Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 26:3

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 26: 3 (NIV)

“You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.”

The Lord wants to be your relief from worries and stress.  He is the source of peace.  When we keep our hearts and minds on Him, He will sustain us and keep us moving forward in His perfect plan.


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I Am Not Afraid

One of our newest interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Abigail Bowen, wrote a devotion entitled, “I Am Not Afraid” that we would like to share with you. 

I Am (not) Afraid

Every day we come face to face with our fears. Fears of failure, of not being enough, of rejection, loss, hurt, and many others. When our fears make their appearance, we pull our guard up and use cleaver phrases to disguise the real reason we won’t do something. “I’m not qualified,” we say. “Someone else would be better at that.” Or even, “Someone else is already doing that, and I wouldn’t be as good.” Translated, these excuses say one thing: “I am afraid.”

In the Bible, there are so many examples of courageous men and women who hardly seemed fazed by these types of fears. God, however, was intentional in making sure that there was a backstory for each of those people. He revealed character flaws in everyone so that when we read the Bible, we can see the way He works through people, despite their fears and flaws.

Moses is a man God worked through in incredible ways. But the grand moment when God appeared to Moses in the burning bush and called him to free the Israelite’s, he made excuses about his qualifications for the task.

In Exodus 3:11, right after God finished telling Moses His desire for him to rescue His people from slavery, Moses responded, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” To which God explained, “I will certainly be with you” (3:12). That wasn’t enough for Moses. He kept asking for signs and proof that God was who He said He was. He said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you” (4:1). So, God gave him more signs and more miracles. Even after he exhausted all of his questions, and God thoroughly proved Himself, Moses had one more excuse: “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (4:10).

Whenever I read this story, I always think to myself, “Moses, C’mon! God is literally talking to you through a burning bush what more do you need?” But then, I remember how many times I am scared to do what I know God is calling me to do. I turn to him with all my excuses and questions, trying to convince Him that He has the wrong person for the job.

That’s what fear does in our lives—it keeps us from listening to the burning-bush moments from God. It tells us that we need more evidence that this is what we’re supposed to do, where we’re supposed to go. Or, fear comes in and simply tells us that we aren’t qualified.

We all know how the story ended: Moses went to Egypt and rescued the people, but he could only do that because he trusted God. God doesn’t rely on what we can do; He focuses on what he can do through us. So, when God calls you to something, and life throws the doubts into your mind, remember what He promised Moses.

“I will certainly be with you” Exodus 3:12 (NKJV).


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Weekly Bible Verse: 1 Samuel 12:16

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 1 Samuel 12:16 (NIV)

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!”

When our faith and trust is in the Lord, then He will do exceedingly more in our lives than we can imagine. Just have patience, trust His plan, and be expectant of great things ahead.


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The Cove Snapshot: A Week at The Cove

We had a wonderful week that started with a Pastor Renewal Retreat with Pastor Jim Cymbala. This is a ministry that we offer at The Cove that is completely free for active pastors and their spouses. They enjoy free meals and lodging. Many pastors come here to just be refreshed and rejuvenated to continue in God’s Kingdom work.

We also had several guest groups to join us. One of the groups brought over 150 of their ministry team for a leadership conference. The guest group called Ceizs USA is a church from Miami. The founding church is in Brazil. This group traveled from Miami to The Cove and had an incredible time. Here are a few pictures of the group.

Praying together for revival in their city.

Lead Pastor and founder of Ceizs Church in Brazil, Pastor Marco Peixoto sharing a special message with the group.

Several members from Ceizs USA church in Miami.

The Cove offers the perfect place for groups to get away year-round and experience rich fellowship with one another- and with God. Surrounded by 1,200 acres of natural beauty but only minutes from downtown Asheville, The Cove’s surroundings provide the ideal setting for a conference, ministry retreat, or donor event.


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Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NKJV)

And He said to me,  ‘My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness. ‘ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ”

During the times that we face unexpected trials or hardships, we can know God will be there to guide us through.  Through Him, we have hope and guidance to move forward.


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June Prayer Note

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.

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“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV)

 The Stories Jesus Told: Renewing Our Minds Through the Parables

The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV)

Do you recall sensing the presence of the Lord the first time you drove into The Cove?  Perhaps you have been told by guests, “I felt the presence of God as I arrived on property.”  It’s a common refrain we enjoy and will never tire of hearing.   But, even more, it’s an answer to the prayers of our founders and staff.

At The Cove dedication in May of 1993, Billy Graham told of his and Ruth’s visits to this property.  The Grahams, “came over and looked at The Cove several times.  One day, she and I walked up this mountain and climbed to the top, came down about half way and then she and I had a prayer meeting ourselves, just the two of us.  And we dedicated this property to the Lord.”

Each department across Cove property could tell of times the Lord has gone before them, prompting them to speak to someone, to double check something, to pray for a specific guest or co-worker, to share a particular Scripture, to make a phone call.  Later they would discover how the thing they were prompted to do was the very thing someone needed or the detail they might have missed had they not been obedient to His prompting.  Yes, the Lord goes before us and we are so grateful.  If it were left up to us, we would certainly fail.  Yet, as we serve and seek the Lord, we have the assurance He is involved in the details of The Cove’s workings, as well as the intimate details of our personal comings and goings.

Mr. Graham, determined this property should be used for none other than the Lord’s purposes, made the following bold statement, “I give God the glory for making The Cove possible.  If The Cove ever departs from this vision, then ‘Ichabod’ – the Lord hath departed – will be written over this place. And may every one of us pray this will never happen to The Cove.”

As you pray this month, inviting the Lord into June’s events at The Cove, remember to pray that we stay true to His calling, for His glory.  What great assurance we have knowing it is the people the Lord loves, cares about and goes before – our guests, our leadership, our co-workers and you.

Written by: Laura Brown


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Weekly Bible Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:15

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)

…This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

The monumental battles in life are not monumental to our God who has already overcome this world.


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Distractions: A Psalm By Quinn Graham

We have a modern-day psalmist on our hands:  Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, has written a special  psalm to share. This one, entitled “Distractions” is a great reminder for us to keep our focus on God. 

Distractions

I

Distractions are a big thing in our world

They well… distract us

They distract us from God

You should never get distracted from God

When getting distracted you tend to put God aside

When you put Him aside for later you tend to forget                     

And when you forget about Him

You could take a wrong turn in the  path and start heading away from God

Heading away from God is a bad thing

 

II

At first you may not notice it

Then it grows

You start to feel like something is missing but you don’t know what

Even though you know God exist you still have a hole in you

That’s when you know you have wandered to far from Him

Instead of putting Him first you start putting the things that distract you first

You care more about your idol than your God

Once noticing it you would want to turn back to Him

But the problem is the Devil           

He wants you to stay distracted

He wants you to love your idol more than God

That’s when you know that enough is enough

And you need to put your idol down and go back to God

 

III

God’s hands are always open, and He will forgive you no matter what

He loves you no matter what you did

You may have other things in life that distract you but…

You just need to put God first.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 55:22

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

“Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken”

Throughout the Bible, God tells us that we can lean on Him in times of struggle and He will take care of us.  There is nothing He does not understand and nothing beyond His control.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 19:32

Our weekly bible verse comes from Psalm 19: 32:

It is God who arms me with strength
    and keeps my way secure.”

Where would we be without strength and guidance from our Heavenly Father?  Even in the valley, with Him as our guide, we will never be lost.


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