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PRAYER NOTE: FEBRUARY

We hope that 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 will 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

Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV)

We made it through! Although much of the snow has melted, images remain frozen in our memories…we, the survivors of “The Blizzard of 2016.”

The huge winter storm affected the entire eastern third of our nation and disrupted the lives of more than 100 million people. Aside from the usual snow-day inconveniences of school closings and grocery stores emptied of milk and bread, there were serious and deadly consequences resulting from this massive weather system. At present, the total number of deaths attributed to the storm stands at 55. At any given moment during the storm or in its immediate aftermath, a look at online news feeds and TV newscasts revealed a study in contrasts.

One minute we viewed pics of adorable snow-suit clad children sledding with dad; next, we heard accounts of horrific traffic fatalities as semi-trucks lost control on icy highways. We grinned as we watched a Giant Panda delightedly frolicking in the powdery snow…but grins faded as we heard the tragic report of a mother and toddler who perished in their idling car—deaths blamed on carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of the vehicle’s clogged tailpipe. Our hearts broke as we learned the child’s father had been just outside, shoveling to free the car of snow.

In an odd confluence of events, we saw simultaneously the breathtaking beauty of a world covered in glistening white…”Yaaay, God!”…and the heartrending tragedy of death and destruction…”Why, God?” The varied images of the blizzard brought it into focus again: The human condition exists in a kaleidoscopic jumble of joy and pain, laughter and tears, hope and despair. At any moment, you may have a relative suffering from cancer and another celebrating the birth of their first child. On any given Sunday, your pastor may be preaching to a business professional who just received a promotion, and another who never found work after last year’s layoff.

The Old Testament records the account of Job, who after learning of the loss of his cattle, servants and even his own sons, held tight to his faith as he issued this challenge to his wife, Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? (Job 2:10, NKJV).

As the account of this faithful man’s suffering continues, we see him begin to question God. Yet among the many lessons the book of Job teaches us, one of the most important is this: God is big enough to handle our questions. In Job chapter 38, God lays out some questions of His own, all designed to lift Job’s eyes away from his current dire situation and up to the omnipotent, sovereign God who created and sustained him. Among the many revealing questionsGod asked Job is this: “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail?” (Job 38:22, NIV).

Rather than providing a detailed meteorological map and a lesson on low pressure systems and atmospheric phenomena, God gave Job a vivid mental image of the true Source of blizzard conditions. When we’re hit with a storm of trouble and “Yaay, God!” changes to “Why, God?”, we’re tempted to ask, “Who’s minding the storehouse?” The God who’s big enough to handle our questions answers, “I AM.” There are other biblical references to God’s storehouses. The psalmist David reminds us, “He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; He sends lightning with the rain and bring out the wind from His storehouses.” (Psalm 135:7, NIV).

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us this reassurance: “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” (Luke 12:24, NIV)

After confronting the Israelites with their sins of apathy, unfaithfulness and corruption, the prophet Malachi delivers God’s message of hope, promising blessing to His children if they will turn back to Him in repentance and obedience:

“’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty,’and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’” (Malachi 3:10).

On any given day in 2016, we will minister to a wide range of people at The Cove. When this year’s seminar season begins on February 12 with the Chip Ingram Military Marriage Retreat, some of the military personnel who attend will have just returned home from a long deployment. No doubt there will be couples whose marriage is near breaking from the strain of long periods of separation and stress. Others may be visiting The Cove simply as a relaxing getaway and a means of celebrating and strengthening an already strong marital bond. Newlyweds and seasoned marriage partners will be in attendance—each person as individual as a snowflake. How can we adequately minister to the heart of each participant? We can’t, but God can! Pray that He will throw open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on these men and women. Pray that God will open their hearts to each other and to Him.

The February 24-26 Leadership Renewal Retreat with Jim Henry will bring pastors from various denominations and varied situations. One pastor and spouse may arrive with joy and excitement, happy to be attending the retreat and anticipating some well-deserved downtime. Another pastoral couple may come with heavy hearts, seeking respite from a troubled ministry that is strained to the breaking point. Each retreat participant will arrive with a different set of needs and expectations, but all will be knocking at the door of the same Storehouse. Pray that the blessings of refreshment, renewal and encouragement will be poured out upon these faithful servants. Praise God, He hears our prayers, and His storehouse is never empty.

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Join us in praying for the following events in February:

FEBRUARY 2016 EVENTS
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)

Women’s Bible Study with Jane Derrick — Morning:
January 12-February 23
Love that Makes A Difference

Women’s Bible Study with Kendra Graham — Evening:
January 12-February 23
Portrait of a Disciple

Military Marriage Retreat:
Experiencing God’s Best for Your Marriage
with Chip Ingram — February 12-14

An Evening at The Cove (dinner, concert, and meet & greet) with Brandon Heath — February 14 (lodging also available)

Leadership Renewal RetreatFree to Lead: Encouraging the Shepherd with Jim Henry — February 24-26
NOTE: This retreat is free to qualifying pastors and their spouses.

We appreciate your prayers.  God bless you!

Saturday Snapshot

Over 100 military couples are enjoying rest and renewal at The Cove this weekend for a military marriage retreat. We are blessed to serve these special people.

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The United States and North Carolina flags greet our guests upon their arrival.

Are you active-duty, Guard or Reserve military? We’d like you to come to The Cove and it won’t cost you a penny once you get here. Click here to learn more about our military scholarships.

Click here if you are interested in attending our military marriage retreat in September.

What’s Happening at The Cove – MAY 2015

COMING TO(1) “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3

 Make plans to join us next month at The Cove!  We’ve got something for everyone and we would be honored to serve you on your visit!  Check out our schedule for the month of May below.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(1) Click on the link below for May dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
May Personal Spiritual Retreats

SEMINARS AND EVENTS Click on the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

Walk Through God’s Story 
with James Emery White, May 1-3, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
Ron Whittemore with David Gaines, May 12, 2015

Culture Shock: Whatever Happened to Right and Wrong?
with Chip Ingram, May 22-24, 2015

Growing in Love with God
with Ken Boa, May 26-28, 2015

Military Marriage Seminar: Building a Lifelong Love 
with Gary Thomas, May 29-31, 2015
Free to active duty military personnel & spouses!

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Want to get away with God, but can't(2) Click here for more information.

Saturday Snapshot

111 wounded veterans, some with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, and their spouses  were encouraged and challenged while attending the Operation Heal Our Patriots reunion here at The Cove earlier this month.

Click here to watch a recap video of the weekend and to read a full story of all that took place.

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Would you like to host your own event at The Cove?  Click here to visit our website or call 1-800-950-2092.

What’s Happening at The Cove – March 2015

COMING TO
One of the many hiking trails at The Cove

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Come experience the Lord’s Majesty at The Cove as spring begins to make its appearance. Join us for the month of March and find rest and grow closer to our Almighty God!

Check out our schedule for March below.  Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

We look forward to serving you soon!

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(3)

Click on the links below for March dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

March Personal Spiritual Retreats

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat
with John Parrish, March 27-29, 2015

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS (2)

Click on each of the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

An Evening at The Cove – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet
with Selah, March 12, 2015

SOLD OUT- Biblical Prophecy Seminar: Blowing the Trumpet
 with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel C Rosenberg, March 13-15, 2015

Believing Big: God’s Blueprint for Supernatural Outcomes
(*Free lodging seminar-pay program fee only- meals included!)

 with Ron Hutchcraft, March 16-18, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore & David Gaines, March 23 2015

Pastors’ Institute- Faithful Preaching in a Post-Christian Age
 with R. Albert Mohler, Jr., March 24, 2015

Faithful Living in a Post-Christian Age
 with R. Albert Mohler, Jr., March 25-27, 2015

Women’s Spring Luncheon
 with Cissie Graham Lynch, March 29, 2015

Living the Christ Life
 with Herb Reavis, Jr., March 31-April 2, 2015

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Want to get away with God, but can't(2)
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What’s Happening at The Cove – February 2015

COMING TO
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Do you have big plans for this new year?  We would love to be part of that plan. 
As Jesus invited his disciples, we invite you to “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”  The Cove was designed to be a place to get away from the daily demands of life and hear from God, through His word and His Spirit. 

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

We look forward to serving you soon!

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

Click on the links below for February dates or call 1-800-950-2092. 

February Personal Spiritual Retreats

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(1)

Click on each of the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

An Evening at The Cove – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet
with Brandon Heath, February 12, 2015

Military Marriage Retreat: Building a Resilient Marriage in
Turbulent Times
(*Free to active duty military personnel and spouses)

 with John Cook, February 13-15, 2015

Church Staff Retreat- Nehemiah: Elevating Excellence in Ministry
 with Michael Catt, February 19-20, 2015

Leadership Renewal Retreat: Encouraging the Shepherd
(*Free for qualifying pastors & spouses)

 with Jim Henry, February 23-25, 2015
Please note: Limited availability. Lodging is now full.

Jonah: The Prophet Who Hated Success
(*Free lodging seminar-pay program fee only- meals included!)

 with Larry Crabb, February 27-March 1, 2015

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Want to get away with God, but can't(2)
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2015 Military Marriage Retreats

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It’s our turn to serve you.

We want to support you and your marriage at The Cove by providing a FREE retreat for any active-duty service-member (Guard & Reserve too) and their spouse.

You will enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, well appointed rooms, and celebrated cuisine.

Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.  Click here to download the military resource form.

Following are the 2015 Military Marriage Retreats:

Building a Resilient Marriage in Turbulent Times
with John Cook, February 19-20, 2015

Building a Lifelong Love
with Gary Thomas, May 29-31, 2015

Military Marriage Seminar-TBD
with Gary Chapman, September 4-6, 2015

Please share this information with other individuals who would be blessed by this opportunity.

military handsThe Cove also offers financial resources (program, meals and lodging are covered…travel is your responsibility) for couples or individuals to come to any Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat throughout the year.  For more information on our financial resources, visit our website here.

2014 Military Marriage Retreats

2014 Military Marriage flyerFor more information on the February retreat, click here.
For more information on the June retreat, click here.

The Cove also offers financial resources (program, meals and lodging are covered…travel is your responsibility) for couples or individuals to come to any Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat throughout the year.  For a full listing of events to choose from, visit our website here.

You will enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, well appointed rooms, and celebrated cuisine. Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.  Click here to download the military resource form.

Please share this information with other individuals who would be blessed by this opportunity.

SAVING A SEAT FOR YOU: Coming up in 2014

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We have so much to look forward to in the New Year.  Take a look here to see what’s happening at The Cove in 2014. 

 

Click here for information on the free Women’s Bible studies beginning on January 7th.

Select one of the dates below for more information on the Military Marriage Retreats in 2014:
February 14-16, 2014 with Michael Easley
June 28-30, 2014  with Gary Chapman

And last but not least…

Save the date: An Evening at The Cove with David Phelps on February 13th!