Journey Through Scripture – August

August is just about here. As we turn the calendar to a new month, teachers will soon head back to work and our kids will be starting a new school year. As for me, it is a time to start something new. I will be moving from preaching to teaching. In truth, I am leaving full-time ministry (I will still be preaching on a part-time basis) and moving to the classroom (I will be teaching government and economics at Center High School, Center Texas). It is, however, my intention to continue writing this blog though I am trying to come up with a new name. I will keep you posted.

We got started on this Journey beginning January 1st. If you have missed some along the way, I would recommend you start where we are studying now 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.

Can you believe we are more than halfway (7/12) through our Scripture journey? So far this year we have read from the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther and Job. We are currently more than 40 chapters into Psalms. We will spend the whole month of August in Psalms and still will not quite finish. In the New Testament, our readings have taken us through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We complete the Acts of the Apostles on July 29th and then begin my favorite book of the Bible, Paul’s letter to the Romans. During August, we will finish Romans and read a great deal of 1 Corinthians.

Our August readings are as follows:

  • August 1: Psalm 57-59; Romans 4
  • August 2: Psalm 60-62; Romans 5
  • August 3: Psalm 63-65; Romans 6
  • August 4: Psalm 66-67; Romans 7
  • August 5: Psalm 68-69; Romans 8:1-21
  • August 6: Psalm 70-71; Romans 8:22-39
  • August 7: Psalm 72-73; Romans 9:1-15
  • August 8: Psalm 74-76; Romans 9:16-33
  • August 9: Psalm 77-78; Romans 10
  • August 10: Ps 79-80; Romans 11:1-18
  • August 11: Ps 81-83; Romans 11:19-36
  • August 12: Psalm 84-86; Romans 12
  • August 13: Psalm 87-88; Romans 13
  • August 14: Psalm 89-90; Romans 14
  • August 15: Psalm 91-93; Romans 15:1-13
  • August 16: Psalm 94-96; Romans 15:14-33
  • August 17: Psalm 97-99; Romans 16
  • August 18: Psalm 100-102; 1 Corinthians 1
  • August 19: Psalm 103-104; 1 Corinthians 2
  • August 20: Psalm 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3
  • August 21: Psalm 107-109; 1 Corinthians 4
  • August 22: Psalm 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5
  • August 23: Psalm 113-115; 1 Corinthians 6
  • August 24: Psalm 116-118; 1 Corinthians 7:1-19
  • August 25: Psalm 119:1-88; 1 Corinthians 7:20-40
  • August 26: Psalm 119:89-176; 1 Corinthians 8
  • August 27: Psalm 120-122; 1 Corinthians 9
  • August 28: Psalm 123-125; 1 Corinthians 10:1-18
  • August 29: Psalm 126-128; 1 Corinthians 10:19-33
  • August 30: Psalm 129-131; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
  • August 31: Psalm 132-134; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

I hope you enjoy this month’s readings. I plan to continue writing my daily post from at least part of one of the daily passages. I have gotten off the daily passages a few times but I do try to stay with the passages. I will continue to try hard in August to stay on subject.

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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