2023 MOG Scripture

Romans 12:9-12

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

After Camp: A Two-Week MOG Challenge:

After a full session of having MOG nearly every day, you are headed back home to your “normal” lives. While it’s true that you won’t have Roundup or MOG or Cabin Time written into your schedule every day, we hope you’ll find ways to maintain a healthy rhythm of listening to and following Christ. That’s why we’ve created a two-week schedule for your time after camp. We challenge you to spend the next two weeks continuing the discipline of seeking God every day. We hope this helps you develop good habits and practices in your faith.

Below you will find a 2 week schedule with a MOG Virtue and a Scripture reference for each day. 

We hope you’ll make time each week day to practice Lectio Divina or Quiet Time in Nature or a combination of the two. Review the introduction to these practices in this MOG Journal if you need a refresher. If time is a factor, don’t imagine that this has to take as long as it did at camp—five or ten minutes is not too short. Afterward, you may want to use your journal to write out any thoughts, questions, or prayers. Journaling can help you solidify your thoughts.

We want to also acknowledge that these practices are not the only way to interact with God or exercise your spirituality. After these two weeks you may find other methods of prayer, meditation, contemplating God or scripture, or deepening your faith to be more beneficial. This is simply a challenge that we encourage you to take on together for at least these next two weeks.

Two Weeks of MOG Virtues and Scripture References

1st Monday — Honesty — Colossians 3: 9-10

1st Tuesday — Character — Romans 5: 3-5

1st Wednesday — Charity — 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

1st Thursday — Gentleness — Titus 3:2

1st Friday — Kindness — Ephesians 4:32

2nd Monday — Maturity — 1 Corinthians 14:20

2nd Tuesday — Obedience — 2 John 1:6

2nd Wednesday — Prayerfulness — Philippians 4:6

2nd Thursday — Purity — Matthew 5:8

2nd Friday — Self-Control — Proverbs 16:32

Look up a verse!

What's Up Guys' Side

How we doin fellas?

We had an epic time with you guys this summer and we loved sharing the incredible things the Lord has been doing in our lives. We hope your time at camp with your counselors was sick, full of learning and good vibes. We hope you were able to dive deeper into your relationship with the Lord and take home some major insights from MOG, Roundup, and Cabin Time, but also just from talking with your counselors and each other.

We hope you’ll keep our MOG verse, Romans 12: 9-12,  in mind this year. It’s all about keeping it real and showing love in everything we do. In a world full of distractions, this verse reminds us to stay true to God and His ways. We’re throwing down the same challenge to you.

We’re stoked for you to seek out new opportunities to your relationship with the Lord. Whether you’re exploring nature with your friends at home, diving deep into the Word, or just spending some personal time with God, we know any effort you put in will be totally worth it. And now that camp has wrapped up and you’re back to the daily grind, we’re throwing down another challenge: take the next couple of weeks to soak in and meditate on the after-camp MOG scriptures. We hope they hit you just as hard as they hit us!

These past two weeks have been a total blast, and we can’t wait to hang out with you again next summer!

Peace out,

Andrew and Ben

What is MOG?

MOG stands for Men of God, and we believe that every young man may wear this title. We are all “of God.” We are all God’s handiwork (Eph. 2:10), created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26). At MOG each young man gains wisdom for how to seek God and learn to be secure in who God has created him to be. MOG is a time where we celebrate manliness in all its forms. We laugh, we play or compete, we acknowledge our similarities and differences, and we engage in spiritual learning and discussion as well as quiet time. We often wrestle with the challenges of being male as well as discuss positive masculine traits we might all strive for. We look to Jesus as an example and tell stories from scripture and our lives that demonstrate admirable living. We strive to create a culture that challenges young men to love God, love others, live well, and be their fullest selves.

Each summer we select a short passage of scripture to be our focus for the summer. Everyone is encouraged to memorize it. We put the reference for that passage on a MOG bracelet, which every guy will receive. Each year’s bracelet reminds campers what they discussed in MOG that summer and the truth that they, like all men, are beloved sons of God.

MOG Virtues

What is a Virtue?
A good or admirable quality or property; uprightness; rectitude.
A particular moral excellence

Since the introduction of MOG at LLYC, young men have been discussing and striving to embody the virtues demonstrated and taught by the man, Jesus Christ, the prime example for all of humanity. Over the years, we’ve compiled a list of virtues, and we believe each virtue is consistent with the character of Christ. We believe the spirit of Christ calls all people to follow and imitate Jesus. 

However, no one can imitate Christ perfectly. In fact, we all fall dreadfully short. In Romans 3:10-23, the apostle Paul wrote that in this life no one has been or will be able to be righteous (or perfectly like Christ). However, God’s spirit lives inside us and calls us to look at Christ as our example, to act like Christ, to follow in his ways. We believe that when we do these things we will see beautiful transformation in our lives and in the world. 

As we talk about some of these virtues during MOG, it is critical to keep in mind that we do not earn God’s love or acceptance by striving for these things. God already loves and accepts us. Christ already entered the world and died and rose for all of humanity. These virtues are simply qualities toward which a loving God is drawing us. When we strive for and aspire to these virtues—out of love, out of freedom, out of joy—we will live a more fulfilled life, others will benefit, the Kingdom of God will grow, and the world will look more like it should.

Men of God at LLYC, let’s strive together to emulate Christ. God’s ways are good. Jesus is worth following. Let’s challenge each other to build our lives on these virtues of Christ, our rock, our firm foundation. 

A loving God draws us toward these things:

Boldness, Character, Charity, Courage, Discernment, Empathy, Endurance, Faithfulness, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Generosity, Gentleness, Goodness, Grace, Gratitude, Honesty, Hope, Humility, Integrity, Joy, Kindness, Long-suffering, Love, Maturity, Meekness, Obedience, Patience, Peace, Perseverance, Prayerfulness, Purity, Restoration, Sacrifice, Self-Control, Selflessness, Service, Wisdom