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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.

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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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Saturday Snapshot: Beautiful Fall

Fall is finally here! Can you believe it? This week at The Cove, the temperatures dropped and the leaves are changing colors! Our amazing staff has also decorated The Cove for the season!


There are beautiful flowers all around the property.

Pumpkins, flowers, and leaves changing!

We even have some of our friends snooping around this week to see our fall decor.

As the leaves continue to change in the next few weeks, we will update you with the pictures! It is a beautiful time to visit 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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot: The 2019 Program Guide Schedule

We had a wonderful week as we launched the 2019 Program Guide Schedule with such an incredible line-up of speakers and worship artists!

Here is just a snapshot of who you will see in 2019

We are so thrilled to announce that Beth Moore will be with us October 30th-November 1st! You can register for her event by clicking here.

Matthew West will be joining us on May 19th! Matthew is a multiple- Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and lauded by The New York Times as “a vivid and compelling songwriter with impressive approaches to the familiar.” A four-time GRAMMY® nominee, Matthew West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005),Something to Say (2008), The Story of Your Life (2010) and Into The Light (2012). His 2010 studio album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career, selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200.  To register for Matthew West, click here

Mark your calendars for June 28th-30th for Lisa Harper as she returns to the Cove. Lisa has been lauded as a gifted communicator whose writing and speaking overflow with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound Scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit. She is a blessing to have with us. Lisa’s seminar tends to sell out quickly, so make your reservations now! Click here to register!

We are also excited to have Will Graham back August 9th-11th! Since beginning his evangelistic ministry with youth-oriented, one-day events in Canada, Will has spoken to audiences across North America, Australia, India and other parts of Asia and South America. To register for his seminar, click here!

We have so many more incredible speakers and worship artists! Take a minute this Saturday and visit our website to see our 2019 Program Guide Schedule. We hope you will come visit us at the Cove and take some time to connect deeper in your relationship with the Lord and receive refreshment from Him.


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: Operation Christmas Child

We had such a wonderful week with Operation Christmas Child as a  guest group!

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. The mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.   The group met in the auditorium for worship and teaching. They spent time in prayer over the children and families that they would be reaching this next season.

One of the guests shared that his favorite part of giving a child a shoebox is when they first open it up. They are so grateful for each and every item. He shared that even getting a washcloth is something that the kids rejoice over. To see their eyes filled with hope and excitement is amazing! 

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. 

We thank all of the amazing staff and volunteers who work so hard to reach these kids all over the world.


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: August is Here!

 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2, HCSB).

 

Can you believe that August is here? This is a great month to visit The Cove! The mountains are so beautiful this time of year and it makes for a perfect time to come and get renewed in God’s Word. We have an incredible group of speakers that include: Steve BrownWill GrahamRT Kendall, Stuart and Jill Briscoe with John InnesChip Ingram, and Herb Reavis, Jr.! 

A great time to escape from the distractions of the world and enter a place where there is peace and serenity. This is a time to just sit quietly with God’s Word and be immersed in His beauty.

From beautiful walking trails to dinner overlooking the mountains, The Cove will be a place for you to be renewed, refreshed, and recharged.


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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Playing with Boxes: Prayer Devotional

We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note”—an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.

Prayer Note(3)

 

PLAYING WITH BOXES

I recently saw a video of a toddler who received a mini-trampoline for Christmas.  After unwrapping the gift (with some assistance) and seeing the bright, colorful picture of a trampoline, he carefully climbed up onto the lid of the box, stood up, and began jumping up and down on the image of the trampoline!

Are we ever guilty of doing the same thing with God? He has given us the privilege of communicating with Him by means of prayer; and in a miraculous gift of His grace, He’s given us His promise to hear and answer (see Psalm 34:15, Matthew 7:11, John 15:16 and 1 John 5:14). Yet often our time is dedicated to everything but prayer. We read books and blog posts and articles on prayer, we download podcasts on prayer, we have prayer journals on our nightstands and prayer reminders on our iPhones. But do we pray? The books and blogs and podcasts are all good and helpful things, but if all we do is read about prayer, we’re like the toddler jumping on the cardboard box. God has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to speak into our hearts, and He desires to share His own heart with us as we pray. Still, there are times when we’re guilty of simply looking at the pictures or jumping on the box rather than investing the time and effort for serious prayer.

Until we “open the box” to receive and use this powerful means of communicating and communing with our allpowerful God, we will only be wasting our energy—like the child jumping on the picture of the trampoline. He might experience a few brief moments of fun pretending he’s jumping on a trampoline, but until he experiences
the real thing, he won’t know what he’s missing. Our prayer life can be so much richer than simply giving thanks before meals and drowsily praying a few sleepy lines before we drift off to sleep.

Like the loving parent who gently removed the child from the box lid and then took out all the parts and assembled the trampoline, God desires to give us what we need for our prayers to become airborne. How do we get our prayer life off the ground? God Himself gives us the desire to pray (Philippians 2:13) and the faith to believe (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 12:3), and He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us in our praying (Romans 8:26). Despite our apathy, weak faith and long list of excuses, we need only look up to our “Abba” Father and voice a simple plea for help.

“Help me, please, Lord! I’m all out of excuses and I’m tired of jumping on cardboard boxes. I want to know more of You and hear You speak. I want to be a faithful intercessor, praying on behalf of my family and friends, my church, and my country. I want to have Your heart—one that is broken over my sin and broken over the needs of a lost world that needs You. Lord, teach me to pray!”

If we ask Him, the Lord will put the pieces together for us and draw us into deeper communion with Him. God will give us the desire to pray and the time to pray, and the faith to believe; and His Holy Spirit will guide us and prompt us with regard to who we should intercede for and how we should pray on their behalf.

Our loving Father has told us to come to Him with our needs and requests. So jump in with both feet and pray!

Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2, HCSB)

By: Donna Riesen

We appreciate your prayers for these upcoming August events:

Steve Brown — August 3-5 
(Emcee: Michael Everhart; Worship Leader: John Chisum; Pastor-in-Residence: Jim Brackett)
How to Be Right Without Being Insufferable

 Will Graham — August 10-12
(Emcee: Traynor Reitmeier; Worship Leader: Mark Christian; Pastor-in-Residence: Kevin Wimbish)
Satan’s Snares and God’s Goodness

 Stuart and Jill Briscoe — August 13-15
(Emcee/Worship Leader: Tom Bledsoe; Artist: John Innes; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish)
SeniorCelebration — A Celebration in the Psalms

 R.T. Kendall — August 20-24
(Emcee: Michael Everhart; Worship Leader: Marty Goetz; Pastor-in-Residence: Jim Brackett)
Intensive Bible Training — Popular in Heaven, Famous in Hell

 Chip Ingram — August 24-26
(Emcee: Bill Wolfe; Worship Leader: Stephanie Seefeldt; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish)
Why I Believe

 Herb Reavis, Jr. — August 27-29
(Emcee: Ron Whittemore; Worship Leader: Stephanie Seeffeldt; Pastor-in-Residence: Kevin Wimbish)
The Second Coming: Hope for the Here and Now

 


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: Summer at The Cove

The weather has been so beautiful at The Cove this summer. This past week was especially nice. Our guest worship leader and Bible teacher this week was Michael Card. Our staff heard from so many guests how much they enjoyed his teaching and that he was so personable with everyone. We took a few snapshots of our guests outside, Michael Card signing his album and books, and also the beautiful view! Enjoy these pics! 

The flowers around The Cove are gorgeous this time of year!

A view from the deck of The Training Center!

Michael Card with some guests!

Beautiful worship in the auditorium!

One of the most beautiful drives.


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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Experience The Cove

Experience The Cove
By: Maggie Mae Everett

An inside look from one of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association summer interns. A personal experience by Maggie Everett.

The Cove

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard that I would be headed to the Cove for a personal spiritual retreat.

What I do know is that my very first thought was about all the work I would be behind on and all the emails I would miss while I was gone. My life often seems like a marathon that is entirely run at a break-neck pace. It is rare that I take a second to completely stop everything and be still for a few days. The moment I entered the Cove, a sense of peace came over me. I know that may sound cliché, but for someone who is always busy, this was a feeling I don’t often get to enjoy.

The Cove provided an environment of encouragement, which was reinforced by its down-to-earth staff. Everyone that you meet at the Cove wants you to truly feel how loved you are. No matter where I turned, there was love poured into every aspect of my time there.

For the first time in awhile, I was okay with not having to be going every single second. Instead, I was able to pause for long enough to breathe and really take the time to see all that was around me. The Cove gave me the opportunity to reflect and see more clearly how the Lord had beautifully orchestrated my life to bring me to that specific place in time. I was able to really look back on my life and all the moments that God had been so faithful to bring me through. That time allowed me to recognize how every moment was a part of His divine plan for my life, both the hills and the valleys. Things may have not always felt good at the time, but I was able to finally understand how God had worked them out for my good. It was an overwhelming and humbling time of growth in my personal relationship with Christ.

The peacefulness of the Cove is in the simple beauty of being surrounded by God’s creation and the presence of God. The mountains, the trees, and the smell of fresh air take you away from the stress of everyday life. I left my time there truly feeling rejuvenated and also invested in by the people I encountered. It was the epitome of a breath of fresh air.

Whether attempting to take a hike in the pouring rain with my fellow interns or enjoying a time of fellowship over an amazing meal, The Cove provided me with memories that I will cherish forever. However, I think that the best takeaway for me was a fresh sight to see how the Lord so deliberately directs our paths, as well as a renewed encouragement to endure the obstacles I may encounter along the way. In a world so quick to tear us down, I am thankful for my time of growth and encouragement at the Cove and those who were there to build me up.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:11


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: Lisa Harper at The Cove

We are launching into this weekend with an amazing women’s event led by Lisa Harper! Lisa started her career with six years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences, attended by almost 200,000 women, followed by six years as the women’s ministry director at a large church in Nashville. Her academic resume includes a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Now a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker, Lisa was on the Women of Faith national arena tour for eight years and speaks at many other large multi-denominational events as well as at hundreds of churches all over the world.

The Cove welcomed over 500 women to this sold out event this weekend. As women gathered in the Training Center, there were lots of laughter, great conversations, and also quiet moments to focus on the Lord.

We saw mothers and daughter, friends, and more come together to spend this weekend.

Love seeing the connection made among each other and also many meet new friends that will last a lifetime.

If you have not had a chance to experience the beauty of The Cove and to be taught by some of America’s leading Bible teachers, we would love to invite to visit us! Be sure to visit our website to see all upcoming events!


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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