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.
2
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

2013 Cove Program Guide Is Here!

Did you receive your 2013 Cove Program Guide this week? 

WARNING!  You may be compelled to grab a cup of tea, find a comfy chair and savor the experience of reading through this journal style guide to what’s happening at The Cove in 2013.


Whether you attend a life-changing seminar,  a Women’s Day Away program, a guided or self-directed Personal Spiritual Retreat, an uplifting Christian concert, a special senior adult program or are attending a retreat with a group from your church, you are sure to come away with a refreshed spirit and a testimony to share how God impacted your life while here at The Cove. 

 

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” — Mark 6:31  

Click here to visit our website to see what’s going at The Cove this year. 

To request a free 2013 Program Guide, please call 1-800-950-2092 or click here to make your request online. 

We hope to see you soon!   

Kendra’s Bible Study…Psalm 1:1

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)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Psalm 1:1 

What Does it Say?  FACTS
1a. Blessed is the man who does NOT walk in counsel of wicked
1b. Blessed is the man who does not stand in the path of sinners
1c. Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of Scoffers (mockers)

What Does it mean?  LESSONS
1a .A blessed man (a happy man) by God’s definition does not listen to or take advice from wicked men or women.  Wicked men and women are defined by those who are against God.  In this ever changing culture, there is a HUGE undercurrent of people avidly against God and anything His Word has to say.  Do not go to these people for advice on making life choices, family choices or business choices.  Their focus is not godly.  Wisdom comes from being choosy about who influences your life. 

1b. A blessed man by God’s definition does not stand in the path of sinners.  What does that mean?  Do not take up a lifestyle that is contrary to God’s Word thinking that you will be strong enough to say no and that you will only go “so far”.  I have heard people say that they have to experience what it is like to be a drunk so that they can witness to drunks.  This thinking is absolutely skewed.  Do not put yourself in positions, places or circumstances where making a godly choice is next to impossible. Live your life as an example of the light of Christ.  People are drawn to the Light, out of the darkness, if you become darkness, not only will your testimony become unnoticeable, you put yourself in a personal dangerous and precarious position.  We are to be in the world but not of the world (John 17:11-17).  

1c. Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of the scornful (mockers).  Do not make light of, scoff at or mock God’s holiness and His laws.  We have reached an incredibly low level in society when it seems like every sitcom, book and commentary takes time to mock the standard that God Almighty has put in place. If we respect God’s holiness and His laws, and we will be blessed and wise. 

What Does it Mean to me?  Applications
1a. Where do I go to get advice?  Do I prefer godly advice, based on the Word of God, or do I prefer worldly advice based on how I can get ahead?  What advice to I tend to follow?  What advice is easier to follow?

1b. Am I light to those around me of Christ or do I blend into the background hardly noticed because I’m just “one of the guys”? Do I want to be a light?

1c. Do I take God’s Word seriously?  How is God’s Word impacting my daily choices?  Is my life a testimony of respect or mockery toward God and His Word?  

Homework: Psalm 23:1-2 

If you are in the Asheville area we will be studying together for the next 7 weeks (on Tuesday evenings) Psalm 23.  This is a free woman’s Bible study!  Come join us.  I will try to keep things up to date online, but it’s nothing like being here at the Cove personally!  CD’s are also available in the bookstore for both the women’s studies (am & pm studies) if you can’t make it.  Call 828-298-2092 for more information about the CD’s or go online to read more about the Bible studies offered!

Women’s Bible Study at The Cove Starts Tomorrow

The Cove’s annual women’s Bible study begins tomorrow (Tuesday, January 8th)!

Come experience inspiring Bible teaching, meaningful worship, and rich fellowship with other women in the quiet, majestic beauty of The Cove.

Jane Derrick is back for her 16th year of teaching at The Cove.  Her study titled “Be Still, My Soul, and Know Your God” is the theme this year with teaching from the book of Psalm.

Jane’s 8-week Tuesday morning session begins at 9:45am.  An optional $10 lunch is available for purchase each week, but you must register for the lunch the Friday prior to each week.  

See Jane’s personal invitation here.

 

Kendra Graham, nurse, mother, soccer coach and wife to evangelist and Cove Executive Director, Will Graham, will be focusing her study, “Oh, the Places He Leads!”, on Psalm 23 and various other scripture texts providing an exciting journey through God’s word. 

Kendra’s 7-week Tuesday evening session begins at 6:30pm.      

See Kendra’s invitation here.


Bring a friend, your church group or a neighbor and join us this week.  Newcomers are always welcome.  While the Bible studies are free, we do ask that you register.  Call 1-800-950-2092 to register or visit www.TheCove.org/womens-events.    

See you tomorrow!

FREE Military Marriage Retreats at The Cove

It is an honor to support our brave men and women in the military.  Active duty, guard and reserve military personnel and their spouses are invited to a FREE Military Marriage Retreat on February 15-17 (June 28-30 too, see below) at The Cove in Asheville, NC. 

Participants will refresh their spirits as they stroll our extensive mountain trails, connect with new friends, and experience life-changing Bible teaching with a unique perspective on military marriages. 

Our speaker, John Cook, Chaplain (Army Colonel – Retired), has spent the vast majority of his life associated with the military and has a keen understanding of the challenges facing military families today. Pastor Cook currently serves as senior pastor at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C.   

“One of the things that God has revealed to me at The Cove Military Marriage retreat was we’ve been married for 16 years and the fact that we should never get complacent in our marriage.
No matter where you are, no matter whether you’re a newlywed or have been married for 30 years that you always need to grow.”

— 2012 Military Marriage Retreat Participant —

Would you like to spend Valentine’s Day with us too?  Come one day early for time to relax and enjoy an Evening at The Cove with Brandon Heath.  You will enjoy a delicious dinner and a worshipful concert while celebrating your love for one another.   Coming a day early can be included in your scholarship too!

“Our experience at the Cove was an absolute blessing.  We were both refreshed and renewed in our love for one another and our commitment to our marriage, our family, and our relationship with Jesus Christ.  The fact that the Military Scholarship Program made it  free of charge for us to attend, made it so much better and alleviated a financial burden.”
— Military Seminar Participant —

Space is limited so if you or someone you know is interested, register today.

We also have a Military Marriage retreat on June 28-30.  Click here for more information and to register.   

You will need to complete a short 1-page application for the military scholarship and fax it to (828) 771-4808 or mail it to: 

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
Attention Military Awards Committee
PO Box 19223
Asheville, NC 28815

Click here to download your military marriage retreat scholarship form. 

 

Cove Special for Your Church!

“Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer a space where change can take place.” – Henri Nouwen

Does your church staff or ministry group need time to get away and plan or be inspired for 2013?

Retreat to The Cove in Asheville, NC and Experience Renewal Together!

We are offering SUPER SPECIAL pricing during the months of January and February for two and three day retreats (special does not include attending a Cove programmed seminar).  Pricing starts as low as $99/person and includes lodging and meals! Pricing available for new contracts booked after January 3, 2013 only.  Click here for all the details.   

“Beautiful accomodations, being able to experience God’s creation…it was truly a mountaintop experience spiritually and physically.” — Conference Attendee 

We can accommodate small groups, such as board meetings and church staff retreats as well as large groups up to 460 guests.

Please make sure to pass along this information to your pastor, senior adult ministry leader, music minister, women’s ministry leader and even your small group leader. 

Watch here to see what The Cove experience is all about.

Call 1-800-950-2092 today to speak to a guest group representative about your group’s next retreat at The Cove.  

Happy New Year from The Cove!

Happy New Year from The Cove!

As you step into this new year, we pray you will feel God’s guiding presence. 

Following are a few of God’s promises to meditate on and hold near to your heart.      

God will show you the path of life.  Psalm 16:11

The Lord will guide you always.  Isaiah 58:11

God will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; He will counsel you and watch over you.  Psalm 32:8

You will hear Jesus’ voice and He calls you by name and leads you out. Jesus goes before you and you follow him, for you know his voice. You will by no means follow a stranger. John 10: 3-5

God bless you!

Photo courtesy of Patty Smith.

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