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Quote of the day

“It is one of the most difficult truths to convey to their i.e. Chinese minds that they are sinners against God. We have had a few inquirers who have e...”

Fagg, John Gerardus. Forty Years in South China: The Life of Rev. John Van Nest Talmage, D.D., 1894.

Devotional

True Faith Lays Hold of Promises (1900)

For we also received the good news, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, since they did...

Events

1479

Pope Sixtus IV grants the rector and dean of the University of Cologne the authority to censure printers, sellers, and readers of “heretical” books.

Authority for the date: Lea, Henry Charles. A History of the Inquisition of Spain.

1483

Death of Macarius, the abbot and wonderworker of Kalyzin, where he had founded a monastery.

Authority for the date: http://oca.org.

1498

Local authorities, frightened by the pope’s threat to interdict the city of Florence, ask Girolamo Savonarola to stop preaching. He will not and soon afterward is executed.

Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopedia.

1649

Martyrdom of the Jesuit priest Gabriel Lalemant, who prays for the souls of the Iroquois as they slowly torture him to death with ingenious torments.

Authority for the date: O'Brien, John A. The American Martyrs. New York: Aplleton, Century, Crofts, 1953.

1856

Amanda Smith goes to a cellar and prays, saying she will be saved or die. She soon experiences the glory of the Lord.

Authority for the date: Smith, Amanda. An Autobiography; the story of the Lord’s Dealings with...Amanda Smith, 1968 reprint.

1902

Death of George W. Warren, an outstanding organist who served at several large Episcopal churches in Albany, Brooklyn, and New York City in the second half of the nineteenth century. One of his hymn tunes is still in use, that to which we sing “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand.”

Authority for the date: www.lutheranhistory.org.

1960

Bishop Kung Ping Mei of Shanghai is sentenced to life imprisonment because he refuses to head a Communist church-control movement.

Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.

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