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The following is the transcript of Mark Finley’s sermon on April 11 for the morning worship service during the 2018 Executive Spring Meetings.

Father, we have saturated this Word, this meeting with prayer, and I pray thee, that You take the feeble words of the preacher and indict them with the Spirit to move upon our hearts to make a difference for the kingdom. In Christ’s name. Amen.

2017 was a special year in the Finley family. And the reason it was is my wife and I began ministry in 1967. We were married in that year as well, so we celebrated 50 years of marriage and 50 years of ministry this last year. We just praise God for that. We just praise God for that. You know when you look back over your ministry after 50 years, there are certain high points of ministry. You enjoy every place that you have ever served, but there are special places. 

And for us, one of the special places that we served was when we worked in St. Albans, and I was division Ministerial Secretary of the Trans-European Division. It’s a very special division in the world – one of our smallest divisions, but certainly, it was a meaningful experience for us.  When we were living in St. Albans, we often went to London, and one of the favorite places in London that I loved to visit was the underground war room of Winston Churchill. It was there that Churchill plotted strategy during World War II to defeat the onslaught of Hitler’s forces. In that underground war room, you find that although the allied forces lost many, many battles, although it was a long-protracted war, there was a strategy in that war to win. 

Now recently, there’s been a book written by a man by the name of Simon Singh. And the title of the book really attracted me, it’s called The Codebreakers. The Codebreakers. And the book tells the story of the English codebreakers at Bletchley Park, not far from London, who worked to crack the enigma code of the Germans. Now, the problem was there were 159 quintillion combinations. Now, if you know what a quintillion is, you can tell me after the meeting because I have no clue. Simon Singh says in his book The Codebreakers that there are 159 quintillion combinations of the German codes. 

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