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Seeking the Lord’s Face: A Cove Devotional

One of our summer interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Naomi Balk, wrote a devotion entitled, “Seeking The Lord’s Face” that we would like to share with you.

Seeking the Lord’s Face

So often in Christian circles, it’s easy to let distractions and demands pull Christ from our attention and from His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. We were meant to know Christ and enjoy a beautiful relationship with Him, so let us seek God like Hebrews 12:1 says: “[laying] aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely…” Don’t undermine your relationship with your Creator by being complacent.

The best of us have lost something irreplaceable or valuable like your car keys or wallet. The rush to find it can become all-consuming because even a high price or inconvenience is worth it to get it back. At the end of the day, we must not neglect the valuable things of life. Jesus shared a story in Matthew 13:44-46 about a man who sold everything he had to buy a plot of land because on that plot there was buried treasure.  It probes the question, are we willing to let go of what we have just to know God?

Taking a deeper look at the Old Testament, the word “seek” is often associated with seeking God’s presence or seeking His face. In Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” The Hebrew uses two different works for “seek”. The first “you will seek” means: to seek, require, desire, exact, request. The second means “to resort to, or seek out”. God promises His presence (Hebrews 13:5), yet we are to us to seek Him with our whole heart — moment by moment— because he is worthy.

In the scope of eternity, diving deeper into the depths knowing God is the most eternally significant thing we can do while on earth. Humanity was created to know and enjoy Him. We could never fully comprehend the all-knowing God, yet the apostle Paul celebrates what God has revealed about Himself in the Gospel. Romans 11:33 says:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

In addition to His complexity, God has revealed Himself by causing the Word to become flesh (John 1:1, 14), and He invites us to grow in relationship and in holiness. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Though the words, “draw near” sound passive, they are not!

Followers of Christ are on a journey of transformation and spiritual growth. This often involves spiritual disciplines, time in the Word, fellowship with believers and spiritual retreats. In all of life’s noise, be encouraged to seek God and ask Him to show you more of who He is. One of the best ways is to recommit and surrender your heart to Christ and invite Him into each moment.

If you would like to learn more about a relationship with God, I invite you to visit this link.  This will be the greatest decision of your life.


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The Cove is Hiring! Job Fair- July 21st

We have a Job Fair on July 21st from 2pm-5pm at The Cove. If you do not live in the Asheville area, but know someone that does, please pass this along. Aside from the positions listed below, we have volunteer positions in many other areas. We hope to see you Sunday!

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Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

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A Cove Recipe: Banana Pudding

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food! 

Ingredients:
1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup whole milk
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 oz heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Vanilla Wafers
Bananas, sliced as needed
Extra sweetened whipped cream as needed for topping

Whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar into soft peaks. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole milk, condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the pudding mix and continue whisking for 2 minutes. Fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture 1/3 portions at a time. In the bottom of a 9”x9” casserole dish, spread an even layer of vanilla wafers. Spread sliced bananas on top of wafers. Spread half of pudding mixture over the bananas. Repeat wafers, bananas, and pudding.

Top with sweetened whipped cream. For best results, make 1 day ahead of time and chill overnight. Enjoy.


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A Wonderful Cove Recipe: Teriyaki-Honey Glazed Pork Chop

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food!

O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Him. (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).

Smooth, sweet, and salty flavors are joined together in this Grilled Pork Chop with Teriyaki-Honey Glaze dish.  It is a perfect combination and will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.

This dish is a great meal to serve on a chilly evening and will remind you of warm summer nights.  From The Cove dining room to your own home table, this recipe is bound to be a hit.

Grilled Pork Chops with Teriyaki-Honey Glaze
Serves 4

4 Pork Chops
3/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Marinade pork chop in soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, and scallions for two hours. Remove from marinade and pat dry with paper towel. Save marinade and bring to a boil in a sauce pan.  Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook down for 15 minutes. Incorporate honey and light brown sugar in saucepan.  Remove from heat once sugar is dissolved.  Grill pork chops 12-15 minutes at a medium temperature, turning meat over halfway through.  Drizzle teriyaki glaze over pork chops and serve immediately.

We suggest serving with Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto and Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus. Enjoy!


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Obedient Rest: A Cove Devotional

One of our newest interns at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Abigail Bowen, wrote a devotion entitled, “Obedient Rest” that we would like to share with you. 

Obedient Rest

Busy.

The word that permeates our culture and our calendars. It’s a hot topic in every conversation and has taken the place of “good” in response to the question “How are you?” We pull out our calendars and compare with one another how little spare time we have in our lives.

I don’t know when this busyness became the trend. But I think part of it is because we have forgotten the beauty of rest; we have forgotten what God calls us to and what He did on the seventh day.

As I write this, I realize what a theme the need for rest has been for others and me in the past few weeks. A theme that came to a peak this weekend.

We spent Saturday at The Cove. Its seclusion from the city created an environment of rest and restoration. I don’t know about you, but when I am surrounded by trees and can’t see busy roads or tall buildings, I feel the most peace. The world slows down its spin for a moment and we get to enjoy the pace of a day as a day, not as a square on a calendar. Billy and Ruth Graham’s heart for The Cove was just that, too. They prayed that it would be a place of rest and that people would come there to come closer to God.

Walking through the woods along the trail to Ruth’s Chapel, I felt that rest. When we had to run through the woods because the rain began pouring down on us, I felt that rest. As we sat on the deck in rocking chairs under the overhang protecting us from the rain, I felt that rest. In the moment, I did not consciously acknowledge that I was resting because it felt natural. It felt like how life should feel.

Then, on Sunday, the pastor spoke about the fourth commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. The way he spoke about rest was unique and not like anything I had heard before. He said we should work FROM a place of rest and not FOR rest. When you start your week, your day, or even every new hour from a place of rest, it allows you to thrive in what you do. Working for rest becomes draining because once the weekend is over, you have to push toward a place of rest again. But, if you start from a place of rest, if rest is the beginning and not the end goal, it creates a sturdy foundation for your week, or day, or hour.

Even in the Christian culture, we focus more on how our work is glorifying to God. In reality, though, we glorify Him in our rest too. It is an act of obedience to take rest. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of the disobedience” – Hebrews 4:9-11 (NKJV).

I am thankful for the reminder of rest this weekend brought me, especially at The Cove.


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The Cove Weekly Snapshot

We had a wonderful week at The Cove with multiple groups on campus. The week started with an Intensive Bible Training and the arrival of  several Guest Groups for their retreats and donor events. We also offered a Personal Spiritual Retreat for individuals or couples looking to refocus on growing their relationship with God in the beauty and peaceful quiet of The Cove.

We were blessed to have Pastor Mark Yarbrough with us from the Dallas Theological Seminary. Worship was led by Richard and Gina Kingsmore.

We had students attend from the Dallas Theological Seminary that received seminary credit for their graduate work and CEU credit for a teacher certification. We also had several families and individuals who wanted to dive deeper into the Word.

Here is a sweet mother and daughter that decided to take their vacation to The Cove and spend time in the Word and with one another.

We also had several guest groups events and a personal spiritual retreat. The Training Center lobby  at The Cove was filled with many conversations, fellowship, and prayer.

To end our week, we have an Evening at The Cove with the wonderful group Veritas. They are a classical crossover vocal group that leads uplifting songs of worship. They recently  released their third full-length album, “Simply Veritas”, a collection of a cappella standards, patriotic tunes, and classic hymns, dear to their hearts.

Our summer is just beginning and we have an incredible line-up of Bible teachers, worship artists, and more. We hope that you can visit us soon!


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I Am Not Afraid

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

I Am (not) Afraid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Cove Snapshot: A Week at The Cove

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

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

Praying together for revival in their city.

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

Several members from Ceizs USA church in Miami.

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


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Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

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Distractions: A Psalm By Quinn Graham

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

Distractions

I

Distractions are a big thing in our world

They well… distract us

They distract us from God

You should never get distracted from God

When getting distracted you tend to put God aside

When you put Him aside for later you tend to forget                     

And when you forget about Him

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

Heading away from God is a bad thing

 

II

At first you may not notice it

Then it grows

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

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

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

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

You care more about your idol than your God

Once noticing it you would want to turn back to Him

But the problem is the Devil           

He wants you to stay distracted

He wants you to love your idol more than God

That’s when you know that enough is enough

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

 

III

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

He loves you no matter what you did

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

You just need to put God first.


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Saturday Snapshot: Week at The Cove

This past week at The Cove was quite busy with several Guest Group Events, a wonderful Seminar taught by Pastor Jonathan Falwell, and many guests at our Visitor’s Center.  Everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather and the beautiful surroundings.

View from the Training Center Deck
Pastor Jonathan Falwell Seminar


Pastor Jonathan Falwell teaching on “Understanding the Important Doctrines of The Bible”


Beautiful flowers at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center

The trails are great for a relaxing walk or even a nice run

A quiet evening on the Training Center Deck


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