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Quote of the day

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Thus king Solomon, inspired by the Holy Ghost, cautions, Pro. xxvii. 1....”

Winslow, Anna Green. Diary of Anna Green Winslow, a Boston School Girl of 1771. Edited by Alice Morse Earle. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company; Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1895.

Devotional

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...

Events

843

After years of iconoclasm (opposition to and destruction of icons), two-dimensional images are restored for worship in the Eastern Empire, an event known as “The Triumph of Orthodoxy.”

Authority for the date: http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith/ourfaith7053.

859

Muslims behead Bishop Elogius in Cordoba, Spain.

Authority for the date: Haines, Charles Reginald. Christianity and Islam in Spain.

1185

Jews are brutally massacred by their fellow townsfolk in the old Anglican city of York.

Authority for the date: André Schwarz-Bart, The Last of the Just

1559

In response to a sermon by John Knox, a Reformation mob burns churches in Perth, Scotland, and instructs the friars to hold mass no more.

Authority for the date: Documents of the Reformation.

1829

Mendelssohn revives Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Singakademie in Berlin. A thousand people have to be turned away from the performance for lack of room.

Authority for the date: Rowbotham, Francis Jameson. Story-Lives of Great Musicians.

1877

Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his “dominical”—a practice sermon.

Authority for the date: Bergonzi, Bernard. Gerard Manley Hopkins.

1888

Samuel Zwemer preaches his first sermon—to a congregation of African-Americans in a small New Brunswick, New Jersey, church. He will go on to become a notable missionary to the Arab world.

Authority for the date: Wilson,J. Christy, Jr. “The Apostle to Islam: The Legacy of Samuel Zwemer.”

1897

Death in Tunbridge Wells, England, of Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist and religious writer, best remembered for his classic meditation on 1 Corinthians 13 “The Love Chapter” entitled The Greatest Thing in the World.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1923

Death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of hymnwriter Mary Ann Thomson. Her best-known hymn was “O Zion Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling.”

Authority for the date: www.lutheranhistory.org.

1928

Sponsored by Methodists, Norman Dunning kicks off an evangelistic “crusade” in Perth, Australia, and will visit many leading cities in Australia with reasoned appeals to conversion and holy living.

Authority for the date: Glen O'Brien. North-American Wesleyan-Holine

2001

Leonid Zwicki is installed as bishop of the newly-created Belarusian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Authority for the date: www.lutheranhistory.org.

2005

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs requires 75,000 mosques to preach a sermon this day advising Muslims that Christian missionaries present a danger to national unity and integrity. 

Authority for the date: Persecuted: the global assault on Christians.

2009

Thirty or more Hindus, angered at Christian preaching, attack pastor Erra Krupanamdam while he is returning from a prayer meeting in Andra Pradesh state, India, fracturing his spine and ribs.

Authority for the date: Persecuted: the global assault on Christians.

2012

A suicide bomber in a car attacks St. Finbar’s Catholic Church in Jos, Nigeria,  leaving ten people dead.

Authority for the date: www.cnsnews.com/news/article/least-10-killed-suicide-bomber-attacks-catholic-church-durin

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