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John Berridge

It Happened Today: John Berridge and the Neglected Gospel (1793)

Once he began to preach faith in Christ, people got converted.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Rejecting the savior

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of...

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To the extreme disappointment of many Christian groups, the United States Supreme Court hands down the Roe v. Wade decision that allows abortion even in cases where it is not necessary to save a mother’s life.

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410 U.S. 113 (1973).


Death of John Roberts, Episcopal priest and missionary to the Shoshone and Arapahoe Indians of Wyoming. He had been notable for his efforts to preserve the culture and languages of the tribes, translating the Bible into two Indian languages.

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Death of Liang Xiaochu, one of the most influential Chinese Christian leaders in the early part of the twentieth century. He had greatly increased YMCA membership but watered down its Christian component and stressed character and education instead.

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Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Death in Jewett City, Connecticut, of Mary Haughton Brown, a Baptist teacher and hymnwriter. Most famous of her hymns had been “I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go.” Her death was caused by the infamous influenza pandemic that killed millions world-wide that winter.

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Death of hymnwriter Anna Bartlett Warner, most famous for the chidren’s hymn “Jesus Loves Me.”

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Death of John Dykes, who had written some well-known hymn tunes, two of which we sing to this day: “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee.”

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Standard encyclopedias.


Ambatonakanga Memorial Church opens in Madagascar in honor of Christians marytered under the cruel queen Ranavalona.

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Mears, John W. The Story of Madagascar. Philadelphia, 1873.


Burial of St Macarius at Zhabyn, opposite the Orthodox monastery he had founded. He had been an ascetic who allegedly performed great miracles.

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(probable date) Martyrdom of Vincent of Saragossa, Spain’s first famous martyr, who had been starved, racked, exposed in the stocks, and partially roasted.

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Standard martyrologies.