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Cliff Barrows – Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry at The Cove

Earlier this week we had an amazing time of worship and celebration as we celebrated the goodness of God and the faithfulness of one of His servants, Cliff Barrows.  Mr. Barrows was honored for 25 years of ministry at The Cove.

0039 smThrough laughter and tears, a full auditorium listened as Cliff shared fond memories of his time at The Cove and some of his experiences over the years with the Billy Graham Crusades. Guy Penrod, Tom Bledsoe and Pete Briscoe were all a part of this wonderful celebration.

A special one-of-a-kind bird house replica of Chatlos Memorial Chapel at The Cove (hand-made by Cove employees) was presented to Mr. Barrows and his beautiful wife Ann in recognition of their many years of faithful service. The presentation was made by Will Graham, Executive Director of The Cove and grandson of Billy Graham. Will thanked Mr. Barrows for his ministry and shared his affection for his “Uncle Cliff”.

Cliff later said that he and Ann had decided to place the treasured birdhouse right on their kitchen table where they will be able to enjoy it at all times.

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Barry and Jim are the two talented Cove employees who created the beautiful birdhouse.
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Barry working on the birdhouse in The Cove woodshop.

Above all of the festivities, it was the Lord Jesus Christ that was given all of the glory that night and the sweet presence of the Lord was surely in that place.

On behalf of all of us here at The Cove, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Barrows. Thank you for ushering us into the presence of Jesus all of these years. We look forward to creating more memories in the years to come. We love you very much!

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The Cove Honors Pastors for Pastor Appreciation Month

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month! 

What better place for the shepherd to hear God’s voice than in the quiet and peaceful mountain setting of The Cove.

We are pleased to invite pastors and their spouses to attend the Pastors’ Institute event at no charge (program and meals). As an additional blessing, the cost of meals and lodging will also be covered for those who would like to arrive a day early to enjoy some extra quiet time with God.

If you are a pastor, we hope you will allow yourself some time to get away and take advantage of this opportunity. 

If you are not a pastor, but your pastor has been a blessing to you, please encourage them to register for this free event. 

Click here for all the details and register by calling 1-800-950-2092.

Note: Pastors must complete a resource application form to register for this event. Applicant must be actively serving in pastoral ministry (this includes those serving in part-time ministry as well as bi-vocational). Resources will cover Pastors’ Institute registration fee for pastor & spouse and lodging and meal costs for optional Come Early (October 15).

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Christian Blogger Retreat

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Join us on November 17-18, 2014 for a special conference at The Cove in Asheville, NC, specifically designed for bloggers, social media and marketing professionals. This two-day conference will offer something for everyone- from the beginning blogger to the seasoned social media and marketing professional. It will be a time of learning, equipping and inspiration, all in the refreshing environment of The Cove.

Renowned speaker and bestselling author Jon Acuff will be keynote speaker and there will be sessions from multiple experts on topics such as Pinterest, blogging, effective use of photography and more.

Each day will include time spent in prayer and Bible study. Attendees will leave encouraged, with a new inspiration to impact the world around them for Christ, through their existing platforms.

Worship will be led by the amazing Stephanie Seefeldt.

Come experience The Cove and leave inspired and ready to make a difference online.

Click here for the full line up of speakers, a schedule and registration information. Call 1-800-950-20920 to register

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Hispanic Men Hungry To Hear From God Come to The Cove

The Cove-Retiro de Hombres- Spring 2014A pastor of 25 years, Eduardo Jimenez, was going through a difficult time in ministry, and it felt like his world had begun to cave in around him. 

It was 2011 and his wife of 32 years had come to him after having struggled for several months in their marriage. 

“She felt abandoned.  She said I focused more on my ministry than on her,” Eduardo recalls.  She asked him to make a decision. 

“I felt like a little boat in the ocean without direction.  I didn’t know where I was going.”

Eduardo had prayed for a place to get away.  A place where he could step away from the daily distractions and hear from God. 

“I had to make a decision.  I couldn’t wait.” 

He first heard about The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located in the mountains of Asheville, NC, in the 1990’s while living in Miami, FL, but he never visited.  It was now, living in Raleigh, NC, just four hours from The Cove, that God reminded him of this place of retreat. 

Eduardo called The Cove and booked a Personal Spiritual Retreat. 

He asked his wife to wait for him to go to The Cove and be with God.

His wife, who Eduardo credits with being a very godly woman, said yes.  She told her husband she would wait and pray. 

A few weeks later he made the trip from Raleigh to Asheville.  “When I came to The Cove, I felt the presence of God, from the gate, all throughout the property.” 

With tears in his eyes, Eduardo whispered, “I felt like God was telling me, ‘I am waiting on you.’”

small Meandering road DSC_0096The first day of his retreat, Eduardo stayed in his room and fasted.  At the end of the day, he felt God calling him to the woods.

God told me, “I didn’t bring you to this place to be locked up in a room, I want you outside, in the woods. There I will teach you.”

He spent the following day in the woods from 9 am to 9 pm, walking the trails, meditating on the Scriptures on the prayer pillars and spending time with God.

On his last day Eduardo spent the entire morning and afternoon hiking the 3-1/2 miles to the overlook.  “This time was tremendous,” he said. “There are no words.”

What he experienced at the overlook that day “Was so good, I wanted more.  I told God I will continue to come here to hear from Him.”

Eduardo returned home a different man.  “I was transformed,” he said.   

Since that time, Eduardo has come four times on a Personal Spiritual Retreat. 

On one of these visits, God laid on his heart to invite men from his Hispanic church in Raleigh to come to The Cove with him.  He felt called to bring these men to be with God in the woods.

You can see the passion in Eduardo’s eyes as he shares the birth of this idea, to the planning, to the execution.

“Sometimes with Hispanic families, money is an issue,” he says.

Many of the men work in construction, landscaping and agriculture jobs.  “These are not 9-5 jobs with a paid vacation.  It is hard for them to plan to be away.  Sometimes their bosses will not let them go,” Eduardo’s son Angel explained. 

Despite the obstacles, Eduardo admits, “If God poured this on my heart, I knew He would do something.” 

God provided. 

Leading up to the retreat, church members began putting away $25 a week, as most of them could not afford the expense all at once. Those that were more financially stable and felt lead also gave, in addition to their own, to support those who could not afford to go. 

It all came together and it was clear that God’s mighty hand was blessing this ministry.     

The Cove-Retiro de Hombres- Spring 2014In April, Eduardo and his son brought 12 men to The Cove to spend time with God. The message they wanted to impart to the men was: To be men after God’s own heart and to focus on establishing their identities in Christ.  Acts 13:22 Eduardo acted as their guide and interpreter.  The men spent lots of time (all day) in the woods, they studied God’s Word and shared life stories, they prayed and worshiped in the Chapel and enjoyed a time of fellowship with one another unlike any other they had ever experienced.   

God worked mightily in the lives of these men as they set aside time to be with Him. 

Eduardo says he will bring more men in the future. 

The Cove-Retiro de Hombres- Spring 2014“It all began at the overlook.  God transformed my life there.  And now I have a call to bring more Hispanic men to The Cove.  I know 100% God will talk to them.” 

Eduardo’s prayer is that God will provide the proper tools and support to spread the word about this opportunity for Hispanic men.  He says that there are English speaking churches all over the country that have small Hispanic subset congregations. His hope is that these English speaking pastors will learn about this opportunity and share with Hispanic pastors and their congregations, who may be going through a difficult time as it was in his case.

Eduardo is sure that God will restore their hearts and will give them a fresh vision to continue to do God’s will in their lives. Psalm 37:23

If you would like more information on future Hispanic retreats like this, you may contact them directly here:
ReySoberano@aol.com
(919)  602-8403
Twitter: @TheCoveHispanic
FaceBook: www.Facebook.com/TheCove4Hispanics 

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Discipleship Multiplication Training at The Cove

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On May 8-10, 2014, pastors and small group Bible study leaders are invited to participate in the Great Commission Discipleship training program at The Cove. 

Participants will be equipped to experience and model a lifestyle of consistent spiritual growth, personal witness, and relational ministry in their own churches and communities.  

What happens when trained in this New Testament disciple-making process? 

Spiritual multiplication! 

Pastor Bill Boldt from Southern Heights Baptist Church in Kentucky, who attended a training earlier this year shares his “multiplication” experience here:

“My wife and I were there in January along with our youth minister and we were truly blessed. Since we have come back the three of us are now mentoring two individuals each and the success we are seeing in these people’s lives is incredible. They are witnessing and learning the Word of God at a marvelous rate and growing in the Lord.

We have made it a requirement of all of our new incoming members to go under the guidance of a mentor for at least seven weeks to go through the Call to Joy and then if they desire to go on, into the Call to Growth. I have one who has just started the Call to Growth after going through the Call to Joy and says he cannot get enough of God’s Word. He is very thirsty. He was a twenty year functioning alcoholic with a huge smoking habit. He has quit both of those vices and is now 5 months clean and growing in Christ.

We have now formed a team of Paul’s at our church and they are almost ready to begin mentoring others. We are sending six more to The Cove in May to return and be a part of the mentoring team. It has really taken off in our church and we are excited about what the Lord is going to do in the future. I believe that after 2-5 years of this style of mentoring our church will look entirely different and will have depth that it has never had before.

Thank you for the work you have done.  I look forward to our folks return when they come in May. God is so good.”

Take this opportunity to invest in your church while immersing yourself in the beautiful mountain setting of The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

For more information, such as schedule of events and cost breakdown, click here

To register, call 1-800-950-2092.
 

NOTE: Advanced Training sessions will be available for those who attended the Basic training in January.World Medical Mission, 2013 Prescription for Renewal, BGTC at The Cove

 

 

Annual Women’s Bible Study at The Cove Begins January 7th!

Womens events small versionLadies, we can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than digging into the richness of God’s Word with other women in our area. 

Are you in? 

The Cove’s free annual women’s Bible study begins on Tuesday January 7th!     

If you have attended before, we hope you will be coming back.  If you have never been, we hope you will come and join many other local women in an encouraging time of fellowship and studying the Word of God in the quiet, majestic beauty of The Cove!   

Our Tuesday morning study, Finding Great Joy in the Celebration of Jesus, will be led by Jane Derrick beginning at 9:45 a.m. and concluding at noon.  There will be an optional lunch available for $10. 

Watch here as Jane offers a special invitation to leave behind the busyness of the Season and begin your New Year celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Our Tuesday evening study, Rise to the Occasion, a study in the Book of Nehemiah, will be led by Kendra Graham beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m.  

Watch here as Kendra invites you to take a stand and experience the Great Awakening of God’s people. 

While the studies are free to attend, you must register to participate.  Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register.   

Are you in an existing Bible Study and/or Sunday school group?

We encourage you to take a break from your routine and let this 7 & 8 week study be a place of renewal and inspiration for your entire group.  

October at The Cove

Be encouraged this fall with several options of outstanding events in which to draw closer to God.  

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Wil Graham in Kenya June 2013Second-Guessing God’s Plan
with Will Graham
October 7-9, 2013
Click here to register.

Do you sometimes second guess God’s plan for your life? Ever wonder if missteps in your past caused God to implement a Plan B for you? Come transform your understanding of the way He works in your life as you contemplate Scripture. See how God’s perfect and redemptive plan includes the heartache, disappointments, and many challenges of this fallen world. Grasp the hope, confidence, and peace He has for you and follow Him with deeper faith as you discover what God’s got in mind is far greater than you could ever imagine.

20110719-Ash_TheCove_71911066SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore with David Gaines,
October 7, 2013
Click here to register.

SeniorSalt Hymn Sings at The Cove are a wonderful opportunity for senior adults to gather for a morning of worship and fellowship. Centered around the joyful singing of beloved traditional hymns and choruses, the morning program will also include inspiring Scripture passages and interesting stories behind some of our favorite songs. A delicious buffet-style meal in the dining room will follow. After lunch guests are welcome to stay for the afternoon and enjoy The Cove as they view memorabilia from Billy and Ruth Graham’s life and ministry, shop in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore (at The Cove), tour our Visitors Center, or simply fellowship together.

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with James Dobson
October 11-13, 2013
Click here to register.

World Medical Mission’s (WMM) 24th annual conference is tailored specifically for medical professionals. This weekend of prayer, fellowship, and spiritual renewal will include powerful Bible teaching, inspiring worship, and testimonies from physicians who have served with WMM. (Spouses are welcome.)

An optional Missionary Medicine Seminar, offering category 1 CME credit, is available beginning Thursday, October 10th, at an additional cost.
WORLD MEDICAL MISSION is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that arranges short-term mission trips for doctors.

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with Skip Heitzig & Nathan Heitzig
October 14-15, 2013
Click here to register.

Did you know the painful experiences each of us face are part of God’s Divine Curriculum? Though pain is part of the human condition and a central issue in the Bible, most Christians do not have a “Theology of Suffering.” Come take a look at life through the lenses of Job and King David. Learn how to frame your adversities in the light of God’s purposes. Change the way you face hardships and go from asking, “How can I get out of this?” to asking, “What can I get out of this?”

Erwin Lutzer for 2013 smallGrowing Through Famines, Deserts, and Other Hard Places
with Erwin Lutzer
October 15-17, 2013
Click here to register.

It’s no secret that hardship—and how we respond—is a test of our character. God’s Word shows us how He uses rough experiences like famines, financial adversity, and temptation to teach unexpected lessons, test, and strengthen His people. No matter what trials we may experience, we see others have already faced the same turmoil and temptations and have endured. Come and increase your faith—know that God walks with you in even the most extreme difficulty and that you can rely on Him in the day of calamity. Arm yourself with God’s promises and confront adversity remembering that in the face of eternity, trials are short.

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with Phil Keaggy
October 19, 2013
Click here to register.

Come for a worshipful evening of music and fellowship. Enjoy friendly conversation over a fine buffet dinner, followed by an uplifting concert program. Overnight lodging is available at applicable rates and includes breakfast the following morning. Concert-only registration may be available for select programs.

Bob Russell for 2013Best Friends: The Importance of Christian Relationships
with Bob Russell
October 23-25, 2013
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Close Christian relationships usually take time, effort and transparency to develop but are invaluable to the believer. While, “bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33, NIV), godly friends are a constant source of encouragement and an inspiration to faithfulness in our walk with Christ. Scripture tells us that “two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIV), “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV), and “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV). Glean valuable insight from the diverse and meaningful friendships of David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, Elijah and Elisha, and Paul and Barnabas. Experience greater depth in your relationships and see God encourage you and those close to you in new and profound ways.

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with James Merritt
October 27-29, 2013
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When life threatens to trip you up, push you over, or knock you down, do you stand tall? You can. The Bible is replete with stories of people who stood firm in their faith amidst hardship. Why? When the going gets tough, God gets going. Come get equipped with guiding principles to help you face challenges and find victory during adversity. Learn how to respond when you get what you don’t deserve, be inspired to stand for what’s right when no one else will, and be emboldened to place the well-being of others above your own comfort and security. Experience a life of freedom and joy as you discover God’s winning strategies for tackling tough times head-on.

Woman on rocking chair reading bibleGuided Personal Spiritual Retreat
October 29-31, 2013
Call 1-800-950-2092 to register.

Come experience a Cove-Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat. Once your retreat begins, a trained Cove staff member will meet with you in a small group for orientation and help you customize your PSR experience. Enjoy times of small group reflection, collective prayer, and satisfying conversations at meals to discuss how God is working in your heart. Spend time walking our mountain trails, in private devotions, journaling, and more.

To view a list of all upcoming events at The Cove, click here.

Individual financial assistance available.  Click here for information and an application. 

Beth Moore Simulcast at The Cove

Beth-Moore-sideimageGather your girlfriends and register for a spiritually refreshing day under the teaching of Beth Moore at The Cove!

Beth Moore has been teaching people on how to love and live on God’s word for over two decades. 

Because of her burden for unity in the body of Christ, she counts serving women of all denominations as one of the greatest privileges in her life. 

We hope you will join us for this front row seat to Beth’s one-of-a-kind Bible teaching and life-changing worship with Travis Cottrell on Saturday September 14th at The Cove. 

$49.00 per person.  Lunch and materials are provided. 

Call 1-800-950-2092 to register. 

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GUEST POST: A Night Like No Other at The Cove

By Tiffany Jothen

I’m not sure I have ever seen my dad clap along to a worship song, but Saturday, I witnessed the phenomenon TWICE when Irish folk band Rend Collective Experiment took the stage at The Cove.  I don’t think anyone can see them in concert and not move around.

I first saw Rend Collective in Buffalo, N.Y., last fall when they performed at Rock the Lakes, a BGEA youth event.  Listening to their music is like a holy band room exploding in your soul — a Jesus jamboree.  It’s the kind of band that makes me want to learn an instrument so I can be in it, too.  My parents and husband gladly came along Saturday when I showed them a few of the band’s YouTube videos.

A couple of weeks before the concert, I ordered Rend Collective’s latest CD, “Campfire,” so I could sing along on Saturday.  I don’t like playing my music loud when I drive with the windows down, but this CD I want to share with everyone.  Seeing it live was even better.  They truly know how to honor God’s majesty and creativity.

One of the best things about Saturday’s performance — besides the high-energy band itself — was the audience.  More than 20 states — from California to Florida — were represented, with a few people under 10 years old and several over 70.  Some people wore sundresses or khakis; others went with the cutoff jean shorts and beanies.

An older woman who sat next to me at dinner before the concert said she knew nothing about Rend Collective, but was in the area and thought they would be good.  A group of 20-somethings who sat behind me during the concert called them a “sweet” band, and one guy in the group said a concert doesn’t get much better — a delicious dinner beforehand, no crowds to fight and not a bad seat in the house.  Outside, it poured down rain, but inside everyone eagerly anticipated the next song.

“When it rains this much in Ireland, we’re all just grumpy,” band member Gareth Gilkeson said in his Irish acccent.  He put up his hands in his vest pockets, wore a red tie and hat and used words like “wee li’l” and “shindigery.”  (His wife and fellow band mate, Ali, said after the concert that if you eat enough Lucky Charms, you’ll get the same accent too.)

Throughout the show, the band used all kinds of instruments, including an accordian, xylophone and trash can.  I was impressed with Ali’s ability to switch instruments multiple times during a song.  Lead singer Chris Llewellyn picked up a ukulele toward the end.

“It’s mostly played by little girls, but that doesn’t bother me,” he said.

RCE from TiffanyI was sad when my camera died about half an hour in, but I decided it was better to experience the concert first-hand anyway.  The lyrics on the screen made it easy to sing along, and it’s always moving to witness an entire room of people praising God together — voices and sometimes arms raised.  For one song, we put an arm around our neighbor and jumped in sync.

(Check out this video another person in the audience posted on YouTube!)

Other highlights included the band letting the audience lead “10,000 Reasons” and sharing their rendition of “In Christ Alone,” which I LOVED.  (Next CD maybe?)

This is a picture of me and my family, taken in my parents’ inn room after the concert.
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