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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Ruth’s Prayer Garden—1 Year Anniversary

“Prayer is our umbilical cord to our Heavenly Father.  This is going to be a place of spiritual life and vitality.” 

Will Graham spoke these words on June 1, 2016, one year ago at the Ruth’s Prayer Garden dedication.  

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Will Graham addressing those attending the Ruth’s Prayer Garden dedication.

The 1.5 acre garden featuring more than 150 plant varieties is located adjacent to Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center, and was named in honor of Ruth Bell Graham.

The Garden offers a peaceful place for prayer and meditation amid the natural beauty and serenity of The Cove.

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Since the Garden dedication one year ago, nearly 20,000 people have visited.

Many enjoy a stroll along the pathways to take in the beauty and see what’s in bloom, while others appreciate sitting on one of several benches and directing their hearts to the Lord in prayer.

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Each season will provide new color, texture and fragrance throughout the garden.

Let’s take a look at what’s in bloom this month:

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IMG_2992_webThis marker (1 of over 300 throughout The Cove property) beckons the passerby to slow down and locate the nearby prayer pillar.

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The Scripture referenced on the prayer pillar reminds us of Jesus going to the mountain to pray:

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We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Be sure and leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here, too.  Both tours are free.  Get directions and operating hours.

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KENDRA GRAHAM’S ONLINE BIBLE STUDY — Genesis 22:13 & 14

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 :  Genesis 22:13 & 14

“Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.

Abraham called the name of that place, The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.””

Step 1

THE FACTS:  

Abraham looked and behind him, a ram was caught in the thicket  and Abraham went and offered him up in place of his son.  Abraham called the place, “The LORD Will Provide”.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:   

I just returned from Israel two weeks ago and am still processing all that I saw.  There is so much, that I’m having a hard time soaking it all in.  I wish I could process in the present, but that is not how my brain works.

Allow me to take you to the Mount of Olives…

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The wood was laid on the altar, then atop the wood, Isaac was placed.  God stopped Abraham from harming his son in that moment by providing a ram in the thicket.  Abraham trusted God completely with his most dear possession – his only son from his wife Sarah.  Everything God had promised Abraham was wrapped up in Isaac, but Abraham trusted the Who that did the promising, over the what of the promise.  This is huge.  We tend to have faith for the what… and overlook, or yell at, or are disappointed in the Who.  We were created to trust and walk with the Who of the promises, not the promises themselves.

As you look at Mount Moriah from the Mount of Olives, I noticed something that took me by surprise.  As I scan across…. from left to right…. on the far right I saw this place, on the exact same range as the temple mount, the top of Mount Moriah …. and what I see is a place called Calvary.  The place of the skull, the place where the Bible says Jesus, God’s one and only Son, bore the wood for the sacrifice on His back (John 19:17), yet there were no angels sent to stop the process.  Here, on the same mountain, so many years later, there was no ram caught in the thicket that dark day.  Yet on that day, instead of a ram, we hear in our hearts the words of John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  “God who spared not His own Son…” Romans 8:32.  Abraham was supplied a ram, which was insufficient until the Lamb.  Jesus was led as a lamb for slaughter and bound as a sheep before her shearers (Isaiah 53).  The Lamb was led bound from the Garden of Gethesemene on the Mount of Olives, over the valley of Kidron, through the east gate – up, up, up the ancient steps which led to the top of that famous mount of sacrifice.  Jesus was tried by 3 Jewish audiences, and 3 Gentile audiences, found to be perfect without blemish, thus pronounced worthy to be slain as the perfect sacrifice of God.  God knowing we were not created to bear such a burden, so He bore it Himself, pouring all His wrath out upon Himself.  Jesus, Redeemer of Israel and the world.

Isaac saved from slaughter, and Jesus offered as that lamb to slaughter in his stead, my stead and your stead, all on the exact same mountain range.

Oh the deep deep love of Jesus.  I do not believe I will ever be able to process all this in it’s entirety.  How appropriate that Abraham called that place, “The LORD will provide.”  Yahweh, the LORD GOD, WILL provide….[ future… will]…. and He did.  God may have provided Abraham with a ram that day, but He provided all of us with the Lamb years later.  Praise God! He has provided indeed!

Step 3

APPLY IT:  

What makes me question God’s provision for me?  When have I been more focused on the “what” of the provision than the Who is providing?

LIVE IT OUT:  

Today, Lord, help me to go through the day in awestruck thanks for the provision You have granted to me.  Show me how to walk more closely with my Jehovah Jirah.  Oh that You would be more personal to me.


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

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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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 12th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Mike, who works in Facilities Support here at The Cove. His verse is Romans 1:16.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

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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.

Saturday Snapshot — Ruth Graham’s Words Live On

Billy Graham once said, “Many ask me, ‘Who is the greatest Christian I’ve ever known?’ I always answer, ‘Ruth.’ She’s the greatest Christian I’ve ever known.”

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Today would have been Ruth Graham’s 97th birthday.  Born in China in 1920 to medical missionary parents, she later served the Lord, alongside her husband, for more than 60 years.  Ruth was called home by her Savior 10 years ago, but her words and her legacy of prayer live on…

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Ruth’s desk at their home in Montreat, North Carolina.  As you can see, she spent a great deal of time in God’s Word.  Ruth Graham desk

Executive Director of The Cove and Ruth’s grandson, Will Graham, appreciated his grandmother’s heart for prayer so much, that he dedicated Ruth’s Prayer Garden in her honor.  We’d love to share the prayer garden, adjacent to Chatlos Memorial Chapel, with more than 150 plant varieties, with you.  Stop by and take a tour….it’s free.  Click here for directions and hours. 

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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.

Saturday Snapshot – Race to the Top

Who doesn’t love a good challenge?

Many of the participants for last weekend’s Military Marriage Retreat sure did!  Anytime we have active-duty military men and women on property, hiking or running to the overlook is a popular option during free time, so this year we thought we’d make an official race of it–complete with prize packs for the winners!

Our Race to the Top challenge started from the trail entrance near Chatlos Memorial Chapel and ended at the top of The Cove overlook–a nearly 4-mile uphill trek!

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Each participant  timed themselves (the honor system seemed appropriate with our honorable military participants) and completed the challenge during their free time.  Some woke up early and headed up at sunrise, while others ventured up in the afternoon.

Finish times ranged from 41 minutes and 12 seconds to over 2 hours.  As you can imagine, it wasn’t a feat for the faint of heart, but 39 people finished the race.

Here are some of the racers:

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We think the view from the top, as well as the journey along the way, was a fun experience for all.

And the winners were…

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Women’s Division Winner – Kati. She completed the race with a time of 46:03.
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Men’s Division Winner – Christopher. He completed the race with a time of 41:12.

Congratulations to the winners, as well as to all the participants. Racing to the overlook here at The Cove is certainly no easy feat!

There was more than a race going on over the weekend…118 military couples were enlightened by powerful Bible teaching from Chip Ingram, and led in worship by Marty Goetz.

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The next Military Marriage Retreat at The Cove will be held September 8-10, 2017.  Tommy Nelson will be speaking on the topic of Living Well in Your Marriage.  The retreat is free (includes program, meals and lodging) to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service-members, so please help spread the word.


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