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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 3rd

This week’s verse is brought to you by Tammy, an administrative assistant for 106.9 the Light, Billy Graham’s radio station located on property here at The Cove. Her verse is Hebrews 4:16.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Tammy Walls


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PRAYER NOTE: July 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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By Donna Riesen

THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECT PRAYERS

Farmhouse style is one of today’s leading decorating trends—yet it’s less about trendiness and more about finding beauty in simplicity and uncovering charm in imperfection. Using rustic treasures juxtaposed with classic or updated pieces, farmhouse style combines simple, unpretentious elements (think shiplap, burlap, mason jars, distressed wood) with modern accents to create a charming, graceful and homelike atmosphere. Can a decorating style teach us anything about prayer?

A look around The Cove tells us Ruth Graham would probably have loved this design trend. She embraced the idea of incorporating rustic, imperfect objects with a few scratches and scrapes into her home’s décor. As her daughter, Gigi, shares, “She was an original when it came to seeing the beauty or possibility in an old broken chair, a piece of scarred wood, or an old, uneven door that formally hung on a chicken coop. She paid extra to workmen to work on salvaged materials because of the chance of bending or breaking the tools they were using.”

I like to think Ruth would be among today’s DIYers who collect plain, unpretentious items and recycle or repurpose them in creative ways that combine beauty and practicality.

In her book, Legacy of a Pack Rat, Ruth related the story of visiting an eccentric man who had built a great house completely of salvaged materials. She explained how this collector of scrap metal and antiques would take broken bits of china and glue them together to form charming and creative objects.

“Few ever came out whole. They remained simply the collection of one who cared. When I expressed interest, he gave me a blue and white plate, carefully glued together—pieces missing. ‘You remind me of God,’ I said. By the look on his face, I knew I had shocked him, and I hurriedly explained. ‘God pieces back broken lives lovingly. Sometimes a piece is irretrievably lost. But still He gathers what He can and restores us. Perhaps it gives pleasure to no one else, but to Him.’”

According to Ruth’s daughter, Gigi, this little piece of pottery still exists.

“Like the Lord,” Gigi says, “Mother looked for the possibilities in all the knots and cracks—not only in objects but in people.” Ruth valued people—with all their “knots and cracks,” yet she understood the necessity of acknowledging our faults and imperfections and confessing them before God in prayer.

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The Scriptures are full of accounts of honest prayers.

THE PSALMIST’S PRAYER

As we move through our days, we all end up with a few scratches and scrapes on our souls. As the psalmist David put it, “My heart within me is distressed” (Psalm 143:4, NKJV). An honest look inside the home of our heart will reveal sin stains, scars and woundedness—imperfections that can’t be covered up with shiplap or disguised with a coat of white paint. The Pharisees tried that “fixer-upper” technique, and Jesus exposed them as hypocrites and “whitewashed tombs” (Matthew 23:27).

Jesus knew that all our futile attempts to tackle sin on our own with inner DIY projects would always end in failure. That’s why He came—to make the broken whole.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR:
PIOUS PLATITUDES OR HONEST REPENTANCE?

Jesus taught that the prayers God honors are the simple, real, honest, heartfelt prayers of the broken. To illustrate, He shared the parable of The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, recorded in Luke 18:9-14. After the loud and blustery prayer of the prideful Pharisee, came the humble, repentant petition of the tax collector: “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” (18:13). Recognizing the beauty of this simple confession, Jesus exclaimed, “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (9:14).

THE PRAYER JESUS PRAYED IN OUR PLACE

Perhaps the most honest, raw and gut-wrenching prayer recorded in Scripture is the cry of Jesus from the cross: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46, NKJV). The horrific physical pain Christ endured was nothing compared to the spiritual torment He experienced. Bearing the weight of the sins of the world and suffering in our place, He felt the full weight of the wrath of God as the Father turned His back on His beloved Son. Because Christ suffered, died, and arose victorious over sin and death, those of us who have accepted His gift of salvation need never ask if God has forsaken us. Although we may experience times of great suffering, darkness or pain, we can know that our debt of sin has been paid by His substitutionary sacrifice on our behalf.

THE SIMPLEST PRAYER

A Cove co-worker who is going through an incredibly difficult trial told me recently of an incident that took place as she was putting her toddler to bed. Her mind heavy with anxiety, she put on a smile and asked quietly, “What song would you like to sing before you go to sleep tonight?” Her sweet little one replied, “Jesus! Jesus!”  Together they sang, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.”  Rather than a stirring sermon or a heavy theological treatise, the Lord used this tiny voice and simple lyrics to remind her of His love for her and to encourage her to lean on His strength in the midst of her weakness. Sometimes the name of Jesus is all we can manage to pray.

As we pray for the ministry needs of The Cove and as we pray for each other, let’s commit to pray with honesty, humility and an acknowledgement of our brokenness. We are all “fixer-uppers,” distressed and imperfect, yet we’re serving the One who makes the broken beautiful. There are unspoken needs carried deep in the heart of each staff member and each Cove guest; and as we pray, we can trust the Holy Spirit to intercede on their behalf. The One who makes beauty from ashes is at work transforming lives at The Cove—this month, watch for signs of His creative touch!


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

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

JULY CALL TO PRAYER

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing — July 6

Darren Thomas — July 7-9
Jesus, Don’t You Care?

Woodrow Kroll — July 10-14
Intensive Bible Training— The Most Unique Person Who Ever Lived

Tim Lundy — July 14-16
Pray Like Jesus

An Evening at The Cove with Michael Card — July 16

Michael Card — July 17-21
Intensive Bible Training — Luke: The Gospel of Amazement

Lisa Harper — July 21-23
Women’s Seminar — The Sacrament of Happy

 Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat — July 24-27

Alex McFarland — July 28-30
Apologetics and the Gospel Message: A Study of Colossians

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 26th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Abby, a Safety Associate here at The Cove. Her verse is Psalm 37:5.

Commit your way to the Lordtrust in Him, and He will act.

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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: Intensive Bible Study with Mark Yarbrough

This week kicked off the first of five Intensive Bible Training seminars, in which participants take an in-depth approach to understanding a specific topic or section of the Bible.  These 5-day seminars, take place every summer and feature seminary-level instructors.

This week Mark Yarbrough, from Dallas Theological Seminary, walked our guests through Galatians in a seminar titled Reveling in Grace: The Gospel of Freedom.

Here are a few shots of what went on in his seminar:

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Mark Yarbrough answering tough questions from the crowd…

yarbrough teachingParticipants taking notes and listening carefully to the teaching.

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39 pages of notes for the week! These fill-in-the-blank pages are especially helpful…

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Taking those kinds of notes, can work up an appetite!

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Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 19th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Michael, senior pastor from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA.  His verse is 2 Corinthians 4:5.

For we preach not ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bondservant

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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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Saturday Snapshot – Behind the Scenes with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Volunteer Retreat

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As you may know, many groups use The Cove as a place to hold their own conference or retreat.  Last weekend, Samaritan’s Purse booked the entire property for their annual Disaster Relief Volunteer Retreat.  The event brings together volunteers from all over the country for training and rest.  Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Volunteers respond to all major natural disasters and begin the necessary clean up and rebuilding as soon as they arrive on the scene.

Included in the weekend were workshops including:
“Equipped for the Gospel,” “Fostering a Passion for Ministry,” and “Intercession – Helping by Prayer”.

They also held a ministry fair in which volunteers could have their questions answered on CDL drivers’ requirements, Rapid Response Chaplain program, HR and other general information.

And it wouldn’t be a retreat without these hard-working individuals taking time for rest and renewal.  The Cove had them covered in that area!

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the weekend.

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These ladies are manning the registration table to ensure everyone gets everything they need.
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These are a few of the materials that are given to each guest of the retreat.
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Q&A time facilitated by Josh Holland.
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Samaritan’s Purse is a multi-faceted organization, and this table provided information about many of the different areas they encompass.
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Guests enjoy refreshments and God’s creation on the back deck of the Training Center.
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Rebuilding Staff Meeting.
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Guests discuss their last session.
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The Green Room is ready for the Tommy Coomes Band.
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Just a couple of pieces of merchandise sold in the Samaritan’s Purse Store set up on the first floor of the Training Center.

On Saturday there were hands-on activities demonstrating construction basics and chainsaw safety. Several of the guests were able to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty by learning new skills and brushing up on old ones.

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Guests heard from several inspiring speakers…

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Richard Blackaby sharing with the volunteers.
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Anne Graham Lotz addressing the volunteers.
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Kenneth Bevel from Sherwood Baptist Church speaking to volunteers.
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Global Medical Mission Hall of Famer, Dame Aileen Coleman, encouraged volunteers.

Click here to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief.


 

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Recipe from the Cove Kitchen: Blueberry Crumb Bars

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BLUEBERRY CRUMB BARS

Blueberry season is upon us! Go grab your buckets and pick some of those deliciously sun kissed berries for this summer dessert served at The Cove. Let us know how yours turns out!

Blueberry Crumb Bars
Approximately 20 squares

INGREDIENTS

For Blueberry Crumble:
3 cups all purpose flour
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lemon
8 oz unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

For Blueberry Filling:
4 cups frozen blueberries
4 teaspoons cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together flour, light brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a bowl. Cut in butter in small amounts until mixture forms into small crumbs. Stir in vanilla extract and egg. Press HALF of crumb mixture into the bottom of a greased 9”x13” pan.

Toss all filling ingredients together in a separate bowl and spread over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over top of blueberry filling. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

Click here for a printable recipe.  

Enjoy delicious recipes like this on your next stay at The Cove. Click here to see a full list of upcoming events at The Cove or contact our Guest Group department to hold your group retreat at The Cove.

 

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 5th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Jim, a seminar guest here at The Cove. His verse is John 17:4.

I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.

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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.

PRAYER NOTE: June 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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By Donna Riesen

GOD IS WORKING!

Nothing encourages us to remain faithful in prayer like a good long look at an Ebenezer—a visible memorial to the Lord’s faithfulness. Whether it’s a page from an old prayer journal, a note we’ve written in the margin of a Bible, or a blog post from a fellow believer, we’re encouraged as we remind ourselves of God’s goodness in our own lives, and our faith is strengthened as we hear the testimonies of how He has worked in the lives of others.

We’re nearly halfway through the year 2017, and, depending upon your role as Cove staff, you’ve made beds, changed lightbulbs, prepared meals, answered phones, mown grass, typed schedules, copied handouts, etc. Looking back, we know we’ve provided clean and comfortable rooms, delicious meals and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere conducive to the study of God’s Word. We’ve distributed notebooks and we’ve welcomed godly speakers who are widely known for their love of God and for their knowledge of the Scriptures. We’ve shown hospitality in the name of Christ. Yet the greatest thing that has happened at The Cove in 2017 is that each time His Word has been proclaimed, God has shown up.

1 Samuel 6-7 records Israel’s defeat in battle and the subsequent capture of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines. Later, after the Philistines returned the Ark, the prophet Samuel urged the people toward repentance and renewal of the covenant. When the people heeded his words and assembled to worship, the Philistines heard of the gathering and began to worry that the Israelites might be planning a revolt.

“So the children of Israel said to Samuel, ‘Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.’ And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. Then Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the Lord thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’” (1 Samuel 7:8-12, NKJV)

THUS FAR THE LORD HAS HELPED US

At the conclusion of each Cove seminar, evaluation forms are collected and records are kept and tallied. As we review comments from recent evaluations, we see an archive of God’s faithfulness. Each bundle of evaluations contains helpful information about how we can improve our programs, yet it represents much more than statistical data—each bundle contains a record of changed lives, healed hearts and answered prayers. “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” While some of the questions on these forms may seem routine (such as inquiries about our guests’ satisfaction with the level of service and the comfort of the rooms), there are also questions about the spiritual impact of the visit. Here are a few comments by our guests about significant spiritual decisions they’ve made while here at The Cove…

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY —                                                                                           “I was not only reassured of my faith, but [also] encouraged to live under His wings!”
“This study has given me hope and courage in my walk with Jesus. It comes at the perfect time as I have some important life decisions to make. So, so grateful!”
“I’ve committed to spiritual growth and to be brave and trusting of God’s will like Esther. I’m moving forward in God’s healing for me so that in due time I can serve Him better and lead others to Christ.”

DON WILTON PASTORS’ INSTITUTE —
“I’m recommitted to the task/ministry that the Lord has called me to do.”
“I’ve made a greater commitment to work on my marriage relationship. I needed this time so much!”
“I’ve resigned myself to rest in God’s sovereignty in my life/ministry. Trusting God for all His provisions in my life.”
“I’m rededicated to my calling as pastor.”

JOHN COOK MILITARY MARRIAGE RETREAT —
“My husband and I clarified our calling and were able to pray about God’s will for our future. It was a sweet, peaceful time with God.”
“We brought God into our marriage.”
“This retreat strengthened our choice to fully reconcile and take divorce off the table.”
“We’ve realized that no matter how big our problem, no matter the hurt, He is our healer and what He has joined let no man or Satan tear apart.”

RAY BENTLEY PASTOR RENEWAL RETREAT—
“I found hope where I had none.”
“I had lost focus of my work as a pastor. I am once again focused on God and have a cleared mind and soul, seeing once again God’s call on my life.”

RON HUTCHCRAFT SEMINAR —
“It renewed my faith in God doing the impossible regarding our unsaved loved ones.”
“My mom is dying and is not saved. I have been encouraged in this dark time of my life to look through despair to see His glory.”

PETE BRISCOE SENIOR CELEBRATION —
“I’ve resolved to speak truth and love into the lives of my children and grandchildren.”

RACHAEL CRABB SEMINAR —
“Initially I thought the reason I came to this conference was for my spiritual growth. However, God dealt with me with forgiving my siblings.”
“I felt the Lord gave me a whole new beginning with Him. I feel cleansed, forgiven, loved and accepted.”

HENRY, RICHARD AND MIKE BLACKABY SEMINAR —
“I have been praying for a deeper prayer life and to know what to do with my life. I received wisdom about both.”
“I realized that God knows where I am and that hardship doesn’t mean God is finished with me.”

Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for The Cove. Praise God, He hears and answers!

“Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
1 Samuel 7:12, NKJV


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

JUNE CALL TO PRAYER

Jerry Vines — June 2-4
Left or Taken? Believers, Unbelievers, and the Return of Christ

Jim Cymbala — June 5-6
Pastors’ Institute— Storm: Hearing Jesus for the Times We Live In

An Evening at The Cove with Mark Lowry and Stan Whitmire —   June 18

Mark Yarbrough — June 19-23                                                                                    Intensive Bible Training— Reveling in Grace: The Gospel of Freedom

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. — June 26-30
Intensive Bible Training— God’s Grand Plan for the Nations

Ken Ham — June 30-July 2
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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 29th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Ernie, the Senior Network Engineer here at The Cove. His verse is Galatians 2:20.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

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Happy Memorial Day!


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.