TAWG guide for Thursday and Friday

Here are the TAWG guides for Thursday and Friday! Hope to see you on Skype at 2PM

Thursday, August 4th
Text: Colossians 4:5-6; Galatians 5:22-23
What’s the big idea?

Depending on the translation, Paul says that we live with outsiders or unbelievers. Why are unbelievers considered outsiders? Outsiders often have a negative connotation, but how does Paul say that they should be answered? What does it mean to be treated respectfully?
How does Paul say we should be living among the world?
Where does wisdom come from?
Galations 5:22-23 (also known as the fruit of the Spirit) talks about what to focus on in your life. What does Paul mean when he says that there is no law against these things? What is one of these attributes you wish you had more of? Pray about it and ask God for more.
Chewing gum thought: Live at peace with each other, even those who are going down a wrong path. Have wisdom about how to answer them about your faith.

Friday, August 5th
Text: Colossians 4:7-18
What’s the big idea?
This is Paul’s signature, where he’s signing off on his letter. Who are some people with him? Are there any people that you’ve heard of before?
Who are some people in your life that have come alongside you to encourage you?
What is Paul’s attitude? How can we have hope even when things seem hopeless and there doesn’t seem to be a way out?
Read Psalm 77:1-12. How does the Psalmist find hope?
When is a time that you’ve seen God’s faithfulness that you can remember when things seem hopeless?
Chewing gum thought: Paul was in chains, but he was not alone. Even in the middle of his suffering, he encouraged and prayed for others.

TAWG Guide for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Here are the TAWG guides for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!

Monday, August 1st
Text: Colossians 3:12-17

What’s the big idea?
v. 12-15 Have you ever seen an amazing act of
forgiveness, either to yourself or to someone else?
What happened?

Is there someone who always gets on your nerves?
Often when we pray for the person that drives us crazy,
the annoyance turns into love and we begin to see them
from God’s eyes.

Why should believers live in peace with each other?
If you have a conflict with someone, how should you
handle it? Look at Matthew 18:15-17

v. 16 This verse talks about glorifying God in everything
we do. How can we glorify God in doing mundane
things, like doing homework, chores, and going to

Chewing gum thought: God chose you. Because He
chose you, He asks that we love one another and
forgive each.

Tuesday, August 2nd
Text: Colossians 3:18-4:1
What’s the big idea?

v. 18-21 Parents often quote verse 20 to younger (and older) children, but they often forget verse 21. There is almost always a struggle between parents and children, but God calls children to honor their parents. As a teen, how can you honor your parent even when you think your parents are being unfair?

v. 22-25 God calls us to be obedient to those in authority over us, and to go above and beyond what they ask. Why? Who are people in authority over you?
Is there anyone you are in authority over? How can you treat them with respect?

Chewing gum thought: God is a God of justice and cares for everyone. He wants all to be treated fairly and with respect, whether they are a child, parent, slave, or master.

Wednesday, August 3rd
Text: Colossians 4:2-6
What’s the big idea?

Prayer is very important, but sometimes it is hard. What is prayer? How can we learn how to pray? What do you pray when you can’t find words?

There’s an acronym that people use to help them pray-ACTS.
A-adoration. Who is God? What are aspects of God’s character?
C-confession. Confession isn’t something that is done on special occasions or when we’ve really messed up, but should be done daily. Don’t hold on to your guilt, give it to God.
T-Thanksgiving. Thank God for all He has done.
S-supplication- Tell God your needs and wants. God cares and wants to know. Who are people that you can be praying for? Pray for you family, the people in your cabin, and friends

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.

Strings’ Theory-Memory verse

Hey there! Strings here. This year’s memory verse is Psalm 105:1-11. The psalm talks about praising God for His faithfulness and remembering the promises that He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

We are doing the memory verse slightly different this year and have not one, not two, but three (!!!) different things the camper’s get as a reward! First, as in year’s past, the campers get points that go towards the Point Bar.

The new incentives include putting marbles, pompoms, buttons, army men, pinecones, and various other objects into a clear jar that is in front of the dining hall where everyone can see it. The campers have been enthusiastically dropping these things into the jar whenever they learn a new verse and whenever they learn a new chunk of verses. The other incentives that the campers are very excited about is getting a prize when they memorize each verse and a bigger prize when they memorize a chunk of verses.

I’ll keep you updated on the memory verse progress, but I’m already very encouraged. Every day at lunch, I’ve had a long line of camper’s waiting to tell me their verses. We already have two campers who have memorized the whole thing, and many who only have a couple verses left.

Here’s a copy of the memory verse so you can memorize along with us.

Psalm 105:1-11

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his
make known among the nations what he
has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the
Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced
O descendants of Abraham his servant
O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenant forever,
the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion you will inherit.”
Walk in Love,

Strings’ Theory-Jr Camp musings from Strings

Hey there! Strings here. We’re now in the middle of our fifth day at camp, and things are going great. I had a very funny conversation with Vivan and Halye, two of campers from the tribe of Simeon (the youngest girl’s tribe.) Both of them were pretty sure we had been at Camp Gilgal about a year, or possibly a decade. On our walk to lunch, I told them they’d only known each other five days and they looked at me in shock.

Camp has a way of making people who have only known each other a short time into lifetime friends. Many of our staff this year were campers together and are now serving as staff together. When I look around and see Watson (who was first in my cabin in 2004), Sitruce and Anonymous (who were in my cabin together as first-time campers in 2007), and most of the other staff, I’m reminded and encouraged of God’s faithfulness and the impact that camp has on the faith of the next generation.

Walk in Love,

Sitruce Blog #4

Hi Camp Gilgal! This is Sitruce! Strings and I just got to Camp two days ago and it’s been great! When we got here, we had time to unload the van before going to dinner. After dinner, we unpacked, set up our bunks and settled in.  We realized that we had forgotten to bring some things.

We don’t want that to happen to you, so here are some things you should remember to bring: flashlight, socks, an extra sweater/hoodie, Chapstick, raincoat, and your watch. Go through all your stuff a second time and make sure you didn’t forgot anything!

I was able to take morning jog yesterday morning which was beautiful. Camp Gilgal is high up on a mountain and when you get to the look-out points (like Sunset and the Lean-to) you can see lots of towns and big white clouds underneath you.

A view from my run!
A view from my run!

We set up the Staff Cabin (no campers allowed!) yesterday and then I went exploring. Cautionary tale, I started going down a path into the woods. After some time I realized that there wasn’t a path anymore and I was just wandering around in the forest, I was lost! Good thing I have a good sense of direction and I was able to get out of there. (Strings insert: Don’t wander down paths in the forest by yourself!) Then I went down to check out the canoes, I took a nice walk around the lake and even saw a turtle along the way! I forgot my bug spray (is bug spray on your list?) so it was pretty buggy, don’t forget your bug spray!

The weather has been really nice so far, very sunny and warm.  But it did get pretty cold last night, so I’m glad I brought my sleeping sweater with me.

This is Clarence. He is a cactus that wears a hat. He is cool.

Strings brought a friend with her to camp, his name is Clarence and he is a cactus. We have been taking pictures with him on camp to show campers and parents some important parts of camp! The rest of the staff will be coming today before dinner, I can’t wait to see everyone! Before then we have some more set up to do and some last minute details to finish.



Clarence remembered his bug spray.
Clarence remembered his bug spray.