Journey Through Scripture – March

img_0228We got started on this Journey beginning January 1st. If you have missed some along the way, do not fret about it. Nobody is perfect and there is a good chance all of us might well fall behind before the year is over. Just work on catching up. It isn’t too late for that. Or, just pick up where we are now and go back at the first of the year and start reading from the beginning and this time next year you will have read all the Bible.

In January we completed Genesis. In February we finished Exodus, Leviticus and from the New Testament, we completed Matthew. As March begins we will continue with Numbers and Mark. We will finish both before the end of the month we will have finished Exodus, Leviticus and begin in Numbers on the Old Testament side of things. In the New Testament will finish Matthew and started on Mark.

Below are readings for March:

  • Mar 1: Numbers 20-22; Mark 7:1-13
  • Mar 2: Numbers 23-25; Mark 7:14-37
  • Mar 3: Numbers 26-28; Mark 8
  • Mar 4: Numbers 29-31; Mark 9:1-29
  • Mar 5: Numbers 32-34; Mark 9:30-50
  • Mar 6: Numbers 35-36; Mark 10:1-31
  • Mar 7: Deuteronomy 1-3; Mark 10:32-52
  • Mar 8: Deuteronomy 4-6; Mark 11:1-18
  • Mar 9: Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 11:19-33
  • Mar 10: Deuteronomy10-12; Mark 12:1-27
  • Mar 11: Deuteronomy 13-15; Mark 12:28-44
  • Mar 12: Deuteronomy 16-18; Mark 13:1-20
  • Mar 13: Deuteronomy 19-21; Mark 13:21-37
  • Mar 14: Deuteronomy 22-24; Mark 14:1-26
  • Mar 15: Deuteronomy 25-27; Mark 14:27-53
  • Mar 16: Deuteronomy 28-29; Mark 14:54-72
  • Mar 17: Deuteronomy 30-31; Mark 15:1-25
  • Mar 18: Deuteronomy 32-34; Mark 15:26-47
  • Mar 19: Joshua 1-3; Mark 16
  • Mar 20: Joshua 4-6; Luke 1:1-20
  • Mar 21: Joshua 7-9; Luke 1:21-38
  • Mar 22: Joshua 10-12; Luke 1:39-56
  • Mar 23: Joshua 13-15; Luke 1:57-80
  • Mar 24: Joshua 16-18; Luke 2:1-24
  • Mar 25: Joshua 19-21; Luke 2:25-52
  • Mar 26: Joshua 22-24; Luke 3
  • Mar 27: Judges 1-3; Luke 4:1-30
  • Mar 28: Judges 4-6; Luke 4:31-44
  • Mar 29: Judges 7-8; Luke 5:1-16
  • Mar 30: Judges 9-10; Luke 5:17-39
  • Mar 31: Judges 11-12; Luke 6:1-26

Good reading. I hope you enjoy. And as I have so far this year, I will continue to write my daily post from at least part of one of the daily passages.

With Joy and Thankfulness,


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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