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The Recent Creation: Earth moves fast

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: The Recent Creation
Read More Looking Up One of the most iconic movie scenes I can remember is in "Men in Black." Agent Kay, played by Tommy Lee Jones, is trying to recruit Will Smith's character… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/the-recent-creation-earth-moves-fast/

The Recent Creation: Creation is God-determined, not self-determined

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: The Recent Creation
Read More Looking Up Having taught the Bible for a number of years now, I have come to an unfortunate conclusion: students will forget at least 95 percent of what a teacher says.… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/the-recent-creation-creation-is-god-determined-not-self-determined/

Basics: Share eternal life

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: Basics
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances In the middle of yelling at someone for saying thoughtless and evil, Jesus said something profound, “Out of the abundance of the… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/basics-share-eternal-life/

Basics: Give generously

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: Basics
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances I recently finished something I haven't been looking forward to. Every year, I read through the entire Bible, but I never read it… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/basics-give-generously/

Basics: Enjoy the people God loves

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: Basics
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances My mentor in ministry taught me something I pray you will also remember: You will always find what you’re looking for. In the next… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/basics-enjoy-the-people-god-loves/

Basics: Serve the people God loves

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: Basics
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances I have been blessed in my relatively short ministry to have had the opportunity to work with people from almost every imaginable walk… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/basics-serve-the-people-god-loves/

Basics: Worship God

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: Basics
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances Receiving eternal life through trusting Jesus and his death and resurrection is nothing short of a miracle. Holy God declares sinners… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/basics-worship-god/

Basics: Breathe prayer

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: Basics
Read More Looking Up I’m not sure about the context, and I don’t remember where I saw it, but the picture immediately resonated as true. An older woman was sitting at a table in a… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/basics-breathe-prayer/

Basics: Struggle with Scripture

LOOKING UP by Kyle Hooks: Basics
Read More Looking Up I hate being wrong more than almost anything else. Most people do. Maybe you don’t hate it as much as I do, but nobody enjoys eating crow and admitting that… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/basics-struggle-with-scripture/

Rethinking Jesus: Jesus' response to circumstances and people consistent, easy to understand

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "I like to get my hair cut. I don’t have anyone in particular I use, and I usually go to the cosmetology school. The reason I love going there is because you never know who you’re going to get. Every time I go, I get to meet someo…
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances I like to get my hair cut. I don’t have anyone in particular I use, and I usually go to the cosmetology school. The reason I love… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/rethinking-jesus-jesus-response-to-circumstances-and-people-consistent-easy-to-understand/

Rethinking Jesus: Who we say Jesus is matters more than anything else in our lives

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "“Who do people say that I am?” What a strange question. Jesus moved from strange to awkward with how he followed-up his question. Imagine one of your friends or coworkers asking you this, “Who do you say I am? (Mark 8:27-29)”"
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances “Who do people say that I am?” What a strange question. Jesus moved from strange to awkward with how he followed-up his question.… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/rethinking-jesus-who-we-say-jesus-is-matters-more-than-anything-else-in-our-lives/

Share the best things with your pastor and teachers

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "I’ve been a full-time pastor for a little over a year, and there have been times when I sat back and wondered to myself things like, “What am I even trying to accomplish here? What do I really want for this person I’m working wit…
Read More Looking Up I’ve been a full-time pastor for a little over a year, and there have been times when I sat back and wondered to myself things like, “What am I even trying to… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/share-the-best-things-with-your-pastor-and-teachers/

Develop a right view of who you are in front of God and humility comes naturally

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "Humility is a particularly tricky virtue. Those who have mastered it do not instruct in it — and those who instruct in humility are rarely worth listening to. Something just rings false in a claim like, "I'm the humblest man I kn…
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances Humility is a particularly tricky virtue. Those who have mastered it do not instruct in it — and those who instruct in humility are… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/develop-a-right-view-of-who-you-are-in-front-of-god-and-humility-comes-naturally/

When propositional truth becomes personal truth, it's important, powerful

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "What is truth? The question was not sincere. It was sarcastic, proffered by a frustrated bureaucrat stuck between a rock and a hard place."
Read More Looking Up What is truth? The question was not sincere. It was sarcastic, proffered by a frustrated bureaucrat stuck between a rock and a hard place. Pilate, stuck… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/when-propositional-truth-becomes-personal-truth-it-s-important-powerful/

For true freedom, the Holy Spirit must live inside and guide

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "I had a government professor in college who told me something I never forgot, “Liberty is the ability to do what you should, not the freedom to do what you want.”
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances I had a government professor in college who told me something I never forgot, “Liberty is the ability to do what you should, not the… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/for-true-freedom-the-holy-spirit-must-live-inside-and-guide/

Life isn't fair, but it can be blessed

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "Life is not fair. That’s what my mother always told me. It’s probably what your mother always told you, but the lesson never seemed to take. We always seem to expect some level of fairness out of life, and we count it a tragedy w…
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances Life is not fair. That’s what my mother always told me. It’s probably what your mother always told you, but the lesson never… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/life-isn-t-fair-but-it-can-be-blessed/

Don't complicate your relationship with God

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "Life tends to get complicated. Schedules get busy. Relationships get strained. Nerves get frayed. Decisions bear unforeseen consequences. History holds an inevitable grip upon the future, and things that should seem black and whi…
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances Life tends to get complicated. Schedules get busy. Relationships get strained. Nerves get frayed. Decisions bear unforeseen… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/don-t-complicate-your-relationship-with-god/

Inconvenient truths about us mean magnificent things about God

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "Rules were made to be broken — sort of. God’s standard is high. In Galatians 3, Paul builds a strong case showing how you and I have no hope of ever being good enough for God. It’s just not possible. No amount of holiness or piet…
Read More Looking Up Rules were made to be broken — sort of. God’s standard is high. In Galatians 3, Paul builds a strong case showing how you and I have no hope of ever being… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/inconvenient-truths-about-us-mean-magnificent-things-about-god/

The gospel is easy to believe, hard to live out

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "Peter, the brash and impulsive man who always had his foot in his mouth, became the superstar of the early church 10 days after Jesus left earth. The church enjoyed a 2,500 percent growth over just a few hours when Holy Spirit ca…
Read More Looking Up Peter, the brash and impulsive man who always had his foot in his mouth, became the superstar of the early church 10 days after Jesus left earth. The… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/the-gospel-is-easy-to-believe-hard-to-live-out/

The gospel is not fair

LOOKING UP: Kyle Hooks - "Have you heard about the scandal? It’s perhaps the most controversial issue of our generation. Really, of any generation. It doesn’t include Macklemore or Natalie Grant. It’s not gay marriage, or immigration or abortion. It’s com…
Read More Looking Up Read More Upward Glances Have you heard about the scandal? It’s perhaps the most controversial issue of our generation. Really, of any generation. It… http://www.lookingupfrombelow.com/read/the-gospel-is-not-fair/

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