Great Opportunity for Ministry Teams

 

You and your ministry team are personally invited to one of our most exciting opportunities at The Cove this year.

August 9-10, Michael Catt, senior pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, will be leading a Church Staff Retreat titled You Can’t Have a Vision If Your Head
Is in a Box.  As you may know, Michael is the co-founder of Sherwood Pictures and has produced influential Christian movies such as Courageous, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants.

This two-day retreat includes plenary sessions and Q&A with Michael as well as time to meet together with your team for planning, interaction, and reflection.  Join him as he shares insights on how to discover and unleash God-given, Spirit-inspired creativity that can transform your ministry and impact your community for Christ.

On behalf of the entire team at The Cove, we hope you will give us the opportunity to serve you here.  May God richly bless you.

Sincerely,

Franklin Graham
President
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

To register or for more information on this Church Staff Retreat, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10: 15-19

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where you can come together and share your 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!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 10:15-19

FACTS: What Does it Say?
15: Israel returned to camp at Gilgal
16: These 5 kings fled and hid in the cave at Makkedah
17: It was told Joshua these 5 kings were found hidden in the
cave
18: Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave and guard
them
19: do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies and attack
in the rear, do not allow them to enter their cities for the LORD has delivered

LESSONS: What Does it Mean?

15. It’s good to gather together and asses the situation get feedback  and get back to  work
16. the “fearless” leaders of these cities, so  ready to destroy Israel off the face of the earth find themselves cowards  hiding in a cave.  In times of crises our true character comes out
17. You  can’t hide from God
18-19: Do not be distracted from the task at hand even if you  capture a high value target.  Stay focused on the task at hand.  Pursue those enemies.  Often times I give up the fight when God has called me to complete it.  I may say, “Ah, I have done most of it, I’m out” Do not allow the enemy to re-group, finish the task completely.

APPLICATION: What Does it Mean to me?

15. Do I realize we are in this fight together as Christians? Are we listening to one another  and getting back to work together with a common goal?
16. In  times of crises in my life, what was or is being revealed about my character?  Am I strong and courageous in the LORD, or weak and cowardly? Crises reveals my belief, what has crises revealed regarding my belief?  Has my belief and faith been proven or run from?
17. What causes me to question God sees me?
18-19: Am I living in disobedience because I have been distracted from what God has  called me to do? How have I been distracted from the task at hand?  Have I completed things “mostly” but I don’t want to put the finishing touch on it because…..? Too much
effort? Time? I’m not “feeling” it any longer?  I would rather……?  This distraction over here is more “me” and makes more sense?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.

Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study? Please share this blog link with them.

Homework for July 3 discussion: Joshua 10: 20-27

A Tribute to Ruth Bell Graham from Her Grandson Will

Will Graham, Executive Director at The Cove, the son of Franklin and Jane Graham and the grandson of Ruth and Billy Graham, penned this tribute to the enduring love between his grandparents. Five years after Ruth’s passing on June 14, 2007, we join Will in remembering this godly woman’s legacy.

It’s such a gift to have grandparents who impart profound truth without even trying, living in such a way that the lessons are impossible to ignore.

by Will Graham

“I always thought it would get easier with time, but it hasn’t. I miss her more now than
ever,” my grandfather, Billy Graham, shared as he talked about my grandmother, Ruth, who passed away in 2007. His booming voice, heard by millions around the world on TV, radio, and in person, now escapes as little more than a whisper.

Daddy Bill loves Tai Tai (the affectionate nicknames that we grandkids have for them). I guess one should probably say “loved” since she is no longer living here on earth, but that wouldn’t be accurate. He loves her with a love that cannot be destroyed by the physical separation of mortal death.

For more than 60 years as he traveled the world sharing a message of hope to the masses, she was his strength and inspiration on the home front, a practical joker who could make a princess and a beggar feel equally comfortable in the same room. He would refer to her as the greatest Christian he had ever known and comment that she knew the Bible far better than he did. She helped to prepare and equip him to go out and accomplish what he was called to do.

In my grandparent’s home, my grandmother—who had suffered years of declining health—had a room where she spent much of her time. It was where she slept and where she  studied the Bible. Several translations were spread across a large desk, all featuring big margins for taking notes. This room was also where she ultimately slipped into eternity.

My grandfather still stops as he makes his way past to look into her room, as though he might find her sitting up in bed with the mischievous grin and quick-witted comments that she carried until her final day on earth.

As he looks into that room, my grandfather still sees a simple woven wreath of Jerusalem thorns hanging on the wall amidst family photos. Directly across from it is the bed where my grandmother courageously faced the debilitating pain that followed her for years.

She would never complain about the pain, though you would occasionally see her bright eyes wince and her teeth grit. Rather than lamenting, she would point up to those thorns, similar to the sharp, long blades that were formed into the crown that Jesus wore at His crucifixion. “If He endured so much for me,” she would say, “I have nothing to complain about.”

It’s such a gift to have grandparents who impart profound truth without even trying, living in such a way that the lessons are impossible to ignore. Daddy Bill and Tai Tai have taught me so much about life, love and even pain and death, and I will be forever thankful for both of them.

Will Graham will be speaking at The Cove on June 29-July 1 in a seminar titled, When The Shadows Speak.  You can register by calling 1-800-950-2092 or visit our website by clicking here.

Billy Graham on Prayer

Billy Graham

Prayer is not using God; it is more often to get us in a position where God can use us.

I watched the deckhands on the great liner United States as they docked that ship in New York Harbor.

First, they threw out a rope to the men on the dock.

Then, inside the boat the great motors went to work and pulled on the great cable.

But of course the pier wasn’t pulled out to the ship; the ship was moved snugly up to the pier.

Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together.

But it doesn’t pull God down to us; it pulls us up to Him.

Five Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner…

It doesn’t matter if your Dad is 35 or 75, there are certain gifts that have timeless appeal and will always be remembered.

Here are five priceless Father’s Day gift ideas, where you can’t go wrong…

 

1. A hand-written card
2. Another tie.  Seriously. One day these can be made in to a tie quilt!
3. A golf club.  Can a man ever have enough golf clubs??
4. Breakfast in bed
5. A gift certificate to The Cove

Call The Cove today at 1-800-950-2092 to give a gift with eternal impact.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  James 1:17

Will Graham Teaching on Leviticus

Will Graham, grandson of The Cove’s founders, Billy and Ruth Graham, will be teaching on Leviticus later this month.

Over the last 24 years at The Cove, The Book of Leviticus has yet to be taught, until now. Listen as Will explains why he chose to teach on this Old Testament Book.


To register for Will’s seminar titled, “When the Shadows Speak” on June 29-July 1 click here or call 1-800-950-2092 and reserve your spot today.

Kendra Bible Study…Joshua 10:12-14

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where people can come together and share their 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!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 10:12-14

FACTS: What Does it Say?

12.     Joshua spoke to the LORD and said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and oh moon in the valley of Aijalon.”

13.    So the sun stood still & the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.

14.    The LORD fought for Israel.

Lessons: What Does it Mean?

12.    Come boldly before the throne of grace….  Pray boldly for your needs.  God told Joshua back in verse 8 that he was not to have fear in this situation, and that God had “given them into his hand”, well then, God, if you have called me here, to do this, and not to have fear, and You said that You would give them into my hands, well then, this is what we need to accomplish that, and it is completely not possible for me to accomplish it, so I am completely, 100% relying on You.  “Do this LORD” was the prayer of Joshua.  Joshua’s faith didn’t waiver, he didn’t say, “Hmmmm maybe God really didn’t call me to this…” Joshua was firm in his faith and bold in his prayer.  When God calls me to do things, there always seems to be a gap between what I can do and what God must do…. this Gap, is filled with faith and obedience, and it is HARD….  God doesn’t call us to do do easy things…. where would the faith be in that?  I want to have the big faith of Joshua…. without being stretched… unfortunately, that is not how it works, and I have a better testimony at the end of things that only God can do anyway….

13.    God provided what His people needed to do that which He called them to do.  That is God’s character, He is faithful.

14.    God fights for His people.

Application. What Does it Mean to me?

12.    What has God called me to do?  What must God provide in order for it to happen? Am I praying for God to do it?

13.    Do I really believe God is who He says He is and will accomplish what He says He will?   Am I living my life proving my belief or unbelief?

14.    Do I believe God fights for me?  When has God fought for me?  How do I need God to fight for me now?

During the summer months, Kendra will be posting notes and new homework every two weeks (instead of weekly).  Feel free to break up your homework and continue to share with one another each week.  All of you are really building a beautiful Bible study community!

Homework for June 19th: Joshua 10: 15-19

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.

Being Jesus’ Disciple Today…

What does it mean to be Jesus’ disciple today?  Dr. John Munro, native of Scotland and Senior Pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, invites you to join him for a time of instruction and renewal at The Cove in Asheville, NC, where you can explore what the Great Commission means to YOU today.

Join Dr. John Munro for his seminar titled Being and Making Disciples at the Cove on August 3-5, 2012. For more information or to register call 1-800-950-2092 or visit our website by clicking here.

What Does The Bible Say About Angels?

ANGELS PROTECT AND MINISTER TO GOD’S PEOPLE
See Psalm 91: 11 & 12
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  12 In their hands they shall bear you up,  lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

Angels are mentioned throughout the Bible as protecting God’s chosen people or bringing them messages from God—appearing to Jacob (Genesis 32:1); Daniel (Daniel 6:22); Moses and the children of Israel (Numbers 20:16); Zacharias, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds (Matthew 1: Luke 1; 2); and Philip (Acts 8:26), to mention a few.  Angels ministered to Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4), and angels rolled back the stone of Christ’s empty tomb (Matthew 28:2).

ANGELS GLORIFY GOD
See Revelation 5: 11, 12
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

Angels sing praises to God, and they will accompany Christ when He returns to earth to set up His kingdom.  Matthew 25:31 says, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.”

ANGELS CHARACTERISTICS
See Isaiah 6: 2, 6
2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.

There are many opinions about angels and what they are like; we look to the Bible for God’s insight on His messengers.  The Bible may not tell us everything we want to know about angels; but we know God’s Word is true, and from it we can glean the following.  Some passages, as this one, describe angels as having wings (see also Daniel 9:21).  Angels are powerful holy beings (2 Peter 2:11; Luke 9:26) who do not have physical bodies as we know them.  They are usually invisible to the human eye; however, at times their appearance is glorious with the light of God surrounding them (Matthew 28:2-4).  They occasionally appear in human form (Genesis 19).  In fact, Hebrews 13:2 warns, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
In his book, Angels: God’s Secret Agents, Billy Graham said, “We may not always be aware of the presence of angels.  We can’t always predict how they will appear.  But angels have been said to be our neighbors.  Often they may be our companions without our being aware of their presence.  We know little of their constant ministry.  The Bible assures us, however, that one day our eyes will be unscaled to see and know the full extent of the attention angels have given us (1 Corinthians 13:11, 12).”

These excerpts were taken from The Billy Graham Training Center Bible.

If you are visiting The Cove before December 31, 2012, stop by Ruth’s Attic Bookstore and save $5 on the softcover, hardcover & bonded leather Billy Graham Training Center Bible and $10 on the genuine leather edition Billy Graham Training Center Bible.   Click here to print coupon.

Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 10:6-11

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where women can come together and share their 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!
Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture. We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.
Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 10:6-11

What Does it Say? FACTS

6-7. Gibeon sent word to Joshua, “Do not abandon your servants, come to us, save us, help us for all the kings in the hill country have assembled against us.” Joshua went.
8. The LORD said, “DO NOT FEAR, I have given them into your hands”
9. So Joshua came upon them by marching all night
10 The LORD confounded them before Israel, He slew them, & pursued them
11. They fled before Israel, while on the descent, the LORD threw large stones from heaven. More died from hailstones than whom Israel killed with the sword.

What Does it Mean? LESSONS

6-7. Allowing the Canaanite Kings to wipe out Gibeon would have been tempting…. then Joshua is out of his vow, and the conquering of the promised land could go on as scheduled. In Joshua 9:15, it says, “Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to let them live” Joshua said “he” would not kill them…. but hey, if the other kings in the area wanted to kill Gibeon…. who was he not to allow it…. right? You can see here, just what a man of honor Joshua is! Gibeon is grafted into Israel at this point, just the same as Rahab and her family were, “If you mess with me, my family, or my servants… you are in for it!” Joshua gets the army suited up for battle, and they are going to protect everyone, from the greatest to the least! What a great reflection of what Christ does for us in John 10:11 “I AM the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep”. Joshua is willing here to lay down his life, and the lives of his men, for these new sheep, brought into the fold. Remember Matthew 25:40 as well, as Jesus says, “Truly I say to you to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Joshua is a man of honor. May I be the same in the vows I make, even to (especially to) the “least of these”.

8. God commands me not to fear in my obedience to Him & promises victory. Challenges force choices…. choose not to fear, “Press toward the goal” Phil. 3:14. LORD, help me to set my unbelief down and pick up the courage and victory in Your Word!

9. Faith is found in the “verb position”. I must participate, “Be careful to do all…Joshua 1:8” Faith is dependent on courage and obedience. I cannot speak of having a deep meaningful faith without having both.

10. As I show up and stand where God has asked me to stand, and say what He has asked me to say, even if it involves an all night march, just wait and watch because God will do what only He can do. If I never have the courage to obey, I will never see what my God wants to show me. It is not what I can do, but through my obedience I get to see what only my God can do!

11. I must have the courage to obey; God does the work. To Him who can do far more than I can ask or think…. Ephesians 3:20

What Does it Mean to Me? APPLICATIONS

6-7. Am I constantly looking for loopholes to “get out of” promises made? Do I say what I mean and mean what I say because of the God I serve? Does honor and integrity matter in my life? Will I keep my word if it is a person of “importance” and “title”, but not so much if the person has neither importance or title in my eyes?

8. Do I have a faith that beats back fear, or does my fear consistently get the best of my faith?

9. How has obedience to God required courage in my life? Did I face up, press in & have the necessary courage to obey…. or not?

10. What testimony of God’s character have I seen displayed in my life? Where has God asked me to stand and what has He asked me to say?

11. Will I be careful to do according to what God has asked of me (Joshua 1:8) or will I shrink back in fear?

LIVE IT OUT.

Lord, help me to have the courage to press in to faith and not to run in fear, help me to stand where You have asked me to stand and say what You have asked me to say with courage.

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean
to you.   Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.

HOMEWORK: Joshua 10:12-14

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