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“This is the mission entrusted to the church,a hard mission to uproot sins from history, to uproot sins from the political order, to uproot sins from t...”

Romero, Oscar. The Violence of Love. Copyright 2007 by Plough Publishing House. Used with permission.


Christ does what was prophecied

Eternally, and for ever, in heaven, says St. John, Christ says and is and does what prophets prophesied of Him that He w...



(traditional date) Death of Paul of Thebes in Egypt at the remarkable age of one hundred and thirteen years. He had been one of the earliest Christian hermits and friend of Antony of the Desert, and inspired many others to adopt the lifestyle.

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Death in County Limerick, Ireland, of Ita, who had founded a famous monastery of holy virgins, called Cluain-cred-hail, where she practiced severe mortifications and urged everyone to live perpetually recollected in God as the great means of attaining to perfection.

Authority for the date: Butler, Alban. The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints.


Elizabeth Dirks is arrested in the Netherlands. An Anabaptist, she will make a good confession under severe torture before being drowned.

Authority for the date: Bainton, Roland. Women of the Reformation.


Six Protestants are executed by fire at Canterbury for their religious views—Kempe, Waterer, Prowting, Lowick, Hudson, and Hay.

Authority for the date: Fox, John. Actes and Monuments.


Jeanne D’Albret, Queen of Navarre, publishes a Code of Ecclesiastical Ordinances, making Huguenot worship forms mandatory in her province.

Authority for the date: Anderson, James. Ladies of the Reformation. London: Blackie and Sons, 1857.


Isaac Watts is called as pastor to Newington where he will set a high standard of preaching and overcome the resistance of the established church to the introduction of new hymns.

Authority for the date: Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1884.


Pliny Fisk reaches Smyrna, commencing missionary labors in the Middle East that will take him to Alexandria, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Tripoli, and Beirut. He will distribute four thousand copies of the Bible or parts of Scripture, and twenty thousand tracts.

Authority for the date: Jessup, Henry. Fifty Three Years in Syria.


Carl F.W. Walther is ordained in Braunsdorf, Saxony. He will become a leading planter of Lutheran churches and schools in the United States.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Chukwujindu “Sampson” Anene brings Christianity to his village of Ohita, Nigeria, which still practiced traditional African religion. The first church service is held in the shade of a big tree in the center of the town. He will see most of his generation converted, establish churches, and start schools.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Alice Wood, a Canadian Methodist Holiness missionary, arrives in Argentina where she will become one of the first missionaries to establish a permanent Pentecostal presence in Buenos Aires. By about the middle of the twentieth century, Pentecostals will have converted as many as one tenth of Argentina’s people.

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Birth of James Edwin Orr in Belfast, Ireland. January 15th will be an important day in his life: on it he will be converted, married, and ordained.

Authority for the date: “Highlights in the Life of J. Edwin Orr.”


Death in New Zealand of evangelist Harry Ironside, who had pastored Moody Church, Chicago, for many years and had authored more than sixty Christian works.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Stanley Tam, internationally successful Christian businessman, gives his business to God and will have legal documents drawn up confirming it.

Authority for the date: Tam, Stanley. God Owns My Business.


Death of Harold Lindsell at Lake Forest, California. A fundamentalist controversialist, he was well-known for his book The Battle for the Bible.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Muslims in Niger throw Molotov cocktails through the windows of sixty-eight churches, burning them to the ground in an effort to eliminate the Christian presence from the nation. The Christians, however, will regroup, pray for their attackers, and with the help of the Samaritan’s Purse organization rebuild fifty of their churches within two years, many of them stronger and in more defensible locations.

Authority for the date: Samaritan’s Purse newsletter, August/September Prayer Guide 2018.

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