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Tuesday Devotions- A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

 

REBUILD THE WALLS

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 3 is an account of each person who worked on the walls. Some men were assigned a section that was close to their home, and some came from far away. Some were priests and sons of priests. Some men’s normal jobs were specialized, such as perfumers and goldsmiths. Some were nobles, and yet, some nobles did not support the project. In all, there were forty-five named men, as well as many un-named persons who performed the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

Regardless of who they were, where they came from, or what walk of life they represented, all the people had something in common. When Nehemiah put out the call for help, they answered. Each labored on their appointed section of the walls and gates. Can you imagine the scale of undertaking? In Nehemiah’s time, the city was relatively small in comparison as to the size of today’s Jerusalem. However, for men working with hand tools, I am sure the task was daunting indeed.

In chapter four, Nehemiah tells us he had a trumpeter standing near him so he could give direction and sound alarms. This tells us that even with all of the workers listed in Chapter three, they were still spread thin on their own sections. The work was great and the laborers were few.

Matthew 9:35-38 (NASB) stated,  “Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

When I think of Nehemiah and the unbelievable job that lay before him to rebuild what the enemy destroyed. I sometimes feel like him. The tasks God has given me are daunting indeed, but God reminds me that He has compassion for His people, and if I beseech Him for the workers, He will send them. I have to remember that I am not alone, just as Nehemiah was not alone.

God has called all of us to carry on the job He started. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, and we are to work in the fields for they are ripe for the harvest. Thank God we are not alone. He goes before us and is with us.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • People responded from far and wide to Nehemiah’s call for help.
  • No matter what our “normal” job is, there is always something we can do to help.
  • Even if our name is not listed, and we don’t get the recognition for the work. God knows.
  • The task may seem daunting, and the odds stacked against us, but when God calls us to a task, He will make a way.
  • God goes before us. We are not alone.

Even with all of the planning and prayer Nehemiah put into the project, when it came to rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem, Nehemiah needed help. The harvest Jesus spoke of in Matthew 9 35-38 is the same. The harvest is great, the fields are ripe but the workers are few.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What is God calling me to that seems daunting?
  2. Is there large scale task that is not on your list, yet you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit to respond?.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 3:13-14

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Philippians 3:13-14 

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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV). 
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A Cove Recipe: Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

Are you at home looking for something to new to try?  This is one of our guest’s favorite recipes. Enjoy this delectable Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake.

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Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake
Makes one 8-inch cake

Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
¼ + ⅛ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp coffee extract
5 eggs
¾ cup cocoa powder

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
1 ½ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup heavy cream

Preparing cake:
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter in pan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, salt, and both vanilla and coffee extracts to melted chocolate and butter. Once mixed, add the eggs, beating briefly until smooth. Add cocoa powder and mix until just combined. Bake in greased 8” cake pan for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Preparing glaze:
Heat cream to a boil in sauce pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour heated cream over chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Let stand for 1-2 minutes, then whisk together until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Spread glaze over cooled cake. Tap cake pan a couple of times on counter to spread evenly over cake. Freeze cake overnight. Remove from freezer and from cake pan and thaw just until no longer frozen and serve.

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

 

PLAN IN PRIVATE. PRESENT IN PUBLIC

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding. So I went out at night by the Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon’s Well and on to the Refuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were consumed by fire.  Then I passed on to the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was no place for my mount to pass.  So I went up at night by the ravine and inspected the wall. Then I entered the Valley Gate again and returned.  The officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; nor had I as yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work. Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.”  I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” So they put their hands to the good work” ( Nehemiah 2:11-18, NASB). 

Can you almost picture Nehemiah secretly riding around the city three nights in a row? I imagine him and a couple of trusted men on their horses. Nehemiah with a sketchbook in one hand and the reigns in the other. The Bible says there was no animal except those they rode on. This meant they were quiet.

Nehemiah was through getting his knowledge from second hand sources. If he was going to pull off a rebuild of the city walls, he needed to see things for himself. He needed wisdom, and he needed to formulate a plan. None of which could be accomplished if he relayed on other people to show him their version of the situation, or hearsay commentary from enemies inhabiting the city waiting for him to fail.

I am guessing Nehemiah was a type A planner, because he gave the king an estimate of how long it would take to accomplish the task and return to his job. He needed all of his God given skill to access the situation, in the dark, without detection.

When he had gathered all of the information needed, he held a meeting with the officials and nobles. Nehemiah stated something these men already knew, they were in a bad situation. Desperate even. Jerusalem, abandoned. The walls, crumbling and the gates burned. Yet, Nehemiah told leaders that God had been favorable to him. We don’t have his whole speech, but it must have been stirring because the response was . . . “Let us arise and build.”

That is a good example of how our response should be when called by God to do something. “Yes, let us arise and _________” fill in the blank with your own calling.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • He did not rely on second hand knowledge, but investigated the situation for himself.
  • He made a thorough assessment of the situation, and then formulated a plan before he called the meeting.
  • He rode around the entire city three times. He saw the situation from all sides of the problem.
  • He stated the indisputable facts
  • He told of the incredible favor of the king, and how God had already provided for their building needs.

God had uniquely gifted Nehemiah for the job of rebuilding city walls of Jerusalem that is for sure, but Nehemiah also committed everything to prayer. He walked in his gifting, but he maintained a close relationship with God and only did what he knew God had called him to do.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What have I used second hand knowledge to make decisions? What do I need to investigate for myself?
  2. What plans have I come up with on my own without all of the facts?
  3. Are there any plans for things that I need to hold my tongue until I have looked at the problem from all sides?
  4. Am I walking out my calling?
  5. Have I acknowledged the favor and provision already granted by God?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 18:1-2

 

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 18: 1-2:

I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (NIV). 

As you start your week, be encouraged that The Lord is your rock and your strong foundation. You can trust in His Word that He is with you and will not forsake you. Cling to Him this week and cast your burdens on Him.

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A Cove Recipe: Pecan Pie

Are you at home looking for something to new to try?  This is one of our guest’s favorite recipes. There is no pie more southern than pecan pie, and this one from our kitchen at The Cove is delightful!  Whip it up for your next family or social gathering and it’s sure to be a big hit.

 

Pecan Pie Recipe
Makes one 9-inch pie

INGREDIENTS
⅛ cup unsalted butter
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
¾ cup light corn syrup
⅔ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 cup pecans, chopped
Reserve some pecan halves (or additional chopped pecans) for topping
1 (9 inch) partially cooked pie crust, frozen

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Blend butter and flour together until mixture becomes creamy. Blend sugar into butter/flour mixture. Once combined, beat in eggs, one at a time. Add corn syrup, vanilla and salt to filling. Then stir in one cup chopped pecans. Place pie crust into a 9” round baking dish and pour mixture into pie crust. Add extra pecans for topping. Bake in oven at 300 degrees until set, about 1-1.5 hours. Allow pie to cool to room temperature.

Don’t forget to enjoy!

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

 

BIG REQUEST, BIG PROVISION

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Then the king said to me, the queen sitting beside him, “How long will your journey be, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me, and I gave him a definite time. And I said to the king, “If it please the king, let letters be given me for the governors of the provinces beyond the River, that they may allow me to pass through until I come to Judah,  and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go.” And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me. Then I came to the governors of the provinces beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen” (Nehemiah 2:6-9, NASB).

Nehemiah’s heartbreak over the reported broken walls and burned gates of the holy city lead to a bold request of the king. This week we hear the king speak.

Artaxerxes, the Persian king had a reputation. Whether a person lived or died was at his pleasure Good thing Nehemiah prayed before he entered the man’s presence. The monarch on this particular day asked a simple question. “How long will your journey be?”

 

I don’t know how Nehemiah calculated the length of time he needed to be gone, but he gave the king a definite answer. Next, not only did he ask for an extended leave of absence, which, was simply never done. Nehemiah also asked for a blank check to receive all of the materials needed for the building project, and for safe passage as he traveled.

Even more surprising than Nehemiah’s unheard of big request from the man with an even bigger reputation, was the king’s provision. He provided all that Nehemiah had asked for, plus officers and horsemen (soldiers), from the King’s personal army to escort and help him.

Isn’t that like God? He provides exceedingly, abundantly above all we can think to ask. (Ephesians 3:20a Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think)

When I think of Nehemiah’s boldness, and the amazing answers to his big prayers. I am both in awe, and even a little overwhelmed at how big the provision was in response. But aren’t we like that? We think the request is too big so we don’t ask, or we are afraid of the reputation of the person who has the resources . . . so we hold back.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • He prayed and fasted (chapter one) before he approached the king.
  • He had calculated his time and made a plan so he could be ready when the king questioned the cost.
  • He approached the throne with bold confidence, but also with reverence.

Wow. There have been many times in my life that I wish I had that kind of boldness. What questions can we ask ourselves so that we can affect change?

  1. Have we counted the cost before we forge ahead with something?
  2. Is there anything about our relationship to our King (God) that makes us afraid to approach Him?
  3. What provisions don’t we have because we haven’t asked for them?
  4. What enemy territory will I walk through that I need the King’s “letters” (the Holy Spirit) to grant me safe passage?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 11:28-30

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Matthew 11:28-30:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (NIV).  
As you head into your week, remember that He is the God of peace. You can lay your hurts, burdens, trials, and brokenness at His feet. He is for you. He loves you. He is with you. If you would like prayer, feel free to call our prayer line that is active 24 hours a day at: 888-388-2683.
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Will Graham: A Message of Hope

You can join Will Graham on March 20 at 7 p.m. ET for an online message. He will be accompanied by his good friends Josh Havens and Matt Fuqua of The Afters.

Will Graham was originally scheduled to preach the Gospel this weekend in Tifton, Georgia, but had to postpone until a later date. However, he has decided that – especially with everything going on in the world today –to share the hope of Christ in Tifton and beyond.

“It’s a different venue and a different form of delivery, but the message is very much the same. Jesus is the answer to all of our fears, our hurts, and our regrets, and He wants to give us hope for today and for eternity.”- Will Graham

Join Will on Friday night, and please spread the word to your friends who need to hear this good news!

You can view his message on his Facebook page ( Will Graham ) or at www.WillGrahamLive.com.

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Franklin Graham’s Message for Such a Time as This

 

 

For millions around the world, the coronavirus is bringing day-to-day routines to a halt. As we face an unpredictable future, what’s something tangible you can do in response? Franklin Graham shared the following thoughts Monday on Facebook. 

Many years ago, the great writer and theologian A.W. Tozer made this profound statement, “A scared world needs a fearless church.”

That is so true. During this time with the coronavirus, fear is gripping the hearts of people around the world. There is a mountain of anxiety and alarm, and it is still building. It is as real as the virus itself—but it is treatable.

There are people in need that we can reach out to help. Like a fireman runs to the fire, the church needs to respond to crises around us. We who are the church need to stand up and be the hands and feet of the Lord Jesus Christ.

During these days of less group activity and gatherings, we could all take time to call and check on the elderly or others who are alone. Maybe you could offer to drop off some food or necessities they might need. Talking with someone on the phone, listening to what they are going through, and most importantly, praying with them, could change not only their day, but their entire outlook.

We need to share the “reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Jesus Christ is our hope, our anchor, our comfort, and our peace. Let’s share His love with as many people as we can, making every day count. Christians, God can use you.

The virus isn’t the only thing that’s contagious. What if we had an outbreak of people helping people and a sweeping eruption of prayer?

Share this short video from Billy Graham with someone searching for peace.

If you’re worried about the coronavirus, have a specific prayer request related to COVID-19 or just want someone to talk to, call the BGEA Prayer Line 24/7 at 1-888-388–2683.