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A Time to Rest

Every day is a gift from God. Sometimes we let our busy schedules distract us from our precious time with the Lord. One of the most valuable programs that we offer at The Cove are the Guided Personal Spiritual Retreats. These offer times of group reflection, collective prayer, and satisfying conversations at meals to discuss how God is working in your heart. Spend time walking our mountain trails, in private devotions, journaling, and more. Take some time before the rush of fall to have a retreat with the Lord. Click here to learn more.


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A Personal Invitation from Anne Graham Lotz

 

A Personal Invitation from Anne: 

As we watch events unfolding in our nation, both Rachel-Ruth (my youngest daughter) and I are deeply burdened for Christian families. Like you, we are observing an all-out assault of the enemy on our homes, resulting in a breakdown that seems to bear the bitter fruit of the next generation walking away from the faith.

I want to personally invite you to join a special live stream of a seminar I’m leading from the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove: “Leaving a Godly Legacy in an Ungodly World

Click here to get live & on demand access to our three-day (August 23-25) seminar.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 17:6

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 17:6,

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer” (NIV).

There is no problem or trial that you go through where God is not there. He is always with you.  Just pray and seek Him with your whole heart, He will answer you. He is faithful.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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The Beautiful Creation of God: A Psalm 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 a special  psalm to share. This one, entitled “The Beautiful Creation of God” is a great reminder for us to cherish God’s beautiful creation and the seasons that He gives to us.

The Beautiful Creation of God

God made a beautiful creation

There’s no denying it

He made a beautiful world filled with intelligence

There’s nothing in the whole universe like earth

Notice how the trees store up food and water for the winter

Notice how the leaves change color in autumn

Watch as the flowers bloom, absorbing the sunlight

Watch as the wind carries the seeds of plants to new places

Watch the fruit growing on the trees and ripening over time

Watch the weather change from sunshine to thunder

Watch the climate change throughout the seasons

See how He made animals for certain parts of the world

See how the animals survive in the dessert or the snow

God made everything just as it should be

He made everything unique

He made a perfectly beautiful world


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A Cove Recipe: Watermelon Gazpacho

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!

Cool and refreshing Watermelon Gazpacho Soup with cucumber, bell pepper and avocado.

1 large tomato

1/2 red bell pepper

1/2 green bell pepper

3 cups cubed watermelon

1/4 red onion

1/2 cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 Tbsp. fresh dill

2 tsp. red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Feta cheese to your liking

Put all ingredients in a blender except feta cheese and 1/4 cup cubed watermelon; blend.

Chill soup in container for up to six hours.

When serving, garnish soup with feta crumbles and the remaining cubed watermelon.

*Can also garnish with mint leaves or avocado.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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Weekly Bible Verse: John 1:5

Our weekly Bible verse comes from John 1:5 (NIV).

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

God’s Word and truth shines in the darkest of places. Psalm 119:105 stated, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (KJV). God’s Word will guide you through any situation that you may be facing. Trust in Him today.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 11:28

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Matthew 11:28 (NIV).

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Our busy schedules can leave us tired, both physically and emotionally.  Perfect peace can only come from God. If you feel that you need to rest, open His Word and spend time in prayer. God can give you the refreshment that you need.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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Confident Expectations: A Cove Devotional

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

Confident Expectations

In difficult situations or choices, we are often told to trust God. Trust is necessary to have a relationship with Him. If you can’t trust God, you aren’t going to willingly obey His calling on your life. Every time we worry about something, it is showing a lack of trust in God. Every time we try to take a situation into our own hands, it shows a lack of trust. Every time we question what God is calling us to do, it shows a lack of trust. So, what does it mean to fully, constantly, and consciously trust in God?

When you take the word back to its origins, we find that one of the earliest uses of Trust was to express “confident expectation” of someone. That is what it means to trust God: to have confident expectations of what He is going to do. We are confident in who He is and what He can do, and we are expectant of His working.

The power of that phrase has the ability to strengthen our faith and deepen our relationship with God. What if we faced every difficult situation and decision by saying, “I have confident expectations of what God is going to do.” The power of that sentence is tangible.

So how do we apply this? How do we act in confident expectation?

To go back to the origin, four words round out our understanding of Trust: help, confidence, protection, and support.

If you trust someone, you believe that that person is going to help you when you are in need or in danger. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” When you trust in the Lord, He will help you. He will direct your paths and guide you. To trust in the Lord is to acknowledge His ability to help and to seek His help.

Trust brings with it a sense of confidence in the person. Isaiah 12:2 expresses this by saying, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” There is confidence in God’s strength and His salvation. When you are confident in God’s power, you are no longer afraid—you are bold.  

There is an assurance of protection in trust. “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us,” states Psalm 62:8. He is a refuge. He protects us, and we feel that protection when our trust is in Him.

There is support in trust because you believe that the person is going to be there for you and they will be with you the whole time. When you think of support, you think of the environment or people around you—that which is going to sustain you. Jeremiah 17:7-8 illustrates what this support from God looks like. It says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord… For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters…” When a tree is planted by water, it has the support of the water to thrive. That is what it is like for us when we trust in God—we have the support from Him that we need.

Walk into every situation with confident expectations that God is going to help you, protect you, and support you—this is how we trust God.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 8:39

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Romans 8:39 (NIV).

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God speaks to us through His Word and assures us that He will never leave us or forsake us.  His love goes beyond anything we can comprehend.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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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.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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