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Saturday Snapshot – Billy Graham Turns 98

Billy Graham turned 98 this week.  Birthday wishes, blessings, and prayers poured in from all over the internet.

While Mr. Graham spent his birthday at home with family and close friends, we did some celebrating here at The Cove, too.

Here’s a birthday card signed by the staff here at The Cove.

Billy Graham 98 birthday card from staff

On the evening of Mr. Graham’s birthday, his eldest daughter Gigi Graham rolled out a cake to a packed auditorium of seminar participants and everyone sang happy birthday.  Gigi is sure to share the memory of that special evening with her daddy on her next visit with him.

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So, who got to eat the cake? Those attending the Al Mohler seminar did!  Not one, but two kinds!

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Earlier in the day, Asheville area television station, WLOS, came to The Cove to talk to Gigi about her father, his faith, and the legacy he will leave.  The interview took place in Mr. Graham’s office at The Cove.

Billy Graham 98 birthday Gigi Graham being interviewed by Frank with WLOS

Seminar participants were happy to be at The Cove on Mr. Graham’s actual birthday.  His faithfulness in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the world over, has inspired countless Christians, many who come to The Cove to get away and grow in their relationship with God.

Billy Graham 98 birthday pastor being interviewed by Frank with WLOS

Watch the television spot on Asheville local news station here:

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the life and ministry of Reverend Billy Graham.  Have a blessed weekend, friends!


Click here for a schedule of upcoming seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

Prayer Note: November 2016

We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note” — an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen


Last month a four-year-old taught me a lesson in trusting God. Little Gracie entered the room where her grandma was watching the evening news just in time to hear the announcement of plans to close Disney World in anticipation of hurricane Matthew. Her grandma explained that since a big storm was coming to Florida, they were going to have to close the Magic Kingdom in order to keep people safe. Eyes wide with alarm, Gracie exclaimed, “But what about the princesses? I hope they run into the castle right now and lock the door!”

My favorite image of Gracie is from last summer’s Fourth of July barbecue. Wearing a pink tutu, a tiara, and a red-white-and blue “Super Girl” cape, she’s standing in the crook of a tree, held safe by her father’s strong arms. Gracie’s a brave and spunky little girl; yet even at the age of four—a magical time when fairly tales seem real—she knows there are some things way bigger than a prince, a princess, or even Super Girl.


Gracie knows what to do when a storm is coming. Do we?


None of us will make it through this life without being hit by a storm. A raging tempest of trouble may arrive in the form of serious illness, divorce or financial loss. The windows of our soul may be rattled by the cold winds of anxiety, fear and worry. Our emotional life may be overshadowed by heavy clouds of disappointment, heartbreak, depression, grief or loneliness. And we may become frustrated and discouraged as we view the path of destruction left in the wake of overwhelming tempests of evil and injustice blowing throughout the world.

It’s human nature to run for cover when we see dark clouds gathering, and our destination matters greatly. For Christians, the only wise move is to run to the Refuge. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, NASB).

Does this mean we’re cowards? Weaklings who must lean on religion as a coping mechanism? It means we are human. When life’s hurricane of hardship begins to blow, some run to the protective refuge of money, power, or financial security. Others seek to escape from hurt and disappointment through alcohol or drug binges. The list of man-made storm shelters is a mile long, and most of us have at one time or another sought refuge in one of them.

The Old Testament book of Psalms is filled with references to God as our refuge. In times of trouble and distress the psalmist found his security and protection in Almighty God, his shelter and safe haven through the storms of life. A survey of the book gives a beautiful picture of God as our refuge in every situation:

Heartbreak, Sorrow or Grief —Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8, NIV).

Worry or Anxiety —Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever, let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings” (Psalm 61:1-4, NASB).

Then there’s the general, catch-all category of “Trouble” —But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him” (Psalm 37:39-40, NASB).

Whatever stormy situation you may be experiencing in life, turn to the Word of God for encouragement and strength; then pour out your heart to Him in prayer, thanking Him for being your “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, NASB).

O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”  (Psalm 34:8, NASB)

Please continue to pray for all those who were affected by Hurricane Matthew, as well as for the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers and other relief workers who are responding to aid the hardest hit areas.

As you pray for the needs of The Cove in the month of November, ask God to reveal Himself as a refuge for those who come here with deep hurts and heavy hearts due to storms they may be encountering.

Join us in praying for the following events in November:

November 2016 EVENTS
All seminars in 2016 are free (lodging and meal fees apply).
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat — November 2-4
(Facilitators: John Parrish and Trish Lancaster)

Anne Graham Lotz and Rachel-Ruth Wright — November 4-6
Emcee: Traynor Reitmeier; Worship Leader: Fernando Ortega; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish)
Passing the Baton of Truth to the Next Generation

Click here to join Anne and Rachel-Ruth for this seminar via live stream simulcast.
(3-day simulcast begins Friday, November 4. Cost is $30)

An Evening at The Cove with Fernando Ortega — November 6
Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

R. Albert Mohler Jr. — November 7-9
(Emcee: Ron Whittemore; Worship Leader: Joe Horness; Pastor-in-Residence: Ed Graham) Leadership Renewal Retreat: The Conviction to Lead

Don Wilton and Rob Wilton — November 15-17
(Emcee: Ron Whittemore; Worship Leader: Marty Goetz; Pastor-in-Residence: Ed Graham)
The Power of One: The Key to Praying and Fasting

Thank you for praying!

7 Things You Should Know About The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center

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Whether you’re here to soak up His Word during a seminar or to visit and feel the presence of God on top of this mountain, the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center offers spiritual sanctuary to individuals and families on the grounds of the Cove.

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center at The Cove is used for presenting the ministry of The Cove to visitors and offers a place of prayer for those seeking the peace of God. Volunteers provide guided tours for anyone wanting to know more about the chapel and the life and ministry of Rev. Billy Graham.

 “There are two gorgeous chapels in eastern America. One is at Duke University and the other is here at The Cove.” – Billy Graham

There is no denying the beauty and wonder of this place.

Following are seven fun facts about our chapel and visitors center.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, we hope that you too, will come and experience God’s blessings here.

1. The steeple is REALLY Tall

  • 87 feet tall with leaded copper, the steeple atop the chapel is as tall as 14 Billy Grahams!

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 2. The cross on top of the steeple is tall, too.

  • The gold-leaf painted cross towers at 8 feet tall on top of the steeple and is a magnificent reminder of the sacrifice
    our Lord Jesus Christ made for us.


3. The pulpit, which is located in the sanctuary level of our chapel, is from the Church of England. Isn’t that cheeky!?

  • Did you know that the pulpit in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel is believed to be over 400 years old? How amazing it is to think of all the messages from God spoken from this pulpit.



4. The pews in the chapel aren’t much younger!

  • The antique pews were originally used in the Royal School for the Blind in England and are over 200 years old!

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5. There’s a Prayer Room located directly beneath the steeple and the cross.

  • Ruth Graham asked for knee pads to be placed around the prayer table so that everyone would feel comfortable during their time of prayer and reflection.  Her thoughtful touches can be found throughout the The Cove property.


6. Ruth Graham chose two special Scriptures to be written in calligraphy, freehand, on the wall in the Prayer Room.

  • The Scripture on the north wall, Philippians 4:6-7, is an invitation to prayer, and the other, on the south wall, Ephesians 3:20-21, a reminder of Who you prayed to. Ruth Graham wanted every detail of the Prayer Room to point to God and give peace to those seeking refuge from the daily trials of life.



7. The illuminated globe in the Prayer Room is a reminder to pray for our brothers and sisters sharing the Gospel around the world.

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8, ESV).


When asked about their favorite part of the chapel, visitors often say they sensed God’s Spirit upon entering through the doors.

We, at The Cove, pray you feel God’s peace today, and we extend a welcome invitation to come enjoy and experience what God has provided for us here at The Cove through the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

Click here for hours and directions.

Click here to see a full schedule of events taking place in 2016
at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

Saturday Snapshot – A devotional

Today, we have a real treat for you!  Not just a snapshot, but a video.  Our grounds maintenance supervisor, Lucas, is sharing a special devotional with us today.  See how he explains how God’s pruning in our lives is like the pruning of a rose bush.

We hope this will be an encouragement to you today, whether you are in a season of dormancy, growth, or somewhere in between.

Click here if you don’t see the video in your browser.

We hope to see you in person at The Cove this year.  Click here to see what’s going on.