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What’s Happening at The Cove – October

Whats Coming_October

Autumn is just around the corner and Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful sites to behold during the “leaf” season.  We hope you will come enjoy God’s colorful display and His sweet presence here at The Cove.

Check out our schedule for the month of October below.  Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

Come and Join Us!


Click on the links below for October dates or call 1-800-950-2092. 

October Personal Spiritual Retreats

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat
 with John Parrish, October 29-31, 2014


Click on each of the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

Name Above All Names
 with Alistair Begg, October 6-8, 2014

Prescription for Renewal — A retreat for Medical Professionals Only.
with Erwin Lutzer, October 10-12, 2014

An Evening at The Cove — Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet
with NewSong, October 12, 2014

SeniorSalt Impact Concert
 with The Burchfield Brothers, October 13, 2014

Pastors’ Institute: Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church (Free for Pastors & Spouses)
 with Randy Pope, October 16, 2014

Our Future Hope: Thinking and Living Now in Light of Eternity
 with Randy Alcorn, October 22-24, 2014

Connecting the Dots in Our Lives: Seeing God at Work in Our Problems, Suffering and Pain
 with Mike MacIntosh, October 24-26, 2014

Ministry Workers’ Retreat: A Time of Refreshing
 with Anne Graham Lotz, October 31-November 2, 2014

TC arial fall

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove- Aerial Shot of Fall.


Brandon Heath to Perform at The Cove

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Nashville native Brandon Heath is known for thought-provoking songs like “Give Me Your Eyes,” “Your Love,” “Jesus in Disguise” and his latest hit, “Love Does.” Heath has been honored with multiple GMA Dove awards and five Grammy nominations.

Brandon will perform for An Evening at The Cove on Thursday, March 27, 2014. 

Fans appreciate the intimate setting at The Cove, where there are only 460 seats in the state-of-the-art auditorium.  You will even have a chance to meet Brandon face to face after the concert at a special Meet & Greet.  No special VIP/Backstage pass required!   

Tickets are $50 and include the concert and a delicious prime-rib buffet-style dinner. Overnight lodging is available.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register.

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Fans will enjoy meeting Brandon after the concert.

Listen here as Brandon sings Give Me Your Eyes.

Lenny LeBlanc to Perform at The Cove

Lenny LeBlanc for 2013If you had a radio or a television set in the 1970’s then you probably heard Lenny LeBlanc’s hit ballad “Falling.” 

On Sunday September 29th, you can experience Lenny performing in person here at The Cove!

This self-taught musician knew from an early age that music would be a part of his life. 

A successful career, working with some of the best musicians around, but something was missing. 

It was a testimony from an old friend, who had become a drug smuggler, and his gift of a bible to Lenny, that changed his life forever. 

“I knew nothing about God, I didn’t know a Methodist from a Baptist. I didn’t know how to talk to God, but I started asking Him if He was real; and He started revealing himself to me.” LeBlanc says.

“Finding Jesus was like a signpost in my life. Whatever storm comes, I can look back and never refute what happened to me. That’s the Rock I cling to.”

Lenny continues to write pop and country songs, including hits like “Treat Her Right” for Sawyer Brown and “You First” with two-time CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally.  He still travels nationally and internationally as a Christian artist and serves as worship leader at Faith Church in Florence, Alabama.

Watch here for a beautiful sampling of Lenny’s music. 

Join us for an Evening at The Cove with Lenny LeBlanc on September 29th. 

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for tickets.

An Evening at The Cove with Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant (2)“When we live the love of the Gospel out loud, a revolution will occur.” – Natalie Grant

She has an amazing voice and a beautiful heart.

But it is this multi-award winning Christian singer/songwriter’s message of the Gospel, and the revolutionary power of love it carries, that she waves as her banner and her hope.

Natalie Grant will perform at The Cove on Thursday August 22nd. 

Join us for a delectable prime rib dinner, followed by an uplifting evening of worship. Overnight lodging is available too!

Click here for more information and to get your ticket(s).

Natalie shares, “Matthew 14:22-33 inspired my new song Hurricane. I found myself in a dark place, and was begging God to stop the storm. But instead, He came to me in the middle of my storm, and brought with Him courage, strength & peace.”

Listen here to her brand new song, Hurricane.        

GUEST POST: A Night Like No Other at The Cove

By Tiffany Jothen

I’m not sure I have ever seen my dad clap along to a worship song, but Saturday, I witnessed the phenomenon TWICE when Irish folk band Rend Collective Experiment took the stage at The Cove.  I don’t think anyone can see them in concert and not move around.

I first saw Rend Collective in Buffalo, N.Y., last fall when they performed at Rock the Lakes, a BGEA youth event.  Listening to their music is like a holy band room exploding in your soul — a Jesus jamboree.  It’s the kind of band that makes me want to learn an instrument so I can be in it, too.  My parents and husband gladly came along Saturday when I showed them a few of the band’s YouTube videos.

A couple of weeks before the concert, I ordered Rend Collective’s latest CD, “Campfire,” so I could sing along on Saturday.  I don’t like playing my music loud when I drive with the windows down, but this CD I want to share with everyone.  Seeing it live was even better.  They truly know how to honor God’s majesty and creativity.

One of the best things about Saturday’s performance — besides the high-energy band itself — was the audience.  More than 20 states — from California to Florida — were represented, with a few people under 10 years old and several over 70.  Some people wore sundresses or khakis; others went with the cutoff jean shorts and beanies.

An older woman who sat next to me at dinner before the concert said she knew nothing about Rend Collective, but was in the area and thought they would be good.  A group of 20-somethings who sat behind me during the concert called them a “sweet” band, and one guy in the group said a concert doesn’t get much better — a delicious dinner beforehand, no crowds to fight and not a bad seat in the house.  Outside, it poured down rain, but inside everyone eagerly anticipated the next song.

“When it rains this much in Ireland, we’re all just grumpy,” band member Gareth Gilkeson said in his Irish acccent.  He put up his hands in his vest pockets, wore a red tie and hat and used words like “wee li’l” and “shindigery.”  (His wife and fellow band mate, Ali, said after the concert that if you eat enough Lucky Charms, you’ll get the same accent too.)

Throughout the show, the band used all kinds of instruments, including an accordian, xylophone and trash can.  I was impressed with Ali’s ability to switch instruments multiple times during a song.  Lead singer Chris Llewellyn picked up a ukulele toward the end.

“It’s mostly played by little girls, but that doesn’t bother me,” he said.

RCE from TiffanyI was sad when my camera died about half an hour in, but I decided it was better to experience the concert first-hand anyway.  The lyrics on the screen made it easy to sing along, and it’s always moving to witness an entire room of people praising God together — voices and sometimes arms raised.  For one song, we put an arm around our neighbor and jumped in sync.

(Check out this video another person in the audience posted on YouTube!)

Other highlights included the band letting the audience lead “10,000 Reasons” and sharing their rendition of “In Christ Alone,” which I LOVED.  (Next CD maybe?)

This is a picture of me and my family, taken in my parents’ inn room after the concert.
RCE concert Tiffany and family


Brothers in Christ…A Beautiful Friendship

Will Graham shares his thoughts on the well-known musician who will perform at The Cove on April 14.

Have you ever met someone for the first time, and as soon as you begin talking with them you realize that they’re the “real deal”? That’s how I felt when I first sat down for a private meeting with Matthew West at the GMA awards in Nashville in 2007.

At the time we were looking for artists to come alongside me as I held my evangelistic Will Graham Celebration events in various parts of the country. I’d heard Matthew’s song called, “Next Thing You Know,” in which he talks about making a decision for Christ after watching one of my granddaddy’s Crusades on television. As he shared his heart with me, I quickly felt in that meeting that we would work well together in ministry.

Matthew West praying with leadership team at Jersey Shore
Will Graham and Matthew West pray with the leadership team and
artists backstage at the Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration.

I remember the first time that Matthew came to visit me at The Cove. He didn’t know it, but I secretly made plans to take him up to visit with my grandfather. It was a very special time as they sat and talked for 15-20 minutes. To be honest, I’m not sure who was more excited – Matthew West at meeting Billy Graham, or some of our staff at meeting Matthew West!

Many people know Matthew West as a great musician and one of the best songwriters in Christian music today, and that he definitely is. We’ll be blessed to hear many of those songs and see his talent on display on April 14. But I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to know Matthew as more than that: as a humble co-laborer for the Kingdom of God; as someone who will always go the extra mile to make things work out; as someone for whom I have a deep respect; and – of course – as a friend.

If you are able, I hope that you can make plans to join us in April to see Matthew in person. You’ll be glad you did!

For tickets to An Evening at The Cove with Matthew West on Sunday April 11th, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

Singer-Songwriter Matthew West at The Cove on April 14

Matthew West, acclaimer singer-songwriter has been all over the world sharing the love of Christ.   

On Sunday April 14th, he will be at The Cove in Asheville, NC!

“I think people go to concerts in the hopes of being moved. People want to feel something. Music can do that. And that is my goal, to make that connection with the audience,” said West.

“But what makes Christian music different is that the connection is not only between me and the audience, but more importantly I hope to connect the audience with the One who’s love can move even the most stubborn heart. That’s what I hope and pray will be accomplished at the Cove. I’m excited!”

Make a plan to join us for a delicious dinner, followed by an uplifting concert, while overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.   You can make your reservation now by clicking here.

Watch here, as West shares how his life was significantly changed at the age of 13, while watching a Billy Graham Crusade on the television. 

Listen to Matthew West’s wildly popular song, Strong Enough, here.

Join us for an Evening at The Cove with Matthew West on Sunday, April 14th.  To reserve your spot, call 1-800-950-2092 or click here. Plan to spend the night with us too!  Ask us about our ‘come early’ and ‘stay over’ options.  

An Evening at The Cove with Marty Goetz

On October 20th, modern day psalmist, Marty Goetz, takes the stage at The Cove.  Long before he was known for his beautiful music, a 13-year-old Marty stood at the bimah of Cleveland’s Temple on the Heights for his bar mitzvah and solemnly sang the ancient worlds of the Torah.  Some 20 years later, Marty would be found singing to God at Billy Graham’s Rally in Central Park. 

Marty’s songs are scriptures beautifully set to music, leaving listeners spiritually moved, inspired and educated. With melodic and fresh acoustical/classic arrangements, Marty Goetz has the ability to lead you into a place of true intimacy with God.

Read on as Marty describes his experience at The Cove. 

By Marty Goetz

On the wall in a room where I often stay, when playing and singing at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, hangs a plaque which reads: “All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15)

Life at The Cove is like that; a veritable feast for the soul! (For the body, as well; the food is fantastic!) From the moment you enter the grounds, the beauty of the place envelops you, inviting you to a time of rest, refreshment and spiritual restoration.  Everyone who works there is a servant of the Lord, treating you as if you were the most important person on earth.  Your every need is attended to with care and a prayer and a smile, and all you have to do is enjoy your stay. 

As if that were not enough, you have the pleasure of sitting at the feet of the finest Bible expositors this world has to offer.  The teaching sessions are inspiring and impacting, leading to personal reflection and interaction with others who are there to grow in their relationship with Jesus. 

My wife, Jennifer, and I have been blessed to participate in the work of the Billy Graham Training Center these past many years.  What a privilege for us to have had the opportunity to meet Dr. Billy and Ruth Graham and their family.  We are continually amazed that God would allow us to partner with Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea in some of the special events offered by this ministry that is truly, a ‘heaven on earth’. 

Often, when leading worship, I play the piano with my shoes removed.  Some have asked if, by doing that, I am implying that I am on ‘holy ground’.  Well, to be honest, I simply prefer playing that way, but… when I’m at The Cove….it happens to be true!
Don’t miss your chance to join Marty for an Evening at The Cove on Saturday, October 20
th.  Overnight lodging is available at applicable rates and includes breakfast the following morning.  To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092. 

Aaron Shust Finds The Words To Speak

by Janet Chismar

Headlining An Evening at The Cove on Sunday, Aug. 12, Shust is no stranger to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Back in 2008, he led worship at the Will Graham Celebration in Burleson, Texas. He also spent time at The Cove in personal reflection while he was on staff at Perimeter Church in Atlanta.

But it was his encounter with Billy Graham in his home town that stands out in Shust’s mind. “Billy came and did a Crusade in Pittsburgh when I was a kid,” he recalls. “I got to sing in the choir, and sit in the third base section of the stadium learning the songs for those couple of weeks. His preaching has always been so simple and straightforward—and undeniably beautiful.”

Shust’s childhood was significant in two respects. He accepted Christ at the age of 4, and then started playing piano at the age of 7. As a teenager, he added guitar to his repertoire, influenced by the sounds of the sixties and Motown.

While attending Toccoa Falls College, he studied music theory and developed an aptitude for the likes of Bach and Mozart, as well as Bob Marley and U2. Shust honed his stage skills on campus and while performing in churches and coffeehouses.

All the hard work and preparation paid off. His song “My Savior, My God” took radio by storm, topping six different charts at once while on its way to becoming the most played song of 2006 on the Christian Adult Contemporary charts.

“My Savior, My God” earned Shust a trio of Dove Awards for “Song of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” and “New Artist of the Year.” Other hits followed, including “To God Alone” and “Give Me Words to Speak.”

Inspired by the Master Songwriter

So where does Shust get so many great song ideas? You guessed it—he is most inspired by the Master Songwriter himself. “If I want good, pure worship music to come out of me, I need to be filling myself with Truth. Listening to other worship songs helps stylistically with the music. I think, ‘Do I want to head this direction?’ But if I listen to a steady diet of Phil Collins, I am going to sound like Phil Collins.”

More importantly and obviously, says Shust, “I need to fill myself with the Word of God, which is absolute truth; it’s inerrant. As Chris Tomlin has said, there are songs throughout the Bible. They are in the Psalms obviously, but there are so many songs of praise hidden throughout Scripture, especially in the Old Testament. You’re reading along and all of a sudden, King Nebuchadnezzar breaks into song at one point.”

Looking back into the Word of God offers glimpses of incredible worship songs that already exist. “Sometimes,” Shust adds, “I try to use them verbatim; they are just so perfect the way they are. But then other times, I try to word a song to give a fresh perspective on Truth.”

Since those early days in Pittsburgh and then Georgia, Shust has grown professionally and personally. Even now, God is showing him fresh insights, especially in his role as a father to two little boys. “I know God loves me, but I still have my doubts about this when I act unbecomingly. Becoming a dad has changed my perspective. Nothing my kids do will make me love them less. If I can say this as a wicked father, how much more does a heavenly Father love me? Nothing I can do will change that.”

God also teaches Shust valuable lessons through his work. While writing for his last album, Take Over, for example, Shust gained fresh insights into submission. “It was a theme that was my heart during the writing season. I actually didn’t realize it until writing was over. I looked over the lyrics while trying to come up with a title. I realized this album was all about submission. It’s all about Romans 12:1-2 – offering our bodies as living sacrifices—it’s about surrender. I think that the theme of dying to self is important to all of us as believers everyday.”

A Night of Worship

What can The Cove audience expect on Aug. 12? Shust feels it is his job is to play audience favorites. “When I go do a concert, I can’t just cover my favorite worship songs and the hymns that I enjoy; the ones I believe take you into worship. What God put it my heart to do is to lead people in worship, not just sing a bunch of songs and entertain them, but to allow them to engage.

“So I am challenged to write songs that allow the audience to engage in worship, and then stick with those songs during concert time and make it easy for the congregation, the audience to engage. We put lyrics up on the screen. I fashion it like I fashion a worship set at church.”


Don’t miss an Evening at The Cove with Aaron Shust: register online or call 800-950-2092.

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!