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We are blessed with Scripture etched in stone on some of our  buildings around the property.  These remind us of the abounding love, protection and grace we receive from our Heavenly Father.

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The verse John 10:14 carved in stone at the entrance to Shepherd’s Inn.

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The verse 2 Chronicles 6:18b at the entrance to Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

While attending your event or retreat at The Cove, make sure to allow for plenty of time to explore our property and take a moment to meditate on God’s word.

Click here to view upcoming events at The Cove.

Interested in bringing a group to The Cove for a special retreat, click here for information.

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Isaiah 53:6-7

The Book of Isaiah

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!

Kendra Graham notes from Isaiah 53:6-7

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 6a: All of us have gone astray, turned his own way.

Verse 6b: The LORD caused the sin of us all to fall on Him.

 Verse 7: He was oppressed, afflicted yet did not open His mouth.

Verse 7b: Like a lamb before shearers.

Verse 7c: He did not open His mouth.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?

LESSONS:

Verse 6a: Romans 3:23. We are all sinners, we all fall short of God’s holy standard. We are all separated from the God we were created to walk with, know and need. We all do what we want, it is not in us to please God, it is in us to please ourselves.

Verse 6b: There is a HUGE gap called sin that is separating us from the God we were created to walk with, know and need. So GOD, not trusting His hand made creation to another, came Himself, to bridge that GAP, Himself. God is serious about us knowing Him… and went to all lengths to show us. Oh that we would have eyes to see what He has done!

 Verse 7a: God came Himself, to fix the GAP between Him and His handmade creation. Someone has to pay the price to fix that Gap… forgiveness is not cheap… so God, Himself, chose to be afflicted and oppressed for my sin and your sin… whatever the cost, He would pay. We like to complain when things are unjust, and we are being “unjustly” accused, yet God Himself, unjustly accused, took the shame that was due me and you.

Verse 7b: Jesus, God with skin on, went forth… went towards the cross, towards the shame, towards the pain, without a fight, without regret. That fateful night in the Garden of Gethesemene, Jesus spoke up…. “I Am He”….. Jesus made a stand, when I run and hide. He stands for me and for you, walking down the Via Dolorosa… for us, so we would have the opportunity to know Him.

Verse 7c: Jesus could have spoken and killed everyone on command. IN the Garden, He said, “I AM He” and the soldiers in John, fell to the ground…. their gracious pause… to consider that which they were doing. Jesus could have slayed them with a word, and upon His return, He will, in Revelation, slay the armies of the world with a word. Here, now in Isaiah 53, Jesus must press in, to take the punishment for sin, or you and I are as a people without hope. Oh the deep deep love of Jesus, that He kept His mouth shut as He went through six trials and pronounced seven times that He is worthy to be scourged and then worthy to be slain as the perfect Lamb of Passover for our sin.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 6a: Do you realize you have sinned before God? Do you realize you were created to walk with God, know God and need God, but that your sin separated you from this loving God who did everything to fix that gap?

Verse 6b: Do you realize that God Himself didn’t trust your soul to anyone else, but Himself, so He came with skin on, His name was Jesus? Do you know that Jesus came specifically to pay the price that your sin had on your head?

Verse 7a: Have you spent time this Easter season to thank Jesus for coming to pay that debt for you? Do you realize the debt that had to be paid for you?

Verse 7b: Do you know that Jesus didn’t complain about it, but went forth out of love for you to the cross?

Verse 7c: Would you ever be able to keep my mouth shut while unjustly accused? How many times during the day, week or month do you speak up just to “set the record straight” about yourself? How often do you feel the need to respond to false testimony about yourself? Do you realize Jesus took on false testimony about Himself in order to pay for your testimony of sin?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Spend time today realizing the love and total strength that it took Jesus to “go forth” on your behalf.

Homework: Isaiah 53:3-4

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Free Lodging at The Cove in 2015

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One of our lovely rooms inn rooms.
Plan to stay for FREE in one of our cozy inn rooms for 2015! We are offering six 3-day seminars with free lodging  at The Cove this year.

Just register and pay the program fee of $284 per person (meals included) and your two nights of lodging are completely free.

Take a look at the seminars listed below to decide which you would like to attend, give us a call at 1-800-950-2092 to register.  We look forward to serving you on your visit to The Cove in 2015! 

Jonah: The Prophet Who Hated Success (Lodging for this seminar is full at time of publishing this post.)
with Larry Crabb, February 27- March 1, 2015
When God’s instructions make no sense, either we tremble and trust or resist and run.

Believing Big- God’s Blueprint for Supernatural Outcomes
with Ron Hutchcraft, March 16-18, 2015
The little-traveled book of Ezra is a mirror of our times— Come and discover this often overlooked but powerful road map of how God moves in our lives including divine interventions, standing when others are retreating and reigniting your passion for Jesus.

The Cause: Strengthen Your Faith for College!
with Sean McDowell, July 10-12, 2015
Come learn how to defend your faith confidently, yet respectfully, with biblical truth supported by scientific facts and historical evidence.

When People Whine, a Prophet Prays, and God Speaks
with Will Graham, August 7-9, 2015
Better understand why we often lose our focus on Him when the future looks uncertain and take confidence in how He always provides a way for our return to the safety of His provision.

Finding Power for Life
with Jonathan Falwell, August 11-13, 2015
Come take a life-changing look at the power of God’s presence, the power of prayer, the power of God’s purpose, and the power of the Gospel’s proclamation. Surrender to His Lordship and live victoriously in His Spirit.

Seasons of the Soul: Overcoming Trials and Dealing with Tension
with Pedro Garcia, August 21-23, 2015
Come find lasting comfort in God’s Word through the wisdom of His prophets and the stories of His kings. Gain perspective-changing insight into hardship and how God uses it for your good and His glory.

Pilgrim inn

View of Pilgrims Inn

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The Billy Graham Training Center at Dusk

Not able to make it?  Tell a friend or family member.  This would be a nice opportunity to introduce The Cove to your loved ones!

Visit our website here for a complete listing of all 2015 events.

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3:3-4

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!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:3-4

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 3: These nations are: the five lords of the Philistines, ALL the Canaanites, Sidonians, and Hivites who lived in Mt Lebanon from Mt Baal-hermon as far as Lebohamath

Verse 4: They were for testing Israel to find out if they would obey the LORD which He commanded.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 3: Yikes! You look at that verse and say whaaaaat???  What in the world does that mean?  I thought for awhile….. The verb “are”…. the enemies of God’s people are these groups of people, and God had commanded Israel to dispatch them.  There are enemies that are against God.  That may be a difficult sentence to swallow…. you may need awhile to get over that or think about it.  This “world culture” teaches us that there are no “real” enemies, everything can always be talked out, the enemy appeased, we can give a little on both sides.  The enemy of God will never be appeased, the enemy will always want more.  God knew His people would be wooed away from Him by the culture and society of these groups of people, yet the people thought they were strong enough to stand.  God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5).  Israel was placing itself in a situation that would challenge their faithfulness to God.  We all have territory in our lives God asks us to destroy completely and walk away from. (see Colossians 3:1-17)

Verse 4: God knew these nations (people) would draw Israel away from Him, not towards Him, yet He allowed Israel to make their own choice in the matter.

There are certain vices that draw each of us away from the God we love and were created to serve.  Often times we think we are strong enough to say no to these vices, even if on a daily basis we are confronted with them.  God allows these things in our lives to test our commitment to Him.  Who or what will we choose?  Obedience to God or satisfaction for ourselves for a moment? 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 3: Are there areas in our lives that we need to destroy completely?  Territory which consistently rivals our loyalty to God (areas that put us as an enemy towards God) and we find ourselves compromising time and time again?  Have we asked God what He would have us do regarding these areas?

Verse 4: What things or people are we confronted with that tend to draw us away from that relationship with God we were created to have?  What prevents us from serving God with all out abandon? What will we do about that?

LIVE IT OUT!

Lord, give me the strength to rid my life of those things which draw me away from You.

Homework: Judges 3:5-7

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

 

Ministry Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss

Aerial of TC in summerThe Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is excited to extend a special offer to anyone in your church who is serving as a senior pastor, associate pastor, assistant pastor, executive/administrative pastor, youth pastor, children’s pastor, senior adult pastor, women’s ministry pastor, and/or music/arts pastor. 

As an expression of our appreciation to those who serve so many, we are offering a full scholarship to the pastor and their spouse to come to The Cove for the Pastors’ Institute on September 26, 2013 (with an optional stay over package—yes, this is covered under the scholarship too!), with Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale, one of the ten largest churches in the United States. 

Bob Coy Head Color for 2013Bob will be speaking on Chosen: The Calling of a Pastor.  His message will address the question, “What is the calling to be a pastor and why did God pick you?” Discover what God expects from you and broaden your perspective on His word and the honor of His calling on your life.

This award includes registration, materials, three (3) sessions, and one (1) meal (lunch). Registration will be on Thursday, September 26, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. with lunch at 12:00 p.m.  Sessions will end on Thursday, September 26, 2:45 pm.  (Should you choose the stay over package, this will include overnight lodging in one of our beautiful inns and two (2) additional meals (dinner and breakfast the next morning, with checkout at 10am.)

Please share this offer with the appropriate staff in your church leadership and encourage them to take advantage of an experience where they can relax and recharge their faith and come home renewed and impacted. 

It is our prayer that all who come for this retreat will experience each of these in some special way!

All you have to do to register is click here, complete the form and fax back to us at 828-299-0276 or scan and send as a PDF to swhitaker@thecove.org.  If you need to speak to someone, please call reservations at 1-800-950-2092 or 828-298-2092.  

Please note:  Space is limited and provided on a first come first serve basis, so please respond quickly.

Let us bless your church ministers!  It would be an honor. 

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.        

Strategies for Turbulent Times

Turbulent times…we have all been there. 

You may be there now. 

If you are not there now, you may be about to step in to a time of turbulence.

Are you prepared?

Christ is the ultimate resource for turbulent times and Scripture reveals the secrets to living with HOPE through anything that comes your way.     

Join Ron Hutchcraft at The Cove on September 6-8, where he will share actionable strategies in God’s Word for living with resilient hope, no matter what changes in our lives.

Watch here as Ron shares a bit about Christ as our Anchor.

To register for Ron Hutchcraft’s seminar on September 6-8, 2013 titled, Safe Harbor: Five Anchors for Turbulent Times, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.