“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
Do you have a story to tell? Have you been called to encourage others and share what God has been teaching you?
Join us at The Cove for a Christian Blogger MeetUp on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.!
Come network with fellow Christian bloggers, learn tips and strategies that will help your message reach more people, and participate in round-table discussions on blogging.
While attendance is free, your RSVP is required.
Click here to register online.
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
The Cove’s 14-Day Photo Challenge has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who participated!
We wanted to create a challenge that would celebrate the Summer to Fall transition and although there has not been a lot of Fall color to share, we were amazed at everyone’s creativity!
Following is the photo prompt list and all 14 days of our posts. We hope you enjoy!
Day 1 - Photo Prompt: “Be Still”
“Be still, and know that I am God.” After a busy summer, this may be a good time to reevaluate our routines. What better place to start then to be still with God and listen to His guidance.
Photo: Kneeler in the Training Center prayer room.
Day 2 – Photo Prompt: “Newspaper”
Tragic story in Asheville’s newspaper today, but father and son’s faith and trust in God is highlighted. After losing his 8-year old son to brain cancer last week (he also lost his wife to cancer in 2014), father shares, “My faith is what’s kept me functioning and as strong as I am. And Malachi’s faith was equally strong.” Please keep Jay Siltzer in your prayers as he walks through this sorrowful time.
Day 3 – Photo Prompt: “Labor”
Happy Labor Day! What are you up to today? Photo: Some of the great people who work at The Cove. We are blessed!
Day 4 - Photo Prompt: “Verse”
What Scripture has had the most impact in your Christian walk? This is a picture of Will Graham’s Bible and his life verse: John 3:30
Day 5 - Photo Prompt: “Tradition”
We asked Gigi Graham (Billy & Ruth Graham’s eldest daughter) a Fall tradition she remembered from her childhood. She shared, “One sweet thing was as my parents got older, for years the first beautiful Fall leaf daddy found, he world pick it up and take it to mama. She preferred that to a red rose.” What Fall tradition do you enjoy now or remember from your childhood?
Day 6 – Photo Prompt: “Throwback”
May 1936, along with 25 other students, Billy Graham (The Cove founder) graduated from Sharon High School. He wrote these words as his yearbook entry: “My hopes and plans for the future is to serve God and do His will as a minister of the Gospel.”
Day 7 – Photo Prompt: “Morning”
The sun reflecting off the clouds at the break of day. The Training Center deck is such a serene place to be early in the morning.
Day 8 – Photo Prompt: “Worship”
“Worship in the truest sense takes place only when our full attention is on God — on His glory, power, majesty, love and compassion.” — Billy Graham
Photo: Chatlos Memorial Chapel sanctuary at The Cove.
Day 9 – Photo Prompt: “Remember”
“No matter how hard we try, words simply cannot express the horror, the shock and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a Day to Remember. We’ve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.” — Billy Graham at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 14, 2001.
Photo: Pictorial display in the Training Center.
Day 10 – Photo Prompt: “Morning”
Here at The Cove, we are blessed to begin our days with staff devotions. Will Graham is currently teaching from the book of 2 Samuel. How do you start your mornings?
Day 11 – Photo Prompt: “Food”
There are so many good Fall foods and seasonal treats. This is one of our favorites! Our pastry chef is amazing and her Pecan Pie will melt in your mouth! You can find this recipe, by clicking here. Enjoy! What are your favorite Fall-type foods?
Day 12- Photo prompt: “Gratitude”
We are grateful for the able hands and willing hearts of those who work on The Cove grounds and maintenance team. We see them as God’s helpers in making things look extra beautiful around here!
Day 13- Photo prompt: “Leaves”
We’ve not reached peak leaf season yet, here in Asheville, but every day transformation is taking place right before our eyes. While the beautiful fall colors will be abundant and delight us even more in the weeks to come, the small daily changes in the leaves provide much beauty, too. Don’t let these small glimpses escape your attention!
Day 14- Photo prompt: “Moon”
The moon was full when, a guest here at The Cove, took this amazing photo from the rear Training Center deck last year. This being the last day of our photo challenge, we thought what better time than on the day of the Harvest Moon to share this image.
Space.com shares with us: “Summer’s end is on the horizon, and the arrival of autumn will be heralded by a Harvest Moon on Sept. 16. The term “Harvest Moon” refers to the full moon that falls nearest to the autumnal equinox, which will take place on Sept. 22.”
Here’s a quick recap of what other participants of the photo challenged shared with us!
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We’d love for you to stop by for a visit and tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center. Both tours are free. Click here for directions and operating hours.
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The participation in our summer photo challenge (#InTheGardenPhotoChallenge) was fantastic! Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun.
Are you ready for another photo challenge?
We are! And today officially launches The Cove’s 2016 #CoveFallPhotoChallenge.
Here’s how it works:
Post one photo daily, using the daily prompts noted below, on Instagram or Facebook. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CoveFallPhotoChallenge when you post your photo so we can all see what each other are sharing.
Not a professional photographer? Don’t worry, neither are we. Every photo we post will be taken by either an iPhone or a Canon camera. No fancy equipment or special skills needed!
Need some ideas of what to share? Post a picture of the changing colors of leaves, your favorite fall tradition, a newspaper headline that makes you smile, or a photo of the special place where you find stillness with God.
Most importantly, have fun! Take time to enjoy the details in your surroundings.
FYI: Anyone taking part in the photo challenge may have their photos shared by The Cove and other participants.
The changing colors of fall make this season one of the most beautiful times to visit our area. Make sure to visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.
Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.
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.
THE NIGHT SHIFT
The Cove is beautiful at night. Whether it’s a guest group gathering for prayer around the fire pit, or a group of friends admiring the illuminated steeple and cross high above Chatlos Memorial Chapel, the light of Christ shines strong at The Cove, even after the sun goes down. In my opinion, though, the most impressive nighttime view is found on the deck of the Training Center. As our guests relax in comfortable rocking chairs overlooking the breathtaking mountain landscape, they have the best seat in the house for observing the Creator’s handiwork. And He really shows off when a full moon rises over the scene!
We all know The Cove is far from a nine to five operation; and from late nights to early mornings, there are countless staff who serve faithfully and quietly, with little public notice or accolades. To those of you who serve behind the scenes during the overnight or early morning hours, please accept this public thank-you. Whether you’re a member of our lodging staff or working security, you help to keep our guests safe and comfortable during their stay; and aside from your regular assigned duties and to-do lists, I know many of you also make it a regular practice to pray for our guests throughout your shift.
I love the fact that our inn rooms are prayed over by housekeeping staff as they clean and change linens, but our guests sleeping peacefully and comfortably late at night may never know how many other prayers are being lifted toward heaven on their behalf as the evening hours pass.
A recent report from a staff member working the night shift read, “Quiet night. I enjoyed a conversation with one of our regular guests who was eager to express his joy in Christ and his appreciation for The Cove. It is refreshing to hear from guests like these, and I know that many often work behind the scenes and do not get to hear these reports personally. I need to remember to share these guests’ reports with other staff more often and more specifically.” Ministry is a 24-hour occurrence at The Cove.
In Luke 12:35 we hear Jesus urging His disciples to “be dressed and ready for service.” Whether we work a daytime shift in an administrative role or an overnight shift in Security or lodging, we all need to remain awake, alert and aware of the time. As we read the prophetic truths contained in God’s Word and then look around our country and our world, we realize The Cove’s mission of “Training people in God’s Word to win others to Christ” is more crucial now than ever before.
We’re privileged to have Anne Graham Lotz and Jonathan Cahn join us September 19-21 at The Cove for “Watch and Pray: A Prophecy Seminar.” What an important and timely message these two speakers will bring, as they encourage Christians to “understand the times” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NASB) and to “watch and pray” (Mark 13:33, NKJV) as we await the Lord’s return. Pray for Anne and Jonathan as they prepare to communicate God’s truth and challenge and encourage His people.
We don’t know what the result of the U.S. election will be in November. We don’t know when or where the next terror attack will occur. We don’t the timing and location of the next earthquake or flood or other natural disaster. What we do know is that our God is Sovereign and good and just.
Writer Ellen Vaughn states in her book Time Peace, “Jesus is all around us, beneath, before, behind. Further, Christ is in us. He is with us always, even to the end of the world. His presence gives us rest. He is our Peace.” (Ellen Vaughn, Time Peace, p. 208) Vaughn goes on to say, “He will give us what we need to do His will. We can have hope even in tragedy; we know that sorrow is not the end of the story. We can be at peace in the ‘now’ because we know—even if we don’t understand it—that our times are in God’s hands” (Vaughn, Time Peace, p. 208).
Years before, Billy Graham said it even more succinctly: “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out alright.”
As we think about the “night shift,” it’s reassuring to remember that “he who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps” (Psalm 121:4, ESV). Let’s stay awake and alert, serving Him faithfully and joyfully as we wait for His return. And until that day comes, “watch and pray” (Mark 13:33, NKJV).
Click here to join us via the comfort of your own home for a live simulcast! ($30 cost includes all sessions of 3-day seminar.)
Join us in praying for the following events in September:
SEPTEMBER 2016 EVENTS
All seminars in 2016 are free (lodging and meal fees apply).
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)
An Evening at The Cove
with Selah — September 15
A Prophecy Seminar—Keep Watching!
Anne Graham Lotz and Jonathan Cahn — September 16-18
Till We See Christ! Living in the Promise of Eternity
SeniorCelebration with David Bruce — September 19-21
God as He Longs for You to See Him
Chip Ingram — September 23-25
Looking Forward to the Rest of Your Life
Stuart & Jill Briscoe — September 26-28
Thank you for praying!