Journey Through Scripture


But you must continue with the things you have learned and found convincing. You know who taught you. Since childhood you have known the holy scriptures that help you to be wise in a way that leads to salvation through faith that is in Christ Jesus. Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good. (2 Timothy 3:14-17, Common English Bible)

In 2018 here at Pastor’s Ponderings we are going to Journey Through the Bible. We will use the “Old and New Testaments” reading plan from Each day will feature a reading from the Old Testament and a reading from the New Testament.

I have long believed reading the Bible accomplishes little without amplifying the lessons from Scripture too. What does the Scripture say and what does it mean? To that end, a part of this series I will write my blog each day on a portion of the Scripture for that particular day. I would encourage you to keep a journal for your own thoughts about the Scriptures for that particular day. Ideally, we might also want to include a part of the entry for the day about how we could apply that Scripture to our lives.

Below are the daily readings for January.

January 1 – Genesis 1-3, Matthew 1

Jan 2 – Gen 4-6, Matt 2

Jan 3 – Gen 7-9, Matt 3

Jan 4 – Gen 10-12, Matt 4

Jan 5 – Gen 13-15, Matt 5:1-26

Jan 6 – Gen 16-17, Matt 5:27-48

Jan 7 – Gen 18-19, Matt 6:1-18

Jan 8 – Gen 20-22, Matt 6:19-34

Jan 9 – Gen 23-24, Matt 7

Jan 10 – Gen 25-26, Matt 8:1-17

Jan 11 – Gen 27-28, Matt 8:18-34

Jan 12 – Gen 29-30, Matt 9:1-17

Jan 13 – Gen 31-32, Matt 9:18-38

Jan 14 – Gen 33-35, Matt 10:1-20

Jan 15 – Gen 36-38, Matt 10:21-42

Jan 16 – Gen 39-40, Matt 11

Jan 17 – Gen 41-42, Matt 12:1-23

Jan 18 – Gen 43-45, Matt 12:24-50

Jan 19 – Gen 46-48, Matt 13:1-30

Jan 20 – Gen 49-50, Matt 13:31-31-38

Jan 21 – Exodus 1-3, Matt 14:1-21

Jan 22 – Exod 4-6, Matt 14:22-36

Jan 23 – Exod 7-8, Matt 15:1-20

Jan 24 – Exod 9-11, Matt 15:21-39

Jan 25 – Exod 12-13, Matt 16

Jan 26 – Exod 14-15, Matt 17

Jan 27 – Exod 16-18, Matt 18:1-20

Jan 28 – Exod 19-20, Matt 18:21-35

Jan 29 – Exod 21-22, Matt 19

Jan 30 – Exod 23-24, Matt 20:1-1-16

Jan 31 – Exod 25-26, Matt 20:17-17-34

I look forward to this journey through the Bible with you.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,


Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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