This is the verse we are meditating on here at The Cove this week as a staff. We hope you have a blessed week!
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As the summer continues to bring times of picnics and fun in the sun, we hope you will include spending some time with us here at The Cove in your plans.
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Come and Join Us!
Click on the links below for August and September dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
Click on each of the links below for more information or to register. You may also call 1-800-950-2092.
Intensive Bible Seminar- Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical View of the Work of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives
with R.T. Kendall, August 4-8, 2014
From Shadow to Substance: A New Day and a New Way
with Wayne Barber, August 8-10, 2014
Church Staff Retreat- Leading With Confidence in an Insecure World
with Jim Henry, August 14-15, 2014
The Prescription for Getting Rid of Ichabod
with Will Graham, August 15-17, 2014
An Evening at The Cove
with Mark Schultz, August 17, 2014
Senior Celebration with Cliff Barrows and Friends-Lost Baggage: How God Builds and Mends Our Relationships
featuring James Merritt with Reggie and Ladye Love Smith, August 18-20, 2014
Giving Christ Control of Your Life
with Lloyd John Ogilvie, August 25-27, 2014
The Overcoming Life: How to Thrive Instead of Survive
with Herb Reavis, Jr., August 25-27, 2014
Understanding the Times: Preparing for the Coming of the King
with Kay Arthur and David Arthur, August 28-30, 2014
Life in the Spirit
with John Munro, September 12-14, 2014
The Days of Elijah: Being Used by God During Dark Times
with Jack Graham, September 15-17, 2014
An Evening at The Cove
with Jason Crabb, September 21, 2014
Senior Celebration with Cliff Barrows and Friends-The Dance: Living in the Freedom Of Christ
featuring Pete Briscoe with Guy Penrod, September 22-24, 2014
Women’s Day Away- The Power of Prayer to Transform Your Life
with Stormie Omartian, September 25, 2014
Summer shot of the back of the Training Center
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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!
Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 4:13-15
WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.
13: I stationed men in the lowest parts, exposed places, in families with their swords, spears, and bows.
14: When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, officials and people: Do not be afraid of them, remember the Lord who is great and awesome; fight for your brothers, sons, daughters, wives and houses.
15: When our enemies heard God had frustrated their plan, all of us returned to the wall, to his work.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?
Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?
13: Do not panic, don’t run, be courageous. Be on guard. Don’t live in denial, know where the weakness lies and fortify! Nehemiah’s people will not go out looking for a fight, but the people of God will be ready to make a stand if need be. STAND.
14: It is important to remember who we serve. He that is in us (me!) is greater than he that is in the world…. easy to say, hard to believe. It is important to remember what is at stake as well (our families’ present and future generations). The STAND you make and the STAND I make TODAY matters! Courage now.
15: Often times when the enemy sees it will not be an easy victory, and we will just not hand over the keys to the city and rights to our lives, the enemy will back down and we can get back to work.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?
13: Where has God placed me to make a stand? What places in my life, in my church, in my family, on the job, need to be fortified? Do I tend to respond in panic when attacks are imminent or do face them in the power and strength of God’s Word and promises?
14: Have I sidelined myself not thinking that what I may or may not do for God matters? When have I made a stand for Christ and when do I wish I had the courage to make a stand for Christ?
LIVE IT OUT!
Lord, help me today, where I am to be able to make a stand for You. Whether it is with my children as I break up an argument, or at work while my co-workers strike up conversation, or anywhere I may be. Give me confidence in Your Word and Your promises as I stand on them today.
Homework: Nehemiah 4:20-23
Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!
By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director and grandson of Billy Graham
On a daily basis I’m blessed with memories and stories of the many ways God chose to use my grandfather to reach people around the world over the course of many decades. Nearly everywhere I go people stop to tell me about how entire families and generations were impacted by his ministry. It’s humbling.
What many people may not know is that it almost didn’t happen. Everything we know of the ministry of Billy Graham from the late 1940s on – the massive stadium events, the evangelistic movies, the radio programs, the counseling of presidents and kings – hinged on a singular moment in history that took place at the California retreat center of Forest Home.
I visited Forest Home last year to get a fresh perspective on my grandfather’s story, and I’m returning there next week to speak at their annual Summer Family Camp.
As such, now seemed like the right time to share the story of the evangelist named Billy Graham, a discouraged young man searching for answers and direction in his life, unsure of God’s plan for him.
At the mid-point of the 20th century, he had already been an evangelist with Youth For Christ and had preached across Europe in the aftermath of World War II. He had held his first “Billy Graham Crusades” in places like Charlotte, N.C, and Grand Rapids, Mich. He was also the president of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn., the youngest college president in the country.
Not everything had gone as planned, however. His crusade in Altoona, Pa., had been – in his own words – “a flop.” It was spiritually difficult and he felt things had gone poorly, and it left him questioning whether or not evangelism should be his focus.
At the same time, a very good friend and contemporary of my grandfather’s, a man named Charles Templeton, had begun challenging my granddaddy’s way of thinking. Mr. Templeton, who had preached with Youth For Christ as well, had gone on to study at Princeton, where he began to believe that the Bible was flawed and that academia – not Jesus – was the answer to life’s problems. He tried to convince my grandfather that his way of thinking was outdated and the Bible couldn’t be trusted.
My grandfather had more questions than answers.
As a young man in his early-30s, all of these things were swirling in his mind when he traveled to California in 1949. Should he invest fully in the college, which he knew meant seeking further education for himself? At the time Northwestern wasn’t accredited, and for it to become so he – as president – would need to get an advanced degree, which would require taking several years off from preaching.
Should he leave the school and follow the calling of an evangelist, even though Altoona had gone so poorly?
Did he even believe the Bible from which he was preaching, or should he follow Templeton in questioning its validity?
It was at this time that my discouraged grandfather reluctantly accepted the invitation of Henrietta Mears to visit and speak at a Christian retreat center called Forest Home. Mears had worked at First Baptist Church in Minneapolis for Pastor Riley, who was also my grandfather’s predecessor at Northwestern, and she was a very well-known and godly woman. She would end up having a huge impact in Hollywood, Calif., as she served as the director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. She took grief for inviting him to speak because he was not part of the camp’s denomination, but God had a plan in all of this.
As I toured Forest Home last year, it moved me greatly to walk the paths that my grandfather walked as he struggled with the Lord, and ultimately had the experience that would change the course of his ministry and the eternities of millions.
You see, while he was at Forest Home, he spent a great deal of time studying the Bible, and he kept seeing the same phrase pop up. “Thus sayeth the Lord… Thus sayeth the Lord…” While my grandfather had always accepted in his head the authority of the Scripture, this became the turning point as he realized in his heart that God’s Word is divinely inspired, eternal and powerful!
One night at Forest Home, he walked out into the woods and set his Bible on a stump – more an altar than a pulpit – and he cried out: “O God! There are many things in this book I do not understand. There are many problems with it for which I have no solution. There are many seeming contradictions. There are some areas in it that do not seem to correlate with modern science. I can’t answer some of the philosophical and psychological questions Chuck and others are raising.”
And then, my grandfather fell to his knees and the Holy Spirit moved in him as he said, “Father, I am going to accept this as Thy Word—by faith! I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word!”*
My granddaddy wrote in his autobiography that as he stood up his eyes stung with tears, but he felt the power and presence of God in a way he hadn’t in months. “A major bridge had been crossed,” he said.
The resulting change did not go unnoticed. The next day my granddaddy spoke at Forest Home, and 400 people made a commitment to Christ. Henrietta Mears remarked that he “preached with authority” that she hadn’t seen before from him.
This was August 1949, and mere weeks later Billy Graham would go on to hold the historic 1949 Los Angeles Crusade in the tent erected on the corner of Washington and Hill Streets. That outreach was scheduled to last three weeks, and ended up going for eight weeks as people packed the “Canvas Cathedral” and media outlets nationwide began talking about the upstart evangelist.
Because of that moment kneeling by a stump at Forest Home, I get to hear stories of lives changed through my grandfather’s ministry. Because of that moment, my father and I are invited around the world to share the same hope of Christ that my grandfather preached in Los Angeles and hundreds of other locations both near and far. That moment not only changed Billy Graham’s ministry. It impacted eternity.
*Just As I Am, Billy Graham, 1997
Click here for information on Will Graham’s seminar at The Cove Agust 15-17, 2014.