Prayer Note: October

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.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen


Here in Western North Carolina we’re thankful the recent gas shortage appears to be at an end; but it did wake some of us up to consider a resource we so often take for granted.

A leak in a main pipeline in Alabama resulted in gasoline shortages across the Southeast. Our routine was interrupted for a few days as we faced long lines at gas stations…pump handles covered with plastic bags….entire banks of fuel pumps surrounded with yellow tape. We started thinking more strategically about quick trips to the grocery store or the mall. A few business trips were canceled. Some of us even tried to turn the negative situation into a heart-healthy positive by walking rather than driving to nearby destinations.

A pipeline that most of us have never had a glimpse of suddenly became a fairly significant factor in our everyday life. A resource we’d taken for granted was now scarce. It affected our thinking, our finances, our travel and our plans. Although most of us only suffered minor inconveniences, each of us at one time or another probably wondered, “What if I run out of gas?”

Of all the “What if” scenarios that may plague our minds, we can be grateful there’s one question we’ll never have to ask:


1 Peter 3:12 tells us “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.” Even a heavy conscience and a heart clogged with sin cannot sever our connection to God’s grace. His Word tells us to “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6, NKJV).” Our all-powerful God is an abundant, limitless, never-failing source of goodness, grace, mercy, love and forgiveness; and His ear is always open.

Praise God, there is no leaky pipeline that can close off our communication with our heavenly Father. Trials may drain us of hope, and disappointments may find us running low on faith, but here’s the bottom line: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).”  God loves us; and because He loves us, He loves to hear our prayers!

Despite this truth, there are times when it does in fact feel like we cannot pray—times when God seems distant and unreachable, and our prayers appear futile. In those times we can rest in the knowledge that God’s Word is true and His character and promises, unchangeable.  When we can’t see His hand or feel His presence, we can remind ourselves of His faithfulness. Despite our struggles in life and in prayer, God is there. In time the darkness will lift and prayer will again bring sweet communion. In the meantime, He will not relax His hold on us.

As we think about the priceless resource of prayer, here are a few other “What if” questions we may want to ask ourselves:

“What if I thought as strategically about my prayer life as I do about my gas tank?”

“What if I stopped taking prayer for granted and started making it a priority?”

“What if I ceased ‘running on empty’ and paused to ask God for wisdom, strength and direction?”

“What if I refused to allow worry and fear to drain me of joy and instead allowed the Holy Spirit to fill me with hope?”

“What if I made a more regular practice of handing over all my ‘what ifs’ to God in prayer?

Before we head into the busy month of October, what if we just prayed? 

Join us in praying for the following events in October:

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 Point of Grace — October 2

Henry, Richard and Mike Blackaby — October 7-9 
Experiencing God 

Bob Russell — October 10-12
The Reason for Hope

Prescription for Renewal — October 14-16 (and Missionary Medicine Seminar — October 13-14) 

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing — October 20 

Erwin Lutzer — October 24-26
God, Why Me? 

Tommy Nelson — October 28-30
Military Marriage Retreat
— The Book of Romance (Song of Solomon)

Thanks for praying!



Saturday Snapshot — Fall in the Indoors

Happy first day of October, friends!

Each day brings just a little more color to our areas foliage, but there’s some Fall-like activity happening inside our buildings, too.

Just look at what some of our creative employees in the Program Department did to their cubicles!  Makes you smile each time you pass by.

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Quinn (Billy Graham’s great-grandson & Cove Executive Director, Will Graham’s son) looks very Fall-like with his bright orange shirt and his new box turtle friend.  We always enjoy when Quinn stops by the office.

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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.

Saturday Snapshot — Prophecy Seminar and a Simulcast

Nearly 500 guests joined Anne Graham Lotz, Jonathan Cahn, and special guest Bill Koenig for a prophecy seminar and study on the book of Joel here at The Cove last weekend.

An additional 800+ people from 9 countries opted to join us online for the simulcast from the comfort of their own homes.   Isn’t it amazing how technology connects us! Just like here on our blog.

Wake up and keep watching for Christ’s return.
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Beautiful worship with Selah.
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Amy Perry (Selah) singing “It Is Well With My Soul”.
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Jonathan Cahn, pastor, Messianic Jewish Rabbi, and author of The Harbinger.
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Jesus is coming!

If you’d like to access a replay of the seminar, you may purchase on-demand access to the five sessions individually by clicking here.

You may also purchase the CDs, MP3s, and DVDs of the full seminar through our bookstore by calling 1-800-950-2092 (menu option 3) or emailing

We’d love to hear from you.  What have you got planned this weekend?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!



Christian Blogger MeetUp at The Cove

Do you have a story to tell?  Have you been called to encourage others and share what God has been teaching you?

Join us at The Cove for a Christian Blogger MeetUp on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.!

Come network with fellow Christian bloggers, learn tips and strategies that will help your message reach more people, and participate in round-table discussions on blogging.

While attendance is free, your RSVP is required.

Click here to register online.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!


Saturday Snapshot – Fall Photo Challenge Recap


The Cove’s 14-Day Photo Challenge has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who participated!

We wanted to create a challenge that would celebrate the Summer to Fall transition and although there has not been a lot of Fall color to share, we were amazed at everyone’s creativity!

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


Day 1 - Photo Prompt: “Be Still”

“Be still, and know that I am God.” After a busy summer, this may be a good time to reevaluate our routines. What better place to start then to be still with God and listen to His guidance.
Photo: Kneeler in the Training Center prayer room.

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Day 2 – Photo Prompt: “Newspaper”

Tragic story in Asheville’s newspaper today, but father and son’s faith and trust in God is highlighted. After losing his 8-year old son to brain cancer last week (he also lost his wife to cancer in 2014), father shares, “My faith is what’s kept me functioning and as strong as I am. And Malachi’s faith was equally strong.” Please keep Jay Siltzer in your prayers as he walks through this sorrowful time.

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Day 3 – Photo Prompt: “Labor”

Happy Labor Day! What are you up to today? Photo: Some of the great people who work at The Cove. We are blessed!

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Day 4 - Photo Prompt: “Verse”

What Scripture has had the most impact in your Christian walk? This is a picture of Will Graham’s Bible and his life verse: John 3:30

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Day 5 - Photo Prompt: “Tradition”

We asked Gigi Graham (Billy & Ruth Graham’s eldest daughter) a Fall tradition she remembered from her childhood. She shared, “One sweet thing was as my parents got older, for years the first beautiful Fall leaf daddy found, he world pick it up and take it to mama. She preferred that to a red rose.” What Fall tradition do you enjoy now or remember from your childhood?

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Day 6 – Photo Prompt: “Throwback”

May 1936, along with 25 other students, Billy Graham (The Cove founder) graduated from Sharon High School. He wrote these words as his yearbook entry: “My hopes and plans for the future is to serve God and do His will as a minister of the Gospel.”

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Day 7 – Photo Prompt: “Morning”

The sun reflecting off the clouds at the break of day. The Training Center deck is such a serene place to be early in the morning.

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Day 8 – Photo Prompt: “Worship”

“Worship in the truest sense takes place only when our full attention is on God — on His glory, power, majesty, love and compassion.” — Billy Graham
Photo: Chatlos Memorial Chapel sanctuary at The Cove.

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Day 9 – Photo Prompt: “Remember”

“No matter how hard we try, words simply cannot express the horror, the shock and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a Day to Remember. We’ve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.” — Billy Graham at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 14, 2001.
Photo: Pictorial display in the Training Center.

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Day 10 – Photo Prompt: “Morning”

Here at The Cove, we are blessed to begin our days with staff devotions. Will Graham is currently teaching from the book of 2 Samuel. How do you start your mornings?

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Day 11 – Photo Prompt: “Food”

There are so many good Fall foods and seasonal treats. This is one of our favorites! Our pastry chef is amazing and her Pecan Pie will melt in your mouth! You can find this recipe, by clicking here.  Enjoy! What are your favorite Fall-type foods?

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Day 12- Photo prompt: “Gratitude”

We are grateful for the able hands and willing hearts of those who work on The Cove grounds and maintenance team. We see them as God’s helpers in making things look extra beautiful around here!

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Day 13- Photo prompt: “Leaves”

We’ve not reached peak leaf season yet, here in Asheville, but every day transformation is taking place right before our eyes. While the beautiful fall colors will be abundant and delight us even more in the weeks to come, the small daily changes in the leaves provide much beauty, too. Don’t let these small glimpses escape your attention!

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Day 14- Photo prompt: “Moon”

The moon was full when, a guest here at The Cove, took this amazing photo from the rear Training Center deck last year. This being the last day of our photo challenge, we thought what better time than on the day of the Harvest Moon to share this image. shares with us: “Summer’s end is on the horizon, and the arrival of autumn will be heralded by a Harvest Moon on Sept. 16. The term “Harvest Moon” refers to the full moon that falls nearest to the autumnal equinox, which will take place on Sept. 22.”

Moon off the TC deck from guest 2

Here’s a quick recap of what other participants of the photo challenged shared with us!

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Be on the lookout for our next photo challenge in 2017!

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.


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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

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Kendra Graham notes from :  I Corinthians 10:31
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Step 1

THE FACTS:  Whether you eat, drink or whatever, do all to the glory of God.

Step 2


There’s a song that Steven Curtis Chapman sings that is based upon this verse, “Every little thing that you do.. bring a smile to His face, tell the story of grace.. what ever you do, it all matters…”  I’ve needed this song this past and the coming week to help me focus on the moments that God puts in front of me.   Whether it’s cleaning the house, doing laundry, helping with homework, cheering at a game, working at the hospital, or listening to my husband or kids, I need to do it to the glory of God.   This can be hard.

I battle wanting to be doing and being somewhere else–doing something more important in my eyes–than whatever it is that I currently am.  This needs to stop.  Oswald Chambers made a statement that left a mark on my soul,  “Ministering in everyday surroundings does NOT mean we select our own surroundings.”  So often I think I know where I need to be and what I need to be doing, but believe it or not, it’s through the daily grind that God is patiently teaching me to bring Him glory…. in whatever I do, even something as basic as eating and drinking.

Think about some of the things Jesus did–some were “menial” things really–that made a huge difference.  Jesus washed nasty, dirty, stinky feet.  He ate dinner and broke bread, savoring the moment with His disciples, pouring His last words into them.  Jesus sat by a well and asked for a drink.  In the process He changed a woman’s life, and subsequently, an entire town.  Jesus brought glory to His Father whether it was cleaning, eating, or drinking.

Our character, and what we really believe about who God is, comes out in doing these menial things, too.

As I pondered this, I realized that I cannot do the things God puts in front of me on a daily basis for the glory of God without the power of God coursing through my  heart, soul and mind.  I cannot, because it is not in me to do these things AT ALL.  I cannot use a towel and water basin, as Jesus did, to the glory of God, without God empowering me to do so.

I am weak, shallow and prideful, but God loves me enough to strengthen me, deepen my relationship with Him, and humble me through everyday tasks.

What a mighty God we serve!  It matters to God that what I do, I do for His glory, because of His name sake.  There’s no room for complaining.   I like to think that when God asks me to do something really big and important that I’ll be ready to shed my selfishness and do what He calls me to, and in doing so, glorify Him.  Honestly, if you and I cannot be trusted to bring God the glory in what He puts in front of us today, in this moment, what ever makes us think He should trust us with anything bigger?

Wash the feet of those teenagers, those co-workers, that spouse that God has trusted you with today.  Let’s steadily minister in the everyday opportunities given to us in this moment and just see how God shows up.  These “little” things, like the song says, matter.

Step 3

APPLY IT:  What menial things are on the page for you to do today?  Will you ask God to empower you to do those things today for His glory?  When have you gone about your day for God’s glory and saw God show up in an unexpected way?  Do you battle with insignificance?  Today, how will you set that battle aside as you focus on where God has placed you and ask Him to focus your eyes on where He is in your everyday circumstances?

LIVE IT OUT:  Today Lord, empower me to do those little things for Your glory, even when in my eyes there is no glory to be found in them.  Today Lord, open my eyes to the people you place in front of me as I am eating and drinking at the table, and Lord, open my heart and my mouth to pour into them YOU as I engage over Cherrios, yogurt, or a bagel.  Change me, so they can see You.  #tothegloryofGod #today #don’twastethemoments


What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.

To see more of Kendra’s Bible Studies, click here.

Saturday Snapshot – Christmas Already?

If you’re like most of us and haven’t started humming Christmas hymns quite yet, you might be after seeing what’s now selling (like hotcakes) in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore!

You might be thinking, “Christmas stuff, already??”

Yes!  It’s for those organized people that actually do their Christmas shopping before the 2nd week of December!

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Ornaments, ornaments, and more ornaments!
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Christmas cards galore!
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The Reason for the season — Jesus!

Since we’re on the subject of Christmas, we’d love to hear from you:

What is your favorite Christmas hymn or carol?
What is your favorite Christmas food?
What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Leave your answers in the comment section below.

Would you like to attend a Carol Sing, Women’s Christmas Luncheon, or a Christmas at The Cove dinner and concert?  We’d love to have you!  Click here for our Christmas events schedule.

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