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Prayer Note: August

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

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen

A WISH OR A PRAYER?

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…”  Do you recall any of the wishes you made when you were small?  I made a multitude of wishes as a child—whether it was wishing on a star, throwing a penny in a fountain, or wishing as I blew out the candles on a birthday cake—but I always followed up with a quick prayer, just as extra “insurance.”  Raised in a Christian home, I was taught early to understand the difference between a fun game of wishing versus real praying to my Heavenly Father who knew me and loved me, and I soon began to perceive that real results were more likely to come from prayer rather than wishes. Thankfully, my understanding of prayer has grown since childhood, and I’ve begun to appreciate the fact that prayer is about much more than seeing results or having my every wish fulfilled. Now when I look up at the first star of evening, I’m moved to worship rather than wishing.

I think most of us have done our share of “Star Light/Star Bright” praying — deciding on our own about the outcome we desire, and then sending up “a wish and a prayer” that God will come around to our way of thinking and send the answer exactly as we requested. Praise God He doesn’t work that way! As C. S. Lewis explained, “Prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.”

As we grow in our faith and begin to know God in a deeper way through the reading of His Word and the witness of the Holy Spirit, we learn to appreciate the conversational quality of prayer. We come to Him with our needs and concerns, yet our prayer time involves much more than just submitting the day’s “wish list.”  We begin to seek the Giver more than His gifts. We learn to listen for the still small voice of His Spirit.

“Change your definition of prayer,” Max Lucado recommends. “Think of prayer as less an activity for God and more an awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted awareness.” (Come Thirsty. Thomas Nelson, 2012.)

Let’s ask God to transform our hearts, strengthen our love for Him and deepen our awareness of Him until we begin to grasp the meaning of Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV).” Our prayer list may be long, and we should not hesitate to bring our needs to the feet of our Father and trust Him to answer according to His will; but our greatest need is to know Him in a way that transcends our present situation.

As speaker Michael Card shared during a recent Intensive Bible Training session at The Cove, “Could it possibly be true that the greater miracle is not the healing or the unexpected check that saves from bankruptcy, but the unthinkable truth that God has chosen to be with us through it all? Could it possibly be true that the miracle is not provision, but Presence?” The Maker of the Stars desires to give us something so much greater than just fulfilled wishes. He desires to give us Himself.

Please pray faithfully for The Cove throughout the month of August. Pray for the health and safety of our speakers, artists and seminar attendees. Pray for God’s provision and leading as we seek to serve and honor Him in this ministry. Most importantly, pray that those who visit The Cove will encounter God in a way that will transform their hearts and cause them to grow deeper in love with Him.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker (Psalm 95:6, NKJV).”

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Join us in praying for the following events in August:

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

When Faith Collides With Fear
with Will Graham— August 5-7

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat
with John Parrish & Trish Lancaster — August 8-11

Don’t Waste Your Sin
with Steve Brown,  August 12-14

Living Like One of Heaven’s Heroes
with Herb Reavis— August 15-17

Women’s Seminar — The Jesus We’re Aching For: The Gospel According to Mark
with Lisa Harper— August 19-20

An Evening at The Cove
with Laura Story— August 20

SeniorCelebration: God’s Great Salvation: Chosen, Redeemed, and Sealed
with Mel Blackaby — August 22-24

Life on a High Place
with Wayne Barber — August 26-28

Thank you for praying!

Prayer Note: July

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.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen

 “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof (Leviticus 25:10).”

This passage of Scripture from the Old Testament is inscribed on the Liberty Bell at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The streets rang with the sound of freedom as the bell was sounded on July 4, 1776, after the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Bonfires and Illuminations…
In a letter written to his wife in July of 1776, Founding Father John Adams shared his feelings on the momentous occasion. “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.“

Fast forward 240 years to Wednesday, June 15, 2016, when someone ignited a fireworks display inside an Arizona Wal-Mart. While the resulting blaze could have ended in tragedy, the store was evacuated and the fire quickly extinguished, thanks to the quick and appropriate actions of store personnel and prompt response from the Phoenix Fire Department.

I don’t think this is what John Adams had in mind.
As we celebrate our freedom this July Fourth, the atmosphere throughout the country may seem more like the chaotic, near-tragic scene from Wal-Mart, rather than the “Pomp and Parade” John Adams foresaw.

In a nation troubled by senseless shootings, terror threats, political polarization, racial tension and unrest, widespread immorality, and economic instability, there may not appear to be much to celebrate. Add to this the rise of political correctness, rejection of Biblical standards, and outright hostility toward Christians, and many believers may feel tempted to forego participation in this year’s “bonfires and illuminations.”

Illumination or Conflagration?
There is no shortage of words when it comes to discussion of how to solve the problems plaguing our republic. Google “2016 Election” and you’ll get a search result of around 200 million. Not to mention that this is probably the first U.S. election in which the major party candidates exchanged verbal blows via “Twitter Wars.” We’ve come a long way from the high and lofty language of the Founding Fathers. #GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath. Words written by the Apostle James seem to elucidate the current state of our heated and contentious national discourse: “So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites (James 3:5).”

Since words can fan the fires of freedom or ignite the flames of destruction, how should we as Christians speak into America’s current state of affairs? We must speak the truth and boldly stand for our right to declare it, yet season our words and our actions with love and grace. But the best and most effective way to use our words is to lift them before the throne of God in prayer.

Confession and Intercession…
Praise God that over 140,000 individuals throughout the U.S. have joined together to pray for our country during Franklin Graham’s Decision America tour. Sharing messages from the book of Nehemiah, Franklin Graham is crossing the country proclaiming the good news that God can restore America, if we only will pray. In each state he has visited so far, crowds of thousands have turned out to join together in praying 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

In addition to praying for the ministry of The Cove throughout the month of July, please continue to pray fervently and faithfully for America. The words of the Decision America Tour mission state it best: “Because Jesus Christ is the only hope for America (1 Corinthians 3:11), we call our nation to God and pray for His forgiveness and blessing (2 Chronicles 7:14) and for the liberty and freedom to continue to proclaim His Name until He returns (2 Corinthians 4:5).”

I hope you’ll enjoy a picnic, parade and fireworks with friends and family this Fourth of July, but accompany all the festivities with this heartfelt prayer: “God, please bless America!”

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Join us in praying for the following events in July:

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

An Evening at The Cove
with The Collingsworth Family— July 7

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore & David Gaines — July 11

Pastors’ Institute: 3-D Discipleship: Loving, Growing, Reaching
with Lon Allison, July 12-13

Kingdom Parenting
with Tony Evans— July 14-16

Intensive Bible Training: The Midnight Cry 
with R.T. Kendall — July 18-22

An Evening at The Cove
with Michael Card— July 24

Intensive Bible Training: Recovering the Lost Language of Lament
with Michael Card — July 25-29

Thank you for praying!

 

What’s Happening at The Cove — November

COMING IN NOV
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Fall is here and as the leaves begin to change, the magnificent display of God’s beauty is seen here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Come enjoy this beautiful time of year with us at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

Check out our schedule for the month of November below. Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

Come and Join Us!

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

Come get away on a self-directed opportunity to experience a private spiritual retreat with the focus of growing your relationship with God.

Click on the link below for November dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

November Personal Spiritual Retreats

SEMINARS AND CONCERTS

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

Experiencing God Through The Giants of The Bible
with Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, & Mike Blackaby, November2-4, 2015

SOLD OUT –Prayer: Reversed Thunder
with Anne Graham Lotz, November 6-8, 2015

SOLD OUT* – An Evening at The Cove
with Fernando Ortega, November 8, 2015
*At this time, this event is full. To be added to the waitlist please call our reservations department at 1-800-950-2092.

Empowered By Praise: How God Responds When You Revel
in His Glory

with Michael Youssef, November10-12, 2015

The Greatest Prayer Requests
with Don Wilton, Novembe17-19, 2015

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God Bless You!

What’s Happening at The Cove – August 2015

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I lift up my eyes to the hills. from where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord,  who made heaven and earth. The Lord is your keeper;  the Lord is your shade on your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day,  nor the moon by night.”
Psalm 121: 1-2, 5-6

Make plans to attend a retreat or  The Cove this summer. Click on an event for more information and see what’s happening here during the month of August!

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(1)

Click on the link below for August dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
August Personal Spiritual Retreats
Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat with John Parrish,  August 3-6, 2015

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

An Evening at The Cove -  Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet with Laura Story,  August 6, 2015

When People Whine, A Prophet Prays, and God Speaks 
with Will Graham,  August 7-9, 2015
Lodging is full for this event, but we do have seats available in the auditorium.

Finding Power for Life 
with Jonathan Falwell,  August 11-13, 2015
Lodging is full for this event, but we do have seats available in the auditorium.

Grace Upon Grace
with Lloyd John Ogilvie,  August 14-16, 2015
Note: This event will mark Dr. Ogilvie’s final time speaking at The Cove, so we plan to make this a special time of celebration for him.  

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
Ron Whittemore with David Gaines,  August 18, 2015

The Unexpected Adventure of Being Salt and Light
with Lee Strobel,  August 19-21, 2015

Seasons of the Soul: Overcoming Trials and Dealing With Tension 
with Pedro Garcia,  August 21-23, 2015
Lodging is full for this event, but we do have seats available in the auditorium.

An Evening at The Cove -  Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet with Jason Crabb,  August 23, 2015

Not I, But Christ
with Wayne Barber,  August 28-30, 2015

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Brandon Heath to Perform at The Cove

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Nashville native Brandon Heath is known for thought-provoking songs like “Give Me Your Eyes,” “Your Love,” “Jesus in Disguise” and his latest hit, “Love Does.” Heath has been honored with multiple GMA Dove awards and five Grammy nominations.

Brandon will perform for An Evening at The Cove on Thursday, March 27, 2014. 

Fans appreciate the intimate setting at The Cove, where there are only 460 seats in the state-of-the-art auditorium.  You will even have a chance to meet Brandon face to face after the concert at a special Meet & Greet.  No special VIP/Backstage pass required!   

Tickets are $50 and include the concert and a delicious prime-rib buffet-style dinner. Overnight lodging is available.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register.

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Fans will enjoy meeting Brandon after the concert.

Listen here as Brandon sings Give Me Your Eyes.

Lenny LeBlanc to Perform at The Cove

Lenny LeBlanc for 2013If you had a radio or a television set in the 1970’s then you probably heard Lenny LeBlanc’s hit ballad “Falling.” 

On Sunday September 29th, you can experience Lenny performing in person here at The Cove!

This self-taught musician knew from an early age that music would be a part of his life. 

A successful career, working with some of the best musicians around, but something was missing. 

It was a testimony from an old friend, who had become a drug smuggler, and his gift of a bible to Lenny, that changed his life forever. 

“I knew nothing about God, I didn’t know a Methodist from a Baptist. I didn’t know how to talk to God, but I started asking Him if He was real; and He started revealing himself to me.” LeBlanc says.

“Finding Jesus was like a signpost in my life. Whatever storm comes, I can look back and never refute what happened to me. That’s the Rock I cling to.”

Lenny continues to write pop and country songs, including hits like “Treat Her Right” for Sawyer Brown and “You First” with two-time CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally.  He still travels nationally and internationally as a Christian artist and serves as worship leader at Faith Church in Florence, Alabama.

Watch here for a beautiful sampling of Lenny’s music. 

Join us for an Evening at The Cove with Lenny LeBlanc on September 29th. 

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for tickets.

Natalie Grant Finds God’s Peace in ‘Hurricane’

Natalie Grant from BGEA articleBy Kristy Etheridge, BGEA Staff Writer

You’re spinning out of control again. Your life feels like a sinking ship. You’re wondering how it came to this.

The first few lines of Natalie Grant’s new single, “Hurricane” aren’t just another set of lyrics; they tell the personal story of an inner battle Grant experienced for more than a year.

“The hurricane started with the birth of my third child,” Grant told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Already a mother of twin girls, Grant had a “surprise” pregnancy after being told she couldn’t have any more children.

She loved her new baby daughter, Sadie, but found herself facing postpartum depression that pulled her into a dark and difficult season.

“There was an inner war—the guilt I was feeling that I was this Christian artist who was supposed to have her life together, and here I was, dealing with depression,” Grant said.

As a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter who won the Gospel Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year five times, Grant’s success has led many of her listeners to assume she’s always on top of the world, finding the perfect balance of marriage, motherhood and music.

Grant says that’s just not the case.

“I must give off some sort of very false impression,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t balance it at all. I’m terrible at it. That’s where the grace of God comes in. I get to wake up in the morning and try it all over again.”

Grant says focusing on God’s Word is what keeps her sane…and what helped pull her out of a season of depression.

“Get yourself in God’s Word,” Grant said. “Even if it’s only for 15 minutes in the morning. Take some time and spend it with the Lord. On the days that I don’t, those are the days I feel that crushing weight.”

On Aug. 22, Grant will lead worship at a place where studying God’s Word is a way of life—the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

The 1,200-acre mountain retreat is the result of Billy and Ruth Graham’s vision of a place where believers could go to be spiritually refreshed, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Grant is returning for a second year in a row for An Evening at The Cove. Her last visit was in Sept., 2012. “It was amazing, and that’s why we’re coming back,” Grant said. “We loved it. Not only did I just love the audience, I loved the venue. It was so intimate, and the setting is unbelievable. My band stayed there in some of the cabins. It was just a time of refreshing for us.”

Grant’s latest trip to The Cove comes at a busy time, as she prepares to release her new album, Hurricane, in mid-October before going on tour—an event that used to be a family affair.

“With the twins, they never missed a show,” Grant said. “They toured with me full time. Then I had my third child, and going from two to three is really a shell shock. You’re outnumbered. You feel like this is a game-changer.”

To make sure she puts her family first, Grant has scaled back her touring a bit, and she makes a point to not be away from home longer than three days if her family isn’t traveling with her.

“My calling as a wife and a mommy is first,” Grant said.

While finding that perfect balance will always be a work-in-progress, Grant is confident that she’s answering God’s call in her life—as believer, singer, wife and mom.

As for the lyrics about life spinning out of control…well, fortunately, that’s not where the story ends. It’s never too late, never too far…and when you feel the rain, call His name.

Grant has learned that life’s storms may not cease as quickly as we’d like, but God is always there, in the midst of every struggle.

He’ll find you in the hurricane.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to purchase tickets for An Evening at The Cove with Natalie Grant.

An Evening at The Cove with Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant (2)“When we live the love of the Gospel out loud, a revolution will occur.” – Natalie Grant

She has an amazing voice and a beautiful heart.

But it is this multi-award winning Christian singer/songwriter’s message of the Gospel, and the revolutionary power of love it carries, that she waves as her banner and her hope.

Natalie Grant will perform at The Cove on Thursday August 22nd. 

Join us for a delectable prime rib dinner, followed by an uplifting evening of worship. Overnight lodging is available too!

Click here for more information and to get your ticket(s).

Natalie shares, “Matthew 14:22-33 inspired my new song Hurricane. I found myself in a dark place, and was begging God to stop the storm. But instead, He came to me in the middle of my storm, and brought with Him courage, strength & peace.”

Listen here to her brand new song, Hurricane.        

GUEST POST: A Night Like No Other at The Cove

By Tiffany Jothen

I’m not sure I have ever seen my dad clap along to a worship song, but Saturday, I witnessed the phenomenon TWICE when Irish folk band Rend Collective Experiment took the stage at The Cove.  I don’t think anyone can see them in concert and not move around.

I first saw Rend Collective in Buffalo, N.Y., last fall when they performed at Rock the Lakes, a BGEA youth event.  Listening to their music is like a holy band room exploding in your soul — a Jesus jamboree.  It’s the kind of band that makes me want to learn an instrument so I can be in it, too.  My parents and husband gladly came along Saturday when I showed them a few of the band’s YouTube videos.

A couple of weeks before the concert, I ordered Rend Collective’s latest CD, “Campfire,” so I could sing along on Saturday.  I don’t like playing my music loud when I drive with the windows down, but this CD I want to share with everyone.  Seeing it live was even better.  They truly know how to honor God’s majesty and creativity.

One of the best things about Saturday’s performance — besides the high-energy band itself — was the audience.  More than 20 states — from California to Florida — were represented, with a few people under 10 years old and several over 70.  Some people wore sundresses or khakis; others went with the cutoff jean shorts and beanies.

An older woman who sat next to me at dinner before the concert said she knew nothing about Rend Collective, but was in the area and thought they would be good.  A group of 20-somethings who sat behind me during the concert called them a “sweet” band, and one guy in the group said a concert doesn’t get much better — a delicious dinner beforehand, no crowds to fight and not a bad seat in the house.  Outside, it poured down rain, but inside everyone eagerly anticipated the next song.

“When it rains this much in Ireland, we’re all just grumpy,” band member Gareth Gilkeson said in his Irish acccent.  He put up his hands in his vest pockets, wore a red tie and hat and used words like “wee li’l” and “shindigery.”  (His wife and fellow band mate, Ali, said after the concert that if you eat enough Lucky Charms, you’ll get the same accent too.)

Throughout the show, the band used all kinds of instruments, including an accordian, xylophone and trash can.  I was impressed with Ali’s ability to switch instruments multiple times during a song.  Lead singer Chris Llewellyn picked up a ukulele toward the end.

“It’s mostly played by little girls, but that doesn’t bother me,” he said.

RCE from TiffanyI was sad when my camera died about half an hour in, but I decided it was better to experience the concert first-hand anyway.  The lyrics on the screen made it easy to sing along, and it’s always moving to witness an entire room of people praising God together — voices and sometimes arms raised.  For one song, we put an arm around our neighbor and jumped in sync.

(Check out this video another person in the audience posted on YouTube!)

Other highlights included the band letting the audience lead “10,000 Reasons” and sharing their rendition of “In Christ Alone,” which I LOVED.  (Next CD maybe?)

This is a picture of me and my family, taken in my parents’ inn room after the concert.
RCE concert Tiffany and family

 

Brothers in Christ…A Beautiful Friendship

Will Graham shares his thoughts on the well-known musician who will perform at The Cove on April 14.

Have you ever met someone for the first time, and as soon as you begin talking with them you realize that they’re the “real deal”? That’s how I felt when I first sat down for a private meeting with Matthew West at the GMA awards in Nashville in 2007.

At the time we were looking for artists to come alongside me as I held my evangelistic Will Graham Celebration events in various parts of the country. I’d heard Matthew’s song called, “Next Thing You Know,” in which he talks about making a decision for Christ after watching one of my granddaddy’s Crusades on television. As he shared his heart with me, I quickly felt in that meeting that we would work well together in ministry.

Matthew West praying with leadership team at Jersey Shore
Will Graham and Matthew West pray with the leadership team and
artists backstage at the Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration.

I remember the first time that Matthew came to visit me at The Cove. He didn’t know it, but I secretly made plans to take him up to visit with my grandfather. It was a very special time as they sat and talked for 15-20 minutes. To be honest, I’m not sure who was more excited – Matthew West at meeting Billy Graham, or some of our staff at meeting Matthew West!

Many people know Matthew West as a great musician and one of the best songwriters in Christian music today, and that he definitely is. We’ll be blessed to hear many of those songs and see his talent on display on April 14. But I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to know Matthew as more than that: as a humble co-laborer for the Kingdom of God; as someone who will always go the extra mile to make things work out; as someone for whom I have a deep respect; and – of course – as a friend.

If you are able, I hope that you can make plans to join us in April to see Matthew in person. You’ll be glad you did!

For tickets to An Evening at The Cove with Matthew West on Sunday April 11th, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.