Posts with the category “pastor-thoughts”

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Is it good to be driven by goals?
March 29th, 2022
One of the challenges of leading a church of diverse people with diverse personalities is that it can be hard to stay unified.  Over the past year, our leadership at CPC has been praying about a spiri...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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What will the new year bring?
January 10th, 2022
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is y...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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How do you win a war you won't fight? (4 of 4)
December 13th, 2021
Over the past few weeks, I've been using this blog to wrestle with some of the problems I see in our culture- specifically in the American church.  I've seen Christians identifying with their politica...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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Do the ends justify the means? (3 of 4)
December 6th, 2021
For the past few weeks, I've been diving into some thoughts on the dangers of Christians to engage in the culture wars.  Of course, everyone's first response is to assume that we are too smart for thi...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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Opting out of the culture wars. (2 of 4)
November 29th, 2021
Post 2 of 4 in the series: Opting out of the culture wars.  I have a problem with Christians who take a political side at the expense of their identity in Christ.  Politics in the US are engaged in a ...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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The Narrow Road is NOT republican! (1 of 4)
November 22nd, 2021
Ok, so that title is a little bit of clickbait (the narrow road isn't democrat either).  This is the 1st of 4 post in a series called "opting out of the culture wars".  Over the next few weeks, I want...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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Listening to God.
November 15th, 2021
In week one of our series, "BRUTIFUL" I used this text:Luke 9:51- When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.Most commentaries will note this shift in purpose. ...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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The Rathers
November 8th, 2021
I heard a story the other day about Teddy Roosevelt on a hunting trip. He was getting rained on, it was freezing, and there were no animals in sight.  It was miserable.  Someone in the hunting party s...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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It was there all along!
November 1st, 2021
As we conclude our series on the life of Abraham, I am amazed at how many of us miss the main message of the Bible.  Life is not about "being a good person", it is about our relationship with God.  If...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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What goes unsaid.
October 25th, 2021
What is the point of this blog post? I simply want us to approach the Bible with an open mind. We need to take the time to study or ask questions about verses that may seem obvious to us. The truth ...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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Who we think we are.
October 18th, 2021
I believe every relationship you have - your friends, spouse, kids, even your relationship to God would be better if you would ask them one simple question- "What's it like to be on the other side of ...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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Fake Trees and Fake Religion
October 4th, 2021
     A few weeks ago, my wife sent me this photo.  I immediately began laughing because I could sympathize with it's owner.  The photo is of a fake tree. Now why would someone in a fairly decent neigh...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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BibleHacking: 3 keys to unlock God's Word
September 27th, 2021
Every discipline or field has "foundational principles". If you discover the foundational principles, you can quickly become functional, or possibly above average, simply by focusing on the foundation...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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Gas Station Ready
September 21st, 2021
A friend of mine recently was involved in an altercation at a local gas station. An inebriated man approached my friend and accused him staring. As the man angrily approached and prepared to attack, m...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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The right to no opinion
September 13th, 2021
“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave...  Read More
by Joel Halpin
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Why we believe in the Church
September 7th, 2021
It matters what we believe about the church. The church is the most important solution the world has access to. As followers of Jesus, we MUST understand the potential of the local church, the power o...  Read More
by Joel Halpin