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A Prayer for Insight and Filling (1864)

Lord God, Most High, unworthy of ourselves to come into thy holy presence, we plead the name of thy dear Son. On his ato...



(traditional date) Agricola, governor of Armenia, sentences forty soldiers to die on ice for refusing to renounce Christ. They strip off their own clothes, saying, “What is death for us but an entrance into eternal life?”

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(traditional date) Death of Gregory of Nyssa, one of the three great Trinitarian Cappadocian fathers.

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Death of St. Catherine of Bologna who wrote a popular Treatise on the Seven Spiritual Weapons Necessary for Spiritual Warfare in which she recorded her visions of Christ and Satan. 

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


The signory of Florence [nine-member council] holds a public meeting to decide what action should be taken with Girolamo Savonarola, whom Pope Alexander VI had censured. Eight days later the signory commands Savonarola to cease preaching.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Martin Luther receives his Bachelor of Bible degree from the University of Erfurt.

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The Boston Gazette prints criticism against the feasting and boisterous merrymaking which had taken place after the recent ordination of Dr. Cummings to the Old South Church. The criticism was sharpened by the fact the festivities took place at the home of Dr. Sewall who two years earlier had moderated a meeting to discourage such ordination revelries.

Authority for the date: Earle, Alice Morse. The Sabbath in Puritan New England.


Melville Cox, coming from the United States, reaches Liberia where he hopes to do mission work but will die within four months. His courageous and intrepid attitude, and his heroic death will give an impetus to the Methodist missionary spirit.

Authority for the date: Smith, Larry D. “Before Africa Be Given Up!”


Baptism of Bernard Mizeki, who will become a notable missionary and martyr in Zimbabwe.

Authority for the date: Keifer, James.


Death at Cannes, France of Methodist missionary and author William Arthur. A notable missionary to India he also wrote several successful books on his work and on the faith and was an internationally-known leader in his denomination.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death in Stuttgart, Germany, of Eberhard Nestle, Bible scholar, who compared early texts of the Bible and prepared a thoughtful reconstruction of the probable original text.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Atlanta, Georgia, of hymnwriter Civilla Durfee Martin whose many gospel songs include “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “God Will Take Care of You,” and “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


The British send into exile Makarios III, archbishop of Cyprus, considering his outspokeness a threat to the island’s peace.

Authority for the date: Current Biography.

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