GUEST POST: What a Church Needs in Times of Change

By Reggie McNeal

Things were on fire—well, not literally, but in terms of church conflict, things were heating up.  FAST!  I had been called in to present a leadership workshop about the future, but when I got to the church, it was too obvious that talking about the future would be a waste of energy, because the collision of the past and present was creating too much smoke to see clearly into a new chapter.

I was too late to the scene really, because the smoldering embers of discontent had erupted in the preceding weeks and there was just too much trash around by then waiting to combust. The result? A fired pastor, a congregation in turmoil, and a steady advance to the PAST.  Setting up for the same scenario again in the future.

So, what was the problem here?  A moral failure?  Absolutely not.  Poor vision for the future?  Actually, what was being proposed was spot on.  Was there a lack of talent on the team?  Nope. The players were seasoned veterans.

The cause of the conflagration was one of the most common accelerants determined to be the problem in these cases: blown change leadership

In this particular instance, no one had warned of the impending disaster. Leaders mis-read the situation. Some actions were too fast; others, too slow.  The bottom line: unavoidable conflict and there is always tension when dis-stasis occurs during change escalated into avoidable staff and leadership disruptions.

So, how could the unnecessary fall-out have been avoided? By addressing two areas that church leaders are often inadequately prepared to deal with: better change management and transition leadership. While spiritual forces are always at play in these situations, more often the dynamics revolve around psychological and emotional forces.  People act like people everywhere and respond to change and transition at church like they do in every other arena. Learning how to deal with these powerful forces is Change Leadership 101.

On May 23-24 I will be leading a Church Staff Retreat at the Cove. The focus of these two days will be equipping you and your leadership team with information and insight for giving leadership during times of great change and transition.  The workshop will help you know some of the major shifts that are creating the need for change as well as arm you with strategies for dealing with each stage of transition. 

Good leaders and good ideas are too precious not to be protected against going down in flames during the change process.  These two days at the Cove should provide you with great insurance.

Please share this information with the pastors in your area. 

Reggie McNeal’s Church Staff Retreat titled Charting New Territory: How to Lead Others in Times of Change takes place on May 23-24 at The Cove in Asheville, NC.  To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Reggie McNeal is an accomplished author, a founding pastor, and the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network. He has spent more than a decade as a denominational executive and leadership development coach and has taught as adjunct faculty for Fuller Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Recipe from The Cove’s Kitchen: Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

You will love this one!!!  We served this recently at our Women’s Bible study luncheon, here at The Cove.   

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

8 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 tablespoons chicken soup base
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cooked white rice
1 cup diced, cooked chicken meat
16 slices lemon
8 egg yolks

1. In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, carrots, onions, celery, soup base, and white pepper. Bring to a boil on high, and then simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Blend the butter and the flour together. Then gradually add it to the soup mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes more, stirring frequently.

3. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks until light in color. Gradually add some of the hot soup to the egg yolks, stirring constantly. Return the egg mixture to the soup pot and heat through. Add the rice and chicken.

Add lemon juice last for fresh taste.

Ladle hot soup into bowls and garnish with lemon slices.  Enjoy!

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Kendra’s Bible Study…1 Kings 19:19-21

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…what it means…and what it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice–write the applications)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra’s Notes on 1 Kings 19:19-21:

What Does it Say?

  • Verse 19:  Elijah went and found Elisha. He was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen, himself driving the 12th pair. Elijah threw his cloak around him
  • Verse 20: Elisha left and ran after Elijah.  Let me kiss my father and mother and I will come. Elijah: Go back, what have I done to you?
  • Verse 21: Elisha left and went back, took his oxen, slaughtered them, burned the plowing equipment, followed Elijah and became his attendant.

What Does it Mean?

  • Verse 19: Be found faithful where God has placed me.
  • Verse 19: God’s call is clear
  • Verse 20: The choice to follow is mine, and is costly
  • Verse 21:  Sometimes a “promotion” in God’s eyes is a “demotion” in the world’s eyes

What Does it Mean to Me?

  • Verse 19:  Would I be found faithfully doing what God has called me to do, where He has called me to do it? Being a wife, mom, soccer coach??? Or are my eyes looking for a more “important” post to be sent to? Something else? Anything else?
  • Verse 19:  If God’s call is clear, then am I living a life that evidences that I’m doing what God wants, or does my life show evidence of me doing what I want?
  • Verse 20: Have I really decided to “follow Jesus”, really? Or do I just choose to follow when the choice is convenient for me?
  • Verse 21: Have I rejected God’s call in my life because it’s beneath me? Not the important “leadership” position I thought I deserved?


  • Ask God where He wants me, and where He doesn’t.  Pray for the strength to quit those areas He never called me to, and strength to pick up the ones He has.

Share with us, by using the comment section, your lesson(s)/application(s) from any part of 1 Kings 19:19-21 and what they mean to you.   

HOMEWORK for March 20th online discussion:  JOSHUA 8: 1
Yes, just one verse for next week!  There is a lot to discover in those two sentences.

GUEST POST: Reflections of a Quickly Beating Heart

By Mike Blackaby

I’ve always hated hospitals. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they exist, and we would be in trouble without them. But there is just not much I enjoy about the whole hospital experience. In particular, I have always been terrified of needles.

Several years ago, I was rushed to the emergency room due to some frightening physical symptoms. Waiting in the ER provided me with numerous reasons to be miserable, including the unknown state of my health, the groaning mystery patient veiled behind the curtain beside me, and the backless lavender dress they had given me in exchange for my dignity. I could hardly move because various monitors were attached to me, dripping and beeping and hissing ominously.  Needless to say, my spirits were low. Very low.

But then, two BEAUTIFUL nurses entered the room. Suddenly the sun broke through the clouds and the birds began to sing! Surely these maidens were here to comfort me. One of them was already reaching for my hand. Oh, Sweet Mercy! But my bliss was short-lived, as I realized that she was holding a colossal needle! It looked like a tool of medieval warfare. Just before plunging the point deep into my flesh, she paused to ask a question.

“You aren’t afraid of needles are you?” 

“Of course not!” I replied blithely. It was a bald face lie. “What’s the holdup? Let’s get this show on the road!” To my dismay, both nurses burst into laughter, but not the “you-are-so-brave-and-handsome-you-make-us-giddy” kind of giggle.  Between fits of chortle, one of them said, “You can’t lie while you’re hooked up to a heart monitor!” I followed her eyes to the machine beside my bed and watched as my heartbeat recorded about 100 beats per second! My heart was giving away my secret!

That was not the first time my heart has ratted me out, nor will it be the last. Trials have a way of revealing our true character. When life gets scary, we may try to portray all the correct Christian responses: courage, faith, compassion, or whatever the situation calls for. But the Bible says that what is really in our heart will inevitably come to light and reveal our true character.

 My heart aches for my generation. So many young people grow up in church, only to turn away from God by the time they graduate high school. Why is this? Perhaps adulthood presents them with some challenges they are spiritually ill-equipped to handle. When life gets hard, Sunday School answers will not help someone who does not have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Right now, there is a generation of Millennials being reared in Christian homes, but many of them go out into the world and crumble under the weight of the secular philosophies they encounter. These young people may be heavily ‘churched’, nurtured, well-dressed, talented and educated (and those things are all great) but the most important investment, one that often gets neglected along the way, is developing a Christ-like heart.

When the hard times come, our hearts are laid bare before God and we see who we really are. My prayer for my generation is that we will take time to invest in our hearts. If we fail to do this, we are in trouble. How about you? What does your heart reveal?

“As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.”  Proverbs 27:19

Mike Blackaby will be joining his grandfather, Henry, and his father Richard, at The Cove on April 20-22.  Their seminar is titled:  “Experiencing God Through the Generations.” We encourage you to bring multiple generations from your family.  There is a special rate of $129 for youth ages 15-21 when attending this seminar with parents or grandparents.  Click here to register and for more details.

Mike is the minister of single adults at First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Georgia. He is the oldest grandson of Henry and Marilynn Blackaby. Mike is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is passionate about music, hockey, and anything to do with Star Wars! He and his brother Daniel have written, When Worlds Collide. Mike is a popular speaker to youth and young adult conferences. Check out his blog at

Conversations with Pastor Jim Cymbala

By Joy Allmond

On March 28-30th, Brooklyn Tabernacle Pastor and author, Jim Cymbala, will come to The Cove to speak on “Ministering Christ to Others.”  In this interview, Pastor Cymbala discusses the Gospel, Church misconceptions, and the Holy Spirit.   

Cove: What are some of the things you will set out to discuss during this seminar?

Cymbala: I’m going to talk about the calling that’s on all of us to minister to people, especially those of us in leadership. We’re going to discuss the importance of the Word and the importance of the Word being the seed and planting that seed. We’ll explore what is the Gospel and what is not the Gospel.

Cove: I would imagine that most (if not all) of the people in attendance are already believers. Why is it important to review the Gospel with them?

Cymbala: It seems to be a review of that which seems simple, but foundational things can be lost. When we lose this, we’re at a disadvantage when we’re trying to produce fruit for the glory of Christ. We have to constantly depend on the power of the Holy Spirit. In some cases, He’s the forgotten member of the Trinity.

So, we’ll talk about that and also the kind of heart that’s needed to share Christ. Sometimes our sharing can become mechanical and sterile and we’re not seeing people the way God sees them. That can disqualify us from being really effective. When we preach the Good News but not have the heart of Christ, we miss the blessing and power available God promised us when we do His work.

Cove:  What are some of the misconceptions the Church has about the Gospel?

Cymbala: There are lots of misconceptions, but there are a few very common ones I see. Some believe that Jesus died without call to repentance—to just believe. Once I was visiting a church in another state. At the end of the service, the minister said, “Right now as I close, pray this prayer out loud, ‘Dear Jesus, I know you died for me. I put my trust in you.’ Now you’ve just become a Christian.”

48% of the people who call themselves “born again” evangelicals do not believe Christ lived a sinless life. 1,200 people stop reading the Bible every day.  This boils down to a lack of sound teaching in the Word of God.

Then on the other hand there is legalism. We tell God we’re going to try to live a better life. When we do this, we try to produce only what the Holy Spirit can. How can we be holy without Him controlling our lives?

This hinders us when we try to minister to people.

Cove: What do you hope to see happen as a result of this seminar?

Cymbala: I want to see God revive us, fill us with the Holy Spirit. I want Him to give us a new compassion, a new dependence on God’s word, a new faith, just a new beginning. The great thing about Christianity is no matter how you find yourself backsliding, getting hard-hearted, or getting mechanical in your worship, God is so good that He always can give you a new beginning.

For more information and to register for Pastor Jim Cymbala’s seminar, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.  Will Graham, grandson to Billy Graham, and Executive Director at The Cove, will lead the closing session.

Kendra’s Bible Study… Deuteronomy 32: 4, 9-12

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…what it means…and what it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.


Always begin your time by first praying and reading your verses.
Step 1: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 2: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Today’s Scripture:  Deuteronomy 32: 4, 9-12

Here are a few of Kendra’s lessons.  Please share your lessons with us too!

Verse 4:
Step 1: ROCK! His work is perfect, His ways just, faithful, righteous and upright

Step 2: God says: This IS my immovable unchangeable character.  I AM trustworthy, I AM protective!  My ways are right, I got you, TRUST ME!

Step 3: God is telling me that He is safe, and just and right, solid, never changing w/ the wind of culture… Do I claim the promise of His character in my life?  Do I know My God?  Do I trust God? How, When have I trusted Him?

Verse 9:
Step 1: The LORD’s portion (inheritance) is His people.

Step 2: I say: I am an embarrassment to God. I have nothing to offer.  There are so many more important people and issues than me for God to deal with.
GOD says: YOU ARE MY treasure! MY inheritance! I am PROUD to claim you! I have chosen YOU!

Step 3: Do I realize that I am God’s inheritance and He is proud of that fact?  God is not embarrassed to claim me, am I embarrassed to claim Him?  Do I feel like treasure to God?

Verse 10:
Step 1: He found him in a desert, howling wilderness.  He encircled, cared for and guarded him as the apple of his eye.

Step 2: I say:  I have been rejected, kicked out, forgotten, left to the elements, unimportant and very very alone.
God says: I AM here with My arms around you, holding you up, caring for you in the midst of your misery, very aware of where you are, and you are not alone, I AM here.  I found you and will guard you with all that I AM, for you are the apple of My eye, you mean everything to ME!

Step 3: What is keeping me from seeking the One who loves me this much?  What causes me to believe the lie that God has left and doesn’t care?  LORD, will you show me  You are here today in my circumstance?  Where have I looked for love & acceptance in this world only to be let down b/c it was not You?

Homework for March 13th online discussion:  1 Kings 19: 19-21

For more information on what’s going on at The Cove, visit

NEW for Seniors at The Cove…

Next week is the first of a NEW series of concerts designed to encourage senior adult believers at The Cove!  The SeniorSalt Impact evening programs will begin with a delicious buffet-style dinner, followed by a worshipful evening of music and fellowship.  All for only $29 per person!  Register for one or all three of the concerts today!   

Coming up on March 1…The Cockman Family:

The award winning Cockman Family Bluegrass Gospel Group is made up of four brothers, their sister and their Dad.  They have a unique bluegrass gospel style. Their harmonies, original songs and original arrangements of the old gospel songs have been immensely popular with their audiences. Fans love their family-style entertainment as well. As the family continues to grow, the grandchildren are also joining in on the tradition…the 10 and 11 year old girls were awarded the 2011 WMA Harmony Yodeling Duo of the Year and the 2011 WMA Youth Harmony award at the Western Music Association Showcase and Awards Show in Albuquerque, NM!  For more information on the Cockman Family, visit their website:

To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

July 5 – The Burchfield Brothers

Dove Award nominees Jon and Ben Burchfield make music that inspires the soul. Combining such styles as Smoky Mountain Jazz, Gospel and Classical, along with a bit of Irish flavoring, this unique duo from Nashville, Tennessee mesmerizes audiences of all ages.  An evening with The Burchfields can be described as “reaching the ages,” as familiar music, masterfully played with stylistic diversity, bridges the gap of the generations. They have traveled throughout the United States and abroad sharing their dynamic arrangements of hymns and praise songs.  The Burchfield Brothers share a God given passion to create music, and for them, it is an expression of their love for Christ.  For more information on the Burchfield Brothers, visit their website:

To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

 August 30 — Randall Atcheson
Performing in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel…hurry space is limited!

Widely acclaimed pianist/organist, Randall Atcheson, is the epitome of a musical Renaissance man. His gift and versatility for musical styles was evidenced early in life when he was recognized as a prodigy on both piano and organ. In fact, he became the only student in the history of The Julliard School ever allowed to pursue, and receive, simultaneous degrees in piano and organ performance.  Atcheson has performed many times at Carnegie Hall and has traveled the world over thrilling music lovers.  He is listed on the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists.  Randall will be performing a rare concert in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel here at The Cove!

To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

NOTE: As part of these evening events, we also offer an optional overnight lodging stay, at applicable rates, complete with a complimentary breakfast. 

For information on all the programs and events at The Cove, visit:
Click here to go directly to the Senior Events page. 


Behind the scenes at The Cove…A Faithful Servant

By Corinne Holmquist
Garlene greeting guests upon entering the Training Center

Push past the double red doors of the Billy Graham Training Center into the lobby with the living-room feel, and you might catch a glimpse of petite five-foot-two-inch lead hostess Garlene Johnson.

People have told her she resembles Norma Zimmer of the Lawrence Welk Show. “Not because I sing, but because of my big hair,” she teases.

But Garlene is more than her cute blonde bob. You’ll see her slender hands busy touching up and tidying around the place. Hands reaching out to greet and guide guests toward the dining room or auditorium. Hands clasped in prayer with someone over an illness or death. Or failing marriage. Or job loss.

Across from where she stands hangs a painting of her friend, Ruth Graham. “I like to look across the room at Mrs. Graham’s picture and think that as I greet guests…they feel they are entering the living room in her own home,” Garlene says, adding she always felt warm and comfortable there.

Garlene standing near Mrs. Graham's portrait

At 77, “and proud of every year”, Garlene is the longest-employed hostess at The Cove, logging in 20 years of service and memories.

“She’s the “quintessential Southern Belle” says Scott Holmquist, Cove executive director. “She’s known for her graciousness and warmth.”

Her touches, big or small, help people unwind so they can rewind with God in the seminars and surroundings ahead.

She’s lady-like, yes, (she doesn’t like to pump her own gas). But fragile, she is not. (She once owned a rifle thinking she could scare off an intruder, but gave it away). Blessed with energy, she’s presently planning 20 weddings for this year at Montreat College and Montreat Presbyterian Church. Through it all, Garlene’s compassion oozes from her life experiences knowing that God loves and leads you through the hard times. Being organized helps, too.

Born in Lincolnton, N.C. in 1935, Garlene was the oldest of three daughters. Her dad died in a car accident when she was 8; he was 39. Ironically, her grandfather also died at that age.

“Over the years I just accepted it as God’s will. Their faith (of her grandmother and mom) gave me the faith to go on,” she reflects.

Garlene moved to Montreat attending college, working, and later marrying Kay N. Stutts. They were blessed with two daughters, Joy and Becky. Garlene soon taught middle and high school English in nearby towns. She also taught Sunday school to two of Billy and Ruth Graham’s children: Anne and Ned.

When Kay suddenly died at age 49, Garlene clung to God, again remembering the faith of her grandmother and mother who were widowed early. Years later, Garlene found love a second time, marrying George L. Johnson, the widowed father of Karlene Shea, who is married to George Beverly Shea.

Sadness struck again when George, a “Christian gentleman of prayer and the Bible” (like her first husband), died after a long illness. “It was still a shock,” she says.

Garlene as a new Cove employee in 1991

In 1991, Garlene ventured into a seminar at the Cove. One of the managers, whom she knew from church, asked if she would like to volunteer as a hostess.
“Oh yes,” she said without hesitation. “I didn’t even have to pray about it. I’ve been there ever since.” She’s found inspiration from those who enter The Cove.

One couple she met several years ago had a daughter suffering with brain cancer for three years. “Each year as they returned, their spirits were uplifted as they waited for the Lord to call her home,” she recalls. “What an inspiration this couple was to me!”

“I also met a young boy in a wheelchair. He was born without legs and had stubs for arms. As he was leaving, he asked if he could give me a hug. What a precious hug that was—one of the best I have ever had!”

Says Garlene: “The years that I have worked at The Cove have been… rewarding. As I enter the property, I feel that I am on ‘holy ground’ where the property has been prayed over by so many, for so long. When I begin work, I am with my Cove family where we like to begin our day with prayer and devotions.

It’s fun to meet guests from all over the world. Some have been to the Cove numerous times; others for the first time. I hear exciting stories about how God has worked in their lives through speakers, worship, and through that ‘still small voice.’”

It’s a voice she’s heard before. And as guests walk through the doors of the Training Center carrying life’s loads, Garlene’s touches for the kingdom continue.


When Garlene prays with guests, she often uses these verses from the NIV:

Isaiah 41:10:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Lamentations 3:23:
“They [compassions] are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Psalm 139:23-24:
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

If you would like to learn more about The Cove and possibly meet Garlene in person, click here to visit our website.

GUEST POST: Embracing God This Valentine’s Day

By Anne Graham Lotz

Today, the world will celebrate the day of love—Valentine’s Day. For some, it is a time of special celebration … for others, it is a time of special challenge as there is no special person with whom to share this day.

If the latter is your experience and you are feeling depressed, would you consider this? The most special Person in all the universe loved you enough to give His life for you—and this Valentine’s Day, He is longing not only to embrace you, He is longing for you to embrace Him.

Everyone needs a hug! And as you delve into the pages of your Bible, God will respond with His own arms opened wide.

As you seek Him, you will find that He will draw you nearer to Himself in an ever more intimate relationship. So get into His Word each day and begin now to enjoy His embrace.

When we are in the midst of a trial, instead of withdrawing or exploding or complaining, you and I need to run to our Heavenly Father, throw our arms of faith around Him, and embrace Him more tightly. Why?

Read Psalm 84. The Psalmist gives us three reasons:


Psalm 84:1-4

From Psalm 84:1-4, what are some themes for our song? List the phrases.

Identify phrases from the following verses that reveal a common theme: Isaiah 49:13, 52:9; Job 35:9-10; Psalm 126:5-6.
What is the common theme in Exodus 15:2, Isaiah 12:2 and 2 Samuel 22:1? List phrases from each verse.
What phrases reveal the common theme in Psalm 28:7, 18:1, 32:7 and 126:2?
What are the phrases that express a common theme in Psalm 42:8 and 59:16?
Which theme has been lacking in your life? If you have lost your song, do you need to tune your heart to all the themes given above?
What are some other themes that fill your heart with joy? Write out the verses.


Psalm 84:5-7

From Psalm 84:5, what is the source of our strength? If you lack strength, what practical things can you do to draw from the Source?
From Psalm 84:6, what does God’s strength enable us to do? Note that the Valley of Baca referenced in this verse is the Valley of Weeping. What do the springs represent? See John 4:13-14 and 7:37-39.
From each of the following lists of verses, what else does God give us strength to do?

Ezekiel 2:1-2, John 5:1-9, Micah 5:4, Jude 24-25.
Isaiah 63:1, 2 Samuel 22:40.
Mark 11:25, Colossians 3:13 and Matthew 18:21-22.
Isaiah 30:15.
Psalm 73:26, Isaiah 57:10.
Hebrews 11:34.

What are you saying you can’t do? What phrase in Psalm 84:5-7 contradicts your protest? What encouragement do you receive from Deuteronomy 33:25?


Psalm 84:8-12

Who is our shield? See Psalm 7:10.
How does this relate to Ephesians 6:16?
What difference do you think our proximity to the Shield makes in its effectiveness?
What are the two primary things we must do to stay close to our Shield? See John 15:7, 10.
In each of the following lists of verses, how do we benefit from our Shield?

Nahum 2:5; 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:30, 91:4.
Deuteronomy 33:29; Psalm 18:35, 144:2; Jeremiah 51:11.
2 Samuel 22:31, 1 Peter 1:5.
Psalm 3:3, 5:12, 84:11.

If God Himself is our Shield, what do you think could get past Him?
How do Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-6 indicate that when something unpleasant, unwanted, unexpected or unplanned comes into your life, it is only with God’s permission?
What has God allowed past the Shield that guards your life? Why do you think He has given His permission? See John 11:4, Romans 8:28, 1 Peter 1:6-7.

How long has it been since you wrapped your arms of faith around the One who loves you, and embraced Him? Don’t let your problems or pressures or pain or pride keep you from doing so. Today, give the Lord a Valentine gift … something to truly delight His heart … a hug from you!

 Anne Graham Lotz will hold a special seminar at The Cove called “Pursuing MORE of Jesus” November 9-11. For more information or to register online, click here.

Called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz is an international Bible teacher, speaker, and best-selling author of 14 books. The New York Times named Anne one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. Anne lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, Danny Lotz. She has three grown children and three grandchildren. She is the founder and president of AnGeL Ministries, where she has led Just Give Me Jesus revivals for people worldwide.

Kendra’s Bible Study…thoughts on Joshua 7


Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…what it means…and what it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process, which she learned from her Aunt Anne (Graham Lotz), when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process using John 1:1.  You will find today’s Scripture at the bottom of this post.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to His voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?


Today’s Scripture:  Joshua 7: 1-26 (defeat at Ai, the sin of Achan)
Share with us your lessons and what they mean to you. 

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