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“Dear Sir, I have to communicate to you the painful intelligence of the death of your beloved brother and faithful missionary, the Rev. John Williams,...”

Prout, Ebenezer. Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. John Williams: Missionary to Polynesia. London: John Snow, 1843.

Devotional

Pray for a world governed by God (1887)

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven—Matthew 6:10 (ESV). I hear men speak continually...

Events

303

Because his prisons are full, Diocletian offers amnesty to all Christians who will sacrifice to the Roman gods.

Authority for the date: Barnes, Timothy David. Eusebius and Constantine. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1981.

870

(traditional date) Martyrdom of Edmund, King of the East Angles. Danish invaders had offered him peace at the cost of renouncing Christ but he refused, fighting to preserve his throne and his faith. Captured, he was tortured and murdered.

Authority for the date: Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.

1542

At the urging of Bartolomeo de las Casas, Spain passes new laws to protect American Indians.

Authority for the date: Wagner, Henry Raup and Helen Rand Parish. Bartolome de las Casas. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1967

1583

Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremias II issues a Tomus on the question of the Gregorian calendar, which the Orthodox Church rejects, sticking with the traditional Julian calendar.

Authority for the date: http://www.patriarchate.org/patriarchate/former-patriarchs/jeremias-ii-1st-time

1806

Death of Isaac Backus, an influential Massachusetts Baptist leader, soulwinner, and advocate of religious freedom.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia American, 1956.

1847

Death of Francis Lyte, Scottish clergyman and hymnwriter, who wrote “Jesus I My Cross Have Taken.” He also penned the hymn, “Abide with Me, Fast Falls the Eventide.” His last words are “Joy! Peace!”

Authority for the date: Duffield, Samuel Willoughby. English Hymns; their Authors and History. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1886.

1850

Francis “Fanny” J. Crosby becomes a Christian following a disconcerting dream in which a dying friend makes her promise to meet him in heaven. Attending a Methodist revival service, she seeks assurance at the altar and she is flooded with joy, and leaps up, shouting “Hallelujah.” She will go on to write hundreds of beloved hymns such as “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine.”

Authority for the date: Crosby, Fanny J. Autobiography.

1870

Amanda Smith, feeling dull, sees a vision saying “Go Preach.” She becomes a well-known African-American evangelist who travels world-wide.

Authority for the date: Smith, Amanda. An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord’s Dealings with...Amanda Smith, 1968.

1938

Father Charles Coughlin, a Canadian-born Catholic priest, populist radio broadcaster, and ardent supporter of Franklin Roosevelt, defends Kristallnacht, a Nazi attack on Jewish property, as a necessary retaliation for Jewish atheists in the communist government of Russia which had killed millions of Christians and confiscated Christian property. He would consistently blame Jews and Communists for the Second World War rather than the Nazis who launched it.

Authority for the date: https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005516

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