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True food is doing God’s will (1907)

My food is to do the will of him who sent me—John 4:34 (ESV). The life finds its true food in doing the will of Go...



St. Regulus is wrecked off the coast of Scotland with the bones of St. Andrew, who is therefore adopted as the patron saint of Scotland. A site near the wreck becomes the seat of the archbishop of Scotland.

Authority for the date: Dallman, William. Patrick Hamilton. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1918.


Luther introduces the first complete German mass at the City Church of Wittenberg.

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Death in London of Edmund Calamy, the elder, a Puritan supporter of England’s kings during the Civil War and Commonwealth. He authored highly regarded doctrinal works such as The Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of Works.

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Death of Andreas Hammerschmidt, one of the most distinguished composers of church music in the seventeenth century.

Authority for the date: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.


Death in Essex of Joseph Grigg, an English Presbyterian minister. He had written many hymns, including, “Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be.”

Authority for the date: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.


A conference opens in Geneva to found the organization that becomes the International Red Cross. It is spearheaded by Henri Dunant, a businessman influenced by Christian ideals.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia of Events that Changed the World.


Ugandans spear Anglican bishop James Hannington to death. He had been captured eight days earlier.

Authority for the date: Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions. Penguin Books.


Death in India of Nehemiah Goreh, a convert from Hinduism to Christianity who had written several books in defense of his new-found faith.

Authority for the date: Satthianadhan and Murdoch, Sketches of Indian Christians, 1896. p. 149


Death of Reformed Swiss theologian Frederic Louis Godet, who was noted for his Commentary on the Gospel of St. John.

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The Red Cross awards Orthodox nun Matrona Petrovna Frolova a medal for her relief work during the Russo-Japanese war. She will head a nunnery in Kazan but the Soviets will confiscate the property. Eventually she will be imprisoned, beaten, and executed for her role in resisting Soviet atheism and allegedly hiding church valuables.

Authority for the date: Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Death of A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and of Nyack College.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Anna Belle Russell in Corning, New York. She had been a Methodist hymnwriter, best known for the words to “Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


Yustus Ruhindi is enthroned as the first Anglican Church bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara diocese in Uganda.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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