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Saturday Snapshot – Summertime at The Cove

He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 33:5, NKJV). 

We have loved the beautiful summer sunshine at The Cove this week. Just look at these gorgeous mountain views and blue skies from the Training Center deck.

This picture was taken Wednesday afternoon as our guests were wrapping up a session during the Intensive Bible Training seminar with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.


The bright and vibrant blooms throughout the grounds at
The Cove have been nothing short of spectacular. What’s your favorite summertime flower?


Back inside, where it’s much cooler, visitors can always enjoy a refreshing snack of soft-serve yogurt from our yogurt machines. Yum!


We hope you enjoy your Fourth of July weekend with loved ones.

Blessings to you and your family. Safe travels!

If you’re in Asheville over the weekend, come visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and newly opened 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.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.


Prayer Note: July

We hope that 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 will share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that, you too, will be encouraged.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen

 “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof (Leviticus 25:10).”

This passage of Scripture from the Old Testament is inscribed on the Liberty Bell at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The streets rang with the sound of freedom as the bell was sounded on July 4, 1776, after the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Bonfires and Illuminations…
In a letter written to his wife in July of 1776, Founding Father John Adams shared his feelings on the momentous occasion. “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.“

Fast forward 240 years to Wednesday, June 15, 2016, when someone ignited a fireworks display inside an Arizona Wal-Mart. While the resulting blaze could have ended in tragedy, the store was evacuated and the fire quickly extinguished, thanks to the quick and appropriate actions of store personnel and prompt response from the Phoenix Fire Department.

I don’t think this is what John Adams had in mind.
As we celebrate our freedom this July Fourth, the atmosphere throughout the country may seem more like the chaotic, near-tragic scene from Wal-Mart, rather than the “Pomp and Parade” John Adams foresaw.

In a nation troubled by senseless shootings, terror threats, political polarization, racial tension and unrest, widespread immorality, and economic instability, there may not appear to be much to celebrate. Add to this the rise of political correctness, rejection of Biblical standards, and outright hostility toward Christians, and many believers may feel tempted to forego participation in this year’s “bonfires and illuminations.”

Illumination or Conflagration?
There is no shortage of words when it comes to discussion of how to solve the problems plaguing our republic. Google “2016 Election” and you’ll get a search result of around 200 million. Not to mention that this is probably the first U.S. election in which the major party candidates exchanged verbal blows via “Twitter Wars.” We’ve come a long way from the high and lofty language of the Founding Fathers. #GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath. Words written by the Apostle James seem to elucidate the current state of our heated and contentious national discourse: “So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites (James 3:5).”

Since words can fan the fires of freedom or ignite the flames of destruction, how should we as Christians speak into America’s current state of affairs? We must speak the truth and boldly stand for our right to declare it, yet season our words and our actions with love and grace. But the best and most effective way to use our words is to lift them before the throne of God in prayer.

Confession and Intercession…
Praise God that over 140,000 individuals throughout the U.S. have joined together to pray for our country during Franklin Graham’s Decision America tour. Sharing messages from the book of Nehemiah, Franklin Graham is crossing the country proclaiming the good news that God can restore America, if we only will pray. In each state he has visited so far, crowds of thousands have turned out to join together in praying 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

In addition to praying for the ministry of The Cove throughout the month of July, please continue to pray fervently and faithfully for America. The words of the Decision America Tour mission state it best: “Because Jesus Christ is the only hope for America (1 Corinthians 3:11), we call our nation to God and pray for His forgiveness and blessing (2 Chronicles 7:14) and for the liberty and freedom to continue to proclaim His Name until He returns (2 Corinthians 4:5).”

I hope you’ll enjoy a picnic, parade and fireworks with friends and family this Fourth of July, but accompany all the festivities with this heartfelt prayer: “God, please bless America!”


Join us in praying for the following events in July:

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 The Collingsworth Family— July 7

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore & David Gaines — July 11

Pastors’ Institute: 3-D Discipleship: Loving, Growing, Reaching
with Lon Allison, July 12-13

Kingdom Parenting
with Tony Evans— July 14-16

Intensive Bible Training: The Midnight Cry 
with R.T. Kendall — July 18-22

An Evening at The Cove
with Michael Card— July 24

Intensive Bible Training: Recovering the Lost Language of Lament
with Michael Card — July 25-29

Thank you for praying!


Saturday Snapshot – Ruth’s Prayer Garden Dedication

Ruth Bell Graham lived a life committed to and dependent on prayer.  Several years ago, she wrote these words as a reflection on how we should pray:  As we come to this garden of prayer, we come being reminded that we come to acknowledge our Father. As we come into His presence, we come being anxious or worried about nothing. We come to worship Him in everything.

This past Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Ruth’s Prayer Garden was officially dedicated with a special message from her grandson, Will Graham, executive director at The Cove.

“Prayer is our umbilical cord to our Heavenly Father,  This is going to be a place of spiritual life and vitality.” Will Graham said of the 1.5 acre garden featuring more than 150 plan varieties.


Over 150 people in attendance at the dedication.

Listen and watch as over 150 people in attendance  on Wednesday lifted their voices unto the Lord in worship and adoration.

Ruth’s Prayer Garden — a garden for every season.
The garden is a lovely place to stroll and take in all the beauty.
Beautiful violin music played in the garden before the dedication began.

Watch as the violinist played throughout the the garden paths.

Benches are placed throughout the garden so one can sit and pray.
It was fun having so many people enjoying the garden at one time!
A beautiful rose still fresh with dew during the dedication.
Over 150 plant species are present in the garden. There will be something in bloom every season.
Prayer. This is what Ruth would have loved to see taking place in this garden.
Thankful for the leadership on this project from Lucas, The Cove’s supervisor of grounds maintenance. That’s a wooden bow tie he’s sporting!

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.  Make sure to leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here too.  Both tours are free.

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