Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 11:28

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Matthew 11:28 (NIV).

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Our busy schedules can leave us tired, both physically and emotionally.  Perfect peace can only come from God. If you feel that you need to rest, open His Word and spend time in prayer. God can give you the refreshment that you need.


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Confident Expectations: A Cove Devotional

One of our summer interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Abigail Bowen, wrote a devotion entitled, “Confident Expectations” that we would like to share with you.

Confident Expectations

In difficult situations or choices, we are often told to trust God. Trust is necessary to have a relationship with Him. If you can’t trust God, you aren’t going to willingly obey His calling on your life. Every time we worry about something, it is showing a lack of trust in God. Every time we try to take a situation into our own hands, it shows a lack of trust. Every time we question what God is calling us to do, it shows a lack of trust. So, what does it mean to fully, constantly, and consciously trust in God?

When you take the word back to its origins, we find that one of the earliest uses of Trust was to express “confident expectation” of someone. That is what it means to trust God: to have confident expectations of what He is going to do. We are confident in who He is and what He can do, and we are expectant of His working.

The power of that phrase has the ability to strengthen our faith and deepen our relationship with God. What if we faced every difficult situation and decision by saying, “I have confident expectations of what God is going to do.” The power of that sentence is tangible.

So how do we apply this? How do we act in confident expectation?

To go back to the origin, four words round out our understanding of Trust: help, confidence, protection, and support.

If you trust someone, you believe that that person is going to help you when you are in need or in danger. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” When you trust in the Lord, He will help you. He will direct your paths and guide you. To trust in the Lord is to acknowledge His ability to help and to seek His help.

Trust brings with it a sense of confidence in the person. Isaiah 12:2 expresses this by saying, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” There is confidence in God’s strength and His salvation. When you are confident in God’s power, you are no longer afraid—you are bold.  

There is an assurance of protection in trust. “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us,” states Psalm 62:8. He is a refuge. He protects us, and we feel that protection when our trust is in Him.

There is support in trust because you believe that the person is going to be there for you and they will be with you the whole time. When you think of support, you think of the environment or people around you—that which is going to sustain you. Jeremiah 17:7-8 illustrates what this support from God looks like. It says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord… For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters…” When a tree is planted by water, it has the support of the water to thrive. That is what it is like for us when we trust in God—we have the support from Him that we need.

Walk into every situation with confident expectations that God is going to help you, protect you, and support you—this is how we trust God.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 8:39

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Romans 8:39 (NIV).

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God speaks to us through His Word and assures us that He will never leave us or forsake us.  His love goes beyond anything we can comprehend.


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Seeking the Lord’s Face: A Cove Devotional

One of our summer interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Naomi Balk, wrote a devotion entitled, “Seeking The Lord’s Face” that we would like to share with you.

Seeking the Lord’s Face

So often in Christian circles, it’s easy to let distractions and demands pull Christ from our attention and from His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. We were meant to know Christ and enjoy a beautiful relationship with Him, so let us seek God like Hebrews 12:1 says: “[laying] aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely…” Don’t undermine your relationship with your Creator by being complacent.

The best of us have lost something irreplaceable or valuable like your car keys or wallet. The rush to find it can become all-consuming because even a high price or inconvenience is worth it to get it back. At the end of the day, we must not neglect the valuable things of life. Jesus shared a story in Matthew 13:44-46 about a man who sold everything he had to buy a plot of land because on that plot there was buried treasure.  It probes the question, are we willing to let go of what we have just to know God?

Taking a deeper look at the Old Testament, the word “seek” is often associated with seeking God’s presence or seeking His face. In Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” The Hebrew uses two different works for “seek”. The first “you will seek” means: to seek, require, desire, exact, request. The second means “to resort to, or seek out”. God promises His presence (Hebrews 13:5), yet we are to us to seek Him with our whole heart — moment by moment— because he is worthy.

In the scope of eternity, diving deeper into the depths knowing God is the most eternally significant thing we can do while on earth. Humanity was created to know and enjoy Him. We could never fully comprehend the all-knowing God, yet the apostle Paul celebrates what God has revealed about Himself in the Gospel. Romans 11:33 says:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

In addition to His complexity, God has revealed Himself by causing the Word to become flesh (John 1:1, 14), and He invites us to grow in relationship and in holiness. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Though the words, “draw near” sound passive, they are not!

Followers of Christ are on a journey of transformation and spiritual growth. This often involves spiritual disciplines, time in the Word, fellowship with believers and spiritual retreats. In all of life’s noise, be encouraged to seek God and ask Him to show you more of who He is. One of the best ways is to recommit and surrender your heart to Christ and invite Him into each moment.

If you would like to learn more about a relationship with God, I invite you to visit this link.  This will be the greatest decision of your life.


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The Cove is Hiring! Job Fair- July 21st

We have a Job Fair on July 21st from 2pm-5pm at The Cove. If you do not live in the Asheville area, but know someone that does, please pass this along. Aside from the positions listed below, we have volunteer positions in many other areas. We hope to see you Sunday!

Click here to learn more about the positions listed above!


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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 60:22

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 60:22 (NIV).

“The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”

One of the most difficult things in the Christian life is to wait patiently on God’s timing.  We may not always understand why it is  necessary to wait, but in His infinite wisdom and perfect timing, God will answer our prayers and sustain us while we wait.


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A Cove Recipe: Banana Pudding

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food! 

Ingredients:
1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup whole milk
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 oz heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Vanilla Wafers
Bananas, sliced as needed
Extra sweetened whipped cream as needed for topping

Whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar into soft peaks. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole milk, condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the pudding mix and continue whisking for 2 minutes. Fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture 1/3 portions at a time. In the bottom of a 9”x9” casserole dish, spread an even layer of vanilla wafers. Spread sliced bananas on top of wafers. Spread half of pudding mixture over the bananas. Repeat wafers, bananas, and pudding.

Top with sweetened whipped cream. For best results, make 1 day ahead of time and chill overnight. Enjoy.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 147:10-11

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 147:10-11 (NIV).

“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor His delight in the legs of the warrior;
the Lord delights in those who fear Him,
    who put their hope in His unfailing love.”

The Lord has found great value in each of us, despite the weaknesses and inadequacies that we see in ourselves.   He only asks that we turn our hearts to Him.


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A Wonderful Cove Recipe: Teriyaki-Honey Glazed Pork Chop

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food!

O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Him. (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).

Smooth, sweet, and salty flavors are joined together in this Grilled Pork Chop with Teriyaki-Honey Glaze dish.  It is a perfect combination and will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.

This dish is a great meal to serve on a chilly evening and will remind you of warm summer nights.  From The Cove dining room to your own home table, this recipe is bound to be a hit.

Grilled Pork Chops with Teriyaki-Honey Glaze
Serves 4

4 Pork Chops
3/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Marinade pork chop in soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, and scallions for two hours. Remove from marinade and pat dry with paper towel. Save marinade and bring to a boil in a sauce pan.  Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook down for 15 minutes. Incorporate honey and light brown sugar in saucepan.  Remove from heat once sugar is dissolved.  Grill pork chops 12-15 minutes at a medium temperature, turning meat over halfway through.  Drizzle teriyaki glaze over pork chops and serve immediately.

We suggest serving with Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto and Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus. Enjoy!


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Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

If we are willing to turn from sin and allow God to direct our lives, He will heal and protect our land.  His favor is upon those that are faithful and committed to Him.

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