Seeking the Lord’s Face: A Cove Devotional

One of our summer interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Naomi Balk, wrote a devotion entitled, “Seeking The Lord’s Face” that we would like to share with you.

Seeking the Lord’s Face

So often in Christian circles, it’s easy to let distractions and demands pull Christ from our attention and from His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. We were meant to know Christ and enjoy a beautiful relationship with Him, so let us seek God like Hebrews 12:1 says: “[laying] aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely…” Don’t undermine your relationship with your Creator by being complacent.

The best of us have lost something irreplaceable or valuable like your car keys or wallet. The rush to find it can become all-consuming because even a high price or inconvenience is worth it to get it back. At the end of the day, we must not neglect the valuable things of life. Jesus shared a story in Matthew 13:44-46 about a man who sold everything he had to buy a plot of land because on that plot there was buried treasure.  It probes the question, are we willing to let go of what we have just to know God?

Taking a deeper look at the Old Testament, the word “seek” is often associated with seeking God’s presence or seeking His face. In Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” The Hebrew uses two different works for “seek”. The first “you will seek” means: to seek, require, desire, exact, request. The second means “to resort to, or seek out”. God promises His presence (Hebrews 13:5), yet we are to us to seek Him with our whole heart — moment by moment— because he is worthy.

In the scope of eternity, diving deeper into the depths knowing God is the most eternally significant thing we can do while on earth. Humanity was created to know and enjoy Him. We could never fully comprehend the all-knowing God, yet the apostle Paul celebrates what God has revealed about Himself in the Gospel. Romans 11:33 says:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

In addition to His complexity, God has revealed Himself by causing the Word to become flesh (John 1:1, 14), and He invites us to grow in relationship and in holiness. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Though the words, “draw near” sound passive, they are not!

Followers of Christ are on a journey of transformation and spiritual growth. This often involves spiritual disciplines, time in the Word, fellowship with believers and spiritual retreats. In all of life’s noise, be encouraged to seek God and ask Him to show you more of who He is. One of the best ways is to recommit and surrender your heart to Christ and invite Him into each moment.

If you would like to learn more about a relationship with God, I invite you to visit this link.  This will be the greatest decision of your life.


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The Cove is Hiring! Job Fair- July 21st

We have a Job Fair on July 21st from 2pm-5pm at The Cove. If you do not live in the Asheville area, but know someone that does, please pass this along. Aside from the positions listed below, we have volunteer positions in many other areas. We hope to see you Sunday!

Click here to learn more about the positions listed above!


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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 60:22

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 60:22 (NIV).

“The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”

One of the most difficult things in the Christian life is to wait patiently on God’s timing.  We may not always understand why it is  necessary to wait, but in His infinite wisdom and perfect timing, God will answer our prayers and sustain us while we wait.


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A Cove Recipe: Banana Pudding

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food! 

Ingredients:
1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup whole milk
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 oz heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Vanilla Wafers
Bananas, sliced as needed
Extra sweetened whipped cream as needed for topping

Whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar into soft peaks. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole milk, condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the pudding mix and continue whisking for 2 minutes. Fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture 1/3 portions at a time. In the bottom of a 9”x9” casserole dish, spread an even layer of vanilla wafers. Spread sliced bananas on top of wafers. Spread half of pudding mixture over the bananas. Repeat wafers, bananas, and pudding.

Top with sweetened whipped cream. For best results, make 1 day ahead of time and chill overnight. Enjoy.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 147:10-11

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 147:10-11 (NIV).

“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor His delight in the legs of the warrior;
the Lord delights in those who fear Him,
    who put their hope in His unfailing love.”

The Lord has found great value in each of us, despite the weaknesses and inadequacies that we see in ourselves.   He only asks that we turn our hearts to Him.


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A Wonderful Cove Recipe: Teriyaki-Honey Glazed Pork Chop

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food!

O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Him. (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).

Smooth, sweet, and salty flavors are joined together in this Grilled Pork Chop with Teriyaki-Honey Glaze dish.  It is a perfect combination and will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.

This dish is a great meal to serve on a chilly evening and will remind you of warm summer nights.  From The Cove dining room to your own home table, this recipe is bound to be a hit.

Grilled Pork Chops with Teriyaki-Honey Glaze
Serves 4

4 Pork Chops
3/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Marinade pork chop in soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, and scallions for two hours. Remove from marinade and pat dry with paper towel. Save marinade and bring to a boil in a sauce pan.  Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook down for 15 minutes. Incorporate honey and light brown sugar in saucepan.  Remove from heat once sugar is dissolved.  Grill pork chops 12-15 minutes at a medium temperature, turning meat over halfway through.  Drizzle teriyaki glaze over pork chops and serve immediately.

We suggest serving with Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto and Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus. Enjoy!


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Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

If we are willing to turn from sin and allow God to direct our lives, He will heal and protect our land.  His favor is upon those that are faithful and committed to Him.

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Obedient Rest: A Cove Devotional

One of our newest interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Abigail Bowen, wrote a devotion entitled, “Obedient Rest” that we would like to share with you. 

Obedient Rest

Busy.

The word that permeates our culture and our calendars. It’s a hot topic in every conversation and has taken the place of “good” in response to the question “How are you?” We pull out our calendars and compare with one another how little spare time we have in our lives.

I don’t know when this busyness became the trend. But I think part of it is because we have forgotten the beauty of rest; we have forgotten what God calls us to and what He did on the seventh day.

As I write this, I realize what a theme the need for rest has been for others and me in the past few weeks. A theme that came to a peak this weekend.

We spent Saturday at The Cove. Its seclusion from the city created an environment of rest and restoration. I don’t know about you, but when I am surrounded by trees and can’t see busy roads or tall buildings, I feel the most peace. The world slows down its spin for a moment and we get to enjoy the pace of a day as a day, not as a square on a calendar. Billy and Ruth Graham’s heart for The Cove was just that, too. They prayed that it would be a place of rest and that people would come there to come closer to God.

Walking through the woods along the trail to Ruth’s Chapel, I felt that rest. When we had to run through the woods because the rain began pouring down on us, I felt that rest. As we sat on the deck in rocking chairs under the overhang protecting us from the rain, I felt that rest. In the moment, I did not consciously acknowledge that I was resting because it felt natural. It felt like how life should feel.

Then, on Sunday, the pastor spoke about the fourth commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. The way he spoke about rest was unique and not like anything I had heard before. He said we should work FROM a place of rest and not FOR rest. When you start your week, your day, or even every new hour from a place of rest, it allows you to thrive in what you do. Working for rest becomes draining because once the weekend is over, you have to push toward a place of rest again. But, if you start from a place of rest, if rest is the beginning and not the end goal, it creates a sturdy foundation for your week, or day, or hour.

Even in the Christian culture, we focus more on how our work is glorifying to God. In reality, though, we glorify Him in our rest too. It is an act of obedience to take rest. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of the disobedience” – Hebrews 4:9-11 (NKJV).

I am thankful for the reminder of rest this weekend brought me, especially at The Cove.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 37:5-6

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV)

“Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him and he will do this:
 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
 your vindication like the noonday sun.”

When we give God our plans, He will perfect them.  We can be sure that we are on the right track and great things lie ahead.


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The Cove Weekly Snapshot

We had a wonderful week at The Cove with multiple groups on campus. The week started with an Intensive Bible Training and the arrival of  several Guest Groups for their retreats and donor events. We also offered a Personal Spiritual Retreat for individuals or couples looking to refocus on growing their relationship with God in the beauty and peaceful quiet of The Cove.

We were blessed to have Pastor Mark Yarbrough with us from the Dallas Theological Seminary. Worship was led by Richard and Gina Kingsmore.

We had students attend from the Dallas Theological Seminary that received seminary credit for their graduate work and CEU credit for a teacher certification. We also had several families and individuals who wanted to dive deeper into the Word.

Here is a sweet mother and daughter that decided to take their vacation to The Cove and spend time in the Word and with one another.

We also had several guest groups events and a personal spiritual retreat. The Training Center lobby  at The Cove was filled with many conversations, fellowship, and prayer.

To end our week, we have an Evening at The Cove with the wonderful group Veritas. They are a classical crossover vocal group that leads uplifting songs of worship. They recently  released their third full-length album, “Simply Veritas”, a collection of a cappella standards, patriotic tunes, and classic hymns, dear to their hearts.

Our summer is just beginning and we have an incredible line-up of Bible teachers, worship artists, and more. We hope that you can visit us soon!


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