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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 119:33-35

Our verse of the week comes from Psalm 119: 33-35

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,  that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.  Direct me in the path of your commands,
    for there I find delight” (NIV). 


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Saturday Snapshot: Summer at The Cove

The weather has been so beautiful at The Cove this summer. This past week was especially nice. Our guest worship leader and Bible teacher this week was Michael Card. Our staff heard from so many guests how much they enjoyed his teaching and that he was so personable with everyone. We took a few snapshots of our guests outside, Michael Card signing his album and books, and also the beautiful view! Enjoy these pics! 

The flowers around The Cove are gorgeous this time of year!

A view from the deck of The Training Center!

Michael Card with some guests!

Beautiful worship in the auditorium!

One of the most beautiful drives.


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Experience The Cove

Experience The Cove
By: Maggie Mae Everett

An inside look from one of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association summer interns. A personal experience by Maggie Everett.

The Cove

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard that I would be headed to the Cove for a personal spiritual retreat.

What I do know is that my very first thought was about all the work I would be behind on and all the emails I would miss while I was gone. My life often seems like a marathon that is entirely run at a break-neck pace. It is rare that I take a second to completely stop everything and be still for a few days. The moment I entered the Cove, a sense of peace came over me. I know that may sound cliché, but for someone who is always busy, this was a feeling I don’t often get to enjoy.

The Cove provided an environment of encouragement, which was reinforced by its down-to-earth staff. Everyone that you meet at the Cove wants you to truly feel how loved you are. No matter where I turned, there was love poured into every aspect of my time there.

For the first time in awhile, I was okay with not having to be going every single second. Instead, I was able to pause for long enough to breathe and really take the time to see all that was around me. The Cove gave me the opportunity to reflect and see more clearly how the Lord had beautifully orchestrated my life to bring me to that specific place in time. I was able to really look back on my life and all the moments that God had been so faithful to bring me through. That time allowed me to recognize how every moment was a part of His divine plan for my life, both the hills and the valleys. Things may have not always felt good at the time, but I was able to finally understand how God had worked them out for my good. It was an overwhelming and humbling time of growth in my personal relationship with Christ.

The peacefulness of the Cove is in the simple beauty of being surrounded by God’s creation and the presence of God. The mountains, the trees, and the smell of fresh air take you away from the stress of everyday life. I left my time there truly feeling rejuvenated and also invested in by the people I encountered. It was the epitome of a breath of fresh air.

Whether attempting to take a hike in the pouring rain with my fellow interns or enjoying a time of fellowship over an amazing meal, The Cove provided me with memories that I will cherish forever. However, I think that the best takeaway for me was a fresh sight to see how the Lord so deliberately directs our paths, as well as a renewed encouragement to endure the obstacles I may encounter along the way. In a world so quick to tear us down, I am thankful for my time of growth and encouragement at the Cove and those who were there to build me up.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

– 1 Thessalonians 5:11


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KENDRA GRAHAM: ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

 “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—An earthenware vessel among the vessels of the earth!  Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands?’”  (Isaiah 45:9, NASB)

What Does it Say?

Woe to one who quarrels with his Maker. Will clay say to potter, “What are you doing?” Or the thing made say “He has no hands?”

What Does it Mean?

I recently traveled to Seattle, Washington. Greeted by Seattle’s cold and rain, I began to feel as if the cold weather continues to chase me! As I navigated the city’s rain-soaked streets, I was drawn to what seemed to be the warmest spot in town— a unique glass shop called Art by Fire. The ovens inside the shop were 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and my Aunt Tina and I could literally feel those ovens breathe their warmth into the chilly side street we were walking. In the days since our visit to that unique place, my heart and mind continue to process our experience.

My aunt and I watched with intrigue as the glassmaker placed a rod into the fire to take hold of a lump of glass. As he removed the clear hot piece of glass, he continuously turned the rod to prevent the glass from falling off the rod and on to the hard concrete floor. As long as the glass remained in this red-hot state, it stayed incredibly pliable. The artist then added color, firing the glass again as it cooled and became less moldable. While the glass was at its hottest, the glassmaker used tools to shape the lump of glass into a work of art. We watched in amazement as the master designer reached for pliers and began pulling apart pieces of glass to create the petals of an iris. Then, with creativity and great skill, he applied a large putty knife of sorts, placing pressure in the proper places and rounding certain pieces out at just the correct angle. When I asked how he’d learned to create these amazing pieces, the artist said, “I see them in my mind, then my hands get to work.”

As I watched this extraordinary artist work, a verse in Isaiah came to mind: “..will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’”  (Isaiah 45:9, NASB).

The glass didn’t scream at the creator when put into the fire. The glass needed to be put into the fire so that it could be formed and so that color could be added. The glassmaker told Aunt Tina and me that it was the fire that solidified each piece’s unique color. The glass would cool quickly as the artist worked, so multiple trips to the fire were needed.  The process was fascinating: Early-on it was difficult to see what the piece was going to become, but by the end it was obvious—the lump of glass had been transformed into something beautiful—a true piece of art that was worth every penny of the price listed on the tag.

My heart was softened as my eyes witnessed the process from start to finish. I so often become frustrated with God because of the fire He leads me to walk through. I tend to immediately think that God hates me and doesn’t care if I die or if I hurt. I am evidence of the creation screaming at the potter, “What are You doing?!”  The process is often excruciating as I fight and refuse to face the fire, doing all I can to run from the extreme heat; but what if I allowed the Creator to place me where He needs me to be, for as long as I need to be there?

The interesting thing about that glass-artist was that when he placed the glass piece back into the fire to heat it up, it was never in there for very long: just long enough to make it pliable—then it was immediately removed. The artist explained that while the glass piece was being fired he had to pay very close attention it, constantly turning the piece to prevent it from falling off the rod or getting destroyed in the fire. If the artist left the glass in the heat of the fire for too long, it would liquify the glass, defeating the purpose of the piece.

Sometimes it seems like “forever” in the furnace; but if I decided to stop fighting, and allowed the Creator to fashion what He wants, adding the color He desires (not the color I demand), what kind of testimony would my life become?  What if I allowed the Creator to use those pliers to pull away the petals from the stem so that I could become what He desires me to be? I confess I don’t like the heat of the fire or the pressure of the pliers. Yet I know this truth: God never promised life would be easy, but He did promise that we would never be alone and that He will never leave us or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5).  The book of Romans tells us that the “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18, NKJV) and that “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, NASB).

We can trust the Creator. The white-hot heat of the fire or the burning heat of the desert is not for our harm, but for our good. This is where faith comes in. We have faith for something, because it’s hard.  We hold on to the fact of God’s promises when everything around us and everything in our hearts says to put our fists in the air and RUN from the fire and from everything we thought we believed about God.

What if we held on, pressed in, and really believed what we have said we believe? Then our lives would reflect a work of art that only God could create. The choice to trust is yours. This is hard! I wish it were easy, but I encourage you to press on, my friends… through the heat of the desert and the flame of the fire.

What does it Mean to Me?
  • How hard has it been to choose to stand in faith and not run in fear, anger and bitterness?
  • When have you seen God or felt the closeness of God while going through the fire?
  • How can we pray for you today if you feel alone in the midst of the fire?

LIVE IT OUT

Today, LORD God, give me eyes to see Your hand on that rod while this fire threatens to overwhelm me, and give me a heart to accept it as I cling to Your Word. Give me today a specific promise from Your Word that I will claim. Instead of the anger and bitterness I feel rising in my soul, may Your Word be the cry of my heart.


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 24:4-5

Our verse of the week comes from Psalm 24:4-5

Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For you are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. ” (NKJV)


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Verse for the Week: John 14:6

Our verse for the week comes from John 14:6. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me‘” (NKJV).

As you head into your week, remember that in every situation, He is the way! He is truth! He will give you life. Trust in Him this week. Do not get down or discouraged. He has already won the victory on your behalf! Just trust in Him!


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Preparing Your Heart for Prayer

 

Preparing Your Heart For Prayer and Following in His Footsteps
By: Donna Riesen

“Sometimes I’m asked to list the most important steps in preparing for an evangelistic mission, and my reply is always the same: prayer…prayer…prayer.” —Billy Graham

PAVE THE WAY WITH LOVE

The Apostle Paul often used the “walk” metaphor in his letters to the churches. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul explained that as believers, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, NASB).

In chapter four, the apostle described what that walk should look like: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NASB).

FOLLOW IN YOUR FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS

In the opening verses of Ephesians five, Paul stresses the importance of walking in love, giving us the picture of a young child walking beside his father and trying to imitate his walk. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 5:1-2, NASB).

While we will never reach our Heavenly Father’s standard of perfection in our own strength, we are told to be imitators of God and to walk as Christ walked. If we have repented of our sin and accepted Christ’s offer of forgiveness through His blood, we are transformed, reborn and adopted into God’s family. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the leading of God’s Word, we can choose to walk in a way that shows others the family resemblance. Loving others with a selfless, sacrificial love will point them to Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring us to God.

PREPARE THE PATH WITH PRAYER

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul commends the believers and expresses thanks to God for their faith in Christ Jesus and their love for all the saints. Paul’s love for them is evident as he assures them of his unceasing prayers:

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light” (Colossians 1:9-12, NASB).

The roads at The Cove are in great shape, ready to receive vehicles filled with individuals who will come here seeking a closer walk with God. Our peaceful walking trails await those who need a quiet place to meet with Him amid the beauty of His creation. So what’s our job now as “road workers”? As Cove staff, we have various job descriptions and To-Do lists, but there’s one thing we’re all called to do before every seminar or event: we pray.

It is both our privilege and our responsibility to pray for each other and for those who will come to The Cove. The physical tasks we perform on a daily basis while serving here will have no lasting spiritual impact unless they are carried out in love and bathed in prayer. Acknowledging that only the Holy Spirit can truly open a heart, we do our best to prepare a safe, comfortable, welcoming environment free of distractions which might take attention away from the truth of God’s Word. As we seek to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,” faithfully and prayerfully carrying out the tasks He has called us to, we help to clear the way for the Lord to work.

Let’s commit being faithful in prayer. Consider praying the words of Colossians 1:9-12 for your co-workers, loved ones, and for all those who will visit The Cove in the month of July.

Keep praying and seeking!


Join us in prayer for the following upcoming events:

Alex McFarland — July 16-18 (Emcee: Glynn Bachelor; Worship Leader: Johnny Prettyman; Pastor-in-Residence: Kevin Wimbish) Amos: The Principles of Revival and the Pathway to Spiritual Awakening

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat — July 16-19 (Facilitator: John Parrish)

Tony Evans — July 19-21 (Emcee: Ron Whittemore; Worship Leader: Johnny Prettyman; Pastor-in-Residence: Jim Brackett) Kingdom Disciples: Heaven’s Representatives on Earth

An Evening at The Cove with Michael Card — July 22 (Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Michael Card — July 23-27 (Emcee: Ron Whittemore; Worship Leader: Michael Card; Pastor-in-Residence: David Taylor) Intensive Bible Training — Follow Me

Darren Thomas — July 27-29 (Emcee: Glynn Bachelor; Worship Leader: Michael O’Brien; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish) Restore My Soul


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Weekly Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20

Our weekly bible verse comes from Galatians 2:20:

” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ” (NIV)

As we go into this week, let us remember what Jesus did on the Cross for us. He gave himself so that we may have life eternal. As Christ followers, He lives in us. We are a representation of the King. We have access to His strength, His peace, His creativity, His hope, His freedom, His love, and so much more. Live this week as sons and daughters of the Most High. Trust in Him and let Him lead your path.


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Saturday Snapshot: Lisa Harper at The Cove

We are launching into this weekend with an amazing women’s event led by Lisa Harper! Lisa started her career with six years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences, attended by almost 200,000 women, followed by six years as the women’s ministry director at a large church in Nashville. Her academic resume includes a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Now a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker, Lisa was on the Women of Faith national arena tour for eight years and speaks at many other large multi-denominational events as well as at hundreds of churches all over the world.

The Cove welcomed over 500 women to this sold out event this weekend. As women gathered in the Training Center, there were lots of laughter, great conversations, and also quiet moments to focus on the Lord.

We saw mothers and daughter, friends, and more come together to spend this weekend.

Love seeing the connection made among each other and also many meet new friends that will last a lifetime.

If you have not had a chance to experience the beauty of The Cove and to be taught by some of America’s leading Bible teachers, we would love to invite to visit us! Be sure to visit our website to see all upcoming events!


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.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 5

Our verse of the week comes from Ephesians.

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. ” (Ephesians 5: 1-2, NKJV)


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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.

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