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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.


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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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.


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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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!


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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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.


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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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!


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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The Cove Snapshot: A Week at The Cove

We had a wonderful week that started with a Pastor Renewal Retreat with Pastor Jim Cymbala. This is a ministry that we offer at The Cove that is completely free for active pastors and their spouses. They enjoy free meals and lodging. Many pastors come here to just be refreshed and rejuvenated to continue in God’s Kingdom work.

We also had several guest groups to join us. One of the groups brought over 150 of their ministry team for a leadership conference. The guest group called Ceizs USA is a church from Miami. The founding church is in Brazil. This group traveled from Miami to The Cove and had an incredible time. Here are a few pictures of the group.

Praying together for revival in their city.

Lead Pastor and founder of Ceizs Church in Brazil, Pastor Marco Peixoto sharing a special message with the group.

Several members from Ceizs USA church in Miami.

The Cove offers the perfect place for groups to get away year-round and experience rich fellowship with one another- and with God. Surrounded by 1,200 acres of natural beauty but only minutes from downtown Asheville, The Cove’s surroundings provide the ideal setting for a conference, ministry retreat, or donor event.


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

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Saturday Snapshot: Week at The Cove

This past week at The Cove was quite busy with several Guest Group Events, a wonderful Seminar taught by Pastor Jonathan Falwell, and many guests at our Visitor’s Center.  Everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather and the beautiful surroundings.

View from the Training Center Deck
Pastor Jonathan Falwell Seminar


Pastor Jonathan Falwell teaching on “Understanding the Important Doctrines of The Bible”


Beautiful flowers at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center

The trails are great for a relaxing walk or even a nice run

A quiet evening on the Training Center Deck


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Spring at The Cove

Spring is a beautiful time of year to visit The Cove. The flowers are blooming and the trees are a vibrant green. We would love for you to come join us!

Enjoy these pictures from around The Cove.

When you drive into the gates of The Cove, you will feel a wonderful peace and are surrounded by God’s most wonderful creation.


A couple enjoying a walk on one of the walking trails. The Cove has trails that connect the various buildings on the property. It also has a 3 mile trail to the top of an overlook that is breathtaking.


The Cove has streams throughout the property and are close to many of the trails.

Flowers are blooming all over and bringing a beautiful fragrance.


A few of our friends at The Cove.

 

A view from the overlook at the top of the mountain.


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot: A Look Around The Cove

If you have never visited The Cove, we would love to invite you to come this year. Founded by Billy and Ruth Graham, this 1200 acre property  is one of the most beautiful places to visit in North Carolina.

As soon as you drive through the entrance, you will feel the peace and the presence of the Lord.  Billy and Ruth Graham prayed over this property for years and the staff continue to pray before guests arrive.

This photo was taken behind one of our Inn’s on property. A place to relax and to focus on God’s Word. It is also a great place to have conversation with friends.

A photo of the outside of the Training Center at night. The Training Center has a 458 seat auditorium, meeting spaces, Ruth’s Attic Bookstore, and more.  The outside area is a favorite among guests. It is very peaceful and quiet.  The rocking chairs provide the perfect place to take in the mountain views.

We have many trails for hiking or just peaceful walks. One specific trail is approximately 3 miles long and leads to the top of the mountain behind The Cove. It has a panoramic view of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Dining Room provides chef-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will want to come hungry.

“There are two gorgeous chapels in eastern America. One is at Duke University and the other is here at The Cove.” —Billy Graham

The Chatlos Chapel and Visitors Center is open Monday-Friday for guests to visit and the cost is free. A wonderful place to also view the history of Billy Graham and the ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

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Saturday Snapshot: Upcoming Events

Who is ready for Spring? We are almost through the winter months and are looking forward to the beautiful flowers blooming throughout The Cove property. It is truly one of the most wonderful times of year and we have an incredible line-up of Seminars, Women’s Events, Evenings at The Cove, and more. Here are a few of the upcoming events:

Our Women’s Spring Luncheon is hosted by Angela Cottrell.  Come be equipped with the foundational, Biblical keys to use in several times of prayer. Return home feeling confident and stirred with a new passion for your prayer life and anticipate deeper intimacy with God.  The event will include a delicious meal, afternoon music, and Bible teaching. To register for this event, click here.

A wonderful Seminar at the end of March that you will not want to miss is led by Will Graham.  His Seminar entitled, The Desert Belongs to God, will be taught from 1 Samuel 21-25:1.  As a fugitive, David spent years in the wilderness and discovered God was always with him. Event when we run from our problems, God is still with us. This Seminar will encourage you to not just survive in those “desert” times in life, but to thrive. To register for this event, click here. 

Come for a wonderful evening of music and fellowship. Enjoy friendly conversation over a fine dinner prepared by our chefs, followed by an uplifting concert program by Phil Keaggy. Overnight lodging is available. For more information on this Evening at The Cove, click here. 

We hope to see you soon!


Click here for a schedule of seminars, 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.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

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