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Saturday Snapshot — Will Graham Update

Will Graham not only serves as The Cove’s Executive Director, but has also followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, Billy Graham, in answering the call to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

This week and throughout the weekend, Will is preaching in Peterhead, Scotland (3,838 miles from The Cove).   Please keep Will and all the souls that will attend his events this weekend in prayer.

Off to Scotland we go!  Enjoy!

Wil Graham in Scotland with litehouse
Will Graham
Wil Graham being prayed over in Scotland
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14
Wil Graham preaching in Scotland
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Scotland field near ocean Wil Graham preaching in Scotland Oct 2016

Scotland mossy rock near ocean Wil Graham preaching in Scotland Oct 2016 2 bright

boat view through stone arch in scotland wil graham preaching oct 2016Isn’t it fun to see God’s creation in other parts of the world?!

Join Will Graham at The Cove next year during his seminar August 11-13, 2017.


The changing colors of fall make this season one of the most beautiful times to visit our area.  Make sure to visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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

 

Will Graham: Lessons from a Selfless Servant

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

I first met Michael Ruheta in Kisumu, Kenya, in 2013. I was there to hold an evangelistic outreach, and Michael was one of two men who came from Arusha, Tanzania, to observe the Celebration and extend an invitation for me to hold a similar outreach in their city.

Michael was one of those guys who had an infectiously-positive attitude, and a smile that radiated love and joy.

He became one of our local coordinators for the Tanzania Celebration, and wholeheartedly and passionately guided the efforts that ultimately resulted in thousands hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Michael recognized that time was short and eternity was at stake, and he did everything he could to ensure that as many as possible heard of the death-conquering love and sacrifice of Jesus.

In fact, more than 1,700 made a commitment to Christ, thanks in no small part to Michael’s efforts for the Kingdom.

Sadly, he was not there physically to see the fruit of his labors.

In April of this year, just two months shy of the Celebration, Michael was tragically killed in a car accident. He was riding in a public transportation van that was in a horrific accident. He was the only fatality. Michael, the devoted and selfless servant of the Lord, left behind a beautiful wife and four sweet children.

Will meeting with Mr. Ruherta’s widow for July 28 2015 post
Will meeting with Mr. Ruherta’s widow.

I’m sharing the story of Michael Ruheta for a few reasons.

First, I want you to know his name. This man who gave so much and served so diligently deserves to be remembered.

Second, I want to point out that time is short. We do not know the number of days we have left on this earth, and we need to make every moment count for the sake of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. You cannot go back and reclaim lost time, and so much of our time is spent on things that are irrelevant in the scope of eternity.

Michael had an urgency to share the Gospel message, and he used the days that he had (so few, in our earthly view) to preach the hope of Christ. He made use of the days he had.

Finally, Michael’s life shows that we may not get to see the harvest. I know that he was looking forward to seeing his countrymen respond to the hope that can only be found in Christ. He desired that deeply, and worked hard for it. But God called him home before he had the opportunity.

We need to understand that in sharing the Gospel, we may not see the immediate fruits of our labor either. One plants, one waters, and one harvests. You may be the person who plants the seed by first sharing the hope of Christ. You may be the one funding missions overseas who will never actually have the front-row view of the crowds streaming forward.

Whatever role God has for you, do it wholeheartedly and trust that – whether you’re there to see it or not – He is at work through you.

Michael’s life and testimony were shared at his funeral; a testament to his love for Jesus and passion to see Him shared and glorified. Because of this, even after his death, many gave their lives to Christ.

Can we say the same in our lives? Are we living every day like it may be our last and eternity is at stake? Are we seeking glory for ourselves, or are we selflessly proclaiming Christ regardless of the outcome?

Michael is an inspiration and challenge to me, in his life and in his death. I hope you can say the same, and will make every moment today count for Christ.

Billy Graham Turns 95 — Grandson Shares Lesson Learned

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

Wil and Billy Graham 2013 smallThere are many things that a grandfather can leave for his grandson. For instance, the grandson may carry his grandfather’s looks, legacy or worldview. He may even receive his possessions.

For me, when I sit and contemplate my grandfather, Billy Graham, I think that one of the greatest gifts he has given me in his twilight years is something more subtle. He’s given me a lesson.

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he writes an inspirational sentence that most of us know well: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7, ESV). I can’t help but think about that verse when I think about my grandfather.

You see, this wonderful and godly man who turns 95 this week – not just loved by me, his grandson, but loved by so many around the world –is constantly teaching me an amazing lesson, and that lesson is how to finish well.

For six decades he traveled the world telling people in 185 countries and territories across six continents about the love and hope that can be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the course of his ministry, marathons of preaching blended together to the point where he was on the road for months at a time. He’d hold events that lasted week-after-week, just to pick up and begin another outreach soon after.

My grandfather did all of this for one simple reason: he had a love and a burden for people, and has always desperately wanted them to know the same hope for eternity that he has.

About eight-and-a-half years ago, in June 2005, my grandfather held the last of his iconic Billy Graham Crusades. At 86 years of age, he took the stage on three blistering hot days at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., to preach his final event.

He could have gone home after that and spent his remaining days contemplating a life well spent. Maybe – if his body was strong enough – he could have returned to some of those distant locations where he preached as a younger man, but this time for leisure and enjoyment.

But he’s never really done either of those things. Why? It’s because that burden and burning that God put in his heart more than a half-century ago still rages today. Though his body has weakened, his passion for the Gospel has not.

For this reason, after his “retirement,” he has gone on to preach at a couple of my father’s events (including one in New Orleans following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina); he has written multiple books; and he has prepared a new message to share. This message, titled “The Cross,” has already been recorded and is being released this week as the focal point of a massive ministry outreach called My Hope America with Billy Graham.

To me, my grandfather’s urgency to preach the Gospel one more time to a lost and dying world is the definition of “finishing well,” and it’s such a blessing and lesson.

While many of us know the verse I mentioned above, it’s also worth looking at the verses surrounding it, 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (ESV). “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

One day my grandfather’s “time of departure” will come. Until then, we’re cherishing him and the lessons he continues to teach us. He’s fighting the good fight, he’s finishing the race, and he’s keeping the faith.  He’s ready for eternity. He’s finishing well.

Click here to check your local television listings so you can watch Billy Graham’s final message, The Cross.

My Hope America Training in Asheville

My Hope America with Billy GrahamBilly Graham is calling Christians in western North Carolina to pray and prepare for My Hope America, a new nationwide evangelistic outreach, which will include an all new message from Graham in November 2013—the month he turns 95. My Hope America with Billy Graham is designed to help people share the Gospel in a comfortable environment with family, friends and neighbors.

“Already we have begun connecting with pastors, churches and individual Christians urging them to get involved,” said Preston Parrish, vice president of My Hope America with Billy Graham. “We’re asking them to start praying. As they do that they’ll find that God will give them unexpected opportunities to demonstrate His love and to share how He has changed their personal lives.”

On Tuesday March 26, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will host an informational meeting at The Cove. The event consists of a vision session, where participants can learn more about the project and receive key materials, and a discipleship overview, helping them learn how to make the most of this opportunity in their churches and community, which has been used for more than 60 years as part of the Billy Graham Crusades.

The event will be held at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, 1 Porters Cove Road (Exit 55 off I-40), Asheville, N.C., from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday March 26. The session is free; however, participants are required to RSVP by calling 1-877-7MY-HOPE or clicking here to RSVP online, as space is limited.

My Hope America encourages participants to open their doors and lives to people they already know—engaging in meaningful conversation and connections as a catalyst for sharing the hope and love found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. While one-on-one conversations will be the root of this relationship evangelism outreach, messages used in reinforcing the Gospel will be available in a wide range of formats including TV, radio, DVD and Internet.

In 2002, the My Hope program began when Franklin Graham asked the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to take the Gospel country by country around the world where his father, Billy Graham, could no longer physically travel. It began in four countries in Central America. Ten years and 57 countries later, My Hope America has now become a movement spreading across the United States into cities and towns, churches and homes of Christians who have a desire to share their faith with others in their lives.

For more information on the My Hope America with Billy Graham, including additional meeting dates, news articles and evangelism resources, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org.