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Menno Simons

It Happened Today: Menno Simons Defended His Views (1544)

He decided to see what the Scriptures said.

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Title page of the Daily Remembrancer

Devotional (2016 church year): Jesus pleads for us (1864)

We have an Advocate . 1 John1:1.

Yes— Jesus pleads for us in heaven; by His...

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1998

Michelangelo’s drawing of Jesus asking the Samaritain woman for a drink sells for $7.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction.

Authority for the date:

The Associated Press.

1907

Death of John Paton, missionary to the New Hebrides. His wife and son died shortly after he began work. Alone and broken-hearted, he dug a grave and buried them. A man of great faith, he survived numerous threats from the islanders.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1906

Conversion of Oswald J. Smith at a Robert A. Torrey evangelistic meeting. Smith becomes a notable evangelist as well as a hymnwriter.

Authority for the date:

Smith, Oswald J. The Story of My Life and the Peoples Church. London: Marshall, Morgan and Scott.

1896

Death of Joseph Barnby in London. A noted choir leader and composer, he wrote the Oratorio Rebekah and many hymn tunes including those to which we sing “O Perfect Love,” “Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus,” “Stand up, Stand up, for Jesus,” “Jesus Lover of My Soul,” and “When Morning Gilds the Skies.” He had also led the first English performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1834

Sarah L. H. Smith reaches Beirut, where she will devote her life and energy as a missionary to Syrian women.

Authority for the date:

Jessup, Henry Harris. The Women of the Arabs. New York: Dodd & Mead, 1873.

1568

Repose (death) of Venerable Theodosius, an Orthodox ascetic who had founded the Totma Ephraimov wilderness monastery in Volgoda.

Authority for the date:

http://oca.org.

1561

Persecution of French Huguenots is suspended by the Edict of Orleans during the reign of Francis II.

Authority for the date:

Stevenson, William. Story of the Reformation. Richmond: John Knox Press, 1959.

1547

Edward VI becomes king of England and promotes the Reformation.

Authority for the date:

Britannica.

1077

Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand) absolves Henry IV at Canossa, Italy, after forcing him to stand three days barefoot in snow.

Authority for the date:

Hughes, Philip, Edward Elton and Young Hales. Short History of the Catholic Church. Search Press, 1974.

814

Death of Charlemagne, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. One of the greatest rulers of all time, he was influential in church matters.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.