The author of the book entitled, "The Word and Power Church: What Happens When A Church Seeks All God Has to Offer," Doug Banister, writes, "The Spring of 1940 found Hitler’s panzer divisions mopping up French troops and preparing for a seige of Great Britain. The Dutch had already surrendered, as had the Belgians. The British Army foundered on the coast of France in the channel port of Dunkirk. Nearly a quarter million young British soldiers and over 100,000 Allied troops faced capture or death. The Fuerher’s troops, only a few miles away in the hills of France, closed in on an easy kill. The Royal Navy had enough ships to save nearly 17,000 men, and the House of Commons was told to brace itself for ’hard and heavy tidings.’
Then while a despairing world watched with fading hope, a bizarre fleet of ships appeared on the horizon of the English Channel. Trawlers, tugs, fishing sloops, lifeboats, sailboats, pleasure craft, an island ferry named ’Gracie Fields,’ and even the America’s Cup challenger Endeavor, all manned by civilian sailors, sped to the rescue. The ragtag armada eventually rescued 338,682 men and returned them home to the shores of England, as pilots of the Royal Air Force jockeyed with the German Luftwaffe in the skies above the channel. It was one of the most remarkable naval operations in history.
"The church, likewise, is God’s ragtag armada. The church is a mix of flawed individuals on a rescue operation commissioned by God."
I do not know if I have ever heard a statement more true than that one - "The church is a mix of flawed individuals on a rescue operation commissioned by God."
(Source: from a sermon by George Dillahunty, "A Purposeful God" 7/27/08, http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=124970)
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