Miracles always point to something spiritual.

Say you call the feeding of the 5,000 a miracle.

Then you must ask, “What was Jesus up to?”

Those people would just have to be fed again for supper.


What he was seeking was faith.

Jesus wanted followers

who would be enthralled

by the wonder and mystery of God.


Food was a vehicle.

A child provided the inspiration and seeds.

There was plenty for everyone.

A miracle.


Embedded in this “miracle” however,

was compassion for the poor and

hungry, a vision for what can be done

among the people of God when

people see what is possible.


Embedded in this miracle is faith to move

mountains, love of the least of these.

calming of fears, overcoming the

objection that there wasn’t enough



Embedded in this miracle was proof

that God cared, good stewardship,

the value of retreat when stress intrudes,

and the wisdom of eating together.


Ah, yes, too, was the miracle of the seed

and the soil, the fish created by God,

the coming together of the people

to worship, and the need not to explain



What an incredible story!


Moving to the deeper places,



Rev. Jeff Bell

Baptized at First Christian Church, Corbin, Kentucky. Ordained June 1983 by First Christian, Somerset and the Christian Church in Kentucky at Salvisa Christian Church. Jeff has been senior minister of FCC since 1999. He served churches in Salvisa, Wendell, North Carolina and Fort Thomas, Kentucky following his graduation from Lexington Theological Seminary. Jeff believes the church should be connected to the community, acutely aware of the needs of the neighborhood and acquainted with its people. Further, he believes all Christians are one in Christ.