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Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Pecan Pie

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Pecan Pie

There is no pie more southern than pecan pie, and this one from our kitchen at The Cove is delightful!  Whip it up for your next family or social gathering and it’s sure to be a big hit.     

Pecan Pie Recipe
Makes one 9-inch pie

INGREDIENTS
⅛ cup unsalted butter
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup light corn syrup
⅔ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 cup pecans, chopped
Reserve some pecan halves (or additional chopped pecans) for topping
1 (9 inch) partially cooked pie crust, frozen

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Blend butter and flour together until mixture becomes creamy. Blend sugar into butter/flour mixture. Once combined, beat in eggs, one at a time. Add corn syrup, vanilla and salt to filling. Then stir in one cup chopped pecans. Place pie crust into a 9” round baking dish and pour mixture into pie crust. Add extra pecans for topping. Bake in oven at 300 degrees until set, about 1-1.5 hours. Allow pie to cool to room temperature.

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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!

Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

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Grilled Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding
Grilled Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

This delicious dish is a guest favorite at The Cove.  It’s much simpler than it looks, so give it a try and let us know how it turns out!

Grilled Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

Serves 4

GRILLED IRON STEAKS

Ingredients

4 (6 ounce) iron steak filets
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

Season steak with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-5 minutes on each side over medium high heat. Remove from heat, brush with melted butter and let rest for 5 minutes.

BLUE CHEESE BREAD PUDDING

Ingredients

1 French baguette, diced into small cubes
½ stick of unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups beef stock
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup blue cheese crumbles
½ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dice bread into small squares (crouton size) and place in a 9″ x 13” greased pan.

Bake bread for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Add blue cheese sauce (see directions below). Toss to coat bread well with sauce. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

For blue cheese sauce:

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add chopped shallot and minced garlic. Saute one minute and add beef stock and heavy cream, and bring to a boil. Add blue cheese crumbles and Parmesan cheese. Reduce heat for 2-3 more minutes until cheese is melted.  Add chopped fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve and enjoy!

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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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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

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(3)

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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What’s Happening at The Cove – June 2015

COMING TO
GREAT IS THE LORD!
“I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised and his greatness is unsearchable.” Psalm 145:1-3

Come help us kick off the summer season here at The Cove!   We’ve got something for everyone and we look forward to serving you on your visit!  Check out our schedule for the month of June below.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

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

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(1)

SeniorSalt Impact Crusade Journey Hymn Sing
Ron Whittemore with David Gaines, June 1, 2015

Who Is In Control ?
with Steve Brown, June 12-14, 2015

INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
Being Captured by the Passion of Christ

with Woodrow Kroll, June  15-19, 2015

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

with Andrew Peterson, June 20, 2015

INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
How to Read God’s Word Like a Bible Scholar:
A Practical and Engaging Exploration of Scripture

with Mark Yarbrough, June 22-26, 2015

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

with NewSong, June 28, 2015

INTENSIVE BIBLE TRAINING
Discipleship Counseling:
Helping Others Walk in Freedom and Grow in Christ

with Neil Anderson, June 29- July 3, 2015

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Stream at The Cove.

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2015 Five-Day Intensive Bible Training Seminars at The Cove

2015 summer seminars
This summer, The Cove is offering five Intensive Bible Training Seminars, designed to take an in-depth and comprehensive approach to understanding a specific topic or section of the Bible. 

Instead of the typical 3-day seminar, these offer a 5-day format,  allowing you time to really dig into God’s Word.  Open to anyone, these seminars are led by seminary-level instructors.

As you are making summer plans, we hope you will consider setting aside time to grow in your relationship with God right here at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Intensive Bible Training Seminars
(To register or get more information, click on one of the speaker names below or call 1-800-950-2092.)

Being Captured by the Passion of Christ (Scripture Focus: John 18-20)
with Woodrow Kroll, 
June 15-19, 2015

How to Read God’s Word Like a Bible Scholar: A Practical and Engaging Exploration of Scripture (Genesis to Revelation)
with Mark Yarbrough, 
June 22-26, 2015

NOTE: This seminar is available for seminary credit (graduate level) and CEU credit (for teacher certification) through Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). Financial assistance is offered to currently enrolled DTS students who desire to attend this seminar.

Discipleship Counseling: Helping Others Walk in Freedom and Grow in Christ
with Neil Anderson, 
June 29- July 3, 2015

The Book of Zechariah and the Coming of the Lord
with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., 
July 6-10, 2015

Hesed: A Portrait of God
with Michael Card, 
July 13-17, 2015

NOTE:  Join Michael for An Evening at The Cove (dinner & concert)on Sunday, July 12th .  Click here for details.

For a list of all events at The Cove, click here.

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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!

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