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!
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
Friday, 25 January 2019
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                Once you have a translation you like, what’s next?  How do you then go about reading the Bible?  Below are some practical steps on becoming a comprehensive Bible reader.  Have a plan.  While the scriptures are God-breathed, and God can certainly speak anywhere and anytime God wants ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/25/2019 1:46 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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               Yesterday, we began a discussion about Bible translations.  There are so many out there (and more coming each year, including my doctoral professor Scot McKnight’s translation of the New Testament called The Second Testament).  How do we know which one is the best and which one to trust?                  ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/23/2019 10:54 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
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            I get asked quite a bit about Bible translations.  What is the best translation?  Which is closest to the original languages?  Which is the most readable translation?  What is the best translation for studying the Bible? These are all good questions, and I am sure ones that perhaps you have ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/22/2019 2:55 PM by Dr. Ray Miller
Monday, 05 November 2018
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The words NOT ENOUGH are everywhere. Images of NOT ENOUGH are everywhere. The feeling of NOT ENOUGH is every day. We immersed ourselves into the Word this weekend, learning about our worth in Christ, how we are more than enough IN Him. We dreamed and prayed about who we want our children to ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2018 10:53 AM by Kathryn Ervin
Thursday, 29 March 2018
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  HOLY WEEK REFLECTIONS MAUNDY THURSDAY Mark 14:17-42   When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” 19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/29/2018 3:56 PM by Ray Miller
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
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  HOLY WEEK REFLECTIONS WEDNESDAY Mark 14:3-11  While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. 4 Some of those present were ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2018 11:30 AM by Ray Miller
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