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2015 Military Marriage Retreats

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It’s our turn to serve you.

We want to support you and your marriage at The Cove by providing a FREE retreat for any active-duty service-member (Guard & Reserve too) and their spouse.

You will enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, well appointed rooms, and celebrated cuisine.

Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.  Click here to download the military resource form.

Following are the 2015 Military Marriage Retreats:

Building a Resilient Marriage in Turbulent Times
with John Cook, February 19-20, 2015

Building a Lifelong Love
with Gary Thomas, May 29-31, 2015

Military Marriage Seminar-TBD
with Gary Chapman, September 4-6, 2015

Please share this information with other individuals who would be blessed by this opportunity.

military handsThe Cove also offers financial resources (program, meals and lodging are covered…travel is your responsibility) for couples or individuals to come to any Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat throughout the year.  For more information on our financial resources, visit our website here.

Stay at The Cove for Free

Shepherds Inn roomThis year we are delighted to offer free lodging for several of our three-day seminars!

That means all you have to do is register and pay the program fee of $279 per person (meals included) and your two nights of lodging are completely free.   

Take a look at the seminars listed below to decide which you would like to attend, give us a call at 1-800-950-2092 to register and get the dog sitter lined up.  We look forward to serving you on your visit to The Cove! 

Pursuing Holiness in a Broken World with Jonathan Falwell on February 25-27

From Fear to Faith with Jim Henry on March 25-27

The Peace of God: Experiencing Mental and Emotional Freedom with Neil Anderson on March 28-30

Last Days Living with Ron Hutchcraft on April 28-30

The Cause: Strengthen Your Faith for College with Sean McDowell on July 11-13 Note: Pastors or leaders bringing four or more students are eligible to attend at no cost.  Student rate also available with this seminar.

The Overcoming Life: How to Thrive Instead of Survive with Herb Reavis, Jr. on August 25-27

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

Visit our website here for a complete listing of all 2014 events.

Women’s Bible Studies Begin January 7th

Ladies, it’s that time of year again!  A special time set aside for you to rest in the presence of God and learn more about who He is and who you are in Him.

The Cove’s Annual Women’s Bible Study begins Tuesday, January 7th.

Come away each Tuesday (1 morning and 1 evening study) for the next several weeks and hear God’s voice speaking to you.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more details and to register.  It’s free!  Don’t forget to bring a friend or two.

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See what Kendra Graham has in store for her evening study here.

See what Jane Derrick has planned for her study here.

2014 Military Marriage Retreats

2014 Military Marriage flyerFor more information on the February retreat, click here.
For more information on the June retreat, click here.

The Cove also offers financial resources (program, meals and lodging are covered…travel is your responsibility) for couples or individuals to come to any Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat throughout the year.  For a full listing of events to choose from, visit our website here.

You will enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, well appointed rooms, and celebrated cuisine. Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.  Click here to download the military resource form.

Please share this information with other individuals who would be blessed by this opportunity.

The Storms of Life

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By Billy Graham

I can assure you that above the clouds in your life the sun is shining. God is still there despite any tragedy that you may be experiencing.

The Bible says that Job suddenly lost all of his wealth and his children. He did not know that a mighty spiritual battle was going on. Satan had accused God of making Job His pet and giving him worldly possessions. The devil said to God, “If you take all those possessions away from him, he’ll curse you and turn from you.” But God replied, “You can do anything to him, except you can’t kill him, and we’ll see.”

Job never asked why those things were happening to him. The closest he ever came was when he said, “Show me why you contend with me.” Job was sharing his agony of spirit with the very God he could not understand.

The Bible teaches that we are to be patient in suffering. That’s the hardest thing of all, to be patient, to have songs in the night. Tears become telescopes to heaven, bringing eternity a little closer.

Suffering: Why Does God Allow It? by Billy Graham was originally published in DECISION magazine, August-September 1981.

Many people believe if a person is blameless, fears God, attends church, reads the Bible, and prays, then God will bless him or her. 

Scripture, however, doesn’t promise His followers we will avoid the storms of life; it assures us He will be with us through them. 

On November 18-20, Mac Brunson will be at The Cove teaching on how we can find hope through God’s Word during the storms in our lives, and change how we respond to depression, criticism, and conflict. 

For more information or to register, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.  Mac Brunson’s seminar is titled, Storms: When You’re Rocked, Rattled, and Wrecked.
Worship will be led by Stephanie Seefeldt

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
Click here to register.

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
Click here to register.

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
Click here to register.

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
Click here to register.

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.

Life Hurts! Now What?

Life can be painful. 

God sees you.  He knows exactly where you are.

No one can escape the experiences that bring us pain.

God hears your cries.

On October 14-15, Skip and Nathan Heitzig will be at The Cove to help us to learn how to frame our adversities in the light of God’s purposes. 

Come discover the purpose in your pain.  Register here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Skip and Nathan Heitzig   

Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3:1-2

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 3:1-2

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.

Verse 1: The nations the LORD left to test Israel (all who had not experienced any of the wars)

Verse 2:  In order that the generations of Israel might be taught war (had not experienced it formerly)

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?

Verse 1:  This may be confusing a little in its phrasing, however; remember Israel decided not to drive out all the inhabitants of the land God wanted to give them, they decided they were tired of war, and hey, what’s the big deal…. so we left a bit of work unfinished (thank goodness Jesus didn’t!).  Joshua is dead, but the warning in Joshua 1 still remains…. Joshua 1:7 “Be careful to do ALL the LORD has commanded, do not turn from it and you shall have success”  Israel is NOT heeding that!  Israel is giving up on claiming their promise… “thanks, but no thanks”…. so God is allowing them to have their choice.  God has so much for His people! I just read a verse today in the “Daily Light”, I Cor 3:23 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” How much God wants to lavish upon His children!  Yet we, turn Him down time after time.  We just have too many blessings and we can’t handle any more, is that it?  I think often times we do not have the stamina and perseverance that it takes to daily follow where God wants to lead.  Be careful to “Do ALL????” Ugh.  What about what I want to do?  I am tired!  I want to see what is over here…  and so we leave business undone, unfinished, and then we blame God for not coming through for us.  God will not drive us to follow Him. He simply wants to lead us where He is. Many times, as in the case here in Judges, that poor decision that Israel makes not to complete the work, God uses in their lives to end up bringing His people back to Himself.

Verse 2:  God wants to teach His children to war?  The war here is against disobedience.  God said to drive out the nations, and Israel disobeyed.  Obedience is a struggle; it is easier to give in to sin for sure.  The battle against sin and disobedience is good for us though.  When astronauts go into space for any amount of time, and then return home, they need physical therapy.  How much physical therapy depends on the amount of time they spent in space?  Why is this?  The reason is because it is the RESISTANCE of gravity here on earth that enables us to stand! This is the same in our Christian lives.  We go on retreat, we spend time with just God, things are sweet and seemingly easy for a while to choose Christ…. then we come down the mountain and experience immediate resistance.  It is the battle and the resistance that makes us stronger.  What will you choose?  Whom will you choose to serve?  This decision is harder than we wish it would be! David Guziak wrote something that hit home, the symbol of Christianity is a cross, not a feather bed.  Parents don’t enable their kids to be responsible, independent and self-reliant in life by doing everything for them.  God is the same.  Out of God’s love, He allows us to be strengthened by the battles of life.

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?

Verse 1:  What unfinished business do you need to tend to?  What has God commanded you to do?  Has God stirred something within your heart where He wants to lead? What will you do with that?

Verse 2:  What battles are raging in your life right now?  How does God want you to fight them?  Whom do you serve?  Has it been too hard of a road to follow Christ, denying yourself daily and following the lead of Jesus, the Good Shepherd instead?  Is pride keeping you from Jesus?  Exhaustion?  Lack of perseverance?  Are you satisfied to just shake your fists at God and yelling at Him until He fixes things without you having to turn from your sin and obey?  Will you be careful to do ALL?  (The word careful wouldn’t be in there if it was easy)

Homework: Judges 3:3-4

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