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Blog Post: Time To Declutter

Welcome to the Saturday Snapshot at The Cove. This week we have a special blog post from our Ruth’s Attic Bookstore Manager, Aimee Rogers. Aimee has served at The Cove for 22 years.

Time to Declutter

What are you unintentionally accumulating?

When we think of clutter we think of stuff accumulation, but our mental, emotional and spiritual lives are an easy place for us to accumulate clutter too!  What are you accumulating in those places that you need to declutter?

Our thoughts are like moving data that never stops.  What are things that could be causing clutter or tangled thoughts?  When we clean-out and declutter our homes we sort into piles (Keep it, trash it, donate it, sale it).  Here are some ideas to ask yourself when sorting:

  • Are there any layers of sin causing lack of freedom that need to be cleansed?
  • Which habits aren’t necessary that need to be trashed?
  • Do I have incorrect priorities that need to be reorganized?
  • What are my likes/luxuries and preferences that keep me from being flexible with others?
  • Do I have negative thoughts and negative talk that need to be trashed?
  • Are there vacuums that suck up my time that need to be turned off?
  • Am I involved in a relationships or activities that drain energy my energy?
  • What responsibilities should I share, donate or delegate to others to lighten my load?
  • Are there good things that aren’t bad, but just need to be stored or passed on in order create more space in my life?

These are a few declutter strategies to consider:

  1. Write down what is consuming your thoughts (this is what I call a brain dump).
  2. Track where you spend time/money.
  3. Observe your behavior – what are you praying vs. what are you saying?
  4. Be decisive – don’t just operate on auto pilot – decide what you should keep/donate/dump in your spiritual/mental/emotional life.
  5. When you declutter – LIMIT what comes back in – don’t declutter and then continue unintentionally accumulating more mindless clutter. Capture those things and sort them.

Here are a few scriptures that help guide us through the process:

I have the right to do anything, you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)

 

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)


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Saturday Snapshot: Memorial Display at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel

We are so honored to present to the public “An Extraordinary Journey” Memorial Display of Billy Graham at our Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

Just like the Crusades held in the later decades of Billy Graham’s ministry, his funeral reached far more people than just those present in person.

Millions of people heard a clear presentation of the Gospel as they watched the service live on television and online.

Letters poured in from all over the world of people sharing their condolences and thankfulness for Billy Graham sharing the Gospel in their city.

We invite you to visit this extraordinary exhibit.

The Chatlos Chapel at The Cove is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.


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: Great Start to 2019

We had a wonderful start to 2019 with the Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove. The morning session is taught by Dottie Edwards and our evening session by Kendra Graham.

Here are a few photos from this week

Women from the local area as well as some surrounding cities joined us for the opening day.

A great time of connection and to make new friends. Several women enjoyed sitting by the fireplace in our lobby with some coffee and great conversation.

Here are a few of our prayer intercessors. They meet together in the mornings to pray over the Bible studies and the women who are attending.

Dottie Edwards is sharing from  1 and 2 Thessalonians on the topic, “Hope in Christ Matters: Tell Others Why!” Following her study is a small group break-out time and then a delicious lunch in our dining room.

Kendra Graham is taking her Bible study group on a journey through the Exodus.  Her study is entitled, ” I AM ENOUGH.” You can also view her Bible study on periscope. Click here to watch this past week’s session. 

Both Bible studies are free to attend (lunch additional cost) and you can join at anytime. To find out more information, click here.


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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Importance of Prayer

As we begin 2019, may we remember to start everyday in prayer and in His Word.

Billy Graham reminded us about the importance of prayer when he said, “In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings; in the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under His protection and safeguard.”

Prayer is our communication with God. We can have the assurance that He hears our prayers and knows our heart.  According to 1 John 5:15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us.”

You can have assurance that if you call on Him, He will be with you. Psalm 145:18 states, ” The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

God also wants you to be in communion with Him continually. Throughout your day, find time to just talk to Him and include Him in all that you do. Thank Him for what He has provided and for the people in your life.  Colossians 4:2 states, ” Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

We are also to pray for one another.  James 5:16 says, ” Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Our prayer for you is that you draw closer to God and your communion with Him in 2019. He loves you and is faithful in His Word.


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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Christmas at The Cove with Phillips Craig and Dean

We had two beautiful Christmas at The Cove evenings with special musical guest Phillips Craig and Dean.

Both nights were sold out and guests had a wonderful time. Prior to the concert, guests enjoyed a chef-prepared dinner overlooking the beautiful snow-capped Blue Ridge Mountains.

The sleigh in front of the Training Center has been a popular photo spot for couples.

 Truly a night to remember celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 


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.

 

Christmas at The Cove: SeniorSalt Carol Sing

One of the more popular of our Christmas at The Cove events is the SeniorSalt Carol Sing. Guests receive a warm welcome from our wonderful staff and have some time to rest by the beautiful fireplace and grab a cup of coffee before the program begins.

Guests enjoy a morning of singing traditional carols, interspersed with uplifting Scripture readings and stories.

A delicious buffet-style lunch follows each program.  Around the beautiful wooden tables in Training Center dining room, guests can relax, get to know one another and enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship. Great food, good conversation and a gorgeous view combine to make it a meal to remember!

After lunch, guests often make a stop at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove. It’s a great place to purchase beautiful Christmas ornaments and gifts!

For more information on our Christmas at The Cove events, visit www.thecove.org. We would love for you to share your Christmas season with us.


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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Christmas at The Cove

Christmas at The Cove is officially here as we celebrate Jesus’ birth.

Elegantly decorated trees fill the halls with Christmas splendor and a beautiful nativity rests as the focal point in the Training Center.

From the moment that you enter the doors, you’ll enjoy the warmth of the fireplaces and the aroma of festive and delicious chef-prepared meals served in our dining room.

As guests enter the Training Center, the sleigh makes for a perfect photo opportunity.

The majestic wreath above the fireplace is one of our guests’ favorites.

This past week, we opened our Christmas at The Cove season with the inspiring and seasonal music by Christian artists: Annie Moses Band and Sisters. We have an incredible line-up of artists this  Christmas, and we invite you celebrate Jesus’ birth with us. For more information on our upcoming guests for Christmas at The Cove, click here.


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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Operation Christmas Child: Highlight

We wanted to take an opportunity to highlight this incredible ministry that is making such a difference around the world. Operation Christmas Child is in full effect but it is actually something that you can participate in year round.

At nearly 5,000 locations across the nation, volunteers will welcome and pray with people who drop-off Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The Cove is one of these locations. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries.

This is your chance to truly make a difference and impact in the lives of children across the world.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child visit their website and click here. The last day to drop off your shoebox at The Cove is Monday, November 19th. Weekdays: 9am-5pm. Saturday: 12pm-6pm. Sunday 1pm-6pm and Monday, November 19th: 9am-8pm.



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: Time of Refreshing

The Cove is a place where you can leave the distractions of the world behind and truly have rest. A place where your focus can  solely be on reading God’s Word and listening to His voice.  His refreshing is in His Word.  As you begin this weekend, take time for a few moments to just listen to what God has for you. Rest and Listen.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,

    making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7, NIV). 

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint”  (Jeremiah 31:25, NIV).

A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”  (Proverbs 11:35, NIV). 

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones” (Proverbs 3: 6-8, NIV).

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,  He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right path  for his name’s sake
(Psalm 23:1-3, NIV).


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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PRAYER NOTE: NOVEMBER 2018

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.”
(Psalm 126:3, NKJV)

Thank you for your faithful prayers for The Cove — we’ve seen the Lord’s faithfulness in amazing ways this year. The beginning of the year saw the passing of our beloved founder, Billy Graham; yet even amid the loss we saw evidence of God’s hand as the gospel was proclaimed and the Graham family strengthened, upheld and comforted.

Our 2018 seminar season will end with the Erwin Lutzer seminar scheduled for November 16-18; then things will get festive as our Christmas at The Cove concerts begin!

As we near the end of this year’s seminar season and move into November and the Thanksgiving celebration, it’s good to look back and express our gratitude at all that the Lord has done here at The Cove. When you lack the words to express your praise, there’s nothing like reviewing a passage from the book of Psalms to give voice to your thankfulness:

 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!  I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.  When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,  who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;  7 who executes justice for the oppressed,  who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.  10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!   (Psalm 146:1-10, ESV)

 We know the Lord keeps His promises and is true to His Word. He is faithful, and we’ve seen Him at work during Cove seminars and retreats this year. It might be best to allow our guests to give Him the praise in their own words.

The Lord sets the prisoners free…

“I had been holding onto areas in my life.  At The Cove I surrendered it all to Jesus.” (Evaluation comment, Chip Ingram Military Marriage Retreat, May 2018)

“[I’ve decided] to truly let Jesus be in control of my life and to allow the Holy Spirit to be the voice I hear, not Satan’s. To make God’s promises my reality.” (Evaluation comment, Will Graham seminar, August 2018)

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind…

“I have been lovingly convicted about the ways in which I grieve the Holy Spirit and ask His help to refrain from it.”

“The Holy Spirit selected this seminar for me because He knew that I needed to know more about Him.”

(Evaluation comments, James Merritt seminar, October 2018)

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down…

“God reassured me that the trials in my life were always multi-faceted, not just for my growth, but to also be a platform to share Christ with others and ultimately bring Him glory.  I also reflected on truly grieving my circumstances and trusting God to be enough.” (Evaluation comment, Lisa Harper Women’s seminar, July 2018)

“Renewed my commitment to continue serving the church, even though they are rural, elderly, and very small in number.”
(Evaluation comment, Jim Henry Pastor Renewal Retreat, May 2018)

“My wife and I have been experiencing a very difficult time at our church.  We still don’t know what we will do, but we have purposed to walk in joy!” (Evaluation comment, Jim Henry Pastor Renewal Retreat, May 2018)

The Lord loves the righteous…

“[I gained] a deeper understanding of my identity in Christ and of His amazing, all-sufficient grace!”
(Evaluation comment, Pete Briscoe seminar, June 2018)

“What touched me most from the teaching is that the Holy Spirit loves me. I never thought that. I always knew the Holy Spirit was a person. I regarded Him as a Him, but it never struck me that He loves me just like Jesus does and just like God does.”
(Testimony excerpt, James Merritt seminar, October 2018)

The Lord watches over the sojourners…

“I had a horrible wreck two days ago, prior to coming to the Cove, and God just spent this time with me nurturing and restoring me and telling me I was saved because he loves me.”
(Evaluation comment, Tony Evans seminar, July 2018)

“We have been praying for guidance. When my husband retires we are going to be full-time missionaries. God has given us more direction and confirmation through prayers.”
(Evaluation comment, Michael Easley Military Marriage Retreat, March 2018)

He upholds the widow and the fatherless…

“While hiking, I met two women who helped me be reminded that God is the best and only Father my kids and I need.”

“I don’t need to struggle with loneliness.  He is always right by side: my ‘BFF’…my brother…my Daddy.”

(Evaluation comments, Lisa Harper Women’s Seminar, July 2018)

 

These testimonies are just a small taste of God’s goodness and faithfulness in 2018. As you continue to serve the Lord in whatever role He has placed you, remember these testimonies of how He has worked in your life and in the lives of His children who visited The Cove.  “He who calls you is faithful” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, ESV). Remember that rock-solid truth, and praise Him for it!

—Donna Riesen


We appreciate your prayers for these events that will take place at The Cove in November:

An Evening at The Cove with Selah — November 1
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Jim Henry — November 2-4
(Emcee: Michael Everhart; Worship Leader: Selah; Pastor-in-Residence: Jim Brackett)
Faith: The Bridge Between What Is and What Can Be

Henry, Richard and Mike Blackaby — November 5-7
(Emcee: Michael Everhart; Worship Leader: Johnny Prettyman; Pastor-in-Residence: Kevin Wimbish)
Questions from Heaven: The Greatest Ever Asked

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat — November 7-9
(Facilitators: John Parrish and Trish Lancaster)

Joe Stowell — November 12-14
(Emcee: Glynn Bachelor; Worship Leader: Michael O’Brien; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish)
The Power of a Transformed Life

Erwin Lutzer — November 16-18
(Emcee: John Parrish; Worship Leader: Shannon Wexelberg; Pastor-in-Residence: David Taylor)
Cries From the Cross: A Journey Into the Heart of Jesus

Christmas at The Cove with Annie Moses Band — November 29
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Christmas at The Cove with Sisters — November 30
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)


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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