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Saturday Snapshot: Highlights from the Training Center

It has been such a beautiful week at The Cove! From a Pastor Renewal Retreat to guest groups to visitors just passing through, this week has brought people from all over the nation!

Our Pastor Renewal Retreat was a blessing to so many pastors and their wives. They arrived here from Los Angeles, Tampa, Columbus, and various other parts of the country–there were 21 states represented! Regardless of how far they had traveled, each guest was inspired and encouraged by Pastor Jim Henry’s series of messages on “Jesus: The Joy of the Journey.”

The connections made between these pastors and their spouses was so wonderful to see. During breaks and meal times they took the opportunity to get to know one another better and encourage one another in ministry.

Some of the pastors and their spouses took time to just be on the Training Center deck and relax in front of the  gorgeous views of the mountains!

The Cove is blessed to have the best chefs around! They work hard to make sure every detail of the dining experience is perfected. One of the retreat sessions with Pastor Henry ended just before lunch,  and the aroma of the barbecue ribs seemed to fill the entire Training Center! 

The Cove also has the friendliest volunteers! They give a warm welcome to each guest and greet everyone with a smile! 

Many of our guests were able to stop by Ruth’s Attic Bookstore and purchase the most recent Franklin Graham book entitled, “Through My Father’s Eyes.” This book includes one of the most touching and moving chapters of the last moments of Ruth Bell Graham. It is a wonderful read about Billy Graham, written from the perspective of a son who knew him best.

We are so thankful for the guests the Lord brought to The Cove this past week, and we’re grateful for the inspiration and renewal they received. We are excited and expectant to see what God has for us in the coming week! Have a blessed weekend!


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National Day of Prayer: 5 Insights from Billy Graham and Anne Graham Lotz

“Have you ever said, ‘Well, all we can do now is pray?’” the late Billy Graham once asked.

“When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God.”

Prayer, that is talking honestly with God, is a gamechanger, and today on this National Day of Prayer, Christians across the United States of America are coming together to ask God for unity, peace, wise leadership and that His Name be glorified.

Consider the following 5 insights on prayer as you go before the Lord today and every day:

1. Pray Locally & Globally: In addition to talking with God about your own life and the lives of those around you, don’t forget to bring up what’s going on nationwide. Franklin Graham, who is conducting one-day evangelistic prayer events in Californiaand the Pacific Northwest, urges Christians, “The most critical thing you can do is pray, pray, pray. The intercession of God’s people is crucial if we are to see a return to the Biblical faith of our fathers, the faith that has guided and sustained our country for so long.”

2. Don’t Get Discouraged: Prayer sounds like it should be easy, right? Just talk with God. But if you have questions, it’s time to get some answers. Billy Graham offers the following guidelines in Prayer 101: How Do I Talk to God?

3. Dig Deeper: There may not be a perfect prayer, but Anne Graham Lotz drills down on the best kind of prayer. Join Billy Graham’s daughter as she explores the power of prayer in this devotional: The Prayer That Heaven Applauds.

4. Stand United: It’s true that God made each of us unique to play a different role in His kingdom, but those differences should still present a unified front for Him. Be encouraged today as you listen to this timeless Billy Graham message on unity of the spirit.

5. Don’t Give Up: Whether you’re burdened for this country, a loved one or something else, God hears you. And He loves you. Take comfort as you read this Billy Graham daily devotional.


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Time: A Psalm by Quinn Graham

Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, has written a special psalm to share. This one, entitled “Time,” was inspired by a message Quinn recently heard his dad preach. A great reminder that your life has purpose and such great value…

Time
Time is very important
Time goes by very quickly
We don’t have infinite time
Our time can end at any time
We have a beginning and an end on earth
We can choose how to live life
We can choose to go our own way and not care about God
Or we can choose to go God’s way
You probably won’t spend your time wisely if you go your way
When you accept God into your life you wish you had done it earlier
God will help you spend your time wisely
God helps you make every second of your life have a purpose
But when we get to heaven we will have all the time
How now will you spend your time?

By Quinn Graham

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Cove Bible Verse: Week of April 30th

The Lord is Our Refuge

Our Bible verse for the week is from Psalm 9:9-10

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,  A refuge in the times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;  For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

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Saturday Snapshot: Will Graham Celebration

The Tri-Cities Will Graham Celebration is this weekend in Johnson City, Tennessee at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Since 1950, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has held Crusades all across the globe for one purpose: to proclaim God’s love to people who need Jesus Christ. Today, Will Graham Celebrations continue this life-changing mission. A Celebration is not just an evangelistic event; it is a process of prayer, training, outreach, and followup that takes place over a 12-month period—and it begins and ends with  the local church.

The Celebrations usually consist of 4 services:

  • Friday Night for Adults/Families
  • Saturday Morning KidzFest for Elementary Aged Children
  • Saturday Night for Youth
  • Sunday Afternoon for Adults/Families

“No matter where I go in the world, people seem to be searching for the same things in life,” said Graham, who returned from preaching in Romania just in time to travel to Kingsport to speak. “They want to find hope. They’re seeking their purpose. They long for peace and security. I believe that all of these elusive elements can be found in Jesus, and I’m looking forward to sharing that message with the people of the Tri-Cities area.”- Will Graham

This weekend, Will Graham shares hope from Johnson City, Tennessee, with music by Aaron Shust, Crowder, Ellie Holcomb and more. It will be streamed LIVE tonight and tomorrow if you click on this link: Will Graham Celebration Live Stream 

It will air at the following times:
Saturday, April 28 @ 6:30 ET
Sunday, April 29 @ 3:30 ET

The volunteers and team in Johnson City have been working endlessly since last fall to connect with churches and area pastors to pray and also spread the word in their communities.

We are excited and expectant of what God is going to do this weekend! We ask you also to join us in prayer for this amazing event and we hope that you can either attend the event or watch it online! Feel free to also share this link with your family and friends.


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Where is Your Focus? Devotion on Psalm 16:8-11

Where is your focus? 

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:8-11)

I love how this verse starts: “I keep my eyes always on the Lord.” We must ask why? Why does this verse start with these words? As we read  further in the passage we see the result of keeping our eyes on the Lord. Let’s take a look at what happens when we do this.

  1. He is our strength.  “With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” The Word tells us in Psalm 61:3, ” For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” Also we see his strength in our lives in Psalm 28:7  “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” When we keep our eyes focused on the Lord, He is always with us. Regardless of the  battles we may be facing, He is our strength. With Him by our side, we will not be shaken. We can rest in complete assurance that He is with us in all situations. Even in our thought life.

Have you ever had something come into your mind that gave you fear, frustration, anxiety, or anger? These things are not from the Lord. These are things the enemy uses as a strategy to shake us up. You see, satan knows that if we take our eyes off the things of the Lord, then our eyes will be focused on what he has distracted us to see. The Lord says that we should focus on, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9) When we focus our eyes and think of Him, we have peace. We have joy. We will not be shaken.

2. He gives us joy and He is faithful. Verse 9 states, “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.” As we just saw in Philippians, we will have joy and peace, and we can rest when our eyes are focused on God.  He takes delight in us and views us as His perfect and most beautiful creation. He is faithful to us and is always with us.

We see His goodness in 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.”  This beautiful time with the Lord is what the enemy wants to steal from you. How can you stay in this place of perfect peace? A place where you have lasting joy, no matter your situation? The answer is simply by putting your focus on Him always. 

3. He gives us direction and all eternal pleasures!You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” What a way to end this passage! By keeping our eyes on the Lord, we can know the path of life, we are filled with joy and His eternal pleasures! No wonder the enemy would love for us to take our eyes off the Lord. 

 My prayer for you today is that you turn your eyes and your focus to Jesus. That you combat anything that the enemy of this world tries to use to distract you. I pray that you can remember the Lord’s protection and love for you.  As you finish reading this blog, I would ask you to focus on the words in this next passage. This is His promise to you today. This is what He will give you when your eyes are on Him. 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’  Surely he will save you  from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you,no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. ‘Because heloves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.'” Psalm 91

Have a blessed day!


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God’s Gifts: 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 “God’s Gifts,” was inspired by a message Quinn recently heard his dad preach. Enjoy this reminder of God’s goodness, love and grace…

God’s Gifts
God has a gift for everyone
There is no price
His gift is free
His gift is eternal life
This gift is free because He loves us
He paid the price for us
He was beaten and suffered on the cross for us                                               
He paid the price
He bridged the gap for us
So that we can come to Heaven
And spend eternal life with Him

Gods gift isn’t just eternal life
He gives us peace
So that we won’t fear anymore                                                            
He gives us joy
So that we can rejoice in His name
He gives us a purpose                                              A purpose that no one else has
He gives us spiritual life
This spiritual life is our new life with God
Spiritual life tells God that we can come up to heaven
His last gift is forgiveness
The only way to heaven is forgiveness
The only way to be forgiven is accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior
Have you accepted Jesus into your life?


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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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Cove Bible Verse for the Week of April 16th

The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress

Our Bible verse for the week is from Psalm 18:1-3

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. ”


 

 

 

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Cove Bible Verse for the Week of April 9th

Trust in the Lord for every decision this week, for every step you take, for every dream that you may have. When you put your trust in Him, you can let go of any fear or anxiety. He will take care of you.  He is faithful! He cares about every detail of your life.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of the drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. ” (Jeremiah 17: 7-8)


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