Friday, Saturday, Sunday TAWG Guide

Hey friends! Here is the TAWG guide for today and for the weekend. If you’ve lost your copy, shoot us an email and we’ll get you a copy.Thanks! See you on skype at 2pm!

Friday, July 29th

Text: Colossians 2:6-23, Psalm 1

What do roots do? How is your spiritual life like roots? What does it mean to be rooted in the Messiah?

What are some ideas and philosophies that you know aren’t true, but most people around you believe them? How do you stay firmly rooted in Messiah?

In verses 16-23, Paul talks about the law. The law is originally from God through Moses, but then it has been added on to.  Paul explains that it’s when people make the emphasis on the details of law and make the actions of the law the main focus, they are disconnecting themselves from the true purpose of these laws.

What are some things that you’ve been told that Christians are supposed to do? Have you ever found yourself (or others) paying more attention to those things than on Jesus? What is a way that you can refocus your attention to Jesus?

Chewing gum thought: When the roots of your faith are deep, you are less likely to get washed away by wrong world views and group thought

Saturday, July 30th

Text: Colossians 3:1-4

What’s the big idea?

What does Paul mean by raised with Messiah?

What do you think Paul means by setting your minds on things above? What is the difference between things above and earthly things?

What is one way you can train your mind today to shift your brain to focus on God?

How does focusing on God, and not on our earthly surroundings, bring us hope?

Chewing gum thought: We have been given hope. We are not the same anymore, we have been raised with Messiah.

Sunday, July 31

One week post-camp check-up!

Ask yourself: Do I feel closer or farther away from God than at Camp? How do I want to feel?

Text: Colossians 3:5-11

What’s the big idea?

Paul’s list of things to avoid seems lengthy and intimidating. Why are these things to avoid?

Are there some sins that are worse than others?

What do you think it means to have an ‘old nature’ and a ‘new nature’?

How do you think that God wants you to transform?

Have you ever felt that some people are more important to God than others?

Chewing gum thought: God has redeemed you, and you are in the process of transformation. We are all God’s children and equally precious to Him.



Sitruce Update: Teen Camp

This summer was my first year being out of cabin staff at junior camp. I was frequently asked by the junior campers what being out of cabin staff meant. As the intern I was in charge of the field trip. As out of cabin staff I was in charge of background details like talking to the kitchen or helping make the schedule run smoothly. I had a lot of fun as out of cabin staff but I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with the campers.

This was also my first year being staff at teen camp, I had a lot of fun serving with the teens. When they started to arrive I felt a little lost because they were so much more aware and independent than the junior campers. A lot of them were veterans and knew how things went so they did most things without even being asked. It almost seemed like they didn’t need any staff at all. By the end of the night I was feeling a lot more comfortable. I realized that the teen campers didn’t need a parent figure like the junior campers needed instead they needed an older friend who they could talk to. It took some time to get used to the change from being helpful with physical things like homesickness to answering spiritual or life questions of the teen campers, but I appreciated the shift.  My co-tribe leader was Anonymous who is the funniest person I’ve ever met and a great friend. We were the tribe of Simeon and we had 6 lovely girls in our cabin. They were all veteran campers except for one, but you couldn’t tell it was her first year because she was friends with everyone in camp within hours of arriving. They all got along great and had an impressive level of spiritual maturity that was shown during devotions and the Bible topics throughout the week. I got to watch them grow spiritually grow closer together as a tribe and as good friends. I’m glad I was able to be in cabin this year at teen camp and I hope I’ll be able to keep in touch with the girls throughout the school year.

TAWG guide for Wednesday and Thursday

Did you lose your TAWG guide? Let us know and we can email a copy to you! In the meantime, Here are Wednesday and Thursday’s guide.

Wednesday,  July 27th
Text: Colossians 1:15-23
What’s the big idea?
v. 15-16 People say that Jesus was a lot of different things. What are some things that you’ve heard He is? Who do you think He is?
What does it mean that Jesus is the image of the invisible God?
v. 18 The church is not just a building, but the community of believers in Jesus around the world. What does it mean that Messiah is the head of the church? What is reconciliation?
Read Genesis 3. This passage is known as the Fall. Why is humanity separated from God? What are Paul’s instructions in Verse 23? What are some times in your life that you’ve held firmly to your faith or seen others hold firmly to their faith?
Chewing gum thought: Since the Fall (in Genesis 3), humanity has been separated from God. But there is hope. Because of the Messiah, we can now be reunited and reconciled with God.


Thursday, July 28th
Text: Colossians 1:24-2:5
What is the big idea?

v. 24-27 Have you ever had really big news that you were supposed to keep a secret for a short (or long) time, and then were able to share it? What is the secret that Paul is talking about?
What does it mean that Messiah lives in you?
v. 28-30 Why does Paul feel so passionate about sharing about Jesus? How do you feel about sharing your faith? Are there people you know that make you feel uncomfortable when they share their beliefs (whether Christian or not)? Why?

Chewing gum thought: The news of one God, what to do, and hope had been only available to the Jewish people, but through Jesus, is now for all.

Teen TAWG Guide

Hello teens! Here is yesterday’s and today’s TAWG guide. TAWG stands for time alone with God. I hope that you’ll join us on Skype for the Bible study. We’re meeting at 2PM EST from the end of Teen Camp through August 7th. See you there!


Monday, July 25th
Text: Psalm 139
What’s the big idea?
V. 1-12 According to the Psalmist, what does God know about you?
v. 13-16 How does God view you?
v. 23-24 In these verses, David asks God to search him and point out anything that doesn’t please God. If God can see and knows everything about you, what are some things God finds when He searches you? What’s the difference between feeling guilty about something and being convicted by God about something? What is the result of conviction?
Chewing gum thought: In Romans 5:8, Paul says that Jesus died for us even though we were still sinners. Even though Jesus knows everything about us, the good, the bad, and the ugly, He still chose to sacrifice himself for us.

Tuesday, July 26th
Text: Colossians 1:1-14
What’s the big idea?
How would your life be different if you had never heard the Bible? How have you seen it change the lives of people around you?
Who is someone that you’ve looked up to in your walk of faith and been a mentor/model for you?
What does it mean to live a life worthy of the Lord?
Paul talks about endurance and patience. How do we get endurance and patience? When was a time that you felt like you had to give up? Did you? What made you keep going?
Chewing gum thought: There are people praying for you. You are not alone.

Teen Camp Day 2

When we finished out our day yesterday I had to remind myself that it had barely been 24 hours since the campers had all arrived. Teen Camp is always this weird thing for me, it just all happens too quickly!

The campers have been asking really good questions in their Bible topics and our time in Tabernacle has been really encouraging to me. We’re looking at the life of Paul and at transformation in the midst of the faith communities he established and supports. Last night we were looking at Paul’s relationship with the Philippians and that in the midst of being unbelievably grateful for them and proud of them, he also still longs for them to be continually transformed by Yeshua. I’m not a parent, so I can’t speak to this from that standpoint–but I have been camp staff for 12 years. Long enough to see my first cabin of 8 year old campers become staff and they are half-way through college. For them and for so many of the campers that have come through camp, I am so grateful for them and for the people they have become. But, I don’t want them to be satisfied with the growth that has already occurred, I want to see them (and see myself) continue to pursue Yeshua and grow up in him.

In Tabernacle I gave the campers an opportunity to share with sticky notes on a board things they were grateful for and things they wanted to see God transform. They were thankful for their parents, for their camp family, for their tribe, but they were also thankful to know that God loves them, and thankful for injuries that had made them stronger, and for moves to better schools. They want to see God transform them and give them a greater desire to know him, to transform their guilt and shame, to give them a greater ability to respect others and themselves. They want transformation in the area of pride, jealousy, judgement, faith, and courage. Please pray with us that we would be people who are willing to be changed and that we would see God change us!

Last night we also played a camp favorite called Scream-o. It has been my favorite since I was a camper and is always a highlight of camp for me. It is basically like team high speed yahtzee and is hyper competitive and often gets rather loud. The weather was so nice last night after a brief thunderstorm that we were able to play outside. AWESOME!

We had a discussion around the campfire last night led by Strings, Beardo, and Sitruce about what it means for us personally that we are people who are made in the image of God and ways that we can allow our thinking and our perceptions of ourselves to be set by God and not our friends or our enemies, or ourselves.

Tomorrow we’ll leave camp after lunch to go on our overnight field trip. We’ll be camping out overnight and then going white water rafting first thing on Thursday morning. We have been rafting with Wild Waters since before I was a camper and they are FANTASTIC! Many of the guides are high school teachers during the year and do an awesome job connecting with our kids and empowering them for their day on the water.

I’ll have more photos to share hopefully later today, but will be posting them periodically over on instagram and on facebook as well. This is a great year at camp and I’m so glad that we’re getting to enjoy it with this specific group of teens!


Teen Camp Day 1

Hi Camp Gilgal Parents!

We are having a very hot first day of teen camp and the teens are all in their first round of activities right now. Everyone has 1 Bible topic of their choice each day and two other activities as well. Their choices for first activity were “Is the Bible True?” Artsy Fun, Pioneering (finding food in the woods), and Basketball. For second activity we’ve got “what’s so special about Yeshua?” Running, and Table Games. For third activity we’ve got “how do sin and forgiveness work?” Boatin’, and Beard Theory.

The campers all seem to be settling in really well. This is the biggest teen camp we’ve had in a few years and the most evenly split age/gender wise that I remember in a long time. We’ve got 6 first time campers and probably half of camp (or more) this is their first time at teen camp.

Last night we had our first tabernacle lesson around the campfire. We’re looking at how the gospel has the power to transform our lives this week and we’re looking at the life of Paul and the lives of the faith communities he helped to establish. Please pray along with us that this would be a week of transformation, for the campers as well as the staff.

Thank you so much for loaning us your teens, they’re awesome!


Junior camp wrap up #1

Hi Camp Gilgal family,

I am sitting in a freezing Starbucks taking advantage of real wifi and working to shift the massive amounts of photos and videos from my computer to the cloud so I have space for teen camp documentation. Stay tuned for the photos on flickr! coming in August.

I can hardly believe that Junior Camp is over. God blessed us with the best weather and the smoothest session of camp I can remember in my 14 years at camp. I saw campers learn to trust God, learn to entrust themselves to community, and fine a place of acceptance and home. Over and over again at our testimony campfire I heard campers say that at school they’re the “weird” kid, but at camp they are just a kid. It is such a blessing to me to see that click and happen for campers because that was my story. Camp was the first place that I felt accepted and that I belonged. At camp I had friends who didn’t ask me to explain to them again how I could be Jewish and believe in Jesus.

I saw amazing growth in campers and staff over the last two weeks, especially in our oldest mens and ladies cabins. It is incredible how much these young people have changed since coming as 8 year olds and now leaving as 12 year olds. I hope that you’re seeing your campers come home changed–we saw it at camp.

Please keep praying for the Junior campers and for the staff, that our eyes and ears would continue to be open to Yeshua and that we would be looking to grow in him at home.

More recap and photos to come. Thank you so much for sharing your Junior Campers with us, we wanted to keep them but are glad they’re getting to sleep in their own beds tonight.

Blessings and Shabbat Shalom,