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A Study Through Matthew

The Dilemma of Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage (Matthew 19; Mark 10)

Scripture reading – Matthew 19; Mark 10 Today’s Scripture reading, Matthew 19 and Mark 10, begin with a question that has troubled many down through the centuries, and continues to be misunderstood in our day: “Is it lawful for a man to put away [divorce] his wife for...

Warning: God Loves and Protects His Children (Mark 9; Matthew 18)

Scripture reading – Mark 9; Matthew 18 Our study of the Synoptic Gospels continues with Mark 9 and Matthew 18. You will notice Mark 9 is a parallel study of events we considered in a prior study of Matthew 17 and included the transfiguration of Christ (Matthew...

The Transfiguration of Christ, and the Power of Prayer (Matthew 17)

Scripture reading – Matthew 17 Today’s Scripture reading brings us to within six months of Christ’s appointment with the cross. The crowds following Jesus are growing, and the fear of His enemies is inflamed. Some of the people are aware the Pharisees, Sadducees, and...

Whose Doctrine Are You Following? (Matthew 16; Mark 8)

Scripture reading – Matthew 16; Mark 8 Today’s Scripture reading in Matthew 16 and Mark 8 presents us with the challenge of mining one truth in a passage of Scripture arrayed with diamonds of truth too numerous to be counted. Mark 8:1-9 began with the account of the...

What is in Your Heart? (Matthew 15; Mark 7)

Scripture reading - Matthew 15; Mark 7 Our study of the Synoptic Gospels continues with Matthew and Mark recording the same events in the life and ministry of Christ. Though it is doubtful either author could have read the writing of the other (this was 14 centuries...

“The Fearless, Fearful and Foolish” (Matthew 14)

Scripture reading - Matthew 14 Note – This is the second of two devotionals for today. History gives abundant testimony of the tension, conflict, and hostility the world holds toward God, His Word, and His people. In today’s Scripture reading (Matthew 14), the...

A Sin More Grievous Than the Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 10)

Scripture reading – Matthew 10 Though accompanied by His disciples, Jesus had ministered to great crowds as a solitary figure. With multitudes coming, Jesus needed fellow laborers who would assist in teaching and preaching the “Good News” (9:36-38). Moved with love...

Parable of the Soils: How is Your Heart? (Matthew 13)

Scripture reading – Matthew 13 Jesus taught eight parables in our Scripture reading (Matthew 13). The Parable of the Soils, usually identified as the “Parable of the Sower” (13:3-23); the Parable of the Wheat and Tares (13:24-30, 36-43); the Parable of the Mustard...

The Character of a True Disciple (Matthew 11; Luke 11)

Scripture reading - Matthew 11; Luke 11 Our Scripture reading is Matthew 11 and Luke 11. Our devotional will be taken from Matthew 11. Matthew 11 Coming to Matthew 11, Jesus commanded His disciples to depart “and teach and preach” in the cities and villages of Galilee...

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Marriage

“A Spiritual Cancer Called Adultery” (Proverbs 7)

“A Spiritual Cancer Called Adultery” (Proverbs 7)

Scripture reading - Proverbs 7 Click on this link for translations of this Bible study.  Proverbs 7 continues Solomon’s warnings concerning the devastating consequences of immorality (a theme throughout the book of Proverbs). I encourage you to read all of today’s...

Prayer

Who Do You Trust? (Psalm 134; Psalm 146)

Who Do You Trust? (Psalm 134; Psalm 146)

Scripture reading - Psalm 134; Psalm 146 Click on this link for translations of this Bible study.  Psalm 134 – “A Song of Degrees” The title of Psalm 134 is “A Song of Degrees.” If you have followed www.HeartofAShepherd.com for several weeks, you are aware it was one...

Hard Topics

What happens when men sacrifice their moral authority? – Lessons from the Life of David (2 Samuel 13-15) – On YouTube

What happens when men sacrifice their moral authority? – Lessons from the Life of David (2 Samuel 13-15) – On YouTube

“Troubles at Home: Lessons from the Life of David”  Text – 2 Samuel 13-15 Topic – When good men do nothing. Series –Logos: A Journey of Faith, Hope, and LoveIn His infinite wisdom, God recorded in His Word both the weaknesses and failures of mankind and His eternal,...