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"Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."

- Jeremiah 6:16

Our next Boot Camp is: October 14th - 17th, 2021

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Written on every man’s heart is a yearning for adventure, battle, and a beauty.

These are the core desires panting deep in the heart of every man. From the Amazon to Parliament, from the academy to the factory, these desires are universal, true for every man. And they are essential in order to live life as a man; they provide the power for his life. Misplaced, forgotten, or misdirected, they do not go away; they go underground and surface later in anger, addiction, compulsion. You pay a high price when you neglect these desires. A man needs a deeper understanding of why these longings govern him—and why God made him just like that. And he needs a deeper understanding of why women long to be fought for, to be swept up into adventure, and to be the beauty. What if? What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the lives we were meant to live? God gave us eyes so that we might see; he gave us ears that we might hear; he gave us wills that we might choose; and he gave us hearts that we might live. The way we handle the heart is everything. A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes.

– John Eldredge

An Adventure to Live

Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived. That is the nature of it and has been since the beginning, when God set the dangerous stage for this high-stakes drama and called the whole wild enterprise good. He rigged the world in such a way that it only works when we embrace risk as the theme of our lives, which is to say, only when we live by faith. A man just won’t be happy until he has adventure in his work, in his love, and in his spiritual life.

A Battle to Fight

God, who is a great warrior, created man in his image. God set within us a warrior heart because he has created us to join him in his war against evil, and if we’re going to find our part in God’s story, if we’re going to be the men that he made us to be, we have to get that part of our heart back.

A Beauty to Save

The beauty of a woman stimulates a man to play the man. The strength of a man, offered tenderly to his woman, allows her to be beautiful. It brings life to her and many. This is a reality that extends to every aspect of our lives. When a man withholds himself from his woman, he leaves her without the life only he can bring. It’s hard to think of a classic men’s movie that doesn’t have a “rescue the beauty” scene—and the romantic “thank you” that follows! Nothing can get our attention like a beautiful woman. Again, God made us this way. Back in the beginning of our story, Eve was created from Adam’s side—and none of us have recovered from the surgery. Men are haunted by the Beauty. Where the confusion begins is when we turn to the woman not to offer our strength, but rather looking to her for our validation. Certain disaster follows. Learning to fight for the Beauty is not only one of man’s core passions, it is one of life’s greatest joys.

An Adventure to Live

Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived. That is the nature of it and has been since the beginning, when God set the dangerous stage for this high-stakes drama and called the whole wild enterprise good. He rigged the world in such a way that it only works when we embrace risk as the theme of our lives, which is to say, only when we live by faith. A man just won’t be happy until he has adventure in his work, in his love, and in his spiritual life.

Ask men about the greatest moments in their lives—moments they felt truly alive. They will always tell stories of adventure. That motorcycle trip to Burma, rafting the Colorado, a night on the open sea. That’s why the heart of a man slowly dies when chained to a desk, an assembly line, or a cell phone. And that’s also why every time God gets hold of a man in the biblical record, he takes him into high stakes adventure. Abraham, Moses, David; Peter, Matthew, Paul—all swept up into great adventures by the wild design of God. Christianity is not an invitation to be a really nice guy; it is an invitation into a Larger Story in which you play a decisive role.

A Battle to Fight

God, who is a great warrior, created man in his image. God set within us a warrior heart because he has created us to join him in his war against evil, and if we’re going to find our part in God’s story, if we’re going to be the men that he made us to be, we have to fight for it.

Every boy knows he is made for battle, and he longs to be the mighty hero. Give him a cape, a sword, a light saber and he comes alive in a world of Jedi knights, superheroes, snowball fights, and “what can we blow up next?” But of course—man is made in the image of a Warrior God: “The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is his name” (Exodus 15:3). God himself is a warrior. And we are made to be like him. Thus every man needs a battle to fight. But in order to fight for his life, his marriage, his children, his dreams, his integrity, a man must first get his heart back as a warrior.

A Beauty to Save

The beauty of a woman stimulates a man to play the man. The strength of a man, offered tenderly to his woman, allows her to be beautiful. It brings life to her and many. This is a reality that extends to every aspect of our lives. When a man withholds himself from his woman, he leaves her without the life only he can bring.

It’s hard to think of a classic men’s movie that doesn’t have a “rescue the beauty” scene—and the romantic “thank you” that follows! Nothing can get our attention like a beautiful woman. Again, God made us this way. Back in the beginning of our story, Eve was created from Adam’s side—and none of us have recovered from the surgery. Men are haunted by the Beauty. Where the confusion begins is when we turn to the woman not to offer our strength, but rather looking to her for our validation. Certain disaster follows. Learning to fight for the Beauty is not only one of man’s core passions, it is one of life’s greatest joys.

What is a Boot Camp?

A HCMOF Boot Camp is closely modeled after the Ransomed Heart’s Wild at Heart Boot Camp in Colorado.  It is conducted live by the Hill Country Men on Fire team and is designed to lead to the restoration of a man’s God given heart. The weekends are hosted at the beautiful hill country Christian camp Knott Creek Falls and all of the meals are home cooked by like hearted men.

Why is it for me?

We know what it’s like to not be the kind of father, husband, or even the man that we’re supposed to be. We know what is like to have all this frustration and anger and not really be able to explain where it comes from.  Attending a Wild at Heart weekend will change all of that.  If you want answers to the deepest questions you are asking yourself about your life, we can help.

Hill Country Men on Fire is offering you a retreat like no other men’s retreat you have been to. This retreat will awaken your God given desires, open your heart to what you were destined to be, an explanation to why this world sometimes doesn’t make sense and feels like you are lost in it, and give you the knowledge and skills to successfully battle against those attacks that threaten your close relationship with Jesus. Please join us for a weekend that can restore your God given heart and start you on a journey towards a richer relationship with the Trinity.

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