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October at The Cove

Be encouraged this fall with several options of outstanding events in which to draw closer to God.  

Beautiful picture of Cove in Fall







Wil Graham in Kenya June 2013Second-Guessing God’s Plan
with Will Graham
October 7-9, 2013
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Do you sometimes second guess God’s plan for your life? Ever wonder if missteps in your past caused God to implement a Plan B for you? Come transform your understanding of the way He works in your life as you contemplate Scripture. See how God’s perfect and redemptive plan includes the heartache, disappointments, and many challenges of this fallen world. Grasp the hope, confidence, and peace He has for you and follow Him with deeper faith as you discover what God’s got in mind is far greater than you could ever imagine.

20110719-Ash_TheCove_71911066SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore with David Gaines,
October 7, 2013
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SeniorSalt Hymn Sings at The Cove 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. After lunch guests are welcome to stay for the afternoon and enjoy The Cove as they view 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 fellowship together.

James DobsonPrescription for Renewal
with James Dobson
October 11-13, 2013
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World Medical Mission’s (WMM) 24th annual conference is tailored specifically for medical professionals. This weekend of prayer, fellowship, and spiritual renewal will include powerful Bible teaching, inspiring worship, and testimonies from physicians who have served with WMM. (Spouses are welcome.)

An optional Missionary Medicine Seminar, offering category 1 CME credit, is available beginning Thursday, October 10th, at an additional cost.
WORLD MEDICAL MISSION is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that arranges short-term mission trips for doctors.

Skip Heitzig 2 for 2013 smallNathan Heitzig for 2013Life Hurts! Now What?
with Skip Heitzig & Nathan Heitzig
October 14-15, 2013
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Did you know the painful experiences each of us face are part of God’s Divine Curriculum? Though pain is part of the human condition and a central issue in the Bible, most Christians do not have a “Theology of Suffering.” Come take a look at life through the lenses of Job and King David. Learn how to frame your adversities in the light of God’s purposes. Change the way you face hardships and go from asking, “How can I get out of this?” to asking, “What can I get out of this?”

Erwin Lutzer for 2013 smallGrowing Through Famines, Deserts, and Other Hard Places
with Erwin Lutzer
October 15-17, 2013
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It’s no secret that hardship—and how we respond—is a test of our character. God’s Word shows us how He uses rough experiences like famines, financial adversity, and temptation to teach unexpected lessons, test, and strengthen His people. No matter what trials we may experience, we see others have already faced the same turmoil and temptations and have endured. Come and increase your faith—know that God walks with you in even the most extreme difficulty and that you can rely on Him in the day of calamity. Arm yourself with God’s promises and confront adversity remembering that in the face of eternity, trials are short.

Phil KeaggyAn Evening at The Cove
with Phil Keaggy
October 19, 2013
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Come for a worshipful evening of music and fellowship. Enjoy friendly conversation over a fine buffet dinner, followed by an uplifting concert program. Overnight lodging is available at applicable rates and includes breakfast the following morning. Concert-only registration may be available for select programs.

Bob Russell for 2013Best Friends: The Importance of Christian Relationships
with Bob Russell
October 23-25, 2013
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Close Christian relationships usually take time, effort and transparency to develop but are invaluable to the believer. While, “bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33, NIV), godly friends are a constant source of encouragement and an inspiration to faithfulness in our walk with Christ. Scripture tells us that “two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIV), “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV), and “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV). Glean valuable insight from the diverse and meaningful friendships of David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, Elijah and Elisha, and Paul and Barnabas. Experience greater depth in your relationships and see God encourage you and those close to you in new and profound ways.

James Merritt for 2013 smallStill Standing: Winning Strategies for Facing Tough Times
with James Merritt
October 27-29, 2013
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When life threatens to trip you up, push you over, or knock you down, do you stand tall? You can. The Bible is replete with stories of people who stood firm in their faith amidst hardship. Why? When the going gets tough, God gets going. Come get equipped with guiding principles to help you face challenges and find victory during adversity. Learn how to respond when you get what you don’t deserve, be inspired to stand for what’s right when no one else will, and be emboldened to place the well-being of others above your own comfort and security. Experience a life of freedom and joy as you discover God’s winning strategies for tackling tough times head-on.

Woman on rocking chair reading bibleGuided Personal Spiritual Retreat
October 29-31, 2013
Call 1-800-950-2092 to register.

Come experience a Cove-Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat. Once your retreat begins, a trained Cove staff member will meet with you in a small group for orientation and help you customize your PSR experience. Enjoy times of small 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.

To view a list of all upcoming events at The Cove, click here.

Individual financial assistance available.  Click here for information and an application. 

A Message From Will Graham: A Look at 2013

By Will Graham, Executive Director, The Cove

At the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, we’re praising God for an effective and blessed year of ministry in 2012. We saw God work in awesome ways as thousands came to study from His Word, receive rest and renewal, and return to their ministries and lives ready to make an impact for Him.

Now, as we celebrate The Cove’s 25th anniversary in 2013, we’re praying for an even more exciting year!

In addition to the peaceful surroundings and solid Bible teaching you’ve come to expect from The Cove, we’re doing a few new things this year that we’d like to tell you about.

First, if you’ve always wanted to take a seminary class but have never had the opportunity, you will have a chance this year. We’re working with Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) to hold an Intensive Bible Training event titled “The BIG Picture: Grasping the Master’s Plan from Genesis to Revelation.” Mark Yarborough, vice president for Academic Affairs, academic dean and assistant professor at the seminary, will lead this in-depth five-day seminar (June 24-28). As a Cove participant, you are going to love delving into the Bible in a real and meaningful way, and this is open to you whether you have ever had any formal Bible training or not. DTS students will have the option of attending to earn credit, and you can take the course alongside them (without ever having to fill out a seminary application!).

Another new opportunity this year will be select no-fee seminars. There are five in all.  Herb Reavis will lead a seminar next month titled “The Power and Possibilities of Genuine Revival,” Sinclair Ferguson, a seminar in March titled “Four Hours with the Master,” Jim Henry, a seminar in May titled “Sermons in Stone,” and in August, Neil Anderson, a seminar titled, Rough Road to Freedom, and Pedro Garcia, a seminar titled, “Tension: How God can use Stress to Save Your Life.”  These will include the seminar for just the cost of lodging and meals at The Cove. In other words, enjoy the on-site accommodations and gourmet meals, and you will be able to attend the seminar for free!

Finally, something that is near and dear to me. I must admit that I love the book of 1st Samuel. There are so many life-changing lessons in that book, and I love to preach and teach out of it. In October, I’m going to begin the process of teaching through the entire book in the format of a Cove Seminar, which will be titled “Second-Guessing God’s Plan.” I’m going to aim to work through 1st Samuel 1-4 during the three-day seminar. Then, next year I’ll pick it up again and keep progressing through the book. As far as I know, this is the first time we’ve ever made a single book of the Bible an ongoing, intensive, multi-year focus, and I’m really looking forward to digging into the meat of 1st Samuel with you!

Of course, we’re excited about these new opportunities, but they only scratch the surface of what is taking place this year at The Cove. We’ll have seminars from well-known Bible teachers like Jack Hayford, James Dobson, Pedro Garcia, Jim Cymbala, Chip Ingram and more; two military marriage seminars, one in February and the other in June, to strengthen the families of our service members; and several Evening at The Cove concert events featuring intimate performances by many of your favorite Christian artists. You can find a full list of what is coming up in 2013 at www.thecove.org.

On behalf of the entire staff of The Cove, thank you for praying for us and allowing us to serve you. God bless you and your family this year!

2013 Cove Program Guide Is Here!

Did you receive your 2013 Cove Program Guide this week? 

WARNING!  You may be compelled to grab a cup of tea, find a comfy chair and savor the experience of reading through this journal style guide to what’s happening at The Cove in 2013.

Whether you attend a life-changing seminar,  a Women’s Day Away program, a guided or self-directed Personal Spiritual Retreat, an uplifting Christian concert, a special senior adult program or are attending a retreat with a group from your church, you are sure to come away with a refreshed spirit and a testimony to share how God impacted your life while here at The Cove. 


“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” — Mark 6:31  

Click here to visit our website to see what’s going at The Cove this year. 

To request a free 2013 Program Guide, please call 1-800-950-2092 or click here to make your request online. 

We hope to see you soon!   

A Fresh Start

Photo from Flickr by alkruse24.

With each New Year, we have the opportunity to wipe the slate clean…to get a fresh start. Most people take this opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions, which might include a new diet, starting an exercise program, spending more quality time with family, saving money or reaching a particular goal at work. Whatever the resolution, turning the calendar to “January 1” provides the added motivation we sometimes need to begin again.

There’s a great article from Anne Graham Lotz on BillyGraham.org on the topic of beginning again. In all of human history, few names are greater than that of Abraham. Yet his life was marked by failure. The reason we associate Abraham with faith and friendship with God is that when he failed, he didn’t quit. He began again.

If your goal in 2012 is beginning again in your relationship with God, we want to help. We have a number of resources on our website at www.thecove.org/resources. You can also visit the “Spiritual Growth” section of BillyGraham.org.

Or, if you prefer to just get some time away on your own, check out our Personal Spiritual Retreats. These are self-directed opportunities for an individual or a couple to refocus on growing their relationship with God in the beauty and peaceful quiet of The Cove in Asheville, NC.

For more information, please visit www.TheCove.org or contact our reservations department at (800) 950-2092. Special rates are available for those in full-time Christian ministry.

Whatever you do, we pray that for you, 2012 will be a year that you strive to know God better and help others know Him.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2