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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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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!

Flowering Tree behind Shepherds InnFlowering tree in spring at The Cove

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

An Invitation from Chip Ingram

Plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Chip Ingram would like you to join him here at The Cove on May 23-25, 2014. 

Chip will be teaching from the Book of Titus in his seminar titled, Doing Good: What Happens When Christians Live Like Christians. 

As Chip mentions here in his video invitation to you, one of the best parts about being at The Cove for an entire weekend is getting to hang out with you and hear about what is going on in your life. 

Don’t miss this chance to get away, study God’s word and fellowship with Chip Ingram.

For more information on Chip’s seminar, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

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

GUEST POST: Is it bad to want to be a great Christian?

By Chip Ingram

Is it bad to want to be a great Christian?

There’s a question that I wrestled with for quite awhile for most of my Christian life: Is it really wrong to want to be great? Is it self-centered to want your life to really make an impact?

What I’ve discovered is that “greatness” is most people’s ambition in nearly every area of their lives. When I’ve asked a lot of people about their hopes and dreams, I usually get unapologetic answers about their desires to be great at what they do. Corporate leaders want their companies to be great, professionals want to have great careers, men want to be great husbands and fathers, and women want to be great wives and mothers.

Yet when I ask believers if they want to be great Christians, many of them seem to be afraid to answer the question, as if they’re worried that their ambitions might make them seem arrogant.

But is it really prideful to want to honor God with lives of great faith and excellent work? Should we accept mediocrity instead?

After spending three years with Jesus, the disciples didn’t seem to think so. They actually argued about which one of them was the greatest. What I find most fascinating is that Jesus never admonished them for having ambition or for their desire to be great. Instead, He just showed them a different way to get there.

In Luke 22, Jesus redefines greatness by laying out a clear but counterintuitive pathway that 11 of the 12 disciples eventually fulfilled. He responds to their desires to be great by saying: ” … the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:26)

Jesus modeled what it means to be truly great. He came to this Earth as a humbled servant of God, yet He didn’t live a life of mediocrity. The night before his crucifixion, He said to the Father: “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4) He went on to ask that the Father glorify Him and that His glory be shared with His disciples.

Jesus’ statements about greatness were bold, yet we would never accuse Jesus of being arrogant or immodest, would we? From God’s perspective, His desires were godly.

So what about you? Do you want to be great? I’m not talking about financial success or popular opinion. That’s usually a self-centered ambition. I’m talking about being great in God’s kingdom. That is a noble desire!

In fact, God loves it when his people are zealous about making a difference in His kingdom.

Maybe you’re wondering, would God ever use an ordinary person like me, just like the great Christians in the Bible or the men and women of great faith that we read about in church history? And what I want to tell you is, yes!

God eagerly looks over the landscape of this world to honor, empower, and strengthen those whose love and obedience bring him pleasure. For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.(2 Chronicles 16:9)

Our greatness – as He defines it – is His desire.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to join Chip at The Cove on May 23-25, 2014 for his seminar titled, “Doing Good: What Happens When Christians Live Like Christians

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Spiritual Simplicity with Chip Ingram

In today’s busy world, do you ever feel so tired that your family and friends seem to wind up with the scraps of what is left of you?

Do you suffer from fractured relationships, a drifting marriage, painful loneliness, or a coping addiction?

Do you feel spiritually depleted?   

Do you know that the Bible shows us how to live in this fast paced world in a truly meaningful way?   

On May 24-26, Chip Ingram will be at The Cove to dig into God’s Word and help you learn how to experience spiritual simplicity…by doing less and loving more!  Come and learn how to change love from a noun to a verb and choose to concentrate on what really matters.   

Watch here as Chip Ingram explains that the key to spiritual simplicity is not techniques; it’s doing less so you can love more.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more information and to register for Chip Ingram’s seminar titled Spiritual Simplicity: Doing Less, Loving More on May 24-26, 2013. 

For information on our financial assistance program, click here. 

A Message From Will Graham: A Look at 2013

By Will Graham, Executive Director, The Cove

At the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, we’re praising God for an effective and blessed year of ministry in 2012. We saw God work in awesome ways as thousands came to study from His Word, receive rest and renewal, and return to their ministries and lives ready to make an impact for Him.

Now, as we celebrate The Cove’s 25th anniversary in 2013, we’re praying for an even more exciting year!

In addition to the peaceful surroundings and solid Bible teaching you’ve come to expect from The Cove, we’re doing a few new things this year that we’d like to tell you about.

First, if you’ve always wanted to take a seminary class but have never had the opportunity, you will have a chance this year. We’re working with Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) to hold an Intensive Bible Training event titled “The BIG Picture: Grasping the Master’s Plan from Genesis to Revelation.” Mark Yarborough, vice president for Academic Affairs, academic dean and assistant professor at the seminary, will lead this in-depth five-day seminar (June 24-28). As a Cove participant, you are going to love delving into the Bible in a real and meaningful way, and this is open to you whether you have ever had any formal Bible training or not. DTS students will have the option of attending to earn credit, and you can take the course alongside them (without ever having to fill out a seminary application!).

Another new opportunity this year will be select no-fee seminars. There are five in all.  Herb Reavis will lead a seminar next month titled “The Power and Possibilities of Genuine Revival,” Sinclair Ferguson, a seminar in March titled “Four Hours with the Master,” Jim Henry, a seminar in May titled “Sermons in Stone,” and in August, Neil Anderson, a seminar titled, Rough Road to Freedom, and Pedro Garcia, a seminar titled, “Tension: How God can use Stress to Save Your Life.”  These will include the seminar for just the cost of lodging and meals at The Cove. In other words, enjoy the on-site accommodations and gourmet meals, and you will be able to attend the seminar for free!

Finally, something that is near and dear to me. I must admit that I love the book of 1st Samuel. There are so many life-changing lessons in that book, and I love to preach and teach out of it. In October, I’m going to begin the process of teaching through the entire book in the format of a Cove Seminar, which will be titled “Second-Guessing God’s Plan.” I’m going to aim to work through 1st Samuel 1-4 during the three-day seminar. Then, next year I’ll pick it up again and keep progressing through the book. As far as I know, this is the first time we’ve ever made a single book of the Bible an ongoing, intensive, multi-year focus, and I’m really looking forward to digging into the meat of 1st Samuel with you!

Of course, we’re excited about these new opportunities, but they only scratch the surface of what is taking place this year at The Cove. We’ll have seminars from well-known Bible teachers like Jack Hayford, James Dobson, Pedro Garcia, Jim Cymbala, Chip Ingram and more; two military marriage seminars, one in February and the other in June, to strengthen the families of our service members; and several Evening at The Cove concert events featuring intimate performances by many of your favorite Christian artists. You can find a full list of what is coming up in 2013 at www.thecove.org.

On behalf of the entire staff of The Cove, thank you for praying for us and allowing us to serve you. God bless you and your family this year!

GUEST POST: Why Does God Allow Suffering

With the devastating massacre in Newtown, Connecticut Friday morning, many are asking themselves how could a loving God allow something like this to happen?  A frequent speaker at The Cove, Chip Ingram with Living On The Edge Ministriesreveals Bible truth about God’s perspective on how to overcome painful emotion and circumstances.

By Chip Ingram

“One of the most difficult issues in the world is the issue of suffering. Most everyone has probably asked at one time or another: “Why is there suffering – and if God is good and if God is powerful, then how can there be such evil and suffering in the world?”

This is a very big question that really warrants a much longer answer, but here is part of that answer in a nutshell: The issue for us is that this world is not what God originally created. When Adam and Eve sinned, the world became a fallen place where evil reigned. And this fallen state continues today.

Although it’s natural for us to ask this question especially when we are in the midst of a difficult situation or trial in your life, if we continue to ask the “why God?” questions, then we will get stuck in our pain and frustration. The purpose of this article is not to list all the reasons why a good and sovereign God can allow such difficult and painful things to happen in this world. And even if we did, there are some things in this life we may never know or fully understand.

But here is what we can know for sure: God is infinitely good, He has His children’s best interests in mind, and He wants to help us get through our difficult circumstances.

So, this is the game-changer: When you’re ready, stop asking “why?” and start asking, “what?” For example, ask God, “What do you want me to learn?” Or, “God, what do you want to do in me through this difficult time?” Or even, “God, what good could come out of this, if any? What do you think about this situation?”

There’s some deep theology to explore that is behind learning to ask “what?” but for now, we can be confident that when we do ask it, God will lead us to the right spot.”

Click here to visit Chip’s website.
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Please join us in prayer as we lift up the families, friends and the entire community of Newtown during this heartbreaking time.  “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18 

Click here for information on Chip Ingram’s seminar at The Cove on May 24-26, 2013, Spiritual Simplicity: Doing Less, Loving More.

Stuck and Without Hope?

Are you stuck?  Have you been betrayed? Have you been let down?  Do you feel like you have no hope?  Watch here as Chip Ingram delivers you a special invitation to join him at The Cove next month to learn how to find hope in Christ.
  

Join Chip Ingram at The Cove, in Asheville, NC on November 2-4, 2012 for his seminar titled, “Healing Hope: How Christ Overcomes Our Pain.” To register call 1-800-950-2092 or click here to register on our website.