Pastor Blog

The Pastor’s Perspective

From time to time, the ministerial staff of Crievewood will share their thoughts, perspectives and life experiences. These musings may help bring you closer to God. They might inspire and lift you up with a powerful story. Or they may simply tickle your funny bone. This is our way of staying connected with our congregation — our family — throughout the week. Enjoy!
Monday, 24 June 2019
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            A few mornings ago I was on a walk with our dog Padfoot (Harry Potter reference in case you did not know).  He is still a puppy and so I need to walk him to wear him out.  Otherwise he can be quite the obnoxious barker!  In order to wear him out faster, I try to find streets with big hills ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/24/2019 3:40 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Thursday, 13 June 2019
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            Imagine having a comfortable life and in a position of influence.  You have worked hard.  God has blessed you with confidence, good morals, a good work ethic, and a few breaks have come your way.  It’s not that life is without its challenges.  People in positions of influence always have ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/13/2019 9:59 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Saturday, 01 June 2019
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          After we receive the Gift of God’s grace, we repent.  What happens next?  Our attitude changes.  Specifically the attitude of our minds.  We live in a narcissistic society.  It’s all about me.  Hence, the selfie.  What is not usually stated about the selfie is that it takes 10 takes to get ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/01/2019 7:11 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Friday, 24 May 2019
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            It's all about Grace.  Specifically God’s Grace.  There is a force called Sin in this world that wreaks havoc.  We do not have to look far to see its effects.  Whether it is the senseless acts of violence in Sri Lanka or Laos against Christians, or the destructive pattern of sin in our own ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/24/2019 11:10 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
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           Home.  When we first visited CBC back in 2016 on a Wednesday night that is the word Sarah used to describe how she felt about this place.  Home is the place where we truly live life.  We are who we are when we are at home.  We laugh harder at home.  We grieve.  We play and work.  We strive ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/14/2019 1:51 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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            Our thesis over this journey through Lent has been “God’s forgiveness forges the way to soul healing.”  One conviction that stands alongside this thesis is that forgiveness is costly.  One of Jesus most famous stories on forgiveness comes in Mathew 18.  There a king is owed a debt by a debtor.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2019 2:16 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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        Last week, we started to outline the process of forgiveness.  Remember, God’s forgiveness forges the path to soul healing.  Forgiveness is costly.  Forgiveness is not a one-time event, but an embodied lifestyle that is formed by habits.  And finally, forgiveness is a process.  Sometimes it is ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/16/2019 3:39 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 09 April 2019
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             Have you ever experienced the paradox of wanting to forgive someone but still getting mad every time you think about them and what they did to you?  Maybe you see yourself as a forgiving person except for that one person back in high school who was awful to you.  Or maybe it was that ex-spouse ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/09/2019 1:49 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Monday, 01 April 2019
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                Confession is good for the soul, but bad for the reputation.  My Dad used to say that as a one-liner to introduce some type of vulnerable moment from his life.  Confession is also a habit that is required to live the forgiven life.  Confession to God, the forgiver of our sins is of course ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/01/2019 2:18 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
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              Our Lent journey this year has us exploring forgiveness.  Henri Nouwen once wrote “To learn to be part of a church is to learn to forgive and be forgiven.”  We like the forgiven part.  Forgiveness is of course central to the Gospel message- Jesus died on behalf of our sins.  When Paul ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2019 12:22 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Wednesday, 06 March 2019
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                “Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me?  Up to seven times?”  This is Peter’s question to Jesus in Matthew 18.  I suspect Peter thought he was being generous here.  After all, the person who is sinning against Peter is a repeat offender.  Where ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2019 1:09 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
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            One of the early church fathers named Gregory the Great once wrote in a commentary on the book of Job that “holy people are more fearful of prosperity in this world than of adversity.”  That line struck me.  As a believer in Jesus we are incorporated in the life, death, and resurrection ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/27/2019 10:11 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Friday, 22 February 2019
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                Hi, church family.  You probably have read in the news or seen on social media that the Houston Chronicle has dropped a 3 part story about sexual assault/abuse in SBC churches.  The articles particularly point out how there is no database within the SBC system that keeps track of sexual ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/22/2019 11:27 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Thursday, 14 February 2019
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                “Know your why.”  That phrase is often tossed around as sound business and success advise.  Know your purpose.  If your purpose is to provide for your family, then that is what gets you up in the morning.  PT Barnum once said “the noblest art is that of making others happy.”  Guess what ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2019 2:38 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
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            Have you ever felt a tension between the promises of God and the pain of life?  Maybe it was a marriage that started out strong, but turned sour.  Maybe it was a health issue that ended with suffering rather than healing.  Maybe an untimely death or a traumatic experience still lingers.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2019 1:08 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Friday, 08 February 2019
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            “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors . . . for if you forgive the sin of someone who sins against you, your father will also forgive your sins.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:11, 14-15).”  These are Jesus’ words.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2019 10:54 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
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            Yesterday we explored the Greek concept of acedia, and it’s relation to our soul.  (You can read that one here if you have not read it).  The antidote of acedia is the Fruit of the Spirit listed out by Paul in Galatians 5.  Here is how this plays out in my life:  Apart from the Spirit, I ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/05/2019 9:54 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Monday, 04 February 2019
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            There is an ancient Greek vice that creeps up on us without us even noticing most of the time.  The Greeks called it acedia.  Literally it means to not care.  Ultimately, acedia is a failure to love.  It’s an apathy toward life.  We often use the phrase “going through the motions.”  That ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/04/2019 1:36 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Wednesday, 30 January 2019
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                “Love does not keep score of other people’s sins.”  That’s Eugene Peterson’s translation of part of 1 Corinthians 13:5 in The Message Bible.  A couple of the guys in our church and I memorized 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 in August as part of a soul growth challenge. That line hit me hard as ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/30/2019 4:07 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
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      Why study the Bible?  Previously we discussed why all the Bible translations and how to read the Bible effectively.  The assumption behind writing those articles is that you like to read the Bible and want to do so effectively.  Yet that may not be the case for you.  Maybe you are a person who ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/29/2019 2:17 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
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