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Quote of the day

“My fellow Americans From the early days of the colonies, prayer in school was practiced and revered as an important tradition. Indeed, for nearly 200...”

Reagan, Ronald. “Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer in Schools ,” February 25, 1984.

Devotional

How Readily We Promise what We Cannot Perform (1847)

They have done well in all that they have spoken. Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me an...

Events

1296

Pope Boniface VIII issues the bull Clericis laicos forbidding the clergy to pay taxes to secular rulers without papal consent.

Authority for the date: Freemantle, Anne. The Papal Encyclicals in their Historical Context. New York: Mentor, 1956.

1536

Gentle Anabaptist leader Jacob Hutter (from whom the Hutterites take their name) is hunted down and burned to death in Austria after being tortured, whipped, and immersed in freezing water to mock baptismal practices.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1570

Pope Pius V promulgates a bull of damnation and excommunication against Queen Elizabeth of England and her followers.

Authority for the date: tudorhistory.org/primary/papalbull.html

1796

Death of Samuel Seabury, first bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1862

Death at Hackney, London, of Andrew Reed, a popular Independent minister who founded the London Orphan Asylum, the Asylum for Fatherless Children, the Asylum for Idiots, the Infant Orphan Asylum, and the Hospital for Incurables. He also wrote hymns, such as “Holy Ghost, with light divine” and “Spirit Divine, attend our prayer.”

Authority for the date: Nutter, Charles S. Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church. Nashville: Smith & Lamar, 1915

1880

Death of Johann Blumhardt, leader of revival in Germany and founder of Bad Böll, a spa for people with mental, spiritual, and physical ailments.

Authority for the date: Gerretsen, J. H. Memories of Bad Boll.

1921

Death of Lutheran deaconness Elizabeth Fedde who had established a great medical and ministerial work in New York before returning to her native Norway.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1928

Azer Ata is ordained monk in Egypt and takes the name Mina after Saint Mina. Eventually, he will become Pope Saint Kyrillos VI (Cyril VI in the Coptic Church).

Authority for the date: st-takla.org/Pope-Kyrellos-1.html

1928

An article by Stanley Frodsham in Pentecostal Evangel pays tribute to Swiss-born Paul Bettex, a zealous international missionary who had been assassinated and secretly buried in China fourteen years earlier.

Authority for the date: ifphc.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/paul-bettex-early-pentecostal-linguist-missionary-martyr

1934

Sir Leonard Woolley ends his archaeological dig at Ur, having uncovered much information that would help Christians understand the ancient texts of Scripture.

Authority for the date: Biblical Archaeology Review 26#1-60.

1940

Death of Mary Mills Patrick, an educational missionary to Turkey. She had turned a girl’s school into the Constantinople Women’s College and kept it open through two wars and a revolution. Courses she had offered included dentistry and medicine.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1995

Samandar Singh, misled by anti-Christian propaganda, stabs Sister Rani Maria repeatedly in Indore, India. He will convert to Christianity while in prison for her murder.

Authority for the date: Marshall, Paul and Lela Gilbert. Their Blood Cries Out.

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