“But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses. (MSG)”

1 Timothy 6:11-12

MOG Devotionals

July 27: Gratitude
1 Thessalonians 5:18 with Kyle Goodson

MOG Challenge:

Pray using the Five Parts of Prayer format:

  • Pray in thanksgiving, as you see virtue in yourself.
  • Pray in confession, as you see a lack of virtue in yourself.
  • Pray in petition, for God to fill a lack of virtue that you see in yourself.
  • Pray in intercession, for God to grant those around you the ways of these virtues.
  • Pray in praise, as you see these virtues surrounding your life in all things, in any capacity.

Discussion questions:

  • What are you the most grateful for in your life?
  • Is there anything that you find to be harder to be grateful for? Why do you think that is?
  • Do you give thanks not just for the things in your life, but give thanks to them as well? (Examples: your parents,  your family, your friends)
  • How can you show gratitude for and to people and things in your life every day?

Previous Devotionals

July 20: Humility 1 Peter 5:5 with Weston Severance
July 13: Hope, Jeremiah 29:11 with Roman Ramos
July 6: Compassion, Galatians 6:1-2 with Gabe Selinidis
June 29: Gentleness, Proverbs 15:1 with Miles Aceves-Lewis
June 22 with Tom

What's Up Guys' Side

This is your guy’s directors Josh and Travis checking in one last time as the summer comes to a close. As we wrap up this summer we wanted to let y’all know how much we have been praying for you. We know that this unprecedented time has been hard and uncomfortable for so many of us and we want you guys to know that y’all have been at the forefront of our thoughts this entire time. We wish we could have had a full summer together out in the beauty of God’s creation, but we know that it was not in his will for the summer of 2020. However, we are so thankful that we still got to connect with you through these newsletters these past few weeks. We know that our counselors were so excited to be able to share with you what the Lord has been teaching them this summer. We are looking forward to next summer when we are able to have a true MOG again complete with cheers, feats of strength, and most importantly being able to open up our Bibles together and learn more about God in the beauty of His creation.

The MOG verse for this summer that we decided on was 1 Timothy 6:11-12. This verse says “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” We chose this verse because it hits on so many of the important traits that we as Men of God should strive to display in our everyday lives. It is so common for men to feel pressure to be strong and tough, showing off how “manly” we are, instead of showing depth, compassion, and a connection to those we care for. In this verse Paul calls Timothy to show love and gentleness, things not normally associated with manliness as it’s often defined in our society. This verse reminds us that we are called to live like Jesus by showing love, gentleness, and compassion to all, and to grow intimate connections with everyone in our lives. Additionally, this verse reminds us that “eternal life” is here and now – in Christ we are able to enjoy the fullness of life as Men of God and we encourage you to take that to heart as this summer ends. Spend some time reflecting on what righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness might look like in your life at home.

We know that this summer was not what we would have desired for camp to look like. For many, this summer has been full of disappointment and heartache. Know that we have been praying for every single one of you guys and are anxiously awaiting the day that we can be together again worshiping Jesus in the canyon. Until then we encourage you to continue spending time with the Lord, getting out into nature, and staying in the Word. Use the rest of this summer to have quiet times outside, maintain community with your camp family, and try to keep it at the forefront of your minds that you already are a man after God’s own heart. Thank you for spending some of your summer with us as we continued to learn more and more about what it means to be a MOG. We hope to see you all in the canyon next summer!

Josh and Travis

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