Chicago Ministry

4 04 2009

Here I am in the suburbs of Chicago.  I’m here with 60 other students from my school.  We’re here this weekend to help a loacal church with some evangelization.  We’ll be hitting the streets downtown in about an hour.  For now, everyone is still getting themselves ready and the women of the church are preparing us a big breakfast.

It looks like we’ll also be helping with a homeless ministry tonight while the other half of our group helps with a youth rally.  I’m looking forward to this.  To be honest, my sanctification is hard to start up this morning.  I’m going to keep hitting the Book and talking myself back to the cross.  God is good, and today will be no exception to his goodness.


12 Steps to Sleeping Better

27 03 2009

In the recent past, my sleep has suffered greatly.  I kept waking up all throughout the night, I’d wake up super tired no matter how much sleep I got, and I continually would have splitting headaches from the time I got up that would last all day.  Finally, I was tired of this, so I did some research on how to sleep better.  What I found has revolutionized my sleep since I started implementing these new sleep methods.  It may come as a surprise to some of you, but the amount of sleep you get is one of the smallest factors.  If you’re having trouble sleeping, I hope this is a help to you.

  1. Shut off your computer and TV an hour before bed.  The type of images that those displays put off make it difficult for your brain to shut down.
  2. Meditate.  Meditation helps cool down the engines of your brain.  So, doing some light pleasure reading or praying for 15-20min works.
  3. Take a hot shower. Taking a hot shower immediately before bed helps loosen up tense muscles.  It also raises the body temperature so that when it drops back down, it actually causes your body to relax and fall asleep easier.
  4. Keep electronic devices 3 feet away from the bed. Electronic devices, including cell phones and alarm clocks, send out electronic impulses which affect your brain waves in turn disturbing your sleep.
  5. Wear socks to bed. I know the majority of you are going to hate this one, but it all depends on how well you want to sleep.  Your feet have the poorest circulation of blood which causes them to be the coldest part of your body.  It’s important to have a an evenly regulated body temperature in order to sleep more soundly.  Hence, you need to wear those socks.  Don’t worry, you’ll get use to it.
  6. Be consistent. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time everyday.  The waking up at the same time is more important then when you go to sleep.
  7. Visualize your morning. It actually helps to have positive thoughts about waking up the next morning.  Try to picture your alarm going off, imagine feeling rested when you wake up, and think about some exciting things you’re going to do the next day.
  8. Don’t look at the light.  Once you go to bed, keep the room as dark as possible.  Even the smallest sliver of light will disturb your sleep.  That means try to use the bathroom before bed so you don’t have to go in the middle of the night.  If you end up going at 2am anyway, try not to turn on the light.
  9. Find your sleeping cycle. Our bodies sleep in cycles.  There are multiple times during the night where you’re sleeping deeper and other times when you’re sleeping lighter.  The key is to wake up on your light sleeping cycle.  So, you may be able to wake up easier at 4:30am and feel more rested than you would if you woke up at 6am.  That’s something you’d have to experiment with.  I recommend trying different times in increments of 30min and you should be able to find your cycle somewhere in a 2hr block of time.
  10. Create artificial light. If you wake up before the sun comes up, try to set up something that will automatically turn on light to help recreate the naturally awakening process.  I use my computer which automatically turns on at 5:30am.  There are alarm clocks out there with lights on them made specifically for this purpose.
  11. Use more soothing alarms. The more soothing your alarm, the better.  It’s key to have a pleasant wake up.
  12. Don’t wake up fast. Jumping out of bed like you’re in boot camp can seriously jog your brain and leaving you feeling tired and possibly with a headache the rest of the day.

That’s all I’ve got for you.  Saying it’s worked well for me is an understatement.  Let me know what your thoughts are if you try this.  I only ask that if you are going to try it, please don’t leave critical feedback unless you tried doing all the steps.  I’d also like to know what your methods for sleeping better are if you have any.

Thoughts On Consistency

26 03 2009

I was praying through a list of people yesterday, and there was a guy who asked for consistency in his walk with the Lord.  As I was praying for him, I was trying think through how I could specifically pray for him to be more consistent.  These are just some of my thoughts:

  • A consistent walk implies an ongoing action which means that having our devotions everyday isn’t the only thing that constitutes as being a consistent walk because it’s something that happens at one point throughout the day.
  • Consistency in our walk means taking a thought from our devotions and prolonging it through meditation throughout the whole day.
  • Consistency in our walk means striving to be more dependent on God throughout the day by becoming more habitual in bringing things (even the small things) to God in prayer.
  • Consistency in our walk means striving to retain the mold of the image of Christ for longer periods of time.
  • Consistency in our walk means letting the love of Christ control our every though, word, and action.

NYC Missions Trip

10 03 2009

This trip has been in the works for a few weeks, but in three days it’s all coming to fulfillment.  Our Spring Break starts this Friday afternoon, and we’re driving out to the big apple for a little over a week.  I’m being accompanied by two friends of mine from school.

We’ve got some big plans and ideas, and we have no doubt that God is behind this the whole way.  We really want people involved in what we’re doing, so we’ve started a website just for this trip.  From now until the end of our trip we’ll be posting photos, video, and blogging.

I’m not going into details here, but we are pioneering the way into an unreached area.  Please visit our site and watch our promo video to learn about the unique ministry we’re going to endeavor to accomplish.  We earnestly ask for your prayers, and we’d really appreciate if you would help spread the word.

Hello World!

6 03 2009

My blogging hybernation is now over, and I am slowly reawakening to the world of blogging.  It feels kind of strange to be back on my blog and writing again.  Now that I’m back, I’m looking forward to spilling my thoughts out and making some changes to my previous philosphy of blogging (more to come on that later).

For now, this is my feet hitting the cold floor after waking up.  I’ll be back soon, and boy do I have some things to write about to start things off with a bang!

Robert Ketcham’s Response to Jason Janz at SharperIron

8 11 2008

I stumbled across a site while researching for a paper I’m writing today.  The post I found was comically sarcastic and truthful.  I thought it may be of interest to some of you.

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Happy Reformation Day!

31 10 2008

Reformation Day is a day of commemorating the Reformation Movement and the men God used to lead this movement.  Men like:

I know there are some who know more than others about the Reformation, and some would criticize others for claiming to be reformed with little knowledge of what it is. I, however, would object to such criticism.  You don’t have to be an expert to celebrate reformation day enthusiastically any more than you need to know about Easter or Christmas.  It’s the simple truths that we can all cling to.

I know there’s a lot entailed with reformed ideas.  A word often synonymous with the Reformation is Calvinism.  I don’t stand as an authority on that subject, in fact I’m still building my biblical support for where I’m at.  All I can say is that I know men like Martin Luther fought and some died for the authority of the Scripture, the sovereignty of God, and salvation by grace.  To me, that’s something any Christian should be able to celebrate.

In light of that, Happy Reformation Day!!!