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Don’t Act Like a Hireling (1877)

He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep —John 10:13 (ESV).Thought.— The wolf represents the...



(traditional date) Agricola, governor of Armenia, sentences forty soldiers to die on ice for refusing to renounce Christ. They strip off their own clothes, saying, “What is death for us but an entrance into eternal life?”

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(traditional date) Death of Gregory of Nyssa, one of the three great Trinitarian Cappadocian fathers.

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Death of St. Catherine of Bologna who wrote a popular Treatise on the Seven Spiritual Weapons Necessary for Spiritual Warfare in which she recorded her visions of Christ and Satan. 

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


The signory of Florence [nine-member council] holds a public meeting to decide what action should be taken with Girolamo Savonarola, whom Pope Alexander VI had censured. Eight days later the signory will command Savonarola to cease preaching.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Martin Luther receives his Bachelor of Bible degree from the University of Erfurt.

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Death in Vincennes of Cardinal Jules Mazarin. He had been noted for diplomacy and high taxation while he served as First Minister of France. His delegates helped negotiate the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

Authority for the date: Britannica


The Boston Gazette prints criticism against the feasting and boisterous merrymaking which had taken place after the recent ordination of Dr. Cummings to the Old South Church. The criticism was sharpened by the fact the festivities took place at the home of Dr. Sewall who two years earlier had moderated a meeting to discourage such ordination revelries.

Authority for the date: Earle, Alice Morse. The Sabbath in Puritan New England.


Melville Cox, coming from the United States, reaches Liberia where he hopes to do mission work but will die within four months. His courageous and intrepid attitude, and his heroic death will give an impetus to the Methodist missionary spirit.

Authority for the date: Smith, Larry D. “Before Africa Be Given Up!”


[or the 7th] Baptism of Mamiyeri Mizeka Gwambe by Anglican fathers in South Africa. He takes the name Bernard Mizeki and will become a missionary in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where in 1896 he will be martyred.

Authority for the date: Keifer. “Bernard Mizeki, Catechist and Martyr in Africa.”


Death at Cannes, France, of Methodist missionary and author William Arthur. A notable missionary to India he also wrote several successful books on his work and on the faith and was an internationally-known leader in his denomination.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death in Stuttgart, Germany, of Eberhard Nestle, Bible scholar, who compared early texts of the Bible and prepared a thoughtful reconstruction of the probable original text.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Atlanta, Georgia, of hymnwriter Civilla Durfee Martin whose many gospel songs include “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “God Will Take Care of You,” and “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


Pentecostal evangelist Tommy Hicks arrives in Argentina and requests a large stadium. Local ministers, who have had little success winning souls, try to dissuade him, saying it is impossible to obtain a large stadium and more impossible to fill it. Hicks insists and is able to obtain consent from Argentina’s president Juan Perón after healing him of a skin condition. After weeks of healing services in April and May, a larger stadium will be needed to handle the huge crowds.

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The British send into exile Makarios III, archbishop of Cyprus, considering his outspokeness a threat to the island’s peace.

Authority for the date: Current Biography.


Muslim gangs assault Christian garbage collectors in Cairo’s Mokatam district this night, wounding at least one hundred and thirty people. They burn homes and destroy garbage trucks and recycling plants. No emergency services respond until morning, by which time nine Christians and a Muslim homeowner will be dead.

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

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