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Ministry Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss

Aerial of TC in summerThe Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is excited to extend a special offer to anyone in your church who is serving as a senior pastor, associate pastor, assistant pastor, executive/administrative pastor, youth pastor, children’s pastor, senior adult pastor, women’s ministry pastor, and/or music/arts pastor. 

As an expression of our appreciation to those who serve so many, we are offering a full scholarship to the pastor and their spouse to come to The Cove for the Pastors’ Institute on September 26, 2013 (with an optional stay over package—yes, this is covered under the scholarship too!), with Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale, one of the ten largest churches in the United States. 

Bob Coy Head Color for 2013Bob will be speaking on Chosen: The Calling of a Pastor.  His message will address the question, “What is the calling to be a pastor and why did God pick you?” Discover what God expects from you and broaden your perspective on His word and the honor of His calling on your life.

This award includes registration, materials, three (3) sessions, and one (1) meal (lunch). Registration will be on Thursday, September 26, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. with lunch at 12:00 p.m.  Sessions will end on Thursday, September 26, 2:45 pm.  (Should you choose the stay over package, this will include overnight lodging in one of our beautiful inns and two (2) additional meals (dinner and breakfast the next morning, with checkout at 10am.)

Please share this offer with the appropriate staff in your church leadership and encourage them to take advantage of an experience where they can relax and recharge their faith and come home renewed and impacted. 

It is our prayer that all who come for this retreat will experience each of these in some special way!

All you have to do to register is click here, complete the form and fax back to us at 828-299-0276 or scan and send as a PDF to swhitaker@thecove.org.  If you need to speak to someone, please call reservations at 1-800-950-2092 or 828-298-2092.  

Please note:  Space is limited and provided on a first come first serve basis, so please respond quickly.

Let us bless your church ministers!  It would be an honor. 

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.        

Strategies for Turbulent Times

Turbulent times…we have all been there. 

You may be there now. 

If you are not there now, you may be about to step in to a time of turbulence.

Are you prepared?

Christ is the ultimate resource for turbulent times and Scripture reveals the secrets to living with HOPE through anything that comes your way.     

Join Ron Hutchcraft at The Cove on September 6-8, where he will share actionable strategies in God’s Word for living with resilient hope, no matter what changes in our lives.

Watch here as Ron shares a bit about Christ as our Anchor.

To register for Ron Hutchcraft’s seminar on September 6-8, 2013 titled, Safe Harbor: Five Anchors for Turbulent Times, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Free Seminar at The Cove in August

Are you stressed? Do you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? While we know God loves us, sometimes its hard to believe that “all things God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28).

Here’s the next question: do you want to hear biblical principles on this topic at The Cove … for free? Mark your calendars and make plans to join us Aug. 23-25 as Pedro Garcia will take on the topic, “Tension: How God Can Use Stress to Save Your Life.”

The seminar is free (the seminar fee is waived). All you have to do is lodge in one of our inns on-site and pay for the meals. Just consider it a little added motivation to come experience everything The Cove has to offer.

Pastor Pedro is senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Kendall in Miami, Fla., one of the state’s fastest-growing churches. During this seminar, he will delve into the Scriptures and remind us how God has a helpful purpose for the stress in our lives—God wants us to move beyond fleeing or fighting to being informed of His intentions through it. You’ll begin to recognize and harness tension by understanding and applying the principles of Scripture.

How’s that for a way to deal with the stress in your life?! Plus, you can do it all in the peaceful surroundings of The Cove, which is sure help you relax.

Andrew Peterson will lead the worship time during this seminar. For those of you who aren’t as familiar with Andrew, check out this video. He’s an amazing singer-songwriter.

To sign up for this seminar, just give us a call at 800-950-2092. Hope to see you at The Cove in August.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 2:3-5

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 2:3-5


In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

3.I said; “I will not drive them out but they will become thorns in your side, their gods a snare to you.”

4.When the LORD spoke these words to all Israel, the people wept

5.They sacrificed to the LORD.


Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

3.We settle for so much less than God has for us when we give sin the power in our lives instead of Christ. I am always reminded of the verse in Joshua 1:7, “Be careful to do ALL I have commanded you.” Be careful… that means I will be tempted to leave things unfinished. God does not say, “Be careful to do most of… or be careful to start well….” God says, “Be careful to do ALL I have commanded you.” Here Israel was getting slack on the “all” part and they decided to settle for doing most of what God commanded. God must deal with the sin of disobedience and unrepentance. The sin of Israel not clearing out all the land as they were commanded will turn around and be the thing that leads to their destruction. By not driving out the foreign people, their foreign gods will draw them away from the One true God. The foreign people will influence them to turn their back on God. God is a jealous God for His people, Exodus 34:14.

4.When God’s people heard the Word of the LORD, it cut them to the core and they wept. Soft hearts towards God and His Word brings hope to a hopeless situation. Repentance brings hope and revival.

5.True repentance brings about godly action. It is one thing to “feel bad” about something because you got caught or found out and it is an entirely different thing to prove that change of heart, change of mind. “Joel 2:13 Rend your hearts, not your garment” which means don’t just act like you feel bad about it, change your choices and prove that you repented and meant it. The heart of the people was rent, and sacrifice was the result, remembering God’s patient loving kindness and forgiveness toward His people. As I look to the cross of Calvary, I remember what it cost God Himself to provide forgiveness for my sin. It breaks my heart as I realize I have broken the heart of God with my disobedience.


Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

3.Have I been careful to do “ALL” God has commanded me, or have I gotten off course if only by a degree or two? Do I need to return to course and finish “all”? What has God asked me to do, do I know? Am I willing to seek that out in God’s Word today, and the next day and the day after that?

4.Do I have a repentant spirit or one of defiance and stubborness? What things have been a thorn in my side and what things have driven me from God instead of to Him? Am I willing to walk away from those things that have drawn me away in order to make things right with God? Are the “things” I am involved in more important than knowing and obeying God?

5.Have I been more sorry I got caught and not so concerned about personal obedience to God? Have I taken what Jesus did on the cross to cleanse me from my sin for granted? Is sacrifice the least I can do for Jesus or do I think He is asking too much for me to walk away from those thorns and other gods?


LORD, there are so many things to distract me from my relationship with You. Give me the strength to walk away from those things that draw me away, and help me put in place those things and people that draw me to you. Change my heart O God, make it ever true, as You transform me to being more like You.

HOMEWORK: Judges 2:7-10

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Will Graham: God Loves Kenya

By Will Graham

Wil Graham in Kenya June 2013Has God ever laid something on your heart that has motivated you to go out of your way to minister to somebody or to a group of people? You simply have a burden for them that orders your steps and directs your actions?

God has done that in my life, and has given me a special burden for specific areas of the world. One of the countries to which He has directed my heart is Kenya. He has instilled in me a huge desire to preach to the Kenyan people the message of love, hope and peace that only He can bring.

Just yesterday I returned to my office and responsibilities at The Cove after holding a three-day evangelistic “Celebration of Peace” in Kisumu, Kenya, a city in which my grandfather preached some 53 years ago. Our event was held at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground.

This beautiful little patch of field was very humble by American standards, and most days it serves as a sort of thoroughfare, with people crisscrossing it to and from work or the market. But for these three days, that area was holy ground where people repented of their sins and claimed a new life – an everlasting hope – in Christ Jesus.

My friends, Kisumu is a beautiful place, but not an easy place to live. It is largely poverty-stricken, with many people seeking escapes through alcohol or glue sniffing. Children run the streets with no parents. It was one of the main epicenters of post-election violence a few years ago. One of our local volunteers told us that the rest of Kenya views Kisumu as one of the country’s “most evil cities.”

This is not to say that Kisumu is a godless city; not by a long shot. There is an awesome remnant of churches and Christians that are praying for and actively working in their city. It was a huge blessing to our team to have involvement from every Christian church and every bishop in Kisumu for the Celebration.

Kisimu city shot small for webSo we followed God’s calling to Kisumu, and He provided the harvest! Approximately 21,000 people crowded the field over the course of the three days, and when the invitation was given to commit their lives to Christ, more than 1,350 accepted that free gift!

Street boys who spend their young lives getting high and begging for money were found in the middle of the worship, responding to the call. A passerby who hadn’t even heard the message felt suddenly urged to stop and see what was happening, and ultimately gave her life to Christ. The wife of the governor stepped forward to rededicate her life to the Lord.

Wil Graham Celebration in Kenya people praying June 2013 smallFriends, only God can make these changes in people’s lives, and it was clear that He is very much at work in Kenya.

I would ask you to please pray with me for the people of Kisumu, that the seeds that were planted would fall on fertile soil and grow; not on rocky or weedy soil where they will wither and die. There is much hardship in Kisumu and there will continue to be many different temptations vying for the attentions and focus of those who came forward.

 We need to surround them with our prayers, and cry out to the Lord of the harvest that a new generation of believers will grow out of this event, and the city of Kisumu will forever be changed for His glory!

Thank you for your prayers and your support. God bless you!

Remembering Ruth Bell Graham

Ruth Graham holding glasses
Today would have been Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth Bell Graham’s, 93
rd birthday.   

Ruth went to heaven on June 14, 2007. 

Join us as we celebrate and remember the beautiful life and legacy of this great woman of faith.  A woman who loved people and loved Jesus! 

Watch here as Fernando Ortega sings Give Me JesusThis performance was produced for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a tribute to Ruth.

Fernando Ortega will be performing at The Cove on Sunday November 17, 2013.  Click here for details and to register. 

Open House at The Cove on Saturday May 11th!

Long summer shot of the TC






What are you doing on May 11th?

We hope you and your family will be spending the day with us! 

We are hosting our annual open house community event, along with our friends from Camp Cedar Cliff and 106.9 The Light.

Come experience the beauty of The Cove, in Asheville, NC, and enjoy a day of activities for the whole family.

At the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, you can view a special exhibit honoring legendary gospel singer George Beverly Shea, who at 103 years old, received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY in 2011! 

Visit the Training Center, browse the memorabilia displays, visit Ruth’s Attic Bookstore, Shepherd’s Inn and more. 

Wait, there’s more!

Camp Cedar Cliff will offer a taste of summer camp with fun activities – including archery, BB guns, a bounce castle and other inflatables, as well as a climbing wall, double zipline, face-painting, and horse rides.  Illusionist Bill Grimsley will perform at 11:30 and 1pm.

camp cedar cliff kids 2


Our friends at 106.9 The Light will open up their studios for tours. Listeners will be able to meet their favorite on-air personalities and get a great behind the scenes look at how it all works!

1069 the light studio


Samaritan’s Purse will have one of its Disaster Relief trucks available for tours.  Click here for more information on this ministry. 

Operation Christmas Child will be handing out Shoe Boxes as well.  Click here for more information on this ministry. 

And, you want to hear the best part?  It’s all FREE!

Don’t want your time at The Cove to end? 

Join us later in the day for an Evening at The Cove with Phil WickhamFor more information and to register, call 1-800-950-2092 or click here.

Watch here as Phil Wickham sings his ever popular song, At Your Name (Yaweh, Yahweh)

See you on Saturday May 11th!

Five Free Seminars at The Cove in 2013

This year we are delighted to offer five 3-day seminars for free

That means there is no program fee.  A single person will save $279, a couple will save $558 per seminar! 

Sound too good to be true? 

It’s not! 
You pay for lodging and meals only!

We hope you will join us for one of these outstanding seminars. 

The Power and Possibilities of Genuine Revival with Herb Reavis
February 20-22
Click here for details.

Four Hours With the Master with Sinclair Ferguson
March 19-21
Click here for details.  

Sermons in Stone with Jim Henry
May 28-30
Click here for details. 

Rough Road to Freedom with Neil Anderson
August 13-15
Click here for details.

Tension: How God Can Use Stress to Save Your Life with Pedro Garcia
August 23-25
Click here for details. 

Not able to make it?  Tell a friend or family member.  A nice opportunity to introduce The Cove to your loved ones!

Which topic or speaker peaks your interest and why?

Visit us at www.TheCove.org or call 1-800-950-2092.