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Cove Bible Verse for the Week of January 15th

Make sure your path is illuminated by staying in God’s word.

This week’s verse is Psalm 119:105.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.


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Cove Bible Verse for the Week of January 8th

Well, it’s a new year and with that comes a new Monday verse format here on the blog.  This year we will share pictures of Scripture from the pages of the Bible.

Are you one that underlines, writes, and draws in your Bible?  Many people find that this process helps them engage more deeply in their study of the Word.

Whether you do, or not, we hope the Lord will show you something fresh each week with these posts.

This week’s verse is Psalm 46:1.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.


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Happy New Year!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

We look forward to spending time with you here on the blog in 2018!  What a joy it would be to see you in person, too!
We’ve got a great year of ministry ahead of us! Click here for a schedule of our seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

What do you most look forward to in 2018? Tell us in the comments below.

COVE BIBLE VERSE OF THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 25th

This week’s verse is brought to you by James, a guest here
at The Cove. His verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will direct your paths.

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 18th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Teresa, a volunteer coordinator here at The Cove. Her verse is Luke 1:37.

For nothing will be impossible with God.

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 11th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Scott, an employee here at The Cove. His verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Diane, an employee in the Guest Groups department here at The Cove. Her verse is Philippians 4:13.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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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.

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Ruth’s Attic Bookstore Highlight – New Year’s Preparation

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As autumn diminishes, signs of winter are heralding the finale of this year. We’ve prepared a list of items that are certain to draw you closer to the Lord in 2018.

Whether you purchase in person, or call and have us deliver right to your home, we hope you will find something that will encourage you, or be the suitable gift for someone special in your life.

Each of these products is a great reminder of how our great God longs to spend time with us so we can get to know Him better.

Beth Moore Devo
Pray God’s Word Day by Day is a year-long devotional. $15.99 SKU:9780805444209
Experiencing God Devo
Experiencing God Day by Day is a year-long devotional by Henry and Richard Blackaby. $15.99 SKU:780805444780
Hope for Each Day for Kids
This is a great year-long devotional for kids. $15.99 SKU:9780718086176
Hope for Each Day
This year-long devotional has a beautifully embossed leather cover. $22.99 SKU:9781404189706
Easy to Read Bible
This Bible has large print to make it easier to read. $39.99 SKU:9780310621454
Journaling Bible
This Bible has a lined space at the bottom of each page for those who like to take notes or journal. $39.99. SKU:9781433552816
one year bible
This Bible is arranged in 365 readings to help the reader completely read the Bible in a year. $24.99. SKU:9781414389813
Military Bible
This Bible is a great gift for anyone who has served in the military. $19.99. SKU:9781586403652
lined journal
This journal has lined pages for easy journaling. $12.99. SKU:88462
floral journal
This spiral bound journal is pretty and makes a great addition to any of our featured Bibles or devotionals. $9.99. SKU: 9781432119799
Tree Journal
This journal like the ones above would be an excellent companion to any of the devotionals or Bibles featured in this post. $9.99. SKU:9781432119843
pens
This pen and highlighter kit is compact and pairs perfectly with any of the books featured in this post. $6.99. SKU:3498912345

 

To order any of the products seen in this post, you may either purchase on-property at Ruth”s Attic Bookstore, by phone at 1-800-950-2092 (menu 3) or by email at bookstore@thecove.org.

God bless you!


 

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Prayer Note: December 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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The Unlikely Arrival of a Savior

An Inconvenient Law

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city” (Luke 2:1-3, NKJV).

It was a tough job keeping up with all of Rome’s subjects throughout the known world; so the emperor made a decree—a law which proved inconvenient for many as they were required to travel great distances to their ancestral homes to register. Yet that same law—that inconvenient requirement sent down from the world’s highest seat of power—was simply the means God used to fulfill one of the ancient prophecies of the coming of His Son. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2, NKJV).

The Savior whose birth we celebrate is the Son of God, the second member of the Trinity, eternally existing, not bound by time; yet “it came to pass” because of Him!  As we turn the calendar page to the month of December and face an already jam-packed schedule, we can pray a prayer of thanks that whatever comes to pass will be only what He has allowed. Even inconveniences may be priceless gifts that arrive wrapped in brown paper.

A Scandalous Story

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child”  (Luke 2:4-5, NKJV).

If you’ve recently turned off the evening news in favor of watching a Christmas movie, you’re probably not alone. At this point we’ve all had our fill of scandals. Yet as we open the Bible and read the numerous accounts of shocking betrayals and shamelessly deceptive relationships we’re reminded that scandals are not new. There were even whispers and rumors surrounding Jesus’ birth, and these seemingly shameful circumstances of His conception were later used to mock and discredit Him by those who felt threatened by Him (see John 6:42, 8:41). Yet the fact remains that God in His wisdom chose to place His sinless Son in the womb of an unmarried young virgin. Christ’s virgin birth, prophesied hundreds of years before it occurred, was a sign of His undeniable divinity. Why is the miracle of Jesus’ virgin birth important? As Billy Graham has said, “It tells us that Jesus was indeed the divine Son of God, sent from Heaven to save us from our sins.”

An Overbooked Inn

So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:6-7, NKJV).

We’ve heard the story a hundred times, yet the words “no room for them in the inn” still cause us to shake our heads in bewilderment. The divine Son of God, creator of the world, comes to be born in a body of flesh and finds no room? The “No Vacancy” sign reminds us that from His first earthly breath Jesus showed us His humility, identifying with us in our humanity. Rejection. Homelessness. Poverty. He experienced it all (see Philippians 2:5-8 and Hebrews 4:15).

A Fragile Peace

Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”
(Luke 2:10-14, NKJV)

Jesus may have been born during the time of peace known as the Pax Romana, yet the peace in Israel was one of heavy-handed domination by Rome. And although the vast empire was seemingly free from war, the fallen human race was still at war with itself due to the effects of sin. On the night the angels sang their majestic worship song to the audience of astonished shepherds, the world around them was filled with prejudice, oppression, abuse of power and religious hypocrisy.

The days we live in are much the same.  Nuclear missile tests…terror threats…political scandals…racial and cultural divides. Peace on earth? Goodwill toward men? Take a quick glance at social media and you’ll find proof of an alarming lack of goodwill. Seething anger often simmers just below the surface, regularly boiling over and finding outlet in cruel and abrasive words sent via an innocuously named social media phenomenon known as a “Tweet.”

Yet despite the lack of peace and good will, despite news reports of tragedies and scandals, despite illness, exhaustion and overcrowded schedules, we celebrate. Emmanuel has come.

A Timeless Truth

Every December we do it again. We pray that He would make the story come alive in our hearts. We pray that He would again fill us with a sense of mystery and wonder as we read the familiar words that tell us of His incarnation.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23, KJV).

Emmanuel…God with Us. With us in our brokenness—the same brokenness that broke His heart as He wept at the tomb of Lazarus.

With us in our woundedness and lack of peace—the same woundedness that caused His wounds.  “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).

Every December we close our eyes and pray for fresh tears as we hear the familiar story. Each Christmas we pray for fresh joy as we celebrate the advent of Emmanuel…God with Us. This is the Redeemer we celebrate. This is the God who hears us as we pray. This is the Savior who is with us as we serve.  Oh come, let us adore Him!

—Donna Riesen


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

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

DECEMBER CALL TO PRAYER

Christmas at The Cove with Point of Grace — November 30, December 1 & 2

SeniorSalt Impact Carol Sings — December 4, 11 & 12

Christmas at The Cove with Mark Schultz — December 7

Christmas at The Cove with Veritas — December 8

Christmas at The Cove with Michael O’Brien — December 9

Women’s Christmas Luncheon with Lori Frank — December 10
The Glory of Christmas

 Christmas at The Cove with Phillips, Craig & Dean — December 12 & 14 

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Dennis, a previous dining room Line Attendant and Chapel volunteer here at The Cove. His verse is Proverbs 3:6.

 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

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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.

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