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Saturday Snapshot

Planes, trains and automobiles….and now, bicycles. 

People come to The Cove from all over the world.  Most of them arrive in some fashion powered by an engine.

This week, we greeted a guest as he pedaled up on his bicycle!

He rode from Greenville, SC to Asheville, in which most of the ride was uphill.  The good news is that the ride home should be a breeze!

Several years ago, we had a visitor ride all the way from California. Now that’s a commitment!

Do you ride? What is the longest distance you have tackled?

Guest Group participant who rode from Greenville SC to Asheville NC May 28 2014

We would love to have you come for a visit. Click here to visit our website.

Imagine This…

This could be you…

Putting a busy week behind you, you drive through the gates of The Cove. 

Dogwoods, redbuds and rhododendron greet you with splashes of color along the gently curving drive.

IMG_3501_emlThree wild turkeys strut in front of you and dash off to the side of the road.  One turns and spreads his tail feathers, vibrant colors that only God could dream up.   

Peace settles over you. You have heard people say you can feel the presence of God when you come on The Cove property.  You feel that peace.

You have decided to make this outing a mini-retreat, so you check into your inn room.  The room is sweet and comfortable.  There are no televisions.  You embrace the freedom from distractions.

As you walk from the inn to the Training Center, the birds sing, you hear something shuffling through the woods.  A turkey?  A deer?  How great is our God!

It’s time for dinner.  The chef has prepared a prime-rib meal tonight.  The food is delicious and plentiful.  You enjoy fellowship with people from all over the country.  Some returning and others enjoying their first time experience at The Cove.  Stories are exchanged, friendships created.    

IMG_4205_emlNext… an after-dinner coffee on the expansive deck overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains.

Is this your life!? 

Feeling very thankful. 

The concert is about to begin.  You take your seat in the intimate 460-seat auditorium.  There is not a bad seat in the room. 

The lights dim and Chris August steps on stage and begins to sing. 

This soulful singer doesn’t hold back.  Jesus is lifted high.    

After the concert, everyone is invited to come and meet Chris at the meet-and-greet.  What an opportunity!

The evening flies by. 

As you lay your head on your pillow, you thank God for a time of sweet rest and worship.

Shepherds Inn roomSweet dreams…

Breakfast awaits you in the morning. 

Join us on Saturday, May 10th for An Evening at The Cove with Chris August. 

For tickets and information, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Watch here as Chris August sings Starry Night. 
 

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

Need Some Time Away With God?

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Jesus

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Looking out over God’s creation from the deck of the Training Center.

It’s a new year and many of us are a couple of weeks into working on our New Year’s resolutions.

What are your goals for 2014?  Perhaps you have set up a plan to maintain a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise.  Maybe you are working on landing that perfect job you’ve always wanted.  Is this the year you will finally stick to your financial budget?  All worthy goals, indeed. 

But what about setting a goal with eternal benefits?     

Have you considered committing to deepening your relationship with God this year?  

Tending to this relationship would leave a lasting–eternal–impression. 

Would you agree that our lives are more meaningful when we choose to make our relationship with our Heavenly Father our number one priority?

Isn’t it true that whether we are deep in a valley or high on a mountaintop, when we feel God’s presence, there is nothing more comforting or life sustaining?   

At The Cove, we are committed to preparing a place of peace, love, beauty and care which creates a safe space for your divine meetings with God, minus the distractions of daily life.  Our Personal Spiritual Retreats are designed with all of this in mind. 

Fire pit at the TC
Warm yourself by the fire as you reflect on the goodness of God.
Chapel
Enjoy prayer time at the beautiful Chatlos Memorial Chapel on the property.

  

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Enjoy the solitude along a beautiful stream on our 1,200 acre property.

Following are some words our guests have shared from their experiences while on a Personal Spiritual Retreat at The Cove.

“If you need a place to relax in the beauty God created and a time of quiet reflection, this is a wonderful place to be.  God’s presence is here.”

“Prayer was such a strong part of this retreat.  All the people here reinforced prayer and hospitality.”

“I loved the free time and the variety of places inside and out.  To be still and read, pray, journal, be quiet and rest, to walk around inside and out.  I also loved the fellowship, laughter and Godly conversations at meal times.  We made good friends.  You really can have intimate alone time with God here in a wonderful environment.”

“I heard God clearly.”

“The Cove facility is completely covered in prayer and the presence of God. There’s no other place like it.”

“Everyone should take some time out of their busy lives to reflect on their relationship with God.”

“It is truly a wonderful experience.  It’s time away from the business of life to reflect on your closeness to God. Drawing closer to God through pray and reading His word.”

“This is special place and the retreat was well worth it. We have never spent time alone like this, just being in God’s presence.”

“This retreat was life changing.”

We hope you will consider spending some quiet time with God at The Cove this year.  It would be our pleasure to serve you as you grow deeper in your relationship with your Heavenly Father. 

Click here to see available dates for both self-directed and guided Personal Spiritual Retreats at The Cove in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. 

November at The Cove

The Cove is designed to help you get away, relax, and hear God’s voice.

Take a look at the many wonderful options we have to offer in November.

We’re saving a seat for you! 

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Jack HayfordPursuing the Will of God
with Jack Hayford, November 1-3, 2013
Click here to register.

Wise people still seek God’s will today. Retrace Abraham’s footsteps and mine timeless principles for daily living that are practical and unmistakable. Discover, grow, and experience His will in a way that leads to fulfillment and fruitfulness.

Tullian_headshot for 2013 sm versionOne Way Love: The Power of Unconditional Love in a Conditional World
with Tullian Tchividjian, November 4-6, 2013
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Everything in our world demands two way love. Everything’s conditional. If you love me, only then will I love you. If you do for me, only then will I do for you. If you serve me, only then will I serve you. This conditionality plagues us at every level and keeps us enslaved to fear and insecurity. Grace, however is one-way love. Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable. The idea that there is an unconditional love that relieves the pressure, forgives our failures and replaces our fear with faith seems too good to be true. Come explore the radical unconditionality of God’s love to us and how that sets us free to love others unconditionally.

20110719-Ash_TheCove_71911066SeniorSalt Impact
November 4, 2013
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Looking for an encouraging day trip? This morning program is designed to encourage senior adult believers to reach their friends and family for Jesus Christ. This event will feature the showing of the inspiring, full-length movie Seven Days in Utopia, followed by a buffet style lunch.

Henry BlackabyR  Blackaby Pic for 2013Mike BlackabyThe Seasons of God and His Purposes for You
with Henry, Richard & Mike Blackaby, November 6-8, 2013
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Did you know that just as God has purposes for the seasons of nature, He also uses seasons in your life to grow you, work with you, and talk to you? Understanding the principles of these seasons can offer you hope, direction, insight, and intimacy with God Himself. Come explore God’s patterns at work in your life—and find out how His will is being carried out in the best way, at the best time. Learn to recognize and understand the current season you are in and better navigate the numerous changes you encounter. Gain inspiring insights into life, relationships, and families and get the most out of the rest of your life.

Briscoes imageLiving in the Word: How to Engage with Scripture
with Stuart & Jill Briscoe, November 8-10, 2013
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The American Bible Society reports that, while their traditional objectives of translating, publishing and distributing the Scriptures are being fully met, they are concerned that the number of people engaging with the Bible are in serious decline. Living daily in God’s Word has profound and far-reaching results. Come discover how to explore and apply the Scriptures so that you experience real discipleship, embrace unadulterated Truth, and enjoy biblical freedom as Jesus promised. Take home a renewed love for the Word of God and a more practical grasp for applying it, and see its transforming power in your daily life.

Gary Thomas Snapshots from the Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
with Gary Thomas, November 10-12, 2013
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Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is the most profound and famous sermon in history. It contains the proclamation of God’s love, the call to a new way of life, a road map to salvation, and practical guidance for everyday living. Along the way, it unlocks a wealth of spiritual wisdom and insight. Transform your walk with God as you discover what it means to be “pure in heart” and how this helps you see Him. Learn how to “take the log out of our own eye” before humbly examining the speck in your brother’s and be inspired by Christ’s blessing of commitment. Delve into Jesus’ astonishing remedy for people’s sins against you and how it supports your focus on seeking first God’s kingdom.

Jonathan Falwell from webRomans: From Guilt to Glory
with Jonathan Falwell, November 12-14, 2013
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Since God will never hold our sins against us, why do so many Christians wrestle with guilt and shame? Discover how Jesus has overcome these obstacles and come, immerse yourself in the greatness of the love of God. Learn to experience more of His mercy and grace.

AnneGrahamLotz smallFilling Up to Overflow
with Anne Graham Lotz, November 14-17, 2013
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Are you a serious Bible student? Come enrich and prepare yourself to become an effective communicator of God’s Word. Examine the life of Abraham, and get equipped to read, study, and teach the Bible with relevance and power. Learn how to immerse yourself in Scripture and allow God’s Word to saturate your life and spill out to others. Audience participation will be required. This seminar’s worship leader will be Fernando Ortega.

Fernando Ortega from webAn Evening at The Cove
with Fernando Ortega, November 17, 2013
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Come for a worshipful evening of music and fellowship. Enjoy friendly conversation over a fine buffet dinner, followed by an uplifting concert program. Overnight lodging is available at applicable rates and includes breakfast the following morning.

Mac Brunson for 2013Storms: When You’re Rocked, Rattled, & Wrecked with Mac Brunson, November 18-20, 2013
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In today’s society many people believe if a person is blameless, upright, fears God, attends church, reads the Bible, and prays, then God will bless him or her with an emotionally, physically and financially comfortable life. The Bible, however, paints a very different picture. God doesn’t promise His followers we will avoid the storms of life, He assures us He will be with us through the storms. Delve into God’s Word and grasp more fully the hope of His promises and change the way you respond to depression, criticism and conflict. Don’t just survive life’s storms, experience victory in their midst and beyond.

Rob Wilton for 2013 close upWho Am I? How God Sees You
with Rob Wilton, November 20-22, 2013
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In today’s society, many people find their identity in their vocation, marriage, friends, material possessions, or even political party. Yet, for believers, Scripture reveals our defining identity is in Christ. Come explore the Bible’s important truths for knowing who you are and learn how your identity informs your response to today’s issues as a Christ follower. 

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Filling in Your Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense
with Jennifer Rothschild, November 23, 2013
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Does God care? Is He fair? Is He even there? You may know all the right answers, but they don’t always feel right. Come explore these and other questions in this realistic look at the messy, mysterious uncertainties of faith. God’s ways don’t always make sense to us, but He is trustworthy. He wants to reveal Himself to you and fill in your missing pieces with something far more satisfying than answers—God wants to fill in your missing pieces with Himself. Draw near to Him, and experience unexpected peace even in heartache.

Click here to see available dates for your self-guided Personal Spiritual Retreat.

Individual financial assistance available.  Click here for information and an application. 

Visit TheCove.org to view all events.

SAVING A SEAT FOR YOU: September’s Cove Update

Watch here as Darren Thomas, Program Manager at The Cove, invites you in for a look back over the last few months of ministry and gives a sneak peak at what’s coming up this fall.

We’re saving a seat for you at The Cove!

For more information, or to register for one the events mentioned, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Guest Post: What Does It Mean to Have Faith in God?

By Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell, Bible teacher, author, and educator in San Juan Capistrano, CA, will be teaching on “The Faith” Is Not Blind at The Cove on July 12-14, 2013.

Sean McDowellWhat Does It Mean to Have Faith in God?

A few summers ago I spoke at a camp in Northern California. Topics for the week included intelligent design, the reliability of Scripture, and the historical resurrection of Jesus. On the last day of camp, a young Christian woman complained that if I proved the existence of God then there would be no room for faith.

Although she meant well, she was deeply confused about the nature of faith. She had a view similar to Mark Twain, who famously defined faith as “believing something you know ain’t so.” Many people today understand faith as a blind act of the will regardless of the evidence. But the Bible has a very different understanding of faith. Biblical faith is a trust in God because He has shown Himself to be trustworthy and dependable.

Understood this way, we see that faith in God is not unlike the faith we put in other people. The more evidence we find that someone is truly kind, honest, and dependable, the more likely we are to trust him or her. I did not put my “faith” in my wife when I first met her. Rather, I spent time getting to know her, learning about her passions in life, and examining her character. After spending much time with her I was convinced that she was (and still is!) a trustworthy person who I want to be with for the rest of my life.

The same is true with faith in God. He wants us to get to know Him so we can see that He is trustworthy. In fact, God expects faith from us because He’s given us good evidence of His dependable character, as when He showered Egypt with miracles before inviting Israel to follow Him into the wilderness (Ex 7–14). Rather than asking Israel for blind allegiance, God performed miracles through Moses so they could have a reasonable faith in Him. Miracles were done so the people would believe in God and His servant Moses (Ex 14:31).

God frequently performed miracles in the Bible so people would have confidence in His character. Before healing the paralytic, Jesus said, “But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Mk 2). Jesus healed the man so people would know He spoke with authority from above. Jesus did miracles because He was good, but also as confirmation of His identity. John says Jesus’ miracles were recorded “so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name” (Jn 20:31).

Faith isn’t something we exercise just once. We need faith daily. It is a mistake to trust God for the “big” things of heaven (like salvation) but not the “little” things on earth (like daily guidance). God invites us to trust him moment by moment for all of our concerns. He is a well-seasoned guide who never leads us astray. We can follow God’s Son Jesus because He is the smartest, most powerful person around, and He loves us beyond all measure.

To register for “The Faith” Is Not Blind seminar with Sean McDowell on July 12-14, call 1-800-950-2092 or click here.

Merry Christmas from The Cove

 

Merry Christmas from all of us at The Cove!

2012 has been a year filled with God’s beautiful blessings here at The Cove.  We thank each of you for being a part of it!

May God’s blessings and His truest joys be with you this Christmas season and always.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11   

Come see us in 2013!  Click here to see what’s going on next year at The Cove.