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“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.


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...



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.


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

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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.


Martyrdom in Ontario of 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.


Death in Shropshire, England, of Lady Lucy Whitmore, author of prayers and hymns. The most famous of the latter is “Father, again in Jesus’ name we meet.”

Authority for the date: E. R. Pitman. Lady Hymn Writers


Amanda Smith, living in Pennsylvania, 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.


Death in New York City 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.”

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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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