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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.

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.

 

The King’s Question

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, that wine was before him, and I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence.  So the king said to me, “Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.” Then I was very much afraid.  I said to the king, “Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?”  Then the king said to me, “What would you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. I said to the king, “If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it” (Nehemiah 2:1-5, NASB).

 

In chapter one we saw Nehemiah’s heartbreak over the ruins of his beloved homeland, which lead to a season of fasting and prayer. We also saw that he had a unique position in life. He was cup-bearer to the King.

At the opening of chapter two, Nehemiah’s heart remained heavy. He wanted to rebuild the city, but how could he ask such a thing of the king? He had never even allowed himself to be sad in the king’s presence before for fear of his life. What could he do? Yet on this day and in this time, he could not hide his sadness. The king, of course discerned that something was wrong and questioned his servant. Nehemiah, of course was terrified, as this king has been known to kill anyone who would bring sadness or bad news to the court. Even though he was bold in speaking his mind, he remained respectful.

The king, in turn, asked the unusual and unexpected question. “What do you request?”

Don’t we all wish to hear our King, the Almighty God of heaven ask us “What do you request?” I have good news. God asks us this question all the time. However, most of us are either not listening, or are too afraid to answer His question.

Nehemiah, encouraged by the King’s question, prayed. He might have prayed for courage, or for favor, or both, we are not really told specifically, but he received both. He made his request to the king. He wanted to go to the city of his father’s tombs and rebuild it. Wow, what an ask, and what a cliffhanger. I know. We’ll find out the answer next time.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • He had quite a prayer life. Not only did he fast and pray in chapter one, before he ever entered the king’s presence, but he also prayed before he answered the kings question.
  • He remained respectful of the king’s authority.
  • Even though he was afraid of the king’s reputation, it did not stop him from making his feelings, and his desires known.
  • He was specific in his appeal to the King.

 

I am sure we’ve all been in a position of needing assistance or of needing to make the “big ask” and were afraid to speak out. What questions can we ask ourselves so that we can affect change?

  1. What is the King asking us today?
  2. How will we answer Him?
  3. What is making us afraid to ask our request?
  4. How can we be more specific in our prayers?

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 91:1-16

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Psalm 91:1-16 (NIV):

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.

As we walk through this new trial in our world with a virus that we never thought we would have to face, we can always remember that God is with us. He is our refuge and our peace. His Word is alive and active. During these times of uncertainty, we can stand on His Word and have a strong foundation. Remember that He is your source of peace and joy. He loves you. He is for you. He is with you. Take joy in His promises.

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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.

 

Nehemiah’s Prayer

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

  “I said, ‘I beseech You, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,  let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned.  We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples;  but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.’  They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand.  O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.’ Now I was the cup-bearer to the king” (Nehemiah 1:5-11, NASB).

After hearing of the terrible state of his homeland in verses 1-4, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He fasted and mourned for several days. Then he prayed.

I have been in many seasons of life where I had a good prayer life, and other seasons where I seemed to struggle in my relationship with God. I am sure I am not the only one who craves a better prayer life and to have more intimacy with God.

Let us take a look at Nehemiah’s prayer.

His prayer was bold, as well as specific. We will see in the chapters to come, that this prayer was also effective. There is one thing that I see in the prayer above all else, and that is Nehemiah did not begin with his needs or the needs of the nation. No, he began with a reverence and an acknowledgement of who God is.

  • He is the God of Heaven. (v5)
  • He is the God who preserves the covenant and loving-kindness for those who love Him and Keep His commandments. (v5)

Even though the needs of God’s people were many, Nehemiah’s next words were not a petition to the Lord for help in time of trouble. No, he confessed the sins of the nation, and reminded God of his promise to bring the scattered people home.

Finally, we see his specific request to God.

  • “I beseech You . . . be attentive to the prayer of your servant . . . make your servant successful today and grant him compassion before the this man.” (v11) He was cup-bearer to the king.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • When he prayed, he declared God’s greatness. God is great no matter what our circumstance and deserves our praise and reverence.
  • He reminded God of His loving kindness and of His promises.
  • He confessed the sins of himself and he confessed the sins of his nation.
  • He asked for a specific request, and that was to be successful when he asked for help from the king.

Nehemiah’s Prayer was simple, but not easy. What questions can we ask ourselves so that we can affect change?

  1. What does it look like to slow down and acknowledge God’s greatness first?
  2. What circumstance has overtaken our ability to see the greatness of God?
  3. What promises of God can remind Him?
  4. What scripture can I turn back into a prayer to God?
  5. What specifics and not general things do I need to ask God to grant?

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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.

 

A Broken Heart

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capitol,  that Hanani, one of my brothers, and some men from Judah came; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped and had survived the captivity, and about Jerusalem.  They said to me, “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.” When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven (Nehemiah 1:1-4, NASB).

The book of Nehemiah reads as if we are snooping through his private journals. He dated the first entry as the month of Chislev in the 20th year (of the reign of king Artaxerxes.) He even told us he was in the capitol. We will learn later in chapter 2 that he is the official cup bearer to the king.

When Nehemiah’s brothers and friends approach him after they returned from a trip to the homeland of Judah, of course he asked about those who remained in Jerusalem during the exile, and about the conditions they lived in. Nehemiah was devastated to learn the distress his kinsmen were in as well as the utter destruction of the city itself. He was brokenhearted. He sat down, wept, and mourned for days. Then he fasted and prayed.

I’ve lost count of the many times have I seen a disturbing scene on the news of a natural disaster that took many lives, or of the devastation of a madman wielding some kind of weapon that took away many precious lives. In my lifetime I have witnessed the events of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and many other terrible, terrible things. I will be the first to admit that on occasion, I have become a bit desensitized to the sheer level of destruction, evil, and depravity that we live under almost every single day that I do not do what Nehemiah did. That is to truly be brokenhearted by what I have seen and heard to the point that I spent days fasting and praying.

 

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • He asked sincere questions of his brothers
  • He listened to what they had to say without interruption
  • He was brokenhearted at their answers
  • He fasted and prayed earnestly to Almighty God

What questions can we ask ourselves so that we can affect change?

  1. When I ask someone how they are doing, do I really want to hear their answer?
  2. When I hear of the distress of others, what is my reaction?
  3. Am I honest to others when I tell them I will pray for them?
  4. Am I heartbroken for the desperate needs of others, or am I numb to their plight?
  5. Do I go into real mourning for others needs?

Nehemiah’s Prayer was not a simple “God help my brothers and sisters get through this hard time.”  No, we are told he mourned for days, then, he fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Questions for your prayer life:

  1. Will I forge ahead with any solution that I can think of, or will I put the matter to serious fasting and prayer?
  2. How do I view the urgent and effectiveness of prayer in times of trouble?

 

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