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Something New at The Cove: Ruth’s Prayer Garden

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“We cannot pray and remain the same. We cannot pray and have our homes remain the same. We cannot pray and have the world about us remain the same. God has decreed to act in response to prayer. ‘Ask,’ He commands us. And Satan trembles for fear we will.”  —Ruth Bell Graham,  Legacy of a Pack Rat

By Donna Riesen:

Ruth Bell Graham was a woman of prayer; and Ruth’s Prayer Garden, opening June 2, 2016 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, is designed to honor her memory and encourage others to pray. As the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, Ruth’s schedule was packed full with commitments—at times she traveled with her husband to crusades around the world, yet most often Ruth supported him behind the scenes and out of the spotlight by shouldering the responsibility of caring for their five children at their home in Montreat. This remarkable woman could not have had the impact she had on her husband, her family, and the world, without the daily discipline of prayer.

Winding along pathways surrounding Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Ruth’s Prayer Garden will offer a peaceful place for prayer and meditation amid the natural beauty and serenity of The Cove.

“My grandfather wanted this place to be known as a mountain of prayer,” says Will Graham, executive director of The Cove and grandson of Billy and Ruth. “There’s prayer going out all over The Cove, from our Intercessory Prayer Team to our staff prayers to our Personal Spiritual Retreats. There are so many needs facing us today, we can’t pray enough!”

“Like The Cove itself, this garden is designed to be an extension of my grandparents’ home at Montreat,” Will says.

With five children in the household, the Graham home was a place of laughter, activity, and the usual childhood scrapes and squabbles; but more importantly, it was a place of prayer.

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“I would go down to her room late at night,” daughter Anne Graham Lotz remembers. “I would see the light on underneath the door and I’d go in, and she would be on her knees in prayer.”

Daughter Ruth Graham reflects, “Faith was the very heartbeat of life at Little Piney Cove. We began and ended each day as a family on our knees in prayer.”

Ruth’s Prayer Garden was created to honor and perpetuate this legacy of prayer.

The garden was also designed to be a reflection of Ruth’s love of nature and appreciation for the beauty of her North Carolina mountain home. Lucas Jack, horticulturist and supervisor of Grounds Maintenance at The Cove, explains how great care was taken to convey Ruth’s personality as a gardener and plant- lover. When asked about the process of planning and designing the gardenscape, Jack noted, “Everything that I know of Ruth Graham has been learned secondhand, which is difficult when trying to piece together a ‘botanical personality.’ I learned she really didn’t have dislikes but had a lot of favorites. She loved color and appreciated gardens in general, and we’ve tried to convey her botanical personality by including many of the plants and flowers she loved.”

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Roses, daylilies, touch-me- nots will line the winding paths. “Our goal was not to overwhelm the visitor with the landscape,” Jack says, “but to allow them to enjoy the experience and feel as if they are part of it.”

Ruth’s love for color and beauty may have been the result of two strong childhood influences: her early childhood years in China as the daughter of medical missionaries, and her teen years in Montreat.

According to grandson Will, “My great-grandfather Nelson Bell loved gardens and gardening. He loved flowers and plants, and he used them to teach lessons to his children. When we work with our hands in a garden, God teaches us things.”

If she were here today, Ruth Bell Graham would probably agree. When you visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden, enjoy the view and take time to smell the roses; then bow your head and echo the disciples’ request to Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1, NKJV)

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We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.  Click here for directions and operating hours.

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

Message from Will Graham: An Easter Message

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But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with HIs wounds we are healed. ~ Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)

While the New Testament details the crucifixion extensively, my own personal belief is that there is no greater text dealing with the suffering of Christ than Isaiah 53:5. As we near Easter — a time in which we remember and celebrate the finished work of Jesus on the cross — I’m once again reminded of this emotional, poignant passage. This single verse shows so much about our own human brokenness, and Christ’s incredible sacrifice.

When Christ suffered, it was not pointless suffering, but it was in order to meet four of man’s greatest needs.

Forgiveness: Isaiah says that, “He [the Messiah] was pierced for our transgressions.” The word for transgression is that of rebellion or revolting. In other words, we have rebelled against God and His commandments. We’ve sinned against Him, and we need forgiveness. God’s answer is that He sent His only Son Jesus to shed His blood for our sins in order to forgive us of our sin. (See Hebrews 9:22)

Substitution: Man is not only sinful but he is guilty and deserves punishment for breaking God’s commandments. When we break laws in society, punishment is given to us. For example, we receive a fine when we are caught speeding. However, when we break God’s law, the punishment is death. (See Romans 6:23) Therefore, man’s need is not necessarily to get out of punishment or a reduction in punishment, but man needs a substitute. Jesus was pierced, crushed, chastised and wounded — for OUR sins. And because Jesus loved us, he chose to take our place. He became our substitute.

Peace: Since we broke the covenant with God, our natural human status is to be in conflict with the Lord; the opposite of peace. Knowing this, and knowing that we could never afford to pay for such a peace, God gave His Son to take the wrath the God in order to appease His holy nature. Man was in debt to God and God paid His own bill. Jesus’ chastisement on the cross enables us to have peace with Him.

Healing: Due to our own actions, we allow sin to come into our bodies and start to bring about death. This is spiritual death, and because it is spiritual, we need a divine cure: Jesus. Christ’s death on the cross allows spiritual healing to come to our dying souls. By His wounds we are healed.

Our sinful human nature is not a surprise to God. Yet in His love for us, He provided a way for us to find forgiveness, substitution, peace and healing through Jesus.

Perhaps as you read this, you are beginning to realize that you’ve never found forgiveness, or healing, or peace. You’ve struggled to do the right thing, trying to earn your way to heaven, only to fall time after time.

If this sounds familiar, now would be the perfect time to find out the true meaning of Easter, and place your faith in the One whose death and resurrection we celebrate this season!

God bless you.  — Will Graham

 

2016 Women’s Events at The Cove

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Ladies, we hope you’ll join us for a time of rest, refreshment, and a good dose of God’s Word, in the company of other Godly women at The Cove!

Click on the event titles below for more information!

WOMEN’S LUNCHEONS

Women’s Spring Luncheon: I Want It ALL
with Gwen Smith, March 13, 2016

Women’s Christmas Luncheon
with Karlene Shea, December 11, 2016

WOMEN’S SEMINARS
These two seminars are free.  (Meals and lodging fees apply.)

The Larger Story: What the Christian Life is All About
with Rachael Crabb, March 31-April 1, 2016

The Jesus We’re Aching For: The Gospel According to Mark
with Lisa Harper, August 19-20, 2016

We hope to see you soon!

It’s Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week: Drop Your Boxes With Us

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November 16-23, 2015 is Operation Christmas Child Shoebox National Collection Week and The Cove is a drop-off site.

We’d love to see you!  Bring a single box, a truckload, or a busload.

We’re at 1 Porter’s Cove Road (Exit 55/I-40)
Asheville, NC 28805

Following are the hours we have a volunteer on hand to drop your boxes with:

Cove Drop-off Hours:
Monday, November 16:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 19:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21:  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22:  1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 23:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you’ve never packed an OCC shoebox, you’re missing out on a fun and fulfilling activity.  Each box is a gift that will communicate hope, joy, and God’s love to a child somewhere overseas.   Click here to find out exactly how to pack a box.

Don’t live close enough to us to drop your boxes with us?  Click here to find a drop-off location closer to home.

God bless you!

Come Celebrate Christmas at The Cove 2015

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Come and enjoy the beauty and warmth of the Christmas season at The Cove! Click the links below to find out more information about our 2015 Christmas events.

C@C Concerts(2)

Christmas at The Cove with Veritas
December 3, 2015SOLD OUT
December 4, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 5, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Tommy Coomes Band
December 7, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Travis Cottrell
December 10, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Marty Goetz
December 18, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Huntley Brown
– Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah
Also performing: Mount Paran Singers from Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta, GA. 

December 19, 2015

SeniorSalt Carol Sings(1)

Come and celebrate the birth of our Savior with an inspiring devotional and your favorite Christmas carols. (click dates below for more details)

SeniorSalt Carol Sing at The Cove
with Ron Whittemore with David Gaines
December 7, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 8, 2015 
December 14, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 15, 2015 - SOLD OUT

Ladies….Be sure not to miss out!!

Womens Christmas Luncheon

Come and enjoy a festive afternoon of music, a message from Casey Schutrop, and a delicious meal. Open to women ages 15 and above. December 6, 2015 Click here for more Info!  - SOLD OUT

This year, give a gift with eternal benefits.  Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones.   To order call 1-800-950-2092.
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Will Graham: 4 Ways to Support and Encourage Your Pastor

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

People often compare me to my grandfather. They may say that I look a little like him, or that I sound like him. They ask if I study his preaching style to make my delivery similar to his.

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Not many people, however, pick up on one similarity that has nothing to do with genetics. Before beginning our evangelistic ministries, both my grandfather and I served as pastors of local churches.

In the early 1940s, after graduating from Wheaton College, my grandfather became pastor of a church in nearby Western Springs, Ill. He preached whole-heartedly and watched his congregation grow, even as he understood it was temporary and felt a growing passion in his heart for evangelism.

Similarly, as I was finishing my studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., I was called to lead Wakefield Baptist Church, a church plant of Bay Leaf Baptist Church, where I had been a pastoral intern.

I must admit that I did not want to be a pastor. I committed my calling to God and told him, “Whatever You want me to be, whatever You want me to do for the Kingdom, I’ll do it. But please don’t make me a pastor!”

It’s not that I didn’t respect the pulpit and pastorate. Far from it! I have always had a great admiration for the saints who lead their flocks week in and week out.

But from my perspective, pastors were underappreciated and underpaid, serving long and thankless hours only to hear complaints because the message was too long or too short, the music was too contemporary or not contemporary enough. You get the picture.

Despite my misgivings, when Dr. Ron Rowe, a wonderful friend and mentor of mine, suggested I become an intern in his church, I listened to his counsel. He suggested that I may eventually end up working for my father at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) or Samaritan’s Purse, and that both organizations work closely with the local church. He thought that serving in a church would give me a good understanding and help me later in my ministry.

I became the reluctant pastor. And, my friends, I loved it! I loved almost everything about being a pastor; the congregation, the staff, the deacons and leadership teams, and opening up God’s Word every week to boldly proclaim His truths.

When the day came that I felt called to leave my church and help my father at the BGEA, I sat down at my desk and wept. Here I was in a calling I had done my best to avoid, and now I could hardly bring myself to leave. But when God tells you to go, you go.

Why am I sharing all this? It’s because October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and – as a former pastor – I want to encourage you to go out of your way in the coming weeks to encourage and uplift your pastor.

Have you ever considered how much your pastor gives, and the sacrifices that he and his family make? In many churches, the pastor is not just the preacher, but also the accountant, janitor, chaplain, librarian and counselor. He rejoices with young couples as they pledge their lives to each other, beams as he cradles an infant for dedication, and cries with families who have lost a loved one. He’s on-call 24/7/365.

Burn out is a real thing, and a real risk, when we go too long without rest. It’s no different for your pastor. He needs time to be alone in the Word, not just working on a sermon, but being filled with the Holy Spirit and the full counsel of God. He needs time away with just his wife and family to recharge and be rejuvenated for the sake of the ministry.

There are several things you can do to support and encourage your pastor this month:

  1. Pray. I’m sure most of you pray for your pastor. Thank you for doing that. If you aren’t making your pastor a focus in your prayer time, commit to do that this month. Tell your pastor that you’re praying for him.
  2. Say something. A word of affirmation and encouragement costs you nothing, but I guarantee it means so much more than you can imagine to your pastor. Tell him how much you appreciate him and his family.
  3. Break down the walls. Disagreements can arise that build up walls between people in the congregation, and between people and the pastor. I had to deal with it in my church, and my grandfather dealt with it in his church. Make Pastor Appreciation Month a time of reconciliation, where you put aside the differences and focus together on the Gospel.
  4. Provide an escape. If possible, show your pastor how much you appreciate him by surprising him and his family with a brief time of renewal. Perhaps you have a deacon in the church who can preach for a Sunday, or maybe you can offer an extra day off during the week along with a hotel stay in a nearby city that will allow him to get away to relax.

At the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, we’ve decided to make pastors a priority as well. We’ve developed Leadership Renewal Retreats which are three-day events specifically designed to refresh and rejuvenate pastors, encouraging them in their ongoing ministries. The program, lodging and meals are all free for qualified pastors and spouses. We hope that your church and pastor can take advantage of this great opportunity.

My friends, as a former pastor I can attest the great blessing it is to lead a congregation, but I can also stand here and say clearly that it isn’t easy. There are struggles. This month, show your pastor how much you appreciate him in whatever ways you can.

Will Graham
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Click here for more information  and to register for a Leadership Renewal Retreat or a Pastors’ Institute (both free for pastors and their spouses) at The Cove.

If you would like to be a blessing and give to the Leadership Renewal Retreat project, click here.

 

What’s Happening at The Cove — November

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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Fall is here and as the leaves begin to change, the magnificent display of God’s beauty is seen here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Come enjoy this beautiful time of year with us at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

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

Come and Join Us!

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

Come get away on a self-directed opportunity to experience a private spiritual retreat with the focus of growing your relationship with God.

Click on the link below for November dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

November Personal Spiritual Retreats

SEMINARS AND CONCERTS

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

Experiencing God Through The Giants of The Bible
with Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, & Mike Blackaby, November2-4, 2015

SOLD OUT –Prayer: Reversed Thunder
with Anne Graham Lotz, November 6-8, 2015

SOLD OUT* – An Evening at The Cove
with Fernando Ortega, November 8, 2015
*At this time, this event is full. To be added to the waitlist please call our reservations department at 1-800-950-2092.

Empowered By Praise: How God Responds When You Revel
in His Glory

with Michael Youssef, November10-12, 2015

The Greatest Prayer Requests
with Don Wilton, Novembe17-19, 2015

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What’s Happening at The Cove — October

COMING TO THE COVE OCTOBER 2015

Autumn is just around the corner and Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful sites to behold during “leaf” season.  We hope you will come enjoy God’s colorful display and His sweet presence here at The Cove.

Check out our schedule for the month of October below.  As you can see several of our events have sold out, so if you see something that interests you, we encourage you to reserve your seat right away. 

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Click here to see the available October Personal Spiritual Retreat dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

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Click on each of the links below for more information and to register. 

David’s Heart: Devoted but Distracted
with Stuart and Jill Briscoe, October 5-7, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Concert
with Stephanie Seefeldt, October 5, 2015

Strength Through Grace  – SOLD OUT (Program and Lodging)
with Alistair Begg, October 12-14 , 2015

Pastors’ Institute: The Bible’s Priorities for God’s Shepherds  (Pastors & Spouses attend for just $99!)
with Alistair Begg, October 15, 2015

Solid Footings for Unstable Times: A Practical, Demystifying Study of Revelation 
with Dr. Ross S. Rhoads, October 21-23, 2015

The Invisible War: Seeing What Lies Below the Surface
with Chip Ingram, October 23-25, 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full.  

An Evening at The Cove with – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet — SOLD OUT
with Annie Moses Band, October 25, 2015

Grace to Get Past Our Past
with Erwin Lutzer, October 26-28 , 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full. 

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God Bless You!

 

What’s Happening at The Cove – September 2015

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“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

We’ve had a busy summer with lots of great ministry taking place on this mountain–we give thanks and praise to the Lord for that!

We’re looking forward to what we have in store for September too!  Scroll down and see what we’ve got scheduled.  We hope to see you then.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS (2)

Click on the link below for September dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
September Personal Spiritual Retreats

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

MILITARY MARRIAGE  RETEAT— God and Family: Enhancing Your Most Important Relationships (Free to active duty military personnel & spouses.)
with Gary Chapman,  September 4-6, 2015
NOTE: Lodging is full at this time, however there is still room available in the seminar.

PASTORS’ INSTITUTE The Stewardship of Influence and Spiritual Leadership (Free to qualifying pastors & spouses.)
 with Johnny Hunt, September 8, 2015
3 rooms still available for optional “Stay Over” on the 8th.

Spiritual Infiltration: Apostasy Through Jude’s Eyes
(Free to qualifying pastors & spouses.)
with Jerry Vines,  September 9-11, 2015
NOTE: Lodging is full at this time, however there is still room available in the seminar.

SeniorCelebration— Joy for the Journey: Making Our Latter Days Our Best Days! – SOLD OUT
David Bruce with Guy Penrod,  September 14-16, 2015

Wisdom: The Greatest Gift
with R.T. Kendall,  September 20-22, 2015

What The Church Can Be
with Bob Russell,  September 22-24, 2015

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Stony Creek at The Cove

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