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About jwm

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

The Lord’s Servant

Listening is important, for husbands and wives, for children, and for employees. Paul described the incarnation as the Son taking the form of a servant. Jesus had to listen to his Father. Listening was also something that his mother did. … Continue reading

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Joy to the World!

Joy to the world? But there are fires, fighting, work challenges, illness, and death. Can you really sing “Joy to the World”? When you look at Psalm 98 on which it is based, the answer is, “Yes!” Sing! Look back … Continue reading

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A New Name

When someone mentions the incarnation and birth of Christ our minds go to a little baby in Bethlehem. A sharp, double-edges sword seems out of place. But that Baby, now the exalted Lord, identifies himself to the church in Pergamum … Continue reading

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Things Are Not What They Seem

A paradox is something that seems contradictory or impossible. Perhaps you’ve seen Waterfall, a lithograph by M. C. Escher, depicting an impossible waterwheel and aqueduct. Some of Jesus’ teaching seemed paradoxical, such as the Beatitudes. Jesus’ address to the angel … Continue reading

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Eat from the Tree of Life!

What is the best possible food? In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Jesus offers the fruit of the tree of life, Revelation 2:1-7. Revelation 2 and 3 contain letters addressed to each of the seven churches. They follow … Continue reading

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