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Quote of the day

“My Dearest Mother, I have just been shedding sweet tears tears of repentance, but still more of thankfulness and love. To day I showed you the treasur...”

Therese Martin (of Lisieux). The Story of a Soul (L’Histoire d’une Ame): The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux with additional writings and sayings of St. Thérèse. Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1912.

Devotional

We Can Be Sons of God (1914)

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God—Romans 8:14. How unspeakably wealthy are the im...

Events

1403

German university masters attack John Wycliffe’s doctrines which had spread to their nation by way of Jan Hus and others.

Authority for the date: Spinka, Matthew. Jan Hus and the Czech Reform. The University of Chicago press, 1941.

1573

The Spanish navy sweeps opposition from Haarlem Lake, and will go on to capture Haarlem itself in July. Having promised that no one would be punished except those people whom the citizens of Harlaam itself consider deserving of punishment, the victors proceed to butcher about three thousand of the inhabitants of the city.

Authority for the date: Dyer, Thomas Henry. Heroic Age of the Netherlands: Siege of Leyden, A.D. 1573.

1663

Joseph Alleine, Puritan author of An Alarm to the Unconverted, is thrown into prison because he does not comply with England’s Act of Uniformity.

Authority for the date: Morgan, R. J. On This Day. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997.

1685

James Renwick and about 200 men meet in Sanquhar, Scotland, where they will draft the Second Sanquhar Declaration which claims that King James II of England (VII of Scotland) is a murderer and an idolater and that acts of Parliament and Scottish church law make him ineligible to hold the kingship because he is a Catholic.

Authority for the date: Howie, John. Biographia Scoticana.

1792

Roman Catholic bishop John Carroll of Baltimore issues a pastoral letter, the first document of its sort in the United States. Among its main themes is a call for Christian education.

Authority for the date: www.ewtn.com.

1909

Samuel Clement Perry joins the Church of God, Cleveland, where he will do notable work before his exclusion.

Authority for the date: Burgess, Stanley M., et al. New International Dict. of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements.

1924

Death at Bangassou, Africa, of Baptist missionary William Haas from a fever. He and his wife had done much to create Baptist Mid-Missions, recruit personnel, and establish the station at Bangassou.

Authority for the date: “May Missions History.” home.snu.edu/~hculbert/may.htm

1937

Death in Aberdeen, Scotland, of Alfred Adler, a Jewish convert to Christianity who had gained fame as a neurologist and psychiatrist. He considered man’s “will to power” a primary motivator in human behavior and also addressed the role of inferiority feelings.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1938

John and Isobel Kuhn with Charles Paterson open their first rainy season Bible school, geared to teach the gospel during a season when fewer pursuits are open to the Lisu people of Thailand.

Authority for the date: www.christianity.com.

1940

Death in Sydney, Australia, of missionary leader, Florence Selina Harriett Young.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1941

Father Maximillian Kolbe is transferred to the concentration camp at Auschwitz  where he will be executed, offering himself in place of a man who has a family.

Authority for the date: “Seventieth Anniversary of the Death of Father Maksymilian Kolbe.” en.auschwitz.org.

1949

A communist party congress in Czechoslavkia declares its right to educate children in atheistic Leninism without regard for their parents’ religious values.

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

1987

Wu Weizun, a staunch Christian, who has suffered severely for his faith in Chinese prisons and camps, is formally released from prison. Because of his persistence in faith and refusal to pretend he has accepted the communist line, the authorities decide to take care of him, giving him a hut, official registration, and a monthly allowance.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

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