center.

Barbara greeting volunteers

Worship with Stephanie Seefeldt…

volunteers worshiping with Steph

Stephanie wrote a special song for the volunteers…This is an excerpt:

excerpt from Steph son

Each volunteer received a gift bag as the fun afternoon came to an end…

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The Lord has blessed The Cove with these beautiful volunteers and for that we give thanks!

If you are interested in volunteering at The Cove, click here.


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.

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 — Summer Interns Tour The Cove

Each summer, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) offers a 10-week internship opportunity to college students looking to work in their field of interest within the context of a Christian ministry.

Earlier this week, the interns left BGEA’s Charlotte headquarters and headed for the mountains for a tour of The Cove.

The 12 interns hailed from Asbury, Baylor, Cedarville, Cornerstone, John Brown, Liberty, Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor, and Wheaton universities.  The departments they worked for over the summer included: Finance, Communications, Internet Evangelism, Audio Media Services, Video Media Services, and the Billy Graham Library.

2017 interns at the cove
11 of the 12 interns who visited The Cove.

One intern, a recent graduate from Liberty University, has a passion and a real talent for photography, so we’re sharing some of the photos he took during their time here. Thanks for sharing you gift with us, John Fowler!

First stop on the tour was the beautiful Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center.  The roses in Ruth’s Prayer Garden were still in bloom.

rose chapel by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

The Visitor’s Center has a scale model of the Billy Graham Library, which is located near BGEA headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Since all of the interns had recently either visited or were working in the Library, they loved seeing the Library and it’s property from this perspective.  (The buildings in this photo are just a couple of inches tall.)

the library in chapel by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

The Chapel sanctuary holds such rich history, from pews that were originally used by the Royal School for the Blind, to the 400 + year old pulpit from the Church of England, to the beloved organ gifted to the Chapel by the late George Beverly Shea.

the chapel sanctuary by John Fowler BG intern sm for blog

This beautiful Steinway piano was purchased from a local Asheville area woman in the late 1980′s.  Can you imagine her surprise when she opened the door to greet the people who had responded to her newspaper ad, only to see George Beverly Shea standing there with the then Cove Executive Director?!  Mr. Shea graciously agreed to play a song for her.

piano in chapel by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

The Word of God…

bible in chapel by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

Rocking chairs as you enter the Training Center offer a place to rest, fellowship and enjoy the sights and sounds of God’s creation.

rocking chairs at TC by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

The interns were given a rare peak into Billy Graham’s office at The Cove.  While Mr. Graham mainly used his office in Montreat, when he wasn’t traveling the world, his office at The Cove is more of photo memorial of how God used him in his 70+ years of ministry.

photos on the wall in BG office by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

And a day at The Cove wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the delicious frozen yogurt!  It’s said that the calories don’t count at our elevation… ; )

froyo at TC by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

We hope you enjoyed John’s photos.

Click here for more information on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Internship Program.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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.

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.

When Those Who Should, Don’t…

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You’d be amazed at what you can learn at The Cove!

Those who attended the July 17-21 Intensive Bible Training with Michael Card discovered some astonishing insights from God’s Word. Delving into the Scriptures, Michael led participants into a deeper understanding of Jesus through an in-depth study of “Luke: The Gospel of Amazement.”

Here are a few insights from Michael’s teaching on one of the major themes of Luke’s gospel:

“When Those Who Should, Don’t…”

As Luke went about the task of collecting eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus, he noticed a pattern emerging. Time and time again, religious leaders—supposedly spiritual men, people who should have understood what Jesus’ ministry was about—were simply unable to comprehend the Rabbi from Nazareth. On the other hand, simple, run-of-the-mill people (most of them women) were able to almost immediately grasp the gift of grace that Jesus was offering them.

Eventually, the sheer weight of examples caused Luke to develop these stories into a literary theme which, for the lack of a better term, I call “when those who should, don’t and those who shouldn’t, do.”

Excerpt from the seminar presentation notes of Michael Card.

• Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist,
and Mary. Luke 1:5-56 (67ff)

Zechariah, a priest serving in the Holy Place in the Temple, is given a promise directly from the mouth of the angel Gabriel and yet, does not believe.

While Mary, a simple young girl from the backwater town of Nazareth, hears Gabriel and immediately responds by submitting herself as a “slave of the Master.”

• The Centurion and the Jews. Luke 7:1-10

The Jewish friends of the pagan soldier come to Jesus, insisting that he “deserves” Jesus’ attention.

While the Roman Centurion sends word, “…I do not deserve.” Nevertheless, he still asks for Jesus’ gift of healing for his slave. His faith amazes Jesus.

• Simon the Pharisee and the “sinful” woman. Luke 7:36-50

Simon, a Pharisee who has invited Jesus for meal fellowship, inwardly judges both Jesus as well as the sinful woman who has crashed the party.

While the woman who was a “sinner” weeps over the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus responds to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” because Simon has only viewed her as one of his categories.

• The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37

So pervasive is this literary theme that it even makes it into the parables of Jesus. Here the priest and Levite pass by the wounded traveler, while the Samaritan goes far out of his way to help.

• The parable of the lost son. Luke 15:11-32

The younger son, who has wasted his father’s inheritance limps home and asks to become a servant.

While the older brother scorns the father’s forgiveness and complains that he is really a slave.

• The tax collector and the Pharisee. Luke 18:9-14

The religious Pharisee “prays about himself” before God and goes home unjustified.

While, unthinkably, the tax collector seems to understand the grace and forgiveness of God when he merely blurts out “have mercy…”

• The rich young ruler and Zacchaeus. Luke 18:18ff, 19:1-10

The young man cannot give up his possessions.

While Zacchaeus, the tax collector, repents and pays restoration.

• The rich men and the poor widow.  Luke 21:1-4

The poor widow put more into the treasury than the rich men.

• The Crucifixion. Luke 23:35, 47

The religious leaders mock Jesus on the cross.

While the thief and the Roman soldier protest His innocence.

• The 11 and “the women.” Luke 24:8-12

After the resurrection, the women come to the eleven, believing Jesus has been raised from the dead.

While the disciples think they are merely “delirious.”

Our next Intensive Bible Training seminar is scheduled for August 28-September 1.  Register now and enjoy the insightful teaching of Dr. R.T. Kendall as he speaks on “Experiencing the Presence of God.”

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