UPWARD GLANCE: The Gifts of the Magi: Gold

Posted by Kyle on December 18, 2012

Most people have heard of the three wise men that brought gifts to the baby Jesus. The only place in Scripture where we find them is in Matthew 2:1-12.

First, let me correct some common misconceptions.

UPWARD GLANCE: That Famous Love Verse

Posted by Kyle on December 4, 2012

People love to quote 1 Corinthians 13:4. “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant.”

This verse is often read at weddings. Most people know it. If you ask the average Christian, “What does that famous verse on love say? It begins with ‘love is...’” they’ll be able to finish it with at least the first half of 1 Corinthians 13:4.

UPWARD GLANCE - Blaine only survived 17 minutes

Posted by Kyle on November 30, 2012

Until his record was beat by Tom Sietas in 2008 (at a whopping 22 minutes), David Blaine formerly held the record for the holding his breath underwater the longest at 17 minutes.

If you aren’t familiar with his work, Blaine is a magician and escape artist, not a diver. Some of his other ‘stunts’ include fasting in a box suspended above Potters Fields Park in London for 44 days and being frozen in a block of ice suspended above Times Square in New York for 63 hours. When asked why he had decided to pursue the record, he said something that deserves examination: Blaine claimed that many of his stunts were designed to test how long the human body can survive without anything else. Food, warmth and, above all, oxygen are vital to human survival, and Blaine said he continually tries to push the envelope to survive as long as possible without these things.

UPWARD GLANCE - Hunger and Thirst

Posted by Kyle on November 28, 2012

In Matthew 5, Jesus begins what has become known as the “Sermon on the Mount” with a list of beatitudes: “Blessed are [insert type of person here] for they [insert blessing here].”

One of my favorites is Matthew 5:6. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

UPWARD GLANCE - Something New

Posted by Kyle on November 24, 2012

I hate writing a newspaper column twice a month.

Rather, I should say I hate only writing a newspaper twice a month. I enjoy writing, so I have determined to write more often.

My column in the San Angelo Standard-Times is called “Looking Up,” and I try to measure contemporary life issues with the truth of Scripture in a long, newspaper column format on the first and third Saturday of the month.

This new section will be entirely digital and much shorter, coming out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will be providing short devotional-style articles to provide brief glances at biblical principles to keep the focus on Christ throughout the week. I have therefore titled it “Upward Glances.” Check in on Wednesday for the first installment!

Also, don't forget to "Like" Looking Up on Facebook at fb.com/lookingupfrombelow

“That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” - Ecclesiastes 1:9