A little housekeeping…

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Recipe from The Cove’s Kitchen: Black Bean and Turkey Chili

Want a new idea of what to do with all that leftover turkey? Here’s a great recipe from our wonderful kitchen staff at The Cove!

1 lb black beans
2 diced yellow onions
2 diced red bell Pepper
1 diced green bell pepper
2 – 3 lbs shredded turkey (you can use as more or less depending on the amount you have leftover)
32 fl oz. beef stock
4 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp minced garlic
3 bay leaves
1 lb fresh diced tomatoes
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. In stock pot, sauté onions until caramelized
2. Add and sauté peppers and garlic
3. Add beef stock, diced tomatoes, and turkey and stir.
4. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, bay leaves and simmer for 1 hour.
5. Add additional seasoning to preferred taste
6. Enjoy a nice bowl of turkey chili on a nice cool fall day!

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We Are Thankful for You!

When you enter through the gates at The Cove and make your way up the mountain, you are coming for a seminar, a church retreat, a senior or women’s event, a personal spiritual retreat, a concert, a luncheon, a meeting, or as a visitor at our Chapel and Visitor’s center.

But, we also know you are coming for your own reasons:  a need, a hope, a prayer, or an answer to God’s calling.  You are coming to be with God, and we are here to set the table for that meeting with Him.  It is our hope and prayer that you are blessed with renewal, refreshment and inspiration from your time spent here.

Now, isn’t it just like God to bless US, through you!  We, the Cove employees and volunteers, are in fact, blessed by you.  We are thankful for you.

From a light-hearted conversation to a heartfelt sharing of a testimony… a smile, handshake or hug as you walk by or an opportunity to pray with/for you. We have the opportunity to do what God has called us to do – to  serve you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Thank you, and thanks be to God.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Reflections from Will Graham

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

Yet, as I ponder the amazing love of the Lord, it strikes me that so often we view our salvation as commonplace. We have received this unbelievable gift, and rather than bursting with thankfulness and jumping with joy we tuck it into the back of the dresser like a pair of socks.

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, God 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!

Will GrahamWill Graham is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel under the banner of BGEA. Will has spoken to audiences around the world. He graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion and in 2001 graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He currently serves as assistant director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.

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Ladies Christmas Luncheon at The Cove: Dec. 4

Only a few spots remain for the Ladies Christmas Luncheon at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove on the afternoon of Dec. 4. Tickets are $20 and include a meal along with a special inspirational message and musical program. For more information, call (800) 950-2092.

Rachel-Ruth Bell Wright, Anne Graham Lotz’s daughter and granddaughter of Billy Graham (and namesake of Ruth Bell Graham), will provide an inspirational message. Guests will also enjoy music from “Erin Elizabeth,” a duo made up of two sisters – Erin Bailey and Meagan Elizabeth Brown – from the musical group The Brown Family.

Rachel-Ruth, with her mother Anne Graham Lotz

Other Christmas Happenings at The Cove
In addition to the Ladies Luncheon, other Christmas events at The Cove include SeniorSalt Carol Sings, Christmas at The Cove concerts and more. While all of these events are very popular and fill up quickly, some spots are still available. The complete schedule is available at www.thecove.org. Call (800) 950-2092 for the latest information on availability.

The Cove will be adorned for the season with decorations including vibrant poinsettias, ornamented Christmas trees and a Nativity in its lobby. Guests are welcomed to visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, which is open daily Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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