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Prayer Note: November 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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GRATEFUL FOR MOTHS?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV).

We’re entering the Thanksgiving season…an occasion for gathering with family and friends…a time of gratitude and reflection—also known as the Prelude to Black Friday.

Each year the buying frenzy seems to come a little earlier, as another store announces plans to open early on the afternoon or evening of Thanksgiving.  Crowds gather in mall parking lots, awaiting the bargain fest that is to come. It’s the same every year. Harried moms come armed with coupons and lists, strategizing the quickest route to the toy aisle. They leave laden with bags and boxes, excited about the great deals they scored. And the cycle continues… Black Friday sales lead to Christmas sales which lead to after-Christmas sales which lead to January white sales which lead to “Just 310 shopping days till Christmas!” Parenting isn’t for sissies—especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. Yet, loving parents will go to great lengths to give their children presents they know will bring squeals of delight.

Jesus Himself described God as a gracious and generous Father who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:9-11); and when we stop and look around, we must admit He has given us many good gifts in the form of material blessings. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” (James 1:17, NKJV)  When we recognize that truth and acknowledge that everything we have comes from God, it should prompt a response of heartfelt praise. It is good and proper to praise God for material blessings. Yet there’s so much more for which we should praise Him! God wants us to recognize our life, our health, and our earthly possessions as gifts from God; yet He also wants us to remember that each of these gifts is temporary.

Jesus said,  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:10-20, ESV).

Things don’t last. Moths may flit through your home, feasting on curtains and coats and eating away at earthly possessions.  Rust will eventually eat its way into high-end appliances, expensive tools, and high-performance cars. Thieves may stroll right up to your front porch and steal a package—or worse yet—break into your house and take what isn’t theirs. Yet Jesus tells us to not be troubled or afraid.

It’s when we take our eyes off Christ and become engrossed in our material possessions and everyday problems that the moth of anxiety flits in and begins to eat away at our rest. What if the roof leaks…the car breaks down…the job doesn’t last? It’s then that the bandit of fear creeps in through the back door of our consciousness and tries to steal our peace. Though we may be wealthy by earthly standards, without peace we are spiritually bankrupt.

We can’t conjure it up, yet we know God’s peace when we experience it. We hear our Father’s words of comfort, as He invites us to receive His gift of peace—to climb up into His lap and rest our mind, quiet our heart. He is our peace.

It’s when we experience “the peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7), that we’re reminded of the greatest gifts God gives to us. Times like that can bring us back to the place of true gratitude for “spiritual blessings in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians 1 describes just a few of those spiritual blessings—lasting gifts from our good Father: We are chosen, made holy, predestined, adopted, accepted, redeemed, forgiven. We are His purchased possession! When we consider these priceless gifts, the value of our own earthly possessions fades in comparison.

Do you think maybe God created moths and rust for that special purpose—just to remind us of the gifts that really last? Praise God for moths!

Let’s gather together this Thanksgiving with grateful hearts, praising God for the material and spiritual blessings He’s rained down on us. But before sitting down to dinner, carefully inspect the tablecloth—there may be moth holes!

—Donna Riesen

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV).


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)

NOVEMBER CALL TO PRAYER

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat — November 3-5
Facilitated by John Parrish and Trish Lancaster

Anne Graham Lotz — November 10-12
In This Final Hour

 An Evening at The Cove with Fernando Ortega — November 12

Stuart and Jill Briscoe — November 13-15
Looking Back to the Future

Lon Allison — November 15-17
Pastor Renewal Retreat — (im)POSSIBLE: Discovering the Joy of a Prayer, Care, and Share Life

Joe Stowell — November 17-19
This Little Light of Mine

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

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 30th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Jill, the promotions manager here at The Cove. Her verse is Proverbs 3:5.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 

Jill_Promotions Manager


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.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot – 2017 Fall Photo Challenge Recap

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The Cove’s 14-Day Fall Photo Challenge has ended, and we want to thank everyone who participated!

We created this challenge to capture the spirit of Fall and all of the beautiful festivities it inspires. We were impressed by everyone’s originality!

Following is the photo prompt list and all 14 days of our posts.  We hope you enjoy!

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 Day 1 - Photo Prompt: “Autumnal”

This prompt was to inspire you to capture a scene around you that felt like fall.

Photo: Our photo was of the fall-inspired decor just outside of the main entrance of the Training Center here at The Cove.  This arbor was designed and built by talented members of Cove staff.

Autumnal (TC Entrance)

Day 2 – Photo Prompt: “Antique”

Looking at antiques is a neat way to remember history, just as looking at the changing leaves is a great way to recall all that has happened so far this year.

Photo: Praise and Worship hymns used during Billy Sunday Crusades in 1927.  This artifact is located on the 1st floor of the Training Center in ou memorabilia display.

Antique (Description in Picture)

 Day 3 – Photo Prompt: “Baked Good”

Our kitchen always serves up the best baked goods for dessert.

Photo: Warm pumpkin cake topped with homemade whipped cream.  We will be sharing this recipe right here on the blog soon, so keep an eye out.

Baked Good (Warm Pumpkin Cake)

Day 4 Photo Prompt: “Plaid”

Plaid is a fall fashion staple, and for some, it is a sign of heritage.

Photo: Will Graham is supporting his Scottish heritage by wearing the Graham family tartan.

wil in tartan kilt jan 2017

  Day 5 - Photo Prompt: “Collection”

Collections can be special and pleasing to the eye.

Photo: Collection of Russian nesting dolls displayed in the Training Center memorabilia display, here at The Cove.

Collection

 Day 6 – Photo Prompt: “Leather”

 

Photo: Leather-bound Bible on the prayer bench in the prayer room in the Training Center. 

Leather (Bible on prayer bench in prayer room overlooking mountains)

 Day 7 – Photo Prompt: “Pumpkin Spice”

 

Photo: A pumpkin-filled display near the gatehouse here at The Cove.

Pumpkin Spice (Loads of Pumpkins)

 Day 8 – Photo Prompt: “Sweater”

Nothing says cozy quite like a sweater this time of year.

Photo: A knitted sweater from one of our volunteers here at The Cove.

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 Day 9 – Photo Prompt: “Apples”

Photo: Apple Pie from The Cove’s kitchen.

Apples- Cove Apple Pie

Day 10 – Photo Prompt: “Fire”

Whether you’re enjoying your favorite autumn-inspired candle or a bonfire, sitting by the rich glow of a fire is sure to warm your soul.

Photo: Guests enjoying each other around the fire-pit at the Training Center.    

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 Day 11 – Photo Prompt: “Blanket”

 

Photo: Beautiful quilt neatly folded on the third floor of Pilgrim’s Inn.

Blanket (cozy quilt draped in Pilgrims Inn common area)

Day 12- Photo prompt: “Game”

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

 Photo: Employees from 106.9 The Light take a break to play some corn hole.

Game (BRB employees take a break with a game of cornhole)

 Day 13- Photo prompt: “Rustic”

Photo: One of the beautiful cabins located here at The Cove.

Rustic - Cove Cabins

 Day 14- Photo prompt: “Fall View”

Photo: View looking down at Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

New Fall View

 

Here’s a peek at what other photo challenge participants shared with us!  To see them all, visit #CoveFallPhotoChallenge in Instagram or just click here.

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Be on the lookout for our next photo challenge in Spring 2018!


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.

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

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 23rd

This week’s verse is brought to you by Amanda, the Promotions Manager at 106.9 the Light – located here on The Cove property. Her verse is 2 Corinthians 4:8.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.

Amanda Woods_WMIT_Promotions Manager


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.

Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free. Follow us on social media. click map

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COVE BIBLE VERSE OF THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16

This week’s verse is brought to you by Doug, Manager of Property Services here at The Cove. His verse is Philippians 4:13.

 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Doug Van Wirt_Manager of Property Services


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.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot- 2017 Fall Photo Challenge Begins Today

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Last spring we had wonderful participation in our #CoveSpringPhotoChallenge. Thanks to all who shared their fresh snapshots of the budding season with us!

Are you ready to join us again?

We are excited to announce that today officially launches The Cove’s 2017 #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.

FALL PHOTO CHALLENGE

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 recipe, a beautiful fall view, or a photo of your enjoying the warmth of your fireplace or firepit. 

The most important thing is that you have fun! We can’t wait to see what you have to share with us!


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.

COVE BIBLE VERSE OF THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 9th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Mike, a guest at an Erwin Lutzer seminar here at The Cove. His verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9.

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on 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.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Cove Bible Verse for the Week of October 2nd

This week’s verse is brought to you by Laura, a Program Administrative Assistant here at The Cove. Her verse is Ephesians 6:13. 

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

SMALL_Laura_Brown_Program Administrative Assistant


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.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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COVE BIBLE VERSE OF THE WEEK of SEPTEMBER 25

This week’s verse is brought to you by Carol, the Program Director at Billy Graham’s radio station, 106.9 the Light, which is located here on The Cove property. Her verses are 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 shall direct your paths.

Carol Davis_WMIT_Program Director


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.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Butterscotch Blondies

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Blondies

Butterscotch Blondies
Makes about 24 blondies.

INGREDIENTS

2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 375°F.
Grease a 13”x9”x2” baking pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
Beat in evaporated milk and vanilla.
Mix in dry ingredients on low speed, just until blended.
Stir in chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chopped nuts.
Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out almost clean.

Enjoy!

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