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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). 

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.”

 

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:6-7

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Isaiah 9:6-7

“For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this. “

As we read this prophecy in Isaiah, we are reminded of the names attributed to Jesus Christ. These are titles that could only be attributed to God. We are reminded of His wisdom, His power, His love and His peace through the names given to Him. As we reflect on these titles, we can thank Him that He is everything that we need. During the moments in our lives where we are facing difficult situations, we can know that He is with us.

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A Thanksgiving Devotion by Will Graham

A special Thanksgiving devotion from Will Graham.

William Franklin Graham IV (Will) is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Will is the grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham. Will also serves BGEA as executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

As I reflect back on the past year, there is so much for which I am very thankful. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ in 2019, from Canada to the Philippines, Montana to Albania to Hawaii. I’ve seen miracles take place this year as I’ve watched people place their eternal faith in the hands of Christ.

As I ponder the amazing love of the Lord, it strikes me that there’s an ongoing risk of taking our salvation for granted. We have received this unbelievable gift, and rather than bursting with thankfulness and jumping with joy we tuck it away.

Let’s take a moment to focus on the topic of thankfulness. Luke—the physician—recorded this event in the life of Jesus, showing why we ought to be thankful. Found in Luke 17:11–19, this is the story of Jesus healing ten lepers. Once they were healed, the ten men ran off excited. But only one came back to praise God for what had happened. Just as these men were physically healed of their leprosy, we receive salvation (or spiritual healing) from Jesus that warrants our gratitude.

First, we can be thankful that Jesus came to us (vv. 11–13). The text says that Jesus went through Samaria and Galilee, both of which were made up of people stigmatized by society. Samaritans were considered unclean people. Galileans were misfits and rogues, and yet Jesus made the effort to go to them. They did not have to go to Jesus. Similarly, Christ came down from heaven some 2,000 years ago in order to redeem mankind.

Second, we need to also be thankful because Jesus hears our cries (v. 14).  The text says the men yelled out to Jesus because they were lepers, and the law required them to stay at a distance in order to prevent infecting others. But Jesus stopped and answered their cry for help. This is significant. These men realized their own situation—that they were very sick and they could not help themselves. If they could have, they would have already done so. They realized that only Jesus could help them and so they cried out to Him. Likewise, when we cry out to Christ for our salvation, it is because we understand that we are unable to save ourselves. We are spiritual lepers in need of healing.

Finally, we need to be thankful that Jesus can cleanse us and make us whole (v. 14).  Jesus told the men to go show themselves to the priests, and on the way, the men were healed. They exercised faith in Jesus—they believed He could heal them—and showed obedience as they did exactly what Jesus commanded them to do. Only Jesus has the ability to forgive sin and cleanse us spiritually, as He cleansed the lepers physically.

We should be thankful that we serve a God who can heal, cleanse and save – physically and spiritually – and who comes to us and invites us into communion with Him. When we give thanks to God, He is honored and glorified (vv. 15-19). The Bible says that only one man came back to thank Jesus, and when he did, he was honoring God.  We’re entering the holiday season and things will begin to get hectic, but I encourage you to be sure that you aren’t like the other nine. Please take the time to come back to God and thank Him for what He has done for you. He came down, He heard your cry, and He answered it by healing your soul. My friends, we have every reason to be thankful!


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Weekly Bible Verse: Thankfulness

As we enter this Thanksgiving week, we are reminded to be thankful for all that the Lord has done for us.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 (NIV)

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)


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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 32: 6-7

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 32:6-7:

“Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.
 You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance” (NIV). 

Draw closer to the Lord by reading and studying His Word. His Word will give you peace, wisdom, joy, and strength for anything that you may be facing today. His Word is life-giving and alive.


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Senior Salt Hymn Sing

We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming Senior Salt Hymn Sings at The Cove. Senior Salt Hymn Sings 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. While here, guests are welcome to view The Cove’s inspiring displays of 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 relax and fellowship together.

This is a great opportunity for church groups to gather and have a mini-getaway together. Many churches being their senior adult ministry or prime time groups.

Click here for more information on our Senior Salt Hymn Sings. Our next one is November 18th.


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