Prayer Note: September

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

THE NIGHT SHIFT

The Cove is beautiful at night. Whether it’s a guest group gathering for prayer around the fire pit, or a group of friends admiring the illuminated steeple and cross high above Chatlos Memorial Chapel, the light of Christ shines strong at The Cove, even after the sun goes down. In my opinion, though, the most impressive nighttime view is found on the deck of the Training Center. As our guests relax in comfortable rocking chairs overlooking the breathtaking mountain landscape, they have the best seat in the house for observing the Creator’s handiwork. And He really shows off when a full moon rises over the scene!

We all know The Cove is far from a nine to five operation; and from late nights to early mornings, there are countless staff who serve faithfully and quietly, with little public notice or accolades. To those of you who serve behind the scenes during the overnight or early morning hours, please accept this public thank-you. Whether you’re a member of our lodging staff or working security, you help to keep our guests safe and comfortable during their stay; and aside from your regular assigned duties and to-do lists, I know many of you also make it a regular practice to pray for our guests throughout your shift.

I love the fact that our inn rooms are prayed over by housekeeping staff as they clean and change linens, but our guests sleeping peacefully and comfortably late at night may never know how many other prayers are being lifted toward heaven on their behalf as the evening hours pass.

A recent report from a staff member working the night shift read, “Quiet night. I enjoyed a conversation with one of our regular guests who was eager to express his joy in Christ and his appreciation for The Cove. It is refreshing to hear from guests like these, and I know that many often work behind the scenes and do not get to hear these reports personally. I need to remember to share these guests’ reports with other staff more often and more specifically.”  Ministry is a 24-hour occurrence at The Cove.

In Luke 12:35 we hear Jesus urging His disciples to “be dressed and ready for service.”  Whether we work a daytime shift in an administrative role or an overnight shift in Security or lodging, we all need to remain awake, alert and aware of the time. As we read the prophetic truths contained in God’s Word and then look around our country and our world, we realize The Cove’s mission of “Training people in God’s Word to win others to Christ” is more crucial now than ever before.

We’re privileged to have Anne Graham Lotz and Jonathan Cahn join us September 19-21 at The Cove for “Watch and Pray: A Prophecy Seminar.”  What an important and timely message these two speakers will bring, as they encourage Christians to “understand the times” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NASB) and to “watch and pray(Mark 13:33, NKJV) as we await the Lord’s return. Pray for Anne and Jonathan as they prepare to communicate God’s truth and challenge and encourage His people.

We don’t know what the result of the U.S. election will be in November. We don’t know when or where the next terror attack will occur. We don’t the timing and location of the next earthquake or flood or other natural disaster. What we do know is that our God is Sovereign and good and just.

Writer Ellen Vaughn states in her book Time Peace, “Jesus is all around us, beneath, before, behind. Further, Christ is in us. He is with us always, even to the end of the world. His presence gives us rest. He is our Peace.” (Ellen Vaughn, Time Peace, p. 208) Vaughn goes on to say, “He will give us what we need to do His will. We can have hope even in tragedy; we know that sorrow is not the end of the story. We can be at peace in the ‘now’ because we know—even if we don’t understand it—that our times are in God’s hands” (Vaughn, Time Peace, p. 208).

Years before, Billy Graham said it even more succinctly: “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out alright.”

As we think about the “night shift,” it’s reassuring to remember that “he who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps” (Psalm 121:4, ESV).  Let’s stay awake and alert, serving Him faithfully and joyfully as we wait for His return. And until that day comes, “watch and pray” (Mark 13:33, NKJV).


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Join us in praying for the following events in September:

SEPTEMBER 2016 EVENTS
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 Selah — September 15

A Prophecy Seminar—Keep Watching!
Anne Graham Lotz and Jonathan Cahn — September 16-18

Till We See Christ! Living in the Promise of Eternity
SeniorCelebration with David Bruce — September 19-21

God as He Longs for You to See Him
Chip Ingram — September 23-25

Looking Forward to the Rest of Your Life
Stuart & Jill Briscoe — September 26-28

Thank you for praying!

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — Proverbs 3: 5-6

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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 :  Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  Trust in the LORD with ALL your heart. Lean NOT on your own understanding. In ALL your ways submit to Him.  He will make your path straight.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:  UGH.  That’s what these verses mean, in a nutshell, to me.  These verses are HARD for me.  “Trust in the LORD, lean not on you own understanding…”  These statements are hard  for me to both process and implement, especially when life involves trusting God with your children.

One of my girls right now has been placed–providentially–in a HARD situation.  She feels overwhelmed, under-qualified, like she carries the pressure of the world on her shoulders.  She’s struggling, stumbling and drowning.  As a parent I want to sneak into her brain and her heart and help her to feel courageous and confident in the fact of God’s promises.  I can’t do this for her.  The choices are hers to make.  UGH!

It’s interesting how I can see where and how my daughter needs to have faith, walk in confidence of God’s promises, and know who He is, when it comes to her situations.  Yet, when it comes to me doing the exact same thing in my own situations, I freak out, feel overwhelmed, and think God has abandoned me.  Hmm, I wonder who she learned this from?

God is working out in each of us the exact same thing: TRUST/ FAITH.  A life of trusting in the LORD and not on our own understanding will never become a reality except through CONFLICT.   There are situations where we don’t want to trust in the LORD, or we want to lean on our own wisdom and understanding. We’re convinced that our own thought processes are logical and make sense, and from our point of view, God’s thought process does not.

Trust, by definition, isn’t trust without being tested and proven.   God allows us to be in places where we have a choice to make: 1. Trust God and His Word and that His promises will hold, or 2. Trust ourselves and our limited view of the event.

All too often I veer off and choose #2, because I like the illusion of having control.  God is good, and loves us enough to place us in circumstances where we’re required to make this choice.  Oh, how He pleads in His Word with us that we would trust in Him–trust that He will make our paths straight, and that as we model that choice to our children, they would, in turn, understand that as God’s promises hold for us, those same promises will hold for them.

Regardless of choices made by others, may it be said of us, that we will submit our ways to the LORD.  This is SO HARD in the here and now, but the result is promised, “He WILL make our paths straight.”  We must believe that what God has said He WILL do–He will indeed do–and in spite of not understanding or seeing the end before the beginning, we prove our trust/faith as we take one step at a time, minute by minute.

As I type this out, I’m processing and trying so hard to trust.  It’s difficult to observe struggle in the lives of those we love, isn’t it?!  I’d love to take the struggle from my sweet girl! I’m trying to claim these verses for myself in this moment, and praying that someday, she will, too.  #thestruggleisreal #trustisHARD #God’spromiseswillhold

Step 3

APPLY IT:  In what ways is your faith being tested?  What is challenging your trust in God right now?  Will your choice prove your faith in the promises of God or kill it?  Where do you need to submit your ways to Him?  How will you do that?

LIVE IT OUT:  Oh Lord, give me strength, for my strength fails me continually!  Help my unbelief as You guide my feet and give me the strength to step forward on Your promises and not to run in fear.  You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Time 2:16).  Today, I will choose to put my hope in You and will determine to praise You, my Savior, My God (Psalm 43:5).  Help me to trust the hardship of my children to You, as You are working out in them the exact same thing You are working out in me!

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What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.
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To see more of Kendra’s Bible Studies, click here.

Saturday Snapshot — Looked Who Dropped In!

A red-tailed hawk stopped by for an extended visit this week.  Once he arrived outside our maintenance building, he stayed in this same spot for a while.  We think he was either stunned or overcome with a feeling of peace and wanted to hang out with us for a spell.  Either way, after a few hours, he took off and flew into the distance.

Isn’t he beautiful?!

Red Tail Hawk at The Cove August 2016

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

Saturday Snapshot — Women’s Seminar at The Cove

Nearly 500 women came to The Cove Friday and Saturday to gain a deeper understanding of the love and compassion of Jesus through the teaching of Lisa Harper.

Singer-songwriter Laura Story joined her friend Lisa in leading worship during the two-day event.  Enjoy this snippet of worship as Laura sings “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham.

Bible teacher, Lisa Harper teaching on the gospel of Mark.

Lisa Harper teaching on gospel of Mark Aug 2016 use this one

Over a decade ago, Lisa learned there were 147,000,000 orphans and felt called to reduce that number by one.  Here she introduced her precious daughter Missy to the women in attendance, some who had prayed with Lisa through the long, and oftentimes painful process of adoption.

Missy Harper Aug 2016

Lisa is an amazing storyteller and her teaching style makes the stories in the Bible jump off the page.  Lots to take notes on!

studying the word of god at lisa harper seminar august 2016

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — Joshua 1:9

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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 Joshua 1:9:  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage.  Do not tremble or be dismayed for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage, do not tremble or be dismayed, the LORD your GOD is with you wherever you go.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:  Well, here we go! It’s the last week before school officially starts.  I don’t know about you, but for me, as I look to this year, I see all the places I need to be and the commitments I’ve made, and instead of being excited and ready to conquer the new school year with fresh energy and focus… I kinda want to hide.  Schedules…demands…yuck! Gone are the days of sleeping in and enjoying the summer.  Now it’s off to science fair projects and research papers.

I have three kids: one in high school, one in middle school, and yes, one in elementary school…just to keep things going in completely different directions!

When I asked my kids about what they are looking forward to this year, all of them expressed…. fear.  The girls are afraid because they are on new travel soccer teams and they don’t know the girls or the coaches.  My middle school daughter is afraid because this will be her last year in a school she absolutely loves.  My youngest and only son is scared because he is homeschooling this year and is afraid his teacher may lose it come Christmas. :)  OK, that is a REAL fear! I am afraid because what if I can’t homeschool adequately?  What if I can’t get these girls to their games across the wide blue yonder each weekend?  What if the school work load is too hard and these children need more help than I have time to give them?  Fear…. fear… fear.

Fear keeps us from doing that which God has called us to.  I may not be preparing to march around Jericho, but I sure feel the impending battles that are just around the corner.  Has God really called me to where I am?  What is it God is doing this school year in our family and among all these schools and teams we are part of?

I go back to Joshua 1:9 often because it reminds me that God knows that fear is a very real emotion that we battle with.  God did not chide Joshua for having fear, but He did call Joshua not to give in to fear.  We have a choice who we give the power to in our lives.  Fear is our natural response, so we must saturate ourselves in the Word of God on a daily basis.  This is our only hope.  We need to determine to trust that God IS with us and will lead us.  Setting our hearts and minds to believe the promises of God as we step out daily is a HUGE challenge, but so worth it.  God loves to leave us in these dependent situations, where we can’t even begin to conquer or vanquish all that is demanded of us.  This way, God stays at the forefront.

As the academic year begins and we feel pressed upon and pulled in so many directions, may the first direction we determine to set our feet, eyes and heart in, on a daily basis, is in the Word of God.  In the Joshua 1:8, it says, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it; for THEN you will make your way prosperous and you will have success.”  Success summed up: Stay in the Word of God and follow His lead…. day by day, by day.  Let’s dedicate to do that this school year, and show our children what courage looks like.  Courage is following hard after God.  Just do and go where the LORD leads today, then again tomorrow…all for His glory.

I love the quote accredited to Ambrose Redmoon: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important.” As my kids and I discussed our fears, we came up with the promises of God that we can focus on instead.  Fear quickly turned into anticipation of what God will do and how He will accomplish the impossible in our personal lives.

  • God is faithful and true (Revelation 3:14).
  • God will not leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
  • With God ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
  • Our God reigns (Psalm 93:1).
  • “See, I have set before you an open door and NO ONE can shut it, for you have a little strength, have kept My Word and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:8

Step 3

APPLY IT:  How have you given in to fear instead of faith?  What promises of God do you need to claim to get through the day?  Are your eyes seeking to see things beyond today?  Will you determine this school year to begin your day with your eyes and heart set in God’s Word?  Where is God calling you to be courageous?

LIVE IT OUT:  TODAY, I will claim the promises of God as I go out.  LORD, may You and Your promises trump all fear, and give me the courage to tackle what You have set before me this day.

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What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.
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To see more of Kendra’s Bible Studies, click here.

Saturday Snapshot — Love, Rain & the Great Commission

“We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19

He asked,  and she said yes.  Today they say “I do” in her home church.  This sweet couple got engaged back in February in our chapel prayer room.  Sharing this picture with us they said, “We pray God will direct us as we build our future together in a Christ-centered relationship.”

Will you join us in praying for them as they embark on this journey together?

And just in case you were wondering….we do not hold weddings in our chapel.  But, we’d sure like you to stop by for a visit!

Adelaide and Tyler after engagement at chapel on Feb 27 2016Pretty much every afternoon this week, the heavens have opened up and poured out the rain. This is a behind-the-scenes shot of our Property Services manager taking care of a leak in one of our administrative offices.  The smile on this man’s face captures his obedience to this verse in Colossians: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”  (Colossian 3:23)

doug fixing leak in Lauras office August 2016

And ACTION!  A LifeWay film crew was on property this week filming a segment for their Explore The Bible children’s Bible study. This lesson was focused on the Great Commission and Billy Graham’s part in sharing the gospel.

Lifeway film crew shooting a piece for childrens bible study curriculum August 9 2016

Wishing you a blessed weekend!


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Pecan Pie

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Pecan Pie

There is no pie more southern than pecan pie and this one from our kitchen at The Cove is delightful!  Whip it up for your next family or social gathering and it’s sure to be a big hit.     

Pecan Pie Recipe
Makes one 9-inch pie

INGREDIENTS
⅛ cup unsalted butter
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup light corn syrup
⅔ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 cup pecans, chopped
Reserve some pecan halves (or additional chopped pecans) for topping
1 (9 inch) partially cooked pie crust, frozen

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Blend butter and flour together until mixture becomes creamy. Blend sugar into butter/flour mixture. Once combined, beat in eggs, one at a time. Add corn syrup, vanilla and salt to filling. Then stir in one cup chopped pecans. Place pie crust into a 9” round baking dish and pour mixture into pie crust. Add extra pecans for topping. Bake in oven at 300 degrees until set, about 1-1.5 hours. Allow pie to cool to room temperature.

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