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Radically Finished, Scared and Full of Hope

To the Linux people, this is the last posting on the Radical Read-Along.  God bless you guys and I hope you read.

I was struggling with finishing this book.  Not because it was a hard read, but because God is bringing me and my family to the mat with a lot of things.

Chapter 8

The part that moved me a lot in this chapter was when the mission team was serving patients with HIV.  Would I risk getting pricked with a needle and contracting HIV for the Lord??  Would I go and pray for people who are infected with a deadly disease?  I am starting to believe that I could and I will get to more of that later in the wrap. (more…)


November 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm 3 comments

Radical Read Along Chapter 5 – How Can I?

The following is for my radical read along group, but it can pertain to you to.  So if you are afraid of this kind of stuff, then wait and I will have another Linux post up soon after this one.  In fact this very post may just have some Linux content mixed with the gospel so here we go.

This chapter meant a lot to me, but it just wasn’t as deep as the others have been for me.  I think part of this is because I actually kind of get what Platt is saying.  Why?  Well if you have not read my blog before this or my other posts on or on Linux for Christians one thing that I love to work with (after God and my Family of course) is Linux and Open Source software.  One thing that I noticed once I had become more involved with Linux has been the word community.  Linux itself is a community of Linux users and software developers working towards making a better software.  We hold Linux fests, Install fests and other things in the local community to help “preach the gospel” of Linux and Open Source Software.  In many ways, this is exactly what Platt is talking about and I think it is something that the Linux community have down better than we Christians do because there is no Church of Linux.  There is no building that is dedicated to teaching Linux.  We have no choice but to go into the community and find a place to meet. (more…)

October 12, 2010 at 12:01 am 5 comments

Radical Read Along Chapter 4 – How DO we share God’s Glory with the World

The one quote in the book that gripped me the most is this one:

Based on the purpose of God we’ve seen in Scripture, shouldn’t every Christian’s heart be ultimately consumed with how we can make God’s glory known in all the world?

How can we even do this?  That is a radical faith in God that is needed in order to make His glory known throughout the world or does it?  The more I thought and prayed about this and in the rest of my prayer life, the more I thought each of us can have a impact not just here, but in the rest of the world too.

Imagine this….say God is calling you to minister to children.  What if you, with God’s help of course, helped to show a child the glory of God?  What if you prayed with a child or a teen who fully commits himself to Christ and then God calls him to be a missionary in Uganda or somewhere else in the world.  What is that?  Impact. In your calling and your relationship with God, you helped a child come to Christ!  You did what God wanted you to do and thus showed God’s Glory to the world.

In this modern world, it is even easier to do this.  This read along itself that Marla has been leading is reaching all across the United States and God is enabling us all to be blessed enough to purchase the book and to read and have all we need to share this message on the Internet.  The Internet’s reach is world wide.  We may not be directly feeding someone in another country or showing God’s love directly to someone who really needs it, but we may be helping or ministering from the other side of the world.

So if you think I have I heart for South Columbus, I think that still may be correct however, Columbus is part of the State of Ohio.  Ohio is part of the United States and the United States is part of the world.  The very world that God wants us to show his glory.  So do you have a heart for the world?  Sure you do.  God may just have placed you where he wanted you to be so that you can through all of those degrees of connections you make an impact in his kingdom.  So you can show God’s glory to just a little piece of the world.

With that said though, God definitely calls people to be missionaries in other parts of the world.  That person may be you.  That person may be the one you prayed with 10 years ago.  Think about it.

October 5, 2010 at 12:00 am 8 comments

Radical Read Along Chapter 3 – Losing Ourselves

I was enthralled with this weeks reading just like all of the others, but I think the reason why I was enthralled is God wanted me to be alert for something that required a radical change in my schedule and in myself.  What I am talking about is an experience that I will share below:

Sunday morning, I was in my normal routine except I did make a couple changes already.  I had decided to wake up a bit earlier than I did to go for a run.  This was my first run in a long time.  I prayed to God to get me through this radical physical effort that I was about to undergo that morning.  I threw on the headphones with some worship music and fired up the C25K program on my phone.  God got me through the run, but the big change was yet to come. (more…)

September 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm 1 comment

Radical Read Along – Chapter 1 – Wow…this IS Radical

God has been working on me for sometime to do something with Gabe Taviano.  He leads a local group of Christians here called the Digital Disciples.  A group of tech enthusiast who also happen to be Christians.  I have always wanted to join their monthly gatherings, but with the timing of getting out of work as well as getting from the south side of Columbus to the northwest side in time for a 6 PM gathering, it’s a pretty tall order.  Maybe some day I’ll make it.  Anyway, that isn’t what this post is about.  Gabe posted on Facebook about his wife, Marla, leading a read along of David Platt’s Radical – Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.  Gabe said there were only three other men participating, at the time, so I prayed about it and felt God saying to do it.

In the last year we had studied in our small group at Church at the low numbers of men in leadership positions in different ministries.  In my prayer about this reading, I just felt God saying I want to prepare you for your next step.  This is God’s way of helping me prepare for what he has in store for me.  I still do not know what that is, but I hope to at least grow through this reading.  So, from here on out are my thoughts on Chapter One of Radical. (more…)

September 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

Hope 2010 is better than 2009

I know this is usually the kind of post that is done the week after or the week before New Years, but here’s my restrospective of my life from 2009 and hopes for 2010.

First, this year cancer returned like a vengeance in my Mom in Law’s life and finally took her in November.  She survived 10 years of battling cancer and we are a stronger family because of this.  In the last 3 months, we have had family get togethers at my wife’s little brothers house.  This has not happened in the last 3 years.  I think it’s a wonderful thing that has happened since my wife’s mom went to be with the Lord.  The only really kind of negative thing, other than sadness that persists to this day, is that my father in law has been so completely shaken by this event.  He always was the rock of the family, but is now kind of in limbo.  He was so sure of himself and what he was doing for the last few years and now he just doesn’t know what his purpose is in life.  I pray he finds something because we all need that little something in life to make it worth being.

Luke has been a special challenge this year.  He’s a good kid, but he has a lot of trouble dealing with his temper.  We’re trying to work through this and we are bound and determined to keep the family together.  We just had a respite and my wife and I only went to the grocery store.  It was very pleasant and we didn’t have a persistent child asking for everything he sees.

What do I hope for 2010?  Well I hope to deepen my relationship with Christ and my friends and family.  I want to do whatever God want’s me to do and I feel he’s wanting me to get more involved at Church.  I also feel he’s telling me I need to focus on my family.  I still intend to do all of the other things that I currently do, but God and family all come before podcasting, blogging and work.

I also hope to get back in to ham radio a little.  At least firing up my rig a couple times a month.  Get active and make sure everything works.  You never know when the next Haitian earthquake or Hurricane Katrina happens.  I need to be ready.

Hear is hoping that you all have a great 2010!

January 18, 2010 at 9:53 am

A Word About Holiday Traditions…Take it SLOW!

So often in our holiday preparations are we moving so fast we can’t even blink. We rush from one holiday event to another. We buy stuff. We exhaust ourselves. Well, I am going to share something that has been a McLaughlin family tradition for many years now and I will likely keep it up for many years to come.

As many married couples know, we get challenges for our families attention. We get requests to go see our in-laws and requests from our own parents. We have handled this by alternating holidays when possible. One year we have Thanksgiving in Knoxville with my folks, and one year I spend it in Columbus. Usually, when I make that trip south, we also do presents even if it’s just Thanksgiving. This kills two holidays with one trip. Granted, Mom usually doesn’t have the tree up or cookies made, but that’s not why I go. Anyway, the last two years it’s been Christmas in Knoxville. Next year, we should be doing the Thanksgiving trip. It’s a 6 hour drive. Well, since we usually leave in the evening and it is the time of year where the days are shorter, it’s usually dark when we get there. Well, we decided many years back that we would stop halfway on the way down. Get a room in a hotel and relax. This is a blessing. My brother and to a lesser extent my parents will kind of chide me for it, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. We all take time to relax together as a family. We eat at a restaurant, go swimming and watch some holiday shows on the TV. It’s a time I will always remember. It’s a time where it’s JUST me, the wife and my son. A time I would never give up for work or extended family commitments.

My advice to those who read this is to start a nice, slow relaxing holiday tradition. When you take your next family trip, try stopping overnight even if it’s normally a drive you would do in one day. Not only does it give you and your family the opportunity to take a breather from the breakneck pace of modern society, but it gives you the opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. The people who we’ve met at this Ramada Inn in Lexington have been awesome. They always treat you like their guest. That’s so rare even in the hotel industry. When we walk into the in hotel restaurant, Sigee’s, they welcomed us and looked like they were really glad we were there. There was noone in the restaurant except us which was a bit weird, but they served us like we were their family. The Chef actually brought the food out to the table and chatted for a bit and it was a awesome time.

I am rambling, but my point is you never know what the Lord will bless you with. He may bless you with a great family time, or he may place you in a position where you may need to pray for the people you meet. He may give you the opportunity to make new friends. This blessing from the Lord may be passed by if you just go at a breakneck pace from one thing to another. Take a breather. Your allowed to. Don’t give in to the unreasonable expectations of others. Do what the Lord commands. For you may never know what blessings are at that hotel you pass on checking into or that dinner stop you decide to pass on.

Take it easy this Christmas. May the Lord bless you and yours with a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 24, 2007 at 7:34 am 2 comments

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