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Nominate Your Pastor!

Don’t miss this opportunity to honor your pastor! Christian Tools of Affirmation (CTA) seeks to honor, affirm and encourage pastors by recognizing their Christ-like sacrificial commitment and dedication to God’s high calling to care for the lives of those they shepherd.

A servant heart demonstrates selfless love and service – motivated by a love for Christ. Nominate your pastor for the “Servant Heart Award.”

Online nominations will be accepted until 6 p.m. EDT on July 29, 2011. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC – an opportunity to escape for a spiritual retreat.

Also, a gift will be given to the first 1,000 nominations submitted online! Click here to read the Servant Heart Award rules.

Will Graham Reflects on his Time in Kenya

Will Graham, assistant director for The Cove, recently held a Celebration in Nakura, Kenya, where in preached the Gospel (in the rain) to thousands.

Will’s wife, Kendra, joined him on this trip and spoke to a women’s group.

“We had a wonderful time. She had a wonderful time,” Will said. “She was extremely nervous. She hadn’t worked with a translator very much, but she was a huge blessing to the women. She’s a gifted speaker and very good communicator of the Bible.”

You can read about Will’s and Kendra’s experience here.

Military Scholarships

To honor the brave men and women in uniform and their service to our country, the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is pleased to offer full scholarships for active-duty military personnel and their spouses to attend a Cove seminar.

Come and be renewed through encouragement and sound biblical teaching from respected Christian speakers, while also enjoying plenty of time and space to be alone with God in the quiet seclusion of this mountain retreat.


Photo from Flickr by USACEpublicaffairs.

If you, or someone you know, is currently in active military service or is a military chaplain with the North American Mission Board, please visit www.thecove.org or call (800) 950-2092 to inquire about these special scholarships!

Q & A with Josh McDowell

“People are still lost, the Gospel is still true, Heaven is still desirable, the commandment is still there – ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation’ – and my heart is still in love with Christ. So, nothing has changed.”

This is the response Josh McDowell recently gave to Richard Greene with Decision magazine, when he was asked if the passion is still there to share Christ with others after doing it for more than five decades. (You can find the full interview here.)

“Young people are alarmingly walking away from the church in droves. Probably 80 percent,” says Josh.

And, this is what propels him to travel the globe, sharing the hope that can only be found in Christ. We as believers need to be prepared and equipped to impact our children and grandchildren for Christ.

This exactly what will take place at The Cove July 15-17. Josh, and his son Sean, will lead a seminar called “Unshakable Truth, Revelant Faith.” A few spots are still open!

Why We Should Still Honor America

A message from Billy Graham

Why We Should Still Honor America

As the turbulent ’60s concluded and a new decade began, Billy Graham appeared at a July 4th event in Washington, D.C. called Honor America Day.

We may be a vastly different people today than we were 200 years ago. … But of this we can be sure. God has not changed and His laws have not changed.

More than 400,000 people attended, while millions watched on television or heard it on the radio in 123 other countries.

Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Glen Campbell, The New Christy Minstrels and Teresa Graves were among those who performed that day.

According to liner notes on an album produced after the event, Honor America Day was denounced by the extreme right and the extreme left, but was supported by ordinary Americans, “rich and poor, black and white, Republicans and Democrats, Christians and Jews.”

The idea reportedly stemmed from a telephone conversation between Billy Graham and Hobart Lewis, editor-in-chief of the Reader’s Digest, with hotel executive J. Willard Marriott later taking over the bulk of organizational work.

Organizers hoped the event would provide an “antidote for the poisons of defeatism, cynicism, and disillusionment that boil[ed] from the wells of America’s unsolved problems.”

One commentator noted that Dr. Graham’s message was a “moving, articulate plea for unity, faith and courage amid the strife of the ’70s.”

Read Part of Mr. Graham’s Message:

“Pericles built a civilization upon culture and it failed. Caesar built a civilization upon power and it failed. Our forefathers founded the United States upon faith in God, and our country will survive only as it honors God.

“Our nation was built on a foundation of moral law, in which a person’s rights were also balanced by a person’s responsibilities. Why should I, as a citizen of heaven and a Christian minister, join in honoring any secular state?

“The Bible says, ‘Honor the nation.’ As a Christian or a Jew, or as an atheist, we have a responsibility to an America that has always stood for liberty, protection and opportunity.

“There are many reasons why we honor America today. America has opened her heart and her doors to the distressed and persecuted of the world. America has been the most generous nation in history. We have shared our wealth and our faith with a world in need.

“America has never hidden her problems and faults. With our freedom of the press and open communication system we do not sweep our sins under the rug. America defends the right of her citizens to dissent. Dissent is the hallmark of our priceless freedoms. But when dissent takes violent forms it becomes anarchy.”

“We may be a vastly different people today than we were two hundred years ago. Our society is far more complex, more pluralistic. But of this we can be sure. God has not changed and His laws have not changed.

“He is still a God of love and mercy. But He is also a God of righteousness and judgment. Any individual or nation, which ignores His moral and spiritual laws, will ultimately face His judgment.”

Where’s the Father of the House?

By Trevor Freeze

What’s a dad to “be” and “do?” With Father’s Day tomorrow, Chip Ingram gives four crucial roles every godly father should be taking in their child’s life.

Assistant Mom.

No two words sparked more emotion at The Cove on Memorial Day Weekend than these two that Chip Ingram used to describe the role of fathers in today’s society.

You could almost feel the blood pressure rising among fathers attending Ingram’s parenting conference at The Billy Graham Training Center.

Dads have become “Assistant Moms.”

About the only title that’s worse: “Assistant to the Mom.”

“It hits a raw nerve,” said Ingram, President of Living on the Edge ministries. “Men don’t like to be called out.”

But the critical theme of fathers standing up and becoming leaders in the home could easily be detected in all five of the parenting sessions over the weekend.

If you had to boil down the conference in three words, it would be simply: Where’s the Dad?

Read the full article on BillyGraham.org.

The Power of Prayer

By Will Graham

In the annals of world history, you won’t find many mentions of a lady named Pearl Goode. She never ran for political office, never commanded troops, and never served as the CEO of a Fortune-500 company.

Pearl Goode at a breakfast during the 1963 Billy Graham Los Angeles Crusade.

Pearl Goode was a widowed nurse in her mid-60s, living in Pasadena, Calif., in 1949 when a young evangelist came to hold tent meetings in Los Angeles at the corner of Washington and Hill streets.

The very first night of the Crusade, she watched the fiery preacher Billy Graham and his team share the Gospel. As Pearl later recounted in an interview, “That night God laid those boys on my heart as a burden.”

Pearl then joined the volunteer prayer team for the Greater Los Angeles Crusade and was a part of seeing the campaign extended from three weeks to eight weeks, with people cramming into the tent every night to hear the Good News.

After that early Crusade, Pearl became a prayer warrior for the Crusades, without anybody on my granddaddy’s team even knowing. She would spend her own money to travel by Greyhound bus to wherever they were holding an event, quietly check herself into a motel near the venue, and immediately begin praying. Pearl estimated that she covered 48,000 miles by bus, simply to pray for the Crusades.

Even later in life when Pearl could no longer travel, or when my granddaddy was preaching overseas, she would make it a point to know exactly when he would be preaching, and she would spend those exact hours in prayer.

In an address he gave in 1994, my grandfather said, “She prayed all night many nights, and I could sense the presence and power of that prayer. When she died, I felt it.”

We must never underestimate the power of the prayer that is lifted up by wonderful saints like Pearl all around the world. Prayer – talking to God – is of paramount importance in developing our relationship with our Savior and in building up and supporting others through the work of the Holy Spirit. The great significance of prayer is – I believe – why we see so many calls to prayer in the New Testament*.

But, with everything going on in our world today, and with all of the distractions that life throws at us, how many of us actually make the time to become a prayer warrior like Pearl Goode? She would use her own money to travel to far-away states, only to lock herself in a motel room and pray all night long. What a challenge to the rest of us who can’t find 15 minutes in a day to spend with our Lord!

My granddaddy has told me that one of the few regrets he has in life is that he didn’t pray more. That impacts me deeply because almost every time I walk into his house he’s either praying or reading the Bible. He firmly believes that if he had spent even more time in prayer he could have reached even more people with the Gospel.

Pearl Goode, Billy Graham … you and me. Let’s make today the day we cast off the things of this world and commit to be a prayer warrior!

*Luke 6:28; Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:8

Will Graham

Will Graham is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel under the banner of BGEA. Will has spoken to audiences around the world. He graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and in 2001 graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He currently serves as assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

Matthew West: “Every song has a story”

Matthew West, fresh off his appearance at the recent Will Graham Jersey Shore Celebration in Ocean Grove, NJ, will perform at The Cove on June 23.

The concert will be a mix of older, more familiar songs from the radio, as well as songs from his latest album, The Story of Your Life.

“As a songwriter, every song has a story behind it, and I am excited to play in an intimate setting like the Cove, because I’ll get to dive in to some of the amazing stories that inspired these songs,” he explained.

West’s hopes and prayers for this Evening at The Cove go far beyond music and entertainment. It’s about the most important connection a person could ever make—a connection with God. To register for this event, click here.

Matthew West
Matthew West at the Jersey Shore Celebration with Will Graham

Matthew accepted Christ watching a Billy Graham Crusade on television when he was 13. Joy Allmond from BillyGraham.org spent some time with Matthew and discussed his long-standing relationship with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Click here to read the story.