Read Romans 11:25-36


So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written,

            “Out of Zion will come the Deliverer;

                        he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.”

             “And this is my covenant with them,

                        when I take away their sins.”


As regards the gospel they are enemies of God for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved, for the sake of their ancestors; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy.  For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.


O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

             “For who has known the mind of the Lord?

                        Or who has been his counselor?”

             “Or who has given a gift to him,

                        to receive a gift in return?”

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.



from Rev. Mark Mills, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Moundsville


            When listening to a woman who was suicidal, she told me that she couldn’t feel God anymore. She felt lost, as if God had abandoned her. I learned then that no amount of talking could change what she felt. In my training as a counselor, I learned that feeling can only be changed by doing or thinking differently.

            Jesus taught his disciples to obey his commandments, which were about loving unconditionally. We should view Paul’s admonitions about obedience in the context of obeying Jesus’ commandments. You cannot be conceited when you love unconditionally. It’s also a practice that redeems the effects of bad decisions along the journey.

            When you feel lost, try unconditionally loving someone who may be difficult to love. God’s Spirit will move between you, and you will feel found. That is a “foundation” upon which you can reset your spiritual compass.


God who forgives and loves even me,

crumble my illusions of who I am

that I may love another.