A Special Thanksgiving Message from Will Graham

Dear Friends,

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” – Psalm 107:9, NKJV

The world is filled with hungry souls, people who are searching for satisfaction yet finding only emptiness. As we enter this 2018 Thanksgiving season, I want to take a moment to thank you for partnering with us in sharing the true hope that fills longing souls with the goodness of the Savior.

We have seen incredible things take place this year as God has drawn hundreds of thousands to Himself.  It’s also been an emotional year – one in which we had to say goodbye (for a time) to my grandfather, Billy Graham. He would have turned 100 on November 7.

Through it all – through every tear and triumph – the Gospel was proclaimed to the ends of the earth.

The beautiful thing, of course, is that you can’t talk about Billy Graham without sharing his message – the unchanging message that he carried over the course of eight decades of faithful ministry. The news media (not to mention social media) shared the hope of the cross as my grandfather was memorialized from the United States to Australia, from China to Saudi Arabia, and the Holy Spirit was at work calling broken hearts to repentance and salvation.

Friends like you have been with us every step of the way, sharing in the burden through your prayers and support, and sharing in the harvest as God moved in extraordinary ways to soften the hearts of those who are desperate for the hope that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus.

For this, I just want to say thank you.

Thank you for your love for me and my family as we mourned and celebrated my grandfather’s homegoing. And thank you for your continued faithful support as co-laborers in Christ, allowing us the opportunity to continue sharing His hope with people around the world.

Beginning in April, I conducted three Celebrations (which is what I call my Crusade outreaches) on three continents in three months. I preached in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee, then traveled to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia, in May, to share the Good News in the Outback. I followed that with a series of evangelistic meetings in the historic city of Falkirk, Scotland.

A few weeks ago, I was in Canada for back-to-back weekends in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (a remote community near the Arctic Circle), and then in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I’ll finish my year with events in two cities in Thailand in early December.

Meanwhile, my father, Franklin Graham, has been boldly sharing the Gospel near and far, taking a faithful stand for Christ in the United States and abroad. More than 120,000 heard the Gospel during the Decision America California Tour and the Decision American Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) Tour. My dad also shared the hope and love of Christ during multi-day Festivals in Lisbon, Portugal; Lancashire, England; and Monterrey, Mexico.

Through it all, God has drawn many broken hearts to respond and begin a relationship with Jesus.

I’m often asked if I’ve ever seen a miracle, and I respond that I’m blessed to see them regularly. Every time I see weary wanderers fall to their knees with tears streaming down their faces, crying out to Jesus for forgiveness and the hope of eternity, I see that which was once dead made alive again in Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 2:5). We thank God for His faithfulness in providing the harvest as we serve Him as sowers of the seed.

As God opens doors for 2019, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association already has evangelistic events scheduled in 28 cities on five continents next year, with more in the works. I have accepted invitations to lead evangelistic celebrations in nine of those cities–in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

My friends, I share all of these things because they are possible as a result of your involvement.  Eternities are changed because you feel led by God to come alongside us in this ministry, and – as we celebrate Thanksgiving and begin turning our eyes to the Christmas season – I sincerely want you to know how thankful I am for each of you, your prayers, and your generosity.

Thank you for helping my father, me, and all of BGEA proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Take joy in the fact that God is using you to reach souls for His glory!

Blessings,

Will Graham

Bible Verses For The Week: Thankfulness

We have so much to be thankful for, and it starts with Jesus Christ. He paid the ultimate price so that we can have freedom and hope for eternity. As we begin this week, let’s remember to thank our Lord for everything He’s done for us.

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1, NIV). 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV). 
“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:8-9, NIV). 

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5, NIV).

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him”(Psalm 28:7, NIV).

 


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Thanksgiving: A Psalm by Quinn Graham

As we approach the week of Thanksgiving,  it is a good time to remember everything that we can be thankful for and to give God our praise. Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, has written a special  psalm to share. This one, entitled “Thanksgiving” is a great reminder to be thankful. Let’s start our weekend with a thankful heart.

Thanksgiving

The day of thanks and giving has come

Thanksgiving is the day where we give thanks to God                               

He gave us life

He died for us, for our   sins

He gave us this land which now we call home

Now it’s our time to give our thanks to God

We celebrate our Thanksgiving in the name of God

We pray before we cut the turkey that He has provided us

We gather our families to have a special dinner

The dinner wouldn’t be there without God

We have faith and hope in God

We give our thanks to God

God gives us eternal life

That is what Thanksgiving is about

 By: Quinn Graham


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Operation Christmas Child: Highlight

We wanted to take an opportunity to highlight this incredible ministry that is making such a difference around the world. Operation Christmas Child is in full effect but it is actually something that you can participate in year round.

At nearly 5,000 locations across the nation, volunteers will welcome and pray with people who drop-off Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The Cove is one of these locations. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries.

This is your chance to truly make a difference and impact in the lives of children across the world.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child visit their website and click here. The last day to drop off your shoebox at The Cove is Monday, November 19th. Weekdays: 9am-5pm. Saturday: 12pm-6pm. Sunday 1pm-6pm and Monday, November 19th: 9am-8pm.



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Verse of the Week: Romans 11:36



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Weekly Bible Verse: Colossians 3:17

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Colossians 3:17:

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 

This month is a time to reflect on being Thankful! Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. What are you thankful for?


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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).


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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)


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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 44:21-22

Our Weekly Bible Verse comes from Isaiah 44: 21-22 (NIV)

Remember these things, Jacob,
  for you, Israel, are my servant.
I have made you, you are my servant;
   Israel, I will not forget you.
 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
    your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
    for I have redeemed you.

He has come to set us free! As you go through your week, remember that He is the One that redeems the past and gives a fresh start. He makes all things new! Walk in freedom this week! Walk in His love this week! Walk in His peace this week! Walk with Him!


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Never Give Up: 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 “Never Give Up” is a great reminder that we can get through anything with God.

NEVER GIVE UP: By Quinn Graham 

Never give up                                                                                 

Never let the Devil win

You can do it!

You can do it through God

You can do anything through Him

You just can’t give up

Give up and the Devil wins

Don’t give up and you win

But you can’t do everything

That’s why God helps

He helps you fight the Devil

He helps you make the Devil lose

Believe in God and never give up.


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