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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 23RD

He is Faithful

Our verse for the week comes from Hebrews 10:23. 

He is faithful in all things. We can have this hope and not fear or doubt because He is always with us.


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Saturday Snapshot: Spring at The Cove

Spring at The Cove

One of the most beautiful times of the year at The Cove is spring. The flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the trails are perfect for hiking. It’s a time to be outside and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

The tulips planted by the entrance are showing their bright spring colors.

As you drive through, you are met with beauty and reminded of God’s most perfect creation. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”(John 1:3)

When you enter The Cove, you can leave the world behind and have a time of rest.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 

The beautiful trails and creeks lining our property offer great opportunities for hiking or just sitting on a bench while you listen to the birds sing and the water bubbling over the rocks.

As you head towards our chapel, you will see even more beautiful flowers along the way. The chapel is open for visitors and is a wonderful place to come and sit for a while to pray.

To end today’s blog, we’ve included a special poem about Spring that was  written by Quinn Graham (son of Will Graham) right before Easter.  Quinn is 12 years old and loves to write psalms. May this “Psalm of Spring” bless you!

Spring is Right Around the Corner

“The cold winter winds are almost over
The winter snow all gone
The trees start sprouting their green leaves
The nice warm air is almost here
Easter is also right around the corner
Soon we will celebrate the day that Jesus rose from the dead
We will all rejoice
Because Jesus is not dead
Spring is right around the corner
The day of life waking up
Just as Jesus rose from the dead
Animals start coming out of hibernation
And plants start sprouting
The wonderful spring life is almost upon us.”

We hope you’ll come visit us at The Cove this spring! We have some wonderful seminars, events, and guest concerts, or you can create your own spiritual retreat.


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Special Easter Message from Will Graham

“What then shall I do with Jesus?”

By: Will Graham

For Christians, Easter is one of the most holy times of the year. With all that surrounds the holiday from a worldly perspective,  I find that many people simply miss the point of why we rejoice. Easter exists because Jesus died for our sins and conquered the grave. We celebrate life at Easter, because death lost its sting with Christ’s triumphant resurrection.

Sadly, so many of our family, friends and neighbors enjoy Easter, but have never experienced the true meaning of it. They may know of Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross, but they can’t or won’t make a decision about Him as their Savior.

In the Bible, we see a man who will forever be linked to what we call Easter. He talked to Jesus directly, he evaluated him, and yet he too, couldn’t bring himself to make a decision about what to do with Christ. His name was Pontius Pilate and Matthew 27:11-25 tells us a lot about this Roman Governor who oversaw the trial of Jesus.

First, Pilate rejected Jesus’ own confession of who He was: the Christ, the Savior. Pilate asked the question and heard the truth (straight from the mouth of the Son of God), but he took it no further.

Second, Pilate rejected clear evidence. Pilate investigated Jesus and came to the conclusion that He was innocent, finding that He had committed no crime. Pilate realized that the only reason Jesus was on trial was the envy and hatred of the religious leaders, but he rejected that truth.

Third, Pilate gave in to pressure. Though he heard the claims of Christ and knew He had done nothing wrong, Pilate was compelled to sentence an innocent man to death because of the influence of the crowd.

Finally, Pilate tried to cleanse himself from the death of Jesus. He knew that he had just condemned an innocent man to die, and he was responsible. In a symbolic gesture, he washed his hands and proclaimed the guilt for Christ’s death on the crowd instead.

My friends, Pilate had a decision to make. He knew the truth, but he couldn’t take a stand one way or the other. Instead, he asked a question: “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22, NKJV)

That’s the question that so many today, perhaps even you, have a hard time answering. In far too many situations, people know the truth but – like Pilate – they give in to the pressures of others and walk away from Jesus, putting the decision off for another day.

However, indecision is a decision. Making no decision for Christ, is making a decision about Christ. And it’s one that has eternal consequences.

If you have been putting off the decision to follow Christ and make Him the Lord of your life, now is the perfect time. Jesus’ death and resurrection, which we celebrate as Easter, paved the way for you. I encourage you to receive that hope and accept Him as your Savior today!


To learn more on how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and to have Peace with God, click here. 


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Kendra Graham Online Bible Study: Mark 15:39

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!Make sure you don’t miss a post, just enter your email in the “Subscribe Via Email” box in the upper left-hand corner of our blog. It’s free and you’ll receive these posts straight into your email inbox.

KENDRA GRAHAM NOTES FROM Mark 15:39

A Triumphal Entry

And when the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

What Does it Say:
The Centurion standing right in front of Him saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God”

What Does it Mean:
The book of Mark goes through the narrative of the crucifixion in a unique way.  Recently I was reading, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire by Nigel Rodgers and was pretty amazed by what I read.

Romans had what was called a “Triumph”.  A triumph started probably back in the days of the Greeks, but Octavian, Caesar Augustus made the honor of triumphs for emperors of Rome only.  When Rome would win a major battle, there would be a huge parade, celebration in the street which would parade the captives of that particular battle in front as proof of his accomplishment and then the emperor, “humbly” behind.

The triumphator, the emperor, would be taken into the place of the palace called the Praetorium, where the Praetorium guard of Rome would be.  The elite soldiers would take a special sash called a toga picta, which symbolized, and drew the connection between the emperor and one of their Roman gods, like Zeus, Mars or Jupiter.  The emperors since Octavian were known as the “sons of the gods” and these triumphs would remind the people of that very thing.  The Praetorian Guard was the closest thing to the emperor so they would of course know the deity of the emperor more intimately than anyone, so for them to dress the emperor was a very important part of the triumphal process.  The emperors would often pay off the Praetorian Guard, so that they would really make a convincing show of this whole process.  The soldiers would place a crown of laurel upon the head of the emperor.  The emperor would begin the processional in the field of Mars  (Campus Martinus) and proceed down the sacred way to Capitoline Hill (the place of the skull where tradition has it that as the Romans were building their city, a full in tact human head was found here).  At Capitoline Hill the captives were either killed or they were set free depending on the rule of the emperor.  The Roman guard would go before the emperor on this journey and would exclaim to the crowd, “HAIL! The son of god!  HAIL, the son of god!”  The crowd would cheer and bow as the emperor passed. Lastly the emperor would ascend up the steps of the temple of Saturn with one man on either side.   One man would tell him that he is the son of god and the other would remind him that he is mortal.  The emperor at the top of the steps would be offered a goblet of wine, which he would pour out on the ground as an offering to the gods and to Rome signifying that the emperor would give his life blood for the gods and Rome. The crowd would cheer.  An animal would be sacrificed there, at that place to satisfy the payment to the gods in thanks in adoration for the victory and power that Rome enjoyed.  The city would feast the rest of the day.


(Picture:  Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified)

Now, read Mark chapter 15.  How would the disciples explain to the Roman world the triumph of the Savior, Jesus, to a pagan world who did not know the Word of God and were not looking for a Messiah?  Through the triumphal procession of Jesus.  The similarities cannot be ignored.  Mark 15:16, the soldiers took Him, Jesus into the Praetorium and dressed him in a fine kingly toga picta of purple and fashioned for Him a crown, not of laurel but of thorns.  They put it on Him.  The guard went before him on a procession (Mark 15:18) and exclaimed, “Hail! King of the Jews!” They led Him out of the palace and through the city, to crucify Him.  They brought Him to a place called , Golgotha, translated “The place of the skull” (Mark 15:22).  Jesus wound through the city along the way called the “Via dolorosa” which means the way of suffering and is seen today as “the sacred way” as many this Easter will make their pilgrimage down the same way.  The soldiers offered Jesus wine mixed with myrrh, Mark 15:23, but He would not drink it.  The guards continued their mocking and jeering in the face of the son of God who was not just symbolizing that He would pour His life blood out for His people the Jews and the world, but He was doing it (John 10:17-18).   He was crucified between two thieves.  One thief proclaimed, (Luke 23:39) “Are You not the Christ save yourself and us!” The other thief asked Jesus to “Remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42).


(Picture: Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified)

All this was taken in by the Roman Praetorian Guard in Jerusalem.  This particular centurion soldier at the cross saw Jesus as the undeniable Son of God.  How many times had that soldier been a part of Roman triumphs?  How many times was he forced to bend his knee to the emperor exclaiming that the emperor was the son of god?  How often had he been paid off by the Roman authorities to pronounce the deity of the Roman leader?  Yet here, in front of the cross, this man proclaimed without payment or force, “Truly this man was the Son of God”.  He had seen so many imposters, that here, at the cross, the Truth of Jesus was seen.  Even the Roman world would be able to see, understand and believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God (Matthew 16:16).

Do you see similarities to that of a Roman triumph?  Truly this was the ultimate triumph.  The triumph once and for all for sin.  Jesus triumphed at the place of the skull.  Jesus triumphed over sin at the cross and three days later rose again and triumphed over death at the grave.  The cross is not a defeat, but the greatest triumph that the world will ever see.

Many of us have seen failures of men who claim to be next to God.  We have seen failures of leaders who preach the Word the God.  We have seen failures of godly men and women who have fallen to adversity in this world.  We have seen failures of the church.  We have seen failures in Christian schools and universities.  We have seen failures in Christian organizations.  It is so easy to focus on all those who have fallen, but truly isn’t that just proof of the reason and desperate need of the world for Jesus?  This Easter, let’s join the centurion at the cross standing in front of Jesus alone.  As we look to Jesus this Easter may our words ring ever so similar to that centurion as we proclaim, “Truly, this is the Son of God!”.

What does it Mean to me?

Who do you say Jesus is?  Everyone must decide about Jesus.  This Easter will you make that choice to cry out to Jesus who alone is able to forgive and redeem your sin? (Acts 16:31, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:33, Romans 5:8, I Corinthians 15:3-4)

When have you truly taken the time to see Jesus for who He has proven Himself to be?

LIVE IT OUT.

Dear God, I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Daily read the Word of God and get to know the love this God has for you since before time began.


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Saturday Snapshot: Billy Graham on Peace

There is one thing we all have in common: We all have a desire for peace in our lives. The question is, how do we have peace in the midst of a difficult time in our lives? How do we have peace when it seems like everything around us is falling apart? How do we have peace when we watch the news and see the tragedies in our world?

The Bible says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.” (John 16:33 NKJV).

Through the years, Billy Graham shared many messages with us about how to have this kind of peace. On today’s blog, we would like to share some of these words to encourage you this weekend.

As Billy Graham said, “Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of our world and our hearts. Christ alone can bring lasting peace- peace with God, peace among men and nations, and peace within our hearts. He transcends the political and social boundaries of our world.  God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life-abundant and eternal. ”

The answer for peace is found in Jesus Christ.  Dr. Graham shared with us that “The world doesn’t give peace, for it doesn’t have any peace to give. It fights for peace, it negotiates for peace, it maneuvers for peace, but there is no ultimate peace in the world. But Jesus gives peace to those who put their trust in Him.” That means that we have to completely put our life, our situations, our struggles in His hands. Jesus is the only one that can give us peace that is lasting. We must ask Jesus into our hearts, acknowledge that we are sinners and ask Him to forgive us of our sins. When we ask Christ into our hearts, He gives us that peace that the world cannot give. Billy Graham said “I know where I’ve come from. I know why I’m here. I know where I’m going- and I have peace in my heart. His peace floods my heart and overwhelms my soul!” We can all have that same assurance that Billy Graham had. If you want to know more about asking Jesus into your heart and how to have that everlasting peace,  click on this link to find out more.

When you have Jesus in your heart, you not only have peace but there is also a joy that fills your soul. The book of Nehemiah states in chapter 8, verse 12:  “The people went…to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.”

It is important to us at The Cove that we carry out the vision that  Billy and Ruth Graham had for this beautiful place. Billy had a vision for The Cove to always be a place of impact, intercession, instruction, and inspiration through the study of God’s Word. Ruth had a desire to see The Cove as a place for relaxation and retreat–a place to be refreshed and renewed. They both knew that if we could have focused time in The Word of God, away from distractions, we could hear from God and fill our soul with  His peace, joy, and love. We hope that you can come visit us. If you are not able too, then we encourage you to find that time alone with The Word and seek to know Him more each day.


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A Tribute to Jane Derrick

We have been blessed to have Jane Derrick lead our morning Women’s Bible Study for the past 22 years! We are so grateful for her years of faithfully teaching God’s Word and being a mentor and and encourager for so many women.

Jane is a longtime Bible teacher and Asheville resident. She became a Christian in 1976 while an Army wife, living in Germany. Since her husband’s death in 1994, Jane has spoken at women’s retreats and conferences throughout the U.S. and Romania. She formerly held teaching and other leadership positions with Bible Study Fellowship International for over 10 years. We have definitely been so blessed to have her with us these past 22 years at The Cove.

Yesterday, March 6th, marked Jane’s final Bible Study teaching at The Cove.  Men and women filled The Training Center Auditorium and  the morning began with beautiful worship led by Carole James.

Following worship, Will Graham addressed the group and shared his personal journey these past few weeks since the passing of his grandfather. He thanked everyone for their prayers and then gave an encouraging word reminding everyone that there is no reason to fear death,  because  “death is entering the presence of God.” He shared this with tears and with a thankfulness for the ministry of Billy Graham.

 Will Graham then called Jane Derrick to the stage and thanked her for her years of faithful service in teaching the Word of God and being part of The Cove family. He presented her with a copy of one of his favorite paintings called “The Sower,” explaining that this painting means a lot to him because it gives a true depiction of his grandfather’s faithfulness in sowing the seeds of the Gospel.

Following this sweet tribute by Will Graham, The Cove’s Program Staff also wanted to show her their appreciation. They presented her with beautiful flowers and a wonderful cake that everyone could share after her final teaching.

It was such a beautiful day honoring someone so special to all of The Cove.  We would like to end with Jane’s favorite scripture.  “For all things work together for good for those you love God and are called according to His purpose. “- Romans 8:28

If you would like to send Jane Derrick a thank you note or message, feel free to email Michelle Bachelor at mbachelor@thecove.org.


 

Billy Graham Has Finished Well: A Tribute by Quinn Graham

This week has brought many beautiful and sweet tributes to honor the life and legacy of Billy Graham. One of the most heart-warming comes from one of his great grandchildren, 12 year-old Quinn Graham.

Billy Graham Has Finished Well: By Quinn Graham

 

It’s an old picture of Daddy Bill

He is preaching to hundreds, maybe even thousands of people.

With his eyes looking straight at you,

And his Bible in his left hand.

He is pointing to you with his right hand

And preaching the Word of God to you.

This black and white picture

Shows Daddy Bill doing what he loved to do

What God called him to do:

Preaching the Truth of Jesus Christ.

We have lost a loved one,

Loved by millions

Because he loved millions –

Billy Graham.

 

He has done an inspiring job of preaching God’s Word.

He never took a break from God’s Word,

He never gave up on trying to reach people across the world.

He went everywhere to preach the Word of God . . .

If there was one person across the world who didn’t know the Word of God

Billy Graham would do anything to get him saved,

Because one person saved could mean that his whole family gets    saved.

No matter what happened to Billy Graham

He would never give up on God’s purpose for him;

He has preached in person to over 200 million people.

That means 1/30th of the whole world has heard him . . .

Today we dedicate this day to Daddy Bill,

For he is now with his Lord and Savior,

For he has finished well . . .

For more of Quinn Graham’s writing, click here. He has some beautiful psalms to bless you.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

 

 

Saturday Snapshot: A Place of Rest

The Cove is surrounded by such beauty from the mountains to the creeks, it is a special place where you can leave all distractions and just have time with God.

When you visit The Cove, you will see that we have purposeful resting places. Places for you to relax and take in the mountain air. One of our most popular spots to settle is in our wooden rocking chairs.

We have many landscaped hiking trails around the Training Center and throughout The Cove property that have benches and stands with scripture.  These make for a perfect quiet spot to just read His word and be able to listen without noise or distraction.

As you walk along the trails, you will find these beautiful stands with  scripture and be reminded of His promises to you. This one says, ” The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all that call on Him in truth.”-Psalm 145:18

Surrounded by trees both young and old, you can walk through His glorious creation. Seeing the detail in everything that He creates reminds you that He has a plan for each and everything, just as He has plans for you.

When you are thinking about places to visit to rest and be refreshed by the Lord, we hope you visit us. We have incredible speakers, seminars, guest worship artists, personal spiritual retreats, and so much more!

Click here for a schedule of our upcoming events at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot– A Look Inside Our Chapel

Have you ever seen the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center at The Cove? There is something so beautiful about walking into a chapel that has so much history to offer! Here are a few pictures from inside our Chapel and Visitors Center this week.

This chapel known as Chatlos Memorial Chapel opened in 1988 and was a gift from the William Chatlos Foundation in Florida. The pews are believed to be 200 years old and are from the Royal School for the Blind founded in London in 1799. The only exception are the last two pews and they were donated from a church in Tennessee.

The pulpit is from The Church of England and is believed to be between 200-400 years old. If only we could hear the messages that were spoken from this pulpit so many years ago.

The top level of the chapel is a prayer room. The prayer table has a lighted globe to remind us to be in prayer for evangelism around the world as it is being carried out by God’s people. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:6-7

The second floor of the chapel is the pictorial display area gallery of Dr. Graham’s ministries around the world! This is also our Visitor Center. Below is one of the powerful photos in this gallery!

Have a blessed week friends!

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Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot– Winter Activity at The Cove

Can you believe that we are already in February? The weather in Asheville is still cool but it makes for a refreshing walk or cozy time to have a cup of tea. Enjoy some of the pictures from the Cove property this week!

One of the most popular spots for our guests to relax and enjoy a beautiful view is from our deck at the Training Center.

Check out the view for yourself on our live webcam by clicking here. 

For our guests that stayed inside, they were able to enjoy one of our tasty desserts and warm up with a delicious cup of coffee.

One of the many sweet decorations found in the Training Center is this lovely hand-crafted birdhouse. The design of the lobby interior was inspired by Ruth Graham’s vision that this space would be an extension of her home.

It looks like only three deer in the meadow below, but can you spot the 4th one?

Have a blessed weekend friends!


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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