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Reflecting the Heart of Jesus: A Conversation With Elizabeth George

On September 8, women will converge on the Cove’s campus to learn what it really means to reflect the heart of Jesus. Popular speaker and author Elizabeth George will talk about how women can do this through developing trust in God and knowing His Word. In the article below, she gives a preview of what it looks like in a daily life.

Do you have a hard time trusting God? Is it hard for you to stop in the midst of a busy day and pray? Almost everyone would answer “yes” to this question.

For women, this is particularly true.

“I think we’re hyper-responsible. We carry a heavy load of responsibility, whether we’re married or single, with our jobs, with our families, our in-laws, caring for failing parents, and extended family,” Elizabeth explained.

“We carry so much responsibility and want to do so well at it that we take it all on ourselves. We actually start to trust in our abilities to manage it and have a good schedule that works.  We feel worthy if all our ducks are in a row.  The problem with this is that we forget to pray. We forget to involve God.”

To help combat the problems of prayerlessness and worry, she will be leading a women’s seminar, “Reflecting the Heart of Jesus.” After all, to have a life of constant prayer and unwavering trust in God are two of the most profound qualities of Christ we can reflect.

“Jesus trusted His Father with everything and prepared for each day through prayer.  So, that’s the best way we can emulate Him. We can give Him our worries for the day, and worries about the people in our lives.  We can pray over the day, pray over our problems, and pray for God’s provision,” she said. “I want to talk to the ladies about getting into a habit of doing these things, because this will only grow a deeper connection with God and a greater trust and love for Him.”

Elizabeth George wants the message to the women during the weekend to resonate with them for the days, weeks, and even years to come. She explained that in order for them to continue praying and trusting, they must know and love God’s Word.

“I want them to know the importance of growing each day in God’s Word. His Word is new every morning. We may have read the Bible every year of our lives, but every day He has a new message for us; we can see things we didn’t see before.

“I also want them to go home knowing that every breath God allows us to inhale should be exhaled in prayer,” she continued.  “We need to be in constant communication, constant communion, thought by thought, step by step, sorrow by sorrow. The connection is always there through prayer. Ultimately trusting the Lord is a good thing. He’s working for our Good. And that is my bottom line.”

There is still time to join us! Register for the seminar here.
Worship leader, songwriter, artist, pianist, wife and mom, Shannon Wexelberg will be leading worship during this women’s retreat!

Aaron Shust, Natalie Grant and FFH at The Cove!

Looking for a delightful evening out that will refresh your mind, body and soul?

Look no further!

Join us for An Evening at The Cove in Asheville, NC and experience a worshipful concert and engaging fellowship as renowned artists celebrate God’s goodness, truth, and beauty in song.  Enjoy friendly conversation over a delicious dinner while looking at the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, followed by an inspiring music program.

An Evening at The Cove with Aaron Shust — August 12
For more information click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

An Evening at The Cove with Natalie Grant — September 8
For more information click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

An Evening at The Cove with FFH — September 27
For more information click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Later in the year…

An Evening at The Cove with:

Marty Goetz — October 20
Fernando Ortega — 
November 8
Christmas at The Cove w/ various artists — December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

For information on all 2012 Evening at The Cove & Christmas at The Cove events, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.
Space fills up quickly, so reserve your spot today!

A Night of Worship

This Saturday evening, area worship leaders and musicians will offer A Night of Worship – a free community concert event at The Cove, in Asheville, NC beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Williams from Seacoast Church Asheville will be the musical director for the evening, and Seacoast will also be the house band.  Nate Huff of Highland Christian Church and Lucas Parry of Biltmore Baptist East will join us in leading worship. While it’s free, registration for this event is required as space is limited. Before the concert, you can enjoy a gourmet meal. (The cost for this option is $20).

Call us at (800) 950-2092 to reserve your seat!

Open House & Night of Worship

What are you doing on Saturday May 12? If you are in the area, we hope you will stop by The Cove. We are hosting our annual open house community event from 10am-3pm, along with our friends from Camp Cedar Cliff and 106.9 The Light.

Come experience the beauty of The Cove and enjoy a day of activities for the whole family. At the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, you can view a special exhibit honoring legendary gospel singer George Beverly Shea, who at 103 years old, received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY in 2011!  Don’t forget to also visit the Training Center, browse the memorabilia displays, visit Ruth’s Attic Bookstore, Shepherd’s Inn and more.

Camp Cedar Cliff will offer a taste of summer camp with fun activities – including archery, BB guns, a bounce castle and other inflatables, as well as a climbing wall, double zipline, face-painting, and horse rides. Illusionist Matt Fore will perform at 11:30 and 1pm.

Our friends at 106.9 The Light will open up their studios for tours. Listeners will be able to meet their favorite on-air personalities and get a great behind the scenes look at how it all works!

Samaritan’s Purse will have one of its Disaster Relief trucks available for tours and   Operation Christmas Child will be handing out shoe boxes.

And, you want to hear the best part? It’s all FREE!

On Saturday evening, area worship leaders and musicians will offer A Night of Worship – a free community concert event at The Cove, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Robert Williams from Seacoast Church Asheville will be the musical director for the evening, and Seacoast will also be the house band.  Nate Huff of Highland Christian Church and Lucas Parry of Biltmore Baptist East will join us in leading worship. While it’s free, registration for this event is required as space is limited.

Before the concert, you can enjoy a gourmet meal. (The cost for this option is $20). Call us at (800)-950-2092 to register for A Night of Worship and to reserve your seat at the dinner table.

We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends on Saturday May 12th!

Women’s Day Away at The Cove…

By Joy Allmond

On April 19, women from all over the region will descend on the quiet, peaceful grounds of The Cove, in Asheville, NC.

During this one-day seminar, they will hear from Bible teacher and author Lisa Harper, who will bring truth from the gospels and lessons from recent life experiences to convey the liberating power of a relationship with Jesus.

“I love that kind of intensive Bible study. I’m excited to go pretty deep in short amount of time. Plus, I’m pretty biased about The Cove,” she said with a grin.

Stumbling Into Grace is the title of Harper’s most recent book. Over the past few years, she has gone through a series of challenges and disappointments—including the death of a parent, the loss of a friendship and a health scare. She explained that this book (and this Cove seminar) is the result of a hybrid of her journals and what the Lord was showing her through her study of Scripture through those times.

“We tend to not talk about certain things in ‘sanitized’ church settings. I’ve experienced a ton of loss over years. And, there are so many things, like what I’ve faced and what others face that can’t be tied up with a neat application bow,” she said.

“It is so cool that the emotions that every woman faces runs parallel with what Jesus said in the gospels. So, during my own healing time, it was a natural for me to write this message because of what Jesus was teaching me.”

Harper is passionate about helping other women discover that they don’t need to “have it all together” for Jesus to love them. As she quoted Brennan Manning,  “Jesus loves us as we are, not as we should be.”

She wants them to see that Jesus is more accessible though failures, disappointments and hurts. As she puts it, “There is sanctity in scars.”

She wants others to understand that Jesus is the hero of the Bible, not us. She wants women not to glory in sin, but glory in the redemption of Jesus.

During her day at The Cove, one of the passages she will explore with the guests is the story of the man at Bethesda—a paralytic who had been visiting for 38 years, in hope of healing.

“Jesus asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’ Well, he’s a paralytic, so of course he wants to get well. He acknowledges that he can’t drag himself to the water. Then, Jesus tells him get up and walk, she recalled. “Like this man, I want us to recognize that life is hard, but we were made for more than this. Jesus came to restore.”

As for her day at The Cove with the women who join her, she wants to see them begin to understand God’s delight in them, and for healing to take place.

“There are woman bound by shame and by a lack of real intimacy with Jesus. I pray that this day will be a turning point in a new direction for them.”

Ladies, there is still time to plan on joining Lisa!  Click here for more details!

Kendra’s Bible Study: Joshua 8: 9-17

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 8:9-17

FACTS from verses 11-13
11. All the people of war came before the city and camped. 
12. He took 5,000 men and set them in ambush.
13. Joshua spent the night in the valley.

LESSONS from verses 11:13: 
Sometimes God’s plan leads to an offensive attack at the doorstep of our enemies.

God’s plan involves my active obedience and it will probably take an insane amount of   courage that will strengthen my faith in the end.  It is never easy.  There is always a gap between what I can do and what God must do…. that gap will demand courage and will produce faith in my life.  

APPLICATION from verses 11:13:
Would I rather live in a defensive mode or offensive?  Am I willing to go on the offensive against the enemy?  Are there places and things if God calls me to do them that I just won’t do? “I’ll go there, but I won’t go there”?

Do I trust God if He asks me to place myself in a position of vulnerability in front of friend or foe? Or do I demand from God a place to play it safe and a constant “comfort zone”?

Will I press in to what God is asking of me, or get out?  Was I thinking this would be easier than it really is?

FACTS from verses 14-17
14.The king saw it, rose and went to meet Israel in battle. 15. Israel pretended to be beaten and fled. 16.All the people pursued and were drawn away from the city. 17. They left the city unguarded

LESSONS from verses 14-17
14. Often the ENEMY will use the EXACT SAME strategy against me until it doesn’t work anymore.
15. GOD uses a NEW strategy with His people, Trust God with His plan and the results.
16- 17. The enemy is often times bold in their pride and arrogance, James 4:6 “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” The enemy will over-reach due to their arrogance.

APPLICATION from verses 14-17:
What strategy for defeat has the enemy used on me time and time again and has found victory in my defeat?

Have I asked God what His plan is, His new strategy for the enemies defeat and His victory in my past or present circumstances?  Am I willing to “do all”  according to God’s plan even if I don’t like it, or it’s not easy, or it doesn’t make any sense?

When do I think the arrogant enemy just prospers and prospers thinking that God does not see it?  Do I take God at His Word and trust that He is in control?

Homework for next week: Joshua 8: 18-23, 29

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

Kendra’s Bible Study… Deuteronomy 32: 4, 9-12

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.

 

Always begin your time by first praying and reading your verses.
Step 1: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 2: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Today’s Scripture:  Deuteronomy 32: 4, 9-12

Here are a few of Kendra’s lessons.  Please share your lessons with us too!

Verse 4:
Step 1: ROCK! His work is perfect, His ways just, faithful, righteous and upright

Step 2: God says: This IS my immovable unchangeable character.  I AM trustworthy, I AM protective!  My ways are right, I got you, TRUST ME!

Step 3: God is telling me that He is safe, and just and right, solid, never changing w/ the wind of culture… Do I claim the promise of His character in my life?  Do I know My God?  Do I trust God? How, When have I trusted Him?

Verse 9:
Step 1: The LORD’s portion (inheritance) is His people.

Step 2: I say: I am an embarrassment to God. I have nothing to offer.  There are so many more important people and issues than me for God to deal with.
GOD says: YOU ARE MY treasure! MY inheritance! I am PROUD to claim you! I have chosen YOU!

Step 3: Do I realize that I am God’s inheritance and He is proud of that fact?  God is not embarrassed to claim me, am I embarrassed to claim Him?  Do I feel like treasure to God?

Verse 10:
Step 1: He found him in a desert, howling wilderness.  He encircled, cared for and guarded him as the apple of his eye.

Step 2: I say:  I have been rejected, kicked out, forgotten, left to the elements, unimportant and very very alone.
God says: I AM here with My arms around you, holding you up, caring for you in the midst of your misery, very aware of where you are, and you are not alone, I AM here.  I found you and will guard you with all that I AM, for you are the apple of My eye, you mean everything to ME!

Step 3: What is keeping me from seeking the One who loves me this much?  What causes me to believe the lie that God has left and doesn’t care?  LORD, will you show me  You are here today in my circumstance?  Where have I looked for love & acceptance in this world only to be let down b/c it was not You?

Homework for March 13th online discussion:  1 Kings 19: 19-21

For more information on what’s going on at The Cove, visit www.TheCove.org

NEW for Seniors at The Cove…

Next week is the first of a NEW series of concerts designed to encourage senior adult believers at The Cove!  The SeniorSalt Impact evening programs will begin with a delicious buffet-style dinner, followed by a worshipful evening of music and fellowship.  All for only $29 per person!  Register for one or all three of the concerts today!   

Coming up on March 1…The Cockman Family:

The award winning Cockman Family Bluegrass Gospel Group is made up of four brothers, their sister and their Dad.  They have a unique bluegrass gospel style. Their harmonies, original songs and original arrangements of the old gospel songs have been immensely popular with their audiences. Fans love their family-style entertainment as well. As the family continues to grow, the grandchildren are also joining in on the tradition…the 10 and 11 year old girls were awarded the 2011 WMA Harmony Yodeling Duo of the Year and the 2011 WMA Youth Harmony award at the Western Music Association Showcase and Awards Show in Albuquerque, NM!  For more information on the Cockman Family, visit their website: www.cockmanfamily.com

To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

July 5 – The Burchfield Brothers

Dove Award nominees Jon and Ben Burchfield make music that inspires the soul. Combining such styles as Smoky Mountain Jazz, Gospel and Classical, along with a bit of Irish flavoring, this unique duo from Nashville, Tennessee mesmerizes audiences of all ages.  An evening with The Burchfields can be described as “reaching the ages,” as familiar music, masterfully played with stylistic diversity, bridges the gap of the generations. They have traveled throughout the United States and abroad sharing their dynamic arrangements of hymns and praise songs.  The Burchfield Brothers share a God given passion to create music, and for them, it is an expression of their love for Christ.  For more information on the Burchfield Brothers, visit their website: www.burchfieldbrothers.com.

To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

 August 30 — Randall Atcheson
Performing in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel…hurry space is limited!

Widely acclaimed pianist/organist, Randall Atcheson, is the epitome of a musical Renaissance man. His gift and versatility for musical styles was evidenced early in life when he was recognized as a prodigy on both piano and organ. In fact, he became the only student in the history of The Julliard School ever allowed to pursue, and receive, simultaneous degrees in piano and organ performance.  Atcheson has performed many times at Carnegie Hall and has traveled the world over thrilling music lovers.  He is listed on the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists.  Randall will be performing a rare concert in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel here at The Cove!

To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

NOTE: As part of these evening events, we also offer an optional overnight lodging stay, at applicable rates, complete with a complimentary breakfast. 

For information on all the programs and events at The Cove, visit: www.TheCove.org
Click here to go directly to the Senior Events page.