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Prayer Note: May

We hope that 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 will share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that, you too, will be encouraged.

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By Donna Riesen

Have you opened your windows yet? The warm spring days we’ve been enjoying here in Western North Carolina call for open windows and long walks in the fresh air. For many of us, the dark, closed-in feeling that brought on cabin fever in February is eclipsed in April by the hopeful signs of spring, bringing renewed energy and a desire to start fresh on the inside and out.

Thus signals the annual return of a longstanding tradition: Spring Cleaning. We scrub and polish and dust and shine until every surface sparkles. By the time the overhaul is complete, only a few errant dust particles remain suspended in the bright beams of sunlight streaming through freshly cleaned windows.

Some years are different, though. However noble our housecleaning goals may be, sometimes a busy schedule overrides Spring Cleaning. That’s where practical shortcuts can come in handy.

Since I’m pressed for time this year, scented candles and plug-in air fresheners will have to do the trick. With such enticing names as “Gorgeous Day,” “Lilac Loveliness,” “Ocean Breeze” and “Sundrenched Linen,” I’m having a difficult time choosing; however, anything’s better than what I have at home: “Midwinter Dust.”

When necessary, this shortcut approach can come in handy. After all, we all enjoy taking a whiff of a pleasant aroma.

Did you know that our prayers are a pleasant aroma to God?

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before You, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice (Psalm 141:2, ESV).”

“And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people (Revelation 4:8, NIV).

Author Elisabeth Elliot explains, “In these verses, our prayers are described as being “like incense” to God. All of our prayers are included, from the most eloquent ones to the most inarticulate groanings. What is incense good for? It appears to serve no practical purpose at all, and its smoke and fragrance soon dissipate. Our prayers are like that, because they seem to accomplish little and they soon vanish, but God likes the smell of them.” (Elliot, Elisabeth. Be Still My Soul. Grand Rapids, MI.: Revell, 2003.)

What makes our prayers smell sweet to God?

  • Prayer Offered in the Name of Jesus — “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name (Hebrews 13:15).” The book of Hebrews describes how Christ came as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies of a coming Messiah. His perfect atoning sacrifice on the cross put an end to the need for the Old Testament system of sacrifices, as His death and resurrection opened the way into the very presence of God (see Hebrews 9:13-10:23). The book of Ephesians calls this amazing act of love “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2, ESV). We can pray because Jesus opened the way!
  • Prayer of Repentance — After the prophet Nathan confronted King David with his sins of adultery with Bathsheba and themurder of her husband, Uriah, David acknowledged his sin and repented with deep humility. Psalm 51 records his prayer for God’s mercy, forgiveness and cleansing. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17, NIV).”
  • Prayer of Faith—“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6, ESV).” Our Father is pleased when His children trust Him. “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him (1 John 5:14-15, ESV).”
  • Prayer of Humility/SurrenderJesus offers the supreme example of this type of prayer, as we hear Him pray the ultimateprayer of surrender in the Garden of Golgotha the night before His crucifixion. “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” (Matthew 26:39, ESV).
  • Prayer for God’s Glory to be Displayed —Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me (Psalm 50:14-15, NIV).” Elijah prayed thistype of prayer as he stood on Mount Carmel and faced the prophets of Baal. “And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, ‘Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again’ (1 Kings 18:36, NKJV).”
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise — God loves to hear us praise Him! “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (Psalm 50:23, ESV).

Need a break from Spring Cleaning? Take a deep breath and breathe out a prayer!

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Join us in praying for the following events in May:

MAY 2016 EVENTS
All seminars in 2016 are free (lodging and meal fees apply.)
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)

Senior Celebration :The Church in the Last Days
with Don Wilton — May 16-18

An Evening at The Cove : Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet
with Mark Schultz —May 22

Intensive Bible Training: Acts of the Apostles, Acts for You
with Mark Yarbrough — May 23-27

Military Marriage Retreat: Back to the Basics
with Michael Easley — May 27-29
Note: Entire package (program, meals, and lodging) is free to active-duty military.  Click on link to complete application.

Thank you for praying!

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study – Joshua 3:15-16a

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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 3:15 – 16a

 

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE. In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:  Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest.  Yet as soon as the priests who carried the arc reached the Jordan, and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. Joshua 3:15 – 16a

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS. Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS: ​

Faith is hard. 

Crawford Lorrits out of Fellowship Bible Church in Alpharetta Georgia always says this, “Faith is verb even when it’s a noun.”

Faith is always moving, doing, or waiting… not just talking about it, being academic in your Bible studies, and answering all the right questions in your workbook.  Faith is the 18” journey down from your head to your heart.  Faith is every day, living according to those beliefs you’ve said you believed for years.

Faith is never easy.

Sure, I have miracles in my life where God called me to do something, and I did it with my knees shaking and heart beating rapidly out of control, only to look back and see the awesome hand of God…. but each and every time it is always a conscious decision that I have to make.  I wish having faith was easier.  God always calls us to impossible things, where we show up and bring what we have, but if God doesn’t come through then we will be sunk.

My usual prayer in times like this is, “God DO SOMETHING!  If You change my situation, I WILL BELIEVE I PROMISE!”  God’s usual answer in times like this: “Kendra! YOU BELIEVE in ME FIRST and see how I change your situation.”   I ALWAYS want God to act first.  Well… God has acted first!  God has come to live among us, not trusting us to another, and His name is Jesus.  Jesus lived a perfect life, then took the penalty for my sin and your sin, upon the cross, and then 3 days later rose from the grave, so that we could walk with Him, and know Him because we were created to need Him, especially in impossible situations!

God has acted first.  I want God, however, to act in a certain way for ME NOW.  If God doesn’t do what I want Him to, then all of a sudden He hates me and He is being the stubborn one!  We always want God to do more, or do different–I know I do!  I want God to put the tangible in my hand now, so I know I have it, then I will do what He asks, however, if you think about it, there is absolutely no faith in that!  Give it to me, then I will have faith?  Have faith in what?  It’s already received, no faith needed!

Waiting for God to act FIRST is UNBELIEF.  Ouch.

Belief is holding on, when everyone and everything else around us says to let go and run the other way!  Belief is this: “Fine, I will step into that Jordan River at flood stage because YOU, God, have asked me to, and if I die, I die, but trust You!”

Then the priests STEPPED…. The water did not part until they STEPPED… verb…  (If I was one of those priests I totally would  have thought God hated me for sure, and what did I ever do to make Him so angry! Forget woman’s lib in this case!  Men, you can carry that ark!) God delivered the priests.  God calls us to do those impossible things that only He can do.

We love to preach, “Believe in God!” to so many people throughout our lives, yet when it comes down to having to hold on and step into an impossible situation in our own lives, God’s Word is all of a sudden a lie, and God owes me first.

I taught Bible studies and went to Bible studies for years before I literally had to set my heart to believe all those promises, and hold on to the character of God I knew about so well in my head.  I would preach to people, “God can put the broken pieces of your life back together! Praise Him in it!”  It was not until I wanted to curse God in the pieces of my life did I see how hard that really is.  It wasn’t until my life was the one in pieces did I know the Master Artist, Jesus, really will create beauty from ashes.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY. Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

​Where is God calling us to have faith?  In our jobs, marriages, homes, schools, churches?  IS faith a verb for us, or a noun?  Would  we rather wait for God to work, then we will believe, or will we believe what God has said and who God is and walk in that faith?


LIVE IT OUT!
Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Today, live this day praising the God of the impossible!  Step out onto the waters that He has called you to with confidence.  Stop shaking our fists at who we wish or think God to be, and START getting in His Word to see who God says He really is!

Homework: Pick a verse or a few verses and use the three-question method to see what the lessons are, how they apply to your life, and how you can live it out.

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

JOIN US FOR OUR FREE WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY AT THE COVE, BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2016.

If you can attend in-person, we’d love to see you. Click on one of the links below to register.

If you’d like to register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study (January 12 – February 16, 2016), click here.
NOTE: If you are unable to attend in person, we will continue the online study as well, using lessons shared during the LIVE study.

Register for Kendra’s Tuesday evening study here or by calling 1-800-950-2092..

If you’d like to register for Jane Derrick’s Tuesday morning study (January 12 – February 23, 2016), click here.

Saturday Snapshot

We kicked off Christmas at The Cove this week and Veritas did not disappoint!

The Cove was decorated to the hilt, the food was wonderful, and the music of Veritas was a true celebration of our dear Savior’s birth!

If you’d like to join us for one of our Christmas at The Cove events, click here.

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Veritas at Christmas at The Cove

Veritas at Christmas at The Cove at book signing
CD signing and meet & greet after the concert. What a fun group!

What’s Happening at The Cove — October

COMING TO THE COVE OCTOBER 2015

Autumn is just around the corner and Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful sites to behold during “leaf” season.  We hope you will come enjoy God’s colorful display and His sweet presence here at The Cove.

Check out our schedule for the month of October below.  As you can see several of our events have sold out, so if you see something that interests you, we encourage you to reserve your seat right away. 

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Click here to see the available October Personal Spiritual Retreat dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

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Click on each of the links below for more information and to register. 

David’s Heart: Devoted but Distracted
with Stuart and Jill Briscoe, October 5-7, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Concert
with Stephanie Seefeldt, October 5, 2015

Strength Through Grace  – SOLD OUT (Program and Lodging)
with Alistair Begg, October 12-14 , 2015

Pastors’ Institute: The Bible’s Priorities for God’s Shepherds  (Pastors & Spouses attend for just $99!)
with Alistair Begg, October 15, 2015

Solid Footings for Unstable Times: A Practical, Demystifying Study of Revelation 
with Dr. Ross S. Rhoads, October 21-23, 2015

The Invisible War: Seeing What Lies Below the Surface
with Chip Ingram, October 23-25, 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full.  

An Evening at The Cove with – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet — SOLD OUT
with Annie Moses Band, October 25, 2015

Grace to Get Past Our Past
with Erwin Lutzer, October 26-28 , 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full. 

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God Bless You!

 

Saturday Snapshot

We couldn’t close the month of August out before sharing something that has been in the works for the last few months…

Here’s a hint…

♪♪ Joy to the world!  The Lord is come.  Let earth receive her King! ♪

We know, summer is still here, and Fall is knocking on the door, but we’ve been busy working on Christmas decorations at The Cove!

Why so soon?  Because our handcrafted decorations take hours and hours to create.  We have a very talented woman on our staff named Angie, that is visionary, creator, and team leader for all our Christmas (and other) decorations.  Angie doesn’t just go out and buy decorations and ornaments, as you will see, she uses her God-given gifts to design and create beautiful things.

Here is one of the pieces that she dreamed up and created for Christmas 2015…

Cross made by Angie with vines May 2015

This 12-foot handcrafted cross is made from grape and wisteria vines that Angie and another Cove employee, Susie, harvested off our mountain.  It took them 2.5 hours to gather all the vines!  We’ve included a picture of Angie wrangling the vines below.

At the time this picture of the cross was taken, there were still more lights to be added and a couple other final tweaks.

During the Christmas season, the cross will adorn the large stone wall in the Training Center dining room.

Here’s a picture of Angie gathering vines:

Angie pulling vines for Christmas cross 2 May 2015

Want to see the cross, as well as the other amazing handcrafted decorations and ornaments that Angie and her team are working on?   Join us for one of our Christmas events in December and see them in person.

Click here for a listing of our Christmas at The Cove dinner and concert events.
Click here for a listing of our SeniorSalt Carol Sings.

Have you handcrafted any Christmas ornaments or decorations over the years?  We’d love to hear what you’ve created.  Tell us in the comments below.

Andrew Peterson to Perform at The Cove

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By Donna Riesen

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and today we are thanking the Lord for the blessing of fathers. In addition to the treasured gift of life, a good father will give his child a myriad of other valuable gifts over the course of a lifetime: love, wisdom, guidance, discipline, and an appreciation for the varied applications of duct tape. When we pause to think about it, some of us would love to give back a few of the things we’ve inherited from our fathers: a lead foot, a stubborn streak, male-pattern baldness or the tendency to snore!

Whether we were raised in a godly Christian home or brought up by unbelieving parents, each of us possess the same inherent human nature and propensity towards sin that our father inherited from his father and his father’s father before him. What an amazing gift of love our heavenly father gave us when He sent His own Son to redeem us from sin and bring us into His family, giving us “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (1 Peter 1:4).” If you have been blessed with the gift of a Christian father who points you to Jesus and lives life as a godly example for you to follow, then you have much to celebrate, on Father’s Day and every day.

Gifted musician and lyricist Andrew Peterson beautifully celebrates the joys of family and gives voice to many of the deep emotions that accompany marriage, parenthood and family life at its core. The son of a pastor, Peterson spent his early childhood years in the rural farmland of Illinois before his family relocated to Florida when Andrew was seven.

In the song “All the Way Home,” he testifies to the blessing of being raised in a Christian home: “Well, they may not have walked on water, but I know that their house stood firm. All the way home they followed the tracks that the saints have trod. By the grace of God they walked in the rain of His mercy, let it soak them down to the bone. And they splashed in its puddles and danced in its streams as they’d go. And oh, they walked in the rain of His mercy…when they sat in their home, when they walked along the road, when they slept and when they rose.”*

In the song, “Tools,” Peterson recalls the memory of being invited to enter his grandfather’s shed to take his choice from among the selection of old tools. “You sent me to the shed with all the tools. I remember how you said that I could take what I could use. I got a hammer and a ratchet set. A hundred tools I ain’t used yet. They’re rusty, but they work as good as new. Tools.” The lyrics then turn to reflect the singer’s gratitude for the heritage of wisdom and faith passed down from his grandfather:  “When my daddy was a baby, oh you gave him to the Lord. And the faith you handed down has somehow stuck around. And love has called you home again to roam again no more. You sent me to the shed with all the tools. I remember how you said that I could take what I could use. Faith and Love and Hope are what I carried home. They’re rusty but they work as good as new. Tools.”*

Peterson’s latest recording, After All These Years: A Collection (Centricity Music), is a twenty-song retrospective that features four new songs and re-recordings of several old favorites. The title track, “After All These Years,” is a new song, and as Andrew explains, it is a song of gratitude. “I felt compelled to open this collection with an Ebenezer stone. I like the idea of having to sing a song that reminds me of God’s provision at every concert for the next year or two.”

God has provided a gift for the body of Christ through the insightful lyrics and musical artistry of Andrew Peterson. From songs that capture the deep woundedness and struggle of life in a fallen world to songs of hope and anticipation of the new world to come, his music gives voice to the heart cry of God’s family.

Perhaps the most heartwarming depiction of the joys of earthly family and fatherhood comes in Peterson’s song, “Family Man.” Enjoy this early father’s day gift…

Join us June 20, 2015 for An Evening at The Cove with Andrew Peterson.  This special night will include dinner and a concert, followed by a meet-and-greet opportunity with Andrew.  Father’s Day is June 21, so consider blessing your dad with the gift of Evening at The Cove tickets.  Dad, bring your son–children as young as nine may attend!

Overnight lodging is available at applicable rates and includes breakfast the following morning.

Click here for more information.

Andrew Peterson

 

“All The Way Home” from the album Carried Along (2000).
“Tools” from the album Love and Thunder (2003).

What’s Happening at The Cove – MAY 2015

COMING TO(1) “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3

 Make plans to join us next month at The Cove!  We’ve got something for everyone and we would be honored to serve you on your visit!  Check out our schedule for the month of May below.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(1) Click on the link below for May dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
May Personal Spiritual Retreats

SEMINARS AND EVENTS Click on the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

Walk Through God’s Story 
with James Emery White, May 1-3, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
Ron Whittemore with David Gaines, May 12, 2015

Culture Shock: Whatever Happened to Right and Wrong?
with Chip Ingram, May 22-24, 2015

Growing in Love with God
with Ken Boa, May 26-28, 2015

Military Marriage Seminar: Building a Lifelong Love 
with Gary Thomas, May 29-31, 2015
Free to active duty military personnel & spouses!

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Want to get away with God, but can't(2) Click here for more information.

Women’s Spring Luncheon with Cissie Graham Lynch

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Ladies, join us after church on Palm Sunday (March 29, 2015) for our annual  Women’s Spring Luncheon.

This year our speaker will be Billy Graham’s granddaughter, Cissie Graham Lynch.

When times are difficult, it can be hard for our hearts to sing praises to the Lord, but it is important for us to remember to praise Him through all the chapters of our lives. Learn the discipline of a worshipful walk with Christ and discover the joy that surpasses all understanding.

Come and enjoy a festive afternoon with music, a message from Cissie Graham Lynch, and a delicious meal. Open to area women ages 15 and above.

An Evening at the cove

Women’s Spring Luncheon: Here We Are To Worship
Program Fee: $29.00 Per Person. Call 1-800-950-2092 to register, or visit TheCove.org for more information.

Watch Cissie Graham Lynch here to learn more about her message she will deliver on Palm Sunday.

We hope to see you in March for the Women’s Spring Luncheon with Cissie Graham Lynch!

Find Refreshment at The Cove in May

Creek at The coveEach day, we experience new beauty at The Cove.  

During the this time of year, our mountain creek is flowing in abundance from the Spring rains, groups of young deer frollick and graze in the meadow, flowers are blooming and the birds are singing joyfully.   

We have lots going on indoors too. 

Check out our schedule for the month of May.  Click one that interests you for all the details. 

We hope to see you soon!   

Personal Spiritual Retreats
Several dates throughout the month, click on link or call 1-800-950-2092. 

Church Staff Retreat — Higher Level Leadership: Making Your Ministry Team Stronger
with Bob Russell, May 1-2, 2014

Proverbs: Discovering the Wisdom of God
with Alex McFarland, May 5-7, 2014

An Evening at The Cove
with Chris August, May 10, 2014

Pastors’ Institute: The Heart of a Soul-Winning Pastor
with Jim Cymbala, May 13, 2014

Growing Up in the Spirit: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Spiritual Maturity
with Jim Cymbala, May 14-16, 2014

SeniorCelebration with Cliff Barrows and Friends–Living in the Fullness of Christ
with Charles Price with Steve Amerson, May 19-21, 2014

Doing Good – What Happens When Christians Live Like Christians
with Chip Ingram, May 23-25, 2014

Lifting the Veil on God’s Invisible World
with Erwin Lutzer, May 27-29, 2014

Jesus and the Gospel of John: Telling the Untold Story
with James Emery White, May 29-31, 2014

World Medical Mission, 2013 Prescription for Renewal, BGTC at The Cove