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Mary Slessor

It Happened Today: Mary Slessor Fainted After Church (1915)

“What is courage, but faith conquering fear?”

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Francis Bland Tucker

Devotional (2016 church year): Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

Christ, when for us You were baptized,
God’s Spirit on You came,

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A car filled with seven Christian workers plunges into deep water in the Black Umbluzi River but Pastor Phineas Dlamini and the other six escape, some with injuries. Dlamini was a leading pastor in the Church of the Nazarene in Swaziland.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Elling Eielsen, a lay preacher in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the United States. He had migrated to America in 1839 and won many Norwegian emigrants to Christ, traveling the frontier with the gospel message, an axe, compass, coffee pot, and rain gear. At Fox River, Illinois, he organized America’s first Norwegian Lutheran congregation—The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Lyman Beecher, famed anti-Unitarian preacher.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Frances Havergal, visiting Germany, writes her first popular hymn, “I Gave my Life for Thee” after seeing a painting of the suffering Christ titled Ecce Homo (Behold the Man). Thinking the verses of little worth she throws the paper onto a fire but it falls off. When her father sees the words he composes a tune for them.

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Price, Carl Fowler. One Hundred and One Hymn Stories. Abingdon, 1923.


Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud is beheaded under a bill of attainder from Parliament. He had been very cruel to Puritans and other dissenters.

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Death of Juliana of Lazarevo (or Juliana of Murom), considered a saint by the Orthodox Church because as a layperson she lived a righteous life, helping the poor and needy, amidst her care for her children and others.

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Funded by Cardinal Francesco Jiminez de Cisneros, a New Testament polyglot translation is completed, combining Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Aramaic texts.

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Williams, Neville. Chronology of the Expanding World. David McKay Co. Inc., 1969.


Death of Pope Agatho, a Sicilian, who had played a decisive part in suppressing the the Monothelite controversy.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Fabian, a farmer visiting Rome, is elected pope (tradition says after a dove descends on him). He will serve until 250, when he will become one of the first martyrs under Decius, an emperor hostile to the Christian faith.

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