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Saturday Snapshot: Billy Graham on Peace

There is one thing we all have in common: We all have a desire for peace in our lives. The question is, how do we have peace in the midst of a difficult time in our lives? How do we have peace when it seems like everything around us is falling apart? How do we have peace when we watch the news and see the tragedies in our world?

The Bible says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.” (John 16:33 NKJV).

Through the years, Billy Graham shared many messages with us about how to have this kind of peace. On today’s blog, we would like to share some of these words to encourage you this weekend.

As Billy Graham said, “Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of our world and our hearts. Christ alone can bring lasting peace- peace with God, peace among men and nations, and peace within our hearts. He transcends the political and social boundaries of our world.  God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life-abundant and eternal. ”

The answer for peace is found in Jesus Christ.  Dr. Graham shared with us that “The world doesn’t give peace, for it doesn’t have any peace to give. It fights for peace, it negotiates for peace, it maneuvers for peace, but there is no ultimate peace in the world. But Jesus gives peace to those who put their trust in Him.” That means that we have to completely put our life, our situations, our struggles in His hands. Jesus is the only one that can give us peace that is lasting. We must ask Jesus into our hearts, acknowledge that we are sinners and ask Him to forgive us of our sins. When we ask Christ into our hearts, He gives us that peace that the world cannot give. Billy Graham said “I know where I’ve come from. I know why I’m here. I know where I’m going- and I have peace in my heart. His peace floods my heart and overwhelms my soul!” We can all have that same assurance that Billy Graham had. If you want to know more about asking Jesus into your heart and how to have that everlasting peace,  click on this link to find out more.

When you have Jesus in your heart, you not only have peace but there is also a joy that fills your soul. The book of Nehemiah states in chapter 8, verse 12:  “The people went…to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.”

It is important to us at The Cove that we carry out the vision that  Billy and Ruth Graham had for this beautiful place. Billy had a vision for The Cove to always be a place of impact, intercession, instruction, and inspiration through the study of God’s Word. Ruth had a desire to see The Cove as a place for relaxation and retreat–a place to be refreshed and renewed. They both knew that if we could have focused time in The Word of God, away from distractions, we could hear from God and fill our soul with  His peace, joy, and love. We hope that you can come visit us. If you are not able too, then we encourage you to find that time alone with The Word and seek to know Him more each day.

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Ten Life-Changing Lessons Billy Graham Taught Ron Hutchcraft

Today we are sharing a reflection from The Cove speaker Ron Hutchcraft on life lessons Billy Graham taught him over the years.

By: Ron Hutchcraft

I was privileged to touch just the edges of Billy Graham’s life. He touched mine all the way to its core. There are many who knew him intimately. What he taught me often came just by watching his life. And sometimes through connections at Billy Graham events where I had the opportunity to speak over the years.

But the Jesus-power and Jesus-presence reflected in Billy Graham’s life radiated far and wide. I probably learned more about a Christ-honoring life from him than any other single person I’ve known. Sometimes you have to see it to be it. In Billy Graham, I got to see it.

Billy Graham has left some priceless lessons as a legacy in my life. By embodying some powerful principles of a Christ-honoring life.

  1. Never encumber the Gospel.

Serving as chairman of the 1991 Northern New Jersey Crusade, I saw reporters relentlessly trying to get a Billy Graham quote on the hot button issues of the day. He never would go there. In one press conference, pursued by politically divisive issues, he smiled and said, “Back home in the mountains, we have lot of kinds of birds. But I’ve noticed one thing about all of them—they all have a right wing and a left wing. And it takes both left and right for them to fly.” A knowing smile. Then back to Jesus.

You could not get Billy off on a detour—not political, not theological, not religious, not cultural. Appropriately, this evangelist, who had once wanted to be a baseball player, always kept his eye on the ball. The Gospel. Unedited. Unencumbered. Uncompromised.

  1. Be all about Jesus.

It didn’t matter where you put him—a Larry King interview, The Tonight Show, a press conference, commenting on a natural disaster, speaking to the nation after the attacks of September 11, 2001. With wit and charm and warmth, Billy Graham would always bring it back to Jesus and His cross. Because that’s the only message that can enable a person to “cross over from death to life” (John 5:24). And because we are called to “make the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:16) to tell about Jesus.

  1. Always make it about others, not about you.

Any time I was with Billy Graham personally, he just wanted to talk about me, never about himself. He was that way with everyone. No sense of self-importance. He embodied how to “in humility consider others better than yourselves” and how to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit” (Philippians 2:3).

  1. Never steal the glory.

“I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not give my glory to another” (Isaiah 42:8). I sometimes joked that Billy must not have gotten the memo about how important he was. He just always seemed amazed that God was using him. The word you keep hearing from people who knew him intimately or just casually is: “humble.” He really was. In a world obsessed with celebrity and stars, Billy Graham refused to be one.

  1. Never compromise your integrity.

It was a stroke of godly brilliance that motivated Billy Graham and his key leaders to commit to what they called their “Modesto Manifesto.” Prayerfully developed in a motel room early in their ministry, it committed them to the high road in everything from how they handled money to avoiding even the appearance of inappropriate behavior with the opposite sex. And for more than half a century, “the integrity of the upright” guided them (Proverbs 11:3). When the wife of a dear friend came to pick him up at the airport, he politely declined because of their rule to never be alone with a woman. Again and again, journalists tried to find financial wrongdoing in Billy Graham’s ministry. Again and again, all they could find was an evangelist who would not get in a position where it would even be possible for him to be out of bounds financially.

  1. Never be afraid to use new things to tell the old, old story.

When radio was new, Billy Graham grabbed it as a Gospel multiplier. When TV was young, Billy Graham began televised crusades. Internet evangelism—he was there with the Gospel. “That by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:23). When Billy became concerned that they weren’t reaching enough young people, he accepted the counsel of younger staff to move from a conventional “youth night” program to a contemporary music concert. Where Billy Graham would speak for just twenty minutes between the Christian bands. The new format—controversial to some—broke venue attendance records and brought amazing harvests.

Two weeks after their first such “concert for the next generation,” I heard him tell about it to a gathering of some 2,000 evangelists, many of whom were quite conservative in their methodologies. He said: “When the first group was playing, I was in my trailer, listening with the printed lyrics they had provided me. And I said to myself, ‘This may not be my style of music, but I recognize this message. This is the Gospel of Christ I’ve been preaching my whole life!'” Billy Graham wasn’t afraid to change the package to reach more people—so long as the Message was Christ’s unchanging Gospel!

  1. What unites us is far greater than what divides us.

I saw the power of that when Billy Graham convened 10,000 evangelists from 200 countries for Amsterdam 2000. Virtually every language, every culture, every denomination imaginable—together under the banner of our crucified and risen Savior. I doubt any other person on earth would have been able to convene such an historic gathering. But Billy Graham knew it was the cross and the resurrection that was the ground on which all true Christians meet. And that’s the ground where he chose to stand his whole life.

  1. Prayer is the deciding factor in any work for God.

When Billy checked with his Crusade directors for a progress report on an upcoming Crusade, his first question was always the same: “Are they praying?” He told us that the three keys to an effective Crusade were as follows: #1—pray; #2—pray; #3—pray! Sometimes associates wondered why he was taking so long to make a ministry decision. The reason was simple: Billy Graham would pray until he had God’s answer.

  1. Be transparent about your shortcomings.

When his relationship with President Nixon compromised his witness for Christ, he openly confessed his mistake and his commitment to never wander into politics again. In explaining one of his main reasons for building the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, he expressed his lifetime regret over not having studied the Bible more seriously and deeply when he was younger. We respected him even more because of a humility that wasn’t afraid to say, “I was wrong.”

  1. Share Christ boldly, but always with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

At a time when Jesus’ followers are often perceived to be angry and condemning, Billy Graham leaves us a model that builds bridges, not walls. However lost, however hostile a person might be, he always treated them with dignity and respect. And that is probably why so many people from so many backgrounds respected him. And listened to his eternity-deciding Message.

A man who has been one of the most powerful men in Washington shared his memory of meeting Billy Graham. As a young man, this man’s job was to guide Mr. Graham through the passageways of the state Capitol and to the inauguration at which Billy was to speak. It was only a few minutes. Seemingly, nothing very special. But this young leader, who would come to great political power, said: “I know I was just with a human being. But I felt like I was in the presence of the Eternal.”

What more could any follower of Jesus ask than that? To walk so close to Jesus that, when people have been with us, they feel like they’ve been with Him.

Yes, Billy Graham talked with presidents. More importantly, he walked with Jesus. And brought countless millions with Him.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this life well-lived. From whom we still have so much to learn.

And as we remember Billy Graham’s life, it’s important that we take a moment to look at the impact of our own life. Not on multitudes, but on the people in our personal world.

Because our mission from Jesus is the same as Billy’s—to be “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

And our message is the same. God loves you. So much that He sent His Son to do the dying for our sin.

We all know someone who doesn’t know our Jesus. For them, you are God’s chosen messenger. In these turbulent, divisive, disturbing times, you have the Anchor someone close to you desperately needs.

And the life and death of God’s best-known messenger of His love is opening doors and hearts for you to tell them about your Jesus.

This is a moment of opportunity, my brother or sister! Opportunity to help change someone’s eternal destination.

If you’re ever going to tell them about your Jesus, do it now.

Ron Hutchcraft will be speaking at The Cove May  9th-11th. Click Here to Register

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

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.

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




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Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB)
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 Fixing our eyes on Jesus…

What Does it Say?

We have a cloud of witnesses surrounding us.

Let us lay aside every encumbrance and sin which entangles and run with endurance, the race before us.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus.

What Does it Mean?

This past week has been difficult, to say the least. I knew the passing of Billy Graham was on the horizon; but on the same note, I thought “Daddy Bill” (my husband Will’s grandfather) would always be here. My heart is sad, and hopeful, and at the same time overwhelmed and joyous.  There are so many conflicting emotions swirling around inside. Our final evening Bible study of 2018 took place last week, and the last message brought from the Word of God at The Cove before we received the news of Daddy Bill’s home-going keeps rolling around in my soul.

Therefore, since there is such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us… We forget that, don’t we? We tend to get trapped into the thought that what we are doing doesn’t matter and has no kingdom impact; but that, my dear talmid, is a lie.  What you do does matter.  How you RUN this race does matter.  It does matter that you are faithful and that you follow the Rabbi—that you are covered in the dust of Rabbi Jesus.

If there is anyone who has demonstrated a determination to be faithful to Jesus and the Word of God, it is Daddy Bill. I, of course, had the honor of being able to spend time with him in his home and at family dinners. There was never a time when you visited with Daddy Bill that he would not with #Boldness proclaim the Word of God and share how God’s Word was continuing to transform his life.


Faithfulness cannot be attributed to a person until their race is done. Faithfulness takes, first of all, a daily decision to RUN.

RUN!  What has sidelined you?  An impossible situation?  Marah (bitterness) in your heart towards God? An ailment, like that of Blind Bart? (See Mark 10: 46-52.) A calling you don’t want to embrace?  That scarlet letter you’ve been wearing? Do not let anyone pour water on the fire in your soul that was started by the Word of God! Do not allow the enemy of God to steal, kill and destroy your purpose!  If the enemy cannot steal your soul, he will steal whatever else he can, and often it’s the impact and purpose belonging to the people of God.  The purpose that you have been created for is LIFE and LIFE abundantly, so LIVE!

How do we determine to be faithful?  We can be assured of faithfulness if daily we decide to fix our eyes on Jesus. It’s so hard in this ADHD world to fix our eyes on one thing—there is so much that glitters out there, but come! Come daily, dear talmid, and fix your eyes on Jesus in His Word. Daily faithfulness is a daily choice.  RUN!

The motorcade on Saturday was absolutely beyond words. As Daddy Bill’s body left the Cove that day, loaded in the hearse to begin the journey to his childhood home of Charlotte, North Carolina, the streets were lined with witnesses.  Tears streamed down my face, and the memory still chokes me up. There were signs with messages like #FINISHEDWELL and salutes from onlookers …. all the way to Charlotte! If that motorcade had gone through every state, I dare say each one would’ve told the same story. There is a cloud of witnesses and millions more on YouTube, TV and social media.  


You have no idea the impact of one faithful person. Daddy Bill ran the race before him. He ran his race and no one else’s. It is just as important that you run your race! Often someone else’s race may look more prominent or impactful, but that is simply not true. Your race matters. You have no idea the impact you may have on another life. Perhaps just as many people are impacted by YOUR race as those crowds I saw on Saturday. But God, being gracious and understanding your human propensity towards pride, keeps it hidden from even you!

This summer I met a girl playing soccer at a university in Nashville, Tennessee. When asked what she wanted to do, she shared that the desire of her college-age heart was to share Jesus through worship. I spent just ten minutes with her, but the fire in the soul of that freshman soccer player kept the fire in my soul burning. Yet although this sweet young lady had such fire, she admits she is struggling to keep the fire going. I spoke with her again in January, and she told me that she knew she felt called to impact; yet she has not had the impact she anticipated. That’s when I told her she had impacted me. I believe this young believer is struggling to overcome—holding on to an ember of that original fire. I hope and pray she keeps running. She is at a crossroads—her testimony is yet to come.

 You never know where your fire will catch, or how your fire will help someone else continue in faithfulness, so run! RUN, and don’t give up. Hold on to the promises in the Word of God.


You may not have started out well. You may have stumbled along the way.  Please listen to me here: It is not too late! Come! Get into the Word of God and #LIVEBOLD!  The biggest barrier to finishing well, like Daddy Bill has, is that it takes this kind of fight to persevere and endure.

RUN, and determine to endure to the end—finishing the race without anything left, because it matters.

What Does it Mean to Me?

 Am I running with endurance, #BOLD, or am I hiding amid spectators in the stands, hoping to go through unnoticed, missing the impact God has created me to have?


RUN!  RUN to the Word of GOD every morning. RUN, following the Word of God throughout the day.

Click here to view my Bible study message from last Tuesday, February 20, at The Cove.  I pray it charges up your soul to finish well today, and the next, and the one after that.

My heart’s desire is that all of us together can #LIVEBOLD unfiltered lives, impacting this world with the Gospel of Jesus.  Let’s RUN together, covered in the dust of the Rabbi.


If you do not know Jesus and are ready to lay aside your sin and fix your eyes on Him,  please click here to learn more:  Steps to Peace With God.

All of Kendra Graham’s Bible study messages from the last seven weeks are available at  Periscope @TheCoveNC . To order CDs or an MP3 of these messages, call Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove: 828-771-4800, option 3.