Recipe from The Cove’s Kitchen: Famous Key Lime Pie

At The Cove, we are blessed with amazingly gifted chefs with a heart to serve God. 

A recipe that has been requested many times over the years has now been released from the “vault”! 

Key Lime Pie with branding

The late French-born chef, Jean-Claude Mille, was celebrated for his exquisite cuisine and cooking expertise. Jean-Claude once shared the famous key lime pie recipe he served while at The Cove, described by one guest as, “simply the best I’ve had!” 

Yesterday’s Restaurant Famous Key Lime Pie
Served at The Cove

Makes one 9-inch pie, 6-8 servings
Preparation time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Crust
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 (3 oz) cup sugar
½ stick (2 oz) unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup walnuts, chopped fine and oven toasted

Filling
6 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure only)
4 tablespoons lime zest, grated
2 – 14oz cans of Borden Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup fresh key lime juice or fresh squeezed lime juice

Topping
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

Preparation

For the Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix together: graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter, and toasted walnuts and combine well.  Put mixture in a 9 inch glass oven-proof pan and press evenly in pan.  Bake crust in oven for 15 minutes and let it cool down.

For the Filling:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
It’s easier to remove the lime zest from whole limes.  Then cut the limes in half and squeeze out the juice and strain to exclude the pits.  Put aside.

1.  Whisk the egg yolks, vanilla extract and lime zest together in a bowl.  This takes about 2 minutes.
2.  Slowly add the condensed milk.  Add the juice and whisk well.
3.  Pour filling into crust and bake for about 15 minutes.
4.  Let the pie cool down and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

For the Topping:
Pour the heavy cream in to a very clean bowl.  Add the vanilla extract and whisk until firm.
Top the pie with the whipped cream, add walnuts, sprinkle with sugar and serve. 

Enjoy!

Find additional recipes from The Cove kitchen here.

Enjoy delicious recipes like this on your next stay at The Cove.  Click here to see a full list of upcoming events at The Cove or contact our Guest Group department to book a group retreat.

Does Your Love Language Apply to Your Relationship With God?

Does our love language apply to our relationship with God?

Yes, it does! 

Gary Chapman, author of #1 NY Times Bestseller The 5 Love Languages, explains how here.

Don’t know what your love language is?  Not to worry, click here to take a simple test.    

Gary Chapman will be leading a Military Marriage Retreat at The Cove on June 27-29, 2014.  It’s free too!  Registration does not open until October of 2013.  Click here for information on Cove military scholarships.       

Kendra’s Bible Study…Exodus 14: 10-14

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our 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)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Exodus 14: 10-14 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

10.    Israel looked, the Egyptians were marching after them, they became frightened & to the LORD
11.    They said to Moses, “Why have you dealt with us this way? Bringing us out of Egypt?
12.
   Is this not the word we spoke, “Leave us alone to serve the Egyptians?”
13.  Do not fear.  Stand and see the salvation of the LORD.
14.  a.The LORD will fight.
       b. You keep silent.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing? 

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?  Meditate on these.  Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

10.   When I am looking down at the shadow I will miss the LIGHT which is UP.  Don’t give so much power to my circumstances, give the power to the One who is sovereign over them.
11.  I’m so quick to downshift into thinking God hates me and wants me to suffer, when really the intent here is complete and total deliverance.
12.  God will not stop chasing, seeking, and keeping His Word to (His people) me regardless of my response to Him.
13.  God knows I am struggling, He knows it’s hard, that is why He hasn’t asked me to fight, He has just asked me to stand.. knees knocking and hands shaking.
14.  a. God does the work… a lot of times though, it is not done in the way I want or in a way that makes me comfortable.
b. BE still and know I AM God, yes, I AM talking to you.  Just stop… stop… and look for Me, because when you do, you will see me fighting for you for the sake of My name.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

10.   Where am I looking in life for deliverance and answers? Dr Phil? The most recent book published on 10 ways to “Un-Slump” yourself? Everywhere and everyone else but the One who died in order to walk with me through these times when I am in the valley of the shadow of death?
11.    Do I think God wants to deliver me, or make me suffer?  Honestly. It’s time to drop the Sunday School answers and be honest…. lay it out to Him, (BTW, He already knows)
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2.   When has God kept His Word to me regardless of my response to Him?  How is God keeping His Word to me today even though I may be shaking my fists @ Him?
13.   Am I willing to be honest with God? He knows already… Where has God asked me to trust Him and have the courage to stand?  Through a disease, an addiction, my past or present circumstances, through a situation that has left more questions than answers?  Will I “hold the line” clinging to His very promise to me in His Word?
14.   a. Have I been expecting God to work in a certain way, an easier way that makes sense to me? Am I begging God to change my situation promising I will then believe, when God is begging me to believe Him and watch how He changes my situation?
b.  Do I really believe God will fight for me? When has God fought for me?  How do I need God to fight for me? Again… lay it out, the way my sheepie eyes see it… God speaks “sheep” He will understand.

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.

Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.              

My God will NEVER let go…. Help my unbelief.  STAND where He has asked, knees knocking, hands shaking, eyes open God will deliver, even me. 

HOMEWORK: Do the Three Questions on Exodus 33… read it… whatever verses stand out to you… do them!

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

George Beverly Shea Turns 104 Today!

Join us in wishing George Beverly Shea a happy 104th birthday! 

For the past 60+ years, Bev Shea and Cliff Barrows have been the core of the musical team for Rev. Billy Graham’s Crusade ministry.

“I’ve been listening to Bev Shea sing for more than 50 years, and I would still rather hear him sing than anyone else I know.” — Billy Graham

Grammy award winning Bev Shea, has made a handful of appearances alongside his good friend, Cliff Barrows, during  SeniorCelebrations here at The Cove over the last several years.

When the two old friends get together, tales will be told and songs will be sung.  It is a delight to witness their walk down memory lane!

Watch this never before seen footage of Bev Shea and Cliff Barrows as they reminisce and sing during a 2011 SeniorCelebration at The Cove.

Join Cliff Barrows and Friends at The Cove in an upcoming SeniorCelebration. Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more information and to register.

Kendra Graham Bible Study…Joshua 8:1-10

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our 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)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8: 1-10 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

1a.  The LORD said, Do not fear or be dismayed.
1b. Take all the people of war with you.
1c. Go to Ai.
1d. I have given: the king of Ai, his people & land.
2a. Do to Ai & its king like Jericho, only take spoil & cattle.
2.b. Set an ambush for the city.
3. So J
oshua rose with all the people of war to go to Ai.
4
. He commanded, “Ambush the city, be ready”.
5
. They will come out after us, so we will flee.
6-7. Rise from your ambush. When you seize the city, set it on fire according to the Word of the LORD.
9-10. So Joshua spent the night there, rose early, mustered the people and went to Ai. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?
Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?  Meditate on these.  Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

1a.  God RENEWS our confidence in Him w/ the promises in His Word.
1b. God kindly RESTORES the ENTIRE nation, my past sin does not disqualify me for present service to the King of kings.
1c. God REDEEMS my past often times by wanting to replace THAT PLACE that has a testimony of failure with a testimony of His victory! (It HAD to be Ai before they moved on, or that past would beat them down time after time after time… festering in the back of their heads and hearts burdening them with shame…).
1c. God REMINDS His people that His plan and calling on their life has not changed in the least, and reminds ALL of them His promise still stands…. His promises have no expiration regardless of my actions.
2a.  God does NOT hold my past against me! Regardless of my past failure, my present obedience will end in BLESSING.  This time they get a material blessing too! Often times God wants to bless me, but I turn it down knowing I don’t deserve it.
2b.  God gives Joshua the plan.  Trust in God to lead you where and how you need to be led…. not necessarily where I want to be led.  God will always reveal His plan.  I need to be careful to do all (Joshua 1:8).
3.  God uses everyone to obtain the victory.  It is not up to one part of the body of Christ, but the body of Christ as a WHOLE.  YOUR PERSONAL OBEDIENCE MATTERS!
4. God’s instructions are clear. Don’t change them or add to them.
5. Joshua follows God’s plan for an ambush. Don’t try to use another plan or way than the one God reveals.
6-7. Wait… hold in position until it is time to go! HAVE PATIENCE in my holding pattern!8. Be careful to listen to and obey because it is the Word of the LORD… truly truly.
9-10:  When God asks me to do something, don’t delegate it out.  Rise early to obey.  ‘Lead by deeds not words’ (George Washington)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

1a.Am I allowing God’s Word to give me confidence or do I tend to believe others and the words going around in my head instead?
1b. Have I settled to believe the lie that God cannot do anything with me because my life was or is a mess?
1c.  Do I know the promises God has spoken over ME?
2a. Do I think God is always trying to find new ways to beat me down with consequences over my past?  Do I have the courage and humility it will take for me to 1. obey God, and then 2. accept His blessing!?
2b.  Am I willing to ask God what His plan for me is?  Or do I just want Him to bless my plans for me?
3.  How and where is God calling me to obedience?  Do I realize my obedience matters A LOT to God and is a BIG DEAL???
4. Do I beg God for direction only when I get it I beg for another set of instructions that I am more comfortable with?
5.
Do I tend to make God’s plans more palatable to coincide with my own idea of common sense?  If I sprinkle my plans… with God’s plans… hmmm?
6-7. Why is it so hard to WAIT on God’s timing?
8. Am I careful with the instructions God has given me, and am I careful to do all He is asked, NOTHING MORE (We LOVE to do more… makes us look better, in our eyes, right? and careful not to pick and choose the things I like).
9-10.  Is it time that I acted on those things I have claimed for so long to believe?

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.
Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.
OBEY.  LET GOD DEAL WITH THE THINGS IN MY LIFE HE NEEDS TO DEAL WITH TO BRING ME INTO A RESTORED PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.  PRESS IN.  FACE IT. REFUSE TO RUN. God’s plans are right.

HOMEWORK:  Do the Three Questions on Acts 16:22-32  OR EXTRA CREDIT: 16:6-40!

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

A Message From Will Graham: A Look at 2013

By Will Graham, Executive Director, The Cove

At the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, we’re praising God for an effective and blessed year of ministry in 2012. We saw God work in awesome ways as thousands came to study from His Word, receive rest and renewal, and return to their ministries and lives ready to make an impact for Him.

Now, as we celebrate The Cove’s 25th anniversary in 2013, we’re praying for an even more exciting year!

In addition to the peaceful surroundings and solid Bible teaching you’ve come to expect from The Cove, we’re doing a few new things this year that we’d like to tell you about.

First, if you’ve always wanted to take a seminary class but have never had the opportunity, you will have a chance this year. We’re working with Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) to hold an Intensive Bible Training event titled “The BIG Picture: Grasping the Master’s Plan from Genesis to Revelation.” Mark Yarborough, vice president for Academic Affairs, academic dean and assistant professor at the seminary, will lead this in-depth five-day seminar (June 24-28). As a Cove participant, you are going to love delving into the Bible in a real and meaningful way, and this is open to you whether you have ever had any formal Bible training or not. DTS students will have the option of attending to earn credit, and you can take the course alongside them (without ever having to fill out a seminary application!).

Another new opportunity this year will be select no-fee seminars. There are five in all.  Herb Reavis will lead a seminar next month titled “The Power and Possibilities of Genuine Revival,” Sinclair Ferguson, a seminar in March titled “Four Hours with the Master,” Jim Henry, a seminar in May titled “Sermons in Stone,” and in August, Neil Anderson, a seminar titled, Rough Road to Freedom, and Pedro Garcia, a seminar titled, “Tension: How God can use Stress to Save Your Life.”  These will include the seminar for just the cost of lodging and meals at The Cove. In other words, enjoy the on-site accommodations and gourmet meals, and you will be able to attend the seminar for free!

Finally, something that is near and dear to me. I must admit that I love the book of 1st Samuel. There are so many life-changing lessons in that book, and I love to preach and teach out of it. In October, I’m going to begin the process of teaching through the entire book in the format of a Cove Seminar, which will be titled “Second-Guessing God’s Plan.” I’m going to aim to work through 1st Samuel 1-4 during the three-day seminar. Then, next year I’ll pick it up again and keep progressing through the book. As far as I know, this is the first time we’ve ever made a single book of the Bible an ongoing, intensive, multi-year focus, and I’m really looking forward to digging into the meat of 1st Samuel with you!

Of course, we’re excited about these new opportunities, but they only scratch the surface of what is taking place this year at The Cove. We’ll have seminars from well-known Bible teachers like Jack Hayford, James Dobson, Pedro Garcia, Jim Cymbala, Chip Ingram and more; two military marriage seminars, one in February and the other in June, to strengthen the families of our service members; and several Evening at The Cove concert events featuring intimate performances by many of your favorite Christian artists. You can find a full list of what is coming up in 2013 at www.thecove.org.

On behalf of the entire staff of The Cove, thank you for praying for us and allowing us to serve you. God bless you and your family this year!

Fun with Words

Looking for something fun to do over the weekend? 

How about making your own word collage.

To create ours, we pasted in all the words describing events and programs at The Cove in the month of March and voilà, here’s what came out.

Would be fun to create one with Scripture verses too! 

 

Try making your own.  Visit www.Wordle.net.

Paste a link to your creation in our comment section below so we can see yours too!

Enjoy your weekend!  God bless you.      

Five Free Seminars at The Cove in 2013

This year we are delighted to offer five 3-day seminars for free

That means there is no program fee.  A single person will save $279, a couple will save $558 per seminar! 

Sound too good to be true? 


It’s not! 
You pay for lodging and meals only!

We hope you will join us for one of these outstanding seminars. 

The Power and Possibilities of Genuine Revival with Herb Reavis
February 20-22
Click here for details.
 

Four Hours With the Master with Sinclair Ferguson
March 19-21
Click here for details.  

Sermons in Stone with Jim Henry
May 28-30
Click here for details. 

Rough Road to Freedom with Neil Anderson
August 13-15
Click here for details.

Tension: How God Can Use Stress to Save Your Life with Pedro Garcia
August 23-25
Click here for details. 

Not able to make it?  Tell a friend or family member.  A nice opportunity to introduce The Cove to your loved ones!

Which topic or speaker peaks your interest and why?

Visit us at www.TheCove.org or call 1-800-950-2092.

Kendra’s Bible Study…John 10: 1-10

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our 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)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 10:1-10

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

1.   Truly truly I say to you.
2.  He who enters by the door is a shepherd
3.  He calls His own sheep by name
4.  He goes before them
5.    A stranger they will not follow  – the voice of others do not resonate like Jesus
6.    They did not understand
7.   Jesus said AGAIN, Truly truly, I say to you.
8.  All who came before are thieves, the sheep did not hear them
9.   I AM the door, ANYONE enter through me & be saved
10.  (a) The thief comes to: kill, steal, destroy.
10.  (b) I come that they have life, abundantly

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing? Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?  Meditate on these.  Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

1.  What Jesus says is the TRUTH, trustworthy, and His message is to me.
2.   The shepherd has nothing to hide, he comes through the door to claim his own. No need to trick anyone into following, nothing to hide, all is in the open.
3.   Our names have not slipped His mind, he knows my name and calls it. God doesn’t just say, “Hey ya’ll there at the Cove Tuesday night, come on, let’s roll” He calls each of us individually, because He knows our names and each of us is important enough to Him to come to and call personally.  I am personally important to the King of kings.
4.   Jesus is not asking us to go anywhere that He is not present.  Jesus leads from the front, not poking and prodding us from the rear.  Jesus doesn’t lead from a big armchair saying, “OK, Judy, you go left 5 paces, then turn 38 degrees clockwise… Paula, you take 10 steps back, then make a sharp right turn.”  He leads presently by going before us.  Jesus does not “drive” us out either.  He leads us. There is a difference. God forces me no where, He beckons, and wants me to follow Him.
5.   No voice like the voice of Jesus penetrates and draws our hearts to follow.
6.   Sometimes we just don’t “get” what Jesus is saying, or where He is leading & it’s ok.
7.   I LOVE the fact that Jesus is patient and will explain it again, in another way.  I seem to process things slower, and don’t understand a lot, yet the love of Jesus is so evident in His patient continual explanations. Jesus does not give up on us.  Here, He is continuing to explain to a group of people (Pharisees) who don’t want to get, nor will ever get it, but it doesn’t matter to Jesus… He seems to give up on none of His creation!  How comforting.  8.   Other people, things and ideas will try to trick and deceive, but true discernment is found in Jesus.
9.   Jesus is THE WAY to be saved.  You may think that exclusive, I see that as very clear.
10. (a) Others will always try to take the place of Jesus, but will always be found out in the end to be a fraud in the end and will leave me wanting, hurt and torn up.
10. (b) A life of abundance depends on me following Jesus. Take this world, but give me Jesus.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

1.   Where do I go to find Truth (the news, a friend, a spouse, a church)?  Does Truth even matter to me at all? Is my life based on the Truth of God’s Word, or the lies of the world?
2.  When have I been tricked into believing someone or something is true only to let down later?  Have I taken time to read the Words of Jesus and realize He put it all out there and was faithful to every last thing He said He would do?
3.  Have I ever felt that I have fallen through the cracks of God’s mind?  Why is it so easy for me to say I am insignificant, when Jesus Himself has said He not only knows my name, but calls my name?? Did I realize my God was such a personal God? When has He called my name?  Are my eyes in His Word and my ears tuned to His voice?
4.  Am I easily led by the Word of God with Jesus in the lead or do I have to fight everything wanting God to bless my path instead of walking down His path that is already blessed? Do I require a bit for my mouth so I will go or is my heart willing?
5.  Did I know following the lead of Jesus will never fade out with the fad?
6.  When have I been in need of further clarity in God’s leading? Where do I go for clarity? Is God’s Word first or last on that list? Did I realize how patient a teacher God is?
7.  When has Jesus patiently waited for and taught me?  When have I refused to give others the patience that Jesus has and is giving me?
8.   Do I go to God’s Word when I need discernment?Where am I in need of discernment today?
9.  Is it easier for me to believe There is one heaven, but many roads to it”?  Why? How much more confusing would it be for us if there were many roads?
10. (a)  When have I been let down by what I thought would make me happy and whole, only to find out when I received it I either wanted more, or I realized it just wasn’t enough, all that I hoped for?
10. (b) Did I realize Jesus came to give me an abundant life? Did I realize the life I have been looking for is the life that is only found in Jesus?  On who or what is my life ruled by now? Ambitions for a better job, better kids, better house, better marriage….

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.
Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Jesus does not force me to follow Him, but when I follow where He leads, I will find the abundant life He created me to have.  Where is Jesus leading me, and do I have the ears to hear, the heart to listen and the faith to follow?

HOMEWORK:  Do the Three Questions on Joshua 8:1-10  OR EXTRA CREDIT: THE WHOLE CHAPTER!

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra Graham Bible Study…Psalm 23:1-2

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share our 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…the application)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from PSALM 23:1-2

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  FACTS

1.   The LORD is my shepherd
2.   He makes me lay in green pastures, He leads beside quiet waters.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  THE LESSONS

1.   We are all led by someone or something, the LORD is a shepherd
2.   The LORD leads us to places of provision and REST.
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b. The LORD leads each lamb from the front, He doesn’t drive them from behind.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? APPLICATION

1.   Who or what is the driving force behind what I do or don’t do?
2.   Do I believe God has my best interests at heart or do I think He is kind of a “Pied Piper” shepherd just waiting to lead me right off a cliff? Do I believe God will provide for me?
2b. Am I willing to be lead by the LORD or do I just prefer to pick the places and beg Him to bless them? 

 Homework: JOHN 10: 1-10

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