Twisted Things

Acts 20:28-32 – Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

2014-01-21 - Twisted Things (IMG_6800_CROP)Twisted tree roots at Jasmine Rocks, along Rough Trail, near Gray’s ArchRed River Gorge Geological Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky.

Today’s passage from the book of Acts is part of Paul’s admonition to the leaders in the church at Ephesus as he was preparing to depart for Jerusalem.  And, although he was speaking specifically to church “overseers” in first century Ephesus, his warning is one that Christians, leaders and laity alike, of all generations would do well to heed.

Generally most of us are aware of the lies that abound in the world outside the doors of our churches.  However, spotting the false teachings, the “twisted things,” within the walls of the church can often be a much more difficult endeavor.  In Matthew 7:15 Jesus warns of this, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”  The fact that they are disguised as sheep makes them that much harder to recognize.  So what are we to do?

We need to follow Paul’s example and “commend [our leaders] to God and to the word of his grace,” that is, to pray for them and hold them accountable to the teachings found in the Bible.  Not that we should eye every pastor with suspicion, or dissect every sermon with a fileting knife, but we do need to “be alert” for false teachings coming from within our churches, both locally and globally.  Of course the only way we can do this is if we, ourselves, spend enough time studying the word so we are able to recognize something that is contrary to Scripture.

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2014.

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New Web Page: Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

I have added a new page to toddthehiker.wordpress.com featuring many new photos of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge along with trail descriptions, maps to trailheads, and a list of resources including recommended books and maps.  This is not intended to be a complete guide to the area, just a sample to whet your appetite.

New Page:  Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

2013-11-20 - The Hills Before You Shall Break Forth Into Singing (IMG_2886)Autumn colors along Auxier Ridge Looking Out to Courthouse Rock, Red River Gorge, Slade, Kentucky.

© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.

The King of the Ages

1 Timothy 1:17 – To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

2013-12-12 - The King of the Ages (IMG_6779)Gray’s Arch towers like a king’s castle over the valley below. Red River Gorge, Slade, Kentucky.

Gray’s Arch in the Red River Gorge has stood for many thousands of years, and may stand a thousand more.  In comparison to our span of existence in this world, this wonder of stone is enduring.  Many generations have lived and died in the time that this arch has stood, and if the Lord wills, many more will come and go before it one day crumbles to the ground.

While we can marvel at the beauty and timelessness of such a magnificent formation, let us always remember whose magnificent creation this is; let us always remember in whose image we are created.  “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2013.