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Saturday Snapshot: A Place of Rest

The Cove is surrounded by such beauty from the mountains to the creeks, it is a special place where you can leave all distractions and just have time with God.

When you visit The Cove, you will see that we have purposeful resting places. Places for you to relax and take in the mountain air. One of our most popular spots to settle is in our wooden rocking chairs.

We have many landscaped hiking trails around the Training Center and throughout The Cove property that have benches and stands with scripture.  These make for a perfect quiet spot to just read His word and be able to listen without noise or distraction.

As you walk along the trails, you will find these beautiful stands with  scripture and be reminded of His promises to you. This one says, ” The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all that call on Him in truth.”-Psalm 145:18

Surrounded by trees both young and old, you can walk through His glorious creation. Seeing the detail in everything that He creates reminds you that He has a plan for each and everything, just as He has plans for you.

When you are thinking about places to visit to rest and be refreshed by the Lord, we hope you visit us. We have incredible speakers, seminars, guest worship artists, personal spiritual retreats, and so much more!

Click here for a schedule of our upcoming events 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.

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

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!Make sure you don’t miss a post, just enter your email in the “Subscribe Via Email” box in the upper left-hand corner of our blog. It’s free and you’ll receive these posts straight into your email inbox.


Restored to Purpose

 And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
John 21:19b (NKJV)

He said to him “Follow Me”

Step 2


John 21 is a raw passage and hard to get through when you really feel the open wound that Peter had. On the night of the crucifixion he had denied Jesus, straight to the face of the Rabbi that he had been Talmid to. If only Peter could go back in time and undo one thing….

How many times have we said that very thing? “If only…..” So we put a lid on what we will allow God to do in our lives. We put a lid on the calling, on the imprint God is allowed to have on our lives and on the world around us. We are wounded. We are suffering. We are guilty. We are disqualified.

Here in John 21, Jesus bring Peter back in front of that charcoal fire. Was it because He wanted to rub Peter’s nose in the filth of his failure? No.  It was to heal Peter.  Healing occurs when we allow those things buried and covered in shame to be brought out, cleaned and healed.

Peter was ready to return to his life as a fisherman. He was ready to give up his calling to build the church so that someone more deserving and less stained could step in and take the reins.  What Peter did not realize was how important humility is in the Kingdom of God.  Peter had a HUGE dose of that…. now.

Now that Peter had allowed Jesus to expose his wound, he could heal. It’s the opposite of what we want to do, the opposite of what we think would propel the Kingdom of God.  Now, in Peter’s humility, he can seek out the lost.  Now that Peter is humbled, he can feed lambs and shepherd the sheep.

It is near impossible to truly shepherd sheep in arrogance… the arrogant shepherd would eat the sheep in his self-righteousness. Now, after experiencing the restoring love of Jesus, Peter could reach out to other hurting sheep and restore them.  Now that Peter had been broken, the sheep could feed off those broken pieces of his pride.

We hate that God uses our brokenness. We think He uses only “perfect” people who have not done “that”… that thing I have done.  I have spoken to many a hurting Christian who is very aware of their shortfalls and has chosen to wear their scarlet letter day in and day out; they choose to remain in bondage to shame and guilt, thinking that’s as good as it gets for someone “like them.

The TRUTH is…. the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy.  The enemy may not have stolen our souls, but that king from that other kingdom has stolen our purpose, our impact.  We settle for living lives of surviving instead of thriving.  Jesus said He came to give us life and to give it abundantly (John 10)… but do we believe Him?  Do we really believe Philippians 1:6, “For I am CONFIDENT of this very thing that He which has begun a good work in us will complete it”?

What is the secret to living life abundantly? John 21:19b says it all, “Follow Me.”  Follow the Rabbi.  The call had not changed, and neither had Peter’s purpose.  The Rabbi continued to call to Peter, “Come.”  Remember, the Rabbi asks a Talmid to follow him, not because the Talmid has potential to know what the Rabbi knows; the Talmid is charged to be what the Rabbi is—to #bethemessage.

Jesus was just as relentless for Peter as He was for Blind Bart and the tomb raider… Peter just had no idea of his desperate state until now. What a blessing to know the depths of grace!  God still wants to use Peter, and He still wants to use us.  Yet we don’t want Him to use that” part of our story; we would prefer God use our strengths rather than our weaknesses.  We’d rather lose an arm or a leg than to expose our brokenness.

Restoration is not cheap grace. God will show us that weakness and humility are advantages.  When you are weak, you are dependent. Peter pressed though the exposure of his failure, and now at the end of the chapter, a curtain can be drawn over it.  It has been dealt with in its entirety.

There is therefore now no condemnation in Christ, Romans 8:1.  Do not handicap your usefulness for God by constantly rehearsing that failure. Remember the pain it caused—that is redemptive—but remember too that the guilt and shame that has kept you bound has been paid for by the cross of Christ.  SPEAK of the grace you have received.

Today, choose to follow Jesus. It’s not about where you have been or what you have done; it’s about who you are: you’re God’s handmade creation and you mean everything to Him.  “Come, Follow Me,” the Rabbi says.  Be covered in the dust of His Word.  #Bethemessage


What are your reasons NOT to Follow Jesus?
What are your reasons TO follow Jesus?

How have you been #Allin or #Allout?

What redemption story has Jesus written in your life?


Follow Jesus today as you open His Word, and follow where He leads.
Courage often follows obedience…. so be courageous.

– Kendra

Download Kendra’s notes on Jesus from the Old Testament.

Click here to watch the video that was shown at the beginning of last night’s bible study.


P.S.  Catch up on the story of #LIVINGBOLD as we Follow the Rabbi:
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Matthew 28:19-20