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Senior Salt Hymn Sing

We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming Senior Salt Hymn Sings at The Cove. Senior Salt Hymn Sings are a wonderful opportunity for senior adults to gather for a morning of worship and fellowship. Centered around the joyful singing of beloved traditional hymns and choruses, the morning program will also include inspiring Scripture passages and interesting stories behind some of our favorite songs.

A delicious buffet-style meal in the dining room will follow. While here, guests are welcome to view The Cove’s inspiring displays of memorabilia from Billy and Ruth Graham’s life and ministry, shop in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove, tour our Visitors Center, or simply relax and fellowship together.

This is a great opportunity for church groups to gather and have a mini-getaway together. Many churches being their senior adult ministry or prime time groups.

Click here for more information on our Senior Salt Hymn Sings. Our next one is November 18th.


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8 Things Christians Can Do for Veterans

8 Things Christians Can Do for Veterans

By Bruce Ashford   •   November 11, 2019

This post was originally published in November 2016. It is appropriate to read this month as the United States observes Veterans Day.

On November 11, 1918, the world celebrated the Treaty of Versailles. This treaty signaled the end of World War 1, a war in which “civilized” Westerners had remained in trench warfare firing guns at one another for four solid years.

Soon after, the United States instituted a national holiday—Armistice Day—to remember the sacrifices of our WW1 soldiers. In 1954, Congress changed the holiday’s name to Veterans Day so that Americans could remember the sacrifices of all our soldiers.

In a moment, I will mention eight things Christians can do to honor and minister to Veterans. But before I do so, I want to mention two moments in my life that caused me to appreciate our veterans in a way I would not otherwise.

The first moment occurred when I was in my early twenties working as a journalist, and was able to feature my grandfather—Col. John T. Ashford, Jr.—in the Sunday edition of the paper. Grandfather was a WWII bomber pilot and had flown 25 combat missions and been shot down over the European theater. As we interviewed, he stopped several times to mention friends of his who were shot down or otherwise killed during the war.

The second moment occurred last week, as I was preparing the “war and democracy” portion of my lecture notes for a course at The College at Southeastern. As I wrote about the sacrifices made by so many of our nation’s veterans, I reflected on what the United States would be like if they had not made those sacrifices. What would it be like for Americans to live under the iron-clad and oppressive rule of fascists such as Hitler or Mussolini?

Or, to switch the analogy, how would we like to live in certain Middle Eastern or Central Asian nations where women are beaten for appearing in public with a man who is not a relative? To live in Yemen, where citizens are kidnapped and tortured because of their profession of faith in Christ? To live in Zimbabwe, where a totalitarian ruler has stolen everything from his people for decades on end?

These question are hypothetical for us because we, in fact, live in a nation that provides us great freedom. And we have that freedom because the men and women in our armed forces secure it for us, at great cost to their families and sometimes sadly at the cost of their own life.

For this reason, it is not enough for us merely to remember veterans and military personnel once a year on Veterans Day. It is incumbent on us to minister to veterans and other military personnel. Here are eight ways we can do so:

1. Thank them. Make it a point to find veterans, look them in the eye, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

2. Support their spouses and families. If they are active personnel, find ways to support their spouses and families while they are deployed for months at a time.

3. Connect them with each other. Veterans understand veterans better than anybody else. Churches are especially well poised to foster friendship and support networks within the local body, or among and between local churches.

4. Know good medical professionals and counselors. Sometimes the most urgent thing for a veteran is to be connected with caring medical professionals and trustworthy Christian counselors.

5. Find places for them to work and lead. Veterans have already served our nation, often at great cost to themselves and their families. The least we can do is help them find good places to work and appropriate places to lead; after all, they are uniquely gifted persons whose contributions can extend far beyond the military base or battlefield.

6. Volunteer at a veteran’s home or hospital. Usually, veterans homes and hospitals welcome volunteers who are willing to visit veterans, listen to veterans and talk with them, and perhaps bring them gifts on holidays such as Christmas, Easter, or Veterans Day.

7. Participate in fundraisers for veterans and their families. Wounded warriors and other veterans find themselves financially disadvantaged. As Christians, we can show love to them by organizing and participating in community fundraisers on their behalf. This type of tangible display of love can change their lives for the better and, for those who are unbelievers, perhaps open their hearts to Jesus.

8. Be a good citizen. One good way to disrespect a veteran is to disrespect the nation on whose behalf they fight or have fought. Conversely, one good way to honor a veteran is to be a good citizen by voting during elections, fighting for justice, and praying for our nation.

At one point during my interview with Grandfather, as he recounted being shot down while flying anti-sub patrol over the Bay of Biscay, we had to stop for a moment so he could regain his composure. He called my attention back to some of his good friends who were killed during the war, and reminded me that it wasn’t his own skill that made him safe during combat: “It was the Lord looking after me. For some reason, he spared me.”

The Lord spared my grandfather and gave him many years and a good life after the war. May we, as Christian Americans, do everything we can to minister to veterans in the hopes that they will have many years and a good life during and after their service.

*Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on BruceAshford.net and is used with permission from the author.

Bruce Ashford is Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the co-author of One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics, the author of Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians and I Am Going: To that Nations and in the Streets.

*If you are currently an active-duty military personnel, we would love for you and your spouse to attend an upcoming Military Marriage Retreat. We offer these retreats throughout the year. They include free materials, meals, lodging for all active-duty, Guard, Reserve military members and their spouses. Click here to learn more. 


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Beth Moore Seminar

An absolutely wonderful seminar with Living Proof Ministries with Beth Moore​ this week entitled, “Seeds to Sheaves of Joy” and worship by Travis Cottrell​. Beth is encouraging believers to explore the distinction between just reading Scripture and planting the seed of God’s Word within so that new life and growth are possible. Take a look at a few of our photos from this event.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 11:36

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Romans 11:36:

“For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (KJV).

10/22/2019 The 2019 National Law Enforcement Retreat at The Cove in Asheville, NC. PHOTO BY TODD SUMLIN

Take time this week to thank the Lord for His goodness and the beauty that He has created around you. There may be trials and hardships, but He is with you and He loves you. Rest in knowing that He is faithful.


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15 Comforting Bible Verses for Troubled Times

There are so many terrible things occupying the headlines these days, it can be hard to wrap your head around them. When will the madness end?

The people who lived in Bible times were no strangers to atrocity. But many were also well acquainted with the character of God—a loving, protecting Father quick to console His people. He comforted them then and comforts us now.

Take a few moments to soak in these passages of Scripture and let them sustain you in the days ahead.


“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
—Psalm 27:1

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
—Deuteronomy 31:8

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
—Psalm 23:4

“He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.”
—Job 5:11

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
—Lamentations 3:22-23

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
—John 14:27

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
—Psalm 46:1

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
—2 Corinthians 1:3

“Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”
—Psalm 119:76

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
—John 16:33

“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”
—Psalm 139:11-12

“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.”
—Isaiah 49:13

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
—Matthew 5:4

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
—Psalm 55:22

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
—Romans 8:37-39

(This blog post is  from the Billy Graham website.  Click here to access this site and grow your faith).


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 119: 9-16

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 119: 9-16,

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lordteach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word” (NIV). 


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Anne Graham Lotz Live Stream Event

Join Anne Graham Lotz Live Online
LIVE STREAM FROM THE COVE
November 8-10, 2019
Seminar: “Jesus In Me”

Anne will draw on Biblical insights and her own personal stories—including her recent cancer diagnosis—to help you better understand who the Holy Spirit is, and why and how He moves. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you in your decisions, comfort you in your pain, and stay by your side at all times, enriching your daily life.

Cost is $30 and includes all five seminar sessions. Register today to get online access to view all seminar sessions live AND on demand (available for 30 days after the event). Register: www.TheCove.org/LIVE


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Weekly Bible Verse: 1 John 3:1-3

Our weekly Bible verse comes from 1 John 3: 1-3

 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (NIV). 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Zephaniah 3:17

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Zephaniah 3:17:

The Lord your God is with you,  the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
 but will rejoice over you with singing” (NIV). 

God is with you in every season and through every trial. Draw near to Him by prayer, worship, and meditating on His Word. He will speak to you and His peace will cover you.


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A Time to Rest

Every day is a gift from God. Sometimes we let our busy schedules distract us from our precious time with the Lord. One of the most valuable programs that we offer at The Cove are the Guided Personal Spiritual Retreats. These offer times of group reflection, collective prayer, and satisfying conversations at meals to discuss how God is working in your heart. Spend time walking our mountain trails, in private devotions, journaling, and more. Take some time before the rush of fall to have a retreat with the Lord. Click here to learn more.


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