Psalms by Quinn Graham

We have a modern-day psalmist on our hands:  Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, has written two special  psalms to share. 

Travel the World!

Go and travel the world!

Shout His name wherever you go!

Share His Word with others around you!

They should know what you know!

Save them from the devil’s evil grasp!

And bring them into the light!

Share His Word to the World!


Anything is Possible!

Nothing is impossible in this world

God can do anything

He can heal the unhealable

He can fix the unfixable

He can cure and incurable disease

He can heal the brokenhearted

Nothing is impossible

If you believe in Him


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Kendra Graham Fall Bible Study: “Suddenly”

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. Our prayer is that you  will grow deeper in the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and His promises for you. 

Suddenly

Acts 2:2-3

And SUDDENLY there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

(3) And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each of them.

What Does it SAY?

Suddenly– came from heaven, a noise- rushing wind, filled the house where they were sitting, appeared to them as tongues of fire distributing, rested on each of them.

What Does it Mean?

  HOW many of us feel like it takes God FOREVER to act “SUDDENLY”.   I know I am feeling that right now.

 It is very uncomfortable to answer the questions, “Hey Kendra, what now? You quit all the jobs you got paid for and now what exactly are you doing?”

 Cue the awkward silence. (LOL! Right?) I do not like having the appearance of just sitting.  I have the temperament where “just sitting” is not ok.  I am a busy person.  I always have somewhere to go or somewhere I should have been five minutes ago.

 Recently, as the last box was unpacked, I found myself without a list of “to do’s” that would take 16 hours of time each day.  Then the question started, what now?  Ok God! I AM READY! GO!

Silence

A week or so ago I was reading Acts 2 again and I got stuck on that word… SUDDENLY.  What happened “suddenly”?  Well, suddenly the house was filled with the Holy Spirit and It rested upon each of them.  After the Holy Spirit came, things got pretty intense.  God started working all over Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the utter most part of the earth (Acts 1:8) SUDDENLY started to come to fruition.

How long did it take God to work suddenly?  Well, in this case it took 10 days.  In other cases it took generations.

“LOOK! I AM sending My messenger to clear the way before Me; and the LORD whom you seek, will SUDDENLY come to His Temple” Malachi 3:1. God promised He would come Himself, to mankind, back in Genesis, and then FINALLY – Luke 2:11, For unto us was born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”

I want God to work faster.  I don’t want to feel awkward.  I want to understand why God has lead me here.  I have heard plenty of sermons encouraging  “in the meantime” just do something, anything.

Is that what I need to do?  Is that what the disciples did?  In the meantime- they had their orders to be fishers of men, and to testify to what they had seen and heard, and “feed My sheep” (Matthew 4:19, John 21:16, Acts 1:8). It’s not like the Great Commission was not given, right?  So they should just come up with a blueprint of their ideas, and flow chart their callings out, with present goals and future goals and what success looks like and then get after it? And along the way God is going to bless their goals, right?  In the meantime- so you don’t have to feel that awkward silence, stay busy?  Doing good things, for God, right?

Personally, I think that it is easy to become religious exhibitionists.  I think we TRULY want to do great things for God.  I think that is the heart of it, but somewhere we get the idea that we need to manipulate God in order to get Him to use us in the way and time that appeals most to us.  We end up getting busy in programs  we were never called to because we want the praise and approval of others, and we don’t want to look like we are, well, just sitting.  I know that is the direction my heart goes in anyway.  I just need God to hurry up and act SUDDENLY.  All these other things in my life happened suddenly, so what now? What next?

What did the disciples do?

Luke 24:52-53 gives us a little insight. They returned to Jerusalem with great joy, (53) and they were continually in the temple, praising God.

Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer… (NASB)

Jesus did tell them that they would receive power after the Holy Spirit came  upon them. Sure, but we know sitting was definitely not their strong suit.  In John 21 they fished while they waited.  Here in Acts, however, things change.  The disciples embrace the silence and fill it with anticipatory praise.  They fill their days with praise and prayer, while they are waiting for God Himself to lead, direct and empower them.

The thing about God’s calling on your life, is that it is a call that is absolutely impossible for you to do! Isn’t that GREAT?!?!!  Even today, we cannot do what God has called us to do without Him empowering us.  We are not clever enough, or brave enough, or powerful enough to do it on our own. We are dependent on God, not the other way around.

I love how the Holy Spirit came to all 120 followers of Jesus waiting in that house that day.  It was not just Peter or John, but the Holy Spirit was given to each person present, sitting in that house, in the presence of God as they DEVOTED themselves to prayer.  They knew the calling, but needed God to do the leading.  What if they were out and about busy doing important things for God in the meantime?  The verse says, those present, in HIS presence, in that house, received the Holy Spirit, the POWER to do that which they were called to do.

It’s not about what I can do for God, it never has been, it’s about what He wants to do through me.  It’s about what He wants to do through you.

It’s HARD to sit and devote ourselves to prayer and just sitting in the presence of God.

Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of LIFE; in Your presence is fullness of joy.”

What Does it Mean to Me?

Do you know what God has called you to do?

Have you ever decided to go ahead of God and start the work instead of waiting for the Holy Spirit to come and empower?

What are you devoted to?

When has God worked suddenly?  How long did it take?

LIVE IT OUT

Lord, I have this tug on my heart of what I want to do! I want to do so much for You!  Help me to put all my notions aside, and instead just enjoy Your presence.  Open my eyes to see where You are suddenly working around me! May my “ACTs”, the movement in my life, be towards where YOU are.  AMEN and AMEN!


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 119: 9-16

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 119: 9-16,

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lordteach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word” (NIV). 


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Anne Graham Lotz Live Stream Event

Join Anne Graham Lotz Live Online
LIVE STREAM FROM THE COVE
November 8-10, 2019
Seminar: “Jesus In Me”

Anne will draw on Biblical insights and her own personal stories—including her recent cancer diagnosis—to help you better understand who the Holy Spirit is, and why and how He moves. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you in your decisions, comfort you in your pain, and stay by your side at all times, enriching your daily life.

Cost is $30 and includes all five seminar sessions. Register today to get online access to view all seminar sessions live AND on demand (available for 30 days after the event). Register: www.TheCove.org/LIVE


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Weekly Bible Verse: 1 John 3:1-3

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 1 John 3: 1-3

 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (NIV). 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Zephaniah 3:17

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Zephaniah 3:17:

The Lord your God is with you,  the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
 but will rejoice over you with singing” (NIV). 

God is with you in every season and through every trial. Draw near to Him by prayer, worship, and meditating on His Word. He will speak to you and His peace will cover you.


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Kendra Graham Fall Bible Study: “Follow Me”

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. Our prayer is that you  will grow deeper in the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and His promises for you. 

“Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”  John 21:19b

What Does it say?

Follow Me

What Does it Mean?

Jesus calls each and every one us corporately with the same call, FOLLOW ME, but singularly and personally to different places.

This summer has been a whirlwind, and here I find myself landing at the feet of fall!  Where in the world have I been?  Some of you have not missed the blog, others are probably questioning if I fell off the face of the earth, and some had no idea I ever wrote a blog!

My computer was just unpacked a few days ago and I could not wait to get back to you.  So much TRANSITION, my heart is still processing daily.  In May, I officially stepped away from the hospital I had been working at for 20+ years in the labor and delivery unit in Raleigh, NC.  For over 13 years I have been traveling 250 miles from Asheville to Raleigh to go to work on holidays and weekends.  I have loved my job, my co-workers, my patients and all that God has taught me on the training ground of 4BLD at WakeMed Hospital.

I always worked hard, 12 hour shifts, but loved it.  I felt God begin to nudge me last year that it was time to transition away from WakeMed, and then, unbeknown to my friend Michele Asad, God continued to confirm that call.  It was the hardest thing I have ever had to walk away from.

God used my friends at WakeMed to intervene in my life in the deepest period of darkness that my soul has ever known.  My friends there on that hospital floor loved me and ministered to me in ways that they will never fully understand; and so, to walk away felt like part of my heart was being severed. The ache that I still feel today shows me that perhaps that my heart will always ache in a grateful, joy filled deep way that the words on this page fail to explain.

God tenderly called to my heart, “Follow Me”.

I asked in return “Where Lord”?

The response came back, “Where I lead.  Follow Me”

I of course wanted more explanation.  I wanted a hand written page, or something so that I could weigh were He was going against where I currently found myself.  I liked where I was.  I loved my job, my people, and my personal pride in being a high risk labor and delivery nurse.

God said, “Follow Me.”  “Do you trust Me?”

I was quiet.  I wanted to trust Him; I truly did, but then that word, “BUT” just kept rising in my throat.  My tears threatened, as they still do today, looking back to that moment.

It took me almost 3 months to make the call to my manager, Donna, and when she picked up the phone, I just started crying.  The words were struggling to form around the big lump that was in the way.  Donna didn’t need me to say anything.  She knew.  She knew it was time.  Donna encouraged me, and prayed for me, and promised to continue to pray for me as this time of transition and obedience played itself out.

May 25, 2019 I worked my last 12 hour shift.  I cried all the way to work.  I cried when I saw my friend Liz.  I cried when I saw the night shift pack up.  I cried when I walked into my patient’s room.  My patient was a current Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse that I would not see come to my high risk deliveries again.  I was a mess.  God was tender.

I had the best two deliveries that day.  My last delivery happened about 2 hours before shift end, and my patient named her baby boy “Graham”.  I really lost it then.  The couple was a military family from Ft. Bragg and the burly army dad broke down with the best of us when that baby was born.  It was a beginning for baby Graham and Kendra Graham, but it was also an ending.

My friend Liz in loud confident declaration said, “Well done, good and faithful servant! It is time to go, KG, and it is ok, God is in all of this.”

I packed up my bag for the last time, put my scrubs in the hospital laundry and opened the door to the locker room to take the stairs, one last time.

I heard a still small voice, “Come, follow Me.”

I find comfort in routine.  I like things staying the same.  I don’t like the pain that often comes in times of transition.  Here in John 21 Peter was feeling that same pain.  It’s easy to hold on to the past.  Peter had just denied Jesus.  Jesus had died, and Peter went back to his comfortable job of fishing.  Fishing was not bad, fishing was what he knew.  Fishing was fine and good. Fishing was where He saw Jesus the first time.  Fishing was a time of preparation for Peter.  Jesus, from the start called Peter to be a fisher of men.  So many things happened from that first call though. Jesus died for one.  Peter found it easy for a time to follow Jesus, He was right there!  Now, things were transitioning, and Peter was not sure he could do it.

Jesus, did not stay in the grave!  Jesus appeared to Peter and the disciples here on the shore of Galilee and cooked breakfast for them, very much alive.  The same call from Matthew 4 found its way again to John 21, “Follow Me.”  Jesus was still going to lead Peter, but it would look different and would not smell of fish, it would have the scent of sheep.

Peter had a choice to make.  It was time to walk away from those nets and follow wherever Jesus led.  That is hard.  That is unknown.  How would he provide for his family? Would he know what to do? Where to go?  This is where faith hits your feet and your heart.  This is where a testimony is forged.  Your calling is your calling, no one else’s.  God will never tell you what might of been, or what would have been, He just wants to lead  you where He is, today.

I know that God does not lead where He isn’t, He leads where He is, and that is where I want to be with my whole heart, head and feet.  So if away from WakeMed is where you lead, Lord, help me to follow.  Focus my eyes on the next step not on the explanation of benefits, and how provision will be made.

Since my last day at WakeMed, we sold our house, my eldest graduated high school, we went on mission for 3 weeks abroad where we encouraged the saints and they likewise encouraged us, (seeing how God is moving all over the globe is exciting), we moved out of our house into a rental leaving most of our things in storage, we dropped our eldest off at college, we bought a house and moved in, and as of 4 days ago, unpacked and began settling in.  My computer is back on my desk, and was fired up for the first time since June!

TRANSITION, or the summer of insanity as it will always be known to me, has been difficult, but good.  My eyes are open and my feet willing to see where He is leading.  I hope you join me.

What Does it Mean to Me?

If Jesus calls each of us to follow Him, have you made that choice to follow Him or is it easier to just stay with what you know and tend to your nets and fish?

When has that still small voice been so clear to you to follow? Was it hard or easy for you?  Did you have to leave something you knew or embrace something you knew?

Are there stipulations that you have given God, like where He is allowed to lead you and where He is not?

When have you followed Him and saw God work in a way you would have never seen otherwise?  Will you share it and encourage others?

LIVE IT OUT

Personally ask God where He is today, and to give you eyes to see Him and where He is working.  Ask Him to show you where He wants you to follow.  The call is the same for me as it is for you, “Follow Me”.


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Weekly Bible Verse 2 Peter 1:3-11

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Peter 1: 3-11 (NIV),

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”


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Job Fair at The Cove

We are so excited to announce that our next job fair is coming up on September 15th and 17th. We have a variety of positions available.

Click here to learn more about these positions or to apply.


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Weekly Bible Verse: 1 John 4:7-10

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 1 John 4:7-10,

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (NIV)

The greatest command that God gives us is to love Him and love others. We do this by our encouraging words, caring actions, and selfless love. We also love others by sharing His truth with grace.


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