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About jwm

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

But It’s Not Fair!

We hear children —and adults — argue, “It’s not fair!” Sometimes we are not treated fairly. But, as Matthew 20:1–16 tells you, don’t address those words to God! Beware of self-righteousness. This is a parable of the kingdom. A parable, … Continue reading

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Commitment!

A young man and woman may meet casually, but later see the relationship develop into a life-long commitment. If you enter the military, you undertake a commitment to serve for a certain number of years. What kind of commitment does … Continue reading

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Of Such Is the Kingdom of Heaven

“You’re not old enough for that. Wait until you grow up.” Those words, while appropriate in some cases, can be discouraging for a child. And, as Jesus points out in Matthew 19:13–15, they are horribly wrong if they are used … Continue reading

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What the Creator Did at the Beginning

There is something about fallen human nature: establish a principle, a rule, or a law, and people start looking for ways to get around it. We try to come up with reasons why we are the exception to the rule. … Continue reading

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Forgiveness in the Kingdom of Heaven

Someone does something to you that makes you really upset. But he asks your forgiveness — so you do forgive. But a few days later the process is repeated. And then it happens again. How long do you have to … Continue reading

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