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Quote of the day

“Think what God has determined to do to all those who submit themselves to His righteousness and are willing to receive His gift. They are to be confor...”

Campbell, Lewis and William Garnett. The Life of James Clerk Maxwell with a selection from his correspondence and occasional writings and a sketch of his contributions to science. London: Macmillan and co., 1882.

Devotional

Christ’s People Have Power to Minister to Others (1916)

And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”...

Events

964

Emperor Otto I forces the Romans to give up Benedict, a deacon whom they had elected pope to replace the wicked John XII.

Authority for the date: "Benedict V (Grammaticus)." The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

1444

Death of Mark of Ephesus after an excruciating two-week battle with intestinal illness. He was famous for standing alone for the Eastern church at the Council of Florence when other eastern leaders conceded to Rome.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1565

Knights of Malta lose their fort at St. Elmo to an attack by Ottoman Turks but will eventually drive the Turks from Malta.

Authority for the date: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/the-siege-of-malta-capture-of-st-elmo-23-june-1565-172496

1626

A vendor, slitting open a giant codfish at Cambridge fish market, finds a rancid, half-digested copy of a volume of the martyr John Frith’s shorter works in its belly.

Authority for the date: "Vox Piscis: or The Book-Fish" http://ehr.oxfordjournals.org/content/114/457/574.extract

1839

Clarissa Whitman, the beautiful two-year old daughter of missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, drowns while fetching water in two cups.

Authority for the date: Drury, Clifford M. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon. Northwest Interpretive Association: Seat

1893

Death in Bangkok of Dan Beach Bradley, pioneer medical missionary to Thailand.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1893

Samuel H. Walker, a Methodist Episcopal layman, leads in the formation of the Anti-Saloon League of the District of Columbia. It will pioneer a national movement, subsequently overshadowed by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.

Authority for the date: Leete, Frederick DeLand. Christian Brotherhoods. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1912.

1914

J. Gresham Machen, Presbyterian educator and defender of orthodoxy, is ordained at Plainsboro, N.J. 

Authority for the date: Piper, John. http://www.desiringgod.org/library/biographies/93machen.html

1941

Walter J. Ciszek is arrested in Russia where he has been preaching the gospel in spite of Communist laws against doing so. His book He Leadeth Me will recount his experiences and sufferings.

Authority for the date: Ciszek, Walter J. He Leadeth Me. Ignatius Press, 1995.

1942

Death of Emily Divine Wilson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She wrote hymn tunes, including the tune to which we sing “When we all get to heaven.”

Authority for the date: hymntime.com

1964

Death of Johan Herman Bavinck a Dutch missionary. He had labored in Indonesia and later taught at Kampen Theological College and at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Authority for the date: Gerald H. Anderson, et al, eds. Mission Legacies. Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Missionary Movement, M

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