Journey Through Scripture – July

As July begins, we just crossed the half-way turn. We got started on this Journey beginning January 1st. If you have missed some along the way, at this point I would recommend you start where we are and at the end of December, start from the beginning and read until you reach your starting point. You can find the daily passages in the archives of my posts.

So far this year we have read the Old Testament books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Just before the end of the month, we began Job. As for the New Testament, while we don’t read as much we have a great deal more to read! We have finished the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We have now begun the Acts of the Apostles.

As we begin July, here are our readings:

  • July 1: Job 20-21; Acts 10:24-48
  • July 2: Job 22-24; Acts 11
  • July 3: Job 25-27; Acts 12
  • July 4: Job 28-29; Acts 13:1-25
  • July 5: Job 30-31; Acts 13:26-52
  • July 6: Job 32-33; Acts 14
  • July 7: Job 34-35; Acts 15:1-21
  • July 8: Job 36-37; Acts 15:22-41
  • July 9: Job 38-40; Acts 16:1-21
  • July 10: Job 41-42; Acts 16:22-40
  • July 11: Psalm 1-3; Acts 17:1-15
  • July 12: Psalm 4-6; Acts 17:16-34
  • July 13: Psalm 7-9; Acts 18
  • July 14: Psalm 10-12; Acts 19:1-20
  • July 15: Psalm 13-15; Acts 19:21-41
  • July 16: Psalm 16-17; Acts 20:1-16
  • July 17: Psalm 18-19; Acts 20:17-38
  • July 18: Psalm 20-22; Acts 21:1-17
  • July 19: Psalm 23-25; Acts 21:18-40
  • July 20: Psalm 26-28; Acts 22
  • July 21: Psalm 29-30; Acts 23:1-15
  • July 22: Psalm 31-32; Acts 23:16-35
  • July 23: Psalm 33-34; Acts 24
  • July 24: Psalm 35-36; Acts 25
  • July 25: Psalm 37-39; Acts 26
  • July 26: Psalm 40-42; Acts 27:1-26
  • July 27: Psalm 43-45; Acts 27:27-44
  • July 28: Psalm 46-48; Acts 28
  • July 29: Psalm 49-50; Romans 1
  • July 30: Psalm 51-53; Romans 2
  • July 31: Psalm 54-56; Romans 3

Good reading. I hope you enjoy. And as I have almost all of this year, I will continue to write my daily post from at least part of one of the daily passages. I did go off the passages once and I have missed a few days, but hey, I try. I will continue to give it my best effort.

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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