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Cove Bible Verse for Week of January 9

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God,” (Acts 20:24, ESV). 

Dariush | Guest Group | Acts 20:24


Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference or retreat?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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.

Saturday Snapshot – Snow Calls for Chili, Soup & Chowder

The first snow of the season came on Friday afternoon!

Our webcam is up and running again, so feel free to take a look at the beautiful white snow from the rear of the Training Center.

Click here to view our webcam.

What’s the weather like in your area?

If you’re hunkered down, like some of us are, try making this delicious black bean and turkey chili recipe to warm you right up.

Here are a couple other great options for the cold winter months:
Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
Lentil and Beef Chowder

Enjoy!  Bless you, friends.

P.S.  We will be LIVE streaming Kendra Graham’s Tuesday evening Bible Study on Periscope (Tuesday Evenings: January 10 – February 21, 2017).  If you’re not coming in person, we’d love for you to join us from the comfort of your home.

We will begin streaming via Periscope sometime between 7 and 7:20 pm ET).  Can’t watch live?  Don’t worry, you can catch the replays in the Periscope app indefinitely.

Here’s how you can watch:

Not sure how to use Periscope? 
 You must first sign up for Twitter (it’s free).  Click here for step-by-step instructions.
2. Then you sign up for Periscope (it’s free).  Click here for step-by-step instructions.



Cove Bible Verse for Week of January 2

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart,” (Psalm 91:4). 

This year, we are mixing up The Cove’s Weekly Scripture Verse.
We have asked employees, guests, volunteers and even some speakers to share with all of us their favorite verse.

Traci | Program Support Associate | Psalm 91:4.

SMALL_Traci_Program Support Associate

Ladies! Beginning next week, there are two weekly opportunities to participate in a free women’s Bible study at The Cove in Asheville, NC. On Tuesday mornings at 9:45 a.m., join Jane Derrick for a study through Psalm 91. On Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., Kendra Graham will guide participants in a Bible study through the book of Esther.

For more information, or to register, call (800) 950-2092 or visit We hope to see you there!



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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Happy New Year!  We look forward to what God has in store for His children this new year.  We hope this prayer, and the Scripture to follow, will give you words to meditate upon as you walk with Him into 2017.

The Spirit to Know You

A prayer by St. Benedict of Nursia

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive Thee,
intelligence to understand Thee,
diligence to seek Thee,
patience to wait for Thee,
eyes to behold Thee,
a heart to meditate upon Thee,
and a life to proclaim Thee;
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

And our prayer for you from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

“Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12.

Join us in praying for the following events in January:

Women’s Morning Bible Study with Jane Derrick – January 10 – February 28

Women’s Evening Bible Study with Kendra Graham – January 10 – February 21

We also have many Guest Groups on property during the month of January, taking time to focus on God and His leading during their conferences, retreats, and ministry events.

Thank you for praying!

Saturday Snapshot — New Year’s Resolution

This photo was taken last year one night after an Evening at The Cove concert.  We share it with you today, the last day of 2016, as a symbol of hope.  We pray 2017 will be a year filled with God’s blessing, peace, comfort, direction, and presence in your life.

Happy New Year, friends!

chapel at night

For those of you making New Year’s resolutions, here’s an answer Billy Graham once gave someone who asked.

Make Jesus Your New Year’s Resolution


Every year I come up with a long list of New Year’s resolutions, but then I end up not keeping even one. I’m sincere when I make them, but then they somehow fall by the wayside as time passes. What’s my problem? God must be very disappointed in me.

Billy Graham’s Answer:

I suspect many readers could echo your words. After all, each of us wants to become a better person and have a better life—and yet it eludes us. Even the Apostle Paul admitted, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18).

Sometimes our New Year’s resolutions fail because they aren’t realistic—and frankly, there’s no use including something on our list that simply isn’t going to happen. Others fail because we don’t take steps to make them happen—that is, we have no action plan. In other words, we wish for something to happen—but that’s all it is: a wish. Still others fail because we aren’t willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary to bring them about.

But we also fail for a deeper reason: We don’t have the moral and spiritual strength within us to live the way we know we should. We need God’s help—and yet in our pride we refuse to turn to Him, and we try to improve our lives without Him. As a result we fall short.

At the beginning of this new year turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life without reserve to Him. Then ask Him to give you the strength to become the kind of person He wants you to be. Make Jesus’ words your guide: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).