2013 FREE Women’s Bible Study at The Cove…Register Now!

 

 

 

 

Ladies, we are less than 3 months away from the 2013 Women’s Bible Study at The Cove!

Studies begin: Tuesday January 8th, 2013. 

If you have attended before, we hope you and your friends will be coming back.  If you have never been, we hope you will come and join other local woman in an encouraging time of fellowship and studying the Word of God in the quiet, majestic beauty of The Cove!   

Our 8-week Tuesday morning study, on the Book of Psalms, will be led by Jane Derrick beginning at 9:45 a.m. and concluding at noon.  There will be an optional lunch available for $10. 

Watch here as Jane gives you a special invitation. 

Our 7-week Tuesday evening study, Oh, the Places He Leads, focusing on Psalm 23, will be led by Kendra Graham beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m.  

Watch here as Kendra Graham shares a poem that is certain to pique your appetite for this study.

While the studies are free to attend, you must register to participate.  Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register.   

Are you in an existing Bible study and/or Sunday school group?  Take a break from your routine and let these 7 and 8 week studies be a special time of renewal and inspiration for your entire group. 

A Message from Will Graham: Pastor Appreciation Month

By Will Graham:

It is continually humbling to be compared – and even mentioned in the same sentence – as the wonderful man of God that I call Daddy Bill, my grandfather Billy Graham. But many people may not know one key aspect of ministry that both my grandfather and I share: we both started our ministries as pastors of local churches.

When my grandfather was a student at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., he served as part-time pastor of an area church. Then, as he finished his studies, he became pastor of a church in Western Springs, Ill.  He wrote in his autobiography that he was so enthusiastic that he accepted the call without even asking my grandmother, to whom he was engaged!

My path to the local church took a similar route, except that I had absolutely, positively zero desire to be a pastor. As I became a student at Liberty University, I spoke with my dad about my major, and he suggested that I focus on Bible and Business. “No matter what you do later in life, those two areas will serve you well,” he told me.

I took his advice, and – as a young student – I fell in love with the Bible. I became a sponge, soaking up all the wisdom I could possibly gather from my professors. I grew to see the Bible not as a collection of stories, but as one continuous narrative of God’s love for us from Genesis to Revelation.

Despite this passion for God’s Word and the burden I felt to tell others of His love for them, I still fought the idea of ever being a pastor of a church. I didn’t want it! To me, pastors were underappreciated and underpaid. They were stuck dealing with unwinnable situations in interpersonal and interchurch conflicts and were often told everything they were doing wrong (not what they were doing right).

Yes, I even went so far as to tell God, “Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll go wherever you want me to go and do whatever you want me to do, but I’m not going to be a pastor.” Looking back, this little statement certainly fits the old saying, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

I went on from Liberty to seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and it was there that Pastor Ron Rowe of Bay Leaf Baptist Church convinced me that – even though I didn’t want to be a pastor – it would still be good for me to get experience in a local church. He pointed out that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) always develops good relationships with churches where they are holding outreaches, and this experience would give me another perspective if I did end up as a part of the organization that bears my grandfather’s name.

His argument made sense to me, and I became an intern at Bay Leaf. Eventually I became the pastor of Bay Leaf’s church plant, Wakefield Baptist Church.

My friends, I loved it! It was one of the greatest honors of my life to lead that church plant and minister to the wonderful folks there. When the time came for God to call me to my evangelistic ministry and position with BGEA, I didn’t want to go. I wept openly because I didn’t want to leave, but when God directs your path, you follow. That’s one thing I learned through the process.

So, why am I sharing this whole story with you? It’s Pastor Appreciation Month, and I want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to support and encourage the pastor of your church. “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other” (1 Thessalonians 5:1–13, NIV).

Whether your pastor entered the local mission field enthusiastically like my grandfather, or reluctantly like me, his calling is not one to be taken lightly. On any given day, your pastor is – with God’s help – guiding a flock that is dealing with depression, infighting, spiritual warfare, budget issues, divorce, lost jobs, deaths, and life-threatening diseases. And that’s in addition to all the other aspects of the role, like sermons, weddings, evangelism, programs for all ages, and community outreach.

Here are several questions for you to consider this month: Are you encouraging your pastor? Are you praying for your pastor? Are you seeking to build him up and not tear him down? Are you showing love and grace and support to your pastor’s spouse and family in order to make his job easier both at work and at home?

We all need to be held accountable and offered guidance at times, but is your criticism constructive and are you engaging your pastor in love and respect?

My friends, I ask you to please examine yourself and consider honestly your answers to the questions above. If you recognize that you are not being as supportive as you can be, start by praying for your pastor and let God direct your path from there. Make sure your pastor – and his family – know how much you appreciate him this month. And don’t let that encouragement end on October 31. Your pastor needs encouragement year-round, just like you and I do.

Considering giving a Cove gift certificate to show your appreciation to your pastor?  For more information or to to purchase, call 1-800-950-2092 .

Will Graham is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel under the banner of BGEA. Will has spoken to audiences around the world. He graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and in 2001 graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Will and his wife, Kendra, have three children. He currently serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 23:3-7

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 Joshua 23: 3-7 homework

Facts: What does it say?
v. 3  You have seen all that the LORD your God has done, He has been fighting for you.
V.4  See, I have apportioned TO YOU these nations which remain as inheritance, nations from the Jordan, to the Great Sea, to the setting sun.
v.5 The LORD will thrust them out, & drive them from you; you will possess their land as the LORD promised
v.6 BE very firm.  Keep and DO ALL written in the law of Moses, so you don’t turn right or left.
vs.7  So you will not associate with these nations, mention, serve or bow to their gods.

LESSONS.  What does it mean?
v.3  God is faithful to His promises and His people.  When God works in our lives, and gives us a testimony of His great power, we need to cling to that and set our hearts not to forget what He has done.
vs. 4  God has victories for His people to claim.
vs. 5  God calls us to do things that only He can accomplish.  When God calls us, there is always a gap between what we can do and what God must do (Crawford Lorrits).  This gap is where obedience is a must and our faith will be tested, but God will be glorified on the other side! BELIEVE IT!
vs. 6  Be FIRM and DO ALL…  Faith is a verb.  Faith becomes real, personal and tangible when we put to action and obey the God we say we believe in.  We obey with action, not just words. We cannot be a people of a great faith without being a people of great obedience.
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s.7 Bank tellers do not train with counterfeit dollars so they can pick out the false currency, they train day after day with the real deal, so when the fake comes along, it’s obvious & easy to spot.  We need not fill our minds with learning the intricacies of all other ideas and religions of the world, we need to fill our hearts and our homes with the very Word of God, the TRUTH, day in and day out, so when a counterfeit comes along, it’s easy not only for us to spot, but our children as well.

APPLICATION: What does it mean to me?
vs.3  Do I live my life upon the fact that God will continue to be faithful to His Word and faithful to me?  How has God been faithful to me in the past?  Do I need to cling to that for the present?
vs.4  What victories does God have for me to claim?  Do I choose to live in defeat over the victory God has given?  Perhaps I have not claimed the victory because I don’t want to show up to the battle God wants me to face?  (God gave Jericho to Joshua before the battle ever began, but Joshua still had to obey and show up on site! Joshua 5-6)
vs.5 What has God called me to that He must do? (Not where have I called myself to, or where I would like to be, or where I think I deserve to be, or where it is logical for me to be, this is God centered not me centered)  Have I spent time in God’s Word and asked Him?vs.6  Is it now that God is asking us to ACT upon those beliefs we have said for years that we so strongly believe? What would it look like if we as Christians actually lived out in real life what we say we believe in our hearts?  How will I begin to implement godly obedience in my life?
vs.7  Am I more concerned about the gods of this world and not offending anyone than I am with knowing the Everlasting God, the LORD Jehovah and the Creator of Heaven and earth?  

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?
Please share this blog link with them.

Homework: Joshua 23: 8-11

Time to register for our FREE annual Women’s Bible Study at The Cove.  Classes begin on Tuesday January 8, 2013 for both Kendra Graham’s evening study and for Jane Derrick’s morning study.  Bring a friend or your Sunday school class and enjoy digging into the Word in the beautiful setting of The Cove, in Asheville, NC. 

Click here for more information and to register or call 1-800-950-2092.

 

 

Gary Thomas to Teach on the Names of God

Gary Thomas, award-winning author, probably best known for Sacred Marriage, will teach us here at The Cove later this month about knowing the Object of our worship. Read below, as he explains why it is important to know the names of God.

We live in a self-important society. We take personality tests. We use social media to broadcast what is on our mind. We hear slogans that tell us we’re due something or we deserve a reward.

But, in order to live in such a way that God is most glorified, we must pursue a greater knowledge of Him.

“To really be who God made us to be, we must make it a priority to know Him over knowing ourselves. Who God is will transform our own lives, our relationships, and our own sense of identity,” explained Thomas.

God As Creator

One way Thomas will give the audience a biblical lens through which they can more closely examine God is to study Him as Creator. When we can emphasize God as our Creator as much as we do our Savior, this provides a stronger basis for worship.

“This understanding should change how we view our lives, days, body and money. God as Savior is such a glorious role. But He has a prior claim as creator.”

So, how does this understanding change the way we live?

“I think it feeds our worship. We realize just how great God is and that’s what informs our worship. We’re not relying on our feelings toward Him but leaning on a deeper understanding of who He is and what makes Him who He is,” said Thomas.

“The more we love Him and understand Him, we see that He’s better than we could have dreamed. And we gain an appreciation of who He is by studying His names.”

Not only can we know God deeper through understanding His names and his attributes, we can better understand ourselves. God’s position as creator, explains our call to create. We are called to a sense of mission.

“We are to be people who create. The problem is passivity. We’re not creating as God calls us to create. Fathers are leaving children instead of creating families. Instead of creating work or business, people are waiting for handouts. Instead of sharing our faith to create brothers and sisters in Christ, we often sit out these opportunities, afraid to do so.”

A Merciful God

Another name Thomas will examine during the seminar is “God the Merciful.”

We like to receive mercy, but we’re often slow to give it. Thomas hopes to help people become more merciful as he teaches them about the God of mercy.

“We’ll look at the well known passage in Micah that tells us to love mercy, act justly, and to walk humbly with God. We’re called to love, and out of that love we are to give mercy to others.”

Understanding: A Precursor to Change

Once we gain an understanding of God’s names and attributes (like Creator and Merciful), we get more than just knowledge: we’re called to action. We’re not learning just to gain information; we’re learning so we can change.

“Knowing who God is affects how we treat others. When we lack mercy, we have poisoned relationships because we’re holding on to things. Also, when we can understand who God is, for instance, as Creator, it changes the way we worship. We’re not just worshipping when the music is catchy or the hymns sound majestic, but we’re worshipping in spirit and in truth.”

You can still make plans! Join Gary October 29-31 as you fall more in love with God and learn to become a more accurate picture of Him.

An Evening at The Cove with Marty Goetz

On October 20th, modern day psalmist, Marty Goetz, takes the stage at The Cove.  Long before he was known for his beautiful music, a 13-year-old Marty stood at the bimah of Cleveland’s Temple on the Heights for his bar mitzvah and solemnly sang the ancient worlds of the Torah.  Some 20 years later, Marty would be found singing to God at Billy Graham’s Rally in Central Park. 

Marty’s songs are scriptures beautifully set to music, leaving listeners spiritually moved, inspired and educated. With melodic and fresh acoustical/classic arrangements, Marty Goetz has the ability to lead you into a place of true intimacy with God.

Read on as Marty describes his experience at The Cove. 

By Marty Goetz

On the wall in a room where I often stay, when playing and singing at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, hangs a plaque which reads: “All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15)

Life at The Cove is like that; a veritable feast for the soul! (For the body, as well; the food is fantastic!) From the moment you enter the grounds, the beauty of the place envelops you, inviting you to a time of rest, refreshment and spiritual restoration.  Everyone who works there is a servant of the Lord, treating you as if you were the most important person on earth.  Your every need is attended to with care and a prayer and a smile, and all you have to do is enjoy your stay. 

As if that were not enough, you have the pleasure of sitting at the feet of the finest Bible expositors this world has to offer.  The teaching sessions are inspiring and impacting, leading to personal reflection and interaction with others who are there to grow in their relationship with Jesus. 

My wife, Jennifer, and I have been blessed to participate in the work of the Billy Graham Training Center these past many years.  What a privilege for us to have had the opportunity to meet Dr. Billy and Ruth Graham and their family.  We are continually amazed that God would allow us to partner with Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea in some of the special events offered by this ministry that is truly, a ‘heaven on earth’. 

Often, when leading worship, I play the piano with my shoes removed.  Some have asked if, by doing that, I am implying that I am on ‘holy ground’.  Well, to be honest, I simply prefer playing that way, but… when I’m at The Cove….it happens to be true!
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Don’t miss your chance to join Marty for an Evening at The Cove on Saturday, October 20
th.  Overnight lodging is available at applicable rates and includes breakfast the following morning.  To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092. 

Come see us! Fall Saturday Hours for the Chapel at The Cove …

“There are two gorgeous chapels in eastern America.  One is at Duke University and the other is here at The Cove.”  Billy Graham

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center is nestled on the 1,200 acre property of The Cove, The Billy Graham Training Center, in the mountains of Asheville, NC.  Take a free tour or enjoy a few minutes alone for prayer and reflection in the elegant simplicity of this beautiful place.

The building is constructed using blue granite stone hand hewn by local craftsmen and is furnished with antique pews from the Royal London Society for the Blind, a 400-year old pulpit from the Church of England and handcrafted wrought iron chandeliers. 

Our Visitor’s Center includes an “Ambassador for God Around the World—Billy Graham” display and a tour guide will share interesting facts about the ministry. 

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We are also open on Saturdays in the Fall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (October 6 – November 17, 2012).  The Cove is closed to visitors during most major holidays and other special occasions.  Admission is free.  Come see us!      

Would you like to meet a few of the wonderful tour guides at The Chatlos Memorial Chapel?  Watch here as Rip, Wanda and Dawne share their experience volunteering at The Cove. 

Click here for more information or to view photos of the Chapel.   

Click here for a schedule of Cove seminar, leadership training, senior adult events, personal spiritual retreat and concert dates.   

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 21:43-45

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 Joshua 21:43-45 homework 

What does it Say? FACTS

v43.  The LORD gave Israel all the land He swore.
v.44  The LORD gave them rest, according to all He had sworn to their fathers. The LORD gave their enemies into their hand.
v45.  Not one of the promises the LORD made failed.  ALL CAME TO PASS.

What does it mean?  LESSONS

v.43  God says what He means and means what He says.  What God says He will do, He will do.  Evidence of the faithfulness of God can be measured personally.
v.44  God’s promises span generations.  Even though God promised “their fathers” and their fathers had died, no part of God’s promises died.  God promised a previous generation, so present Israel took Him at His previous Word, stepped out on faith then…  God became their leader, defender, refuge, strength, strong tower, encourager, shield and banner in a world that should have chewed them up for breakfast.  This is what their testimony says about who God is to them personally.  They overcame by the Word of their testimony.  It is great to hear of God’s great stories from old, but there are great stories of God to be written today, when your personal faith becomes forged… often it is through the fire that things are forged… through the hard times, times of affliction and pain, the times when you are tired and want to run as fast as you can to the middle of nowhere and throw in the towel on your faith… those are the times you need to hold on, nails splitting from the grip you have on Jesus! Hold on to that hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5:5)… CLAIM IT, don’t let anyone steal the blessing that is at the end of all this! Your personal testimony of God’s faithfulness to you! Don’t settle for someone else’s story, let this be yours?
v.45  God’s Word is true.  God is trustworhy.  Doesn’t matter if I believe it or not…. God says it, thus, it is so.  Doesn’t matter how I feel about it, think about it, believe about it, or whether or not I act upon it.  It is because God has said so…. the only one missing out if I don’t live my life based up on the TRUTHS of His Word, is me. 

What Does it mean to me?  Applications

 v.43  How has God been faithful to others in my life? Do I believe God will be faithful to     me? Lord, help my unbelief (Mark 9:24)!
v44. What testimony does God want to work out in my life? Have I been satisfied to hear of the awesome works of God in other people’s lives not knowing God wants to be personal to me?  Do I have a personal testimony of God’s faithfulness to me?
v45. How would my life change if I really lived on the FACT God is who He says He is?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?
Please share this blog link with them.

HOMEWORK: Joshua 23:3-7

Time to register for our FREE annual Women’s Bible Study at The Cove.  Classes begin on Tuesday January 8, 2013 for both Kendra Graham’s evening study (7-week long) and for Jane Derrick’s morning study (8-week long).  Bring a friend or your Sunday school class and enjoy digging into the Word in the beautiful setting of The Cove, in Asheville, NC. 

Click here for more information and to register or call 1-800-950-2092.

FREE Webcast Tonight with Alistair Begg!

Join us online tonight at 7:35pm ET for the first session of Alistair Begg’s seminar at The Cove titled, The Truth, Power and Relevance of the Gospel…for FREE! 

No amount of money, social status, power, nor any kind of immediate gratification could ever take the place of peace with God. Learn to live the Gospel daily with the blessed assurance that nothing “will be able to separate” you “from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39, ESV).

Please share this great opportunity with friends and family. 

Click here to watch online.

A Poem by Ruth Bell Graham

By Ruth Bell Graham

Lay them quietly at His feet

one by one:

each desire, however sweet,

just begun;

dreams still hazy, growing bright;

hope just poised, winged for flight;

all your longing—each delight—

every one.

At His feet and leave them there,

never fear;

every heartache, crushing care—

trembling tear;

you will find Him always true,

men may fail you, friends be few,

He will prove Himself to you

far more dear.

Women’s Day Away at The Cove…

Ladies, has the phrase “Calgon, take me away!” been running through your mind lately?  Well, now is your chance to get away, refresh and renew your mind and your soul in the beautiful and serene setting of The Cove in Asheville, NC. 

Join us for a Women’s Day Away on October 2nd, as acclaimed author and Bible teacher, Cindy Easley, teaches on The Strength and Influence of a Godly Woman.  God wants to use you to impact those around you for good.  Come explore your identity in Christ and the power He has given you to make a profound difference in the world.     

Read on as Cindy explains how God’s commandment to be strong and courageous plays out in our daily lives and how we are to be encouraged in the truth that we are NEVER alone.  

 

 

By Cindy Easley:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.    Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

I’ve always loved those words.  “Be strong and courageous”.  That phrase appears at least 10 times in God’s Word.  “Be strong and courageous.”  Moses encourages Israel, “Be strong and courageous.”  He instructs Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”  David admonishes his son, Solomon, “Be strong and courageous.”  And of course, as you can read above, the LORD God tells Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”

It must be that these men of God, these Biblical heroes, were…well…afraid.  They felt weak and inadequate for the task set before them.  I can relate to that!  Occasionally I feel like I’ve got it all together, but most of the time I feel weak and inadequate.  Afraid I’m not up to the job set before me.

Just as Joshua stood on the edge of the Promised Land ready to lead those rebellious Israelites, God places each of us in unique situations.

God calls us to be salt and light.  He tells us to “go into the world.”  God wants His children to be influencers, leaders, the kind of men and women that impact the people around them.   And frankly, this terrifies me.  I’ve often been astounded (and worried) that God placed me in my family and my workplace, and in my neighborhood.  God has trusted me with influencing each of these people.   And all too often I feel afraid and weak and inadequate.

Thankfully we aren’t left with just the command “Be strong and courageous.”  Each time these words are uttered, they’re also followed with the comfort and promise that God will be with us.  We don’t need to be anxious or afraid or even discouraged because God is with us.  Always. Where ever we go. 

But it’s not just that God is there, He’s also leading and guiding and showing us the way.  That’s why He’s with us.  God knows we are weak and inadequate without Him. 

That means that God is with me in my parenting.  When I’m absolutely unsure of how to impact my children, or how to guide them into adulthood, God does.   And when my co-worker is so confused about “all that spiritual stuff”, God is there too.  When I’m caring for elder parents, or helping a friend grieve the loss of a child, God is there and He will give me the strength and courage to walk into difficult situations and to fill my inadequacy with His light and life.

So the next time you are discouraged, or afraid, or anxious remember that God is with you.  Let these words be your strength and comfort…your battle cry!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.    Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Click here  or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for the Women’s Day Away with Cindy Easley on October 2, 2012. 

 

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