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Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 8:28

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Romans 8:28:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (NIV).

As a Christ follower we can have peace, even in the midst of the trial, that God works everything for  good. We can rest assured by keeping our eyes and hearts focused on Him. His presence gives life, joy, love, peace, and so much more.


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Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Peter 5:10

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 1 Peter 5:10,

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (NIV).

We are reminded that we grow, develop, and gain strength when we go through the testing and the trials of life. They are there to strengthen us in the Lord and draw us closer to Him. Today, know that God is with you. Rely on His strength and His power to bring you through.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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