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“Our Saviour, being the everlasting Word by whom all things were made, could use the imagery of the natural world more strikingly and appropriately tha...”

“The Sermon Delivered upon the Occasion of St. Ann’s Church for Deaf-Mutes Commencing its Services at the Church in eighteenth Street, Near Fifth Avenue, Seventh Sunday after Trinity, August 7, 1859, by the Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, Rector.” New York: George E. Nesbitt & Co., Printers and Staioners, 1859.


Be steadfast in your faith (1907)

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting him who called you —Galatians 1:6 (NASB). That which counts for most...



[possible date] Death in Caesarea of Herod Agrippa, persecutor of the Apostles, who had executed James, the brother of John.

Authority for the date: Chambers’ Book of Days (1881).


Stephen IV, a Sicilian, is consecrated pope. He will form a close relationship with Pepin, the Frankish king, who will grant him the first of the papal estates.

Authority for the date: Mann, Horace. “Pope Stephen (III) IV.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton, 1914.


The Council of Pisa closes. Convened to end the Great Schism (1378-1417) caused by two rival popes, the Council had in fact worsened the situation, by electing a third pope, Alexander V (afterwards regarded as an antipope).

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911.


Eight Quakers who had arrived in Boston on the Speedwell twelve days earlier are imprisoned and banished, but will be compelled to work until the ships that brought them to America take them away.

Authority for the date: “Massachusetts.” Harper’s Encyclopedia of United States History.…


Twenty-year-old Benjamin Beddome hears a visiting preacher speak on the text “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent,” and is deeply moved. Within two years he will be studying for the pastorate. Under his preaching a revival will break forth in Gloucestershire in 1741, during which forty people will be saved. In 1743 he will accept a different pastorate and will write new hymns for the close of each service.

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


Francis Asbury volunteers to go to America for the purpose of expanding its small, struggling Methodist Church.

Authority for the date: Nygaard, Norman Eugene. Bishop on Horseback: the story of Francis Asbury. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1962.


Pope Pius VII restores the Jesuits who had been suppressed for four decades.  They will be strong defenders of the papacy and two hundred years later a Jesuit will, for the first time, become pope.

Authority for the date: Paul Collins, Absolute Power


Death in Economy, Pennsylvania, of Johann Georg Rapp, a German emigrant who had founded a Pietist community. After his death, the colony will soon fail because it practices rigorous celibacy and cannot find enough new members to sustain itself.

Authority for the date: Britannica.


Repose (death) of Anthony of Optina, a notable monastic leader in the Russian Orthodox Church who had labored to uplift the spiritual tone of the monks under his care until he became too ill to work.

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Death of Mrs. Minnie Janofski, who as a widow had become an assistant to missionaries in Bolivia twenty-four years earlier, cooking, sewing, and mending as needed, showing that age and lack of extraordinary skills need not be an impediment to Christian service.

Authority for the date: Unattributed clipping by David Holden.


A Deeper Life Bible Church in Okene, Nigeria, is attacked by three unidentified gunmen, who open fire on a Bible study group with Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing nineteen.

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