How Have You Changed Since 9/11?

This past weekend was one of reflection, prayer and remembrance. We think of the families of those who lost their lives 10 years ago in the worst terrorist attack our country has ever seen.

On Sunday, The Cove served as a host-site for a simulcast of “A Wake-Up Call for God’s People” with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg. In the September issue of Christianity Today, Anne answers the question, “How have I changed since 9/11?” Here’s an excerpt of her response:

September 11 was an alarm that penetrated my daily responsibilities and my busy ministry schedule, warning me…of what? Then years ago, I could not have answered that question. All I knew with certainty was that God was trying to get the attention of his people, including me. Like the prophet Isaiah in the year that King Uzziah died, I looked up with the eyes of faith.

What I saw was not just a fresh vision of Jesus Christ. Like Isaiah, I also saw a humiliating vision of my own sin. I spent days on my face before God, confessing my sin and receiving his cleansing. The result was an authentic experience of personal revival.

To read more from Anne, pick up the latest issue of Christianity Today.

How have you changed since 9/11? Let us know in the comments section.

Who Can Ever Forget?

A Letter from Franklin Graham

Three days after those attacks, my father and I were invited to Washington. My father addressed the nation from the National Cathedral, while I served as a commentator outside with Judy Woodruff of CNN.

I still remember the message of God’s comfort and hope my father spoke to a wounded and grieved nation: “The cross tells us that God understands … for He took upon Himself in the person of Jesus Christ our sins and our suffering. And from the cross, God declares: I love you. I know the heartaches and the sorrows and the pains that you feel, but I love you.”

This day is not only a significant date in American history, but it has affected all of us in a very deep and personal way, my family included. My son in the army has had five deployments and has already received a purple heart. Soldiers under his command have been killed defending our freedom. Friends that he went to school with have been severely wounded.

When we look at the price these young men and women in uniform are paying for our freedom, we quickly realize the debt we owe them.

Nothing, however, compares to the debt each and every person owes to the Lord Jesus Christ for dying for our sins. As the Apostle Paul said, “We are debtors” (Romans 8:12, ESV). We will never be able to repay what He did for us on Calvary’s cross. But the glorious good news of the Gospel is that God has forgiven our debt of sin against Him.

Jesus Christ paid the price for us through His sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection. Our Lord has “forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13–14).

The Bible teaches clearly that our Savior who was crucified for our sins and raised from the dead will come back again. As we look at the chaos around the world today, we certainly see some of the signs He told us would accompany His second coming. Everywhere I go, people ask me if I believe His return is close. I do. How near, I don’t know, but I believe time is short.

We need to tell as many people as we can how they can be saved before it is eternally too late. The best investment today is not in the stock market or putting money in the bank but investing in winning souls. The Bible says, “He who is wise wins souls” (Proverbs 11:30, NASB).

The 9/11 anniversary also serves as a reminder of the tremendous opportunity for ministry God has given to our Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. As a result of the terrorist attacks, we developed the Rapid Response Team to recruit qualified volunteers from all over the country, train them in how to care for emotional and spiritual hurt, and deploy them to major catastrophes as crisis chaplains.

Since then, over 4,500 men and women have joined the Rapid Response Team to represent the One who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). Chaplains have comforted, encouraged, and prayed one-on-one with over 160,000 people at more than 100 disaster sites in the U.S. and a dozen internationally. Nearly 12,000 people have made a life-changing commitment to Jesus Christ as a result of this ministry.

God is at work, drawing people to Himself, healing hurts, and changing lives. Yet eternity is at stake for so many who still need to hear. Now is not the time to slow down. If God enables you to help us financially, a gift this month will be an investment in lives changed for today and forever.

May God bless you,

Franklin Graham

For more encouragement and resources related to 9/11, visit www.billygraham.org.

Recipe from The Cove’s Kitchen

By Amanda Parrish

Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Peach Sauce

Smooth sweetness with a pop of light, flavorful tang, the Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Peach Sauce is a perfect closing to summer vacations and opening for the first hint of the fall season. From The Cove dining room to your own home table, this rolled in chopped walnuts and doused in sweet peach sauce recipe is bound to be a hit.

During his interview for the Executive Sous Chef position at The Cove, Doug Walls chose to make this recipe. It is now also a main meat on one of the dining room’s evening menus. Walls created the dish some time ago while experimenting with pork and different flavors.

Doug Walls

“The sweet and spice flavors go well together,” Walls said. The walnuts also add a fresh and pleasant twist.

Walls said “tweaking” the sauce is a good option to personalize the recipe. Choosing a different fruit, such as blueberries, or adding herbs is an excellent way to customize for personal preference. Various nuts, such as pecans, can also be a substitute for the walnuts.

Walls suggested this dish for Christmas parties and other get-togethers. This recipe served with spinach and mushroom risotto and roasted asparagus as sides makes for an excellent meal.

As a final word of advice, Walls warns against over cooking the pork and emphasizes cutting the meat at a bias (a 45 degree angle as shown below).

Recipe: (Preps for 6)

2.5 lb. pork tenderloins

Walnut Mix:
1   Cup Chopped Walnuts
¼  Cup Paprika
1   Tablespoon Ground Mustard
1   teaspoon Garlic Powder
1   Tablespoon Salt and Pepper
½  Cup Brown Sugar
Handful Parsley

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Peach Sauce:
1  Cup Ketchup
1  Cup Mustard
¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1  Cup Honey
1   Cup Brown Sugar
2   Cups Frozen Peaches

Add all ingredients and reduce down.
Place sauce in food processor and puree down.

Directions:
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.    Trim the silver skin from the tenderloin.
3.    Brush Dijon Mustard around loin.
4.    Roll tenderloin in walnut mix.
5.    Place on sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
6.    Let rest for 10 minutes then slice at a bias.

Steve and Annie Chapman This Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? There are some seats still available for our “Evening at The Cove” with Steve and Annie Chapman!

The Chapmans have been ministering through music for more than 25 years. Family remains the theme of their lyrics, and they present a concert of music and stories that is designed to encourage all who attend.

The video below is of their song “You Will Always Be Mine,” which is a unique look at the importance of a husband and wife being “in the yoke” together and working as a team, especially in the challenging area of parenting.

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Live Webcast with Don Wilton Tonight

Join us tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET, for a free live webcast with Don Wilton! The topic is “Back to the Beginning: Created for His Purpose.” Don will focus on how our creation was an incredible act of God’s love, and since the beginning the Lord has done everything with us in mind. You’ll discover from beginning to end, His purpose for us and find out why there is nothing you can ever do that will make Him love you less—or love you more.

At 7:15 p.m., you can view the live webcast here.

Live Webcasts This Fall

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove has announced its fall lineup of live seminar webcasts, available on www.thecove.org. Highlights include Erwin Lutzer, Skip Heitzig, Tullian Tchividjian and Michael Card.

The complete schedule, including seminar topics, is listed below. All webcasts begin at 7:15 p.m. ET.

Aug. 25: Don Wilton, “Back to the Beginning: Created for His Purpose”
Sept. 26: Erwin Lutzer, “Making the Best of a Bad Decision”
Oct. 10: Skip Heitzig, “The Biography of God”
Oct. 21: Bob Coy, “Daniel: Honor for Honor”
Oct. 28: Gary Thomas, “Spiritual Dynamics: What it Means to Draw Closer to Christ”
Oct. 31: Tullian Tchividjian, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything”
Nov. 16: Michael Card, “The Gospel of Passion (Mark)”

We’ve previously held five live webcast events, including sessions this year with Josh and Sean McDowell and Gary Chapman. After each webcast, viewers will also have the opportunity to participant in the question-and-answer session with the speaker.

Mark your calendar, and join us this Thursday for our live webcast with Don Wilton!

Clean Out Your Thought Closet

By Joy Allmond

On Sept. 10, popular Bible teacher, author, singer and songwriter Jennifer Rothschild will come to The Cove and speak truth that can replace lies women believe about themselves. In this article, find out how God helped her remake her “thought closet,” and read sound, biblical advice she offers to combat destructive self-talk.

When Jennifer Rothschild speaks to women about cleaning out their “thought closets,” she speaks from personal experience.

While she didn’t realize it, she was held captive by very destructive self-talk for many years. Though God had given her grace, there was a constant internal battle waging within her soul.

At the age of 15, she lost a majority of her eyesight due to a degenerative disease, and that fostered a set of insecurities for her. At this impressionable age, she began to believe lies that led her to think she looked awkward and boys would not want to date her, and she would never find a man to marry. These thoughts grew over the following decade.

“What I had was an uncomfortable self awareness,” she says. “It was normal to me—normal like cancer. It was eating away at my sense of wellness.”

Click here to read the full article.

Franklin Graham, BGEA’s “Rock the Lakes” Will Stream Live This Weekend

This weekend, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is joining local churches in Milwaukee, Wis., for Rock the Lakes – two full days of high-energy music and fun for the whole family. We will be joined by Skillet, Lecrae, The Afters and The Almost on Saturday and Canton Jones, Michael W. Smith and The Charlie Daniels Band Sunday afternoon. There will also be uplifting messages from Franklin Graham.

The events will stream live on the Web – you can watch right here on Notes from The Cove! The live streaming will begin at 4 p.m. CT both Saturday and Sunday, August 20 – 21.

Please join us in this event – BGEA and Franklin appreciate your prayers, as well as your help in spreading the word about the live stream event as we attempt to reach around the world with the Gospel. You can direct your friends here, or send them to www.billygraham.org/rockthelakes.

Click here to launch the video player!

GUEST POST: Mama says, “No So-Poppers”

By Jennifer Rothschild

The older I get the more frequently I hear the words of my grandmother echo through my memory. Mama taught me a lot through her life and words. I giggle now at one of her admonishments. In her sweet voice, with her Southern draw, she would say, “Honey don’t ever watch ‘so-poppers’.” As a young girl I vowed I would not — even though I had no idea what “so-poppers” were. As a young adult I finally realized the words “soap-operas” had gotten lost in her thick Georgia accent.

While that’s great advice, even greater wisdom came from her favorite scripture she would quote to me. “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you.”

Mama knew the power of words. In the book of Proverbs we see that the words of the wise are persuasive; that a person’s words can be life giving water; and that wise speech is more rare than gold and rubies.

I heard that the average woman uses 25,000 words a day. (That comes as no surprise to the verbally challenged men in our lives). Given the number of words we speak, we should pay attention to not only the words we use, but also the way we use our words.

In Luke 4, Jesus is in the Synagogue on the Sabbath. He has come back home to Nazareth to preach and to teach. After he has spoken, Dr. Luke tells us in verse 22 that “the people were amazed (or astonished) by His gracious words.”

A few verses and several cities later, we see Jesus again in the Synagogue on the Sabbath. This time though, in verse 32, He is in Capernaum. The response of the people? …”they were amazed, because he spoke with authority.” So Jesus was known not only for his authority, but his gracious words. Isn’t that what we seek as Christian leaders? When we speak the Truth, we want it to be authoritative, but we should also want it to be communicated with graciousness. Authoritative words should never be offensive, and gracious words should never be without power. If our words reflect His Word, then people will be amazed and astonished at the One who speaks through us. For this to occur we must submit all 25,000 words to him daily, and pray:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

And … as Mama says, turn off those “so-poppers.”

On Sept. 10, Jennifer will be with us at The Cove for a special women’s seminar called “Your Thought Closet Makeover.” Click here for details.

Jennifer Rothschild

Jennifer Rothschild is a celebrated author, songwriter, recording artist and Bible teacher. Diagnosed at age 15 with a degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight, she is the founder and publisher of the popular online magazine WomensMinistry.net and has been a featured speaker for Women of Faith and other national women’s conferences. For more information about Jennifer Rothschild and her ministry, visit www.jenniferrothschild.com.

A Conversation with…Dr. Gary Chapman

Recently, Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of The Five Love Languages series, was with us for a seminar at The Cove. We were privileged to have the opportunity to spend some time with him. Here, he discusses how our own love language applies to our relationship with God – it could be in how we came to know Christ and in how we demonstrate our love for Him.

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