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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!

What’s Happening at The Cove – July 2015

COMING TO(1)“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,  and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2

During the month of July, the sun shines down through the miles of trees that cover the grounds at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.  Come grow closer to the Lord and bask in His goodness and beauty while attending one of our events in July.

Check out our schedule for the month of July below.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

Click on the link below for July dates or call 1-800-950-2092.
July Personal Spiritual Retreats

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INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
The Book of Zechariah and the Coming of The Lord

with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.,  July  6-10, 2015

STUDENT SEMINAR
The Cause: Strengthen Your Faith for College!

with Sean McDowell, July  10-12, 2015
(Free lodging seminar—pay program fee only—meals included! Student pastors/pastors attend for free with 4 student registrations.)

An Evening at The Cove
Join us for dinner, concert and meet & greet.

with Michael Card,  July 12, 2015

INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
Hesed: A Portrait of God

with Michael Card,  July  13-17, 2015

SeniorCelebration— From Faith-lite to Faith-full: How God Can Transform Ordinary You
Lon Allison with Steve Amerson,  July 20-22, 2015

Encountering Jesus
with John Munro,  July  24-26, 2015

WOMEN’S  SEMINAR—Choose Love: How Three Simple Choices Can Alter the Course of Your Life
with Stormie Omartian,  July 31-August 1, 2015

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Sunset at the Cove

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Upcoming Senior Events at The Cove

Join us on Monday, June 1st for an inspiring morning as we take a walk down memory lane and relive great moments and beloved songs from Billy Graham’s Crusades!  Then enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch prepared by our chefs in the beautiful dining room overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.

SeniorSalt Crusade JourneyWhile here, be sure to stroll through our displays of memorabilia from Billy and Ruth Graham’s life and ministry, visit Ruth’s Attic bookstore and gift shop at The Cove, tour our Chapel and  Visitors Center, and take some time for relaxation and fellowship on one of our many rocking chairs throughout the property.

Register by clicking here or call 1-800-950-2092.
SeniorSalt Impact Crusade Journey Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore and David Gaines, June 1, 2015
Program Fee: $29.00 Per Person

Watch here to view a special message from your host, Ron Whittemore, telling you a little more about the SeniorSalt Impact Crusade Journey Hymn Sing on June 1.

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Click Here For a Listing of All Senior Events at The Cove in 2015

Senior Events at The Cove are specifically designed for people ages 55 and up.  We encourage church groups and retirement communities to come enjoy these events as well as individuals.

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Our three-day SeniorCelebration events offer inspiring and insightful teaching, enlightening workshops, engaging fellowship, and hymn-based worship. Program fee (meals are included) is $189.

The SeniorSalt Hymn Sing and Carol Sing programs include a morning of singing traditional hymns or carols, interspersed with uplifting Scripture readings and stories.  A delicious buffet-style lunch follows each program.  Program fee is $29.

Click here to register and to find out more information about each event or call 1-800-950-2092.

George Beverly Shea Turns 104 Today!

Join us in wishing George Beverly Shea a happy 104th birthday! 

For the past 60+ years, Bev Shea and Cliff Barrows have been the core of the musical team for Rev. Billy Graham’s Crusade ministry.

“I’ve been listening to Bev Shea sing for more than 50 years, and I would still rather hear him sing than anyone else I know.” — Billy Graham

Grammy award winning Bev Shea, has made a handful of appearances alongside his good friend, Cliff Barrows, during  SeniorCelebrations here at The Cove over the last several years.

When the two old friends get together, tales will be told and songs will be sung.  It is a delight to witness their walk down memory lane!

Watch this never before seen footage of Bev Shea and Cliff Barrows as they reminisce and sing during a 2011 SeniorCelebration at The Cove.

Join Cliff Barrows and Friends at The Cove in an upcoming SeniorCelebration. Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more information and to register.