Notes From The Cove

Kendra Graham Online Bible Study Notes: #UNRESTRAINED

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study entitled, “UNRESTRAINED.”

We will be posting the notes from each week of the Bible study on this page. If you would like to view the Bible study online, click here. This is a link to her Facebook page where the Bible study takes place every Tuesday evening at 7pm (EST). * If you also have any questions about your relationship with God or the Bible, please email: biblestudy@billygraham.org.

For this Bible Study, Kendra mentioned a book in the first week’s introduction entitled, “Spiritual Profiling” by Tom Hovestal.  Click here to purchase this book on eBay, if you would like.

There is a spiritual profiling assessment that is also a great tool for you to use in understanding how you relate to those around you that are different from you. If you would like to take this free assessment, click here.

If you would like to order a copy of The Complete Jewish Study Bible, click here. 

How to Do Your Homework? Here is a video to show you the three questions to ask when reading God’s Word. Click Here for the video.

INTRO WEEK  

INTRO NOTES-Intro Week Notes KG

Week One Workshop and Instructions on How to Study Your Bible-  Online Unrestrained Workshop John 21

 

WEEK ONE 

WEEK ONE NOTES– Download Kendra Graham Week ONE Notes 14

 

WEEK TWO 

WEEK TWO NOTES- Download Kendra Graham Week Two Notes

 

WEEK THREE

WEEK THREE NOTES– Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK THREE NOTES

 

WEEK FOUR

WEEK FOUR NOTES-  Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK FOUR NOTES

 

WEEK FIVE 

WEEK FIVE NOTES- Download KENDRA GRAHAM WEEK FIVE NOTES HERE

 

 

———————————————————————————————————

The Cove Schedules and Information

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Patty Stump Online Bible Study Notes

Welcome to the online Bible study with Patty Stump entitled “Refreshed in Christ from Head to Toe.”

We will be posting the notes from each week of the Bible study on this page. If you would like to view the Bible study online, click here. Also, if you have any questions about the Bible or a relationship with Jesus Christ, please email biblestudy@billygraham.org.

WEEK ONE (Jan. 14th: NOTES) – Download WEEK ONE NOTES HERE

WEEK TWO (Jan. 21st: NOTES)- Download Week Two Notes Here

WEEK THREE (Jan. 28th; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK THREE NOTES HERE

WEEK FOUR (Feb. 4th; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK FOUR NOTES HERE

WEEK FIVE (Feb. 11; NOTES)- DOWNLOAD WEEK FIVE NOTES PS

 


 

The Cove Schedules and Information

 

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Free Online Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove

We are excited to announce the addition of two free, online women’s Bible studies. These studies are available via Periscope and Facebook. You can also find Bible study notes on our blog. This is a great opportunity to gather a group in your home, church, or workplace and take part in these together.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Refreshed in Christ from Head to Toe

This Bible study is led by Patty Stump every Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.

God refreshes us as we draw near to Him, letting His Word take root as truth in our hearts, minds, and daily decisions. Come experience meaningful moments in Scripture that can enrich your life—and the people you encounter.

Watch this short video for details on the Bible study.

Join Patty online via Periscope.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study: #UNRESTRAINED

This Bible study is led by Kendra Graham every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

 

Are you ready to step into the #UNRESTRAINED life and walk in the calling and authority God has for you? In the book of Acts, the apostles lived #UNRESTRAINED in the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, that same power is available to you.

Join Kendra Graham online.

Watch a short video to learn more about this Bible study.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:18-19

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 43:18-19:

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (NIV). 

This verse is a great reminder that God is faithful and is good to us. As you step into this new year, you can be confident that He is with you in every season.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Weekly Bible Verse: John 1:9-14

Our weekly Bible verse come from John 1:9-14 (NIV)

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:9-14) 

We pray that you take time this week to remember what Christmas is truly all about. It is the birth of our dear Savior, Jesus Christ.

————————————————————————————

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

A Merry Christmas from The Cove

We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We feel incredibly blessed to have welcomed people from all over the world this past year and to be a part of God’s kingdom work. “…Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8, NIV). 

————————————————————–

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Reason for Christmas: A Psalm by Quinn Graham

We have a modern-day psalmist on our hands:  Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, has written a special  psalm to share. This one, entitled “Reason for Christmas” is a great reminder of God’s love for us.

Reason for Christmas

Christmas time is a wonderful time

It is a time where people sing with joy to God

It is a time where we give gifts to each other

But most important, it is the time when Jesus came to save us

He came to this world with one plan

That plan was to take us from the grasp of sin

Sin is what separated man and God

God wanted us to be with Him always,

but sin dug a trench in-between

The only way it could be bridged was by His Son’s death

God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us

Jesus took our place in death to allow us to go to heaven with Him

Christmas to many may be about joy, songs, and gifts

But Christmas is most importantly about God’s love for us

————————————————————————–

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Will You Follow Jesus? A Christmas Devotion by Kendra Graham

A Christmas Devotion by Kendra Graham

Will You Follow Jesus?

 

Matthew 2:1-2

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, (2) “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship Him.”

 

What does it say?

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in the days of Herod the king, magi arrived from the east in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the King of the Jews? We have come to worship Him

 

Photo: Herod

What does it mean?

In the Days of Herod the king…. Herod was king of Judea.  Herod was not Jewish by birth, but was Idumean, an Arab, by birth, but he married a Jewish woman, Miriam, and so by marriage he was connected to the Jewish people.   Herod spent his life focused and obsessed with legacy and power.  The sitting emperor of Rome, Caesar Augustus placed Herod on the throne along with Marc Antony, and they bestowed upon him the title, “King of the Jews”.  The days of Herod the king…..


Photo: Port of Caesarea

Herod was an incredible builder.  Herod had a brilliant engineering mind.  He built the port city of Caesarea, which was transformed into an incredible Roman city complete with an amphitheater, palace and hippodrome.


Photo: Masada

Herod built the palace of Masada, of which the ruins today will still take your breath away.  Herod was a shrewd politician as well as visionary; so to seek favor among the people he ruled, he built the most incredible temple of all time in Jerusalem.  The ruins of the western wall are still visible and the Jewish people of today daily pray at that wall for the temple to be rebuilt.


Photo: Herodium in the distance…he took away one mountain to add to the other so it would stand out.

Herod’s crowning achievement was the only thing that bore his name, the palace called Herodium.  This palace was built by literally removing a mountain and adding that dirt to the mountain next to it, Herodium would be majestic and visible for miles.  Again, the ruins of this palace are still being uncovered today, and will blow your mind when you see the skill and vision Herod had to literally make the desert into a lush oasis.


Photo: Herodium (an artist rendition of what it looked like)

Herod built on an incredible scale so that he would get the praise and awe he believed his position demanded.  Herod built for Herod.  Herod did what he had to do in order to solidify his position.  He wanted safety and security in uncertain Roman times where title and position could be given to the next smarter, shrewder and more ambitious favored person of Rome.

In the middle of these days… Roman days… Herod’s days as the king of the Jews… Jesus was born in Bethlehem.


Photo: Typical Bethlehem house with cave for sheep

Jesus, the Creator of heaven and earth, who spoke the world into existence took off His robe of power, and stepped into humanity, and was born not in a place with marble floors, hot and cold baths, and gardens, but in a place where animals sleep and eat.

Imagine what the magi were thinking as they entered the grand city of Jerusalem, a city on the hill!  What was inscribed on the palace Herod lived in?  Did it say Herod, King of the Jews resides here?  It would have been an obvious connection for the magi to think, “Ahhhh Herod must have had an heir!”  Herod, however, had no heir.  The magi were told by the religious leaders to go to Bethlehem, that is where the Messiah, the true King of the Jews was to be born.

SO why didn’t the religious leaders go with the magi?  Were they not super pumped that the Deliverer Moses spoke of was finally here, and at the exact perfect time!  Herod, king of the Jews was no king of the Jews, and neither was Caesar Augustus, Emperor of Rome, the “Divine son of god” as his coins claimed him to be.

I have thought about this for a long time.  Faith is never easy.  We love to look back at the times, and with the benefit of history, say, “Oh, I would have gone to Bethlehem if I was them!” Herod was an incredible engineer, yes, but Herod was a monster.  History says that Herod had 9 high priests put to death in 10 years because he was afraid the high priest was liked and honored more than he was, so out of jealousy he had anyone who rivaled him, killed.  If any of those leaders went to Bethlehem, surely Herod would have heard about it and had them and their families killed on the spot.  Going to Jesus would cost them their lives.  Faith is hard, it will cost you.  Think about it, the magi left everything they knew, not knowing if they would return again to “home” safely, not knowing if they would even make it to Jesus safely.  The magi were asked to put their life on the line to come to Jesus, and they did.  The shepherds, were asked by heaven itself to leave their sheep, the sheep which according to tradition were Passover sheep.  The lives of the Passover sheep mattered more to the temple leaders than the lives of the shepherds watching them.  These shepherds were asked to put their jobs, security, and lives on the line to go to Jesus, and they went.  Mary and Joseph, don’t you know the shadow that surely followed them, because of the story of Jesus born of a virgin?  God asked of them, their lives.  Some will put their lives on the line and come to Jesus no matter the cost, and some of us, well, the self preservation model is still in effect today.  Who can blame us?

The question today is, where do you fall on the matter?

Herod was an incredible builder, no one can argue that.  You can go to Israel today and still see the ruins of what he built, the key word being, ruins.


Photo: Herodium today

Honestly, most people remember Herod because he killed a bunch of baby boys, and we read about it at Christmastime.  The vision of Herod, died with Herod.

Jesus, that baby born in a stable; however, His vision still continues and grows today.  Jesus, did not leave two stones on top of another that we know of, yet, a community of faith continues to be built upon who Jesus is.  Jesus is the true Son of the Living God.  Jesus, today, is still transforming lives, and calling us to faith.  The call remains the same as it has always been; He wants your life.

As we celebrate this Christmas the birth of Jesus, Immanuel, Messiah, the righteous One of Israel, will you come?  Many of us have been just as religious as the leaders in Jerusalem, but we have never made the trek to the feet of Jesus, because, well, self preservation still rules the day as it did so long ago. This year, I pray, that the community of believers will live in such a way that we see the greatness of God in ways we cannot explain.

I do not know the days that describe your life, but if you are like me, the days are hard, and darkness threatens to extinguish the Light.  I pray the testimony of each of our lives not be described as lost to ruins  when we are gone, but the living testimony of Jesus, who continues to redeem the ruin each of us has experienced.

Matthew 2:1 ….. Jesus was born in Bethlehem… in the days of Herod the king.

 

What does it mean to me?

What are the days and times of your life?  What  is keeping you from giving Jesus your life?

When did you give your life to Jesus?  How have you seen Him redeeming the ruin around you?

 

LIVE IT OUT

Lord Jesus, I give you my life, open my eyes today to see where You are working and give me the faith to follow.

 

Join Kendra Graham for her upcoming Bible study at The Cove beginning Jan. 7th. If you do not live in the Asheville area, you can also follow on Periscope for free. Click here to see a snapshot of the new study.

To follow on Periscope starting Jan. 7th, click here.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Christmas at The Cove Highlights

A few highlights from this past week at The Cove with The Collingsworth Family during our Christmas at The Cove event.

The Collingsworth Family blessed our guests with beautiful worship and Christmas melodies.

Guests who are attending a programmed event have the opportunity to arrive early for a relaxing time in our lobby followed by a delicious chef-prepared meal.

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel is also a favorite for guests to visit while they are attending a programmed event or with a group on a retreat.

 

 

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest

Weekly Bible Verse: Hebrews 10:24-25

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 

 

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats 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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Follow us on social media. click map

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Pinterest