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About jwm

I serve as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Newberg, Oregon.

“Why All These Names?”

Why does Matthew, as he begins his Gospel, includes the names he does in 1:1–17. It may seem to us today as an unlikely way to begin a book, but the Holy Spirit wanted Matthew to give you this at … Continue reading

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“Good News by a Follower of Jesus”

If you had retired from a career with the IRS, how eager would you be to admit that? In Matthew 9:9–13 the human author of this Gospel, a tax collector, recounts Jesus call to him to be his disciple. Listen … Continue reading

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The Church: A Glorious Bride

What do you and I see when we look at the church? Do we see the warts, the wounds, the sin (especially when we look in the mirror)? That kind of honest self-appraisal is important—it keeps us humble. But it … Continue reading

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The Church: A People Who Worship

What are crucial responsibilities of the church today? How many of them will continue in the new heavens and earth? Hebrews 12:28–29 points you to something that the church does now that will continue for all eternity. You are a … Continue reading

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“The Church: A People Who Build up One Another”

Have you ever been told to grow up? Paul, and the Holy Spirit, tell us that in Ephesians 4:14–16 Grow up! Don’t be babies. Infancy is normal–for a time. \Don’t forget that at the beginning of our Christian walk we … Continue reading

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